Inside of an exclusive bar, I couldn't help but grumble.
Lydia Kingsley
He cancelled on me again.
Lydia Kingsley
Yet another client who's run away...
Picking up my glass, my eyes looking right at the amber liquid, I couldn't help but sigh.
It's been a year since I've established my small company and clients seem to run away at every turn.
I found myself walking out to the balcony, looking forlorn.
Stirring the liquid in my glass around, I closed my eyes and tried my best not to fall into despair.
Lydia Kingsley
*sigh*
Alex Westwood
That was a pretty long sigh.
I turned my head towards the man smoking next to me.
Cigarette between his fingers, he looked out into the beautiful cityscape, just like me.
Lydia Kingsley
I've had a bad day. I believe that everyone is allowed a sigh when that happens.
Alex Westwood
Is that so?
This man...
I turned my head and our eyes met for a second.
Dressed in a high-quality suit, the man's black hair shined in the darkness while his other handsome features embellished him as a whole.
I blushed, realising that I was staring, and looked away immediately after.
Taking a sip of my whiskey, I sat the glass onto the ledge while looking into the buildings below.
Alex Westwood
I've had a terrible day as well.
I turned my head towards him yet again, something about him making me want to press on.
Lydia Kingsley
Why don't we share stories?
Lydia Kingsley
Whoever's day was the worst buys another round of drinks.
He looked at me with a natural cold expression which suddenly turned into a half smile.
Alex Westwood
Alright.
Alex Westwood
You go first, then.
I smiled.
Lydia Kingsley
Well, for one, my stepfather tried to get me to marry a major playboy in order to progress his business this morning.
Lydia Kingsley
When I refused, he kicked me out of the house. Now, I'm here, trying to meet a client only for him to cancel on me yet again.
Lydia Kingsley
I think that my stepfather might be preventing my business from growing by pressuring my clients to quit.
Lydia Kingsley
Also, I'm afraid that my business will go under soon, so I'll be left unemployed and without a home to go back to.
I turned my head towards him, and he seemed a little shocked.
Lydia Kingsley
What about you? Can your day beat mine?
He chuckled.
Alex Westwood
Well, my grandmother is desperate for me to marry. Anyone would do. Come to think of it, if I married a dog, she'd be happy.
I chuckled.
Lydia Kingsley
Grandmother's are always pressuring but you know that they have your health and wellbeing at heart.
Lydia Kingsley
It's just the way that they display it that might be the problem.
Alex Westwood
But she was this close to arranging a marriage for me this morning.
Alex Westwood
However, I am a man who knows when to accept defeat.
Alex Westwood
You are indeed the winner.
Lydia Kingsley
Great, because I used the last of my money on this drink.
He chuckled.
Alex Westwood
What would have happened if you had lost?
I smirked.
Lydia Kingsley
Most people's whole lives aren't as bad as this single day. I knew that I had you beat the moment I proposed the bet.
Alex Westwood
Well... shall we head to the bar?
Alex Westwood
It appears that I owe you a drink.
-End of Chapter 1-
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