“Sir, you have a call from Ms. Sullivan,” Noah whispered to me as I nodded and he handed me my phone. We were in the middle of a meeting and phones were not allowed. I looked at the phone screen to find thirteen missed calls from her side.
After dropping her off, I went back to my house to shower and got back office, but since I took a day off, I had to finish all the pending meetings and here I was. I didn’t even get time to have proper lunch let alone call Veronica.
But seeing her missed calls, I grew restless as I stopped Mr. Kim who was giving a presentation and he adjusted his suit, looking my way wanting to know why I stopped him.
“Sorry for my interruption. I have an urgent matter to look upon. Let’s take a five minutes break? I will be right back,” as I said that people in the room stretched their back and set comfortably as I made my way out of the room wanting to talk to her.
The call didn’t connect but as I was going to call her again, my phone buzzed and the message notifications came flooded the screen.
Hey! Are you working? Can we meet for five minutes?
Are you busy?
Ah! You are not picking up and I couldn’t reach Noah, your secretary. I called you several times but you didn’t pick up. I am going back to South Africa for several days, back to my company. I wanted to meet you in person before leaving, damn it!
Hey! Don’t get upset. I’m not leaving or disappearing. This time, I’m letting you know. I am needed in my company and its my duty. Sorry :(
Call back when you are free?
I will be back really soon and no! I had no plan of going back, it was a sudden plan and an urgency. So, don’t go nuts.
“What the hell?” I mumbled as I read those texts from Veronica and huffed putting the phone back in my pant pockets.
“She could’ve searched for me before leaving. What’s the distance?” I whispered as I looked up at the ceiling. “Just some floors away,” I felt upset as I thought about her leaving. It was just getting started and here, she left already.
What’s the urgency? She could’ve stayed a day more.
Suddenly, I was in a foul mood as I thought about again and again. I mean, I knew she had responsibilities too, but here I was being upset over nothing. This was a weird feeling that I had as I turned back and headed towards the conference room.
First of all, I had to suffer all the meetings and works, and to top of that Mr. Cottrells calls. It was getting frustrating for me now.
As I entered the room, people were using their phones watching videos and chatting to each other. “I hope everyone knows, no phones allowed in the conference room,” I said and everyone put their phone back into their pockets while I sighed thinking why the hell was I getting angry.
A day passed by and there was no sign of her, not even a text message or let alone an email. I kept on checking my phone from time to time, but no sign of her. I refused to call her. She went away, she should be the one to call. Why should I call?
“Sir, you have a call from Mr. Knights,” Noah said and I sighed as I shut the laptop and took the phone from him.
“Why did he call on your phone?” I asked as I furrowed my eyebrows thinking about it.
“You didn’t respond from yours,” he said as he shrugged his shoulders and walked out of my cabin.
“Yes, dad,” I spoke with a low voice as I kept a hand on my head feeling a headache. The amount of work, I finished in day was exhausting but somehow I managed to finish everything and focussed on the new ones.
“Well, hello to you too!” I heard his sarcastic voice.
“Sorry. I have a headache,” I spoke, my voice incredibly low as I leaned back on my seat, massaging the side of my shoulder.
“Work is exhausting, isn’t it?” he asked and he seemed little worried as I hummed in response. “I know I have given you a lot of pressure, but trust me, I don’t really mean to cage to you down for my company. I’m just asking a favour until and unless, Amelia is on her feet and she is able to impress the board on her favour.
“I know,” I mumbled knowing what he meant. There was a minute of silence between us and then he spoke “Don’t you want to know about your mother?” he asked.
“I had a facetime with her a few hours ago,” I said as I recalled talking to her. I knew she was now admitted for another operation but she seemed cheerful while she called me. We used occasionally have a talk to each other and it was how we were in touch.
“I see,” I heard his voice and honestly, I could hear how exhausted and sad he was for mom. Even though he seemed young, still he was growing old and it was exhausting for him to have long flights and have sleepless nights thinking and taking care of my mother.
Sometimes, I fight with my own consciousness and think of leaving everything flying to her. I wanted to take care of them really badly but I couldn’t and it frustrated me even more.
“Dad,” I begun and heard his hum.
“Don’t worry! Mom is going to be fine,” I said wanting to assure him and all he did was chuckle.
“She have to! We still have a long way to go!” he joked and that made me smile.
“And I have updates from Noah about your work. You seem to be doing fine. I knew, leaning onto you was the right decision. And what about Mr. Kinsley’s daughter? How is she in work?” he asked referring to Chelsea and I thought about it.
“She is always punctual and she is really good in her work,” I said truthfully.
“Do you like her? Yet?” I heard him and that made me sigh. “She has nothing to be disliked,” I said and her heard his laugh.
“Oh, that’s nice. You know what? Amelia has already left some days ago and she told me that she would be back to you by sixteenth of this month. You did pretty well. Take a holiday for some days and she will look into your work. And we will also get to know how she is in taking responsibility of the company eh?”
“No. I had a leave a day ago and I ended up doing all the pending works and attended every single damn meetings. I can’t even think of an another big holiday at the mom-” I was cut off in the middle as I saw my phone ringing in the middle of my conversation.
The caller ID displayed Veronica’s name and that’s when it struck me.
“Actually. I think I really need a break for sometime,” I said as I saw the phone going off but again it rung and my lips quirked up thinking about how she would be reacting with me not picking up her phone.
“Good. Your trip is on me. I will book your vacation. Just tell me the destination. How about Australia?” he asked as I picked up my phone and saw a text message from her side.
If you are ignoring me on purpose, then let me warn you, this would be my last message. I am not reaching out to you again. You didn’t even call back or reply to my last messages and I still do not know if you know, I am back to South Africa.
“I have a better destination,” I said smiling to myself reading her message.
Go to hell, Mr. Ace Knights.
Arrgh! Such a jerk!
Whatever, you jackass! I am never talking to you again.