For the Love of Fashion by Cara Riley

For the Love of Fashion by Cara Riley

Can Caroline bounce back after her career takes a nose dive due to the negligence of an uncaring, disengaged man who ran her down without so much as an apology? Elliott Maxwell is busy saving his grandmother’s company from his scheming stepmother. He decides he needs a mole and thinks Caroline is perfect for the job. Previously… Elliott and Caroline bring Ted, the head of security, into the plan for Caroline to infiltrate Kitty’s department so they can get the evidence they need to take her out of Maxwell’s.

Episode 13

Caroline was quiet during the car ride into work the next morning. After some last minute preparation, Elliott was sure Kitty would have no idea she was hiring the same girl she’d just fired.

“Would you relax, GC, you look great,” he told Caroline, giving her hand a reassuring squeeze.

Caroline couldn’t stop worrying. She pulled down the visor so she could look in the lighted mirror. Her newly dyed bleached blonde hair hung straight by her face, along with her new bangs, which were accented by the red-rimmed plastic glasses. She barely recognized herself. For one thing, she never wore this much make-up, and she hadn’t worn bangs since the second grade.

“Remember, Ted will be up sometime after one o’clock. Just follow his lead. He considers himself a real Matt Damon, so there’s no telling how far he’s going to take this.” Elliott laughed as he thought of how excited Ted got when he was discussing this plan last night.

Pulling up to the building and parking in his spot, Elliott turned the car off. He turned and said, “Show time!”

Caroline smiled tentatively, “Let’s go do this.”

“Kitty, I ran into this young lady in the elevator heading your way. I believe she is your new hire.” Elliott told his step-mother as he escorted Caroline into Kitty’s office.

“What?” Kitty looked up from her tablet she was furiously scrolling through. “I’m not expecting anyone.”

“Kitty, I don’t know what to say. She’s got the paperwork right here,” handing it to her, Elliott continued, “I guess HR figured you would want to replace that dimwit you hired and fired before she even started.”

Caroline looked sharply over at him. “Oh, Linny, don’t worry. Just make sure that if Kitty asks you for coffee, be very careful and don’t spill any.”

Her eyes darted over to Kitty, and she quipped, “No Ma’am, I am exceedingly good in the coffee arena. No worries about that.” Then Caroline smiled. And Kitty did not. Sighing, Caroline hoped she would be able to find the information Elliott needed quickly. This woman had no life in her. She was emotionless.

“Kitty, let me introduce Linny. She’s your new assistant.”

“Linny, this is Kitty Maxwell, the head of the design department, and my step-mother.”

Stepping forward, Caroline extended her hand, “It’s nice to meet you, Ma’am.”

Elliott cringed when Caroline called her ma’am again, just thinking back to the board meeting when Scott had slipped up and ma’amed her. He wasn’t sure Kitty had spoken to him since.

“Well, I’ve got work to do,” turning towards Caroline, “It was nice to meet you Linny. I hope you will be happy working here.” Turning around, Elliott exited Kitty’s office, leaving Caroline alone.

Getting up and coming around to stand in front of her, Kitty took a closer look. Caroline looked back, not wavering, knowing if she looked away, Kitty would somehow know she was hiding something.

“Well, young lady, what do you have to say to me?”



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