Romance Fiction posted October 9, 2022


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Amanda starts her new job.

The Office Part 5

by Shirley McLain


(From the previous chapter)

“Son, she is your mother, and I would appreciate it if you addressed her as such. I still love her, and that hasn’t changed one iota over the past twenty-two years. I intend to make her my wife again. I made mistakes by not standing up to my parents on her behalf and not going after her when she left.

Emily has been here the entire time you were growing up. She watched you and me from a distance. I have many things to make up for because of what she suffered.

We actually fell back into our comfort zone. It surprised both of us. It was almost like old times, once she relaxed a little. I have a question for you.”

“Sure, Dad, go ahead and ask.”

“Do you think you can make your mother part of our family? I know that would mean the world to her.”

“Dad, I stayed angry at her for a long time because she left me. After hearing her story and now being grown, I have some understanding. I can’t understand why she has stayed away from me. My grandparents have been gone for several years. I don’t know her, and you don’t either. We will need time to develop a relationship. The bottom line is I will give her a chance.”

“I can’t ask for anything more than that. I think we have a lot of work to do to convince our ladies to marry us.”

Part 5

Amanda spent the weekend getting things ready to begin her new job at 8:00 A.M. Monday morning. She spent most of her time thinking about the proposal Tony made over dinner on Friday night. Her mind was its usual wishy-washy self. One minute later, she planned their happy life together, and five minutes later she found excuses not to marry him. Then it would switch back to planning for the new job. I think the way my mind has been working is referred to as schizoid. I know I can’t go on like this.

Digging through her closet for the third time, Amanda decided on the outfit to wear on her first day of work. She decided on a brown tweed skirt and jacket, which coordinated with her new brown heels.

Since she was going to be Tony’s personal assistant, she needed to dress professionally. She splurged and spent Tony’s money on the most comfortable heels she had ever had on her feet. The price she paid for them makes her gasp when she thought of them.

Monday morning arrived, and Amanda made sure she got to the office building early. Since she didn’t have a previous assistant to help her acclimate to the position, she would need extra time.

Harpie stood at the bank of elevators when Amanda arrived. I have to stop thinking of her as Harpie. She could wind up my mother-in-law.

“Good Morning, Mrs. Harper. How are you today?”

“I’m doing fine. How about yourself?”

“I’m OK, but nervous. As you know, I start at Wilkins and Wilkins this morning.”

“Don’t be nervous, Amanda. You are an excellent worker. Wilkins and Wilkins are lucky to have you. By the way, since you are no longer working in my office, call me Emily from now on.”

“Thank you, Emily.” Is this the same woman I worked with that made my life miserable for three years? “That is very kind of you to say.”

The elevator door opened, and both women stepped inside. Amanda pushed the button for the twelfth floor. Neither said anything until the door opened. “Have a great first day, Amanda,” Emily said.

“You have a great one also.” Amanda turned to the left and Emily went right.

***

I think Amanda should be here at any time. I want her to be comfortable with me. Tony sat behind his desk, waiting impatiently. He tried to read the brief in front of him, but couldn’t keep his mind from wandering back to Amanda. He heard the front door buzzer sound and promptly went to open the door.

“Good morning my new office assistant, are you ready for this great adventure?”

“I’m nervous, but more than ready to get started.”

“Let me show you your office.”

“I have an office?”

“Yes, and it is just outside mine.”

“I knew it would be close. You're my boss.”

“I’m not your boss. You are now part of this office family. Put your things in the closet there on your right. There is a locker inside where you can put your purse. The building maintenance has a master key in case you lose yours. I would suggest putting it on your key ring.”

“Sounds good and I’ll do that. Actually, on second thought I won’t because my keys stay in my purse. I need to go in and out of the locker. I’ll figure something out that works for me. What time does your dad get here?”

“He’s usually here by 8 AM. His assistant is set up just as you are. Marge will answer any of your specific questions about the general office. She is dad’s assistant. She has been here for a little over ten years.”

Putting her bag in the locker, Amanda took her key out and locked the door. It was on a stretch band, so she slipped it on her wrist. “I take it that is my desk. I love this office with all the windows, and the view is spectacular. I like the fact the windows open to the south. I’ll get lots of light, but it won’t blind me. I can leave the blinds open all the time.”

“I am usually here by 7:30 in the mornings. I don’t expect you to get me coffee, but you can if you want. Let me show you the break room. It has a two burner electric stove, microwave, refrigerator, and of course the Keurig coffee maker.

“This is certainly a well furnished break room. From the looks of it, you have all of Keurig’s coffee flavors.”

“Not even close, but we do have several plus different teas. If you cook lunch, you clean.”

“I don’t think I’ll ever cook. I usually bring my lunch.”

“How about we have lunch together on the days I’m not in court?”?"

“OK, you have a standing date. I’ll bring my lunch on the other days.”

“Let’s get some coffee and go back to your desk. You can start to settle in and begin the orientation on the computer.”

A male voice called out, “Tony, where are you?”

“I’m in the break room.”

“Good morning, you two. I’m glad to see you, Amanda. Are you ready to get this adventure started?” Henry Wilkins asked as he entered the break room. “Let me make me some coffee and get to work. Has Marge arrived yet?”

“I’ve not seen her, Dad. She’ll be here anytime. You know she arrives at the last minute.”

They heard the front door buzz and knew Marge had arrived. “Well, it looks like my assistant has arrived. I have to get to work. I’m glad you’re here, Amanda.”

“Thank you, Mr.,” Amanda saw, Mr. Wilkins begin to open his mouth. “I mean, Henry. Have a wonderful day.”

Henry smiled and left with coffee in hand. Tony and she heard him say hello to Marge, and then things got quiet.

Tony took two steps and closed the door behind his father. He then took three steps to Amanda and took her in his arms, and passionately kissed her before she had time to react. “I’ve been wanting to do that since you walked through the door.”

“I’m not sure how appropriate that was, but I liked it.”

“Great, because I plan on doing it every morning. Once we’re married, I can do it before we leave home, but until then I’ll do it here.”

“What makes you think we’re going to marry?”

Tony laughed, “Because you love me.”

“Yes, I do, but right now, I'm just an employee and need to get to work.”

“You will never be just an employee. Come on and quit trying to keep me from my duties!” Tony said playfully.

“OK, I promise not to accost you again,” Amanda said in her most deadpan voice.

“Fine, but remember if you want to accost me during the day, just step into my office and close the door.”

“Tony Wilkins, you are incorrigible.”

With a big smile on his face, Tony said. “It’s fun, isn’t it?”

They walked out of the break room to begin their day.




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