It's been 2 days since Barcelona, and I haven't heard from Gabriel. I knew he'd ignore me afterwards, but I had Jacob to look forward to. My phone rang, startling me. "Hey Jacob."
"Hey, want to meet tonight? I'm stopping in LA to see my sister and her husband later."
"I'd love to. What time?"
"8:30 at Lorenzo's?"
"Sounds great." I hung up, excited for the day to end already.
Forget him. He didn't give two shits about me. Men like him lose interest quickly. I exchange a few polite greetings on my way into the office and settle myself at the desk. 30 minutes later, Gabriel walks by my desk on his way to his office.
"Good morning, Mr. Howard."
Asshole. "How're you doing today?"
"Are you going to e-mail me the list of today's tasks?"
"I can call Mr. Jones for another meeting."
"Already saw him."
"Just now. At his house."
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"So you could fuck up like last time?"
"Seriously? I'm supposed to be assisting you on this case! What's the point of me being here?
"I let you do plenty. I was thinking of letting you color code my filing cabinets this week."
"If you're leaving me in the dark about everything now, I'm quitting."
"I'm not joking. Not anymore. My notice is drafted and ready to print."
His gaze finally meets mine. I don't look away. I don't even blink once.
"I'm not bullshitting. I'm done Mr. Howard."
A defeated growl escapes his throat. "Fine. I wanted to meet him alone because I didn't want any distractions."
"Ah, I see." Suddenly, my phone rang. "Excuse me, I need to take this." I stroll past him and go outside. "Hey Jacob."
"Hey, I can't wait. Can I take you out for some lunch?"
"I'd love that."
"Great, be ready by 2?"
I hung up and went back inside. "By the way Gabriel, I never try to get in the way."
"I'm not talking about myself. I'm talking about Byron flirting with you."
"Jealousy doesn't look good on you."
"Everything looks good on me."
I rolled my eyes. "Whatever."
"Fine, if you want to get so involved, meet me in my office. Now."
"Gabriel, baby, I've been waiting for you."
"What the hell?"
"That's not how you greet your girlfriend. Your assistant lied."
"Get dressed and leave."
"Just wanted to surprise you baby. I waited for an hour. You're late so maybe I should just punish you."
"Get. Out. Jade and I..." He looked and she was no longer in his office. "Jade?" He went into my office and scowled when he saw the empty office.
"How are you doing?" Kelly asked while we went to the cafe to get a drink.
"I'm quitting." She basically chocked on her tea.
"I can't handle him anymore, Kelly."
"But you like it here."
"I do. That's the problem."
"What about that one guy? Byron was his name?"
I shrugged. "Not sure."
"I did some digging, he lives literally 20 minutes from here and he's been asking about you. If you leave, you won't be able to see him."
"Yes. I think you two would be a great fit."
I blushed. "But he's my client and..."
"Girl, please. Byron is total man candy and he's 100% into you! Go for him!"
"Kelly, you know I can't. Although yes, he is very handsome."
"See? You're single Jade. Do it! Go for him!"
"Jade, there you are."
Gabriel shows up, an empty coffee mug in his hands. "I left your job contract on your desk for you to review."
"Because you misread the part where it said your job starts at 9. Drinking coffee is not listed."
"Neither was purchasing bleach."
"Get back to your desk. Now."
"Thanks for the drink, Kelly."
As I stood up she whispered, "Just do what he says and you'll be fine. Earn those brownie points." I nodded.
Gabriel fills his coffee mug and leaves, and I follow after him.
I go back to my tasks, and it's not long before I get called. My office. Now. Rolling my eyes, I stood up and went to his office.
"Since we got distracted yesterday, I thought it's about time I filled you in on the meeting with Byron yesterday. We need to make progress with this."
A.K.A Man Candy! I'd love to be around him more!
"We discussed how to go about protecting the trust fund. The best option is changing the requirement to access the money. Right now, all that needs to happen is Melany turning 18. We can look at additional clauses."
I spend the remainder of the day in Gabriel's office, discussing ways to change the fine print of the trust fund. I see that he still continues to be professional. Hiding his feelings for me. Selfish prick. Although, I don't care.
