I had to have a major talk with Jenny after the Sisterhood basically went into meltdown mode with her. Luckily, Dom had a heart and rescued her from Elara’s clutches. But according to Jenny, Dom had put Elara up to it. An unlikely scenario since Dom hated Elara’s evil guts. But still. Jenny must have really insulted them for everyone to be on Elara’s side.
I called a meeting and soothed over all hurt feelings. Honestly, I was surprised Jenny didn’t bolt. But I guessed she was still happy with our arrangement (she only had about two weeks left until she was going to move into her penthouse all the way on the other side of San Myshuno. This made me crazy and sad all at the same time! I was soooo going to miss her!)
I got up early to go into work. God, I loved my job.
The atmosphere encouraged creativity and I really liked my co-workers.
“Hey, Noah,” I said to the guy next to me. He was my best friend at work. I could always count on him to have my back.
“Hi, Lexie. Ready for the big meeting today?”
“I think so. Just a few more animations left to go over.”
But when I opened the file I’d been working on, I noticed none of my latest work had been saved. “What the hell?”
“Noah, did I happen to send you the animations I was working on yesterday? My file didn’t save for some reason.”
Oh shit. My boss was coming over no doubt to check up on me.
“Sorry, Lexie, you usually don’t until you finish.”
Unbe-FREAKING-lievable! I was sunk.
My boss, although amazingly talented, could be as nice as Mary Poppins or as mean as Cruella DeVil. And if I didn’t have my shit together, Cruella would show her very beautiful but very terrifying face.
“So, Lexie, let’s see what you have so far. I’m hoping to knock my boss’ ass off with this.”
My stomach gripped tight.
I clicked on something older from last week which was dreadfully undeveloped.
“Is this all you have?”
“Uh…” my mouth froze. I hated confrontation–especially with uppermanagement.
“How am I supposed to present this? What the hell have you been working on all week?”
“I-I’m sorry…I guess it didn’t save?”
“You better have something else to show by our 1 o’clock or a head will roll and it won’t be mine.”
She pushed away from my desk as my face lit up on fire. I tried to hold back tears and went straight to work. It shouldn’t be as hard to fix since I already knew how to approach the motions, but with all animation, things took time.
Before I could get into a groove of manipulating models, Silas Moon, the one person from Brindleton Bay who worked here, came over. He’d just gotten a job with Chicken Tooth Animation only a few months ago. We were childhood friends since my parents were friends with his. He was like a brother to me. Too bad from the minute he’d walked into the office, he’d flirted with me constantly. I’d tried to tell him in every way possible that I saw him as a friend only, but he seriously thought I should grovel at his feet. He’d been popular in high school and I was…well…not. And since we were now adults, he felt I was worthy of his manly presence.
“I see you’re in deep shit with the boss,” he said, sitting on my desk. “Want to shoot me part of your work and I’ll help you?”
That wasn’t a bad idea.
“Um…uh…sure, Silas. That would be great. Thanks!” Maybe I’d been too harsh on the guy.
He leaned in and said, “And then you’ll need to take me out tonight.”
I took that back. “Is this…extortion?” I didn’t look up from the screen.
“Call it one coworker helping out another. Seriously, Lexie, taking me out to dinner for saving your ass is not too much to ask.”
He wouldn’t leave me alone and I hated it. “No. That’s okay. I’ll die at that meeting first.” His middle name must have been pig. Or asshole. Or both.
Rubbing my arm, he said, “Aw…don’t be like that. We’ve been friends for so long. And we’re both single, so it makes sense we should at least go out once. What would it hurt?”
My skin felt as if someone was grating it like cheese.
What I should have done was told him how far to stick it up his ass, but instead I said, “I’m not single.”
“What do you mean? You’ve got a boyfriend? This is news!”
When I didn’t say anything, he said, “Really, Lexie, why play hardball? I want to do you a favor, and in return, I promise to show you a good time. I know you’re not dating anyone. Why do you have to lie like that? It hurts.”
Looking straight at him, I blurted, “Fine. You don’t know about him because we’ve had to keep it a secret. He’s…f-famous. Okay?”
Smirking, he asked, “Who is it?”
“James Sanderson, if you must know.”
Eyes widening, he said, “Of the Heartthrobs? You’ve got to be kidding me. Come on, Lexie, you can do better than that.”
“It’s true!” I screeched, sounding like the liar I was.
He looked as if he was rolling this unlikely fact in his mind. Then he said, arching an eyebrow, “Okay…how about this–I’ll help you with your animations and you and your famous boyfriend meet up with me tonight. Anywhere you like. If what you say is true, we’re cool. I won’t bug you anymore. But if not…you have to take me out. Deal?”
“Silas…” I stared into his blue eyes. He wasn’t going to give up. I knew it. It almost felt like Jenny wanting me to date her brother only she was terribly sweet about it. He was…just a dick. “Fine. We’ll meet at Heroes Nightclub. At 7. Don’t be late.”
He lifted the side of his mouth. “Oh…I won’t. Send me your stuff. I’ll get right to work.”
He sauntered over to his desk as I face palmed.
“What the fuck have I done?”