Chapter 7

You rushed down the hallway with your belongings desperately trying to make it downstairs to your car in the parking lot. Your hair was undone, you didn't bother to put on any makeup, and your thin cotton blazer was hanging off your arm.

You needed to make it on time to your work without any trouble nor problems. But instead of you just getting to your destination you ended up bumping into someone.

You opened your eyes and looked down to see that you were on top of a man. A man that you were starting to get so familiar with by now.

He opened his eyes and made the ugliest face you've ever seen.


You pulled yourself up and gathered your things quickly not caring to look back at him. "I'm so sorry! I'll repay you!" You yelled back at your neighbor, Don.

"She always does this!" He cries dramatically.

Everyone around you watched in either amusement or confusion.

You ran up to your car and tried to unlock it by pressing the button on the door of your car but it wasn't unlocking. "Huh? Wha-?" You gasped looking through your purse in panic.

"What?! Where're my keys?!" You cried out loud.

"I couldn't have dropped them, could I? It was in my purse!" You ran back inside of your apartment building and looked around on the floor to see if you dropped your keys.

"Where- where're my keys? Umm, excuse me have you seen my keys, ma'am?" The lady ignored you and kept talking on her phone rushing towards somewhere. You groaned and look at a man with a pleasing look.

"Excuse me sir, but have you seen some keys on the floor?" He looked at you and shook his head.

"Sorry miss but I haven't seen them." And with that, he walked off continuing to clean the spot on the floor with a mop.

Your face went to a dark look when someone came to mind. "Don't tell me that he got my keys." It had to be! 'What was his name again? Don?'

You looked at your phone and shrieked, making the others around you stare at you in concern.

"Ohh noo."

"Are you alright?" Someone asked.

"I-I'm fine." You said with a stressed look.

"Are you really because it doesn't look that way."

You turned around to look who said that and saw Gilda pushing her glasses up the bridge of her nose. A light aura felt like it was beaming around you as you looked at her with pleading eyes.

"Hey, Gilda! I'm sorry but I need your help please!"

She looked at you and brushed her hair strand behind her ear with parted lips and raised eyebrows. "Huh? What is it?"

"Are you busy?!" You quickly asked.

She looked down at her mail and shook her head 'no.' "I just got through getting my mail. You need help with something-"

"Please! I need a ride to my job! I lost my keys and I can't find them and I'm extremely late!" You said grabbing onto her shoulders with a wavering frown.

"Okay, no problem."

You thanked her and followed her to her car. "Just give me the directions and I'll just drive."

You nodded and put on your seat belts and told her the directions. She listened to your directions and in no time you arrived at your job.

You had already straightened your hair out in the car. And your outfit was more presentable. You wore a white short-sleeved polo shirt, a soft baby blue skirt that stopped to your knees, and a baby blue and white cotton blazer to match.

To top it off you had a silver necklace with a pearl attached to it.

Anna looked at you with a small frown. "Morning
Y/n. You're late," she said before looking down back to her screen.

You looked at her with a frown of your own before sighing. "I know, and I'm sorry. I lost my keys to my car and I had to catch a ride from someone I know..."

Anna didn't respond and kept clicking away at her keyboard before she sealed her lips to a thin line and nodded. "Mmhmm. You might want to get to your office before your boss says something," she said not taking her eyes away from her computer.

You gulped inaudibly and nodded in silence, making your way into the elevator. You frowned and placed with your bag that you held in your hands trying to shake off the tense feeling that you had on your chest and shoulders.

The doors closed and the elevator moved to the level that you punched in. "Is she mad about the whole thing with Ray?" You asked softly to yourself.

"I didn't have any bad intentions... He just wanted to be nice is all.." Something clicked in your head when you thought of something. "Did he tell her about the hug? I was just telling him to thank you," you murmured.

You didn't have friends and the kind gesture made you happy.

'But if she wants me to stay away from him. Then.. I'll do it,' you thought sadly.

The doors opened to your floor and you started walking to your office.

You opened your door to see that it was just the way you left it yesterday, except that there was a container on your desk filled with food.

You closed the door silently behind you with a small smile on your face as you walked up to the desk.

It was another day that you forgot to make breakfast. And Krone, once again, has your back. A small blush came into your cheeks and all of your teeth were showing.

"She's so sweet, I swear."

You opened the container to see that there were pancakes with sausage and a small container of syrup on the side.

The aroma filled the room and it hit your nose making you drool at the sight. "This... this looks so good!"

You looked around and hurriedly went to your blinds and closed them and locked your door. You didn't want people to look at you sideways. Being late and as soon as you come to work, you say instead of doing your job?!

