Hero comes from a wealthy family, and from the outside, it seems like everything was handed to him on a silver platter, but in reality, he does work hard to get to where he is in business. His family made their money on Wall Street, he went the other way in life, so he's had to use his business savvy to climb the ladder.
Heroine comes from a poor background (Welfare) and although she keeps that a secret, she comes off more of a snob than he does. It's her way of protecting her privacy. She's in a male dominated industry, so she has to work a lot harder (or so she thinks) to get ahead in the business.
Because the rich kids made fun of her when she was young, living in a trailer, she has a distaste for people who were priviledged and for men in particular, because her father bailed on her mother and they had to fend for themselves.
The business: Children Software Toy company that develops educational toys and the CEO of the company is very family oriented and expects his staff to have impeccible reputations as they are an international high profile company.
Both Chase and Charlotte are vying for the VP position in the company.
Presently, they are both Directors, equal in position.
Sounds great. Can't wait for the month to start.
I'm looking forward to this month's series and reading all your wonderful chapters.
Going to kick off this month's story "A SEDUCTIVE CHASE" with the first few chapters of the story.
“I’m tired of being perpetually hammered over the head with this discriminatory perception by the male executives.” Charlotte Owens pointed to Chase, her rival-nemesis-major-pain-in-her-ass, who sat next to her in the HR office at Family First Headquarters.
Chase cast his default cocky smile, pissing her off enough to knot her silk panties in a proverbial knot.
David Summers, the HR consultant remained poker faced, as he flipped through a file with the words Confidential stamped on the front.
“How do you propose Charlie is going to—” Chase said.
“My staff and friends call me Charlotte, but you can call me Ms Owens.”
Chase chuckled, knotting her panties even more. “How do you propose Ms Charlotte Owens is going to manage a whole department of senior male directors when she can’t manage her own sales teams?”
“Says you, Neanderthal.”
“I heard that,” Chase said.
“Good.” She leaned foward, tapping her index finger on David’s desk. “How dare he imply that I don’t manage my—”
Chase folded his arms and leaned back in his chair. “Do we really need another one of her feminist propaganda speeches?”
Shutting the file folder, David rolled his eyes. “Chase, apologize. You know you don’t believe that.” He turned to Charlotte . “I did warn you to expect a negative reaction.” David held his hand up before either could say another word. “You’re both highly intelligent, pro-active, creative people and respected professionals. You’re also two of the youngest and fastest rising executives in this company.” David sighed. “If you ever decided to work on the same team you’d be¾”
“I manage alone,” Chase said.
“Probably more than you’d like women to believe.”
“How is the company going to settle this?” Chase uncrossed his arms and sat straighter. “I was told months ago that I was the prime candidate for next VP slot.”
“Ms Owens has stepped forward, indicating she’s also interested, and she has the VP of Operation’s backing.”
Charlotte resisted the urge to smirk.
“You’re both qualified,” David continued. “You both passed all the management exams. Upper management has come up with a plan to award the position.”
“I’m listening.” Chase said.
Charlotte dug out her Blackberry, ready to take notes. “So am I.” David cleared his throat. “Well, there is one major stipulation that you’re both probably going to have difficulty with.”
"And that is?" Chase prompted, suddenly worried since the CEO of Family First was very family oriented. Expecting everyone around him to be in marital bliss with a couple of nagging rugrats circling their feet.
"Mr Carruthers wants his VP to be married."
Chase swallowed back the groan he was sure would slip out. What had he expected?
"Well looks like I'll win hands down since the playboy over there," She glanced across the table at Chase, her smile full of mischief, "changes women like he changes underwear."
"Who says I wear underwear?" Chase countered, fighting back a laugh when Charlotte blushed like a schoolgirl with limited experience at flirting with a bunch of boys.
"Well that would change everything wouldn't it." Charlotte said, her tone rattled. However, two could play at his game. "Maybe I should have said like how most people change underwear."
"Ouch." Chase said, his large hand over his heart. "Are you saying I'm not most people?"
