The Billionaires Love Curves(5)

By: Cj Howard




In some way she could feel a connection between the two of them but wondered how that could be. They were from very different worlds, yet she felt something from deep inside her being drawn towards him.



“Are you serious?” Lacey broke her gaze from Nate and looked directly at Ali Russell.



“I wouldn't say it if I wasn't. In fact it was Nate's idea.”



“I saw right through you, Lacey.” Nate Horwood said. “I knew that was you talking in the boardroom that day, I could just tell. You've got passion, a fire in the way you think and I told Ali we'd be crazy to waste such talent here at Holden-Taylor.”



“Thank you,” Lacey said. “I would love to do it but I don't have the experience Jane had.”



“What I'd like for you to do is come by my offices later this morning,” Nate Horwood said, still with a serious face. “I'd like to take you under my wing, as it were, give you the benefit of my experience so that one day you'll be sitting behind a desk like Ali's and being in control of your own team of journalists.”



“That's a wonderful opportunity, I don't know what to say, Mr. Horwood.” Lacey couldn't believe what she was hearing and wanted to pinch herself but resisted.



“You can just say – thank you. That's all. I can see you're keen and I want to nurture that. In the end it can only benefit the company.” Nate leaned back in the chair now and uncrossed his legs.



There was a moment of silence as the two stopped and found themselves staring into the eyes of the other.



“That'll be all, Lacey,” Ali said. “I'll arrange for Bethany to help you make a start on the planning of this project. The two of you can jot down more ideas and concepts that you can take to your meeting with Mr. Horwood. His secretary will brief you about the meeting.”



Lacey’s smile said it all. In fact she could not stop smiling all the way back to her desk. It was Bethany who told her during their briefing session that Jane had been fired.



*

Nate Horwood’s secretary was a short, thin woman in her forties. Lacey thought he'd have someone young and dynamic but his secretary was a kind and chatty woman who showed Lacey into Nate's office suite.



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.”

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