The ride back to the office had been awfully quiet; Greg couldn’t regain from the shock of her kissing another man, his brother.
He had sent her on an errand and she had spent the whole day hanging out with her lover.
He felt jealous for no reason; he questioned his own heart, but there weren’t any answers.
‘I am really sorry sir, it’s not what
you think; I found it difficult to get a brown chinchilla, that’s what killed my time the whole day’ Amanda broke the silence with another round of explanation.
Greg said nothing to her; he still wondered why her kissing another affected him that much.
‘Keep the bunny’ those were the last words he spoke to her before leaving the car.
He realized that he felt pained someone was able to have free access to those lips he craved for yet could never have.
He could never have her; she was his employee and that rule as never going to change.
There was only one way to end this all; he didn’t understand himself anymore and everything begun when Amanda had walked into his office.
‘Sir…’ she rushed after him with the caged bunny.
‘Here’s your change’ she handed him some dollar notes.
‘Keep the change and don’t ever come back here’ Greg said in a cold stone, he walked briskly towards his office, afraid that he may change his mind but that was the best thing to do.
He had many battles to fight; he had a lot of things on his plate; a distraction like Amanda was what he needed least.
‘I don’t understand’ tears welled up in her eyes as she watched him walk away.
It didn’t hurt her that she had just been fired; it hurt her that his voice was so cold; that his eyes were so distant; and that she was completely unnoticed in his world.
It was just like a bad dream that Greg had fired her; so many thoughts ran through her mind; was it because he found Nathan kissing her? or was it because she had bought a white bunny instead of a brown one?
‘Mandy, are you okay’? Her mother noticed she was picking her food, bit by bit.
‘I am fine Mom, I need to go see Alex, I’ll be back soon’ she pushed her plate aside as she had no appetite.
‘Alright, be good’ her mother beckoned her for a kiss.
It hurt so much that Greg’s hatred would spur him to fire her; it was worse because she had grown to like him.
First, he’d stashed her nuts in a trash basket, given her a long list to work with and now he’d fired her.
‘Knock, knock’ she rapped on Alex’s door.
Her mind went back to the
date with Nathan and she summed it as the worst date ever; the guy was creepy and she decided she didn’t want anything to do with him.
‘Come on in’ Alex welcomed her in.
‘Okay, join me’ she had been busy with a lot of ice cream.
‘Alex…is this about…’ Amanda was sure she was eating a lot of ice cream because of the break up.
‘It’s okay, you can say his name’ Alex encouraged her and she did: ‘Morgan’?
‘I thought it would be so easy to get over him at first, but now, I can’t go through my
day without thinking about him’ her voice cracked and fresh tears rushed down her cheeks.
Amanda was really curious as to why Alex broke up with Morgan, but she decided that was not her call.
‘So enough about me, you don’t look fine, is your mum okay’? Alex asked, concern written all over her face.
‘Um, yea she is’ her eyes brimmed.
‘Mandy? It’s okay you can tell me everything’ Alex squeezed her hands.
‘Greg fired me’! she yelled and burst into tears.
‘Wait, that’s not possible, you only just started working with him, tell me, what really happened’? Alex was baffled.
Greg couldn’t fire her; she had sacrificed her relationship so Amanda could have this job; now she had lost it, it meant she had broken up on Morgan for nothing.
‘I don’t know Alex, but he caught I and Nathan kissing and maybe that pissed him off because it was during work hours’.
‘You kissed Nathan’? Alex didn’t see that one coming.
‘More like he kissed me, he forced his lips on me; that is the worst date ever’ she narrated her ordeal with the green eyed freak.
Alex couldn’t help but laugh, Nathan had seemed so charming and filled with promise, but hearing about the forced kiss thing, she wasn’t really thrilled about him anymore and decided to warn her friend.
‘Stay away, sounds like a creep to me’ Alex warned.
‘I don’t know what to do, he gave me such a long list to work with, and I could only achieve one thing on it; he stashed the pistachio nuts into a trash basket; he didn’t even noticed my new hair color’ tears rushed down her face.
Her ego was bruised; he’d humiliated her; raised her hope and crashed it.
She felt nervous as she thought
of all the bills she had to pay, where would she start from now?
‘You know, it’s really hard to believe that same guy apologized for sending me and obscene note; he’d seemed so sweet, turns out he is a real monster’ Amanda said, with her heart tingling in an odd way as she thought about him.
‘I don’t know what to make out of all these’ Alex sighed, she was a bit scared though, had Morgan told Greg the truth? That Amanda never apologized? Was this the reason he was acting up?
‘And I really liked that job, made a new friend. I feel so hurt and scared’ Amanda’s blue eyes narrated all her pain.
‘It’s okay, I’ll make sure you have your job back’ Alex patted her shoulder.
