Mario pulled into the garage next to the two-story office complex. It was about twenty minutes from
“Of course, I can. I forgave him a long time ago for forcing me to marry you and live in hell,”
Instead of being sarcastic in return, Anthony said calmly, “That’s exactly what I mean. The old man thinks we are happily married. I’d like to keep it that way. Now just do as you’re told and everything will be all right.”
Normally he would come back at her or threaten her in some way. For the second time today,
Stepping into the building with Anthony and Mario at her heels,
A little prayer never hurt in stressful situations.
They walked into the outer office and a very nervous Mary greeted them. She came out from behind her desk.
“What’s the matter with you?” Anthony asked. “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
“Mr. Cavelli, your father is in your office,” Mary said with much excitement in her voice. “He came about twenty minutes ago and just walked right in. Then he started dictating letters to me. I didn’t know what to do! I didn’t get a chance to call you. I was just about to now. He’s been making phone calls and asking me questions . . .” Mary was very close to being frantic.
“Calm down, will you? Just bring us some coffee and type those letters like he asked. Don’t worry about it. Did the accountant drop off anything?”
“No, sir, he hasn’t.”
This did not seem to make Anthony happy at all. Grabbing
They walked in and found Poppy on the phone, sitting behind Anthony’s desk. He motioned for them to come in, as if it was his office they had just walked into. Instantly, heat shot through Anthony’s body. He didn’t like this situation at all. Poppy had no business, none whatsoever, appearing so comfortable in Anthony’s office.
Poppy hung up the phone and, with a huge smile on his face, got up to greet them.
For a second, Anthony smirked at
“What a pleasant surprise! Anthony, why didn’t you tell me
“I’m sorry, not yet. You know we’re still young. There’s plenty of time for that in the future.” Forgive me, Lord, for telling such a lie. It amazed her how this man seemed to forget that he had forced them to get married. He lived in some fantasy world in which they were all one big, happy family.
Mary walked in with the coffee tray and set it up on the table.
“Okay, I’ll drop it for now. But I have a wonderful idea. Why don’t we all go to lunch together? I would love to visit with you in a more pleasant environment.”
Anthony smiled and said, “That sounds great. I guess we won’t be needing that coffee, Mary. Thank you anyway.” He turned to his father. “Why don’t you two go out to the car? I have some instructions for Mary before we leave.”
As soon as they were out of hearing distance, Anthony whispered in a low growl, “Mary, I want you to call the accountant and tell him that he’d better be here with the books before I return from lunch. Make sure he understands — wait. Forget that. Instead tell Jimmy to go there in person and pick it up. He’ll know what to do if it’s not ready.”
“Yes, sir. No problem.”
On his way out to the car, Anthony made a call. “Yeah, it’s me. Can you talk? Listen, I want to know what he is up to before it happens, not after. Why wasn’t I told about the visit? That’s not what you get paid for! No more excuses — just keep a better eye on him!”
When Anthony joined them in the limousine, he was back to his pseudo cheerful self again. “So, Poppy, where to?”
“Great. Mario, you heard him — Mama Rosa’s.”
© Nadine Z. 2007