I awoke Monday morning to a text from Britney; she needed to talk and asked if I could meet her after work for dinner. I quickly replied "yes" before dragging myself out of bed and getting ready for work. My text conversation with Anthony was still weighing heavily on my mind as I straightened my hair. Maybe I was overreacting and Anthony was doing the best that he could. He loved Amy and wanted to repair his relationship with her, I was very happy to hear that they would be going to couples therapy. Maybe that was all they needed to have a healthy, happy, loving relationship. Before leaving for work, I sent him a text, "Hey Anthony, I really appreciate our friendship and I'm sorry for getting mad at you. It was silly and I was wrong. I hope everything works out with Amy."
I was almost at the subway station when I felt my phone vibrate with a text from Anthony. "I'm sorry too. What I meant to say came out all wrong, I do believe you. Let's put this is in the past and move on. Deal?" I quickly texted him back deal with a smiley face of course before heading down the stairs to the subway.
When I got to work I quickly noticed that Alison wasn't there yet. That was a good sign that my day was getting off to a great start I told myself as I made my way over to my seat. Rob and Nick were both engrossed with their work when I got there and I barely got a good morning out of them. As soon I signed into my computer I saw a meeting invite from John, which I quickly accepted. The meeting was set for 8:45 so that gave me roughly an hour to answer my emails and get a head start on the day ahead. I knew that the traders were working on a new deal and that meant that there would be influx of clients calling to buy and sell positions. All of my emails thus far were about the new deal. I quickly responded to the majority of them before heading to John's office.
John motioned for me to sit down and told me that he needed another minute. He was on a conference call that had gone over time. From John's office there was such a magnificent view of the Empire State Building that I couldn't help gazing at. I was smoothing my black pencil skirt when John finally hung up. "I'm very sorry to keep you waiting, Elisabeth. Sometimes these conference calls go on forever" he said apologetically.
"That's perfectly fine, John. No need to apologize."
"I know you are probably wondering why I scheduled this meeting" he said and I nodded before he continued, "I wanted to touch base with you and get your thoughts on the job so far."
I cleared my throat, "I am really enjoying working here. I feel that I have learned so much this past week from everyone. Even though I had a similar job in Los Angeles, SIB does a lot things differently."
John smiled at me, "That's great to hear. I was talking to Christine and she mentioned having to step in and assist you because Alison was being, for lack of a better word, difficult."
I shifted uncomfortably in my seat. I didn't know the correct thing to say and ended up saying, "Yes, Christine has been wonderful and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with her."
He nodded, "Alison has only been here for two weeks now and I have received many indirect complaints about her behavior. To be honest, we were desperate for a temporary replacement for Cara and Alison seemed to fit the bill during her interview. However, once she started it was a different story. I would like for you to tell me, Christine, whomever you feel most comfortable with if Alison gives you a hard time. We feel that you are exactly what this team and bank needs and we want to maintain a positive work environment for all our employees."
"I appreciate that, John. I understand Alison is new and I attributed her attitude to the "learning curve.""
"If you have any negative interactions with her or she gives you a hard time, please let us know."
I told John that I would and then made my way back to my seat. I was pulling up my emails when Nick asked me if everything was okay. I told him it was and returned to the task at hand. For a Monday, it was a crazy busy day. By lunchtime I had executed a number of deals for my clients and my phone was ringing nonstop. I barely had a moment to do anything but work. Rob ended up ordering lunch for our team and the traders from Lenny's, a popular sandwich place. It wasn't long before everyone was mulling around grabbing sandwiches, chips and soda before returning to their desks to work. As I ate my Jimmy T sandwich (chicken cutlets with melted mozzarella, sweet peppers and honey mustard on a roll), I looked over the Bloomberg messages I was receiving. I yelled over to Alan one of the traders to get a quote for one of my clients and then proceeded to execute another deal. By the end of day I was exhausted and a little hoarse from yelling over at the traders to get quotes. As I headed out that night, I looked at my phone and saw a text from Britney asking what time and where we should meet up for dinner. I quickly texted her back and asked if she was open to coming over to my place for pizza and wine instead. She said yes and we agreed to meet up in about an hour.
Priya wasn't around when I got home. She was probably at school studying for her endless tests, oh the joys of medical school. I took a quick shower and changed into comfy clothes, then ordered pizza from Bravo before grabbing the bottle of Barefoot Pinot Grigio I picked up on my way home from work. I opened the bottle and poured myself a glass while I waited. I didn't love Pinot Grigio but it was one of Britney's favorite types of wine.
