Hi Gorgeous People!
Sooo...last week I dropped the ball and didn't share this out on social media as planned. I didn't realize it until last Thursday, as my weeks are crazy now.
So Here Goes...
It's another #writerwednesday and I'm dropping a line from my WIP, A Womans Design: Afflictions. It's slated to be released at the end of this year. I hope you enjoy...
It seemed at times the clock stopped altogether that day at work, as time dragged on. My eyes glanced up at the clock a few minutes after eleven and I couldn’t take it anymore. Business was really slow and I had no appointments scheduled. I pulled out my cell phone and closed the door to my office.
Changing my mind I walked to my desk and picked up the office phone. I didn’t want my cell phone number to pop up on his caller ID. I had thrown his business card away, after saving his number in my phone under a false name. I dialed the number I had saved under Weight Loss two weeks ago. I shook my head at my ridiculousness. Eric had a habit of checking my phone, even though I had never given him reason to.
“Hello?” came that sexy voice.
“Hi, it’s Ambiance.”
“Hey, I’m glad you decided to hit me up. Did you enjoy yourself that night?” he asked.
My insides were quivering, his voice was so sexy. It caressed me up and down like silk on soft skin after a fresh bath. Mmphh. Breathe Ambiance, breathe girl. I coached myself. It felt good to have someone looking forward to hearing from me. And I could tell in his voice that he wanted to hear from me.
“Umm yeah,” I managed to squeak out. Now that I had done the deed, I was trembling. What was I going to say? I had not put too much thought into it.
“So, what’s going on with you today?” he asked.
“Well, just a little work and not too much of anything else. I was thinking, I really appreciate you inviting me to the dinner. I had lunch with one of the ladies that I met that night, and I have three meetings scheduled with a three gentlemen you introduced me to. I think these contacts will take my business to the next level. So, I wanted to take you to lunch to thank you for the opportunity.”
Yeah, that sounded good. I hadn’t known why I wanted to call him other than to hear his voice. But this excuse sounded as good as any.
“Well, I’m glad it worked out for you. That’s what it was all about. And I would love to have lunch with you,” he confessed with a slight chuckle.
I knew he was thinking about how hard he had tried to get me to go to lunch previously. But I wouldn’t give him the time of day.
“Okay, well do you have any particular day in mind?”
“How about today? It’s good for me if it’s good for you,” he declared.
“Sounds good. I usually go at 12:30.”
“Can you get away early today, and perhaps for an extended lunch?”
I thought about my calendar. I had no meetings scheduled that day. This would be perfect, because I could skip out for lunch and get back in time to head home for the day. We had two other personal shoppers on duty that day. I wouldn’t be missed I reasoned.
“Sure, that won’t be a problem,” I confirmed. “Where do you want me to meet you at?” I asked, grabbing a pencil to jot down any notes or directions.
“I’ll be there to pick you up in about 10 minutes, is that cool?”
I panicked, “Um no.” People at the boutique knew that I was married. How would I explain Nick’s constant popping up at the boutique? There were only so many clothes a man would come to buy for his mother and aunt, before people started getting suspicious. Not to mention I didn’t want to explain getting into a car with some tall, dark and sexy man, driving a nice whip.
“Are you sure? I don’t mind picking you up.”
“No, thanks. I’ll be fine driving myself. Where do you want to meet?”
“Let’s go to the Shepherd’s Place,” he said, referring to an upscale restaurant three blocks from my job.
I didn’t know if he planned to pay, or if we were paying for our own meals. Well after all we were only friends right?
There wasn’t anything going on that shouldn’t be. So of course I would pay for my own meal. Just because he had paid for both of our coffees that night meant nothing. There went my shopping money for this paycheck. I was a clothes horse, and had to buy at least two outfits every paycheck, a handbag and a pair of shoes. The Shepherd’s place didn’t cost quite that much, but it was definitely not cheap.
“Okay. I’ll meet you there in say 10?”
“Alright, pretty lady. I’ll see you there,” he said in that voice that made my insides quiver.
I hung up my office phone, grabbed my purse, phone, and keys and headed for the door.
“Peggy, I’m taking an early lunch. I should be back in about a couple of hours,” I told the assistant.
“Sure, Ambiance. Do you want me to reschedule your lunch date with Marc and Sharon?” Peggy knew that Marc and Sharon quite often popped up to get me on their way to lunch. She was the keeper of both mine and Angelique’s calendar as well.
I had forgotten all about our lunch date. Oh well, I would hook up with them another time. “That would be great, Peggy. Just see if they can reschedule for tomorrow. Tell them I had an important meeting.”
“Sure,” she said with a smile. She was a very reserved and professional older lady. Before Nick told me he had attained very personal information about me from her, I would have said she didn’t gossip.
Peggy was efficient at the work she did keeping me organized, preparing my materials for every meeting, and producing timely reports.
I fast stepped down the hallway to the back of the boutique and made my way into the ladies restroom. Slipping in, I locked the door behind me. I checked my image in the mirror to make sure everything was on point. I wore my naturally wavy jet black hair in a ponytail. I pressed my full red lips together. My Relentlessly Red M.A.C lipstick was holding up smooth as usual. My eyes were flawless and my makeup only enhanced them. I turned around in the mirror to check out my style. I wore a black, short sleeved dress today, which stopped just a few inches above my knees. And those oh so beautiful sexy, red heels that adorned my size 6 feet, made my calves pop, along with other unmentionables. Yes, your girl was looking fierce.
Subconsciously, I had dressed with the thought that I just might see Nick today. I tucked my little red and black purse under my arm and trotted out the bathroom.
Hopping in my 2010 Mint green Camry, I started feeling the first flaring of my nerves. To quell the feeling and the second guessing of myself I popped in my Dru Hill CD. It wasn’t long before Jazz began belting out the words to Never Make A Promise. Mm-hmm, that’s what Eric used to sing, but he didn’t keep any of his promises.
I quickly popped out the Dru Hill CD and placed another one of their CDs in, Enter The Dru and selected Beauty. Yeah, that’s more like it. I opened up my purse and searched for a piece of gum or some mints. I came across some watermelon gum and popped a piece in my mouth. Mmm, so juicy and flavorful. Whew! That’s not the thought I wanted to have. For some reason lately, my mind had a habit of wandering into places it had no business. I put the car in drive and pulled out of my parking space as I bobbed my head. This was more like it.
My heart picked up its pace the closer I got to the restaurant. It wasn’t long before I pulled up and parked right next to his charcoal beauty. I didn’t know the model of whip he drove, but it sure was pretty.
I hopped out and secured the locks. Just as I was preparing to head in the direction of the restaurant, I heard my name. “Ambiance.” I would know that voice anywhere. There went my heart and everything else. How could someone I didn’t know and had just met have such an effect on me? It had to be the issues I was going through at home with Eric.
I turned around and a smile involuntarily took over my face. Nick was standing there in black slacks, a white open collared shirt, and a black jacket thrown carelessly over his shoulder. That was one fine man, if I could say so myself. And I was definitely saying so.
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