“I was told that we were to have a meeting here,” Harley says entering the room of ‘Star’ management, the management company of Intrepid Brits’.
“Yes, Haley Cairns, their famous stylist,” the CEO and chairman of the company, Peter Gregg says looking at her and she smiles. There was no one else in the room as of yet but she knew that they would be here soon.
“How long have you been working for them Harley?” he asks as he motions her to take a seat and she does. His office was huge and she was asked to sit on the couch and Peter walked around, grabbing something to drink.
“A year and no thank you,” she says as he offers her a drink and he shrugs and pours himself one glass and sits next to Harley. Despite the couch being large, he sat very close to her and she moved back because she felt uncomfortable.
“Do you like working for them?” he asks and she nods.
“Yes,” she says and he nods.
“So Harley, tell me about yourself. It’s the first time I’m meeting you,” he says smiling and sips on his drink.
“Well, I am Harley Cairns, I am from Melbourne, Australia but now I live in London and I am almost 20 years old,” she says and he raises his eyebrows.
“Only 19 and yet you are so smart and beautiful,” he says and Harley was offended.
“Age doesn’t matter Mr. Gregg. It doesn’t affect our brain,” she says and Peter laughs.
“Peter, please and you have both, beauty and brains. I like it,” he says and she felt uncomfortable.
“So Harley, are you single?” he asks setting aside his drink and rests his hand on top of the couch, over Harley’s head.
“I don’t see how that should matter my professional life,” she says and he leans forward and laughs.
“Harley Cairns, such a feisty woman. Trying hard to get. I like it,” he says.
“Sir, I am not trying hard to get or anything. I’m here because I was told that you wanted to discuss something,” she says feeling super uncomfortable at this point.
“Yes. That is what I am doing. I have watched you Harley. On screen, on stage, behind the stage and I have to admit, you are an independent, strong and a hot woman. Let me be straight forward, I’m attracted to you and I like you,” he says and Harley was taken back.
“So what I’m saying is I’m a man of money and power and I can treat like a princess. I can spoil you with riches and take you anywhere you want,” he says getting cocky.
“First of all I don’t care about money or power. Second I want to be treated like a goddamn queen while my man will be treated like a king. I don’t want to be spoiled by your riches or taken anywhere I want because I want to spoil myself and pamper myself with my money,” she says confidently.
“Ooh! A woman who knows her worth, I like it,” he says.
“Ooh! A man who doesn’t get a clue, I hate it,” she says mocking him and looks at him in the eye. He just stares at her body from top to bottom and places his hand on her thigh, which she immediately pushes it away.
“If this is what you wanted to discuss Mr. Gregg, I am not interested,” she says standing up and walks away but he holds her hand and pulls her closer to him and brushes her hair away from her face.
“I said, I am not interested in men like you,” she says pushing him away and walks out his office and sees Alex standing in front of her and walks away swiftly.
“Alex!” she calls after him but he doesn’t wait for her. She walks faster, following him but she couldn’t catch up to him.
“Alex! Stop!” she says and he turns around and walks up to her.
“What happened? Why are you walking away from me?” she asks, breathless and he just stares at her.
“Oh, I didn’t want to interrupt your session with him,” he says with his face full of disgust.
“What?” she asks shocked.
“I saw you with Peter Harley. I honestly thought you were better than this. I never took you as a person who would sleep with her higher officials. I thought you were a smart woman,” he says and she got mad.
“Shut up Alex,” she says raising her voice and everyone turned to see them.
“In there, now,” she says talking him to an empty, sound proof room.
“First of all nothing happened between Peter and I. He called me there saying he wanted to discuss something and then he put forward that he liked me and wanted to be with me but I rejected his offer, multiple times and as I walked away, I saw you,” she says and Alex’s anger dropped.
“And second of all, why would you care Alex?” she asks and he gets closer to her.
“That is because I like you Harley. I can’t the stand the thought of you with someone else,” he says looking down into her eyes and she was surprised.
“What?” she asks surprised. She didn’t expect this to happen, ever in her life and yet here she was.
“Yes Harley. I like you. I have ever since you walked in and introduced yourself to us as our stylist. I liked your wits, confidence, beauty and grace. You are literally the most perfect woman I have ever seen,” he says getting closer to her and wraps his arms around her waist.
“Well then, I have to tell you something too. I like you too,” she says and he smiled as he leaned forward and kissed her. This was something the both of them always imagined but never thought it would happen.
During, ‘truth or shot’, one of the men she had a crush on was Alex but she didn’t want to say it because he was in a relationship with Ira but they had been broken up for 2 months now. She really did like him.
“I have always wanted to do this,” he says touching his forehead to her and she nods.
“Same,” she says with a huge smile on her face.
“Give me one chance Harley. I’ll treat you like no other man can. I promise,” he says and she kisses him.
“Yes,” she says and he was surprised.
“Will you be my girlfriend Harley?” he asks and she nods and they kiss once more. They left the building, holding hands and went to the recording studio where the boys were meeting up.
“Harley! What a surprise. We didn’t know you would be joining us,” Andrew says hugging her and he was a bit surprised to see Harley and Alex walking in, hand in hand but he said nothing.
“Should we tell them?” Alex asks and the boys were all a bit confused.
“Oh, hell with it. Alex and I are together. We are dating,” Harley says and Noah gives her a big hug and they jump. The boys congratulated them and they were so happy.
“Wait, when did this happen?” Evan asks and Harley looks at Alex.
“About an hour ago,” he says and wraps his arm around Harley and kisses her head.
“This is wonderful news,” Andrew says and Harley smiles and looks at Harvey who looked distracted and a bit hurt.
“Harvey? Are you alright?” she asks as the boys walk away to listen to their ongoing recording and Harvey nods.
“Yes, of course. Why wouldn’t I be?” he asks.
“I don’t know. You seemed upset,” she says but he just smiles, what she didn’t realize was that it was a sad one and not a happy one.
“I am so happy for you Harley,” he says and she smiles. She gives him a hug and he inhaled her sweet vanilla scent. He watched her walk away from him and kiss Alex and that hurt him. He didn’t know what it was but he was upset.