...in the library
I can't help pacing. Patience has never been my virtue and feel anger rising as I glance at the grandfather clock behind the desk.
My butler is late to service again and it's filling me with rage. Saul watches me, smirking and smiling, quite happy to watch my dissatisfaction with George Jr. Oh, Saul, Jealousy is an ugly emotion, sir and won't get you back into my bed.
Ana enters with a stack of paperwork and I rush to her side. I see stock charts and picture printouts from the security cameras. She never stops working it seems.
"Where have you been all morning?" I ask. She scowls at me and sits at my desk, looking at the charts without answering my question.
Saul laughs and pours more coffee for me, playing butler. The sight of his broad shoulders threatening to burst the Tuxedo I made him wear chases away my frown and I join him in laughter.
"Someone has to do the work around here," Ana says. I hear a touch of anger in her voice and I wonder if it's for me or perhaps Saul.
"Ana...," I say, sighing. "I promise George Jr will start helping soon or we'll find someone else. I know you're overworked."
"Better just find the replacement. George's only interest is in being obsessed with you, not in serving Holden Farms," Saul says, placing my breakfast in front of me. I just shrug, for I can't disagree with the statement.
Ana pushes the papers to one side and crosses her legs, looking from Saul to me and taking several deep breaths before speaking. "While you've been playing house with your new toy, I've been trying to find Ryan. What can you tell me about him? I must be missing something in his file."
I sigh and remain quiet. It's the very thing I've been thinking about late at night. Where are you, Ryan? You have danced out of reach for these last two years, but never made contact. I chew my toast in silence while Ana waits for a reply. I simply don't know what I'm missing.
George Jr enters through the servant door and Saul lets out a chuckle. Drama and obsession today at Holden Farms. It's going to be a long day. Pushing aside my plate, I stand and walk towards the exit, George Jr leading in front of me.
It's time for Tea, my lovely readers and friends. Will you join me?