That wasn't a good look. As much as you want to savor every bite from your food, you had to hurriedly eat it before someone comes to your office.

You ran to your desk as quickly as you could, slipping into your bedroom shoes, and poured the syrup over it before taking a bite. You hum in delight at the taste and took a couple of more bites.

That was short-lived when you heard someone knocking on your door. You looked up in a panic and hurriedly stuff the rest of the pancake in your mouth while holding your hand under your chin so you wouldn't drop anything and make a mess.

You chewed the best you could, desperately trying to break down the pancake so you could swallow it.

"Mm cummingmm!" You said with a mouth full of food. You realized how bad you sounded and cried inside.

You logged into your computer and put up a couple of files to make it seem like you were doing your work.

You took the now empty container off of your desk and put it on top of your bag and rushed to the door before swallowing the remains.

You unlocked it and opened it with a nervous smile. You looked up to see who it was, and to your horror it was Ray.

He looked down at you and you followed his eyes before wincing. You had in your house shoes... it wasn't the ones that you came in with.

"Oh. My. God," you said quietly to yourself with fearful eyes.

"Late and being unprofessional L/n? I think you're getting too close to the edge," he grunted.

You went into a stuttering mess as you looked at him with regret written all over your face. "R-s-sir! I'm so sorry! I know it looks bad but I can explain," you said backing up stepping into his office for him to come in.

You closed the door behind to see him sitting onto his chair with his head rested on his hand unamused.

"Seems to me that you're just slacking off," he looked around with a scowl on his face. "You come to work later than usual, 20 minutes late to be specific, as soon as you come in you locked the door and close the blinds," he looked over to your desk, "and you went straight to eating instead of working because I can smell something sweet... maybe pancakes?" He looked at you and got no response.

You only stood there biting on your lower lip while avoiding his eyes.

"And you have on bedroom shoes instead of the proper shoes you're supposed to be wearing."

You looked like a kid who just got caught in an act. Doing something you weren't supposed to be doing in the first place.

"Sir I can explain," you said looking back up at him to see his cold eyes starring back at you as he had his legs crossed on the chair. To be specific, he was laying back, had his left side of his face resting on the palm of his hand that was on the chair, and his right ankle was resting on his knee.

You were intimidated. No doubt about it. He had this certain demeanor about him and he gave off a cold aura, colder than the one last night. He seems irritated about something.

"Then explain," he said bluntly. "I don't have all day."

You cleared your throat and locked down. "When I got home last night, I went straight to sleep, forgetting to set my alarm on. That's why I woke up later than my original time, but I could have still made my way to work on time if I hadn't bumped into this guy, who always ruins things," you huffed slightly.

He raised his eyebrows slightly but said nothing.

"And when I dropped my things, I guess I dropped my car keys because when I went to my car to unlock it, it wasn't there and I tried looking for them, and then I ran into this nice girl and she gave me a ride here!" You said now looking at him.

"And for the food, I always wake up at a bad time in the mornings so I never have time to fix breakfast for myself. And the shoes..."

You looked over to your desk with a small frown. "I don't have an excuse for that... I just like to be comfortable so I can focus on my work better."

Ray sucked his teeth and groaned.

"That was a long story."

"I'm... sorry," you said looking down.

"Why do you keep saying 'sorry'?" He asked getting annoyed with you. Even though he said it in a calm voice you knew he was losing his patience. "Is that the only thing you can say?"

You stood there and bit your lip. You were a soft-spoken person and you never liked too much attention on you. The emotions that he was giving off were affecting you and you didn't know how to handle it nor did you know what to say.

"I'm... umm... I don't know what to say. I'm sorry."

He stood up and walked over towards you and placed a hand onto your shoulder.

"If it happens again... you're fired."

You looked up at him with sad eyes while he looked at you with cold ones.

"Don't let it happen again," and with that, he walked towards the door and opened it letting himself out before closing it back.

You stood in the middle of the office with a sad look before looking down and then back to your desk. You walked slowly over and removed your shoes and placed on the ones that you came to work with.

The entire day felt like crap and you just wanted to leave and avoid everyone around you until you felt ready to get back out.

But then again. All of this was your fault. You're the one who woke up late, which caused you to not have everything together and lose your keys by trying to rush to your job.

It wasn't like it was your first.

You've done it multiple times and Ray has had enough of your tardiness and excuses.

The only thing you could do was work the entire day. You didn't even want to have a break because then, you will see all of the people who you're trying to avoid.

It was now the end of the day. You gathered all of your things and you stuffed your shoes into your bag and made your way to Krone's office.

