In celebration, here's a snip!
“I thought you might want to know that a woman went up to your office hours ago and hasn’t come back,” the secretary said. Mark glanced over his shoulder at her.
“Oh really?” he asked. There was no point telling the woman that he knew. Why give out information if you didn’t have to? “How do you know that?”
The brunette smiled at him, wide and sly, clearly impressed with her own cleverness. “I recognized her from the other day. You can always tell people that look a little… off.” Mark forced his face to remain blank. “When she went up and didn’t come back down, I went knocking. She opened the door and told me that she’d been given a key. Is that right?” she said, clearly ready to dial 9-1-1 in a millisecond.
Of course Nikki just opened up the door and gave out the pertinent information freely. It wouldn’t have occurred to her to lie, or not open the door at all. He was going to have to teach Nikki to be sneakier than that…
Mark broke off that train of thought and shook his head, mystified at himself. What was he doing, planning like this, like he and Nikki were partners or something? He’d never had a partner before. The closest thing he’d had was a fiancé, and look at how that had worked out.“That’s right,” he said. He didn’t miss the disappointed look that crossed the secretary’s face. And this was exactly why Mark avoided her - behind the carefully applied makeup lay sharp edges.
The conversation screeched to a halt and Mark bounded up the stairs with a quick wave over his shoulder. He didn’t like the secretary, but he still didn’t want to be less than a gentleman.As he made his way up to the fifth floor, Mark’s felt anticipation stir in his chest. He tried to beat it down, but it was no use. He’d seen Nikki just a few short hours ago and yet he couldn’t reach his office fast enough.
He strode down the hall and tried the doorknob. It was unlocked. Mark scowled. Nikki was seriously going to have to be more careful. Still, it didn’t stop his heart from lifting as he opened the door, eager to see Nikki waiting for him, and hoping that she wasn’t huddled frightened in the corner.
The door swung open to reveal Nikki sitting on top of his desk with what looked like the entire contents of his filing cabinets spread out around the office. A huge whiteboard he didn’t even remember owning was propped up next to her feet.
"Hi!" Nikki said brightly. "I've been plotting!"
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