Passion Abroad

By: J A Fielding

Emily looked around her office and shrugged. “Yeah, I guess the work is never really done,” she said.

“Those guys don’t pay you enough,” Erica said.

Emily smiled. “I know, right? Sometimes I think that maybe I should have gone into law like you did,” she added. Erica frowned and shook her head. “What, you don’t think I would crack it?”

“Come on, Ems. You have always been the money guy. Accounts are like sex to you. You would never walk away if your life depended on it. You know, kind of what I did,” Erica said.

“You know, I’ve been meaning to ask, are you sure that is what you really want? To just walk away from everything?” Emily looked at her and smiled.

“Yeah. Maybe I will rethink everything in the long run but the truth is that right now, this is all I want. To just be away from everything,” Erica shrugged. “I’m fine, I promise you,” she added with a smile.

Emily ran her fingers through her hair and sighed.

“I’m happy if you’re happy, sweetie,” she said. Erica looked at her sister and smiled. If she could she would have reached right through the screen and kissed her sister. Sometimes Emily acted like she was the older one and Erica adored her for it. “So, why are you so happy anyway? I mean I know that you are on vacation and everything and that being happy is kind of part of the package but you are a little glowy,” Emily noted. Erica tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.

“Okay, I’m not glowing but if you must know, I met a guy,” Erica grinned.

“Wait, didn’t you just land today?” Emily asked. From the tone in her sister’s voice, she could tell that Emily was impressed.

“Yes, I did and I blacked out…I was too tired but as it turns out, the decision not to have room service was what led to me meeting a fine gentleman in the restaurant,” Erica said excitedly.

“I didn’t understand any of that,” Emily frowned.

“Okay, I wanted to have room service, you know with the exhaustion and everything but I remembered that time we went to Puerta Vallarta and didn’t get out of the room for most of the vacation so long story short, I ended up going downstairs and bam! I met the guy. And get this, he is hot!” she said excitedly.

Emily smiled at her sister.

“So, what was this? Just a one-time meal or is there something else in the future?” she asked.

Erica shrugged as she thought of the look Daniel had given her as she left the restaurant. She was not sure but years of working with other men making huge settlements had taught her that she could read men quite well and the way Daniel had looked at her spoke volumes.

“We are definitely going to have something else,” Erica said just as she heard Emily’s office door open and close. “Are you busy?” she asked when she saw Emily look up from her computer.

“Yeah, I just got this stack of paperwork. Something to do with last month’s financials. Talk tomorrow?”

“Maybe but if I don’t I’ll get some time later this week,” she shrugged.

“I have a good feeling of what you’ll be doing,” Emily said before she hung up. Erica rolled her eyes. She didn’t get enough time to tell her sister not to mention anything to Cassandra. Emily had a thing for always exaggerating and given a choice, she would have loved to be the one to break the news to Cassandra. She shrugged and put away her iPad. Maybe she would take care of that later…much, much later.

Chapter 3

Needless to say, Erica was a little keener to detail when she dressed up the next morning. She had initially planned on wearing a sundress but she also wanted to check out the pool later…or maybe the beach.

“Maybe I’ll just wear a swimsuit,” she thought as she picked out a lime green bikini from her suitcase. She oiled herself and put it on before putting on a striped black and white swimwear cover up. She held her hair in a high bun and put on a pair of silver dangling earrings and a pair of black flip flops before she looked at her reflection in the mirror. She put on some light makeup and then looked at her phone and sighed. It was nine o’clock. She didn’t want to look like she was just going there with the intention of bumping into Daniel but she also didn’t want to miss out on seeing him. She bit her lower lip and touched up on her blush and lipstick before she headed out. She didn’t know whether it was the adventurous pink lipstick or the fact that she was almost completely naked under her cover up but she felt a little more confident than usual. But her confidence suddenly vanished when the elevator doors opened and she came face to face with Daniel.

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