C5 An Angry CEO
I was out of that horrific place, tears streaming down my face as my being was overpowered by humiliation.
My emotions were raging, fear, anxiety, embarrassment, anger all rolled into one.
I tried to block out the stares people were giving me as I ran along on the brick pavement, trying to cover myself up with the now torn blouse, trying to preserve that last shred of dignity.
I kept walking until my feet carried me off to an abandoned back alley. The dam burst as I broke down crying, unable to stop myself.
I'd never been so humiliated in my entire life, I leaned against the rough wall of the alley as my legs sank down, my head rested on my knees as I cried my heart out.
I hated myself, my body, my own skin disgusted me now. Wishing I could crawl out of my body, I wiped my eyes as I sniffled.
My legs felt so rubbery but I still stood up, stumbling a bit as I tried to stand straight.
The cloud of emotions looming in my mind cleared a bit as I made my way to the telephone booth nearby.
Phoning Daniel, I waited for him to pick up.
"Hey, Bella. Aren't you supposed to be at that interview thing my sister made you go to?" He asked casually, his voice made me feel so much better.
My heart ached, I wanted to tell him but I couldn't. Attempting to keep my voice level, I spoke up, "Oh, my car broke down. So you know, the usual, Chevrolet freaked out on me again. " I let out a forced laugh, it didn't sound convincing to my own ears.
"I've told you to sell that beat-up car a hundred times and get a better one but you never listen. Tell me where you are, I'm coming to get you." He replied, his voice a bit anxious.
"Oh, you don't need to come. I actually wanted to talk to Lucy but"....I quickly came up with a lie, "She wasn't picking up. So, could you put me through to her?" I spoke hurriedly before I could give it away. In reality, I only remembered Daniel's number, so I couldn't call Lucy.
I couldn't let him see me like this, it would break his heart, I thought as I looked down at my ripped blouse.
"But Bella…." He insisted, I wanted to give in but I couldn't.
I felt a catch in my throat as I spoke further," Of course I want you to come but I've got some questions about the interview to ask Lucy too and she knows this area like the back of her hand, so it'd be much more convenient if she came, so would you put me through to her?" I heard an exasperated sigh from his end as I heard the beep and Lucy's high-pitched voice came on the line.
" Hey girl, wasup", she said in her throaty voice. "Wait… aren't you supposed to be in Vancouver interviewing a certain endearing individual," Lucy said, her voice commanding as always, I wish I was as confident as her.
"Lucy, come pick me up, I'm in…." I looked around until my eyes fell upon the wooden board," Rosewood drive, 11th Avenue."
"What happened? You don't sound ok." Lucy said, sounding a bit worried.
" I'll tell you when you get here and could you make it quick….um, something happened," I said, my voice hoarse, I really didn't wanna do this over the phone.
"What is it Bel, tell me? You really don't sound ok." She said as I heard her revving up her car.
Wow! That girl is fast.
That's why I loved her, she was always there for me, no matter what.
"Ok, I'll be there in a sec." I heard her faint voice on the other end as she ended the call.
An hour later
We were heading back to Seattle, Lucy was quiet, a bit too quiet. I'd told her what happened to me and broke down halfway.
Lucy was adept on getting them caught but I…. I just couldn't muster up the courage to face t...them again. I could still feel their hands on me...groping me. I felt my stomach lurch but I tried to keep it down as a single tear fell down my cheek.
She was seething with anger, gripping the wheel so tight her knuckles had turned white.
"You seem to be feeling better now. Seems like my soup worked, huh?" I said, in an attempt to lighten up the atmosphere.
"It did," Lucy mumbled, her tone clipped.
There was a few minutes of silence before Lucy spoke up out of the blue.
"Are you gonna tell Daniel?"
"Oh! Um...I don't really know. I'll tell him when I'm ready I guess." I said, caught a bit off guard as I threw caution to the wind.
Lucy had no idea how grateful I was to her, she was the only one I could trust right now.. ...in this situation.
With a heavy heart, I stared out the window of the car, watching the city go about its business as my world was crumbling….. crumbling in despair.
Could I ever get over something like this?
Trying not to combust, I paced about in the office. 2 hours, this girl had made me wait for two fucking hours. The nerve of her.
She….she'd made me…... Caspian Donovan, the man craved by all women, girls fell at my feet every step of the way and she'd made me wait.
Oh she'll pay….she'll pay alright.
But there was one thing I didn't get….she'd been so persistent about this interview that she'd made her father talk me into giving her my time. Then why the fuck isn't she here?
I punched the wall next to me, bruising my knuckles instantly as a sharp pain shot up my palm….anger oozing from my pores. Miss Kerington better have a good explanation for this. I'm not letting her get out of this so easily.
It's a good thing I'm the chairman of her college committee.