Loving With A Heavy Heart Chapter 137

136 Secrets

A few days had gone by quietly. Too quietly. At work Elle was out of her mind with boredom. A slow period had fallen on her department, right now they were in between projects and didn't have much work to do until the next one started. All the other members of her team were enjoying the calm before the storm. Elle on the other hand...

She had enjoyed the first day of the quiet spell together with her team. The second day was somewhat boring. But now, at the end of the week, Elle was out of her mind with boredom. One day she thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of her new found spare time to work on her novel. However, after one full day of writing she grew tired and bored of that as well. It didn't help that she had been unable to meet up with Adam for most of the week. MK's busy season had just started. So, from a lack of something better to do, Elle continued to spend her free time at work typing away chapters for her book. It was the only thing that could make the time go by. Until today.
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The end of the week finally arrived and Elle had gone out for a walk during her lunch break. It was wonderful to go outside and enjoy the weather now that summer was finally upon them. It was also great to take a break from staring at the four grey walls that entrapped her in her office, if only for a few minutes. However, to spice up her day, while she was out walking Elle received a phone call from Adam.

"Are you on lunch already?" He asked.

"Yup. I'm out on a walk right now." Elle replied.

"You're that bored, huh?" Adam teased.

"I never thought there would come a day where I would be envious of your workload. Having just a small task to help the hours go by would be nice."

"If you still have nothing to do do you want to go out with me this afternoon?"

"Really?" Elle asked excitedly.

"I can make some time to go out for afternoon tea. We can go to that place around the corner from your workplace that you like."

"Have I told you that I love you?" Elle replied dreamily.

Adam smirked to himself when he heard her reply. "If you can find an excuse to get out of the office I'll meet you there at two."

"Alright. I'll see you there."

Elle still had two hours to burn before she could leave to meet Adam but they went by much faster now that she had something to look forward to.

Just before two Elle boldly lied and told her colleagues that she was going out for a work meeting and would be back later that afternoon. With no reason to suspect her of lying they let her sneak off without any issue.

Elle walked over to the dessert shop near her building that she often frequented and got a quiet table near the back and waited patiently for Adam to come join her. Soon enough she heard footsteps approach her table but they weren't the quiet and confident steps that she knew so well. Instead it was the piercing click of heels against the marble floors that stalked towards her table.

"Good afternoon Elizabeth." Amelia greeted. "Fancy meeting you here."

"Amelia." Elle greeted back in surprise. "How nice to see you again."

"Taking a break from work?"

"Yes." Elle confessed with a light laugh. "Just getting a little afternoon pick-me-up."

"I forgot, this store is really close to Tae isn't it? You see, for me this place was the closest place to my campus when I was in college so I would always come here when I craved something sweet."

"Something sweet is nice when you're tired." Elle agreed.

"I'm actually waiting for a few friends right now. Would it be okay if I joined you for a moment while I wait?" Amelia asked brightly.

"Sure, why not." Elle's mouth replied before her brain could properly consider it. As she watched Amelia sit down in the chair across from her Elle hoped for the first time that Adam would be late.

"So how is your work? Are you very busy?" Amelia asked politely.

"Not at the moment. Marketing is in between projects right now so thing's have been quiet for a few days."

"Marketing must be fun work at least. When I worked at my father's company I started in management but it was so dreadfully boring that I switched into design after less than a year." She said as if she were wistfully remembering her time there.

"You working at your father's company?" Elle asked with surprise.

"Oh yes. I went to college for business management. I worked there for a year or two after."

"I didn't know. Why did you leave? If you don't mind my asking." Elle added quickly. She was so intrigued that she had forgotten herself.

"That's okay." Amelia said with a light laugh. "You don't need to be so on guard with me. Besides, I can understand the curiosity. Acting is a far distance from managing your family's high end brand after all."

"So what made you switch?"

"Can't tell." Amelia replied with a childish grin. "It's a secret."

That only made Elle more curious. Before she could press the matter any further Amelia stood up while glancing down at her phone.

"Sorry Elizabeth but it looks like my friend's are here now."

"That's fine. It was fun talking to you."

"It really was." Amelia agreed. "Hey, do you want to join my friends and I for the afternoon? We're just going to go shopping and then for dinner. It'll be fun."

Elle blinked. "I would love to, but I still need to get back to work. Maybe another time."

"Another time for sure. I have a feeling we're going to be good friends you and I."

"That would be nice." Elle agreed.

It couldn't have been a minute or two later that Adam replaced Amelia, sitting down in the seat across from Elle.

"I'm not too late am I?" He asked.

"No. You're right on time."

They ordered their things but Elle was no longer as excited for sweets as she had been only a moment ago. A question was still nagging her in the back of her mind.

"What is it?" Adam asked as he watched her poke at her slice of cake absent-mindedly.

"I was curious about something. Do you know why Amelia became an actress?"

"Why do you ask?"

"I happened to meet her while I was waiting for you and she talked to me and told me a little bit of her story but she wouldn't answer that question. I got curious."

"Well I'm afraid I can't help you either." Adam confessed. "I don't know the answer."

"You never asked?"

"No. Even if I had asked I suspect I would have gotten the same answer as everyone else did back then. 'It's a secret.'"

"Some friend you are." Elle grumbled playfully. "Do you know anything about her at all?"

"Of course I do. Just nothing useful. I met her during my college days. We only met to study and during a few classes we took together. My mother probably knows her better than I do at this point."

"I'm jealous. I wish I got to take classes with you. It must have been nice."

"I was really studious back then. If you knew me you probably wouldn't have liked me very much."

"Oh yea, cause you're so loose and fun now." Elle teased.

"I'm skipping work to have tea with you. A year ago this would be unheard of."

"You're right." Elle said gently. "Thank you."

"No, I should thank you. Relaxing like this is something I only got to experience after meeting you. You're fun enough for the both of us."

"Be careful with your words Mr. Hayes. If you make me this happy I might not let you go back to work for the rest of the day." Elle continued to tease playfully. If she had known then what their immediate future was going to look like she might have actually gone through with her empty threat.