Arianna hung up with Danielle, clearly annoyed, but she felt her friend’s pain. Stacey was definitely a cheater. She came in all times of the night and on top of all that, she and Danielle were not having sex. It was hard to believe that her best friend would even deal with something like that, especially from a woman.
Stacey was attractive but Arianna had found it very strange that she dressed like a guy. She had asked Danielle plenty of times why she didn’t just date a guy since her girlfriend looked like one anyway.
Not that she could pretend her relationship with Malachi was perfect. However, Malachi could be described as one of the best men she had ever dated. He worked, attempted to make her happy, and treated her son, Carter, as if he was his own.
It wasn’t hard to understand why she was just not into him as much. He had become a jealous nag and the chemistry was just gone.
“What’s wrong?” Malachi said rolling over to face her.
“Stacey came home in the middle of the night again.”
“So why is she calling you?”
“Don’t start Malachi, I don’t want to argue because Danielle can’t leave her girlfriend.”
“She’s acting you’re her girlfriend.”
Arianna looked at him in disbelief. “I really don’t want to have this conversation… again. It’s tiresome. Goodnight,” she said closing her eyes.
She eventually dozed off dreaming of her family back home. She missed them. It had been years since her and Arianna packed their things in Georgia and decide to make their way to New York for college. Neither of them ever wanted to go back.
She and Malachi awoke the following morning not exactly happy with each other. Arianna was confused as to why he would think that she was “that way.” She and Danielle had been best friends long before she came out. Honestly Arianna never cared. Why should she?
The tension was thick that morning and Malachi struggled to see why Arianna would be such close friends with someone who could potentially be interested in her.
She’d never told Danielle that Malachi was basically jealous of her. It made no sense but she didn’t want her best friend to feel uncomfortable around him.
She ignored the tension, dropped Carter off at school and headed to work like any other day.
Arianna arrived at work tired. She had been a paralegal at Tillman and Browne for almost two years and had not yet understood the benefits of office gossip. It’s almost like a high school.
She spoke to Cayla as she entered the office on the fourth floor. They’d started together and had actually become pretty good friends.
There was one other person at work Arianna was quite fond of. His name was Shane. He was 10 years her senior. They spoke daily and sometimes ate lunch together when he didn’t have court. She knew it was wrong but he was sexy, wise, and unbothered about the workplace gossip. If she didn’t know any better she would believe he didn’t even know half the things that were going around about him.
He sure was sexy though. Six foot three with a caramel complexion that left Arianna salivating. His hair was always cut short and he had the most beautiful hazel colored eyes she’d ever seen. Not to mention his body was perfectly sculpted from something out of a fantasy. He was just perfect.
“Hey Ari.” Shane said as he approached her desk.
“Hi,” She replied, unable to hide the way he’d made her blush.
“You have a beautiful smile, I never get tired of seeing it.” Arianna’s heart began to race. He touched her shoulder sending electricity through her body. “I’ll be here for lunch. Care to join me?”
“Of course!” She exclaimed with no hesitation.
“Cool. I’ll be back around lunch time,” Shane said smiling and leaving her to work.
Shane actually liked Arianna. She possessed an innocence that he loved. Although he knew she was with someone it didn’t stop him from pursuing her. They had yet to cross the line but honestly, Shane wouldn’t be mad if they did because he’d had his eye on her since she first started. It took months for him to even introduce himself and about a year before he started asking her to lunch. He now knows more about her than her own boyfriend does and he liked it like that.
There was a conference coming up soon and he wanted to ask Arianna to come with him. He was actually nervous about it but wanted to spend time with her. He knew he couldn’t ask too last minute because her boyfriend would be suspicious but he definitely wanted them to have a chance to get to know each other more intimately. He wanted her to know that he could please and stimulate her more than just intellectually.
Shane sat in his office as Arianna filled his thoughts. If only they could be together…