LATER THAT AFTERNOON, she sat at her usual table in The Mermaid's Tale, drinking her favorite coffee, while completing the fiscal reports on housekeeping services on her laptop that needed to be sent to budgeting. Her heart had finally calmed to a steady pace. The shock of seeing Drew after all these years, ebbing away like the tide.
"And done." With a smile, she hit send and leaned back in her chair, eyes closing as she stretched.
What a day.
How dare Andrew Montgomery show his face? It was bad enough she worked for him, or rather one of the companies his family owned. Heck, she'd almost quit the day she'd found out he'd taken over as head of his father's company, but the need for money and the positive changes that had been made, had convinced her to stay.
Still, she hadn't thought of Drew in years. She'd put him behind her, especially after learning of his mom's passing due to breast cancer. When she'd called to convey her condolences, he'd changed his number. And the card she'd sent him had come back return to sender.
Then she'd gotten a look at his lifestyle on social media, one that included women and parties ... basically, a life so far out of her realm, she knew that the boy she'd fallen for was gone.
"Your five minutes are up."
She opened her eyes to glare at Drew. "Are you kidding me?"
"I never joke in these situations." Without an invitation, he spun an empty chair around and sat in it. "I need a favor and you're the only one who can help me."
"Not interested." She slammed her laptop closed and shoved it in her purse, but Drew grabbed her wrist before she could leave. "Let go."
He did, immediately. "You owe me a favor. The least you can do is listen to what I have to say."
"First of all, I don't owe you anything. Second, I don't know you anymore. Third and most importantly, I'm not interested in listening to you." Then she gathered her things and left him sitting there, the look on his face a perfect combination of shock and awe.
She had to wonder when was the last time anyone had told Andrew Montgomery no.