Against better judgement

Kara-Lynne lives in New York City as a writer for People Magazine. Fresh out of college, writing for People has never been the job of her dreams. She's hardly given thought-provoking assignments and when Kara's given the task to publish a story on popular, pretty-boy and charming 'love expert' Ryan Barre, she expects it to be a simple assignment. However, she realises very quickly that things are far from simple with Ryan.

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2. Hushed conversation

Kara cleared her throat and tightened her grip around her drink through the ruffled plastic. 

"May I have a moment, Janine?" her lips were in a tight line as she led the way to her boss' office and closed the door behind them quickly.

"What am I supposed to do with him?" she quizzed, gesturing to the British man who had managed to strike up a conversation with a female colleague. 

"Well he's your assignment. Spend time with him, get to know him, find out what makes him so alluring to females everywhere," Janine walked around her desk to take her seat. 

Kara pinched the bridge of her nose. "I'm sure Vinnie or Ingrid would be more than willing to write a piece on him." She had to suppress her gag reflex as uttered those names. Kara was a friendly person, she got along with almost everyone she met. However, some individuals in particular had personalities that left a sour taste in her mouth. 

"If you're not up to the task or lack the abilities to provide an objective account," Janine looked up at Kara from under her large black glasses, "I'm sure either of them would jump at this opportunity. Depending on its quality, I intend to put a cover story on Ryan on the first few pages of this month's issue."

She ran her fingers along her cup. "Alright," Kara accepted. "I'll do it."

"Great!" Janine chirped. "Why don't you bring Ryan out for coffee."

"But I already have-" Kara lifted her cup before her boss interrupted.

Janine shooed her away with the flick of her wrist. "Show him around the city while you get to know him. And Kara?"

Kara stopped as she was walking towards the door to face Janine. 

"Don't have too much fun," Janine's red lips turned into a smile. "And don't do anything I wouldn't do," she winked and waved her fingers, her wedding ring glinting in the light. 

Kara hoped that the roll of her eyes wasn't audible as she continued walking out the office. Ryan stood up as he saw Kara approaching him. Her eyes met his briefly. "Come on," she called, setting down her cup and the paper bag Ms Pearson had given her on her table as she walked past it. 

"Where are we going?" Ryan had to widen his steps to catch up to her as she called the elevator. 

"I'm assuming you've checked in?" she led the way back into the elevator and pressed the 'L' button.

"Yep," Ryan straightened his shirt. She didn't seem as friendly as she did when she held the elevator doors open for him. 

"Good. You drink coffee, yes? And how would you feel about a walk in Central Park?" Kara checked her wristwatch.

He briefly ran his eyes from her hair to her shoes and could make out that she was fit but may not work out as often as more body-conscious ladies tend to. 

"I do and that sounds lovely." 

She remained silent as she led them into the street and flagged down a cab. He opened the door but she gestured for him to enter first. "Central Park." 

For the entire trip, Kara seemed more interested on what was on the other side of the glass. Occasionally, she'd look straight ahead but not long enough for Ryan to point out an adorable dog or people riding ostentatious vehicles which may have led to a decent conversation. He decided that perhaps his welcome was not as warm as he had hoped for and that it would be best for him if he followed the lead of the fiery red-haired woman who sat beside him and remained silent. At least till the air around them had warmed up.

 

 

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