Betrayed to be Loved

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Chapter-1 First Day

Arabella

Having my breakfast early morning I just cannot wait to start my first day at my first proper job. I still can’t believe I am joining Garcia and Sons. So what if I am starting as a trainee in their marketing department, what matters is that I will be officially a part of one of the leading IT firm in the whole of USA. All thanks to Victor, I can’t stop the smile and slight blush that creeps on my face by just thinking about him. I have to admit that I am even more excited since I will get to meet him every day. Well I just hope he will have time to meet me since both of us will be in different departments. He is in the finance department and I know he has worked very hard in this company from the very first day he joined them as a trainee three years back. He said he would pick me today morning and we will go together, so here I am quickly finishing my breakfast so that I am ready to go the moment he comes.

Aunt Daisy is as excited as I am about my first day, we went shopping last weekend to buy me some formal office wear. I am wearing a dark grey pencil skirt with a baby pink button up shirt along with my black heals. I wonder if Victor will appreciate my choice of clothing…get a grip of yourself Arabella, you are going for work and not to impress Victor…my inner voice tried to knock some sense in me. I sighed and looked at my wrist watch for the nth time since the last ten minutes. I am done with my breakfast and Aunt Daisy has already left for work not before giving me a nice hug and good luck kiss. I wonder what’s taking Victor so long, it’s already 7.30 in the morning and office starts at 9. And if I am not mistaken it will take us almost 45 minutes to reach office with the morning traffic of my lovely city of San Francisco. I want to be before time, especially on my first day I want to understand the basic stuff around my department. Just when I decided to call and check with Victor I heard a horn blow and knew instantly it was none other than Victor.

I dashed out of our house quickly locking the main door before heading towards Victor’s car. He bought his Chevrolet Cruise last year and like every other man out there Victor also loves his car. It’s his baby, his girlfriend, his wife, his first love and what not. As I got in I was greeted with Victor’s warm smile and good morning. It is always difficult for me to turn my eyes away from Victor; he is the most handsome man I have ever laid my eyes on. With his almost black, dark grey eyes and pitch dark hair he is absolutely drool worthy. Not to forget how much a gentleman he is, always the charmer. I don’t even remember for how long I have had a crush on him, sometimes I wonder if it’s just a simple crush or have my feelings for Victor taken a totally different path…

Victor and his sister Edna were left at the door of the orphanage I once lived in, by their addict parents who wanted to just get rid of their children. Victor was five year old at that time and Edna was just two, they were beautiful kids. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards did not have their own kids, the couple was too attracted to the siblings and finally decided to adopt them as their own. Hence Victor became Victor Edward and Edna became Edna Edwards. Edna and I were of the same age and soon we became best friends, we were just inseparable.

“Nervous??” I was brought out of my trance with Victor’s simple question. I gave him a nervous smile and nodded my head in agreement. I was excited no doubt but I was equally nervous, Edna says I am bad at masking my emotions. One look at my face and even a stranger could make out my emotions. Well Edna is my best friend and she knows about my crush on her brother, but never told Victor. I am grateful for that because I don’t know how Victor will react if he ever comes to know about this. Taking a deep breath I try to start a conversation with Victor in order to ease my nervousness a little…

“Do you know people from the Marketing Department?”

“Not many but I do know your reporting manager and the Head of Marketing Department.” I just hummed in reaction and Victor continues to tell me about them…

“Your Reporting Manager Mrs. Johnson is a nice lady in her late forties. I am sure she will groom you into one of the best. Just make sure you listen to every instruction she gives you, plus if you make any mistake directly talk to her. I have heard she gets really pissed off if people try to hide their mistakes.” Alright now I think I already like this woman, I adore people who appreciate honesty. I look at the time and know we will still take around 15 minutes to reach our destination, so I decide to ask Victor about my Department Head as well as the owner of the company…

