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Tricks of Passion

Queen Vega

1: Chapter 1


“How’s your job hunt going honey?” I ran my fingers through my hair with a sigh. I knew this question was coming, she asks every time she calls. Ever since I got fired from the diner a couple of weeks ago I’ve been struggling to get hired. One reason is because the reason I was fired.

Apparently slapping your perverted manager for a good reason doesn’t sit well on applications. There was no way I was dealing with his inappropriate comments any longer, I just had enough that day. The other reason being my lack of work experience. I had been working at the diner for three years, it’s the only work I’ve had.

“I’m still looking mom.” The same answer I gave her every time.

“Well do you need some money until you find one?” I swear we’ve had this same conversation three times this week.

“No mom, I still have a lot saved up to last me two months rent.” Lucky for me I stayed in a small studio apartment, so the rent was pretty cheap. I could feel my mom working up to ask the next question when the buzzing to my apartment sounded. “Hey mom Aly is here I’ll call you later love you.”

“Bye honey, remember to call if you need anything.” I quickly hung up the phone as I buzzed Aly up.

“I have awesome news for you!” I smiled as my bubbly friend walked into my apartment. She was a gorgeous blonde hair, blue eyed girl with a nice small figure. Small as in she’s very short to be a 22 year old.

We met at the diner when I first started working there, she was a manager at the time. But now she works for the most paid company on the planet, Pear Inc. known for their top rated technology. From pear pods, to pear TV and laptops.

“Thank god I could use some good news.” I flopped down on the living room couch taking a sip of my water.

“I got you a job at Pear!” My eyes widened as I spit my drink all over the small coffee table. “Ok gross.” Aly frowned at my lack of manners.

“Are you serious? How? You couldn’t have told me that before my mom called?” This was a great opportunity and my mom would’ve been ecstatic.

“Well you don’t technically have the job yet, but you do have an interview at 10am tomorrow.”

“That’s still great news! This is so awesome Aly thank you.” I pulled her into a tight bear hug.

“Yeah I know I’m amazing.” I rolled my eyes at her ego. “I’d love to celebrate with you right now but I’m on lunch break, I couldn’t wait to tell you the news but now I have to go. See you tomorrow love.” Once Aly left I tried to decide on what to do for the rest of the day, when my stomach growled giving me the perfect idea.

“I’ll go to the diner.”

I sat in the far corner of the diner sipping my Hi-C as I waited for my food. Lucky for me the manager wasn’t here this late so I had no problems.

“Hey Sophia surprised to see you here.” One of my former co-workers Ashley, came up to the table.

“Yes I was hungry and this is the only good burger place I know.” I admitted sheepishly.

“Well that is true, it was nice seeing you again.”

“Like wise.” I called out as she started walking away. Minutes later my double cheeseburger arrived and I couldn’t be happier. I was mid bite into my sandwich when I felt a presence next to me.

“Do you have any extra napkins?” A deep voice asked. I looked up to see a handsome man with short black hair staring at me with amusement on his face.

“Uh yeah.” I reached for the napkins grabbing a hand full before passing them to him.

“These seem to already be used.” He chuckled lightly. I looked at him confused until he held up the top napkin. There was mustard on it from when my dirty hands gave them over. I felt my face heat up in embarrassment.

“Oh my gosh I’m so sorry I didn’t meant to do that.”

“It’s quite alright, the middle ones are still usable.” He gave me a sweet smile that made my legs go weak.

“Still I’m sorry.” He simply laughed as he started walking away. I sunk down in my seat like the train wreck I was. A cute guy asks for napkins and I get mustard all over them. Aly would be so disappointed in me.

“Do you know who that was?” I looked up as Ashley took a seat across from me, shock written all over her face.

“Some random guy I just embarrassed myself in front of?” I asked her.

She giggled. “That my oblivious friend was the head owner of Pear.”

“Really? You’re kidding me right?” Now he’s going to remember me as the mustard girl in our interview tomorrow.

“Yes and I hear-”

“Ashley I’m paying you to work not gossip!” A voice called from up front. I looked up to see my old boss Danny glaring at us.

“I’ll talk to you later.” She quickly left the table and started taking orders. Guess that’s my Que to leave. I laid some money on the table for my meal and a tip.

I sat in my car thinking about my awkward encounter with hopefully my future boss. I hope he doesn’t think I’m not sophisticated enough for this job. Aly is going to throw a fit when I tell her.

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