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I thought I'd been doing well at my new job. My coworkers were a great bunch, the hours suited me, and I felt like I was fitting in. So when Kevin, the supervisor, called me into his office I had every reason to believe it would be for a great evaluation. I couldn't help thinking to myself what gorgeous eyes he had, and that physique...
After a few pleasantries, he came around the desk and seated himself beside me.
"You know, you're really a lovely girl with a great personality."
He's making a pass at me. Or is he just being nice? Maybe he's going to fire me. He has a girlfriend. Do I follow through? Is he interested? Does he think I'm easy? Is it my dress? Great personality...wait, what? Does that mean he thinks I'm fat? The smug bas**rd. He's hot though.
He reached out and gently touched my shoulder.
"It was a nice gesture, but you really shouldn't be sending me flowers. I'm sure you mean well, and I'm flattered, but - well, it just isn't appropriate."
I cleared my throat.
"I guess you saw me putting them on your desk this morning. They're from your girlfriend; she was running late because of traffic and didn't have time to wait for you to get through checking in deliveries. Didn't you read the card?"
Complete and utter silence.
His face reddened. "No, I didn't see one. I guess it must have fallen out somewhere."
We both made a half-hearted attempt to search the floor.
He met my eyes as we stood up, blushed, and looked away. "Well, anyway, how about we just let this whole thing slide and make it business as usual? I apologize for my confusion and making you uncomfortable, and I hope you can forgive me."
I smiled at him with all of my heart.
"Of course, Kevin. I think a great deal of you, too. It's no wonder your girlfriend sends you flowers; you're very sweet and understanding." I lowered my eyes demurely and smoothed my dress.
Was that a flicker of interest I saw in his eyes?
He ushered me out of the office, gave me a warm smile and headed out onto the sales floor as I fingered the missing gift card in my pocket.