The Office Pool

Chapter 3

"Jeez, will you stop that?" she asked rather annoyed at him.

"Do what?" he asked even though he knew he was aggravating her.

"Poke my hair with your pencil", she answered briskly. She sat down at her desk and sighed. "Does it suit me?" she asked him.

"Not really, you'd look better if your hair was the colour it naturally is", he answered honestly.

"Okay, that's it! I do something nice for you and you don't appreciate it! GET OUT!" Mac yelled as she shoved Harm out of her office.

Harm stood outside Mac's office rather confused. He was just being honest. She had no right to explode at him like that.

Harm went to the break room for some coffee. While Harm was pouring himself a cup of coffee, Harriet came on. She had an odd grin on her face. "Can I help you Harriet?" Harm asked politely.

"Is there anything you want to tell me?" she asked hopefully. Harm automatically knew this had something to do with Mac's new hair colour. Harm, not wanting to get into any more trouble than he was already in, just shook his head and went back to his office with his coffee.

When he got back to his office, he noticed that his answering machine was flashing. He knew it was Mac, but he didn't want to talk to her just yet. On closer inspection of the answering machine, he noticed that there were ninety-two new messages. Harm spent the next while listening to them. Ninety of them were from Mac; one from Harm's mother and one saying that he won the lottery.

He remembered buying the ticket, but as usual he hadn't expected to win. He'd won $3.24 million. If Mac hadn't been so mad at him, this may have been his lucky day.

Harm wondered what he could buy with $3.24 million. A car? He already had one in fine working order. A house? Harm liked his apartment, and it was just the way he wanted it.

Also, if Mattie were to move in with him, then Jen would have nowhere to live. But then Harm thought of something. Jen could live in his apartment. Its rent is less than her half of the rent at the other apartment.

That's a solution, but he wasn't going to tell Jen until he and Mattie had chosen a home.

The next question Harm had was: where were they going to live?

Harm's thought was interrupted by his telephone ringing. He knew it was most likely Mac, so he knew that if he'd like to live 'til his next birthday, he'd better pick up the phone.

"Harm, have you forgotten how to pick up a phone and answer?" Mac asked curtly.

"No Mac, I was just in the break room getting coffee, then I came back to my office and found out that I had won the lottery", Harm answered calmly. "Then I was thinking of where I wanted to take my favorite little Marine out for dinner so I could apologize", he lied. Normally, Harm didn't like lying to Mac, but if it would get him out of the doghouse, it was well worth it
"Oh", Mac answered. "Well I hope you have fun on your date with Gunny", she answered playfully.

"I'll pick you up at seven"; he answered to her joke.

After he got off the phone with Mac, he looked at his watch. He was so relieved that it was quitting time, he couldn't wait to get home to tell Mattie the news.

After he went to his apartment and deposited his briefcase and cover, he went over to Mattie and Jen's apartment. Jen was in the kitchen preparing dinner and Mattie was sitting on the back of the couch jabbering something about a boy named Ajay to one of her girlfriends.

"Hi Commander", Jen said dryly. She didn't lookup from the pot on the stove that she was stirring madly.

"The Colonel told you that I thought the blond didn't suit her, didn't she?" Harm asked. Jen didn't answer, she kept staring down at the pot, but Harm could tell she had heard him by her face contortions.

"Hi Harm!" Mattie said with an extra bounce in her step.

"So, who's Ajay?" Harm inquired.

"Her boyfriend", Jen answered for Mattie. Mattie looked as if she was going to kill Jen.

"He's not my boyfriend!" Mattie protested. Then she admitted "Okay, he is, but Harm don't you dare get all protective and fatherly about it".

"I would never dream about it", Harm lied while smiling. Mattie just rolled her eyes and plunked herself down in one of the table chairs.

"He invited me to the movies tonight, is it okay if I can go?" Mattie asked. "We're just going to the theater around the corner, so you don't have to drive me", Mattie added.

"That's good, because I have a date tonight too", Harm told her. Jen gave him the evil look of death. "Mac and I are going out for dinner", he added. Jen's look immediately turned into a smile. "Oh, I got other big news, I won the lottery today; I won $3.24 million.

Mattie's mouth dropped and Jen dropped the wooden spoon on the kitchen floor. "That's a lot of money", Jen said.

"Yeah", Mattie added.

Harm looked at the oven timer "Uh oh, I have to be at Mac's apartment in twenty minutes and I still have to change!" he exclaimed as he ran out the door.

TBC.....Natalee! Get the rabid monkeys off of me! Lol, yeah, I know I haven't updated in a while but I've been busy. I don't know when the next chapter is coming. Right now, I'm in the middle of redecorating my room. By for now. From: Amanda