Loving With A Heavy Heart Chapter 142
141 Assistant For A Day
Soon enough Friday arrived and with it came the promise of the weekend. Everyone waited in anticipation for the weekend to arrive. Elle had cheated a bit by taking Friday off of work that week. So while everyone else was doing their best to get through one more day Elle was sleeping in.
She had still woken up quite early, as was her habit on working days, but she refused to get out of bed until the door bell rang. Elle looked towards the door, frowning at the piercing sound that was ruining her fantasy of not moving for the entire morning.
There was a second ring.
"Coming." Elle called out. She quickly put a satin robe over her pyjama's and ran her fingers through her messy hair before pulling the door open.
Christopher stood on the other side of the door with an apologetic expression on his face.
Elle felt a residual embarrassment heat her cheeks. She hadn't seen him since she learned who he really was. She was still older than him, she had learnt since looking up his profile online, but only barely. Not anywhere close to the ten years she had suspected separated them. Elle had been comfortably been acting like an older sister to him this whole time. She was no longer sure how to behave in front of him.
"It's been a while. How are you?" She asked sheepishly.
"It has, hasn't it? I've been well." He replied with an equal level of sheepishness. "What about you? Do you not need to be at work today?"
"No, I have a day off today."
Christopher's face paled a little. "I hope you're not feeling ill." He asked with genuine concern.
"No, no, no. I'm fine." Elle quickly reassured him. "I'm fine. I just planned to take a little break and laze around at home all day."
"Oh, I see." Her answer seemed to dishearten him.
"Is there something I can help you with?" Elle asked after a moment. "Would you like to come in?"
Christopher quickly spared a glance down the empty hallways. "That would be great actually."
So Elle stepped aside and let him inside.
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"Can I get you anything? Tea? Water?" Elle asked as she led Christopher into the living room.
"No, that's fine thank you."
They both took a seat across from each other. After a brief moment Elle looked at Christopher expectantly; waiting for him to speak.
Christopher let out a nervous sigh. "I actually came to ask you for a favour." He finally confessed. "I feel even worse for asking you on your day off but I didn't know who else I could go to."
"That's okay, there's no reason to feel shy. Go ahead and ask."
"I'm honestly not sure if you recognized me, I couldn't tell from your reaction but I'm an actor you see."
Elle coughed. "Of course I did." She said in a tone of voice that not even she believed.
He gave her a sheepish smile and continued. "My manager had a personal emergency today and can't make it in to assist me today. It was such short notice, too short for my company to arrange for a different assistant, but I don't think I'll be able to manage today on my own..." He trailed off, unsure of how to ask the question he had come to ask.
"You want me to act as your assistant for today?" Elle asked.
Christopher had expected her to be annoyed by the question, it was her day off after all. Maybe offended since she was older and already working as a director at a multi-million dollar company and he was asking her to be a lowly assistant. In all the times he imagined how this conversation would go, he never once imagined that her eyes would light up with excitement the way they did now.
"It would only be for one day, and I'd compensate you accordingly of course." He added desperately. However, there was no reason for him to attempt to sway her. Elle was already hooked on the idea.
"Don't worry about things like payment. I was planning to laze around and be bored all afternoon. This sounds like much more fun."
"You would mostly be accompanying me to different appointments; interviews, photoshoots, I have a busy day today." Christopher admitted, taking the side of persuading her against it in confusion at her reaction. "It won't be as glamorous as you might imagine."
"I don't imagine it'll be glamorous at all." Elle said with a laugh. "But it's something I've never done before and something I may never be able to do again. It seems fun. Besides, you're in a tough spot right? It doesn't hurt to have an A list celebrity owe you a favour you know."
Christopher gave her a soft smile. "You really are different to any other person I've ever met."
"That better be a compliment."
"It is." Christopher said firmly.
"Then it's settled. I can accompany you up to nine or so but I'm afraid I can't stay any later than that." That was when Adam was expecting to get off work tonight.
"I'll agree to that."
"Perfect. Then if you wait a minute I'll go get showered and changed."
Christopher's face flushed red. "Ah, that's fine. I'll go back to my place, you get ready in peace. I'll meet you in the lobby in an hour."
He quickly retreated out of her apartment. Elle laughed to herself as she watched him walk out the door with red ears.
'He might be about the same age as me but he really does feel like an innocent little brother.' She thought to herself before heading back into her bathroom to quickly bathe. It seemed today would be more exciting then she anticipated.