You ran into her just in time to hand her things and gave her a quick thanks before leaving, not giving her the chance to speak with you.

You saw the disappointment on her face, and it made you feel extremely bad.

But you just wanted to go.

You were in the lobby with a couple of other people who worked inside the same building as you and stood in the back of the elevator.

When the elevator was on the first floor everyone got out leaving you behind. You looked down at your phone screen to see that it was 4:30.

You sighed and made your way to the women's bathroom so you could use it since you didn't take a break all day.

You passed Anna on your way and gave her a small smile, and in return she avoided you.

You frowned and went into the bathroom, used it, cleaned your hands, and looked at yourself in the mirror. "Today's been a bad day... can it get any worse?"

You straightened up your clothes and left the restroom with your bag in tote. Before you could go around the corner you heard someone arguing in the lobby. You stopped and peeked around to see that it was.

You saw Anna standing up with a deep frown on her pale pretty face and you saw Ray rolling his eyes.

"You've been distant with me for a long time now. What? It's been a month?" Anna said looking at him with narrowed eyes.

"I've been busy with work. I'm not trying to ignore you! I even decided to make plans for us to have dinner, but you wanted to invite everyone else," Ray accused in annoyance.

"I was only inviting Emma and Norman. I didn't know that Y/n was coming. Emma invited her!"

Before Ray could say anything Anna quickly came in.

"I've tried with you multiple times, and it seems like you don't care about no one but yourself! When I wanted to spend time with you, you were out with
Y/n. Another woman besides your girlfriend!" She hissed.

You listened while starring at your feet. Just like you thought. You knew this was going to happen.

"Who knows! With all of the money you have, you've probably been sleeping with other women behind me back!" Anna said with furrowed eyebrows.

Ray looks at her in shock before glaring at her. "How could you say something like that?! I've been burying myself in so much work that I barely get any sleep at night, nor do I get the chance to spend time with my mother or my friends!"

She looked at him with guilt but he continued.

"And I've never slept with anybody behind your back! If I wanted to I would've done it without a care because I wouldn't care enough to hide it!" He spat.

You looked back to Anna to see that she had a sad look on her face and that she regretted what she said.

"My mother is ... Never mind that," he stopped himself and looked the other way with a tired look on his face. Anna walked up to him but her only moved away from her. "We're done," he states.

Anna walked up to him and reached for him. "Wait Ray I'm sorry... I just... I-"

"Stop. You know that this doesn't work. We knew it was coming eventually. Go home and get some rest... I'll close you out for tonight." He said walking over behind the lobby's desk.

Anna looked at him with a sad look before leaving.

The only thing that could be heard was her heels hitting against the white marble floor as she made her way out of the building.

'Oh my gosh...'

You needed to get out of here you thought biting your lower lip. You looked around the corner to see that she was distracted while looking at something.

You took this as your chance to dash out of the building but immediately regret it. Your heels hit hard against the floor as you ran and you slowed down when realized what was going on.

"L/n? Why're you still here?"

You turned around to see Ray looking at you with raised eyebrows.

"Oh umm.. sorry long story! I gotta go!" You said rushing through the doors and looked around for your car.

Your car.

Your car.


You were about to have a mental break down in the parking lot. You grabbed your head and winced.

Not long after Ray came out looking at you in slight amusement. "You're standing in front of the glass, and you look like... how should I say this?" Ray said looking at you.

"An idiot," you finished.

He nodded his head and made his way to his car without another word with his hands in his pockets.

You began to panic. You can't walk home. It was dark, you are alone, you lived far, and you were a female! Someone could easily kidnap you.

'Better start now.' The voice said inside of your head.

You frowned deeply and began walking in the parking lot as quickly as you could to at least get a head start.

Then you realized something else. Your house keys were attached to your car keys. Your lips parted slightly and your eyes began to water.

"I- I can't go home..."

You looked around with furrowed eyebrows as your bottom lip began to quiver.

You heard a car pull up beside you and you turned around in panic ready to run off.

"Hey? Where are you going?"

You looked to see Ray with a concerned look on his face.

"I'm just going home," you lied.

"Shit. I forgot you said you don't come in your car," he mumbled. He unlocked his door and looked at you. "Come on... I'll take you."

"You're sure?"

"Do you think it's a good idea for you to walk home by yourself, in the dark," he asked with his usual scowl on his face.

You didn't bother to argue so you hesitantly got in.

"And also... I can't go home," you said softly.

"Your house keys are attached to your car keys," he said and you nodded. He sighed and cranked the car up.

"You can stay at mines for tonight," he mumbled.

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