Kendra and I met for margaritas and chips and queso (not sorry) on Wednesday. We went to a neighborhood I don’t frequent so naturally I had to mix and mingle with the other patrons. We ended up talking to this group of guys and pushing our tables together.
They had come directly after work in the financial district and and all looked dapper in smart suits. The guy I was sitting next to, Cole, was the hottest (not Brady hot, but still hot) and was all over me. He is one of those guys who knows how to work a room. As soon as I told him my name, he used it every opportunity he had.
“Do you want another margarita, Reese?”
“So Reese, do you live around here?”
“Are you going to Lolla, Reese?”
I heard that when you first learn someone’s name you should use it several times to make it stick. Cole was definitely doing just that and it was obvious. I ended up giving him my number even though he’s kind of cocky and I have no interest in dating him. Not when I kind of have Brady who is much more attractive and doesn’t act like God’s gift. Brady hasn’t talked to me at all since Saturday though so whatevs.
When I got to work on Thursday morning, Whitney followed me into my office again.
“Reese,” she started before I even put my stuff down.
“Yes, Whitney?” I said, exasperated. I knew it was going to be something about Amanda/gossip/drama and I just don’t have the time.
“I know you’re unhappy about what’s going on in the office, but you can’t just threaten people because things aren’t going your way,” she said to me like I’m a seven year old child.
“What are you talking about?”
“Amanda told me you called her into your office and threatened her because she’s talking to BJ again.”
I rolled my eyes again. Good grief. Did I ever even mention BJ to Amanda? I’m convinced that they both just pull all this stuff out of their asses.
“I’m not even going to entertain this,” I said, booting up my computer. I started logging in and pretended she wasn’t still standing there.
“Amanda is really upset. I think you should talk to her and maybe apologize…”
“I’m not fucking apologizing to her,” I said, not looking up from my computer.
“Reese, I know you’re not used to being in a higher position with a company, but you can’t just do and say whatever you want. There are consequences.”
Now she was lecturing me.
“Okay,” I said.
I felt her staring at me for a moment before walking out.
I was surprised, but not surprised when Tracey called me and asked me to come to her office later. Amanda and Whitney were already down there when I got there. Seriously? I actually had real work to do.
“Thanks for joining us, Reese,” Tracey said as I slid into the open seat in front of her desk. “So Whitney and Amanda have a few concerns with you and wanted to be able to do so with me present to make sure nothing goes awry.”
Of course. As if I’m some big bad wolf.
“Thanks, Tracey,” Whitney said. She turned to me. “Reese, I tried to discuss things with you this morning before having to get Tracey involved, but you weren’t receptive at all. I was just trying to express to you that Amanda is upset that you threatened her.”
“What was the nature of this threat?” Tracey wanted to know.
Before I could answer, Amanda piped up. “Aron told me that Reese is upset because BJ and I are on speaking terms again. So Reese called me in her office and said that she would send me back to school with a negative recommendation.”
Tracey didn’t say anything so Amanda went on.
“Because Reese and BJ hooked up, you know? So she is upset that he and I are friends again and they aren’t. I feel like I’ve done a great job this summer so a bad recommendation would be unfair.”
“You have done a great job,” Whitney said.
Tracey gave me an odd look that let me know that she had no idea about the BJ thing. Shit. If they could just lie, I could too right?
“I didn’t hook up with BJ. Everything you just said is a flat out lie,” I said calmly.
Amanda and Whitney looked at each other.
“I don’t know what you guys did, but he seemed to be pretty familiar with with your apartment and where you live,” Whitney said. “And your body….”
“We all know BJ is trouble. Didn’t you two have a falling out earlier this summer, Amanda? In fact, weren’t you in this office before, having a mediation? What’s the common denominator here?” I said, sweetly.
Amanda’s face began to flush and she smiled sheepishly at Tracey.
“I’m offended that y’all would even think I would involve myself with him in that way. That’s insulting to my character and integrity.”
Whitney wouldn’t look at me.
“I have no reason to be threatened by you at all, Amanda. I find it appalling that you would sit here and lie to Tracey when we both know the truth. Honestly, you should be ashamed of yourself. You too, Whitney,” I said.
Neither of them said anything for a moment. Then Amanda said, “You did say you would give me a bad recommendation.”
“Because you were talking shit and gossiping. I think your professors and future employers should know that you can’t handle yourself in a professional work environment.”
Amanda was looking straight ahead avoiding eye contact, but I could see that her face was turning scarlet.
“Sorry,” she said quietly.
“Do you accept her apology, Reese?” Tracey asked.
“Sure.” I wasn’t going to be friends with the girl though.
“Do you have anything to apologize for?” Tracey asked.
Honestly I didn’t, but I also didn’t want to seem like a cunty bitch. “I’m sorry that you thought I was threatening you.”
Amanda accepted my apology and Tracey said we could leave. I bolted out of there before she could ask me to stay and elaborate on the BJ situation. Plus I had