otto // emma, get a grip
The last few days happened in a blur and today it was the big day. No, I’m not getting married.
Today I started to work with Valentino. Eh, and Georgia too obviously.
Ugh, what am I even talking about?
Okay, I have to confess that even though our interactions in the past days could be counted with one hand and have been a bit negative I couldn’t stop thinking about him. He’s just so intriguing and mysterious I just need to know everything about him.
Oh God, that sounded so cringey. I need to get a life.
Moving on, I’m so excited for today. I’ve done photoshoots before but this is just another level. We are talking about the Georgia Smith here, who is like a fashion icon and let’s not forget about Valentino who is like insanely hot.
I don’t even know what to do or how to behave in front of them so that I don’t make a fool out of myself.
Emma, get a grip and just act normal please. For our sake.
Huh, that annoying voice in my head is actually right. I think I’m just going crazy and I haven’t even gotten started with the job. Heck, I’m not even dressed with actual clothes instead of my old pajamas.
Now focus, first I need to shower and get dressed.
After getting out of the shower I had picked out my outfit which consisted of high-waisted yellow plaid pants and a black short sleeve sweater. I finished it up with a pair of burgundy boots and a burgundy mini bag. For makeup I opted for a little bit of brow gel, concealer, and tinted lip balm since I was most likely getting my makeup done at the studio.
Ever since I realized that I would be working with Valentino I swore that I would make an effort getting ready no matter how tired I was because I refuse to look like a mess beside him.
As I was finishing up I heard a knock on my door. “Em, are you still there?” Ava says a bit groggily. I bet she still hasn’t had coffee to be fully awake.
“Yeah, just come in!” I tell her, a bit too perky for how early it was.
“Oh my god, girl! You look amazing!”
“Thanks, you know first day and all. I need to make a good impression.” I say nonchalant. But Ava knows me better than that. She knows that I actually stressed a lot searching for the perfect outfit.
“Sure, I just wanted to wish you good luck before you left.” She eyes me skeptical but she doesn’t say anything else.
“Thank you so much, A.” I hug her tightly and say good-bye.
“See you later Em.”
This time I downed my breakfast before leaving the building so it didn’t have the same fate as the other day.
It was already 8:30 a.m. and Valentino still wasn’t here. Georgia was fuming. I was scared for him. But still, I didn’t peg him as someone who’s late.
Huh, I guess I’m not that good at reading people.
Suddenly the door to the room opened and Valentino entered with a scowl on his face.
Nice, so now I’ve got to deal with two humans in a fowl mood.
“Both of you please go to fittings right now. So that we can finally start this.” Georgia said pinching the bridge of her nose.
Neither of us said anything and just did what she said.
Today, we’re just trying on everything so that we can get it fitted for the actual photoshoot. Also the stylists were going to accessorize the looks so that they go according to Georgia’s desired theme.
The gowns that Georgia had done were gorgeous and intricate. The detailing was wonderfully executed. The gown that I was wearing right now has a straight strapless neckline with a long-sleeved mesh panel. The mesh sleeves were embroidered with a bunch of crystals and flowers just like the dress itself.
It was a dream.
The dress is a light ivory color with the flowers in different light colors like pink, yellow, blue, green, and purple giving it a fairytale vibe.
I’m in love.
Looking to my side I noticed Valentino. He was wearing a double-breasted suit that had gold and silver embroidery. I guess Georgia went with the whole fairytale theme because he totally looked like a prince.
As I focused on his face I couldn’t help but noticed that he was still mad.
“Hey, are you okay?” I said so low that I don’t even know if he heard me.
I know that I’m being nosey but I just can’t help it. My curiosity always gets the best of me. I don’t know why, but the fact that he’s mad is bothering me and I need to do something about it.
I can’t believe that even though I barely know this guy I’m already this invested. What is wrong with me? I’ll just blame it on the fact that I can’t stand it when someone around me is in a bad mood.
“Why do you care? It’s not even your business!” He snapped back at me.
“I just do okay! I’m trying to be nice to you and you always take it as an offense.”
“Well, don’t. I’m not asking you yo be nice to me.” He said and stormed off. I don’t even know why I keep on trying with him. Every time I make an effort to get along he’s rude to me.
I don’t know if I should keep trying to be friends with him or give up.
I had just finished getting all my items fitted for the photoshoot and Georgia had asked for me to go to her office before I left.
I wonder what she needs to talk to me about? Had she seen my argument with Valentino? Is she going to fire me?
I hope not because I desperately need this job.
As I was nearing her office I heard people arguing. Where that Georgia and Valentino?
“I already told you that I’m not going. You know that I can’t stand to be in the same room as him, madre.” The male voice, which confirmed that it was indeed Valentino, argued. Was that last word Italian? Huh, I guess I can get that exotic vibe from him. Also, now that I think about it, his last name is Italian too.
“Well, he’s still your father. You’re going and that’s final.” Georgia replied sternly. “Please, just do it for me.” She said finally letting out a sigh. Wait a minute, if they are talking about his father did that make Georgia his mom?
“Whatever, mom. But don’t expect me to be with him at any moment, I’ll just be going for you.” Valentino replied and confirmed my theory.
Since I was still in a state of shock after finding out that Valentino was Georgia’s son, I didn’t notice that the door had opened and that Valentino had caught me eavesdropping.
“What the hell were you doing? Why were you eavesdropping on a private conversation? How many times do I have to tell you to not stick your nose in my business!” He said with anger clearly in his voice.
“I’m not sticking my nose anywhere. Georgia told me to come to her office and next time if you want to keep the conversation private don’t go shouting so that everyone hears.” I snapped back at him and went to meet with Georgia.
“Sorry about that.” I apologized. “You wanted to talk to me?”
“Yeah, and don’t worry about it I know that Valentino isn’t the easiest person to work with.” She explained and I stayed silent because I could see that she was exhausted. “So, I guess that you already know that he’s my son?”
“Yeah, I didn’t meant to listen on your conversation it’s just that it could be heard from outside. I’m sorry.” I rushed out because I didn’t want her to think that I like meddling in other people business. I actually do but she doesn’t need to know that.
“It’s okay. Anyway, I wanted to invite you to a dinner party I’m hosting at my house for my birthday. There I will be announcing my new collection and I will be introducing you and Valentino as the official models for the campaign. You can also bring a plus one.”
“Sure, I’ll be there. When will it be?” Even though it sounded completely intimidating I agreed to go because it will give me great exposure as a model so that I can expand my network. Also, it’s a high-key party who would turn down the invitation?
“It’ll be on Wednesday at 8 o’clock sharp and I’ll text you the address.” Georgia said with a smile since I had agreed to go. “I’ll see you there then.”
“Alright. Thanks for inviting me. See you later.” I said while I gave her a small bow with my head and left her office. While I was leaving I heard her let out an amused chuckle and I felt my cheeks heat up.
Oh my God! Why did I bow at her? That was so embarrassing. I really don’t know how to act around her. Should I hug her, give her a handshake, wave at her. I don’t know if it’s the superior aura that I feel coming from her that made me bow at her.
Why can’t I be normal?