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“I don't know what you're talking about,” she said, running a hand through her hair and acting completely at ease. Then the target of said blushing walked through the door. He walked past Sophie and walked up to me. Sophie very quickly spun her chair round and concentrated on her screen.

“Val, did you finish that report?” Karl asked, his blond hair flopping cutely into his eyes as always. I nodded and riffled through my tray before making triumphant sound and handing it over to him. He flicked through it, his head nodding as he flicked through the pages.

“This is great! Thank you for compiling the data for me,” he said.

“No problem. Though I'm going to be a bit busy this week. Maybe you should try asking Sophie next time you need help with something?” I suggested. Sophie shot me a seething glare over her shoulder and I barely contained a grin as Karl considered my words.

“Alright. I guess you heard already then?” he said. Sophie's cheeks went ruby red as she realised she'd get to work with her office crush. I didn't understand her hesitation, there was no ring on his finger.

“Heard what?” I asked with a frown. Karl smirked when he saw my clueless expression. He grabbed the empty chair at the next desk and rolled over. Sophie turned around, her embarrassment overrun by her curiosity. Karl was one of their department managers, but he was very down-to-earth. He also gave them all gossip regarding the big meetings.

“Apparently the big bosses kid graduated from university a few weeks ago. He's going to do some work in all the offices to see how we all work before joining his daddy in running the company. This is the first place he's coming,” Karl explained. I groaned, a uni graduate? And on top of that the bosses kid. Just what we needed, a snotty guy who thought he knew everything.

“I feel sorry for whoever gets stuck with him,” I muttered, finally switching on my computer so I could catch up on my e-mails. Karl opened his mouth to speak, an even bigger grin on his lips. The kind that told me he found something funny, but I wouldn't.

“Valerie, can I see you in my office?” Janice said from her doorway. Karl snapped his mouth shut and stood up.

“Thanks again, Val,” he said then left. So much for getting away with being late. I sighed and glanced at Sophie for support.

“Don't answer back. And remember, you're too kick ass at the job to get fired,” Sophie said, holding up a finger for each point. Grinning and waving the peace sign in the air.

“Right, wish me luck anyway,” I murmured.

“I'll prey too,” she threw back with a whisper. I smiled, shaking my head. Sophie was incorrigible sometimes, but I loved her for it.

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