Besotted

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Chapter 23

"Have you got everything ready?" he asked as I organized my bag and looked up at him from my office desk.

"Yes Sir," I replied and walked up to him as he let me get through the door first as he held the glass door open for me.

"Today's meeting is very important. Have you ever been to an Annual meeting beforehand?" he asked as we took the elevator.

"Yes, I have been to an Annual meeting with my previous boss," I said as I checked my phone for any official notifications.

"He took you there?" he asked and I looked up at him "She," I corrected "My previous boss was a 'she'," I completed and smiled. His lips twitched up into a smile and he bent down probably wanting to kiss me but the elevator door pinged open. I took a step away from him and hastily got out of the elevator.

"Hey," I heard him call me from my back but I turned around and gestured him with my eyes not to attract any attention. It was decided between us that we wouldn't announce our relationship with anyone until we find the correct time. Now, that he is my boyfriend that doesn't mean I have forgotten about my career and the goal of my life. Basically, I know what will happen if anyone finds out about us. It will I who would suffer. The affair between a boss and secretary never really went well in the eyes normal public and I don't really want people to start calling me golddigger. Even if Caleb is the boss I want to stand in my own position and for that, I have decided to work hard and stand up on my feet so that people will start recognizing me. I don't want Caleb's help and for that after thinking so many times, I have finally come to the decision which he will not like. And the decision is ...

"Sang!" I was stopped abruptly on my track by him holding onto my arm.

"Caleb we already had the discussion about this last night so why are you still trying to gain people's attention?" I asked as I turned and looked here and there before talking to him as my boyfriend but not my boss.

"But bab-," he reached out to touch my face but I took a step back when I saw the guards walking towards us in the parking lot.

It is little use to dig a well after the house has caught fire. So I tried my best not to lit any fire i.e rumor of us dating each other for his career and even for my career. "Sir, we will be late for our meeting," I said as I changed the topic and walked fast to get inside the car that his driver parked right before the gate. He entered inside after me and ordered the driver to take us to the event. As the driver pulled over, I looked out of the window to find the guards from behind stopping by the little cafe at the end of the parking lot for some tea.

~

It was already past eight in the evening when we returned back and as I looked back at Caleb he was busy typing something on his phone.

"Sir?"

"Sir?"

"Caleb!"

"What?" he glared at me as I gave him a toothy grin.

"Oh so now you get time to talk to your boyfriend?" he asked as he walked out the elevator with me following him to his penthouse.

"I am sorry. You know the meeting was important. How could I let you get distracted?" I asked as I kept my bag on his couch and got rid of my blazer.

"You didn't even let me hold your hand," he snapped and walked to his mini bar where himself a glass of wine.

"Caleb everyone was there. How could I?" I folded my arms across my chest with the blazer hanging on my arm.

"Well I tried to hold your hand from under the table and I was sure none of the people were having a seat under the table duh, who could have watched us?" he threw his fit on my direction and slammed the glass on the table angrily before untying his tie angrily he walked inside his room and slammed his door shut.

"Are you kidding me?" I muttered to myself but then smiled at his childishness.

Man! it feels as if I have known this man from ages when its been only some month when I walked into his life and saw him wrapped up with some other lady in his office room. I still can't believe it was our first meeting. From the daily soaps and novels, I have read that first meeting are always special. Fire ignites when you meet your life partner. None of the daily soaps or novels never really mentioned that you would meet your life partner wrapped up and kiss like a maniac with some other chic.

Bull shit!

I have decided to stop reading romantic novels and I will definitely stop watching daily soaps because they all show us absurd things which are not really true in real life. So, instead of wasting my time and hoping for a love story that they show us I would be concentrating on my own life. I will definitely stop watching the daily soaps because it has really made me keep high hopes on my own relationship.

"Yes, I will stop watching them," I muttered as I poured a glass of wine for myself.

"But let that 'Time to escape' series finish up first. Because if I stop it in the middle than I would live my whole life wondering why Kyle didn't return back to his Nancy," I muttered to myself and nodded agreeing with myself.

