Deceiving Her Boss(2)

By: Elizabeth Powers

"Yes, sir. You are in the same suite as last time, and your flight leaves on Thursday morning at 7:00. You return on Saturday morning on a 10:15 flight, so you'll be able to attend the dinner on Friday night."

"Is Joe available?"

"Yes. He'll meet you at the airport and will be available to drive you anywhere for the next 48 hours without any problem. He said to let you know that he's found a new lunch place for you."

Sean nodded, and then quickly moved on. "And you have a full meeting schedule for me, I assume."

"Yes, sir. It's all in your Outlook calendar, so you have it on your Blackberry. Most of the meetings are scheduled to give you a bit of time in between them in case you are running late or want to check messages, but your Friday morning is booked fairly solidly. I had trouble fitting everything since Charles wanted a 10:00 that day. But take a look, and if there is anything you want me to change, I'm happy to do so."

"Great. Thanks, Allie. The only other thing I need you to do for me this morning is to order flowers for Maureen. You have her information, correct?"

"Yes sir, I do. What would you like the card to say?"

"Just sign my name."

Allie nodded and made a note to herself. She never knew if the plain signature was an apology, a thank you, or a farewell. Sean always took care of making sure that the women he dated knew where they stood at each phase of their relationship, so she never needed to get too involved. She just needed to choose an arrangement, and she generally chose different colored roses for different women. To her, the rose was a cliché, and trying to mix any other flower in just seemed too personal. So she stuck with roses, and so far, she'd managed without confusing any of the women.

"Anything else sir?"

"What are you working on this morning?" he asked.

"I'm typing up some letters for you to sign, returning e-mails asking for appointments, and generally just making sure that everything is in order before you go. Is there anything else you need me to concentrate on?"

Sean shook his head. "No. I just need to finalize the Robertson contract by the end of the day. If I need anything else, I'll let you know."

He stood then, intending to walk out behind Allie to go see the firm's lawyer about the Robertson deal, and waited as she stood and gathered her things. Allie turned to go, remembering at the last moment her appointment book that she had left on one of Sean's chairs. She turned abruptly to go back for it, forgetting that Sean was directly behind her until it was too late. She careened into him, losing her footing, and falling directly into his arms. He caught her easily, and set her upright, but held her arms loosely with his hands as he looked carefully into her face.

"Are you all right?" he asked.

Allie just nodded her head. "I'm fine, and I'm very sorry. I left my appointment book..." she started to explain, but her voice died off as she looked up into the green eyes of her boss. His expression was one of concern, but Allie felt his hands slowly moving along her arms, almost caressing her through the thick material of her suit jacket. She doubted that he even knew what he was doing, but it was doing very interesting things to her own equilibrium. Pulling deliberately away, she moved back toward where she had been sitting and picked up her book.

"Sorry about that," she said quietly as she reached the door again, book held in front of her like a shield. "I'll get out of your way now. And I'll try not to run you over in the future," she added, trying to keep things light.

Sean didn't say anything as Allie slipped past him and moved out into the hallway. Having her fall into him like that had been more than unexpected, he thought. It had been most unwelcome. His assistant was a mouse, he thought. A shy little mouse, who wore ill-fitting clothing, and never seemed to get any sun. And while she was the best assistant he'd ever had, he never thought of her as a woman. The last three secretaries that HR had sent him had all been lovely, but all of them were clearly in the market to date him, not to work for him, and none of them had lasted longer than a week.

Allie was different. She showed no personal interest in him at all, and her ability to know what he needed before he'd even asked for it was amazing, if occasionally disconcerting. So while she was nothing like the beautiful women that he dated regularly, either physically or in temperament, that was exactly how he preferred it.

The problem was, he'd never touched his assistant before. And when she'd fallen into him, he had realized that she was a lot smaller and... well... curvier than he'd given her credit for. All of that tweed made her look large and boxy, but he realized that she might actually have a decent body under all of that tweed.

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