“You said you also know the Head of Marketing Department, what about him? How is he to work with? And do you know the owner?” It is better to be mentally prepared if one can before starting at a new place. I am sure getting a glimpse of the people I will be working with is only going to make things easier for me. Though I never make assumptions about one person on the basis of what others tell me, only after getting to know someone I form my own opinion about that person. Anyway Victor happily answered my queries and I must add also patiently…

“The Head of Marketing Department is Mr. Jason Garcia; he is also our CEO’s cousin. I have never personally met Mr. Jason but have heard good things about him. And one thing which everyone says about him is that he is a very positive person. It’s an honor to work under him, I am sure you will find out all this very soon yourself.” He smiled as he had a glance in my direction then he was focused back to the road. I was content with the little information I got about my department people, but Victor continued enlightening me…

“And for your second question, I do know a little about the CEO and owner of the company as well. Mr. Ethan Garcia Lopez is our CEO and also the owner. I have only been in the same meeting as him three times in these three years. Never personally spoke to him, and to be honest I don’t even have the courage to.” I narrowed my eyes at his words and asked him…

“What does talking to him has to do with courage?” Victor chuckled and replied back…

“My dear Bella you will understand this once you get to see him a few times and if you ever get to be in a meeting with him then you will absolutely understand what I mean….he is the kind of person who carries a dark aura around him, always scowling and never smiling. In simple words he is the opposite of his cousin Mr. Jason.” I took a deep breath and knew that I will agree to whatever Victor just said about Mr. Ethan once I experience his negativity first hand. I wonder how old is he?

“Is he too old?” I asked Victor and he immediately asked me back…

“Who are you talking about?”

“Of course I am asking about Mr. Ethan.” Victor gave me a hearty laugh and answered…

“He is 29 years old Arabella, and he is one really handsome man or should I say just one side of him makes very handsome while the other makes him look creepy...anyway we have reached already…I will just park at my usual spot then in we go.” I wondered what Victor meant by creepy, I wanted to question him further but after getting out of the car I was standing in front of this really huge building which will definitely change my life, for the good I hope. Walking beside Victor we enter together and it was exactly 8.45 am. I was glad to be before time but the moment I saw Victor walking towards the lift I felt my heart sink a little…it’s ok Arabella you can do it… you are not going in there alone… just relax and breathe… my sub conscious gave me a pep talk as I approached the lift. As always my horror was as clear as the day light on my face and the moment Victor looked at me he instantly asked me…

“Are you still scared of the lifts?” His voice held concern for me which made me feel a little better and I tried to smile and answer him…

“I am able to make it out without having a panic attack if I am not alone.” well this was about me suffering from Claustrophobia and Victor was also aware of it. I have taken counseling sessions to get rid of my phobia but till now have not totally overcome it. My condition is much better than earlier, now I am just fine with other people along with me. But if you ask me to use a lift alone for even one floor then I still can’t do it. My train of thoughts was interrupted by Victor when he nudged me to enter the lift. I saw him press the number 53 and then he turned to me…

“Don’t worry I am sure you will always have someone or the other to accompany and in case there is no one feel free to call me. I will come and get you.” Oh my! This man is such a gentleman, I want to hug him so tight right now but I control myself and just say a shy thank you. We reach my floor and Victor tells me that his department is on the 55th floor while the CEO Mr. Ethan’s office is on the top floor that is 56th….

“Whoa! I am sure I will never even think of going to that floor.” I told Victor and he gave me a confused look so I made my point clear…

“Coming till the 53rd floor is something I can’t avoid but after this or rather apart from this I will use the lift only to get back down, that too only in the evening. I will sit in my floor for the whole day and I am damn sure about it.” Victor gave me an amused smile and just shook his head. He showed me the way to my reporting manager Mrs. Johnson’s office and then went back towards the lift so that he can get to his floor on time. I waved him bye and noticed how good he looks in those black formal trousers and sky blue shirt. With a sigh I turn around and sat outside Mrs. Johnson’s office, she had not arrived yet but I am sure anytime soon she will be here. I tried to calm my nerves so that I don’t make a fool of myself on the very first day.

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