"Ah! I'm hopeless,"

"And why is that?"

"Oh my gosh!" I put my hands on my chest startled by him as he stood before with his hands shoved into his pants pockets. He had changed into a white sweater and black pants.

"You startled me," I said as I exhaled out a breath and rubbed my forehead.

"I am sorry," he said all of a sudden and I looked back him.

"Its okay I am not scared anymo-,"

"No!" he laughed a little "Not for that," he completed and I waited for him to finish.

"It's because of the way I acted earlier. I am sorry," he said and smiled a little before he turned around to leave but I ran up to him and hugged him from his back.

"A boyfriend wanting to hold his girlfriend's hand in public, wanting to kiss her, wanting to hug her is not a crime for which you need to be sorry off Caleb," I said and he removed my hands from his torso as he turned around.

"Then why? Why don't you want me to let everyone know about us? Why do you not want to be known as my girlfriend?" he asked as he held me by my arms.

"Your eyes," I spoke as I looked into his electrifying eyes.

"They are beautiful," I muttered as I raised my arms up to touch his cheek.

"Don't try to change the topic," he held my hand in the mid-air and sighed before letting go of me as he turned around to leave only to be stopped by me as I held his shirt collar from behind him.

"What are you doing?" he turned around laughing.

"What do you think am I doing?" I challenged as I encircled my arms around his neck.

"I don't really know," he spoke as he looked at me fondly.

"Has anyone ever told you that you are really handsome?" I asked as I looked at his lips "I believe you must have a good reason to avoid my questions," he held my chin and made me look up at his eyes. Instead of saying anything I nodded assuring him that I did have a reason for that. No matter how much I tried I couldn't make myself speak up to him. Finally, I decided that I would tell him when the right time comes.

"Fine. I'll go along with you then," he mumbled and took a step back causing me to withdraw my hands from his neck.

"Good night," he turned around and left.

"Wait! What about the dinner. Will you no-,"

"I am not hungry," he simply said and closed the door shut. I stood there for some minute and then walked back to my room where I changed my clothes and took a seat on the bed.

"Sorry Caleb," I mumbled to myself and laid back on the soft mattress.

~

"Yeah! I am standing right across the road from your office building," I spoke through my phone as I looked up at the giant building.

"Yeah I see you," he replied and soon enough he parked his car right before me and volunteered me into his car.

"So? where is her house?" I asked as Eden drove both of us to somewhere where I was supposed to help a lady.

A few days ago he called me and let me know about a woman who seeks my help to justice for her husband's death. At first, I couldn't understand who she was and how she knew me but then Eden told me that the lady came to know about me through him and wants to meet me. So, here I am at the end of the week driving off to her cottage.

"Honestly, I don't have any idea how she knows you. Her son is my friend and one day when I was in her house she saw your picture in my phone and that is when she asked me to help her by setting a meeting for both of you," he said and I nodded.

"Wait! She saw my picture on your phone?" I asked as I looked at him. He looked back at me and then back on the road as he chose to ignore my question.

"We are here," he said and as the car came to a halt I looked out of the window to find us in a deserted place with only two to three cottages lined up to each other.

"She lives here?" I asked as I got out of the car.

"Yes, let me call her," he said as he fished his phone out from his pocket and indeed after two minutes a lady walked out of the cottage holding the phone next to her ear. The lady looked familiar to me. She walked up to Eden and smiled at him and that is when I felt my eyes stinging as I couldn't control my emotions any longer when I remembered who she was.

"You are her," I managed to mumble when she looked at me with a smile on her face and she walked up to me and patted my arm "Indeed you have grown up to be a fine lady," she smiled and I saw her watering the plants.

Memories of a sweet woman giving me free candies after my school came flooding into my mind and I raised my hand up as I touched her hands not able to believe that I got a chance to meet her again.

"Let's get inside," she smiled and I nodded feeling ecstatic.

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