Chapter 1

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Interior Designer, Sophie Middleton, bought the tan Honda Accord to a stop in front of Chef Cecil Deville's mansion. She opened the driver's side door; blue tube headset in ear, Jamie," she said in a professional voice, exiting the car "What do you have for me?"

"I'm sorry, Sophie," Miss. Lee hasn't decided, on who she's going to give the project to. I'm calling you back out of courtesy."

Sophie let out a small sigh. She really wanted to land the interior design contract. The owner, Dana Lee was considering several companies to redecorate her home. The Van Horn Group put in a bid. She was willing to do what she could to win over Miss. Lee.

"Jamie, I appreciate you calling me back," She opened the backseat passenger door and removed the roller luggage bag. "Any idea of when Miss. Lee may make a decision."

"I have no idea," Jamie said. "When she makes a decision, I will let you know."

Sophie was disappointed. Her team gave a team a presentation several weeks ago. They should have heard something by now. "I know you will. I'm just trying to hurry it along."

"I'm sorry, I have to get going," Jamie said. "I have to go and stand in line to try to get "John Legend tickets. You know it's going to be a long line."

"What if I can get you tickets?" Sophie asked.

"You can get tickets?" Jamie asked in a hesitant tone. "That would be awesome, if you can get them."

"I can get the tickets," Sophie said. "But I need you set up a follow-up meeting with Miss. Lee so that I can try to persuade her to give the account to the Van Horn Group."

"As bad as I want those tickets," Jamie said. "I don't know. Miss. Lee has her own way of doing things."

"Look at it as both of us, getting what we want."

"How so?" Jamie asked.

"You get a chance to prove just how much of a great Assistant that you are, and I get another chance to show why, Van Horn Designs should get the project."

"Maybe, she will keep me on permanently," Jamie said.

"That's the way to think," Sophie said. "Own it. Believe it. Achieve it."

"Alright," Jamie said. "You convinced me. I will see what I can do. I can't promise anything."

"That's all, I ask."

"Okay. Expect to hear from me." Jamie ended the call.

Sophie let out a sigh of release. A lot was riding on this project. Miss. Van Horn announced that she was looking to add a partner to the group. She wanted to prove to that she was more than qualified for the position. She has been at the company for more than five years. She has bought in more business than anyone the past five years. No one deserves to be partner more than she did.

Sophie headed for the front door. She looked up to see her team members, Rios and Les, headed in her direction. She smiled and waved.

Rios returned her wave with one of his own.

Les yawned. "It is too early."

"You owe me. "Rios exclaimed with attitude. "This is my day off. How many days off do I get? I can't begin to tell you the plans I had to give up."

Sophie pretended to look hurt. She poked out her bottom lip. "I'm sorry."

Rios waved her off. "Don't even try it."

"You made plans with Kenneth."

"Yes, I did."

"Tell Kenneth, I will find some way to make it up to you guys."

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