Bad Things

Of all the men mom had married, there wasn't a single one that could replace my dad. Except one.

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10. My New Boss

Four years since I had opened up to mom about Harry and I. Last I heard, they were still married. Liam and I were moving in together. We started dating around the time of my 22nd birthday. “You know you can’t shut out your mom forever.” Liam moved the last of our boxes into our apartment.

The two of us had both gotten jobs at different companies. I wasn’t sure who my boss was just yet. I’m only curious about what he or she was like. “I’m not. She and I are still occasionally talking. As for seeing her, I cannot go over to the house without seeing him.”

Liam knew exactly who I was talking about without mentioning a name. The fact that Harry and I haven’t been talking was my decision. Often times, I’d find myself playing with the paper plane necklace that he had given to me two years ago. Why didn’t I ever bother to take it off? No idea.

Liam questioned me once about it, and I told him that it was a gift. I never had the strength to take something off that had meant so much to me. I would’ve never imagined to fall for Liam, except my mind was always directed towards someone else when I would go to bed at night.

That Monday, I walked into work and bumped into someone. It was my first day on the job. I’m such a klutz. “I’m sorry.” I muttered. When I had looked up, I was met with a pair of green eyes. There was a familiarity about them. It was then I realized—“Harry?”

He had looked so much different. Though in four years, people do tend to age. Harry looked just as surprised to see me, as if he couldn’t believe it was me. “Kathryn. I’m… You’re working here?” He asked.

I nodded, “Yeah. I thought you were working at my mom’s company."

“I resigned. Things just got complicated, and working together didn’t seem to pan out. This company here is actually my own; and I didn’t even realize I hired you. I don’t do face-to-face interviews.” said he. “Well, I have to get back to work. See you around.”

It was then he walked back down the hallway. I wonder what Liam will say about this. I went to my desk, which I assumed was mine. There was a blonde haired girl sitting in the desk across from mine.

“Don’t let him intimidate you. He’s the best boss.” she said. “I’m Perrie Edwards.” I introduced myself to her seconds after. She was quite beautiful. I glanced around the floor. There were a couple of women working here other than myself and Perrie.

“How long have you worked here?” I asked.

“Four years. I actually used to work with Harry at the old company, except he was married to the boss."

“Was?"

“Oh, I meant… Apparently working together was causing a strain on their marriage and decided to get a divorce.” Mom and Harry weren’t married anymore? Why did mom fail to mention anything to me? Truth be told, I haven’t made a single phone call to my mom in four years.

“Well, I’m sorry to hear about that.” I said, not knowing how react. Later that evening after work, I was stopped just before the entrance by a man’s voice. I turned around and saw that it was Harry. What did he want? “Do… Would you like to have dinner with me?”

I could see it in his eyes that he was being serious. I told him that I drove to the office. He said that he could meet me at the restaurant. I nodded, agreeing to go to dinner with him. When I arrived, I parked my car in the parking lot. I had just now called Liam and left a message to say that I was out at dinner with a few co-workers. I hated lying to him, but I’m sure he’ll understand.

When Harry arrived, I got out of the car. “How did you beat me here?” He teased. I rolled my eyes and headed towards the entrance. We entered the restaurant and were shown to our seats. We sat down across from each other and were handed menus. After ordering our drinks and meals, there was a short pause of silence between the two of us. “What’s the real reason you ask me out here tonight?”

“Getting right to the point, are we?” He raised an eyebrow at me. “I’m sure you’ve heard about my divorce."

“Yeah, it doesn’t matter who I’ve heard it from Harry. Why?"

“Well, partly because working together was a strain on our marriage. Another reason was because I felt that your mom was deciding to marry someone… in her age group.” Why did I feel there was one more reason that he wasn’t telling me?

I nodded slowly as our food was brought to our table. I started to eat my food. I didn’t know where to begin. It had been four years since the two of us had seen each other and talked with each other. “There’s another reason, if you were curious.” said he.

“I don’t want to know that right now.” I said.

“Kathryn, it’s going to bother you either way. It’s better to hear this from me than rather hearing this from someone else. The main reason is: you."

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