Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chapter 36: Last-name Basis

"I said that was fine!"

Despite being on the other end of the hallway, Beth could hear Liam shouting  No doubt Meredith was in his office again.

"Your version of fine and mine are two different things, Liam.  Quit trying to tank the project and give me the extension that my team needs!"

Yep.  It was Meredith.  Beth turned around and headed in the opposite direction.  She was not going near him until that was over.  He'd tear the head off of whatever unfortunate stepped into his office after Meredith left.

A moment later, his office door slammed open and Meredith stormed out.  Muttering to herself, she headed directly to the kitchen on eight.  "Stupid jackass, stubborn as a goat, jerk... who does he think he is...."  The litany continued up three flights of stairs, down the hallway, and into the kitchen itself.  By that time, she was in a lather, furious over his refusal to grant her team the extension required after learning about the client's changes just yesterday.  "How can I make their changes when I didn't even know about them... arrogant jackass.... thinks he knows..."

She was so deep into her rant that she didn't notice Beth or the gentleman sitting beside her.  She just grabbed a soda from the refrigerator and stalked out, still muttering to herself.

"Nice welcoming committee," he drawled, leaning back in his chair.
"You'll get used to it."
"So who's playing the role of Medusa?"
"Meredith Hagan."
Had he been eating, he would have choked.  "Did you say "Meredith Hagan?"
"The one and only.  Charming, wasn't she?"
He couldn't quite process the name yet.  "Hagan?"
"Niece of Geenie..."
"Hell, Beth, why didn't you warn me?"
She looked at him and smiled, just a little bit coldly.  "Who said I wanted to?"