Chapter Thirteen

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    I had been sitting in the small cafe for 10 minutes waiting on Seth and I suddenly get a feeling in my stomach that leads to small voices in my head saying "He totally stood you up." But the voices went away when I see Seth walk inside the cafe. He still had that smile on his face from when I first met him, but when he turned to look at me it sort of fades. 

   "Hey Allison." He says while rubbing the back of his neck. He looked uncomfortable and sad. 

  "Hey Seth." It was weird. It had sounded like we were strangers when we weren't. 

   "I just wanted to say I'm sorry I made a huge scene at the party, it's not like you're my girlfriend" He says, he couldn't maintain eye contact with me.

  "No, I'm sorry. It wasn't like that. Just some things went down and.." 

   "What's going on? Are you okay?" He looks up at me and you can see in his eyes that he really did care about me.

  "Yes, I'm okay."

"Then what happened?" 

I wanted to tell Seth all of the horrible things that went on in my past but I wanted to forget my past. Not relive it. I just want to start over, and I knew if I told him I would never be able to. 

  "Just nothing." I say. His face drops again.

  "How can we ever work if you can't even tell me what's wrong? Does James know? Because he seemed to be on the same page as you." 

  I didn't say anything which gave Seth an answer.

  "Then why am I even here, if you're flirting with your boss?" He says.

  "Seth it's not like that but if that's the case then why are you here? Because I called you and another girl named Jennifer answered the phone!" 

   When he looks at me, he gives me a confused look. 

  "Jennifer?" He says her name and then it was like a light bulb went over his head. "Jennifer is my ex girlfriend, she came by to pick up any left over things from our breakup a while ago."

     I remain silent. 

"Allison, I like you. I would never do anything to hurt you. I just wish we were on the same page. And when I saw you wrapped up in James' arms it honestly hurt me."

  I felt horrible. 

   "I'm sorry. I like you too. I was just going through some things but it's cleared up now." I mean as long as I stay away from my uncle, I will be okay. 

  "I don't want to pressure you into telling me so I am capable of moving past this, I just want us to be more honest with each other." 

  "Alright, I can do that." I say with a thumbs up in the air. 

  His walkie talkie goes off which signifies that he needed to get back to work. 

  "Well, I need to get back to work." He stands up and gives me a kiss on the forehead. "I will text you when I can." 

  My heart flutters. "Okay." I say smiling and with that, he walks out the door. 

  There was something about Seth that made me feel so secure and wanted. He was so understanding and I need someone like that in my life. 

  Once I finish the last of my coffee, I get a text from James.

   James: Can you come by my office before the day ends?

  I gulp. I hadn't talked to James since I was overhearing his private argument. I don't know what kind of trouble he was in, and as much as I hate to say it, I'm worried about him. 

  

   Once I get back to the house, I go straight to James' office just to get it over with. Who knows what we would talk about or what he needed. 

  I knock on the door and I could hear him say "Come in." 

   Right when I walk in, I see him staring outside the window. He was wearing a navy blue suit. It really complimented his charming looks. I would be lying if I said I wasn't attracted to him at the moment. 

  I'm too busy drooling over him when he says, "Helllooo?? Earth to Allison? Why are you just staring at me?" 

  I shake my head and I can feel my face go red. 

  "Sorry, what did you say?" 

  "I said take a seat." I can see a smile forming on his face.

   I quickly take one of the seats in front of his desks. 

 "You've been doing pretty good around here, but I am having my annual summer party event."

   "So you want me to be on duty to clean around?" I say.

 "No."

"Oh you want me to be a server? Because I once worked at Apple Bee's and I rocked it-" I was cut off by him.

"No, Allison. I want you as my date to my event. It would be embarrassing to go alone to my own event." He still had a slight smile on his face that made him look sexy. 

   "Oh. Um well,"

"If you need to sleep on it or go ask permission from your 'boyfriend' then go ahead." He looked away when he said boyfriend and the smile was replaced with an annoyed look which consisted of his eyebrows furrowing together. 

Was this what I called jealousy from THE James Black?

"Um alright. I'll get back to you."  I say and I begin to gather my things and walk out of his office. 

  When I get back to my room, I am confused. What should I do? I feel like I shouldn't ask Seth because he already thinks something is going on and he's not pressuring me to talk about my past. And if I say no to James what if he fires me for not fulfilling my job? I need this job so I cannot get hired. 

  Maybe I won't have to tell Seth because it's basically just work anyways. I mean what's the worse that can happen?

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 I thought this was a good place to end this chapter. I know, I know. I'm the queen of short chapters but I am going to work on it. 

Let me know in the comments which side you are on. Team Seth or Team James???? 

Anything can happen at this point... 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you are having a lovely morning/afternooon/night. Make sure you favorite and follow me! xoxoxo

-Hannah 

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