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Jeffrey Reinhardt is the head of Public Relations for his father's liquor company, he enjoyed his role which gave him more spare time without the overwhelming responsibilities of being the CEO like his younger brother, Mark. While in college, he acted as a mentor to a gorgeous blonde student named Bethany Harris, and he has harbored feelings for her ever since. However, due to the inappropriate nature of pursuing a romantic relationship at the time, he never made a move. Despite encountering Bethany occasionally throughout the years, his longing for her remains strong, yet he has refrained from acting on his emotions as she pursued her master's and doctorate degrees. Jeffrey's parents, Reinhardt Sr. and his mother, conspired in secret to play matchmakers for Jeffrey, just as they successfully did for Mark and Susan, who happens to be Bethany's sidekick. When Jeffery spots Bethany in a popular restaurant on a date with another man named Harry, he experiences a surge of jealousy and seizes the opportunity to take action. To the delight of his father, who happens to be dining with him at the same restaurant, Jeffrey intervenes and suggests that he and Bethany are romantically involved, codedly signaling that she should play along. Bethany agrees, as she tries to distance herself from Harry. This leads to a fake date for Bethany and Jeffrey which results in a compromise for both of them.

Chapter 1


"I'll be here tomorrow morning to review the press release. Please inform Shelley to place it on my office desk once she receives it from the mail man," I informed Fred, my assistant.

"Of course, Jeff. Just a reminder, the annual entrepreneurship conference will start tomorrow and followed by an interview with Leo Gavin's of RGS TV," Fred reminded me.

"Oh, I almost forgot. Thank you," I acknowledged.

Walking past Fred's office and down the hallway, I reached Susan's office. I lightly knocked on the door before making my entrance. Susan sat at the edge of the work desk, her long blonde hair neatly tied in a bun, and her lips hanged out colored in red lip gloss.

"Are you here for one final farewell?" she inquired ruffling through some documents.

"How did you know it was me?" I questioned, stepping fully into her office.

"You're the only one who knocks and enters right away," she replied, lifting her head with a radiant smile in her bright blue eyes.

"Well, as your boss, or former boss now, I didn't feel the need to wait for permission. The knock was merely an act of courtesy."

"You've always been quite considerate. It's one of the things I'll miss about having you as my boss."

"How can you miss a boss when you're going to become the boss yourself?" I asked with a bit of sarcasm in my tone of voice

She grinned as I mentioned her departure to establish her own firm. Susan had been a dedicated employee at Reinhardt Brews and Distillery, my family's company, but she recently re-signed from her position—a decision I supported, despite the pain of losing one of my top employees.

"Indeed," she replied, exhaling deeply.

"Are you having any second thoughts?"

"Yeah. I'm just not certain if I'd made the right decision," she chuckled.

"If you're interested in reclaiming your former position, simply express your desire and I will be more than willing to help out." I tried to convince her.

"I'm just surprised that you've become interested in my welfare all of a sudden" Susan inquired, crossing her arms beneath her chest.

"Really? Well, I would still extend my support if you ever decided to return and work with us again."

"Thank you, but no. I have made my decision and I intend to stick with it. Did you come to bid a final farewell or attempt to persuade me to stay?" She arched her eyebrows giving me that look.

"Neither. I just wanted to experience the feeling of entering this office one last time and seeing you here. Tomorrow, you won't be. I couldn't be more delighted and proud of what you have chosen to do. There is no farewell, especially since you have moved in with my brother and essentially becoming part of the family."

"Well on the long runs, I am content staying there at least for the time being." She said trying to position her glasses well

"Fair enough." I nodded

Ever since my brother Mark and Susan moved in together, my other siblings and I have trolled about both of them getting married. However, both them were more comfortable with just living together, at least for now. Knowing my brother well, I doubt he will wait long before proposing.

"Will you be alright here on your own?" She asked smiling

"If I said no, would you stay?" I jokingly asked.

