The Billionaires Love CurvesBy: Cj Howard
The main office was enormous. It would have been possible to fit four very large offices into this one room. Nate Horwood was not at his desk which was an oversized, oak wood monstrosity that dominated the window area. The blinds to the wall to wall windows were closed and blocked out the low winter sun that was trying to penetrate the off white blinds.
She was sure she could smell leather and across the room to her right was a sofa and two matching leather armchairs in chestnut brown that contrasted with the rich, off white carpet running from wall to wall.
“Take a seat.” A voice from the other side of the room called.
She turned her head and saw an open door. She noticed the sound of running water for the first time, Nate was in his en suite bathroom.
She looked around for somewhere to sit. At his desk there was no other seat so she made her way to the leather sofa and sat down. The sofa almost swallowed her up. She shuffled to the edge of the seat and waited with her legs together, back straight and her hands on her knees.
“Ah, Lacey, make yourself comfortable, you don't have to sit to attention like that.” Nate was back in the room. “Can I get you a drink, it's almost lunch time, and do you want me to order anything in?”
Lacey was taken aback. Nate Horwood had walked into his office without the jacket of his suit, and without his tie. He took long strides across the floor and sat down very close to her on the sofa. He was giving off an intoxicating scent of cologne and soap. She looked up at him and tried to shuffle away from him a little.
“I'm fine,” she breathed. “Should we get started? I brought the notes from the briefing with Bethany.”
“Don’t be in a rush, I thought we could get to know each other on a more personal level.” He took the file from her hands and rested them beside him on the sofa. “It will make what I'm hoping to teach you a whole lot easier if we try to get to know each other better, first.”
He dazzled her with his bright smile. It comforted here but made her uneasy all at the same time, especially as his eyes appeared to be taking in her curves.
“I'd rather we kept this strictly business, Mr. Horwood,” she said, lowering her eyes.
“Please, call me Nate.”
“Nate, I, um, value the fact you are giving up your time. I feel honored.”
“Where are you from, Lacey?”
“I want to know more about you, you intrigue me.”
I don't think….”
“No, tell me, or, wait – let me guess. You grew up in some back street area of New York, worked nights to put yourself through school and you send money back to your folks to help them with the rent money.”
“Well, did you just swallow Wikipedia or have you been stalking me?”
He laughed. She liked his laugh, it made him look boyish. There was something very engaging about him when he was this relaxed.
“I have ways of finding things out.” He said becoming serious again. “I want to know who I can take into my confidence, who I can trust, who I can take out on a date.”
Lacey stood abruptly.
“Please Mr. Horwood, if this is your idea of trying to lure me into your bedroom for a night you may as well just stop there.”
He stood, too.
“Why are you getting defensive, Lacey? What's wrong?”
'This is all wrong. You think because I come from a slum area I'd be willing to drop my pants because you could afford to show me a good time? Well, I'm sorry. I'm not that kind of girl.”
“I know that, Lacey. I told you I have ways of finding out about people, and I think I know what kind of girl you are. I know you're not like that and that's why I want to ask you out on a date. You'd be amazed how many people want to get close to you when you have money.”
'Are you for real” she said.
“Don’t you find me attractive?”
“Well, yes but…”
'Wouldn't you like to get to know who I really am rather than seeing me as some rich, hedonistic bastard?”
“Please, I never said that.'
'But the thought did cross your mind. I became a billionaire because I saw what I wanted and I went for it. The thing is, Lacey, I am deeply, deeply, attracted to you. I was from the first moment you walked into that boardroom. And I'm not talking about sex. I saw something, a quality that peaked my interest. And then you came up with that pitch. I saw you had brains too, and personality. What can I say? I fell for you. Now if you think this was all orchestrated just to lure you into my bed, then you really don't know me at all. Wikipedia or no Wikipedia.”
This time they both smiled. He was looking intently into her eyes and not blinking. She was looking up at him and feeling like her heart would explode from her chest. The fact is, she was attracted to him too. Not in a million years would she expect him to feel the same.