By pure luck the pizza guy and Britney arrived at the same time. Britney looked positively beautiful and was glowing as she took a bite of her slice of pizza. It wasn't long before she started talking, "I have some good news and bad news, which one do you want first" she asked.
I rolled my eyes, "Let's start with the bad news."
"I was feeling terrible about springing Jason's engagement on you and then I started thinking that what if I were wrong and he wasn't cheating on you when you were together so I did some investigating."
"Okay" I said impatiently, waiting for what was going to come next.
"Do you remember my friend Jackie from college?" she asked and I nodded even though I had no clue who Jackie is. "Well she is originally from Los Angeles and I realized from my Facebook stalking that her and Tiffany went to high school together and were even Facebook friends. Long story short I called her and we started talking and eventually I brought up Tiffany. She told me that Tiffany was engaged to Jason."
"Well, we already knew that" I said, a little annoyed.
"I know, please don't get mad. She didn't really want to talk about Tiffany but I kept pushing. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't making false assumptions. Anyhow, she finally told me that Jason and Tiffany were dating for months, just like Tiffany posted on Facebook, and that Tiffany came to her birthday party in November with Jason. Apparently Tiffany didn't want to date him because he was with you but he told her that you two were having major issues and on the verge of breaking up."
"Wow, that's a month before he broke up with me" I said taking a deep breath. The truth bothered me but not as much as a few days ago. "I really wish I could talk to Jason and tell him how I feel. Here I was blaming myself for everything only to find out I was living a lie for months."
"I know, I hope you get to as well. He is a total asshole for what he did" she said angrily.
I was over talking about Jason and quickly changed the subject. "What's the good news?"
She flashed me a huge smile, "Well I met up with Tommy Saturday morning and told him that I liked him and wanted more than just sex, even though that was pretty great. I said that I wanted to be with him and have a relationship with him. I was really scared but I just went for it."
"And?!?!?!?" I said getting excited but feeling a bit impatient.
"And he said he feels that same way too" she shrieked excitedly.
"That's great" I exclaimed, throwing my arms around her. I was happy that things were finally working out for Britney. She hasn't had the best luck in love and hasn't been in a real relationship for a while. Tommy was a great guy and I hoped that he treated her the way she deserved to be treated. As we finished off the bottle of wine, Britney told me about her and Tommy's first real date. Even though they had been intimate in the past they agreed to get to know each other on a deeper level and take things super slow. I told her that made a lot sense, especially since they both wanted a real relationship and one not based solely on sex.
By this time Priya arrived home, looking exhausted. She plopped down from the couch telling us how stressed she was from medical school. We let her vent for a little before telling her that all the stress and hard work will pay off in the end when she is a doctor, curing and helping people. She smiled and got up and started to walk in the direction of her room. Britney quickly whined, "Priya you can't go to bed yet, stay, chat with us and have some pizza."
She retreated and sat with us as we gabbed about Kim and Kanye's Vogue cover. I don't have a problem with Kim Kardashian, in fact a few years ago I thought she was absolutely stunning. Since she's been with Kanye her style changed for the worst and she never seemed to be smiling anymore. I don't know if she deserved to be on the cover of Vogue but who am I to hate on her? The conversation eventually moved to Anthony and Amy. Britney said that Anthony texted her that he was going to go to couples therapy as a last resort to save his relationship and showed us the texts as proof. I told her I was happy they were taking such a huge step and I was proud of him. Anthony had to do what was best for him and I hoped everything worked out. It was getting late and by 11, Britney left.
I straightened up and washed the dishes before going to bed. Going to bed with dirty dishes in the sink was a big no-no for me. As I laid in bed I called Lukas and after four rings he finally answered, his voice thick with sleep. I felt bad waking him up and ended our conversation quickly. He was still a little under the weather and needed his rest. I did too, after the crazy busy but very productive day I just had.
The next morning I decided to wear a cute wool black sleeveless sheath dress with a cream fitted three quarter sleeve cardigan over it. I accentuated my outfit with a pearl necklace and four row pearl bangle and three inch peep toe black Louboutin's. I thought I looked professional yet sexy as I gave myself a look in the full length mirror before slipping on my Burberry trench coat and leaving. Alison was sitting at the receptionist desk when I entered and very cordially told me good morning. In my most cheerful voice I responded. Compared to Monday, Tuesday was a little more relaxed. I was able to buy and sell a few positions but the atmosphere was not as frenzied. I was glad as this gave me the ability to focus more of other aspects of my job.
