Imperfect Strangers

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Starstruck

OAKLYNN’S POV

Gosh, I’m so late.

My final week at work, it’s a Monday morning and I’m late for work. Madison was going to have me for breakfast-she loathed tardiness. I didn’t want her to think I was slacking because I was leaving.

For some reason, my alarm didn’t go off and I overslept. Then my car wouldn’t start until my friendly neighbor helped to jumpstart it. If you must know, I had been binge-watching SEE last night. I mean who wouldn’t? It’s Jason freakin’ Momoa and one episode wasn’t going to cut it. I had to watch the whole season. To make matters worse it was so gripping and-

You know what? Before you judge me, just watch it.

I burst into the lobby like a bullet from a gun, aiming for the lift right at the end. My breath came in tearing gasps and I stumbled in the heels I had gotten used to wearing. Stupid, high stilettos that Madison had insisted on as part of corporate wear. With a glorious ping the doors slid open and I threw myself inside, bruising my shoulder against the far wall before I scrambled upright. I pushed the ‘door close’ button repeatedly as if it was an accelerator but who was I kidding? The doors closed and then the lift was soaring upwards, but it was still too slow for my liking.

Mel was already seated at her desk in the corner, rummaging through her designer handbag. She looked up as she saw me walking into the office.

“Good morning Kylo's Queen,” she smirked, placing her bag in her drawer.

I closed the door and plopped down in my desk chair. “Please don’t start Mel. It’s still too early.” Starting up the computer, I pulled up my mailbox.

“Well..you’re in luck-our delivery just came-on time- as per usual..” she handed me my latte and a paper bag that contained a mini bacon and cheese hamburger, toasted salmon bagel, and English muffins and oatmeal cookies.

“Why? I told him to stop.”

Ren or Kylo rather, had made sure Mel and I had a constant supply of breakfast for the past couple of months. It was delivered every morning at nine, come rain or shine. I had sent him countless texts to stop the deliveries but as usual he didn’t listen.

“I told him not to.”

She munched on her burger, ignoring my stony glare. “You can give me your share. I can eat it at lunch.”

“You’re unbelievable,” I muttered in response, turning my attention back to the screen. “How was the party?” I asked, trying to disguise my interest.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” Her dark eyes narrowed as she looked at me. “I mean after you basically locked him out of your apartment.”

“He told you about that?” I glanced at her then continued to type a response to an email.

“Why do you keep pushing him away Mel? He seems to be a really great guy though.”

“Because he invited you to his exclusive birthday?” I snipped.

“Now you’re just being a-“ Mel caught herself just in time and sighed. “If you really want to know..” She closed her eyes and swallowed hard before she continued. “When Kylo came back from seeing you-after you locked him out and blatantly ignored him-he got really drunk and he uh-“ Mel looked around, uncomfortable.

“He what?”

“He left with Courtney,” she said, her face crestfallen. “Maybe it was nothing-“

My heart was breaking, but I forced myself to sound offhanded. “He’s not my boyfriend or anything. I don’t care.”

“Lynn…”

“Let’s not dwell on this okay? How was the rest of your weekend?” I made a swipe at changing the subject.

Just then, there was a commotion in the pool office, a buzz of excited voices.

“What’s going on?” I asked, craning my neck but still couldn’t see why everyone was crowding around.

“Let me go and investigate,” Mel scrambled to her feet and darted out the door.

I busied myself with my work and was so engrossed in my thoughts that I didn’t realize someone was sitting on my desk. I smelt his cologne before I noticed him with his hip perched on the edge of my desk.

He even looked better than his photos. His sweet angelic face, his tousled platinum hair, and those clear, arctic blue eyes..Gosh, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I couldn’t stop staring. Try as I might, I just couldn’t stop staring. He had me hypnotized-I couldn’t move, let alone breathe.

“Oaklynn?” He asked in a husky tone.

“Jordan Carter?!!”

“In the flesh,” he winked. “We have a common friend and I thought we could get acquainted. Is that okay?”

My voice got caught in my throat. All I could do was nod like I was dumb as a brick. His voice sounded like it was coming from a distance and my head was feeling woozy.

“Are you okay? You seem a bit flushed?” He leaned forward, his eyes clouded with concern.

And that my friends, is the last thing I heard before my eyeballs rolled back and I keeled over my chair.

When I came to I was lying on the sofa in Madison’s office.

I could hear Madison and Jordan arguing.

“How could you do that to her JC? You know how people react whenever they see you for the first time,” my boss reprimanded him.

“I’m sorry Sonny…I didn’t think of that,” he apologized, scratching the back of his head.

“She’s awake,” Madison stood and walked towards me. “Stay back.” She warned Jordan.

“C’mon Sonny,” he protested. “I’m sure she’s over the initial shock now. Aren’t you little one?” he peered at me from behind my irate boss lady’s shoulder.

Little one? He’s too cute. I’ve never been called that before.

“I’m okay..” I stretched and sat up. “I’m sorry for worrying you both.”

“The only one that should be apologizing is him,” she glared at Jordan.

“I’m sorry Oaklynn,” he sat on the arm of the sofa, next to Madison. “You okay?”

“Yes.”

“Are you ready to have that chat now?”

“What was it about?” I stopped and faced him, my frown deepening.

“I think you need to give my boy a chance. Stop shutting him down.”

“JC, you need to stay out of this,” Madison answered before I could. “I warned Kylo not to hurt Oaklynn and he did anyway. He had his chance and he blew it.”

“Madison, you have no idea-“

She turned to me and took my hand. “Do you want to hear what the advocate has to say Oaklynn?”

I wanted to hear anything he had to say to be honest. Anything at all. We could sit here all day and talk about the weather-about anything-just as long as I could hear him talk.

“Well, I might as well..” I shrugged. “He’s here anyway..”

“Clever girl,” Jordan smiled. “I knew there was a reason Kylo liked you.”

“I’ll be outside if you need me okay?” she squeezed my shoulder before exiting her lair.

Jordan slid onto the spot next to me and eyes me skeptically. “So what’s the deal little one? Why are you giving my boy a hard time?

“I-I-“

What’s with me today? I was tongue-tied again. I don’t think I’d ever get used to having a casual conversation with Jordan Carter. I know we always have this delusion-yes I said delusion-that when we see our idol we will say this and do that, but when it comes down to it all you would do-could do-was act like a blithering idiot.

He raised an eyebrow and put his hand behind the couch. “I’m listening…’

“He-uh-“ I squirmed under his penetrating stare. “I think Madison is right. You should stay out of this.” I said in one breath before rushing out of the room in a panic.

My life…

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