Romance

Incapable by Marie Skye

We rode back to headquarters discussing how the rest of the day was going to pan out. I tried prying some information out of Chace regarding him and Isabella, but he remained tight-lipped. As we stopped at Glenda’s desk to retrieve messages before our meeting, our attention was diverted to a woman walking out of Grayson’s office.
Her designer heels made her at least 5’10, and the V-neck dress she wore, which barely held her breasts in, matched the blood-red lipstick she wore perfectly. She spotted Chace and strolled over as if she was on a runway. She looked me up and down as if I was no more than trash before placing her hand on Chace’s chest and purring.
“It’s been a while.”
Chace took a half step in front of me, as if blocking me from view. Grayson came walking out of the office, his hair a mess and collar mussed. It didn’t take much to put together what had been going on here. He stopped at Glenda’s desk.
“Please have security escort Mrs. Stewart out of the building.”
She withdrew her hand from Chace and turned, a scowl creasing her brow. “Is that necessary, Grayson?”
He looked past her and made immediate eye contact with me. He glanced at Chace, almost as if he were silently pleading.
Chace lightly grabbed my arm. “You have that meeting.”
I pulled my arm away. “He means well, right?”
The blonde stood there and watched us back and forth before widening her grin. “Wait, is this her?”
“I would choose your next words wisely, Ashley,” Grayson said through gritted teeth.
Just then, the elevator dinged and security entered. I wasn’t going to wait around for the drama and strolled right past all of them to the conference room.
Sitting there, I willed myself not to cry. I felt like such a damn fool. I didn’t know how much time went by before someone else came in, and I realized I had a job to do.
Right before our meeting was to start, Grayson walked in. I immediately diverted my eyes, and noticed how everyone sat straighter in their chairs, as I willed mine to swallow me whole. He stood directly behind me. That masculine scent overpowered everything as he leaned over.
“Ms. Ross, may I have a moment of your time?”
Keeping my eyes on the doodle I was drawing, I answered, “No.”
He paused. “I’m sorry?”
I cleared my throat, and I glanced across the table at Edith, who only gawked at someone saying no to the CEO of the company. “I said no, Mr. Mandrake. No, you may not have a moment of my time. You may, however, request to schedule a moment of my time, and I’ll be sure to pencil you in at my earliest convenience.”
Holy shit! Did that just come out of my mouth? Okay, keep it together. You are officially speaking out of anger. Hold your ground. I dared a glance around the room. All eyes were on us. Well, this was embarrassing. I looked back up at Grayson, and his eyes were dark and smoldering. They narrowed at me, and I thought I saw a hint of a smile, but I was pretty sure that was wishful thinking on my part.
He placed his hand on my shoulder, his eyes never leaving mine. “On second thought, I think I’ll stay for the meeting after all.”

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