Doing the Right Thing(4)

By: Elizabeth Lennox

There was a long silence as the three of them heard that announcement. None of them could believe it, especially since they all knew about Lillian’s dream. “Not even your family?” Jane asked, her eyes worried for her friend.

“Absolutely not!” she exclaimed emphatically. “I was raised knowing that I would take over this fund. It was my role in life. So I’ve hidden my dreams of becoming a designer away, trying to get the hang of this stupid hedge fund stuff. If I’m to inherit three hundred million dollars, that comes with a lot of responsibility.” She sighed, rubbing her forehead. “Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to really understand the details.” She sighed, shaking her head slightly. “There’s so much to learn. George makes it look so natural. He’s grown the fund by an amazing rate over the past several years, but when I make a suggestion, he has to patiently explain why it won’t work.” She lowered her head in defeat. “Why is it that I can work through all of the details of making an elaborate ball gown, but I can’t figure out the issues surrounding stock trades and investment purchases?” she exclaimed with frustration. “I’m not an idiot. It shouldn’t be so difficult!” she groaned, throwing up her hands in defeat. “But for the life of me, I just don’t get all the details that seem to come naturally to George and Phillip.”

“Okay, so why don’t you just go to George and explain who you really are?”

Lillian shifted in her chair. “Because he already thinks of me as a silly woman, which pisses me off to no end,” she grumbled, ignoring her friends’ laughter at her use of the phrase “pisses me off”, which she’d never used before. “And there’s no way I would tell anyone about my dreams. Especially not a jerk like that!”

Tallia laid a hand on Lillian’s arm. “You can’t marry Phillip, Lil. You’re not in love with him.”

Becca leaned forward. “And I suspect that he’s actually in love with another woman.”

Lillian gasped, her eyes wide as she stared at her friends. “His assistant? You think so too?”

Jane looked at Becca and Lillian, not sure what was going on. “What do you know that the rest of us don’t?” she demanded. “Did I miss something significant last night?”

All of them leaned in, wanting to hear the scoop. “Last night, while Lillian was playing the lush, Phillip was across the room talking with the cute brunette.”

Lillian nodded, leaning forward as she latched onto the subject. “That’s his assistant, Marie. She’s really good at her job. It’s sort of like she has a sixth sense when it comes to what Phillip needs. It’s a bit spooky.”

The other three looked at her. “How do you mean?” Jane finally asked.

Lillian shrugged slightly. “I was meeting Phillip for lunch one day a while ago and he was going through the papers on his desk, looking frustrated because he couldn’t find something. But only moments before he stood up to bellow for her, she walked in and stood by his desk, just waiting. When he turned to ask her where the file was, she was already handing it to him.”

Tallia shrugged, about to dismiss the incident. “Yeah, well, maybe he had a meeting…”

Lillian shook her head. “That’s happened several times over the months since I’ve been engaged to the man.”

Jane laughed. “So? Just because she knows what’s going on with his business meetings, that doesn’t mean anything.”

Lillian grinned, her eyes sparkling as she conveyed the other information. “I’ve seen the steamy looks that escape when neither of them thinks the other is watching.” She nodded her head. “They are into each other.”

Tallia, Jane and Becca stared at Lillian. Jane was the first to say what everyone else was thinking. “It doesn’t bother you that your future husband and his assistant are…experiencing an emotional connection?”

Lillian laughed, shrugging her shoulder delicately. “I suppose I should.” She thought about it for another long moment, and shook her head. “Nope. It doesn’t.”

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