By 2:30 my colleagues were deciding who's turn it was to make a coffee run. It's something that they do most days and lo and behold today was my turn. Since I had to get Starbucks for eight, I figured I'd make two trips. I slipped on my trench coat and headed out into the beautiful, warm 60 degree day. Hopefully spring had finally sprung and we wouldn't have to deal with the awful cold anymore. For heaven's sake it was almost April. While waiting in line Starbucks, I started texting Lukas to see if he wanted to meet up later. Lukas texted me that he and his dad were having dinner with a potential client but he was free to meet me afterwards. I thought about his offer for a little but declined. My new job required me to be at work by 8 at latest and there was no way I would be able to function after pulling an all nighter with Lukas. Instead we agreed to meet on Wednesday.
Lukas texted that he wanted to go to the museum and that he would be more than happy to meet me in front of my building. I thought that was an excellent idea. I loved museums but couldn't understand why he wanted to meet me at work when MOMA was in Midtown. What was he up to? Hmm, I texted him that that arrangement worked for me and then started giving the barista my order. I was half way through when I paused asking her if I could place all eight orders and make two trips. She said no but told me to order half now and when I got back I could bypass the line and get the rest. The first trip went great and before I knew it I was waiting for the remainder of my order.
I was rushing back to the office, four cups of coffee (two iced, two hot) in the carrier, my latte in hand when I turned the corner and crashed into a girl, spilling coffee all over her winter white coat. I felt so bad and started apologizing profusely, "Oh my God, I am so sorry" I said handing her the Starbucks' napkins to wipe off the excess coffee.
She looked down at me, even in my 3" heels she was a good five inches taller than me and absolutely stunning. Tall, with an athletic body type, long toned legs which appeared even longer because of the stunning Louis Vuitton peep toe heels she had on. She gorgeous medium brown hair with natural highlights and looked to be in her early 20s. Her friendly blueish-greenish eyes looking at me. "No, no it's okay. I'm at fault. I was turning the corner, lost in my thoughts and not paying attention to where I was going."
"That's very sweet but the least you can do is let me pay to get your coat cleaned. I feel terrible for spilling coffee all over you."
She waved me off, "No, don't worry about it."
"Well let me make it up to you" I said.
She thought for a moment before saying "I am here on vacation and I'm not that familiar with NYC. Might you be able to point me in the direction of some hot spots or reasonable priced restaurants?"
"Of course, I can do better than that. I think you will enjoy 230 Fifth, it's a rooftop bar not too far from here with an amazing view of NYC skyline and the Empire State Building. I think you would love it."
"That sounds great" she said discarding the napkins in a trash can in the corner.
"You know what let me treat you and your friends to drinks there. It's the least I can do" I said hoping that she would say yes.
"I have a feeling that you won't take no for an answer" she said with a laugh, "My name is Aleah."
I quickly introduced myself and we exchanged numbers before I headed back to work. Being a native New Yorker I am usually skeptical about meeting and talking to random strangers but there was something about Aleah that reminded me of myself at her age, plus I felt terrible for spilling coffee all over her..
When I finally got back to work, I explained to my colleagues what happened and they were quite sympathetic to my plight. They thought it was sweet that I offered to take Aleah out after ruining her outfit. The rest of the day flew by and there I was crashing on my couch watching the Voice. I didn't love the show but I admittedly have a tiny crush on Adam Levine. When Priya got home that night I was already in bed Facetiming with Lukas. He told that the dinner meeting went quite well and I told him about literally running into Aleah and offering to treat her and her friends to drinks at 230 Fifth.
Lukas looked skeptical, "That was a nice gesture on your part but she and her friends are complete strangers."
"Oh Lukas, you worry too much. She seemed like a nice, young woman and it's the least I could do after ruining her coat."
He sighed, "I'm going to go with you, just to be on the safe side" he said protectively.
I giggled and accepted. We moved on to our plans for Wednesday and decided to postpone our museum date for Friday or Saturday when we both had more time and just have dinner tomorrow night instead. That seemed like a better option for both of us. We were both getting tired and ended our conversation shortly after.
Work was great the next day, my interactions with Alison were minimal and I was getting the hang of things. Christine invited me to a client dinner the following Monday with one of her and the bank's largest institutional client and I gladly accepted. One of the best parts of my job was getting to know the client's we dealt with and networking. You never know who you'd meet. I know so many former colleagues who received and accepted wonderful job offers at our client's firms. Most of my afternoon was spent going back and forth between one of our clients and our Operations team, trying to resolve a valuation issue. It seemed like our valuations team was sending the client incorrect values for the positions they recently purchased. After going back and forth for what seemed like an eternity I realized that the trade was booked incorrectly. I quickly called our Middle Office team and had them make the necessary amendments before explaining the situation to the client who thankfully was quite understanding. Major crisis averted.