She was going to see Morgan’ talk to him; beg him. Hell, she could even locate Greg himself but first she needed to make sure that her friend was okay.
‘How do you plan to do that? The way I see it, Greg is a strong willed person; I just wished he’d told me the reason he was firing me, and you know what? He gave me the bunny? Who does that’? She threw her hands in the air.
‘Wow, that’s beautiful’ Alex couldn’t help but smile as she stared at the picture of the bunny.
‘What’s her name’? She asked.
‘Lucy, mum is taking care of her; she absolutely adores Lucy’ Amanda smiled.
As they were still speaking, her phone buzzed and she fetched it.
‘What’s that’? Alex noticed her stunned expression.
‘Greg just gave me a lot of money, this would definitely last me for more than six months, I don’t understand why he is doing this’ Amanda gave Alex the phone.
‘Seriously? That’s a whole lot, it should be your salary’ Alex was sure of this.
‘Still, it’s too much; this is like a pity party and I hate pity. I don’t really get him’ Amanda threw the phone on the bed and decided the first thing she would do when morning came was to match into his office and give him a piece of her mind.
Maybe you should keep it, having a lot of money is not a crime, you earned it’ Alex encouraged.
‘No, I didn’t. I like to get things mainly through hard work, if there should be any bonus, it shouldn’t be like this’ she pointed at her phone.
Alex was quiet for a while; she took in everything Amanda had told her from beginning.
First, he had stashed her pistachio nuts in the basket and then given her a long list and then fired her.
Was Greg trying to avoid her friend? Was Amanda doing something that he hated?
‘I think Greg is actually feeling guilty for firing you, that’s why he gave you this much money; I think he has been avoiding you, that explains the long list of things you were to do’ Alex aired her opinion.
‘And the firing’? Amanda wondered why Greg would want to avoid her.
‘Well, though extreme, I still fell he doesn’t want you around him for some reason; maybe you remind him of someone, I am not talking about Holly this time, she’d be too insignificant to have such a hold on him; maybe he was once in love with someone that looked like you and anytime you’re around him, it triggers the memories’ Alex suggested.
‘Well last I checked, I wasn’t his spec. I just feel very bad, I wish this feelings would go away’ she sighed.
‘I know what will make it go away, let’s party and drink’ Alex suggested.
Months back, she would’ve declined but finding herself in this state was no longer funny. She needed to channel all the dark energy into something else.
‘I am up for it’ Amanda nodded.
‘Okay, let me get dressed’ Alex jumped to her feet and pulled open her wardrobe.
‘What are you doing’? Amanda noticed a package, similar to the one she had bought earlier, chemical dye.
‘I want to change my hair color too’ Alex winked.
‘Really to what’? Amanda’s hands caressed her black curls.
‘Blonde’ she winked.
‘Wow, that would be stunning, can I change mine too’? Amanda decided she didn’t want black anymore, she had had dyed her hair black to please Greg; now she no longer worked for him, she decided that she didn’t need any reminder of her job at Beecroft.
‘That would be cute! Let’s be blondes’ Alex cheered.
‘As you wish, your highness’ Amanda rolled her eyes.
He had spent more than an hour admiring her lovely face; admiring her blue filled eyes and her sensuous plump lips.
Absent mindedly, his hands touched the place where he had kissed her. He had never felt so much happier than now; he had finally kissed her and he yearned to do more.
‘Nathan’? Trudy crept up from behind and he quickly shut down his laptop.
‘Who was that’? She asked in a pained voice.
‘Just a distant cousin, I swear Trudy, I am not cheating’ he raised his hands in the air.
‘So how was it with Greg? Still working’? Nathan faced her.
‘Yes, but he is not returning my calls’ she said to him.
‘Then try harder’ he pressed a kiss on her face.
‘I need to gather evidence about him, so when our father finally sees the results, the evidence would back it up. I have to go now’ Nathan fetched the keys and made for the door.
‘You always leave; why don’t you spend some time with me’? Trudy complained, lately, Nathan had blocked her out completely and that wasn’t what she had hoped for in their relationship.
‘Just get Greg to drink the d–n thing’ Nathan snapped at her.
Tears ran down Trudy’s cheeks as she peered through the window; she wiped her face once he was far and fetched his laptop.
He had a password for it, one she knew very well but had acted like she knew nothing about it.
She quickly typed in the password and swallowed as she stared at the picture of a very pretty blonde.
All her pictures had little notes written on it by Nathan; he proposed his undying love for her and for her golden hair.
‘Am I not good enough’? She ran her fingers through her own hair.
‘Princess Atkins’ she pronounced the name.
There was something oddly familiar about her face, like she had met with the girl before, she had seen her somewhere.
She wept and wondered why Nathan would choose this path; she had sacrificed many times for him, still she wasn’t good enough.
