Annie hasn’t seen Jim since she moved away from their home town, where they were very close. When she stumbles into him again, she finds that he’s certainly risen in the world, but it looks like he may still be carrying a torch for his old friend. Annie thinks she wants him too, but their different lives may ensure that it’s just this one night.
Can Annie live up to nearly a decade of expectations? Will Jim’s high station disrupt their good time? Will they see each other again?
This six thousand word story is the first book of the trilogy Caught Between A Singer and a CEO by Parker Paige.
“Come on, then. You should see it.” He rose from the table and held out his hand. She took it and was surprised to feel how warm his skin was.
As he guided her toward the elevator, she realized he hadn’t yet paid for their meal. “Am I getting to see a billionaire skip out on a check?”
“That’s how we get to be part of the one percent, by never paying for anything.” He laughed. “The know me and have our corporate card on file; it’s fine.”
As they rode upward, Jim leaned against the elevator’s wall and crossed his arms in front of his chest. He considered her with a distant expression for a while. When she caught him staring, she raised one eyebrow at him. “Do I have something on my face?”
“Oh, no. Sorry. I was just enjoying you being here. The last few years have been very busy and I forgot how much I liked having someone like you around.”
She cocked her head to one side. “Someone like me?”
There was a faint feeling of deceleration and the elevator doors opened. Jim offered her his arm and she took it. “Someone I can just be myself around. Most of the time, I have to be someone’s boss or someone’s big time customer. Even the people I knew from back home have started to treat me differently, but you’re just Annie, and you’re the first person in a while to treat me like just Jim.”