“What did you talk about on the ride back?” asked Mera coming back to earth.
“Nothing. Not a thing. It was almost total silence,” remembered Seyi.
“You didn’t talk for two and a half hours?” Lola asked.
“Yep. Just drove quietly. Of course I was thinking about everything that just happened. I’m sure he was, too.”
Just then the front door opened and all three jumped to see Miles enter. He glanced in Lola’s office and without any acknowledgement headed to his office. Seyi and Mera both stood up, and Mera smoothed her dress down. Seyi smiled and shrugged her shoulders at Lola and left for her own office. Mera walked slowly back to her desk her head spinning with Seyi’s story. She could see Matt from her desk and smiled at him. He smiled back.
Miles was befuddled to the point of insanity. He didn’t know how he was going to approach Seyi’s now. They had been working together for twelve years when things abruptly changed. What if she told someone else? She would never do such a thing. He consoled himself by saying, “Women don’t do that.”
“How was Hendersonville?” Lola inquired as she entered his office.
“”What do you mean?” Miles inquired. It was all right.”
“No, I’m talking about how you left it. Are they awake?”
“Oh, well, I mean, they’re working perfectly now. The corrupted module was a fundamental module. I devised a workaround. Because an upgrade is on the way, I’ll be returning next week to implement it.”
“Good, maybe I’ll hitch a ride with you.” Lynn smiled, and Miles immediately wondered if Stella had spilled the beans.
“Sounds like Seyi got lucky, too. She said everything came out all right.”
Miles looked up quickly at her, and she just smiled. He watched her turn and leave with a little sway of her hips.
Miles went back to pulling papers out of his bag when he looked up at the tapping on the door. His heart sank. He knew he would have to face her eventually when he saw Seyi lean into the door.
“Got a minute?” she choked.
“Yeah, come in,” Miles said putting his bag down and pushing the papers aside.
Seyi entered quickly and closed the door quietly behind her.
“Miles, I want to apologize…”
He cut her off “Seyi, it’s my fault. I mean, I started…”
“You didn’t do it. We both did, in fact. Isn’t it true that that just happened? It is not going to happen again. I’ll keep my word.”
He gulped, “It won’t?”
She was taken aback and stared at him with amazement “What exactly do you mean? I was under the impression you didn’t want it to happen again.”
“I never said anything like that.”
“Crystal?” she inquired, her face puzzled.
“Seyi, Coi and I are taking a break. I didn’t want to say anything because I didn’t want the office gossip to take my attention away from my work. I’ve got a whole new stuff to keep me occupied now.”
“This adds to the confusion, Miles. We can’t, I mean…”
“I know,” Miles admitted. “I mean, as a coworker, I’ve always looked up to you. Your reputation for being a bitch, not your reputation for being so precise!”
Seyi burst out laughing.
Miles went on to say, “With you, I would never consider crossing the boundary. I’ve always considered you appealing, and yes, hot at times, but you’ve always been off limits to me. My moral compass got slapped by my libido. By the way, you’re wonderful. I’m not sure I can look at you the same way anymore. That’s why I’d like to apply for a transfer in writing…”
“Certainly not! No, Miles! You’re not going to be able to do it. We’ll be able to make this work. We can do it, I’m confident. We’re both quite professional, at least in the office. I’m confident that we’ll make the proper decision when the time comes.”
“I’ll think about it,” she says.
“Are you all right?” Seyi got up from her seat and took a close look at him.
Then a tiny redhead appeared in his doorway. “Well, good’morning,'” Mera said, sarcastically emphasizing the’morning’ because it was now afternoon.
“Good morning, oh hey, sure. I’ve just returned from Hendersonville.”
Mera chuckled, “Yeah, I heard,” before catching herself.
“Oh?” says the speaker. Miles inquired, his brows furrowed.
“Yeah, Seyi said y’all came back this morning,” says the narrator. Mera uttered a quiet response.
She swiftly followed up with, “Tipper will be hosting a happy hour tonight. Do you want to go? Make a phone call to Coi and inquire.”
He smiled as he looked up “Yes, I’m in good shape. I’m incredibly good at what I do. Are you one of them?”
“Whoo, better than ever,” she said as she walked out of his office, winking at him.
“I’m sure Coi won’t be able to make it, but I could use a glass or four tonight.”
“That’s fantastic! Hey, I’ll make something at my place before or after, okay?”
Miles looked up from his desk and straight into the eyes of the small redhead. She was simply adorable and enticing. Why hadn’t he noticed it before? And what was the question she was posing to him?
He laughed and said, “Yeah.” “That’s something I’d be interested in. Okay, after that, okay?”
He observed her marching back to her desk, pleased with herself.
“Shit,” Miles thought to himself, “let’s see what happens next.”