"No, but it's kind of you to ask."

"I will miss this. Our conversations, sharing ideas, and you keeping me grounded whenever necessary."

"Oh, if you need any of that, just give me a call," Susan she winking at me

As a knock echoed through the door, my attempt at a witty remark was interrupted, and I eagerly anticipated the incoming visitor.

Susan called out, "Come in," while shooting me a glare.

But when I saw who walked through that door, words escaped my mouth, leaving me breathless. Although I knew Susan and Bethany Harris were friends, and it wasn't unexpected for her to visit Susan, it always felt like a punch to the face whenever I encountered Bethany.

It had been close to 7months since our paths last crossed, yet she retained her status as the most stunning, alluring, and mesmerizing woman I had ever known. Her brown side locks had grown slightly, and she appeared to have shed some weight, igniting my concern about her well-being.

We first met some four years ago when I became her mentor during her freshman year—a requirement for my masters degree. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I was captivated. There was something special about her, an air of confidence settled as she entered any room, gracefully displaying her buxom frame as an asset rather than a obstacle that demanded the attention of all who warched her every move.

Her vibrant spirit drew me in, even though she saw me merely as a mentor.

"Oh, Jeff. I apologize. I didn't realize you would be here," Bethany remarked as she stepped into the office.

"You don't need to apologise. I was simply bidding farewell to . Are you here to assist her with the packing?" I asked

"Actually. I just dropped by to say hello. Is that alright?" She queried looking optimistic

"Of course. You're always welcome here, although Susan is already out there to seek greener pastures."

As her cheeks tinged with a subtle blush, I found myself perplexed by the cause of her apparent embarrassment.

"Is everything going well at school?" I inquired, breaking the uncomfortable silence that had settled between us.

"Yes," she replied hastily.

A warm settled on her face, illuminating her eyes. Witnessing that radiant expression and staring at her, my heartbeat increased it's pace. I cherished her passion for education, among the countless other qualities that I held in high regard.

"Beth is about to complete her PhD program and is eagerly awaiting the results," Susan interjected.

I turned my attention to Susan after I'd momentarily forgot her presence. Her intended look upon me seemed curious, I suspected it was she caught me staring at Bethany.

Susan had a sour expression on her face which I interpreted as a sign for me to take my leave.
I complied was about leaving before turning my attention to Bethany. It was almost a mistake because the moment I looked at her, my thoughts scattered like autumn leaves in the wind.

"It was nice to see you," Bethany acknowledged.

"Yeah, likewise," I stumbled over my words.

Her statement helped jolt my brain back into reality, and with a brief nod, I exited the office. As I closed the door behind me, I leaned my back against it, rested my head on the wooden frame, and exhaled. Seeing Bethany Harris had been the highlight of my day, but it also brought a little bit of anguish.

Her presence was a stark reminder of her beauty, intelligence, and incredible nature. She possessed a life, a purpose, and a career, all of which I knew I could never be a part of. If there was ever a chance between us, I had long since lost it. Bethany was a woman who could have any man she desired, and she would never consider being involved with someone as ordinary as me, no matter how much I dreamed about it.

The truth remained that I had been in love with Bethany Harris since the first day I laid eyes on her, and from then until now, I understood that she would never be mine.

Chapter 2


"What was that about?" Susan inquired as soon as Jeff exited her office.

"I'm not sure what you're referring to," I replied, feigning ignorance.

"Don't try to act innocent with me. There was definitely a connection between you and Jeff. I sensed it."

"You must be imagining things." I walked over to her desk and began packing the remaining items into a box, attempting to keep myself occupied and divert my thoughts from Jeffery. However, my flushed cheeks betrayed my embarrassment.

"Is there something going on between the two of you?" Susan probed further.

I lifted my head, attempting to appear shocked by her comment.

"What? I barely know Jeffrey."

"Yet, your interaction seemed quite friendly while he was here. Care to share the story behind that?" Susan pressed.



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