Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lucky Charms by Marie Rochelle

“I can go over there and talk to her. I’ve done it before,” he muttered to himself. “All I’ve to do is walk about ten steps and I’ll be there.” Hurry up before someone else beats you to it. Checking his appearance one last time in the mirror on the wall, Patrick Kaye slowly made his way over to the woman across the room.

He was proud that he made it without losing his nerve. Taking a deep breath, he touched her on the shoulder. “Hello, Jada. I didn’t think you were going to show up.”

A pair of eyes that made him think about steamy nights in the bedroom glanced at him over a smooth brown shoulder. “Hey, Patrick,” Jada Michaels smiled. “I’m surprised to see you here, too. I didn’t think these corporate parties were your thing.”

“Mr. Street told me I had to be here or it wouldn’t look good for the promotion. I would rather be at home,” he answered honestly. Patrick wondered, could Jada see how fast his heart was beating underneath his shirt.

“Well, he is right. You were a big part of everything coming together. We couldn’t have done it without you. I know that I owe you so much. You were so sweet to stay all those last nights here with me.”

“I didn’t mind staying here with you,” Patrick mumbled, pushing up his glasses with his index finger. “I lov—like working with you.” He prayed that Jada didn’t catch his slip of tongue.

“Oh, you’re such a sweetheart,” she grinned, making a deep dimple pop out in her right cheek. “I like working with you, too. You’re such a wonderful guy. I’m really surprised that your girlfriend isn’t here with you.”

How can I want anyone else when I’m in love with you? Patrick thought to himself.

“Hmmm…I don’t have a girlfriend,” he retorted.

“Really,” Jada exclaimed and then she pushed his glasses up again when they started slipping on his face. “You’re a cute guy. What’s wrong with these girls out there?”

Patrick moved from one foot to the other, trying to hide the erection Jada’s innocent touch just gave him. “I think most women think of me as a…”

“What?”

“Geek or nerd,” he replied. God, he knew that he wasn’t in the same league of guys that Jada dated. In the three months that his office had been across from hers, he never saw one guy that wasn’t model perfect come out of her office. She dated pretty boys and he wasn’t anywhere close to Brad Pitt or George Clooney.

“Let me tell you something. If a girl is too dumb to see how charming and kind you are, then you don’t need her. Don’t waste your time on her,” Jada said. “I’m beginning to think most of my friends have their heads screwed on wrong lately. I swear these past couple of months my friends have set me up with the worst men.”

“You’re not dating anyone? I thought you were seeing that guy named Evan,” Patrick stated. Could he really be this lucky? Maybe this was the chance he had been hoping for.

“Evan is a good friend and we go out a lot, but I’m looking for a guy that will romance me,” Jada sighed. “Someone who will think about me first instead of himself, but that will never happen to me. I seem to draw all of the losers.”

“Have you ever thought that your soul mate might be right in front of your face?” Patrick asked, sliding his hands into his pockets so he wouldn’t touch Jada. The warm scent of her perfume was making him hot. He wanted to touch her so badly and couldn’t. The main reason was she only thought of him as her co-worker/buddy and nothing else.

“Well, my soul mate better step up his game because I haven’t seen him. All I see in this room are men who enjoy making money and not much else.”

You’re so wrong about that, he thought.