So, no complaints here.
I walked through the revolving doors of the huge marble building and took the elevator up to my office.
I heard hushed whispers, as I strode by, but I ignored them and headed for my office.
Just as I had predicted, Stacey was seated behind my desk with a Home Decor catalogue on her lap, with her feet up on and her headphones on.
I could see the mixture of shock and guilt, with a little fear in her eyes, as she looked up at me, rapidly comporting herself.
“Deana! Great to see you! How are you?”she asked, tilting her head, sympathetically.
I sighed and said “I’m fine. Thank you. Any calls?”
“Oh plenty”, she replied, in a monotone, as she read of a notepad. “Your mum called and said it was very rude to leave the church yesterday without any explanation and then your dad picked up the other phone and said to call them as soon as you could talk . . . . Um, also, Sheila told me to tell her if you came in today . . . but I don’t think that one’s meant for you”, she said with a giggle, and went on, “We got two more orders – fliers and a webpage –; Matthew wanted to know . . . um, if he left his . . . blue striped shirt at your place, I think; Frannie said to tell you that you left your blackberry in the backroom at the chapel, and to find out if you were okay; your florist called to ask if you’d like a refund and the caterers called to ask if they could use the food for their manager’s daughter’s birthday party. Your grandfather called as well, to say, ‘Way to go!’ and last but not the least, Rosie called to find out if there’s anything she could do to help and also to tell you that she met this guy who would be perfect for you and if you – ”
“That’s fine”, I cut in, “Can you please hold all my calls?”
“Um, . . . but don’t you want to know about this guy Rosie was – ”
“Really, I don’t”, I cut in again, walking towards my office door.
I could just hear the couch calling my name.
“Okay . . . . well, If you need anything . . . . . and, um . . if you’re feeling up to it, can you . . . ”
“I’ll choose your handles, Stace”, I said, shutting my door behind me.
“Oh great”, I heard her say, through the door.
Honestly, things really couldn’t get any worse.
Touch wood, Deana.
About two hours later, I was sitting across from Mr. Barnes. He was a fairly tall man, graying a little but not from old age – just stress. He had a picture of a red-haired woman and two chubby boys scattered all over the desk. His family, I presumed.
I sat with my hands in my lap waiting for him to begin his speech. I assumed he didn’t call me in to talk about my almost wedding – he never interfered with his staffs' personal lives – so, I was getting a little bit nervous.
“Deana, the company has hit a slight bump”, he began.
What the hell is a bump?
I held my hands tightly together and tried hard not to rush it out of him. “The sales have dropped drastically in the last quarter and the business isn’t what it used to be”, he went on.
Oh no! Cut backs?! I can’t take anymore heartache really! I tried not to let my small smile falter as he sipped his coffee. I was getting so impatient, my nails were cutting into my hands from clutching them so tight.
He went on sipping for a while, and I went on clutching. After a while, I couldn’t take it anymore.
“Mr. Barnes, what do you mean?” He looked back at me, like he’d forgotten I was there, and said, “Ah, yes. Well, we’ve had to merge with another firm.”
Okay? He hasn’t said anything about cutbacks. I crossed my fingers tight and prayed with all my might that he wouldn’t.
“What firm is this, sir?” I asked.
“Harrington & Cole. They’re number one right now and the partners have concluded that the merger will most definitely boost up our sales”, he said.
I had heard of Harrington & Cole. The partners were these two best friends, about my age, who started the business in the dorm room at college. They began with simple skateboard designs and graphic illustrations but then, they became so well-known, they decided to expand. It was a truly amazing story. Kind of surreal though. I mean, stuff like that just does not happen. Excuse my lack of enthusiasm – I just got dumped.
|Matt Bomer||as Jeremy Harrington|
|Katheryn Winnick||as Deana|
|Lindsay Sloane||as Stacey|
|Jason Lewis||as Matthew|
|Christine Baranski||as Deana's mom|
|Edward Herrmann||as Deana's dad|
|Kyle Lowder||as Bradley Cole|
|Jessica Biel||as Sheila|
|Bradley Cooper||as Jerry|
|Cameron Diaz||as Rosie|
|Nicole Kidman||as Frannie|
|Robert Buckley||as Dave|
|Ian McKellen||as Scottie|
|Ryan Reynolds||as Greg|
|Emily Blunt||as Savannah|
|Claire Geare||as Willow|
|Emma Thompson||as Lauren's mom|
|Jaclyn Smith||as Sophie Harrington|