Chapter 2: I Just Said What?

Larxene sighed as walked into her, or should I say their, office. She placed her briefcase down as Axel smirked and turned his chair to look at her.

"You look a little flustered. Running late today, Ant?"

She gripped the edge of her desk and tried to stay composed.

"I'm NOT in the mood for you today, Axel, so just take that crap you call a sense of humor and shove it."

"Ooh, touchy. You'd better calm down, we wouldn't want Mr. Xemnas to see you going banshee and get fired your second day."

"That's beginning to sound like a plan," she said icily. Then something flashed into her head. Why let Axel do all the trash talking? She would fight fire with fire. But first, to sit down...

She turned and sat in her chair. Or rather she meant to. Axel had put his foor around the leg of her chair (on wheels) and pulled it out as she went to sit. The next thing she knew she was sitting on the ground.

"If you can't handle sitting in a chair, what makes you think you can handle an executive job?" he asked. She snatched her chair away and turned on her computer.

"Oh I'm sorry, but unlike you I'm not perfect. Well, you and the rest of the world seem to think you're so great. I'm the only one who knows the truth- did you even realise that you have one cream sock on and one white one?"

He looked down at his ankles, bared by his suit pants, and saw the mismatched socks. Darn, she was right.

"Based on how you're dressed, I'd think you got dressed in the dark," he retorted.

"Ooh, very clever, Axel. How long did it take you to think of that one?"

He turned red when Xemnas, their boss, came in.

"We're having a meeting with the head executives of the company. Your attendace is needed."

They nodded and larxene walked over to the door, which Axel held open for her.

"Is he being...nice?"

But as she passed by, he stuck out his foot and tripped her. Screw him.

Larxene stifled a yawn for the fifth time in twenty minutes. Why was this so boring? She hoped that further meetings would be more interesting, or else she would more than gladly quit this job.

She didn't actually understand why her presence was required at this particular meeting, as it appeared to be a discussion about the company's budget and financial matters (as far as she could tell from the pieces she had actually bothered to listen to) and she had absolutely nothing to do with that.

Axel actually appeared to be listening and he even contributed to the discussion every so often. Whether he was just playing "bend over and tell me where" or whether he was genuinely interested, Larxene didn't know. Or, indeed, care.

She looked at her nails and wished that she'd brought a nail file or some polish. Everyone was paying such little attention to her that she doubted they would notice if she started doing her nails. How much longer could this possibly go on? It wasn't like this was even an interesting topic, so surely they would all be released soon.

'Don't fall asleep, don't fall asleep…' She thought to herself, if only to keep her awake.

"What do you think, Miss Larxene?" a senior member of the board, Luxord, asked. President Xemnas, Vice President Saix, Xigbar, and Xaldin, indeed everyone, turned to look at her. She gulped- what should she say? She hadn't listened to any of the conversation.

Someone had once told her that of you didn't hear what someone said, instead of looking stupid by asking them to repeat it, you just smiled, nodded and said "yes."

Axel was looking at her sternly and shaking his head ever so slightly, glaring icy daggers at her, obviously he wanted her to say "no." That only strengthened her faith in the "smile, nod and say 'yes'" piece of advice, so she did just that. Smiled, nodded and said, confidently, "Yes!"

"Then it's settled!" Xemnas said delightedly.

"You and Axel shall attend the Tokyo Business Convention in a month as representatives of the company!" Larxene paled at his words.

"What does that entail?" she asked warily.

"Oh, nothing much. Just a flight to Tokyo and a few days in a hotel together. I hear you two already work in the same office, so that should be fine!" Saix replied.

Larxene resisted the urge to bang her head off the table. That was the last time she ever took advice from anyone.

Nightshroud: Haha Larxene just dug her own grave. Can she handle the pressure of the job, and being with Axel? You'll just have to keep reading to find out!