I'm not married, not yet anyway. I am the girlfriend of a very wealthy man, Louis Tomlinson. To me, he was much more than wealth. He cared so much about the environment, the animals, and the people. He was selfless, kind, and I fell in love with him. He was compassionate about his work.
I loved seeing the way his eyes lit up when he talked about saving animals, protecting them. His heart was so full of love for them and for me. We lived in a five-bedroom house off the coast of Malibu, California. The view was spectacular. Though, my life wasn't always in luxury.
I lived with my parents up until the age of 18. I found my own job, moved out, and went to college. Since college was hard enough, I decided to make my life miserable by juggling a job. It wasn't easy, but I managed to graduate within four years. I was majoring in journalism. There hasn't been many offers lately for jobs, but it didn't stop me from applying.
I lived in a two-bedroom apartment. It was me, myself, and I. The three of us were very happy that we were finally independent. I was finally free from the constraints of my parents after being confined. in their household for 18 years. I love my parents, but I was tired of them constantly hovering over me.
It was as if they watched my every move. After applying to numerous calls, I had received a phone call from a company who looked at my resume. I had called in three weeks before to make an appointment to meet with the CEO. Today was the day of that appointment. I was so nervous. This was going to be my big break after working for a retail store in the mall for four years.
I hoped to get this job. If not, I could always find other openings. I got dressed after I had ended the conversation with the woman on the other end. I wore a blue dress shirt and a long black A-line skirt. I wore a blazer on top and wore my hair in a tight pony tail. I wanted to be prepared for this interview.
I poured my heated coffee into the thermos and headed out the door. "Hey Alyssa." My neighbor from across the hall would greet me every morning when I left my apartment. His name was Liam Payne. He was tall with brown hair and bright blue eyes. He was pretty cute. He was already living here when I moved in four years ago. "Hey Liam." I smiled.
I was pretty sure that he had a bit of a crush on me. He didn't hide the fact that he did. "Where are you headed?" asked he.
"Well one of the companies I had called just returned my call. I'm meeting up with the CEO today."
He smiled, "Good luck. I know you'll get the job." He always seemed to have faith in me. I thanked him before I bid him good day and headed on down the hallway to the elevator. I stepped in and the doors closed. When I exited the elevator, there would be another guy who entered through the main entrance.
I don't catch his name, but I always catch him shooting me a quick glance before heading into the elevators. He doesn't say a word to me. I wondered if he was trying to avoid a conversation with me or he was a quiet person. I walked out of the building and went to my car. I got in and began the drive to LT Enterprises.
Its location was near downtown Los Angeles. I lived twenty minutes away, but traffic made it nearly impossible to arrive there within the allotted time. It took me almost 45 minutes. At least I'm glad that I left my apartment early to arrive at my appointment on time. I entered the tall white building and walked up to the reception desk.
I mentioned to the receptionist about my appointment. She handed me a visitor's pass and told me to go to the fourteenth floor. I nodded and thanked her before heading to the elevator. This place was so beautiful and almost intimidating. I almost felt a bit out of place in comparison to the women here.
Some of the men here were definitely checking me out. Guess they were just wondering who this new-faced girl was. Although I am 22 years old, many people believe that I'm a lot younger than I look. I entered the elevator and pressed the button for the fourteenth floor. Before the doors fully closed, an arm slipped through the doors.
A woman stepped in. She was a brunette with bright blue eyes. "You're heading up there too?" At first I was confused at her question, and then I noticed she didn't press a button. We were going up to the same floor. I nodded in reply. She told me that she was running a bit late. Her boss would get mad at her again.
"I'm Sophia Smith." Sophia held out her hand towards my direction. I introduced myself to her as Alyssa Dane. She smiled and shook my hand, "Nice to meet you." The doors slid open. I allowed her to step out first before I followed her out. She walked off in the opposite direction of where I was headed.
There was another receptionist desk, which I approached. "I have an 11 o'clock appointment." I told her. The receptionist looked up at me and direct me in the area of the CEO's office. I never knew the full name of the man who owned this company. I'm sure "LT" were his initials. The door was open, but I knocked anyway.
I didn't want to be rude. The man was in a conversation with someone through the use of a bluetooth. "Just find out when the package will be here." He took out his phone to end the call. He turned towards me and motioned for me to enter. I noticed that he was wearing a pinstripe blue suit with a light blue shirt and matching tie.
Well, apparently I match the CEO as well with my outfit. It was the only nice outfit I had in my closet that I could throw on in short notice. "You're my 11 o'clock?" he asked. He almost seemed surprised to see me. Was he not expecting me to look this way? I wasn't sure. He held out his hand towards my direction. "Louis Tomlinson, and you're...?"
I reached out to shake his hand. "Alyssa Dane."
"Right. Have a seat." Louis motioned towards the set of chairs in front of the large maple desk. He walked around his desk and sat in his leather seat. I sat and set my bag down on the ground. "I apologize for not meeting with you sooner. I don't know if you could tell, but I am a busy man. I looked over your resume. I'm most definitely intrigued. So you volunteered for...?"