‘I can’t do this anymore’ she sobbed and shut down the computer.
He had searched his house thoroughly for the mini sized picture of his mother that he always carried around; he’d checked his cars, his briefcases and there was nothing.
‘That would be later’ he relaxed on the bed.
He felt like crap after firing Amanda; the truth was that he felt jealous when he had seen Nathan kissing her and she had seemed to enjoy it very much.
He had sent her a lot of cash so she could use it up while looking for another job; she was a hard working person and deserved it.
He wondered if his life would revert to “normal” now she was out of it; he hoped her face wouldn’t pop up in his mind while he tried to work on some papers because that would be the most frustrating thing ever.
His phone beeped, he’d been expecting Morgan as the weekend had come and he favored Friday nights particularly.
‘Wendy’ he murmured her name.
WENDY: Hi darling, you never called? You never checked up on I or your baby.
GREG: Honey, I am so sorry, I was so d–n busy; you know how work could get?
WENDY: I am sorry for being too hard on you.
GREG: So how is our sweet baby.
WENDY: It’s going to be a girl, so I looked up names, you’ll have to find some names too.
GREG: Yea, a girl? I totally adored baby girls.
WENDY: Guess what I’d love us to call her?
GREG: I am waiting…
GREG: Oh my God, that would be such an honor.
WENDY: Yes, she means so much to you and I don’t want her memory to be gone just liked that.
GREG: I don’t know what to say, but I am really touched Wendy.
WENDY: Say nothing. There’s something of utmost importance that I would love to discuss with you later. Now is not a good time.
GREG: What’s it about?
GREG: Just so you know, I fired Amanda.
WENDY: That’s wonderful news.
GREG: Yea, I have to run along now.
WENDY: Bye love. Kisses.
He realized this was the first time that he had really cared about her pregnancy and the child that she carried.
It was very thoughtful of Wendy to have named the child after his late mother; it meant so much to him and at that moment, he made up his mind to be with her.
Wendy was the mother of his child and he was going ahead with her.
He had named a lot of things after her with the hopes of immortalizing her name; like the scholarship program that he had “LucyBee” and amongst other things.
He checked his phone for other messages from Morgan but he found none.
He heard the doorbell ring and he rushed to get it, he was very sure his best friend, Morgan had come for him.
He walked swiftly to the door and pulled it open.
Blood drained from his face as he stared at his younger brother.
‘What are you doing here, you little freak’? Greg’s eyes were cold and unwelcoming.
‘Stay away from my girlfriend you a—–e, Amanda is mine for the records and nobody can take her away from me, because she is mine’ Nathan yelled.
‘I don’t really understand you, are you on some cheap coke? You just barged into my house and now you’re yelling at me? Last I checked, I never invited you over’ Greg replied.
Anger coursed through him as he imagined Amanda and his half brother together.
He felt jealous; he felt enraged.
‘Stay away from Mandy’ Nathan poked a finger at him.
‘Are you f—–g kidding me’? Greg launched a punch at his face; he staggered and fell to the ground.
‘Now get the hell out of my house’ he pointed at the gate.
‘You’re such a mean person Greg and you got a lot of anger inside of you, you always act like you’re perfect but trust me, you’re far from it.
‘Whatever, just get out of my house’ Greg said. He didn’t feel any remorse for hitting his brother. Nathan was just one rude a—–e and he needed to be put in place.
‘Hey buddy, I just saw Nathan walking away from here, what happened’? From the way Nathan bled, he knew they had a one on one.
‘Nothing, let’s go’ Greg flexed his fingers and then fetched his phone.
‘Tell me’ Morgan insisted.
‘If you tell me why you ended things with Alex, because you really seemed happy with her’ Greg had observed how relaxed his friend had looked the whole time he dated her.
‘Deal’ Morgan grinned.
‘I fired Amanda; I found her kissing Nathan during work hours and she got me so worried, which was so unprofessional’ he explained.
‘That is not enough reason to fire her; Greg…’ Morgan wondered why his friend had acted so impulsively.
‘Hey, don’t blame me, I paid her good money that should last her till she gets another job; I am not the mean person here’ Greg replied.
‘If I didn’t know you well, I’d say you like her and you felt jealous when you saw your brother kissing her’ Morgan was suspicious that this was the real case scenario.
‘Like her? She is not my type, I have taken my decision. Wendy is the woman for me’ Greg moved to the cellar and poured himself a glass of wine.
‘Really? Because she has been really s£xy these days’ Morgan asked.
‘Can we stop talking about Amanda for a moment? Now tell me about Alex, why did you break up’? Greg asked.
‘Well, she lied to me about something and when I discovered it, it triggered some memories from my past relationship and I really felt hurt, but now I have been able to clear my head. I think I was overreacting and I feel deep down that I am still judging like she is my ex’ Morgan replied.