August 21, 2012
Camerons - Round 24
"Guess what gorgeous?" Roberto said, walking up to Claire & goosing her.
"Mr. Cameron!" she gasped, unable to make him believe she was upset. "The customers!"
Claire gasped. "You mean it? You think I could handle it?!"
"Sure, sure!" Roberto said, already looking around the room to see who was around.
"That means the world to me, Roberto," Claire said softly, placing her hand on his arm.
Roberto glanced back at Claire. She certainly was pretty when she was all dolled up & not wearing her glasses. "Well, you can show me how thankful you are alittle later, gorgeous. I gotta go now. Let me know if you have any questions."
A very attractive woman was making eyes at him across the room.
Surprised she knew his name, he grinned. "You can call me Roberto. And what may I have the pleasure of calling you?"
"I am Yolanda Rodriguez, perhaps you recognize me from the daytime soap opera After Night."
Roberto knew better than to roll his eyes when he was attempting to charm a lovely lady. "I thought you seemed familiar. What can I do for you?"
"Ah, but it is what I can do for you!" Yolanda playfully teased.
Roberto smiled. "It's going well."
"Did Claire take the new position?"
"Oh yeah. She was very pleased."
Vamsi scoffed. "I'm sure she was. She basically had no skills to speak of when we brought her aboard. You didn't promise her pay raise, did you?"
"Oh now, I believe she feels she's fairly compensated." Roberto said, managing to keep a straight face.
"Oh! I did hire a new greeter. She's going to bring good business to the club. She's a little expensive, but I think we'll see the profits soon."
Vamsi turned around and let out an exasperated growl. "Why would you hire someone without talking to me? We're partners in this, remember?"
Roberto waved her concerns away. "But, I'm the deed holder. I'm running the business, day in & day out."
Vamsi glared and poked his chest. "The only reason it's in your name alone is because of I wasn't aware that it wouldn't be in both our names. Need I remind you that I was the one that had to give up rights to my son for that business!"
Roberto put his hands on Vamsi's shoulders. "Are we going to pretend that you weren't happy to get rid of that whining brat? Besides, now you have a son & a daughter with me!"
Vamsi turned back to the mirror & dismissed him. He could be so arrogant! Why ever did she fall for him?!
Oh, she was well aware that he was catting around with other women at the club. He came home drenched in perfume and always came in to take a shower before coming to see her.
But, really, as long as the business was thriving, she didn't care.
"Yeah, yeah. That's great. Scoot out of the way!"
Vamsi watched as her husband shooed their daughter way without acknowledging her and felt a deep hurt in her chest. How could he be so thoughtless & cruel?!