Annalise sat in her office finishing up a conference call when she heard the knock at the door. ‘'Enter,” Annalise said.
Victoria Anderson walked in; a colleague whom Annalise enjoyed chatting with regularly because she didn't see Victoria as a threat.
‘’Well, well, well! How was your evening with Mark?’’ Victoria asked.
Annalise gave a pensive look and thought to herself, “Victoria is so desperate!” Annalise knew Victoria was harmless and would never dare share a drop of her business to anyone for fear of upsetting Annalise, whom she very much admired.
“Dinner at Red Jaspers was lovely,” Annalise finally replied.
“Whoa, are you serious?! Mark took you to Red Jaspers Restaurant last night! He must know someone; I heard the waitlist is several months long.”
Annalise gave a slight grin, ‘’Oh Victoria, you are so sweet. You do know Mark owns Orthoclase Gemstone Dental, right?”
‘’Yes, I know, but-”
Annalise interrupted, “Then you should know there is no place that Mark could not take me.” ‘’Oh,” Victoria chuckled softly, feeling quite foolish. Annalise smiled brightly.
“Never mind that, look at these earrings Mark gave me!” Annalise showed her phone to Victoria.
Victoria gasped, “Oh, those are beautiful, Annalise!”
Annalise had a casual look on her face. “Yes, they are darling earrings, aren't they? I plan on wearing them next weekend when Thomas Kujima and I dine out. Today I am taking the afternoon off to go yachting with him. Would you be a dear and see if my driver has arrived with my outfit?’’ Annalise said kindly.
“Oh, yes, I will be right back,” Victoria said. Annalise sat for a moment until Victoria was out of sight, and then she rolled her eyes and pulled back her long raven locks. ‘’Simpleton,” thought Annalise. “Simpleton.”
Annalise unlocked her top drawer and removed her small jewelry box safe. She always kept a few of her valuable jewelry pieces in her office for her frequent ‘’afternoons off '’ with other admirers.
“I think this one will be perfect for my outfit.” She retrieved her Australian onyx bracelet with glittering hematite and 56 Siberian grey quartz gemstones.
Another gift from a former admirer, one that Annalise knew her mother would never approve of. ‘’Of course, Dan Jin would not be good enough for my perfect mother!’’ Annalise said to herself in a mocking voice. Dan did not make partner last year. Annalise’s face reddened in frustration. She knew her mother would have never made that same mistake in her youth, nor would any of Annalise’s frenemies. Annalise looked down at her beautiful bracelet and smiled. ‘’Well, he may not have made partner, but I must say Dan certainly knows how to select a beautiful bracelet.”
Annalise placed the bracelet on her dainty wrist and rose from her chair gracefully.
‘’Where is that simple girl!” She thought to herself. “She better not be trying on my outfit!’' Just then, the door opened, Victoria burst into the room! “Anna! I love this dress.
I bet you purchased this at Carnelian’s Department Store. I was invited to a wedding next month, and I plan to buy a dress from there.”
Annalise stood poised with a friendly expression on her face,
‘’Simpleton,” thought Annalise. “Simpleton!’’
“Oh, that sounds just lovely,” said Annalise.“I am sure you will look beautiful no matter what dress you wear; you have excellent taste in clothing.”
Victoria blushed and dropped her head slightly.
“Thank you, Anna.”
“You’re very welcome, Victoria. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to get dressed. I am meeting Thomas at Hematite Harbor at noon. I will see you tomorrow, Victoria.”
“Okay Anna, I cannot wait to hear what happened! I would love to go yachting, especially with this beautiful weather. See you tomorrow.”
Annalise’s smile dropped as soon as she closed her office door.
‘’I hate when she calls me ‘Anna!'’ That simple girl actually thinks we are so close.’’ Annalise flipped her hair over her shoulder and dressed.
Once outside, she felt the warm sun against her creamy complexion; and felt refreshed.
As her driver headed for the on ramp of Rhodonite Gemstone Highway toward Hematite Harbor Annalise thought to herself. ‘’I hope Thomas had the good sense to remember that I never eat steak this early in the day! ‘’Keep calm, Annalise! Keep calm,” she said quietly to herself' ‘’Well, Thomas is Mr. Kujima’s son. I know he must want to become a judge like his father.’’
Annalise focused her mind and thought to herself, ‘’Even if I have to endure another steak-filled afternoon and risk the harsh winds of yachting, I know this afternoon will end with an invitation to Monroe's Charity Banquet. I just know that will be the perfect opportunity for Thomas to introduce me to Andy Chang. What will my dear perfect mother say when she hears this?’’
The car stopped at the dock; Annalise saw Thomas walking over to open her door; Annalise quickly got out of the car and smiled softly. ‘’Come on!, let's get this steak-filled afternoon over with so I can get back to my project.” she thought to herself.
Annalise was working on a large project that could put her in the lead for promotion and beat out her rivals at work. That is the ambitious ways of Annalise Noelle. Strategize and work with only a drop of play.
I warned you Annalise was fierce, never come between a woman and her ambitions. To acquire Annalise’s Australian onyx gemstone bracelet, view her Enchantress Collection at Omni Allure’s online boutique. May your ambitions lead you to success and happiness!