All characters belong to E L James, I'm just playing around.
Sitting at my desk, totally absorbed in the manuscript I have in my hand, I jump in my seat as my appointment alert sounds on my blackberry. Glancing at the screen, a wide smile slowly spread across my face at the reminder.
"Oh, lunch with Kate, just what I could do with. I so need some girl time" I think to myself.
Putting away the manuscript and straightening up my desk, I place my hands on my armrests and heave myself out of my chair. With a tired huff, I stand tall, grab my bag, deposit my phone into it and gladly leave my office. Finding Hannah at her desk, I waddle over and smile as I place a pile of letters on her desk that have to make todays mail.
"Hannah, I'm going to lunch now. I might be back I'm not sure, but you can handle everything, any problems call me"
"Sure thing Ana" she replies, amusement clear in her voice.
She's looking at me with her eyebrows raised and a grin on her face. I look at her frowning. Why is she laughing at me? My subconscious asks. I raise an eyebrow back at her as her eyes begin to travel down my body. I notice her eyes sparkle humorously, when they finally come to rest on my feet.
"Are you sure that you really want to out like that?" she asks me with a giggle.
My eyes follow her gaze. Looking down, I'm shocked to see that I'm still wearing my over sized, bright pink, fluffy slippers.
"Oops" I mumble, feeling slightly embarrassed.
Feeling the blush flood my cheeks, I shuffle awkwardly. "I completely forgot that I still had these on, they're just so comfy... But you're right, these are fine on my feet hidden under my desk, but I'm not sure any restaurant will let me in wearing these" I answer, ignoring her laughter and turning back towards my office to find my shoes.
"I think you're right" Hannah replies. "Stay here, I'll get them" she offers, as she walks past me, heading into my office.
Sitting on a nearby chair, I reluctantly pull off my slippers. Then begrudgingly, push my feet into the heels that Hannah has just retrieved from under my desk.
"God, these are so uncomfortable" I sigh, trying hard to ease the discomfort in my toes by wiggling them. "Even in a half size bigger these shoes still pinch me. No one told me my feet and ankles would swell this much" I grumble miserably.
Hannah looks at me with sympathy. "It will all be over soon, and so worth it once he's here" Hannah smiles reassuringly, while placing her hand on my ever growing bump.
"Oh, he's frisky today" Hannah squeals excitedly, as my baby wriggles around at the contact of her hand on my belly.
"Yes, he certainly loves to kick about in there" I reply with a contented smile.
Placing my hand over her's, I move it around slightly so she could feel the baby move more clearly. We smile widely at each other as he kicks her palm. I love feeling him move like this, well, most of the time.
"The past few nights I have hardly slept, he's been kicking my ribs so much I can't rest at all. I sneak off to the guest room sometimes because I don't want to disturb Christian with all my shifting about, but yes, as you say not long now. According to Dr Green's dates and the scans I've had, I've got less than three weeks to go... I can't wait, carrying this lump around is hard work" I confess. Hannah nods knowingly.
"At least your blood pressure has settled now, I know that was a worry for a while" Hannah states with concern.
"Yes it was, still is if I am truly honest... I have to keep calm no matter what, which is almost impossible being married to Christian" I tease. "But he's been great through all of this, he's more excited than I am" I confide and Hannah smiles. She's seen the doting Christian in action, almost on a daily basis and knows how trilled he is. But he can still be a little overbearing.
"I'm surprised he's still letting you come into the office, I know how over protective he can be with you, I...'
"Oh don't remind me" I interrupt her. "He would've had me at home stuck in bed for the past three months if I would've let him, but he knows not to fight me on this, I would have gone stir crazy at home, thankfully he understands that. I need to keep busy and anyway, I'm going to be at home for the next few months, so its a fair compromise my coming into the office on a part time basis. I feel better when I am busy... Now, can you please help this beached whale out of this chair, I don't want to keep Kate waiting" I ask with a chuckle, holding out my arms for assistance.
"Of course" Hannah replies, taking my arms and pulling, feigning true effort with a giggle.
"Thanks Han, your a star. Now, have I got everything?" I start looking my self over taking an inventory.
"Yes, you're good to go" Hannah states.
She walks me to the elevator, still supporting my elbow as she presses the call button.
