Impulse: Book Four
“Impulse: A sudden inclination or urge”
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By the time they returned to the office, Brett was already waiting there. When she saw the unlikely pair walk in, she almost passed out. Tori walked over to Brett and took her in her arms. They both needed the contact after the day that they had and they willingly sank into each other’s embrace.
“Honey?” Brett was the first to speak.
“Yes love?” Tori kissed Brett on the neck.
“Is there something you want to tell me? “ Brett stared at the waiting form of Jenna at her door.
“Hmm…Oh yes.” Tori stood up and motioned Jenna to come closer.
“Jenna and I have come to an understanding.” Tori looked to Jenna for confirmation and Jenna nodded in agreement.
“Really? And what understanding would that be?” They could see that Brett was very uncomfortable and wasn’t happy to be dealing with this situation again. Jenna looked to Tori for an explanation and Tori happily obliged.
“Well I agree to not slam her around and she agrees not to do things that would warrant such an action.” Tori gave Brett a little grin.
“Is that so? And what’s to stop me from wanting to beat the stuffing out of her myself?” Brett was still fuming and didn’t want to make light of the situation.
“Well that’s up to you sweetie. But I’m just going by your example and trying to be more understanding. Jenna confessed that she was trying to win you back and I’ve convinced her that she’s wasting her time. Isn’t that so?” Tori turned to Jenna and, with a look of resolve on her face, Jenna replied.
“Yes. I admit that
it was my intention to try and win you back.
At the time, I was planning this. I didn’t take into consideration that
you were with
“So am I Jenna. So am I. I want nothing more than to put this nightmare to rest. If you’re willing, so am I.” Brett held out her hand and Jenna looked up in surprise. She took Brett’s hand and gave it a squeeze. Her eyes were sad and the reality of the situation came crashing in again. She had it all once.
“Well I better get going. I have a class. Take care.” Jenna gave Tori a hint of a smile and Tori did the same.
They stood beside Brett’s desk and watched as Jenna exited the room and closed the door behind her. Brett let out a sigh and her stomach relaxed for the first time that day. Tori sat down and pulled Brett down to sit on her lap.
“So how are you doing?” Tori brushed away the loose strands of hair from Brett’s eyes.
Brett laid her head against Tori’s shoulder spent from the anxiety of the day. “I’m okay…I guess…Although I think I’ve been better.”
“Yeah me too.” Tori kissed Brett on the lips and they lost themselves in the security that they found there.
“I was a bit surprised to see you two together. I don’t know how I feel about that.” Brett looked into Tori’s eyes and tried to understand what was going on behind those baby blues.
“A part of you feels like I’ve betrayed you and another part of you loves me for trying to make things better.” Tori saw understanding fill Brett’s face and her eyes began to well with tears.
“That’s exactly it. How did you know?” Brett sat up surprised that her lover had pinpointed her feelings to the tee.
“Well that’s how I would feel. Jenna and I aren’t best buddies now, if that’s what you’re worried about. And I don’t excuse her behavior what so ever. I wanted to kill her today Brett. And when I think of what she’s done to you believe me, a large part of me still does. But then if I allow the anger to fester in me then that’s all I’ll focus on and I don’t want that to happen. I have more important matters to focus on and I don’t plan on wasting another moment on Jenna Carlisle. I’d rather focus on you and the life we share together. I love you and nothing and no one is more important than that.” Tori gazed into Brett’s tear stained face and knew her tears were falling just as steadily.
“Thank you for understanding. I guess I just needed to hear that from you. I’m so grateful that you’re trying to make things better for me. For us. I love you too.” Brett grabbed a tissue and wiped the tears from Tori’s face and did the same for her own.
Brett sat up again remembering that Tori had mentioned early that morning that she had an important meeting. “Hey what are you doing here anyway? I thought you had a meeting today?”
“I did. However, I received the package from that
detective I told you about and I found out that Jenna had tenure here at
“So you left an important meeting because of me?” In the past two months that they had been together, Brett realized that her lover would move heaven and earth to place her needs first.
“No I didn’t leave the meeting because of you. I just didn’t go.” Tori’s brow furrowed and she really didn’t think twice about what was more important, Brett or the company. There was no question that Brett was more important.
“So what happened? You cancelled or did someone cover for you? I know that you just didn’t go. I know you better than that.” Brett looked very concerned. The last thing Tori needed was heat from the board. She was next in line to take over as CEO of Hull Enterprises and she was sure that there were those that were waiting to see her fail.
“No I had my
assistant take over the meeting. While
we’re on the subject, let me call and see how things are going.” Tori pulled her
cell phone from her waist and dialed
it worked like a charm. When they showed
up and you weren’t there, they immediately got worried. I think they’re ready to deal now. I told them that until they were serious, you
wouldn’t even come to the table. That
got their attention and they want to meet next week. You’re not gonna
have an emergency next week are you?”
“Ooh really?!! Does
that mean I can go out and get that Porsche I’ve been eyeing?”
“What color did you have in mind?” Tori knew she had just rendered her assistant speechless.
“Ah…Ah…I ah was just
“Well I’m not. So
what color?” Tori
winked at Brett who was happily still seated on her lap. “Better
yet. Why don’t you go pick one out tonight and I’ll have my accountant
take care of everything else. I’ll have
him call you and you can give him the details.
“I’m sorry boss I
was just pinching myself. Wow!! I’ll
take over a meeting for you anytime.
You’re the best boss!!!”
“Why thank you. I try to be.
We’ve been working really hard
“Nope. Everything’s taken care
of. You don’t have to worry about a thing.”
“Great I’ll see you tomorrow. Have fun tonight.”
everything okay on your end? Barbara
said you didn’t look or sound too good when you left here earlier. Is there anything I can do?”
fine. As a matter of fact, I’m just
about ready to call it a day. Though it’s been quite interesting. I hope I never have one
like this again.” Tori
said this more to Brett than to
“I know. I’ve had
days like that. They aren’t fun. Well as long as you’re okay that’s all that
matters. I’ll let you go. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
TO BE CONTINUED. Installment Eight
Impulse: Book Four