Dayton was late.
No, scratch that. Dayton has somehow managed to pissed off more than I ever was of him. He knew. He knew how important it was to be here on time tonight. But no. Dayton being Dayton managed to forget that he had to meet me there tonight, managed to forget that he promised 10 days ago that he would be there and on time Scarlett ranted to herself.
"Scarlett?" A voice called out, making her turn on her heel.
"Hey." Scarlett replied to the voice of her business partner Jane.
"What are you still doing out here?" She asked her.
"Oh, I was just waiting for my date. He seems to be running a bit late." She replied with a small smile. Where as, deep inside; she was planning how she can kill her dear date and best friend.
"Everyone's waiting for you inside, he can come find you when he's here." Jane said trying to drag me away.
Guess the stars were finally in my favour when I saw Dayton step down from his silver Audi 303, with his blonde hair and hazel eyes and his million dollar smile matching his appearance. In his perfect 3 piece black suit and the navy blue tie matching my floor length dress for the evening.
"That's my date, you can head in. I'll bring him along." She politely told her business partner because she needed to speak her mind before she could head in.
"Sorry sorry sorry, I swear I didn't forget I just lost track of time. "Dayton smashed another one of his million dollar smiles that makes girls and some guys melt to their knees.
"You knew I couldn't afford you to be late tonight but no, you had to do that to me." Scarlett whisper-yelled at her date after all she still had to keep up appearances.
"Hey cool down, we'll only be fashionably late." He said brushing off the invisible dust particles on his shoulders.
"You should not be fashionably late to your own charity event." She grumbled as she grabbed his arm and dragged him inside the hotel.
As much as Scarlett hated being in a room full of people she barely knew, it had to be done for a good cause and of course it can't be bad for business.
Straightening out Dayton, putting her arms around his pretending to be the perfect date stepped inside with the crowd.
After that the night moved on swiftly, with her giving her speech about the importance of children's education and their well being. Scarlett is a partner at a law firm and she makes sure that justice is served which often requires going to any level deem possible. This was something Scarlett was most passionate about, it's what she loved the most. It was near 11 pm and the event was nearing it's end, she was happy because the event served it's purpose but that was until she saw him.
He was still the same with his coal black hair and a familiar smirk donning his face the tattoo on his neck peaking from the armani he wore.
Her heart raced. She didn't expect to ever seen him again. Further more, him being here doesn't settle well with her because he was the reason she was here today. Doing what she does. It was people like him that she stands against. The presence of people like him loses its purpose. She knew that she didn't invite him, she personally overlooked everyone they invited and he was not on the list.
She was pulled away from her thoughts and looked the other way when she heard Dayton call her.
"Can we go now?" He whinned. You normally don't expect a grown 28 year old man to whine to go home but Dayton doesn't fit in the category of normal.
"No, we can't go yet. It's my event I can't leave early." She said, he started to protest but died as soon as she reminded her that he can't either.
"I can't even flirt here, you won't even let me drink. What am I supposed to do?" He continued his protest.
"Mingle." She told him and sashayed away to look at the guest list.
She might have lost sight of him but she was sure this was him and she needed to find out how.
The list didn't show what she was looking for, which could be understable if he was a plus one or didn't use his real name which was tattooed on her shoulder as hers was on his.
Eric Wheeler. The guy who turned her life around in more ways than one. She finally managed to get a hold of Jane to find out if she knew him.
"Hey Jane, did you invite anyone that we didn't know?" She asked.
"Oh yeah! It's someone who could be a potential partner to the firm. I know we haven't talked about it yet but I asked your assistant to scribble him in for Monday." She replied hurriedly as she had to bid goodbye to the leaving guests. Letting it go for now, I decided to do the same.
It was the next morning when she woke up bright and early after having a difficult night that usually haunts her. And ensures that all her energy is drained.
She knew that she has to leave the bed and get to business, she also knew that she's going to have to see him today weather she likes it or not. After all, she was just a partner as was the reason he was going to be there again. That she has to see him again. She didn't know why did he decide to pop back now that everything was going smoothly. She didn't know if he even knew that she's the one who he'll be meeting or is it on purpose that out of the 400 lawfirms he choose to become a partner with hers.
She dragged herself off bed, filled her travel cup with coffee and was on her way. She had already made her mind that she was going to say no. No matter how much they needed a partner they didn't need a criminal. Didn't need a murder running her law firm. Didn't need the person that messed her world up to try and fix it.
She parked her car and walked into the building. It wasn't as tall of a building you'd expect to be, neither extravagant. But it was enough. Enough to help people, enough for her to do her job. Enough for her to make her proud of where she's come.