Joshua's office was huge and a little intimidated. The door opened and closed and I couldn't help but tense up. Joshua sat behind his desk and gave me an apologetic smile.
"Sorry about that, the meeting took longer than expected and I couldn't get out of it"
"That's ok" I twisted my hands in my lap "What did you wanted to talk to me about?"
"A week ago my personal assistant quit and I can't seem to find a new one. I've done a couple of interviews, but no one could deal with the pressure" he handed me a folder "that folder has all the information you need, what the job requires, salary and benefits"
"You are offering me a job as your personal assistant?" he nodded "why?"
"Because I need someone I can trust and you are friends with Erin" what did Erin had to do with this? "she says you are very responsible and she trusts you"
"You've talked to Erin about me?" ok, this was weird "I don't understand"
"Erin is my friend and I trust her with my life" then why was he ok with her marrying Liam? "if you want the job is yours"
"Thank you" I opened the folder and my eyes widened, that was a lot of money for a personal assistant. I could live comfortably with this while finishing my degree "I would love the job, but what about my school?"
"You can bring your schedule and we can work around it. As long as you do all your duties, I don't care what you do with the rest of your day"
"Ok, when can I start?"
"Monday" he handed me a paper "I know you are looking for apartments. I had my real state agent look one up for you and he found the perfect one"
"I don't know what to say" I couldn't believe all he was doing for me, maybe my faith was changing "Thanks I'll take a look at it"
one month later
I couldn't believe I was back here, I kept looking a Joshua, but his face was impassive. I had set up this meeting myself talk to the gentleman on the phone a lot of times and still I couldn't control my nerves.
"Are you sure Hunter won't be here?" I've been asking him that since he picked me up at my apartment two hours ago "I really don't want to see him"
"He is on a business trip and won't be back until tomorrow" he smiled at me, but there was something in his eyes that had me on edge. He was hiding something "Now put your business face on our host is making his way here"
Just in that moment a good looking man walked up to us, he hugged Joshua and shook my hand. He seemed to be in his early fifties, but was still an imposing man. I knew now where Hunter got his looks. When Joshua had asked me to set up a lunch meeting with him I had almost quit on the spot, but Joshua assured me that Hunter didn't know anything about this deal.
"Where did you find her?" My mind snapped back to the conversation when I realized they were talking about me "She was very pleasant and efficient all the times I talked to her on the phone, but now I can see that she is also beautiful. Good job"
"Thank you" Joshua patted my hand and smiled at Mr. Stonewell "Actually she used to work here, until I took her from you"
"That's a shame, I can't believe Hunter let her go" I couldn't help but tense when I heard Hunter's name "Young lady you remind me of someone, but I can't figure out who. It'll come back to me"
"Sorry I'm late" we all stood up when my mother walked to the table, she kissed Mr. Stonewell "I'm sorry I'm late dear, but you know how Spencer is when she is planning something"
"That's alright,we still haven't order" my mom's face went white when she saw me and part of me wanted to gloat.We all sat down and order our food "Love, this is Chloe Clark, she is Joshua's personal assistant"
"Is a pleasure to meet you Miss Clark" she was so fake "Is this your first time in the club?"
"No and actually we already know each other" I thought she was going to faint when I said that, her face went even whiter "I used to work here, remember?"
"Of course, how stupid of me"
The rest of the afternoon was tense, all I wanted to do was run, as far away from here as I could get. When the lunch was over we said our goodbyes and I walked to my car before Joshua realized I was gone, he caught up with me when I was opening my door.
"Wait" he stood between me and the car so I couldn't leave "I'm sorry, I should have told you"
"You knew" I was mad, no I was furious "From the start you knew she was my mother"
"Is that why you brought me here?" I wanted to cry. For a while I thought of him as my friend, the person that helped me when I needed the most "To show me that you knew who I was"
"No, I wanted you to realize the truth" what truth, that my mother was a whore that abandoned me for money "I wanted you to know the reason Hunter broke up with you"
"Hunter?" my eyes widened "He found out my mother was married to his dad?"
"No Chloe, he always knew" I felt the world spin around me. How had Hunter know? I didn't understand any of this "He knew who you were from the start, that's why he slept with you"
"Did he ever tell you about his mother?" I nodded, he had never told me the whole story "His mother got sick with cancer and while she was dying his father was going out with his mistress, he married her two days after his mother died"
"My mother knew she was dying?" of course she had known, who was I kidding? my mom didn't care about anyone but herself "What did I have to do with that?"
"He used you to get revenge. Your mother can't stand being bested by anyone and Hunter realized that earlier on. She tried to seduce him a lot of times, so when you came here you put yourself in a silver plate" Oh God, I was going to be sick "Didn't you wonder why you couldn't keep your house? Every bank would have lend you the money until you could get back on your feet. Hunter owned the deed to your house and he sold it thinking that you would come here because your only living relative was here"
"And I proved him right" I had been so stupid. I had told him about my mom and all the things she had done to me and my dad, he hadn't care. He hadn't care about any of it "Did he knew I was homeless? that my mom threw me out of the apartment?"
"Yes, he was the one that asked her to" my eyes filled up with tears and spilled down my face and he had fired me, knowing that I had nowhere to go "I don't know why, I thought after sleeping with you his revenge was over, but apparently it wasn't"
"That's why you offered me the job isn't it?"
"Did he knew about this meeting?" Joshua shook his head "Why did you help me? Hunter is your best friend. Why did you risk that friendship?"
"Because you are nothing like your mother, because you are sweet and hardworking" he took a deep breath and look me in the eye "Because I fell in love with you"