...if only he could count on Yvonne to help...
...and it didn't feel like either of them were winning, he thought sadly.
Yvonne smiled politely. "Of course! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better! In fact, I was wanting to tell you about a few ideas I've had..." Yvonne leaned forward and opened her mouth to launch into her presentation.
But, Candace held her hand up. "One moment," she said. "We're still waiting on one more person." Looking up, she grinned widely, "Ah, there you are!" she said, waving her hand for the stranger to take a seat.
"Felix." she said with a slight incline of her head. "So nice to see you again."
If Felix felt awkward at all being in her presence, he didn't show it. He merely nodded in her direction and murmured his greeting before turning his attention to Candace.
"I am looking forward to it," Felix said cheerfully, leaning back in his chair. "Yvonne and I have always worked so well together."
Candace met Yvonne's gaze. "I trust this arrangement is amenable to you?" she asked.
Yvonne swallowed and nodded. "Of course, Candace! I can't wait to see what we bounce off each other!" I'd like to bounce a 10-lb bowling ball off his head! she added silently.
"Good!" And then Candace was gone.
"Hey! It's not my idea of a great time, either!" Felix said heatedly as he stood up with her.
Yvonne glared at her old friend and boss.
"You pushed for my promotions?" she asked.
Felix shrugged. "Well, yeah. I just didn't think they'd eventually pass me over..."
Yvonne chewed her lip as she thought about the hurtful things he'd said to her that afternoon. He'd basically insinuated that she'd used sexual favors to get where she was.
Even worse than that - she worried there might be a grain of truth. She hadn't slept with him, of course...
But, she'd flirted with him and he'd been quite blatant about his attraction for her.
And now she found out that he'd been pushing for her promotions all along. Promotions that she'd always thought she'd earned solely on her own merit and hard-work.