Before leaving work, I fixed my hair and makeup in the bathroom. I fixed my fluted black skirt and opened the pearl buttons on my pale pink cardigan, I adjusted the white lace topped cami just to show right amount of cleavage before slipping into Tory Burch flats and coat. I hailed a cab and headed to Thai NY on 30th and 3rd. In less than 10 minutes I was being escorted to the table in the back. While I waited for Lukas, I ordered a Lemon Iced Tea. I was sipping on my drink when Lukas walked in wearing a fitted dark suit with a white shirt, no tie. His green eyes sparkling as he looked at me. Something about a sexy man in a suit gets to me each time; my heart fluttered as I stood up and gave him a quick kiss.
"You look amazing" he said sitting across from me and I blushed. As I was telling Lukas about my day, my phone pinged. I picked it up and saw a text message from Aleah, the girl I spilled coffee.
"Hi Elisabeth, I was talking to my friend and we both appreciate you offering to take us out. You really don't have to."
I showed Lukas the text and told him I had to respond. I quickly typed back, "Hi Aleah, I would like to, if that is alright with you and your friend. I feel really bad for ruining your coat."
"Since you insist, does Thursday or Friday work for you?" Aleah typed back.
I asked Lukas if he was available tomorrow night and he confirmed he was. He was adamant about going with me and I found it quite endearing that he wanted to protect me. I texted Aleah back that either day would work for me. She quickly agreed to discuss with her friend and get back to me. I slipped my phone into my coat pocket. I wanted to give Lukas a 100% of my attention. Between bites of Pad Thai and Green Curry, Lukas told me that he spoke to his sister and she was thrilled that I agreed to attend the wedding. I looked at him incredulously and he smiled, "I swear she said that. I can call her right now if you'd like" he joked.
I took a sip of my ice tea and remembered bursting into the coffee shop and accusing Lukas of cheating. I cringed at the memory. When I looked up, Lukas was staring at me curiously, as though trying to read my mind. I smiled at him, "You totally don't want to know."
He rolled his eyes, "You know you want to tell me." I shook my head about to retort when the waitress approached with the check. Lukas handed her his credit card and few minutes later we were outside. The cool air whipping through my hair. "So do you want to go back to my place" Lukas asked, unsure of my answer.
"No" I said and I saw a disappointed look creep upon Lukas' face, "Let's go to my place. I have an early day ahead and there's no way I'll make it to work on time if we end up at your place."
Lukas flashed me a broad smile before hailing a cab. On our way to my place, I was gazing out the window when I suddenly felt Lukas' hand working its way between my legs. I gasped in shock and pleasure and saw the cabbie's eyes look at me through the rear view mirror. I blushed as Lukas' hands continued to rub me through my thin lace panties. I felt my breathing quicken as he worked his way inside my panties, touching my bare skin expertly. I nibbled on my lower lip to keep from moaning as he slid two fingers inside me, while his thumb rubbed my most sensitive spot. I looked at Lukas and he smiled at me, moving his fingers quicker. I swallowed hard and just when I was on the brink of orgasming Lukas kissed me, muffling my moan. His fingers moved gently now as I recovered. He slowly withdrew his fingers as we neared my apartment and winked at me.
We rushed into my building and I pushed Lukas against the wall in the elevator, feeling his hard penis against me as I kissed him passionately. I pulled away as we got to my floor and quickly opened the door. The TV was on and I assumed Priya was mulling around. "Priya" I called out.
"I'm changing in my room" she yelled from her bedroom.
"Lukas and I are going to watch TV in my room" I yelled back, quickly dragging Lukas into my bedroom and locking the door. I pushed Lukas against the door, pulling off his jacket and swiftly unbuttoning his shirt, throwing it to his floor. My hands roaming over his chest and over his scar, before moving lower and rubbing his erection through his pants. I absolutely loved the reaction I was having on him as I unbuckled his belt and pulled down his pants and boxers; his hard, thick penis springing free. I wrapped my fingers around his penis, moving slowly up and down his length. Lukas moaned and I covered his mouth with my hand, not wanting Priya to hear us.
