It was Tuesday afternoon and Melania had just left the office. She was still pretty steamed about Tanner and Gina. Why was he so determined to go out with her? What did he see in her anyway? Was he so blinded by her looks that he couldn’t see her for what she really was?
What about the woman she had seen him with that day in the mall? Maybe, the relationship ended and that was why he left New York to live here in Toronto.
There were so many women he could date but, no, for some insane reason, it had to be Gina. Melania’s mouth tightened as she moved away from the door and headed for the elevators. Thankfully, she was alone.
After punching the button for the lobby, she leaned against the panel. Should she try to talk some sense into Tanner? He was too good for that miserable, spoilt and selfish woman. She didn’t deserve to be with Matt and she most certainly didn’t deserve to be with Tanner. Two incredibly amazing men and both of them had been bewitched by the same woman.
The doors of the elevator opened and she stepped out. She went into Shopper’s Drugmart to get the TTC monthly pass for April. She also picked up a birthday card for her mother. Then, she left the store. As she stood outside of the entrance, putting the bag with the birthday card inside her handbag, she heard someone call out to her. She looked up. It was the last person she wanted to see.
Gina walked over to her. “Hello, Melania.”
“What are you doing here?”
“Not that it’s any of your business, but I work in this building.”
“Oh. I had no idea that you worked here. I thought that you might be meeting Tanner.”
“And why would I be meeting Tanner?”
“You’re friends, aren’t you? Natalie said that she saw you two together at Yorkdale.”
“So, what if she did? How is that any of your business?”
“Does Matt know that you were with Tanner at Yorkdale?”
“Yes, he does.”
“Does he know that you and Tanner have a history?”
“We worked together when I was an intern at his company.”
“And was it just a working relationship?”
“Gina, are you trying to stir up trouble as usual?”
“I’m not trying to do anything of the sort. I guess I was wondering if Tanner flirted with you when you worked with him. He’s always flirting with me and calls me ‘my lovely Gina’. At Natalie’s wedding, he was coming on really strong. He kept pressuring me to dance with him. Do you know how many times he has asked me to have dinner with him?”
“Why are you telling me this?”
“No particular reason. He came by my house the other day because Natalie gave him the address. I’m still upset with her for that. Anyway, he had the nerve to ask me if Matt was boring in bed and told me that he wasn’t boring, especially not in bed. Of course, I was livid. I told him to leave and he did but, not before he kissed my hand. He’s so full of himself. Anyway, I went to the gym to see about joining and saw him. Again, he asked me to have dinner with him and I told him that I would rather have a hernia.” She laughed. “I was annoyed when I said that but, now it sounds very funny. I think he thought so too because he smiled.” She laughed again and rested her hand on her head.
Melania didn’t laugh or even crack a smile. She didn’t find it funny at all. Why was Gina telling her all of this? Was she trying to get a rise out of her? Was she trying to figure out if there was something between Tanner and her? Did she sense that there might have been more than a working relationship between them? Or was she simply fishing so that she could have something to report to Natalie or even to Matt?
Well, she wasn’t going to give her the satisfaction of knowing that it bothered her that Tanner flirted with her or that he had kissed her hand or had told her that he wasn’t boring in bed which implied that he wanted to sleep with her. She tried not to imagine him in bed with her nemesis.
Drawing herself up, she said, “Gina, I’m not going to stand here any more and listen to you go on and on about how irresistible Tanner finds you. Excuse me.” With that, she walked past her and out of the building, her teeth set on edge.
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