Moving toward her, he placed a hand on her hip. “How are you doing today?” he asked.
“What? I’m not going to pretend that we’re not a couple.”
“I’m just like all of those other women,” she said.
He rested his chin on her shoulder and shook his head. “No, you’re not. First, those women were so fucking dumb and dull that they were gone after their purpose was filled. Second, you’re still working here. And third, I’m in love with you. Actually, that should have been my first point.”
She chuckled, and turned toward him. “You keep saying that.”
“I believe it. You, Nora, are the love of my life.” He rubbed her stomach. “How is the baby?”
“We’re doing okay. I go to see the doctor next week. He will confirm and then we’ll arrange everything.” She took a deep breath. “Do you want to come?”
“I’d love to.” Even if she hadn’t invited him, he was going to invite himself. Nothing was keeping him away from Nora and his kid. He was just happy that she had invited him along. That way he doesn’t get to piss her off when he showed up.
“I’ve got to get back to work.”
“Please have dinner with me tonight?” he asked.
“You’ve got to give me a chance here. You, me, and our soon to be kid, enjoying a delicious Italian meal. It will be amazing.”
She rolled her eyes, but the smile on her face was worth everything. “Fine. Dinner tonight.”
“You will not regret it.”
Rex kissed her neck and made it to his office. Sitting behind his desk, he opened up the drawer and pulled out the blue velvet box. He had so many plans for the future, and not one of them included work. They included a family, loving Nora, and bringing their beautiful kids into the world. He had wasted enough time. He wasn’t going to waste anymore.
Over the next couple of weeks, Nora saw the Rex she had come to love. Every time he took her out on a date, which was every single night, he was charming, loving, and attentive. She got to know every single thing about him, his home life, where he grew up. The foster homes he had to deal with. That was a shock. She had placed him as the kind of guy who had the whole world at his fingertips. He wasn’t. Everything he had achieved, he had earned himself.
It was harder for her to hold him back. Frank told her that Rex had to earn back her trust. Nora was finding it harder to figure out why. Yes, he had spoken to her like crap, and yes, he had hurt her by the way he behaved, but they all had irrational moments. She certainly did.
Out of everything he had done, the thing that had scared her more was her pregnancy. She had been so stupid to think he was using condoms. The moment he had touched her all logical thought fled her. She had wanted his hands, his lips, and his cock.
“Nora, focus, I’m trying to talk to you,” Carl said, drawing her out of her own thoughts.
“Sorry, what did you say?”
“Maybe you should go home, or better yet, go back to Rex. You worked fine then, but I guess you were getting his dick so maybe that’s how you work. Got to give you something to get something!”
Nora was shocked by his words. They were crude, vulgar, and horrible. Rex had been right about Carl. He was only humble when he was on a losing streak.
Snapping the book closed, she threw it at Carl. Her anger was so strong. This asshole had only won that stupid case because she had given him the damn means to, and Rex was right. Carl hadn’t give her the credit at all. “You know what, Carl? You’re right. I should be with Rex, and you know why? He deserves me. You, on the other hand, deserve to lose. You deserve to fail because you don’t know how to be a decent man.”
She turned on her heel and stopped when she saw Rex there. He started clapping his hands.
Her cheeks heated in delight at his approval.
“You talk to her like that again, Carl, and I’ll have your career. Just try it.”
Nora left Carl’s office, and followed Rex into his, not that she had a choice. He led her by the hand into his office.
“You okay?” he asked, closing the door behind her.