Chapter Forty-Four

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"You sure you don't want me to take her so you can take your time," Cordell asked coming up behind as I came out of the shower. "I told you I can take care of it." I turned around in his arms facing him. "You have a meeting to go to and you have to be on time or else you won't make that money I'm in love with," I said smirking.

"So it's my money you are in love with?" he brought me closer to him.

"I thought you knew this already."

"Well then I guess I better keep the money flowing if I want to keep you by my side."

"I swear you treat me so well." I got on my tippy toes and kissed his lips. He grabbed my waist holding me tighter as he deepened the kiss. "Man I can't wait until this is a permanent thing."

"Same here. Now go before you are late."

"I should be home at six." He kissed quickly on my lips and then walked out. I sighed and leaned up against the sink. I swear he made mornings better. He made happy without even trying. He could put a smile on my face with just one look at me. I truly loved that man.

I walked out the bathroom and went to the closet to find something to wear for my first day back at work. Everything I had was getting too tight since my stomach was growing. I finally found a plain nude short sleeve dress that fit just enough. I put on matching pumps and pulled my hair up into a bun.

"Mommy I need help." Sapphire came in with her dress half zipped. "Come here lady bug and let me help you." I kneeled down and zipped up the zipper the rest of the way. "Now you are ready to go and if we hurry we can stop and get a burrito for breakfast." She ran out of the room and I put on my jewelry, checking myself over. I grabbed my things and headed downstairs. "Come on lady bug let's go!" Sapphire came running down with her book bag in tow.

I made it to work with twenty minutes to spare so I just sat in my car and ate my burrito. I needed to get mind back into work mode so I could do my job because I still wanted to be in Hawaii laying on the beach. I loved the slow life but now I had to go back to the fast pace one I made for myself.

I looked at the clock and saw I only had ten minutes to get inside so I got out and headed in. "I see you still wearing these tight dresses," Denise said smirking at me. "Shut up. I have to go do some shopping since all my clothes are becoming too small."

"Get used to baby girl because you only going to get bigger." Well that wasn't helpful at all. "Thanks for the great advice."

"Just doing my job."

"Whatever." I headed in my office to see Mr. Richards sitting in a chair in front of my desk on his phone. I walked around him and went to my desk sitting my things down and waited for him to notice me. He finally looked up and smiled. "Ms. Marshall good to see you are back."

"Good to be back."

"Glad to hear it. Now I am to here to see about the progress of the fall line because as you know the opening is approaching soon."

"Yes, I am fully aware and so far everything is on schedule so we should have everything together by the time of the opening."

"Well you know if ever need any more help you can always hire temporary interns to get things done as the date approaches."

"I understand that but I think I can get it done with the staff I have but thank you for the leeway." He looked through his papers as if trying to see what else he came here for. "Ah another thing I wanted to talk to you about was a meeting I have coming up with prospective investors and I would like for you to join me. All of the partners will be attending as well so I thought it would be a great idea if you were in charge of the proposal to the investors."

"You think I am experienced enough for that?"

"No, you aren't but I believe if you do become partner it will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed. You have the background part down pact but now you need to make an appearance in the public and this is how you do it."

"If you think this can help me Mr. Richards than I am open to it."

"Good. Now this will mean more work for you but I believe you can handle it with no problem." With this he got up and walked out like he owned the world. I sighed holding my head in my hands. I was barely keeping it together with the fall line and now I had to come up with a proposal. I could just feel the stress coming.

"So what did boss man have to say?"

"He just added more weight to my plate. I really don't know if I can handle this Denise."

"Hey don't beat yourself up, we can do this. I keep telling you that you can give me more things to do. I promise you I can handle it."

"You really are the best assistant ever."

"Now you just telling me things I already know."

"Cocky as ever."

"Well you have to be when you are as good as I am."

"Go do your job."

"That's why I'm here you, you have a conference call with the suppliers and then you have a meeting with the ten designers you have chosen to monitor their progress." This was going to be a fun day.

By the end of the day I was beyond tired, I just wanted to go home and rest. I gathered my things so I go pick up Sapphire from school.

"Leaving so early?"

"Yea, I made a deal with Cordell that I would leave early so I wouldn't get too stressed out."

"Does he not know what you do for a living?"

"Tell me about it. Right now I just want my bed."

"Right now I want a tall glass of wine with my favorite chips." Man I missed wine. "Well since I can't have wine I will settle or a tall glass of grape juice with pickles and caramel drizzled on it." She scrunched up her face. "Ew that sounds horrible, did you just say pickles with caramel?"

"I know it sounds nasty but it is very good."

"You are definitely pregnant if you eating that shit," she said shaking her head. I just laughed at her and headed out.

When we finally made it home Cordell had beat me and my mom was there too. "I thought you said you would be home at six?"

"Since I am the boss I came home earlier."

"How was your meeting?" he pulled his eyebrows together which meant not good. "A lot of crap has went on that I wasn't notified of and now I have to fix it in order to keep my company afloat. I'm going to have to work double time now."

"Yea me and you both baby."

"What you mean?" I sighed. "Mr. Richards wants me to come up with a proposal for this meeting he wants me to go to for prospective investors on top of getting the fall line together." He pulled me to him kissing me on my head. "You will make it just stress yourself out too much."

"There you are!" mother came from the kitchen with an apron on. She brought me into a hug. "Mom what are you doing here?"

"I came to check on you. I haven't seen you since you left for Hawaii. How's the baby?" she placed her hand on my stomach. "It's fine mom."

"My you are getting bigger already! Next thing you know you ae going to be wobbling everywhere you go."

"Yea that's not something I'm looking forward to."

"Aw hush up, you will love every single moment of it because at the end you will have a beautiful baby to show for it." I smiled thinking of when the baby gets here. I couldn't wait to hear when they first cry and when they said their first word.

"Dinner is almost ready so you two sit down and wait, Sapphire is in there helping me." We sat down. I snuggled up to him. "You think we could go back to Hawaii and just forget all of this?" he laughed pulling me closer. "Soon baby girl soon."

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