Chapter 38

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It was a normal Friday morning for me when I got ready for work. Ever since I left Alexander Corporation, my wardrobe had consisted more on casual clothing. I still kept my office clothes when the occasion rose that I needed to be dressed in business formal. However, I was working at a café and the semester was going to start soon so my office clothes were no longer needed for the mean time. I was already dressed in a white polo shirt and khaki shorts. Jonny was considerate enough to let us wear shorts for the summer but only during Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

I had the whole apartment to myself since Hugh went to work early, preparing lunch when I heard a knock on my door. I wiped my hands on a kitchen towel and darted towards the door to see who it could be, partly opening the door to have a peek. When I saw Pierce standing outside my door, I panicked a bit. I wasn't supposed to see him until I arrived at the café. My heart tumbled around my rib cage as his presence made me nervous. Before I said anything, I snorted awkwardly that was mixed with a giggle as I saw what he was wearing. He was in a black tailored suit and what caught my attention was his tie. He was wearing the one that I gave him last Christmas, the panda patterned tie. I was supposed to dare him to wear it when we got back from our trip in Bordeaux.

"It doesn't look that bad." Pierce's deep voice made me snap my attention to him. He was smirking as he leaned on the doorframe.

"I never thought you'd actually wear it." I grinned when I gave him a once over. He actually didn't look bad. It was playful and adorable for me at least.

Pierce shrugged while he smiled lopsidedly, "It's a special gift." I blushed when he appreciated it after all. I didn't say anything as I kept staring at him with curiosity. The last few days had been a dream. He was so considerate and gentle with me which was beyond him. I knew what kind of man he was and I never thought this side of him existed. I wanted this Pierce. He may have hurt me a few months ago but I didn't get why his determination made me fall for him even more. Would he ever ask me to be his again? That was the whole point why he came back, right?

"Aren't you going to invite me in?" Pierce lifted his eyebrow as I hadn't finished gawking at him. I cleared my throat to hide my embarrassment. I then mimicked his expression as I asked him, "Why would I invite you inside my apartment? Scratch that, why are you even here?"

"I'm actually here to ask you out to eat lunch with me since I won't be able to swing by the café later. I have a meeting at 3 o'clock. I wanted to see you today." He smiled shyly as he buried his hands deep into his pockets.

"Oh." Stunned for a second before I continued, "I'm actually making grilled cheese...shit!" I hissed as I remembered that I left the sandwich cooking on the frying pan. Running back to the kitchen to see half of my sandwich burnt as it started to release a pungent smell of smoke. I groaned when I was close to burning the apartment down. This was the sole reason why I should never be allowed in the kitchen.

I turned the electric stove off and brought the pan to the sink. I groaned again when I realized I had nothing to eat for lunch. Pierce just chuckled from behind me. I almost forgot that he was here. I turned around and placed my hands on my hips, "What seems to be so funny?"

He grinned happily, "You no longer have a reason to say no to my invitation."

"Right." I sighed in defeat. "So, where are you taking me?"

"I have no idea." Pierce smiled and grabbed my hand as he tried to drag me out of the apartment. I didn't even hesitate when I just let him guide me. A secret smile grew on my face. I was glad he wanted to see me today.

We got to his car and Pierce, like the gentleman he was, opened the car door for me. I slipped inside and made myself comfortable. His smell was intoxicating my nostrils when I got in his car which smelled nice. It wasn't too strong nor was it too musky. Pierce got in as he buckled himself then started the engine.

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