Her Dad's Friend(34)

By: Penny Wylder

I can't say it wasn't worth it. I could pretend that I didn't watch every last inch of her walk away, but that would be a lie.

That, and the way she turned the tables...yeah, definitely worth it.

I slip one hand into my pocket to adjust myself. It's good for the people to see the boss at the party. Not so good to see the boss have a boner at the party.

"Mr. Saxon, it's so good to see you!" A chirpy voice comes from my right. I groan inwardly. "Hello, Jennifer."

I dare to look, and see that the pink dress she's wearing is cut so low she's practically spilling out of it. "I just wanted to say that I'm so impressed with all the new locations you're willing to take chances on." Her voice is practically a purr, "I actually have a location I'd like to speak with you about, if you're interested."

I plaster on as good a smile as I can, "You know I'm always willing to hear new ideas."

"It's one of the things I really love about you." She pauses for way too long. "...and your company."

Nice recovery, I think.

Jennifer steps closer to me; her breasts are practically brushing my arm now. "Is there a time when I can come by your office with the proposal?"

"You can make an appointment with my new secretary. I think her name was--"

"Alyssa. We met." Her voice goes flat.

I knock back the rest of the scotch, and take a step away. "Yes, Alyssa. I'm sure she'll be up to speed with my calendar in a few days."

"Whatever works for you," She says, the purr back in her tone. The innuendo is practically dripping off her words.

"If you'll excuse me, it's been a long day."

I don't wait for her to answer before I walk away. Some things never change, and I've had to make this escape one too many times to be polite about it anymore.

But Alyssa...that could be interesting. I think about the flushed look on her face when she said she wanted nothing but professionalism. A bold statement like that is as much for her as it is for me. I'm willing to bet she was thinking some decidedly unprofessional thoughts about me.

I catch myself following that fantasy through one more time, and pull myself back. Professionalism. I can do that. If it's professionalism she wants, that's exactly what she'll get.

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