When Friday finally came, I was glad to have the day off to shop for something to wear for the Christmas party. Tara wanted to come with me to help me find the perfect dress and offered to do my hair and makeup, even though she was sick as a dog with the flu but I made sure she stayed in her room and rested.
After looking all morning, I found a dark green fitted dress with capped sleeves that I knew would pair beautifully with the black heels Tara gave me. It also had a plunging v neck and stopped just below my knees and I knew it would make Ethan stop in his tracks.
I showered and fixed my hair, slipped into the dress, stepped into my shoes and put on my pearl earrings before walking into Tara's room for her approval.
"Wow, you look amazing and you did it all without my help." She said as she snuffled then wiped her nose with a tissue.
"Are you sure you're going to be ok while I'm gone?"
"Yes." She sneezed a few times then said, "I have the world's greatest chicken noodle soup in the kitchen and four new episodes to binge watch. I will be just fine."
As much as I wanted to go to this party tonight, I didn't want to leave my best friend alone. "I will stay here, it's just a party and besides Ethan will understand."
"No you are not, you are going to that party missy even if I have to drive you there myself and if you say no I will lick every glass in here to make sure you get the flu."
Putting up my hands in defeat I said, "Ok, ok, I'm going. Sheesh"
Just as I said that, the door bell rang and she screamed at me to get out her room, apparently she didn't want Ethan to see her like that. I chuckled as I closed her door and went to let him in. When I pulled it open I nearly fell over from the dashing looking man on my step.
He looked me up and down before clearing his throat and saying, "You look stunning, Brittany."
"Thank you, Ethan."
We walked to his car then headed downtown. The party was in the lobby of his office and my nerves were beginning to show as I shook my leg the entire drive over. He reached over and put his hand on my knee but instead of easing my nerves he replaced them with yearning.
A small gasp escaped my lips making him smile as I sat there motionless praying his hand would make its way up my thigh. As if reading my mind, he pushed my skirt up and left his hand resting on my smooth skin of my inner leg. He knew what he was doing so I placed my hand on top of his for the remainder of the ride.
Soon we were driving up to a large six story building and parked in the garage just beneath it. He got out then walked around to open my door while I tried to pretend like being in his company didn't drive me crazy. The sexual tension between us was palpable and no doubt everyone inside would know something was up with the deep red blush on my cheeks.
My door opened and he held out his hand as I grabbed it and slid out.
Nodding my head, I stepped forward as he placed his hand around my waist and guided me towards the elevator. He hit the lobby button and the doors closed then we started moving upwards. He never took his hand off my waist and when the doors opened all eyes were on us.
I froze for a second before he leaned into my ear and said "Just breathe."
He walked forward dragging me behind him as we headed to a group of men standing around the bar. I was so amazed by the decorations that I never realized we stopped.
"Ethan, nice of you to finally join us, and you too Britt."
I turned my head and laughed when I realized his friends that he came into the diner with were actually his partners. "Brittany, these are my partners, Kellan, Brody, Jon, Eli and I'm sure you remember Marco."
"How could she forget, she has an amazing memory. It's nice to officially meet you, Brittany."
"Nice to meet you all too and please call me Britt."
They began talking about old times and how far their company had come since they started when Ethan turned around and said "Brittany, there is one more person I want you to meet." I turned around and couldn't believe my eyes. When she saw me, her eyes widened but she didn't give anything away.
"Hello guys. I see you started the party without me, again!" She walked up to Kellan grabbing his drink from him and downed it before turning back to me.
"Margo, this is Brittany, my girlfriend."
I had no idea what to say when she stuck her hand out and said, "Hello, Brittany." Between clenched teeth.
Not wanting to make it any more awkward than it was, I shook her hand and said, "Hello, Mis..."
Before I realized it she said, "Oh there's no Mrs. Just Margo."
She shot me a look and I said, "Sorry. Nice to meet you Margo." Turning to Ethan I asked, "Where is the ladies room?"
He went to point but she stepped in between us taking me by the arm and said, "I'll show her, besides ladies never go to the restroom alone."
I could see the objection in his expression but before he could say anything she was taking me towards the hall where I assumed the bathroom was.
"Be nice to her, Margo." Eli said as he laughed.
We made it down the hall but instead of going into the bathroom she pulled me into a room out of everyone's vision then closed the door.
"What in the hell are you doing here?" I asked her still completely confused at her arrival.
"What am I doing here? I am another partner, what are you doing here? And why didn't you tell me you were dating Ethan Masterson?"
"I didn't know you were his partner and I sure didn't know he was Zeus!"
She looked at me and said, "Wait a minute. Are you telling me you had no clue he was Zeus?" She started pacing around the room then said, "That means he has no clue who are and that I, oh no, no, no, no, no, no. This can't be happening. I knew I shouldn't have taken you under my wing."
"Just calm down he doesn't have to know it's me."
She looked at me like a deranged animal then stalked up to me and said, "If you think I am going to lie AGAIN to my best friend, you are sadly mistaken little girl. I am already risking so much by training you but I will not lose my spot in this firm. This has to stop."
"NO! Please, you don't understand. I love him." I slapped my hands over my mouth but it was too late. The words had already been put out there and I couldn't take them back. "I love him." I said again, this time with a smile as she glared at me.
"How long have you two been together?"
"A few months but every time I am near him I feel whole. I need you to keep training me, please. I just want to be perfect for him and if that's what it takes, that's what I will do. Being a sub has opened my mind to things I never knew existed, things I never knew I needed."
She continued staring at me and I was sure she would run out the room and straight to Ethan to tell him what I had been up to but instead she walked to the table, placed her hands on it then looked up at me and said, "I will continue training you but you have to start being honest. Trust comes from honesty and if you ever want him to take you seriously, here or as his sub, you are going to have to start telling the truth."
I shook my head happily and said, "I will, I promise. I just want to finish my training and then I will tell him everything."
She huffed and said, "You have to tell him before that, Britt. If he finds out it was you all along, it will kill him. Imagine how hard it will be to train you and not be able to touch you or when he does how bad he will feel when he thinks he is cheating on you."
"I can't tell him and you already said he wouldn't do anything if I was uncomfortable with it, besides he won't get attached to someone he is training for someone else."
"For the record, I am not ok with this and if he finds out I will tell him you blackmailed me."
"Thank you so much. You don't know what this means to me and I promise I will take all the blame."
"Let's go before they come looking for us."
She walked out the room and down the hall then turned towards the bar while I went back to Ethan. He smiled at me as I got closer then grabbed me and kissed my cheek then said, "I was beginning to worry about you."
"She isn't that bad, in fact I really like her."
He nearly choked on the whiskey in his mouth then looked at me and said, "Margo? Are we talking about the same person here?"
"Yes! Why do you sound so surprised?"
"Margo can be a bit protective of me and believe me when I say, she is not someone you want on your bad side."
I laughed at his comment, if only he knew how many times I had already been on her bad side!
Poor Tara, I really wish she could have gone to the party with Britt because I would love to have seen that cluster. Watching her keep that secret from Ethan and her would have given her an anxiety attack.
Mistress is Margo!!!! Who also happens to be one of Ethan's best friends. This just made things a lot more complicated than they were. Now she is in the middle of two relationships.
I cannot wait to see if Mistress uses this to her advantage but if Britt has no problem lying to Ethan what makes you think she isn't lying to Mistress too? Will she be able to continue to trust her?