Fear the Boss(4)

By: Sam Crescent

Moving behind the desk, she glanced back at him. “Do you want it gift wrapped?” she asked.

“Yes.” He placed his hand on the counter, and she couldn’t help but look at his hands. The bruises looked painful.

“Do you want to go out with me?” he asked.

Jerking her gaze back up to his, she saw he hadn’t taken his eyes off her.

“No,” she said, shaking her head.


“No, I don’t want to go out with you.”

She finished packing up his bracelet and ran the amount into the till. He shocked her by paying with cash. The man counted every single note onto the counter.

Watching the money pile up, she took it from the shelf and placed it in the till, handing him a receipt.

“Do you work here often?” he asked.

“Yes. Do you want to know when my manager gets in?”

Was he going to complain about her? He was acting way too creepy to be nice to.

“No. I was wondering when you were here. I’ll be seeing you, Donna.”

His gaze caressed over her name tag over her breast. There was something strange about him. The bell went letting her know he was gone.

“Was it me, or was he a little strange?” Lydia asked, coming up behind her.

“Yeah, he was creepy. Scary, creepy guy. We should nickname him that from now on.” Donna’s hands were shaking from the interaction. What was his problem?

She worked with Lydia, and they both locked up the store, securing the safety guards in place on their way out.

“Do you want a lift to your apartment?” Lydia asked.

“Nah, I’ll walk. It’s out of your way anyway.”

“I’d hate to be walking the city streets this late at night.”

“It’s no problem for me. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“You certainly will. The bills are not going to pay themselves.” Lydia waved to her, and she watched the other woman leave before going into her bag to grab her pepper spray. Wrapping her jacket around her body she started the short walk to her apartment block. The walk wasn’t the problem. What she hated the most was the dark alleys she had to pass that hid men from her sight.

Her thoughts returned to the strange customer. What had he been hoping to achieve? She never got personal with a customer. Lydia a few months back had gotten a lot of stick from a customer, a married man who thought there was more between them than a simple customer relationship.

Donna had no intention of being hurt by a guy she didn’t know.

The moment she was outside of her apartment block, she ran up the stairs. The block wasn’t too bad, but she didn’t trust the shadows. Women could be attacked anywhere from not being cautious. Taking her keys out of her bag, she slid the key into the lock and entered her apartment. Flicking the light on, she was greeted by Pearl, her cat. She’d found Pearl as a kitten wandering around outside. She couldn’t allow anything bad to happen to the poor kitten, and she’d taken her inside. It was a female kitten.

“Hey, Pearl, did you miss me?” She bent down to stroke her back. “Yeah, I missed you, too.”

Picking up her cat, she dropped her bag to the floor then walked into the kitchen. Her cat purred as she started to buzz around the kitchen.

“I met a strange man today. Yes, I did.”

She always talked to her cat even when she had nothing to talk about. Making herself a cup of tea, she put more milk into the cat bowl then took a seat.

Putting her head in her hands, she watched her pet and thought about the mystery man. He freaked her out, and yet she couldn’t deny the sudden jolt through her body their touches had created.

Chapter Two

Walking out of the jewelry store, he saw Henry was already behind the wheel. Climbing into the passenger side, Caleb looked through the window to see Lydia and Donna talking. None of the women looked toward the windows to see who was looking in.

“Do you know that blonde woman?” Caleb asked, pointing to the store.

Henry looked through the window. “The chubby girl?”



“I haven’t got a clue who she is. Do you?”

“No.” Caleb rubbed a hand down her face. “Get our guys finding out all they can on the blonde girl known as Donna. The sooner you can get everything, I want the details.” Staring at his hand, Caleb wondered what the hell had happened. Going into the store, he’d had every intention of getting what he wanted then getting the hell out of there. Instead, she’d turned around to face him, and he saw the most beautiful blue eyes he’d ever seen. What was it about her? She was so sweet looking.

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