Beauty and the Beat

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Chapter II

My dad and I tried our hardest to keep the bakery open, but we were struggling to keep up with the payments.

Soon there people coming in to try to negotiate with him and buy the business. But Dad turned down every offer. He needed to keep Mom's dream alive. It was the only thing we had left of her.

"Dad, what are we going to do?" I asked him one morning as we baked honey biscuits.

"I don't know, Sammie. I'm at the end of my rope here. But I can't sell the bakery."

"I know, Dad. But we've already missed two months payment. This is the last time the bank can extend it. We've got two months."

"I know. I just don't know what to do."

"I'll think of something, Dad. I'm not giving up either."

"Hey, anybody home?" I heard Marcus say as he walked in.

"We're in here," I said as I walked out of the kitchen. "I'll be right back, Marcus. Can you help Dad while I'm gone?"

"Sure, but where are you going?"

"I'm gonna get a second job. This place is not going to be sold."

"Okay, good luck."

"Thanks. See you later," I said, walking out.

I went to the library and searched on the computer for job offers that would pay enough money to help the bakery stay open.

As I was looking through all the websites, I felt a tap on my shoulder. When I looked behind me, there was a woman with light brown hair in a bun and a tan business suit.

"Hi. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to startle you."

"Um, that's alright. Uh, may I help you?"

"Oh, yes. Do you mind if we talk in private?"

"Uh, sure." I followed her out into the lobby. "So what is it you need?"

"Well, I couldn't help but notice you were looking for a job. I would like to offer you one."

"Excuse me?"

"Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sadie Witcox. I am Alec Devlin's lawyer."

"Um, okay."

"You see, I have been all over the city looking for someone who will work for Alec. And you seem like the perfect candidate for the job."

"Wait, you need me."

"Yes. You did seem a little desperate to find a job."

"Well what do I have to do?"

"You will be Alec's assistant. You will arrange all of his meetings and interviews, and you will make sure he stays out of trouble."

"But, I-"

"Do you want the job or not?"

"What do I have to lose?"

"Perfect. I will arrange a time for you to meet, and you will begin shortly."

"Thank you, Ms. Witcox."

"My pleasure, Miss..."

"Call me Sammie."

"See you soon, Sammie."

I couldn't believe it. I just landed a job. Being Alec Devlin's assistant. I was a little nervous. And also kind of scared. I mean I didn't know much about him, but from what I read, he was arrogant, selfish, and self-centered. He was also the lead singer of The Stone Ravens.
I wasn't sure if I should've taken the job so quickly, but we were desperate. The payment for the bakery was due in two months, and if we didn't have the money by then, we would have to close it.
When I got back, I couldn't wait to tell my dad the good news.
"Hey, pumpkin, where have you been?" he said when I walked in.
"Looking for a job."
"Oh, Sammie, you don't have to do that."
"I know. But I want to help keep the bakery open. And guess what? I found a job."
"Oh, that's wonderful. Doing what?"
"I am going to be Alec Devlin's assistant."
Marcus nearly shot iced coffee through his nose. "I'm sorry. Did you just say you got a job being Alec Devlin's assistant?"
"Yep. And get this. It pays $1,000 a week. That's enough to pay next months payment for the bakery."
"Sammie, are you hearing yourself? You are going to be an assistant. To the most arrogant and self-centered rock star you could ever have the displeasure of meeting."
'I know he is, Marcus. But I need to do this. For me and my dad. For my mom."
"Okay. But just be careful. With all the trouble he's been in, you don't know what he's capable of."
"I'll be fine. I can take care of myself."
"Okay. Well, I'd better go. We need more supplies."
Later that night, Ms. Witcox gave me a call letting me know when I can meet her at Alec's place.
"I will need you to arrive first thing Monday morning."
"Okay. I look forward to seeing you then and working with Mr. Devlin."
"Great. See you then."
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