"SPCA, the Human Society, and others as well. In college, I was a part of a few environmental clubs and animal protection rights clubs. Also, I worked part-time at a retail store."
"I see you've majored in journalism, but a minor in..."
"Business and marketing. It was something I took interest in. Guess I loved working at a clothing store so much that I wondered about what it would be like to open up my own business." I saw Louis smile a bit. He continued to shuffle through my resume before he set it on his desk. His phone rang. He took it out and ended the call immediately.
He said that it would be rude of him to answer his phone during an interview with such a beautiful woman like me. I blushed slightly, but I wasn't sure whether to take that as a compliment. "Well, I would hate to send you home and make you drive through all that traffic. How about having some lunch with me? I'll drive." He suggested.
"Wouldn't your employees get jealous?"
He shrugged, "They always get jealous every time I interview a new girl. I'm sure a lot of them couldn't take their eyes off of you. They usually ignore the interns."
"Well, that's what I'm proposing for now. So, are you available for lunch Miss Dane?" I nodded in response to his answer. Louis smiled and reached over to pick up the phone on his desk. "Tricia, cancel the rest of my appointments for today. Thank you." He hung up the phone. Louis stood from his desk. I grabbed my bag and followed him out of the office. We walked to the elevator. The other girls were giving me mean glares. Were they jealous of me?
I should be jealous of them. They worked for him. We entered the elevator. He pressed the button for the main lobby. We get out on the main floor and headed out to the parking garage. I assumed this was where most of the staff parked their cars. We approached a black 2015 Audi R8 V10 Spyder. “Is this your only car?” I asked him. We get into the car.
“There’s one other that I don’t take to work.” he answered. He started the car and began the drive on down the street. He had taken a detour, which allowed us to avoid the freeway altogether. We arrived at a local food place, where he parked the car in the lot. We get out and head inside the building.
“Louis, long time no see.” A woman approached him with a smile. The two greeted each other with a hug. She was a beautiful brunette woman with brown eyes and medium brown hair. Louis introduced her as Jade Thirlwall. The two of them were good friends since their college days. It almost made me wonder how old Louis was. I don’t want to ask him about his age just yet.
I would assume that he was older than me. It looked like Jade was too. “It’s good to see you too Jade. This is my new intern, Alyssa.” Jade held out her hand towards my direction for me to shake. I shook her hand.
She smiled, “Nice to meet you. Well, I have to go do some catching up with a few friends. I’ll see you around.” Jade exited the building. Louis and I were alone once again. A waiter walked up to us. We were led out towards the patio area. On the table, a card had the words ‘Reserved’ printed on the front. Louis and I sat down at the table. “She’s a nice girl.” I said.
“Very.” Louis sounded like he didn’t want to talk about her as much. I did take notice of his reaction when he saw her. It was almost as if he hadn’t expected to see her. A waiter approached our table and asked us what we would like to drink. Louis ordered both the drinks and our meals. We handed the menus off to the waiter who walked away with a nod. “When did you… graduate from UCLA?” asked he.
“Just recently in May.”
He nodded, “Is this your first job offer?”
“Well, I received phone calls from three other companies. I had set up appointments to meet with them. Yours just happens to be the first.” I answered. The waiter brought out some red wine. I don’t often drink wine, unless if it were a special occasion.
“How about I give you a free two-week trial? You can intern for me and see how you like it before you go around picking a permanent job. Just so you know, I’m very hard to compete with.” He smirked and took a sip of his wine.
I swallowed, only thinking about what he meant by that. Our food was brought out to us. I was so hungry that my mouth was watering. Though, I didn’t want to start eating until he started to take his first bite of food. Once he did, I began to eat my meal. “A two-week trial?” asked I.
“If you don’t like it, you can tell me. I can recommend you to any company.” He smiled. I nodded and told him I would think about his offer. I wanted to weigh out my options first before jumping right in. After lunch, we stayed at the restaurant to continue to talk. Through it all, Louis seemed like a genuine person.
Eventually, he had driven me back to the company building. “I’ll see you in two days.” said he. I nodded and got out of his car. He backed out of the parking lot and drove on down the street. I wondered where he was headed to. I returned the visitor’s pass to the receptionist and exited the company building. Ian made me curious in ways that I couldn’t have imagined. I got in my car and drove back to my apartment building. I parked the car and got out.
When I walked in through the doors, the guy I had seen earlier today was walking out. One day I will know his name. I headed up to my floor just as Liam was leaving his apartment. “How did your meeting go?” asked he.
“I think it went pretty well. He wants me to intern for him for two weeks. He said to think of it like a free-trial before I land a permanent job with him.” I answered. Liam suggested the two of us should go out and celebrate if I do land the job. I smiled and agreed to take him up on that offer.
He said he had to catch up with a friend but told me to call when the decision for the job is final. I bid him goodbye and entered my apartment. I know I had so much to tell my friends. Though I didn’t want them to know about Louis just yet. I barely knew the guy I was thinking about working for. I had a few missed calls. Two were from my parents, one from my best friend, and the last one was from Louis.