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by Juliette Barrymore
Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance
Description: Haley had mixed feeling about the perk the 'big boss' offered even before they left for the cabin in the mountains. She was having a really hard time keeping her mind, and her hands, off of her new co-worker--Chase. Could she make it through an entire weekend of extremely close quarters without mixing business with pleasure? Rating: SPICY/CARNAL--adult situations and language.
eBook Publisher: New Concepts Publishing, 2009
eBookwise Release Date: July 2009
13 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [132 KB]
Reading time: 84-118 min.
Haley had finally managed to land the promotion she'd been coveting for years. Today was the first day she would officially settle in her office. You'd think that would be enough to put a burr up my ass and have me scrambling to prove myself to the powers-that-be at my company. Instead, I overslept for the first time in forever, hit snooze and drifted off to never land again instead of bailing out of the bed and dashing for the shower, she thought in disgust.
She supposed she could blame it on celebrating, alone, into the wee hours. She'd decided to finish off that bottle of wine in her fridge. She rather thought the culprit was more likely the fact that she'd totally relaxed for the first time in ages, though.
Of course, it might also have been because her parents had decided to crash at her place for a few days while their apartment was being worked on. There hadn't been nearly enough wine in the bottle to drown out the sound of the headboard slamming rhythmically into the wall and her mother groaning 'Oh god, George! Oh god! Harder!'
Whichever the case, it wasn't going to look good if she was late. Dashing for the bathroom, she did a five minute shower, scrambled into her clothes while she was still damp enough she had to fight them to get them on and slung a little makeup in the general direction of her face. Grabbing a cold piece of dry toast and a travel cup full of scalding coffee, she made a mad dash for the bus stop and managed to wedge herself between the doors just as the driver tried to shut them. He glared at her. She sent him a weak smile, swiped her pass, and looked around hopefully for a place to sit.
As if! Trying to take it philosophically when she saw all the seats were taken, she shoved through the people at the front and found a pole to cling to between a bag lady and a twenty-something male that looked like he'd just finished up the cover for a men's magazine. He looked her over and sniffed.
Sure she'd made short work of the shower, but if he was implying that that god awful odor was wafting from her...!
It was at that point that she discovered she'd mismatched buttons and button holes on her blouse. Gripping her cup in her teeth, she tried to stealthily realign the buttons, no mean feat with the bus jolting along the street, swaying like a ship on the high seas and braking every five fucking feet whether necessary or not.
She gave up after two, figuring she'd finish the rest when she wasn't in as much danger of wearing what was left of her coffee--which was most of it.
OK, also because the fucking bus driver decided to stop for a passenger chasing the bus and screaming for him to stop because when he did, she swung around the pole and sat down in the lap of a derelict. Bouncing up again in the hope that the five second rule applied and none of the bum's germs had leapt onto her, she braced her legs and resisted the urge to check the back of her skirt to see if she'd picked up anything disgusting from the guy's lap.
Thankfully, her stop hove into view just under twenty minutes later. She waited until the bus had come to a stop before she began trying to shove her way to the door and yet, just as she reached it, the bus driver managed to brake again and sling her against the railing. She stumbled out as the doors began closing and turned to glare at the bus as it lumbered off. Releasing an irritated huff when she realized the bastard was probably completely oblivious to the foul words she'd flung after him, she glanced around for a place to settle her cup. Nothing magically appeared, but she finally found a handy ledge between the bus stop and her building and fixed her blouse, checking everything but the back of her skirt with her hands to make sure she was put together well enough to make it to the lady's room in the lobby of her office building without drawing stares.
Feeling a little more confident, she jogged the last half block to her building and went inside, ducking into the lady's room as she'd promised myself. To her relief, she didn't see anything clinging to--or crawling along--the back of her skirt, but the frontal view left a lot to be desired. Her hair didn't look as if it had seen a comb in a while and her make up looked as if she really had thrown it at her face--with a spatula. Digging a little frantically in her purse, she finally unearthed a comb and raked her hair into order then used a damp paper towel to remove enough sludge from her face that she didn't look like she was trying out for a job as a nightmare clown in a horror flick.
As she reached her floor at last and stepped off of the elevator, Mark, her best buddy and head secretary for the floor, greeted her with a broad grin. They'd been friends for years, had hit it off right away when they'd begun working together, and the bond had grown stronger from there until they'd moved from friendly acquaintances to buddies that shared a lot more personal information than either of them were willing to share with anyone else.
"Gooood Morning, your highness!" His grin widened as he stood. "Should I bow or salute?"
"You may curtsey, lowly one," she answered in her best queenly voice.
"Yes, exalted one," he said as he dipped into a deep curtsey.
"Congrats on the promotion, Haley. You've earned it."
"Thanks, Mark," she said, smiling back at him. "I just hope I can handle the pressure."
"How are you doing so far?" he asked.
"Well my mother and father showed up at my apartment Friday night for a surprise visit slash weekend stay-over. I had burnt toast and coffee sweetened with salt for breakfast this morning, and the bus driver tried to shut my ass in the door. Other than that everything's just fine."
"You poor thing," Mark said feigning sympathy, then frowned quizzically. "Why are your folks staying with you?"
She hesitated, struggling with embarrassment, and finally leaned closer. "Their waterbed ruptured under mysterious circumstances."
"Your parents have a water bed?" he asked, laughing.
"Yes, and ever since dad got his prescription for Viagra they've been screwing like teenagers," she retorted, rolling her eyes. "I had to listen to the headboard in the guestroom banging against the wall for two hours last night while my mother moaned, 'Oh god! Oh George! Oh god!' I think I'm scarred for life," she added, covering her eyes with one hand, trying to block the image from her mind.