"I need you to draft a couple of contracts. Why are you looking at me like that?"
"I'm giving you "relevant" tasks to do, aren't I?"
Sure, whatever. "Yes."
"You've been acting weird all day. So use damn words and tell me what's going on."
"If you don't know, then I can't help you."
"Is it about..."
Bingo fucker. "We slept together!"
"Are you unhappy about that?"
Yes. Yes I am. "I'm unhappy that you think you can act like nothing happened."
"Why do you want me to do?"
"Figure it out."
"By sending you dirty texts? Me mentally undressing you? Fucking you in my office?" His icy eyes pierce into mine.
Suck it up, Jade. "Show me what you mean."
In a quick movement, he walks up to me and it takes him less than a minute to undress me. I close my eyes and play along, feeling anxious.
"I've wanted to do that since the moment I laid my eyes on you. And I wanted to do it here."
Like you say to every damn assistant. His lips crash into mine and his hands slide down my back. He hoists me up onto his desk without breaking the kiss. Papers and folders fall to the floor, but he doesn't care. He loosens his top button and rolls his shirt sleeves up. He wraps his tie around my mouth to drown out my moans. Out of his sake, I let him do whatever he wants by pushing me to lie down and slowly unzips his pants, sliding inside me in seconds. After fast, hard thrusts he cums inside me.
"How do I look?" I asked as I adjusted my hair.
"Like you just had sex with your boss."
"Let me take you out to dinner tonight. As a truce to fix things."
"Come, we'll take my car." We find a quiet table and make our order.
"Are you sure this is okay?"
"Of course. I've got to show my assistant I appreciate her." His hand moves toward mine, but once he realized what he's done, he pulls away.
"I take it you're into fine dining."
"You could say that. Or maybe I'm just into having a beautiful woman sitting across from me eating delicious food.
Okay then... "I love food too. I wish I could cook as well as I can eat."
"Why do you do that?"
"Change the subject when I try to be nice. Isn't that what you've wanting all along? A kind boss?"
I did before you became an asshole. "I suppose so. It's just very expected when it comes from you."
"Surely I'm not that bad."
Yes, you are. "Only when you want to be."
"Remind me to punish you for saying that tomorrow.
Flirting up my dirty mind is cheap.
"No need to blush. You're not very shy around me, are you?"
I shrug and decide to be honest. "Sometimes you make me nervous."
You used to make me feel nervous with his lust-filled eyes, perfectly sculpted face, your "you just had sex" hair, the way your muscles move.. Stop it Jade! "Everything. The way you make me look, the way you make me feel."
"I'm glad. I thought it was just me. You don't know how wild you drive me."
Whatever Gabriel, prove it. "Judging by the things you do to me in private, I'm starting to get it."
"Oh I haven't even gotten around you to all of dirty things I want to do to you."
The waiter brings our order and I raise my eyebrows at his plate. "That looks like a lot of food."
"I was being serious about working up an appetite."
"Now that I think about it, I'm pretty hungry myself."
I pick up the fork and knife. "Well, I think you'll enjoy this but I hope you won't enjoy it as much as you did earlier."
I take a bit and lick my upper lip on purpose. "This is a good restaurant. But it's not THAT good."
He grins at me and raises his glass. "You may just be my favorite assistant yet."
"What were the previous ones like?"
"I never got involved with any of them, if that's what you're wondering. This is something I don't usually do."
"Somehow, I knew that."
"You care about your job too much."
"And so do you. And yet here we are." He pauses, then throws a cautious glance at me. "Do you regret what we did?"
I don't even know. "No."
"Neither do I." We'll see about that Howard.
His leg finds mine under the table, and he keeps it like that, touching me secretly.
"What happens next?"
"We win that case. As for the rest...we'll see."
I smile, and we continue talking about law, strange cases, verdicts and the time flies by.
*2 hours later: I get home after a pretty perfect evening. What the hell Jade?! I had sex with my boss in his office! The worse part is, I want more. No man has made me feel the way he can. Maybe Byron can change that. I blushed. Just then, I get a text from my sister Chloe. Hey sis, u free? i need u to come bail me out.
Jade: from where?
Chloe: county jail. Oh my god!