Page 52 of The Office Guest

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“Because she thinks I want to have sex with you.”

“That’s not a terrible assumption.”

“Yes, it is.” She blushes. “It’s quite defamatory, and if she weren’t related to me, I’d sue.”

There’s no use in pushing back on that blatant lie, so I change the subject.

“I need to ask you something,” I say.

“I’m not answering anything about that kiss, Dominic.”

“Thank you for admitting it happened.” It takes everything in me not to taste her lips again. “It’s about why your grandmother fired you.”

“She didn’t fire me.” She frowns. “She made me resign and back away for a while.”

“Okay.” I don’t let her get off the hook. “Why?”

“I ruined a destination wedding. That’s like, the ultimate ‘No’ in hospitality.”

“I find it hard to believe you would mess up something like that.” The look on her face is telling me the complete opposite. “Even if you did, I’m sure you would do everything in your power to fix it, right?”

“Not really.” She shrugs. “I was just being a terrible employee. You know that better than anyone.”


“He was cheating on her.” Her voice cracks. “I saw him screwing some other woman near the hot tub after the rehearsal dinner, so I…I messed a few things up to give the bride a slight pause, and I may have accidentally played the footage in her bridal suite so she could know who she was about to marry.”

I say nothing.

“We’re supposed to stay out of the guests’ business, but I used to get way too attached sometimes.” She looks at me. “That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

“Did your grandmother know?”

“No,” she says. “She just thought I was being unprofessional and late with things since that wasn’t my first mess up with a wedding that year. Same reason, though. Both grooms blamed the resort for making their fiancées walk away and we had to refund over a million dollars in potential profit.”

“You should’ve told her the truth.”

“It wouldn’t have mattered. I wasn’t supposed to be involved in their business in the first place.”

“Does it still hurt?”

“Like hell.” She shakes her head. “But I have a feeling she was looking for reasons to make me get outside job experience anyway. So I could see what it’s like without a dream career, you know?”

“I think you did the right thing.”

“Ruining two weddings?”


“Thank you… Since I’m being vulnerable, can I tell you something?”


“You’re the worst boss I’ve ever had in my life.”

I smile. “You’re the worst employee I’ve ever had as well.”

“I hated the way you ran your business,” she says, still prodding. “You treated everyone like we were beneath you.”

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