Tahey bit back a sigh at her boss's extremely familiar reaction. She should've known last night was more an anomaly than the new normal. Oh well. A girl could always hope.
Sasha had a hard time fighting back his smile at the way Dmitry had started glaring at Tahoma the moment she walked in. He supposed it was understandable, the way his brother's demeanor could have fooled Tahey into thinking she often annoyed her boss.
Sasha, however, wasn't as innocent as his brother's secretary. Admittedly, it had also taken him a while to see through Dmitry's act. Having known Dmitry's very valid reasons for despising Tahey, he, too, had originally been convinced that Dmitry felt nothing but contempt for the girl.
He flashed the girl his most flirtatious smile. "Good morning, Ms. Baskerville. You're looking exceptionally lovely today." The words had its intended effect, with Tahoma blushing and stammering her thanks while the focus of Dmitry's glare had switched to Sasha.
Sasha raised a brow at his brother. What's wrong?
Dmitry's teeth gnashed. The fuck did Sasha think he was doing, saying such things to Tahey? Didn't he know that Tahey was—-
A muscle began ticking in his jaw as Dmitry realized what he had almost allowed himself to think. He was supposed to find ways to kill his desire for Tahey, dammit, not feed it.
Tahey was just about to greet her boss a good morning when he suddenly stalked past her. A moment later, she heard the door to the office slam shut, and she couldn't help glancing at Sasha rather glumly. "Did I do something again?"
Tahey, who hadn't really been serious with her question, felt her jaw drop at Sasha's answer. "I did?" She racked her brains for something she could've done that would've angered Dmitry. "Is it...my clothes?" Maybe she had accidentally dressed herself in a style that reminded Dmitry of his ex?
"In a way."
Drat. That meant she was right, didn't it?
Sasha, seeing the girl was about to start worrying herself to death, was torn between amusement and amazement. Dmitry had been an asshole to this girl from the very start, and yet somehow...
Lucky bastard, Sasha thought. If it had been any other guy, he'd probably have long tried stealing the girl away, just to teach the other man a lesson. But since Dmitry wasn't any other guy, and Sasha happened to be on his brother's side...
Sasha's voice turned deceptively sober as he addressed the girl. "If you want my advice..."
"I do," Tahey said without hesitation.
"I think it's best to give my brother some space for now. Obviously, he's not the type to ask for that out loud, which is why I'm asking it on his behalf. He's got certain things on his mind that he would have an easier time resolving if..."
A light bulb seemed to click inside Tahey's head as Sasha gave her a rather apologetic glance. "I should keep my distance...is that what you're saying?"
"It won't work if he knows you're keeping your distance," Sasha lied. "You need to be more subtle about it, maybe focus more on working with me or the other guys."
Tahey tried her hardest to understand how this was so. Mm. She had unwittingly reminded Dmitry of his ex with her choice of clothes, and this - according to Sasha - had made Dmitry realize he needed to make a decision on things. Things that required Tahey to keep her distance...
Tahey felt herself pale.
What if Dmitry was so tired of having her frequently remind him of his ex that he had started wondering whether it was worth keeping Tahey around? After all, she also happened to be in love with him, and as far as her boss was concerned, her feelings were probably nothing but an added complication.
If she stuck to him like glue in the mood he was in, he might be more liable to fire her. But if he knew that she was deliberately keeping her distance, then Dmitry could think she was being too calculating, and that would still get her fired.
So in the end, Sasha was right. She had to be really subtle about keeping her distance, and just like Sasha suggested as well, she should focus on her job and remind Dmitry - from a safe distance - what a tremendous asset she was to Strakh Inc.
Maybe after that, he would finally stop seeing his ex in her and realize Tahey was her own woman.
He could finally start being that with her.WITH THE JET HAVING already landed and immigration clearing them to disembark, Dmitry reluctantly left the safe harbor of his office to rejoin Sasha and Tahey. Truth was, the sight of her had knocked him sidewise, and the billionaire had found her so fucking lovely and hot he had ended up fighting off the urge to lock her in a room with him and have his way with her body.