Trust in Me(8)

By: Samantha Chase

“Ann tells me that you’re married. How does your husband feel about you taking on a position that will have you traveling for the next several weeks?”

Maggie was not a very good liar but said a silent prayer that she’d sound believable. “My husband travels a great deal for his job and so we both have no issues with this trip.” That sounded plausible, didn’t it? She looked over at William and saw his slight nod of approval.

Jason looked over Maggie’s resume and personnel file. “This is not in any way, shape or form a pleasure trip. We’ll be working long hours and meeting with a lot of people. It is imperative that you be able to keep up the pace and keep notes on all of our dealings and get whatever information is needed back here to Rose for her to begin processing. Is that going to be a problem?”

“I can assure you,” Maggie began, “that I am highly organized and I don’t have any issues with the long hours. It will be a refreshing change of pace after doing the eight to five schedule.”

“We’ll have no regulated schedule,” Jason countered. “Some days we may be up at dawn for an early morning meeting, other days we may not be meeting with anyone until the late afternoon. When we’re not in scheduled meetings, we’ll be working together on organizing the data we’ve collected, planning ahead for our next clients or traveling. Maybe all at one time. Will that be a problem?”

Maggie shook her head. “As I said, I believe I am more than up for the challenge.”

“It won’t leave you a lot of personal time. You’ll be more than compensated for all of the overtime and I will try to make sure that you’re not overwhelmed but I won’t have time for someone who feels the need to make constant calls to home or has a jealous or needy spouse who needs to call you several times a day.”

“That won’t be a problem,” Maggie said firmly.

“Be sure that it’s not, Mrs. Barrett,” Jason said with equal firmness.

William chose that moment to interrupt. “I think that the two of you have more than enough to get started on. I do have some calls to make so Jason, why don’t you take Maggie to your office and get started on letting her go over all of the client files?”

Jason nodded and stood. Maggie did the same. “Maggie, if you have any questions, please feel free to come and see me, okay?” William said gently and Jason had to wonder at the exchange. His father was notoriously kind to all of his employees but he sensed that there was something different about Maggie. He was about to comment on it when Maggie turned and headed for the door.

“Jason?” his father said quietly.

Jason saw that Maggie had exited the office and he turned and looked at his father.

“Maggie is exactly what you’re looking for. If you push, she’s going to push back. You won’t have to worry about her like you did with the others. She’s going to do a good job for you on this trip.”

At the moment, Jason wasn’t so sure. While he could appreciate Maggie’s credentials, he had a feeling that their personalities were going to clash and that was almost as inappropriate as some of his former assistant’s behavior. “I hope so, Dad. There’s a lot riding on this trip.”

“That’s pressure that you’ve put on yourself, Jace. You wanted to try for this expansion and while I think it’s a great idea, I don’t want it to consume you to the point of you pushing yourself so hard that you forget to live a little.”

“What the hell does that mean?” Jason snapped.

“It means that you have a great work ethic and a desire to see the company succeed. Just don’t forget that Montgomery’s isn’t your whole life.”

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