I got on my tip toes and kissed Lukas, my hands on both sides of his face. His hands reaching behind me and lifting me up, never ending our kiss, as he sat me on the bed. He towered over me as he reached down and pushed my skirt up and skillfully pulling down my panties. I pulled off my cardigan and cami, my bra still on as Lukas' fingers teased me. I moan gently, wanting more, wanting to feel him inside of me. I unhooked my bra and felt Lukas' hands cup both of my breasts, teasing my nipples. I was so close and needed him so badly. Lukas sensed this as I felt his weight on the bed, he turned me on my side and slowly slid into me, making me feel every inch of him. I gasped in pleasure as he started moving, slowly then more urgently, one hand between my legs, teasing my clitoris. It didn't take long for me to orgasm and Lukas quickly followed. As we lay there panting for breath I turned around, and kissed him softly. He moaned into our kiss.
The next morning when I awoke I felt Lukas' warm body against mine, his arms around me. It felt so right waking up to him like this. I gently turned around, wrapping my arms around him tightly. I heard him sigh and then he spoke, "Morning, beautiful."
I smiled at him wanting to stay like this but realizing I had to get ready for work. I dragged myself out of bed and threw on a robe to cover my naked body before opening the door and heading to the shower. By the time I returned to my room Lukas was in his boxers making up my bed. "I'm a neat freak" he admitted and I laughed, "Me too" I responded, kissing him.
I quickly pulled away, "I really need to get dressed for work" I said pulling fitted black ankle pants and a black lace sleeveless shell. I found a sand colored fitted blazer to wear over the shell. I scoured my closet and found a pair of pointy toe burgundy shoes that went perfectly my dress. Lukas at this point was dressed and laying in my bed, staring at me. "You sure you don't have time for breakfast" he asked, pleading with me.
I shook my head, "Lukas you know as well as I do, there is no way that I'll make it to work on time if we have "breakfast." You're simply too irresistible to me."
This time Lukas blushed, "As you are to me" he retorted. Lukas walked me to the train station, giving me a very passionate kiss; the type that had me wanting to ditch work and pounce on him but I couldn't call in "sick" to work so early in my tenure. I hesitatingly pulled away from him and he gave me a kiss on the cheek before hailing a cab and heading to his place. As I got into the crowded Q train all I could think about was Lukas. He was perfect and he could read me so much better than Jason even did. How was that even possible, I asked myself as the train pulled into the 28th Street station - my stop. I exited the train and grabbed coffee at Starbucks before walking to my building.
I swiped in and saw Alison sitting behind the receptionist table scowling at me. I was in too good of a mood and politely told her good morning. I heard her whisper, "Dumb bitch" as I passed her but paid her no mind determined to not let her get to me. As I sat down, Nick whispered, "Did you hear what happened to Alison?"
"Alison?" I asked dumbfounded as he nodded.
I shook my head, "She seems to be in a shitty mood as usual" I deadpanned.
He laughed, "At least today she has good reason. John made a complaint to HR about her behavior and they wrote her up and gave her a warning."
"What for?"I asked curiously.
"Let's face it, she is the furthest thing from helpful but that's not it. One of our major clients called for John yesterday and she gave them a hard time. The gentleman called back a couple times and she proceeded to berate him. He ended up sending John an email threatening to pull business because of Alison."
My eyes widened in disbelief, "Are you serious?"
"As a heart attack" he said lamely, "Seriously, John forwarded the email to HR and then they called both her and John in late last night."
"How do you know all this? You left a little before me yesterday" I asked incredulously.
"I have a friend that works in HR and plus news gets around here. Grant was here late, working on UAT testing and heard everything." I looked over and saw Grant with his head in his hands, hunched over his keyboard, looking completely stressed out and it barely past 8. I didn't know him well but seemed nice enough.
"Wow, that's insane" I said returning to my emails not waiting to indulge in workplace gossip. Even though I didn't like Alison, I felt bad for her situation. In this economy it's so hard to find a good job and even though Alison's was temporary, if she had proven herself there was a great chance that John would put in a good word for him internally and help her get something more permanent. I secretly wondered why she was so miserable, maybe she had issues in her personal life. The rest of the morning was uneventful but I needed some fresh air. A little after one I headed out to grab a salad from Chop't, an awesome salad place a couple blocks away. While waiting at a light I whipped out my phone and saw a text from Aleah.
I hope all of you enjoyed today's post and the cross over story line. Aleah approached me about a possible crossover and I was intrigued by the unique and exciting prospects. I hope you feel the same as well. Please check out Aleah's perspective of Elisabeth at http://lifebyaleah.