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Friday, January 8, 2010

ready - part 2

"You're still here?" a man stuck his head in Kennedy's office. Looking up from the handbook she was only halfway through, seeing a smiling face was more than welcome. "What time is it?" she asked. Not being a big fan of watches, her phone served the purpose of telling her the time but it was currently m.i.a. Glancing at his wrist, the man again looked at her. "Almost seven. Seriously, you should go home and rest. I'm sure you're exhausted." Her mind tried to process that. Seven o'clock! She'd been here that long? Standing, she closed the book and ran a hand through her hair that was surely pointing in every direction. "Can I walk you out?" Finally giving the man in her office her full attention, she offered a polite smile. "I don't think so. But thanks for the offer." He studied her. She could feel him watching her as she searched for her phone before sticking it in her purse. When she looked up again, he was gone. It was nothing personal, she reasoned as she closed her office door and retraced her steps from that morning. She just had no idea who he was or even his name. You couldn't be too sure these days.

Reaching the lobby, Kennedy was ecstatic that she'd managed her way out of the maze. She had taken countless wrong turns before finally getting her bearings. Maybe she'd leave a bread crumb trail in the morning. When she found her car, she saw the man who'd stopped by her office pulling out of the parking lot. Driving past, he didn't even look her way. Great, she thought. Her first day and already someone was mad at her. It was then she realized who was mad at her. The spot he had pulled out from had "Lucas Warner" written above it - the same last name as her boss. Her first day and she'd just managed to offend her employer's son.

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