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Josh thought long and hard
about Lesley’s portrait and he said, “I will never do another picture with that
technique; at least not until we have children.”
Lesley said she didn’t know what all the fuss
was about. She said the only reason it
was special to her was where they stood in their relationship at the time.
She remembered the fact Josh
had become so personal so quickly and she had yielded to his charms. She said
the emotions of those moments are still as real as they were then.
Those feelings were hard to understand yet she
wasn’t able to resist them.
They were against all of her
mother’s training and yet it seemed right. Josh made everything seem rational
and he didn’t try to take advantage of feelings generated by the moment.
Her only interest in the
portrait was the feelings seeing it brought back.
Over the last few weeks
Lesley had gained more responsibilities and had an office with glass walls that
were open to the rest of the department.
The problem of guys flirting
with her was not on issue any longer for none of the guys wanted to tangle with
Several guys would spar with
him just for the exercise, but they he was just toying with them.
The exception would be if
someone new was hired and they couldn’t keep their distance from Lesley.
She would tell them if you
want to keep working here you will not come into my office unless you’re
invited (which will never happen) or have urgent business.
One newly hired guy who
fancied himself a Romeo walked in on her without permission, and made his move.He refused to leave saying things like: “You
know you want me baby.”
She called security and had him
escorted out of her office and told him my husband isn’t going to take this
She called Josh and told him
what happened and he said I’ll see that it doesn’t happen again.
He went up to the man’s
cubicle and said, “I think you and I have an appointment in the gym.”
The guy looked mystified and
said, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
Josh said, “Sure you do, it’s
either the gym or the door. Which is it going to be?”
“Well I’m against this for if
I hurt you then I will be fired and if I don’t let you beat me then I’m fired.
In either case I lose.”
Josh said, “That won’t be the
case but just to ease your mind you will still be on salary while you are
The guy said, “What kind of
company is this?”
Josh said, “The kind that
doesn’t allow their women to be harassed and treated like tramps by a jerk like
The guy started to put his
stuff in his brief case and said, “I won’t work for a firm like this,” and
headed out the door.
Josh buzzed for security and
had them accompany the man out.
Josh went down to Lesley’s
office and said, “How about some lunch?”
She said, “Fine.” On the way to the cafeteria she asked, “What
about the guy?”
Lesley seemed surprised, “He didn’t want to
go to the gym?”
“I guess not; let’s see what
they have for lunch that sounds good.”
The next morning Morley called
Josh into his office and asked what happened yesterday?
Josh said, “Nothing, what do
you mean what happened?”
Morley said, “Now come on you
know what I’m talking about.”
“Oh you’re talking about the
new guy resigning.”
Morley said, “Yes and a lot
Josh answered, “As best I can
figure he was confused as to what his job was. He thought it included hitting
on the women in the office and I had to straighten him out on a few things.
Looks like he didn’t like the way things are run around here.”
Morley said, “Now Josh you
know I hired the guy personally and he came with impeccable references.”
Josh said, “Are you sure you
want to get into this now? It might be better to let things lie.”
Morley said, “If you have
something to say, out with it.”
“Well just remember you asked
for it. You say he came with excellent references. May I ask who gave him those
great references? May I ask, was it your
“Well yes, her, and others.”
“And those others. Might they
be members of the club Julie belongs to?” “Yes but…”
“And he hung around the women
at the club making risqué remarks that they loved to hear, and then he
proceeded to hit on the ladies making them feel sexy and wanted didn’t he?”
Morley said, “I don’t know
but I will shortly.”
Morley didn’t ask his wife
but instead he went to the club and talked to the waiters who served the club
meetings and observed everything.
When he returned to the
office he was fuming and said, “Josh you were right and a whole lot more.”
The waiters gave him (for a
price) the names of the ladies the guy took to a room and luckily his wife
wasn’t among them.
Josh said, “Is there anything
else you want to know about yesterday?”
“Morley said, “No, I will
take it from here. Did you already know
this about the guy?”
Josh said, “Yes.”
“Well, why didn’t you tell
“For the simple reason this
was something between you and Julie for she was the one who got you to hire the
guy and I didn’t want to get in the middle of your personal business. When it
became my business I took care of it. He should have had some further education
but I let him off easy.”
Morley said, “I’m not
finished with him and I know some husbands who aren’t going to be finished with
him either. First I have some things to clear up with Julie and then I’ll
settle the rest of this business.”