"I'll ring if there's any problems, but I can't see anything arising, so enjoy your lunch. Oh, what about Ryan? Is he accompanying you? Shall I call him? He's in the security office, I think" Hannah gushes.
"No, leave him, he knows I'm meeting Kate, and it's only a block away. Kate didn't want me waddling to far, so we're meeting nearby, I shouldn't be too long. I know Kate's really busy at the moment so I'm not sure how much time she has today, her boss is going out of town for a few days so she has more to do than usual. So I will see you in a bit, if I don't nip home for a nap that is' I joke as the elevator arrives.
I enter, quickly saying goodbye to Hannah. The doors close and I begin to descend to the lobby. I lean back onto the wall and welcome the rest bite of my full weight on my feet.
Oh, it will be so good to see Kate. She's so busy lately we hardly have time to catch up in person, I know I'll see her next weekend at Grace's charity gala, but it's not the same, you can't beat a good girly catch up.
The elevator reaches the lobby and I step out, as I do my phone rings, digging it out of my bag, I see that it's Kate.
"Hi Kate, what's up? You're not canceling on me are you?" I ask with concern.
"As if I would Steele, but I am running late, hence the last minute phone call. I should only be about half an hour or so, Bill is in a flap, he was supposed to leave today but his house sitter has let him down at the last minute, so I'm trying to find a replacement" Kate gushes quickly, sounding somewhat stressed.
"Bill?" I interrupt with confusion.
"My boss, I told you... Look, I will fill you in when I see you, I have called ahead to the restaurant and they will hold our table for as long as needed, perks of being a Grey" she says with a laugh, I return her laughter.
"Yes, the name does carry some weight and allows a bit of slack. Okay, see you in a bit, I need to pop into Escala anyway, I was going to do it after lunch but now will do" I clear the lobby and leave the building, heading for the underground garage.
"What you going to Escala for?" Kate asks, and I can hear the curiosity in her voice.
"I need to get a few things from the safe" I explain. "Grace and Carrick, gave me a beautiful ruby necklace last Christmas, and I want to wear it at the gala. Christian thinks it will please them, plus it will go great with my tent of a dress, anything to distract people from my bulge... Look I'm holding you up with all this chatter, get off the phone and sort your shit out and I will see you soon" I state forcefully as I reach my car.
"Will do Steele, laters" and with that she's gone.
I climb into my Saab and adjust the seat further back. My bump really is getting in the way lately, I can't remember the last time I saw my feet. I smile to myself, three weeks to go and then he will be here. God, I'm so excited, but more nervous I think... I'm going to be a mom.
It's such a daunting and exciting thought, but I know that with Christian beside me we can do anything. Christian, he's going to be so good at this, even though he doesn't realize it yet. He's going to be everything, our protector, our provider, our best friend, and the best father our son could ever have. He's beside himself with excitement, apprehension, and fear, but above all that, love. And that's before our baby is even here.
The love that oozes from him for his son, is mind blowing. Everything he does, from surprising me with a fully decorated and kitted out nursery, (after quizzing me about favorite colors and my ideal baby room), to attending all Dr's appointments and birthing classes. Just him taking time to rub my back and feet at the end of the day, it is all done with such love and devotion it takes my breath away sometimes, and is solid proof that there is a good man in my fifty and he overtakes every other fifty.
He's finally believing in himself and everyone around him, that he has changed so much. Don't get me wrong, he can still be so moody that it has my head spinning, but he's relaxed a lot lately, hence why I am still working, when I feel up to it that is, and how I can go to lunch without half a squadron of suits around me.
Oh, I love that man of mine. I thank God every day for Kate being ill the day of his interview, how different my life could have been if I'd never of met him. I sigh, contented, because I wouldn't change a minute of it.
All the shit and interference we have been through in our short time together, has only brought us closer together, made me love him more, and I know he feels the same way. He isn't the same man he was a year ago. Many people, not only his family, have noticed the change in Christian and I know that all of them love the new man he has become.
My eyes well up with tears, I'm so emotional right now it's pathetic. I catch sight of myself in the door window and notice the soppy lovesick look on my face. God, these raging hormones don't help "Pull yourself together Grey" I say out loud into the car.
I sit up straight, as best I can and quickly turning the key in the ignition, I pull the car out of the car park and head for Escala.