“You’ll be fine.” Daniel said as he patted my hand.
“This just feels weird having Mr. Anderson here while I’m stuck in bed.” I patted the bed straightening the blanket I was sitting on.
“Look, he came to me about you and I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised.”
“Wait a minute. How long have you known about this?”
Daniel looked away sheepishly. “Well…I may have spoken to him a few weeks ago.”
“A few weeks..” I was cut off by knocking on the front door. “We will finish my shrieking at you when this is done. Go answer the door please.”
He gallantly bowed and left the bedroom. I looked down at my casual outfit. My office attire didn’t fit any longer thanks to the little monster. I ended up settling on a maternity blouse and black leggings. At least I showered. That was a feat unto itself.
“We are all grateful you showered.” Queen B squirted some perfume in the air.
“Here you are sir.” Daniel said as he escorted Mr. Anderson into the bedroom.
“Thank you, Daniel. Will you be staying with us?” He asked.
Daniel glanced to me. I nodded. “I guess I am. I will pull up another chair.”
Mr. Anderson sat next to the bed. It felt really weird to have the CEO of the company I’d used to work for sitting in the bedroom that only hours ago, I was riding Chord in. Life was very strange at times.
“Thank you for seeing me, Ms. Bell.”
“No problem. Though I must say I am quite surprised you wanted to visit today.”
Mr. Anderson smiled at me as he placed an envelope on the bed. “Please open that.”
I took the envelope and lifted the two metal prongs holding it closed. I pulled out a stack of papers. The top page said Proposal for AeroMat Management by Charles Boswacker. I looked at Daniel then to Mr. Anderson.
Flipping through the packet of papers I saw my work. Every word was the work I’d been doing for Mr. Anderson. It was the project I’d sent to him the day I quit. Ballslapper was taking credit for every word.
“That fucker.” I mumbled then glanced up at Mr. Anderson. “I’m sorry.”
Daniel snorted and I glared at him.
“I said the same thing when I read this. The only original piece of it was the top page with his name on it. Thankfully, I already had this in my hands from your email. I’m unsure how he got his hands on it but it’s too late now. I’ve fired him.” Mr. Anderson looked at me intently. “There’s a job opening, Ms. Bell. Would you be interested?”
I blinked. “What?”
“I believe he’s offering you a well deserved promotion, Rhapsody.”
“But I quit.”
Mr. Anderson crossed his arms. “Yes, about that. Why did you quit?”
My teeth dug into my bottom lip. “Boswacker gave me an ultimatum. Give him all my work so he could say it was his or get fired. I chose to quit instead. I couldn’t bare giving him all that hard work.”
“I can’t say I blame you for quitting. You’re a loyal worker. I’ve known that from the moment I met you. So, what do you say? Interested in coming back?”
“Uhm…yes but I’m in a bit of a bind. I can’t go into the office. I’m bedridden until the little monster is born.”
“Not a problem. Wesley!” Mr. Anderson called out.
A skinny guy I recognized from our IT department walked in holding a small lap desk and a new laptop. It was a top of the line computer I’d been dreaming about.
“What is all this?” I watched Wesley place the desk and laptop on the floor near the bed then leave. A moment later he entered with a small printer, wireless mouse and a headset.
“I asked Wesley to come on my little field trip and bring all the essentials a Senior Account Manager would need to work from home. You know just in case you said you’d come back.” Mr. Anderson smirked looking very pleased with himself.
“I don’t know what to say.”
“Say you’ll take the damn job, Rhapsody.” Daniel gave my hand a squeeze.
I turned toward Mr. Anderson and said, “Well, I guess you have yourself a Senior Account Manager.”
“Fantastic.” He clapped his hands and stood from the chair. “Now, I want you back on the job starting next Monday. I knew you’d be perfect for that job. I have confidence that you are going to do great things. We will let you rest. Make sure you take care of yourself and your little one. Come on, Wesley. Our work is done here.”
“Yes, Mr. Anderson.” I watched them leave the bedroom. I held my breath until I heard the door to the apartment shut.
Looking over at Daniel, I asked. “Did that just happen?”
“It did, boss lady.” He stood from the chair and gave me a hug.
Tears streamed down my face. “I can’t believe it. They really got rid of Boswacker. I didn’t think that would ever happen.”
“Yeah it’s been hard keeping that secret from you.”
“What?!” I screeched.
“Holy shit! Take it down a notch drama queen.” Queen B covered her ears.
“Damn, Rhapsody. Are you trying to summon some dogs?”
I smacked Daniel. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
“Mr. Anderson asked me not to. He had plans and wouldn’t stand for me ruining his surprise.”
I fell against the pillows. “I guess that’s an acceptable answer. So, are you ready for me to be your legit colleague?”
“You’ve always been my colleague.”
“Yeah but now I have the title.” I smiled brightly.
“I have a feeling you will be moving up a lot faster than any of us. Mr. Anderson is a smart guy who sees potential and his eyes are set on you. I bet in a year you’re a VP.”
“What? I’ll just be happy with what I have.”
Daniel shook his head. “Nope. Mark my words in one year you’ll be a VP and have like three kids.”
I punched him for that comment.
“Ouch. You have super preggers strength.”
“Don’t dare jinx me like that.”
He laughed. “Well, with the smell of sex in this room I’d say you two made up and are going at it like rabbits.”
Blushing I looked away.
Daniel tapped my hand and said, “Don’t worry. Izzy and I still go at it like that.”
“Ew. I really don’t need that mental image, Daniel.”
“Like I wanted to smell the sex den you currently live in? We both have our scars now. Alright, I’m gonna get out of your hair. Need anything before I go?”
A grin curved my lips. Giddy anticipation coursed through me. Chord and I would be doing some celebratory mattress gymnastics when he got home.
“That look on your face is creeping me out. So, I will give you another hug and split.” He leaned over the bed and gave me another hug. “I’m so damn proud of you, girl.” He placed a chaste kiss on my cheek.
“I go to work and come back to find you with another man in our bed.” Chord’s deep voice echoed through the room.
I smiled. “Someone’s gotta sate my pregnancy urges.”
Chord held up a bag that held a pint of my favorite ice cream and a bag of pickle flavored potato chips. I looked between him and Daniel then said to Daniel, “I’m sorry, Daniel but Chord won. He brought the ice cream and pickle flavored chips. Better luck next time.”
Daniel pretended to act dejected. “I hope I will be able to rebound from this rejection.”
All three of us began laughing. Chord approached the bed placing the bag on the nightstand then giving me a sweet kiss that quickly became foreplay. A gagging sound burst our increasingly intense passion.
“Sorry, Daniel. Forgot you were there. It was the treats. They just make me so hot for-“
Daniel placed his hands over his ears while chanting la, la, la, la. Chord and I looked at each other then laughed.
Holding out his hand, Chord said, “Hey Daniel. How are you?”
“I’m good if your crazy girlfriend would stop oversharing.”
Chord raised an eyebrow at me. “Oversharing?”
“I’ll tell you later. But, I have the best news that is going to get you laid. So, be ready to rip those pants off as soon as Daniel leaves.”
Queen B slapped her forehead. “This baby can’t come soon enough so you can put your filter back in place.”
“That’s definitely my cue to leave. I’ll see you two later. Have fun practicing the horizontal mambo.”
“We will.” I looked at Chord.
We listened for Daniel to leave the apartment before we started making out again. From one moment to the next, we were naked and Chord was inside me.
“Oh god. Here come the dying moose noises. Time for the noise canceling headphones.” Queen B put the headphones on just in time for my first celebratory orgasm.