False Pretense Episode 27

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He was angry and Kite was confused, she was quite sure she’d scheduled that meeting for four pm and how could the report be crap? She’d stayed up late to work on it and had gone over it a lot of times.

“Sir, I really don’t understand…”

“You don’t understand what, Kite? Is this your way of getting back at me because I put you under Princess?” She gasped, shocked at the accusation.

“Sir, I would never!”

“Oh please, save it Kite, save the hurt look, I know you’re a hell of an actress and a liar, I can’t believe anything you say. You did this on purpose, I hope you’re happy? I got to the meeting looking like a jackass, you’re happy now, right?” He pointed at her “I’ll let it go, but this is the last time Kite. One more strike and you’re out.” Kite felt the tears pooling at the back of her eyes. She willed herself to be strong and not say a word.

How could he say these hurtful things when she’d been putting her all into this damn job? He didn’t even want to listen to anything she had to say, he’d branded her a liar just like that. She knew this was Princess’s work, she wasn’t sure how she’d pulled it off but Kite knew she was responsible for it.

“Are you going to even let me tell you….”

“Tell me what? Lies? That’s all you tell Kite. His words stung her

“Then I quit! I quit! I’m tired of being labelled a liar. I have feelings , Mr Williams and I can’t take any more of your tongue lashing, if I can’t air an opinion because you believe I’m a liar, I quit!” The tears were very close now “I need this job badly but I’m sorry, I can’t work like this, with your P.A, constantly up to one trick or the other and you giving me a tongue lashing everyday, making me feel inadequate and stupid, like I can’t get anything right. I’m really sorry about the mix up of your meetings, I swear to you I had nothing to do with it and the reports too. I just can’t work like this, Sir. I’m sorry.”

The tears were coming now but she didn’t want him to see her cry. She hurried out of his presence into the rest room, where she let loose the water works. Damn him, damn Princess, damn all of them!

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Ise believed her, she’d not been lying this time and it wasn’t an act, but would Princess really have done this? Was their feud that bad? He wondered, maybe they really shouldn’t be working together before one of them went to the extent of taking out a hit on the other one. Kite had constantly told him she didn’t want to be working under princess but he’d never listened. Maybe it was time he did.

Then what was it about him tongue lashing her everyday? Yeah, he’d rebuked her a few times but it had all been to help her not make her feel stupid. She was a very intelligent person, she should know that and nothing he said would ever change that fact. Yeah, maybe he never censored his words before he spoke them but he assumed she could take it, she seemed to have a tough exterior, he’d never known he’d been killing her inside.

He sighed. She’d been holed up in the toilet for a little over five minutes now which was quite a while. His intention had never been to hurt her but to help groom her. Walking over to the door of the restroom, he knocked.

“Kite.” He called.

“Go away,” was the sobbing reply.

“Please come out.” He said.

“No, I quit. You can go into your office, when I’m done I’ll leave.” Bracing himself, he said

“I don’t want you to quit.”

“it’s not about you wanting it or not. I have to, I can’t work like this.”

“I’m sorry” He told her.

“Wh-what?”

“I said I’m sorry, I didn’t realise my words were seriously getting to you. It was never my intention to make you feel stupid.” He said.

The door opened and she appeared behind it, her tear stricken eyes looking surprised

“It wasn’t?” she asked.

“Of course it wasn’t. What joy would I derive doing that? I was saying those things to help you, I just felt you needed to know some truths. Please don’t quit, you’re a smart young woman and I like having you here. If you want a transfer, you can have it, I’ll talk to HR, when there’s an available position you’ll be moved there but you’ll have to endure with Princess for a while, is that okay?”

She smiled immediately as she nodded, he felt his insides melt from how transformed her beautiful face was. Her catty eyes filled with such joy at the news, she was so pretty he thought as his gaze travelled down to those lips and he wondered what it would be like to have a taste of them.

“Thank you, sir.” She said. He wished she’d cut out the sir crap, he didn’t want to be a ‘sir’ to her, he wanted her the way a man wanted a woman and her calling him sir put him in a place he didn’t want to be. He wanted to know what it felt like to hold her to himself, breathe in her lovely scent, kiss those luscious lips until she begged him to stop.

“Kite.” He said looking into her eyes, his hands on the door frame while she was still standing in the doorway of the restroom, looking up at him. He closed the distance between them holding her eyes, she didn’t move.

“Sir?” She replied.

“Could you cut the sir? My name is Ise, can you call me that?”

“Umm….but sir,” she licked her lips nervous, she shouldn’t have. He lost hold of the last of his self control and took her lips with his. She didn’t fight him, he could sense that she wanted it too, he wasn’t too surprised, the chemistry between them was crazy. Seeing her everyday, wanting to have her in his arms just like he did now but unable to, had been pure torture. He was glad to know she’d wanted it too, there wasn’t a hint of a fight, instead her lips felt soft and welcoming against his, her hands came up against him, tightening around his arms.

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That was all the encouragement he needed, his hands went around her slim waist pulling her roughly against him as he deepened the kiss teasing her lips open as he lightly ran a tongue over her lower lip. She moaned lightly, her mouth opening just a fraction, she was lost to his touch and that was his invitation to go in, he slipped the tip of his tongue through her parted lips, needing to know the taste of her mouth.

He wasn’t disappointed, he found the tip of her tongue and had a feel of it for just a second before he felt her pulling away. Reluctantly he released her, opening his eyes to see her opening hers too. She was aroused, it must have taken all her will power to break the kiss. He released a ragged breath, realising it had been a bad idea kissing her because now he couldn’t get enough of her, he would even be more tortured than he was before the kiss.

They stared at each other and he realised he should say something, but what? She saved him the trouble of thinking too much about it.

“I’m sorry.” She said “That shouldn’t have happened.” Then she made to leave but he held her back.

“No, I’m the one who should be sorry, I should never have done that but I don’t regret it. You’ve always known how I feel about you, it’s not something I’ve hidden from you, I had a moment of weakness and gave in to what I’ve been desiring for a while now.”

“Sir, we work together and I’m in a relationship, I don’t want things to become awkward between us. Maybe it’s best I leave if my presence is….”

“you are not leaving anywhere, I’m the one who should curb my desires. It won’t happen again, I promise and once again, I’m really sorry.” He told her turning to go into his office not waiting to listen to her reply.

There was no way she was going to leave because he couldn’t control his raging hormones whenever he saw her. She needed this job and he knew it so it was time he found a way to get over her. She wanted him too but obviously she also loved and preferred her boyfriend as she’d chosen the guy over him. He would find a way to get over her, the kiss had been a mistake on his part, it had just made things more difficult for him. He would have to get over it one way or another if he didn’t want to push her away.

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