I spend my weekend thinking about Ainsley. I went by the steakhouse to see her bustling around the restaurant. I want to go inside and tell her to stop, but something catches my eye. I see a little boy with light blond hair sitting in the corner. Several servers go by him and talk with him before I see Ainsley sit with him. It hits me; she has a child. That is why she can’t work past five. I frown thinking about her apartment. There were toys around, but I thought maybe she had them for nieces and nephews. Fuck! No wonder she is working two jobs, I remember Charlotte saying her paycheck mostly went to daycare. I keep walking through town, heading to meet up with Leo. The fact Ainsley turned me down before I could even ask her out irked me. I now saw Ainsley Gordon as a challenge, and I never lose.
Walking into the pub, Leo wanted me to meet him at, I spot him sitting at the bar.
“Hey man, why do you look angry?” he asks me as I drop into a seat next to him.
“I saw Ainsley working a second job,” I tell him, and he shrugs.
“What do we pay our secretaries?” I ask and he frowns.
“That is a question for HR, I don’t know. Why is it bothering you now?” he asks, waving down the bartender.
“What can I get you two?” she asks, leaning on the bar shoving her breasts in my face. Normally I would look, but a certain brunette kept my mind occupied.
“Scotch on the rocks,” I say, looking at her. She gives me a wink and turns to Leo.
“And you, sir?”
“Whiskey, neat.” She nods and walks off.
“Okay, tell me, why are you so concerned about our secretaries and their salaries? Did something happen with you and Miss Gordon? Do we need to move her back to the front or fire her?”
“No. If anything, we need to give her a raise. Did you know the day we transferred her to me that she had a second job to get to? She completed all the work that normally took Charlotte two days to do and did it in one. She skipped her lunch to finish it by five.”
“How do you know she works a second job and isn’t it a good thing we found a secretary that can keep up with you?” he asks and I shake my head.
“I ran into her when I went to dinner with my parents and Laird. She was our server.”
“And what happened?”
“Nothing, she spoke to me like I was a normal customer.”
“Then what is the problem? Do you like her?”
“She passed out Friday morning,” I explain, and Leo gives shrugs..
“I remember. Vivianne was clearly upset about something but said you had it handled.”
“I drove her home. Stayed at her place for a couple of hours to make sure she was okay. Then followed her when she left her apartment to the grocery store.”
“Okay, now you sound like a stalker. Finn, do I need to be worried about you?” Leo nods at the bartender when she placed our drinks down.
“I don’t know what to think. She has caught my attention. She even right out and said we couldn’t have a relationship.”
“She is right. You are her direct boss. She cannot date you.” I sigh and glare at Leo.
“Don’t you think I know that? We need to replace her and put her back on the front desk. I need her away or I won’t be able to resist.” Leo shakes his head at me before sipping his drink.
“I’ve never seen you like this about a girl, not even Priya.” I frown, Priya was my fiance before she cheated on me with my business rival Hank Blue. I haven’t been in a serious relationship since then.
“She has a kid, I think,” I say, which catches Leo’s attention.
“Now you can’t ever date her. If she has a child, she won’t want him dragged into that world of paparazzi,” he tells me and I glare at him.
“I know! That doesn’t mean I still don’t want to know what she tastes like.”
“When was the last time you got laid?” I laugh and shake my head.
“I don’t need to get laid.”
“It might get her out of your head. Find a girl at your mom’s Christmas party, fuck her until you forget about Ainsley Gordon.” I drink my scotch, wishing it was that easy. Ainsley Gordon shot me down before I even had a chance, and now it made me want her even more. She has no clue what she was in for. She wasn’t like the other women who threw themselves at me, she’d told me no. Now the games begin, I am going to woo her until she can’t do anything but say yes. I pull out my phone and quickly find an online florist who will deliver the same day. I order a dozen pink roses and send them to her apartment. I just sign the card Finn.
“Hey, we need to talk about the merger.” Leo brings me back to our work at hand. We are an electronics company and just recently bought a small mom-and-pop operation that needed to be bailed out.
“We leave them as the heads of the business. I’ve met Richard McKay, he has a good head on his shoulders. The only reason they were struggling is that they are a small business. We are just the behind the scenes help,” I say, and Leo nods his agreement.
“Finn MacNee!” George Fullerton yells my name. I turn in my seat to see the older gentleman coming up to the bar.
“How are you, George?” I ask, turning to face him.
“Good, good. I heard you are expanding your business from your dad,” he remarks, coming over to clap me hard on the shoulder.
“You heard right. We just expanded into the last of the fifty states,” I explain with a hint of pride in my voice. Leo and I started this business with nothing, and in eight years we’ve become a worldwide name.
“What international countries are you a part of?” he asks, and I tick off the countries on my fingers.
“Britain, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and Austria.”
“Impressive, have you tried for the Asian markets?”
“Yes, sir. We are in talks with Japan as we speak.”
“Well done. Have your secretary call me and set up a meeting. I’d like to talk to you about investing in your company,” he tells me, nodding at Leo.
“Thanks, George.” George gives me a smile and goes back to the group of gentlemen he’d been sitting with.
“That is awesome! Do you know how great we would look if George Fullerton invested in us?” Leo asks practically fangirling over George.
“Nothing is set in stone,” I remind him, and he nods. We continue to talk this time about Leo’s love life and how his latest girl is boring him already. It brings my mind back to Ainsley. I hope she likes the flowers.
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