Charlotte rolled her eyes. "Can't you be serious for once?"
"Yeah, when I've won the VP position."
Well done, Bec. I LOLed at this line - "Who says I wear underwear?" (Nice comeback!)
David acted a little embarrassed by the direction of the current conversation. Clearing his throat, “Be that as it may, the new VP will need to be married.”
Chase and Charlotte glared at one another. Chase spoke first, “Wanna make a bet?”
</O:p"What kind of bet?”
“A bet to see who can get married first?”
“Are you joking? That’s stupid.”
“Yeah, only because you know you’ll lose. The closest you’ve been to a man in the last five years was that hug Ronald McDonald gave you at the charity benefit last year.”
</O:p“Oh, real mature.”
“Well it’s true.”
David interrupted and tried to diffuse the situation before it got any more out of control, “Please can you two behave like grown ups here. This is a serious situation and you two are arguing like an old married couple!” David reared his head back and let out a loud guffaw, “Now there’s an idea, you two could marry each other!”
Originally Posted by adesray
Good! Nice cliffhanger. :)
Picking up from where Adasray wrote her last line:
"Now there’s an idea, you two could marry each other!”
Charlotte leapt to her feet. "Over my dead body." After she said those words, a lump formed in her throat and she turned away from the two men.
What made her say that? She'd been having panic attacks and nightmares ever since she received the threatening anonymous emails.
"Are you okay?" David asked.
"Christ, Charlie you're as white as a ghost," Chase said. "You're not going to puke are you?"
Damn, I hope he didn't see my hands shaking.
"I'm fine." She rolled up her sleeves and crossed her arms, hoping it gave the men an illusion of calm. "The thought of marrying him would make any sane woman feel nauseous."
"Hey, that's not true." Chase protested, a little stung by her cutting remark.
Originally Posted by SelenaRobins
"According to who, your mother?" Charlotte responded, her tone more than a tad annoyed. He was not God's gift to women.
"Nah, not just her." Chase admitted with a smirk. "But all the women who have had the pleasure of my company."
"Keep telling yourself that Mr. I-have-tickets-on-myself."
"What can I say?" Chase asked her, shrugging. "Women love me."
"Actually, no they don't. They like what you represent. A chance to climb the corporate ladder. That's why half the notches on your belt are women from this company."
Suddenly, Chase frowned and Charlotte pumped her fist at her side in victory. Gee, the truth was out and it hurt. However, she wasn't quite finished, and decided to deflate his ego a bit more by making a final dig.
"And that's why I've never once found myself in your company, because I like to make my own success."
Silence fell, and Chase glared at her. The glare said it all. How could she be so mean? Especially when they were so civil to each other outside the office.
"Okay, that's enough." David bellowed, totally irked by their childish behaviour. Would they ever learn to get along? "Besides, I have something else to say."
Chase and Charlotte swung their heads in David's direction, a mix of excitement and trepidation marring their faces.
"And that is?" They asked simultaneously.
"May the best man," He looked first at Chase, then to Charlotte, "or woman win."
Charlotte was the first to leave the room, shouldering past a gawking Chase. She could tell he thought there was no way she could win the VP slot. Well she would show him. She would beat him the old fashioned way, with hard work! This was one elevation on the corporate ladder he couldn't accomplish based on his charm and good looks.
When she reached her office, she went straight to her computer. Bringing up her email she gasped aloud. So far all the threathening emails had come to her home, nothing to her work, until now. She clicked on the email and read over it slowly.
She was in her second reading when there was a knock on her office door.
"Hey, what was that all about?"
"Chase, just go away. Some of us have serious problems."
"None of your business is what."
"Charlotte, back there in the room with David, I well, maybe I was a little to harsh."
"Well you weren't much better. What was all that about me not wearing underwear and me only gaining my success in the company through women? You know there is more to me than that."
"Chase, I'm not going to tell you again. Go away."
He held his hands up in mock surrender and left down the hallway.
Charlotte turned her eyes back to her computer. Fear etched her face as she read the email...