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Work.
Am
I
up
to
the
task?

I
knew
I
was
good
at
what
I
did

numbers
and
books

but
I'd
never
worked
for
someone
like
Rock.
And
I'd
never
been
doing
kinky
stuff
with
the
boss.

I
ate
what
I
could
as
my
eyelids
grew
heavy.


Am
I
losing
you?

Rock
squeezed
my
arm
gently,
and
I
smiled
at
him.


No,
just
jetlagged
I
guess.


As
you
should
be.
Would
you
like
dessert?
They
make
an
amazing
canoli.

I
shook
my
head,
hiding
a
yawn
behind
my
palm.

I
don't
think
so.
Maybe
just
a
hot
shower
and
work.


Sounds
like
a
good
plan,
Lacey.

When
the
waiter
returned,
he
didn't
bring
a
bill.

Put
it
on
my
tab,
Dimitri.


Certainly,
sir.
Have
a
wonderful
time
in
Venice.
I
hope
to
see
you
again
soon.

The
waiter
bowed.

Would
you
like
me
to
show
you
out?


Definitely.
How
do
things
look
outside?

Rock's
brow
furrowed.

I
had
no
idea
what
he
was
talking
about.


Pretty
good,
sir,
but
I'll
do
my
best
to
clear
the
path
to
your
limo.

Dimitri
grinned.

Rock
helped
me
up
from
my
chair
and
whispered
to
me
as
Dimitri
went
ahead
of
us
out
of
the
room.

I'm
going
to
be
calling
you
Ms.
Pate
regularly...at
least
till
tomorrow
night
when
the
news
of
our
engagement
breaks.

My
stomach
dropped.


Right.


It's
best
to
act
as
if
our
relationship
is
the
standard
professional
one
until
then

at
least
when
we're
in
the
public
eye.


I
understand.

Now
I
knew
what
the
crowd
was
about.
The
paparazzi
surely
waited
outside
for
us.

I
swallowed
hard.


You'll
be
fine.
Just
stay
close
and
don't
answer
any
questions.

Rock
gave
me
a
small
nod.


I
will.

I
took
a
deep
breath
and
walked
out
beside
him.

The
moment
hit
me
as
surreal.
I
was
walking
outside
of
a
posh
Italian
restaurant
with
Rock
Weldon,
billionaire
CEO.
And
I
wasn't
just
working
for
him.
He'd
made
me
his
lover
and
soon-to-be
fiancée.

As
soon
as
we
hit
the
door,
flashbulbs
went
off
in
a
blinding
burst
of
light.


Mr.
Weldon,
please
comment
on
the
rumors
about
Regal
Enterprises.

Rock
ignored
them
with
a
tight
smile.

Just
a
few
feet
to
go.
The
reporters
were
packed
in
close
to
us,
even
as
Dimitri
waved
them
away
where
he'd
gone
out
ahead.

A
hard
grasp
on
my
forearm
made
me
gasp.

Ouch!

Rock
turned
toward
the
perpetrator,
an
icy
glare
on
his
face.


Miss!
Miss,
tell
us
your
role
with
the
company
and
Mr.
Weldon.

The
tone
of
her
voice
was
unmistakable,
and
a
dart
of
hurt
ran
through
me.

How
many
bookkeepers
have
there
been
before
me?
I
must
be
a
laughingstock
right
now.

I
tried
to
shake
the
woman
off,
but
her
grip
tightened.


Let
her
go
right
now
or
I'll
have
you
sued.
You'll
never
work
again.

Rock
had
stopped,
leaning
toward
the
woman,
a
menacing
look
on
his
face.

The
paparazzi
murmured,
snapping
photos
as
fast
as
possible.


No
problem.
Just
trying
to
get
a
story.

The
hawk
-
nosed
woman
smiled.


No,
you're
not.
You're
infringing
on
my
bookkeeper's
right
to
be
unmolested
by
vultures.

Rock
touched
my
arm,
and
we
continued
to
the
limo.

He
helped
me
into
the
car,
and
I
let
out
a
long
sigh,
more
relieved
to
be
out
of
the
public
view
than
I
ever
had
been.


I'm
sorry
about
that.


Where
to,
Mr.
Weldon?

Luigi's
accented
voice
came
over
a
small
speaker.


To
the
villa.
Take
the
back
way.
I
don't
want
the
paparazzi
there
if
I
can
help
it.

Rock
leaned
back
and
closed
his
eyes
briefly.
I
studied
the
fine
lines
around
his
eyes.
My
heart
squeezed.

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