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… Caroline, or Linny as she’s known at Maxwell’s, started her job working for Kitty. She found herself doing the job of two people and told Elliott he needed to hire another person to help her. Kitty called Caroline out on being gone so long for lunch, but it turns out she was only gone 43 minutes. Kitty then starts to trust her, and they get down to work.

Episode 16

Caroline put her purse back in her desk, ran her hands through her hair and headed back into Kitty’s office.

“Caroline, I thought I told you to go home.”

“Yes, you did.” Holding Kitty’s eyes, she walked over to where she left her work, “I don’t like leaving my work unfinished. That’s all.”

Smiling with approval, Kitty said, “Well then, let’s get this done so we can both get out of here.”

After working close to an hour, both women heard a commotion outside their offices. Before either woman could do anything, Ted burst through the door. “Ted?” Caroline asked.

“You know this man?”

“She sure as shit does. I’m her fiancée.” Ted, appearing a little more than tipsy, was so loud, Caroline winced as he spoke.

“Linny, is this man telling the truth? You don’t look too happy to see him.”

“Of course she’s happy to see me. Aren’t you, Baby?” Walking up behind her, Ted grabbed hold of her spinning her around.

Squealing, Caroline clung to Ted, not knowing what his plan was next. “Ted, put me down,” playfully slapping him on the shoulder as she said this.

Putting her down, Ted turned to Kitty and said, “Mrs. Maxwell, may I take my lovely fiancée home now?”

Taken off-guard that he knew who she was, Kitty stared at him for a moment before regaining her composure. “Oh, um, yes, of course,” turning to Caroline, “Linny, please go with your young man. I’ll see you in the morning.”

Caroline quickly gathered her items and left the room to grab her purse. Once outside the office, she turned to Ted. “What the hell was that?”

“Look, Caroline. I can explain. Elliott thought Kitty might get suspicious and start asking questions regarding you both.”

“And he thought that you barging in and playing noisy, over the top, fiancée was the answer?”

Ted had the decency to look sheepish as she stood yelling at him. Cupping her elbow, he wanted to get her out of the hallway as quickly as possible. Before she could take a step, Ted was back in her face, pulling her to a stop. “We can’t leave in separate-” grabbing her suddenly to him, his mouth crashed down on hers as he hauled her against him. After a minute he pulled his mouth away from hers, and whispered, “Kitty just walked by us. I’m so sorry. I didn’t know what else to do.”

Caroline put her hands to her lips and looked up into Ted’s eyes. She knew her eyes were filling with tears, but there was nothing she could do to stop them. If she had been looking, she would have seen Ted’s eyes also fill right before he gathered him to her once more.

Elliott’s fist banged down hard on the steering wheel as he sat and watched the nightmare unfold before him. What the hell had just happened? This was not the plan he and Ted had talked about last night. He knew this because his plan in no way had Ted’s lips anywhere near Caroline’s.

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