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She let out a loud groan and ruffled her brown messy hair with frustration. "Where are you?" she muttered as she quickly searched through the messy desk. Papers were scattered chaotically across the surface. Miscellaneous candy wrappers and staplers were randomly placed in the drawers. Nothing was in any sensible order.
"Did you find it yet Sakura?" a voice came from the other room.
Sakura yelled back out the door. "No! And this is the last time I'm helping you look for something Eriol! You have the messiest desk!"
Eriol peeked in the room and lifted his eyebrow. "It's not like your desk is in perfect shape."
"No, but at least I can find what I need, when I need it."
"Touché. Do you know where my tie is?"
"You have an extra on the coat rack."
"Oh. Why is it there?"
She shrugged. "This is your office. How am I supposed to know?"
Sakura looked up from her search and sighed. "Really Eriol?"
Eriol shook his head back and forth. "Not my fault. Coffee just hates me." He stared down at the stained carpet and his damaged suit. "Too bad that I love it."
Sakura gave him an exasperated look. "I sometimes wonder why I still work for you."
Eriol gave her a cheeky grin. "You don't happen to have an extra suit do you?"
Silence filled the room. "I really should quit," Sakura suddenly said. Nonetheless she walked out of the room and over to her desk to grab her keys. "I'll be back."
Eriol gave her a brilliant smile. "I love you," he said in a singsong voice.
"Kiss my butt."
Eriol's laughter filled the room. Sakura smiled as she walked to her car to grab the extra suit. She didn't notice a pair of dark brown eyes following her.
The man's stormy grey eyes shimmered behind his spectacles. "Nope."
"She's a good worker."
"No can do."
"I've agreed because of your recommendation. I hope that you aren't using my current predicament against me to swindle me of my money."
The man smiled. "She'll be furious to hear that I sold her for so little. Besides, I hold her dearly. It'll take much more to buy her."
The woman's eyes narrowed. "One thousand."
Eriol sat up in his seat. "I'm honestly not as interested in the money that you are willing to pay as much as your willingness to sign that contract with me…" he trailed off.
"Consider it done."
Eriol smirked and held out his hand. "It's a deal. It's pleasure doing business with you, Yelan."
Yelan shook his hand. "Likewise, Eriol."
She finished the last sentence on the document she was typing before she picked up the phone. "Yes Eriol?" she answered.
"Come into my office for a second. We have a few things to discuss."
She placed the phone back into the receiver and knocked on his door before entering and greeted her boss and the woman he was sitting across from.
"This is Mrs. Li, head of the Li Company. And this is Sakura Kinomoto, my secretary."
Sakura smiled and shook her hand. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Mrs. Li."
"Likewise, Ms. Kinomoto."
Eriol gestured to one of the chairs. "Have a seat. We have a few things to discuss."
Sakura sat down. "Should I grab a notebook to take notes with?"
"That's not necessary." He paused. "I believe that it would be best for Mrs. Li to explain this."
The elegant woman placed her attention on Sakura and spoke. "I'm in search of a very capable secretary and after consulting Eriol, he has recommended you. I'd like to offer you the chance to work at the Li Company."
"Well, I'm flattered but confused at the sudden turn of events."
Yelan elaborated. "I'm in a dilemma and as much as I hate to say it, I am a bit," she paused for a second before continuing, "desperate. I have already hired many secretaries, both experienced and new and they have all fell short of my expectations. I've consulted with Eriol and he has assured me that you are perfect for the job. I've also observed you a couple times while you were working and find myself satisfied. Of course, I understand that you might be reluctant to transfer. I am willing to make it worth your time."
She glanced at Eriol. What was going on? She spoke hesitatingly. "I doubt that I'm the best secretary. I might fall short of your expectations too."
"I trust in Eriol's judgment of character."
"You said that you were desperate earlier. May I ask what you meant by that?" Sakura noted that the elegant woman's shoulders sagged slightly and that a pained expression appeared in her eyes for a split moment.
"My son," she paused for a moment, "He… has gone through a predicament which has changed him drastically. He acts as a spoiled child now and despite holding office, he does not contribute much to the company. I need you to teach him about his current responsibilities."
Sakura was taken aback. "I don't mean to be rude but I feel that a psychiatrist or a business professor might be more of what you're looking for."
"I've already tried both."
"I'm sorry but I'll have to reject your offer. I've been working for Eriol for years and it would be cruel of me to sudden transfer to another company."
Eriol cleared his throat. "Actually, Yelan has agreed to support a contract of mine that I've been pushing for a while if I agree to 'transfer' you. I'll miss you of course but I think she needs you more than I do now."
Sakura gaped at him. Did he just sell her off for an agreement on a contract?
"Of course, I'm willing to double your currently salary and offer you more incentives. What can I do to convince you Ms. Kinomoto?"
Eriol spoke. "Actually Sakura, why don't you step out for a moment? I need to discuss something with Mrs. Li."
Sakura nodded her head and walked out of the office, her head spinning with the sudden events. What was Eriol thinking?
Once the door shut, Eriol faced Yelan. "I believe that it would be more beneficial for us to discuss her salary and benefits. She's not the type to blatantly ask for something and if she's going to be dealing with Syaoran, I want to make sure that she gets the most of this deal."
Yelan nodded. "Of course."
Sakura walked back into Eriol's office and sat back down. Yelan pushed a piece of paper in front of her eyes.
"Here's the contract that Eriol and I have made for you. Please read it thoroughly first."
Sakura's eyes were wide as she read it through. "Isn't this salary a bit high for a secretary?"
"If you manage to accomplish your tasks, I think its well worth it."
Eriol handed her a pen and gave her a soft smile. "I've done my best to get you the most. I know you've been having financial issues recently and this should help."
"But what about you?"
He winked. "I may not find another cute and hardworking secretary like you but I'll manage."
Sakura's fingers slowly wrapped around the pen. What was she hesitating for? It may be a change of jobs, but it would definitely help her family out, especially with the increased salary. Her father needed it. Filled with sudden determination, she signed her name.
Yelan smiled. "Welcome to the Li Company, Ms. Kinomoto."
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