Chapter 3: Positioning Is Everything

Nightshroud: I'm glad people like the story! And I don't own Buttons by the Pussycat Dolls, by the way.
"Wow, talk about a brilliant stroke, Ant," said Axel, fuming all the way back to the office.

"Look, I'm sorry, okay? I just said the first thing that came to mind!"

"Was that 'Say something stupid'?"

"Shut up already! I said I'm sorry, and if you can't accept that fact that I made a mistake, then I might as well quit right now!"

Axel shrugged and went back to his desk.

"If you want to quit, fine. I wanted a cute secretary anyway. I was beginning to think that you'd prove me wrong about this job, but if you're going to quit now then I guess I was right."

"Is he trying to get me to stay?"

"I'm not going to quit, and I AM going to prove you wrong. Just wait."

"I look forward to it," he said with a grin.

"A business trip alone with him? What have you gotten yourself into?" Marluxia asked sympathetically. Larxene shook her head and took a sip of her tea.

"I don't know. Apparently that advice you gave me didn't help out much."

"I didn't mean for you to use it quite like that."

She folded her arms and gave a defiant look. "Well, I'm going to go. I said I'm not going to cave in, so I'll have to pull through with this."

"And I'll be worrying for you the whole time," he said with a laugh.

"You won't be the only one," she said, laughing as well. She finished her tea and stood up.

"Well, I have to get up early for work. Just say a little prayer for me."

"Will do!"

Larxene waltzed in to her office, bopping along and singing to the song issuing from her headphones. Her eyes were closed- not a good idea as she was carrying a full-to-the-brim styrofoam cup of scalding-hot coffee. She was so early she obviously thought she was the first one in. Axel coughed to try and catch her attention, but she couldn't hear.

But, man, that girl could sing! He coughed more loudly, but she was still singing and dancing with her eyes closed, oblivious to the man about twenty feet from her. The lyrics were making him slightly uncomfortable now…. Especially now that the video for that particular song was coming to him….what was it again? Buttons...

Axel had officially given up on catching her attention, instead resigned to letting her finish. Surely the song couldn't be much longer? And could she stop asking him to loosen up her buttons!

Axel breathed a sigh of relief as Larxene gave the end of the song everything she had before smiling and opening her eyes, only to blush when she saw him. In fact, it looked as though she might die of embarrassment.

"Please tell me that you haven't been here this whole time," she said, wincing.

"I saw everything. You're quite the singer/dancer, Larxene," he said with a smirk. Larxene glared at him.

"But I wouldn't go around singing songs with lyrics like that quite so loudly. People might think you're…."

"What? Easy? A slut?" Larxene asked in a tone of voice that said she was not pleased. Axel laughed.

"Both! What a good description of you!"

"Why you…."

Axel walked forward to him and craned her neck to look into his eyes. Then she punched him.

"Yes, like that hurt, Larxene," he said with a teasing smile. Larxene narrowed her eyes and tripped him, her leg moving fast and hitting his ankles. He fell to the ground, and, Larxene taking his moment of surprise as her opportunity, sat on him, pinning his shoulders to the ground as best she could with her hands.

"How...did you…"

"Self-defence classes. Men seem to think that small women are easy targets. And I SO hurt you when I punched you," she answered. Axel didn't answer, not wanting to admit she was right, instead staring up at her and wondering just what she was about.

Sometimes she was just a naïve young woman. Sometimes she was violent, as in this case. Sometimes she fascinated him. Sometimes he wanted to get as far away from her as was possible. Sometimes he wanted to know her a little better. But no matter what, she was always, always confusing.

"Now you listen to me, you idiotic, chauvinistic pig! I am a decent person who is just trying to do her job! You don't know me, and let me tell you, I am the OPPOSITE of an easy slut!" she ranted, occasionally increasing the pressure on his shoulders to emphasise her point.

Just as Larxene was expressing her views to a Axel who was hovering between amused and slightly frightened, there was a knock on the door and Xemnas entered, emitting a slightly embarrassed cough when he saw the position that his two employees were in.

"Sorry if I'm interrupting anything, but I just came to see how you were doing…. I'll leave now, and let you get back to… Whatever…. It is that you're doing…." He said before turning and walking away, closing the door softly behind him.

Axel burst out laughing, but Larxene rapidly turned red, looking suitably embarrassed and hitting his shoulder lightly, promptly stopping his laughter.

"What?" he asked, looking puzzled.

"It's not funny! He probably thinks we're just goofing around all the time instead of working!"

"Well, perhaps," he said, that mischievous glint in his eye again, "but insert another word in there instead of 'goofing around' and you'll be closer to the truth."

Larxene got up off him, emerald eyes rolling in disgust.

"You know, Axel, you are a real pervert."

Axel got to his feet and smiled as Larxene got straight back to her work, not looking up even once as she started into typing up numerous documents that had landed on her desk earlier.

After working for a few hours, Mr. Xemnas came in to see if their report had been filled out.

"No, sir, I'll have it on your desk first thing tomorrow."

"You'd better. I hope this doesn't have to do with what I saw earlier," he said sternly. Axel snickered, causing Larxene to kick him in the shin.

"No, sir. And I can assure you it won't happen again," she said, glaring at Axel. He gave her a look of fake innocence, which made her clench her teeth and storm over to the elevator.

"What a day..."

Nightshroud: Office humor haha. Hope you enjoyed that chapter. More humor to come. As to the romance, we'll get to that too. :)