THE OFFICE, A LOVE STORY
(One of the stories to be found in my book "STORIES FROM THE HEART")
It was another day at the office. He sat at his
desk wading through the reams of computer printout, his fingers every now
and then making a tip tap sound across the computer keyboard. His work
was not exciting but it was a job. He earned enough to enjoy life, to have
his own flat and to be able to live his life as he wanted to. Yes it was a
job, but it was dull, dull, dull.
He completed yet another bug fix, and once again
ran the program he had been working on. If it worked this time he thought
hed have a break. Perhaps he'd go and treat himself to a cup of tea or even
nip out to the sandwich bar down the street and buy one of those huge cream
cakes. He hit the run button and watched the program run through the various
steps. There were a few warnings, but these could be cleared later, but
it went through with a final Completed Successful message at the end.
Right he thought, a cup of tea it is. Shutting
the folder of printout, he locked his screen and headed towards the floor
below where the new coffee machine had just been installed. It was further
away than the one on his own floor, but the tea out of it was at least
He was fishing in his pocket for some change
not noticing where he was going we he bumped into a form bending down to
retrieve a cup of some liquid from the machine. He gasped an apology as
the face of the startled woman bending over the machine gave him a look
of pure anger as her drink splashed all over her. Again he mumbled an apology,
noticing though that she was a person he had not seen before. He thought
he knew all the good-looking women in the company, after all he was single
and the Christmas parties at the office were famous for relationships.
Or so he had been told, as so far the parties he had been to were pretty
He picked up his tea and made his way back to
his desk noticing as he did so, that it was time for lunch. He came back into
the office and gathered by the lack of people that most of
the department had gone to the pub for a liquid lunch. He sipped his tea and
seated himself at the computer. Still he thought, it would give him some
time to sign online and chat, as chatting on the internet was something he liked
to do at lunchtimes rather than join the others down the pub.
He logged on and entered his normal chat room,
signing on as Britblue the screen name he used when chatting. Several of the
regulars were there, both male and female, and he spent some time having
merry banter with them all. A new name appeared, Lost Angel, it was her
first time in the chat room and he like the others made her welcome. While
he chatted to her, something made the hairs at the back of his neck stand
on end. He shivered, must be a draft. He went through the normal business
when meeting a new person, finding out her stats as it was called. She
was around his own age and sounded pretty good. He enjoyed her humour,
and typed away merrily until the noise coming from the lift told him the
others were coming back from the pub.
The next few days he seemed to spend more and
more time chatting to Lost Angel, and found his chat changing to cyber hugs to
kisses. To his joy he found the unlike many of the others she was actually
in England, though he did not know where. She seemed reluctant
to tell him.
The weeks turned to months, and Christmas loomed on the horizon also the company Christmas party. He should go, he told Lost
Angel one lunchtime, just to show his face, but he was not sure how long
he would stay. Lost Angel agreed, her own work party was the same night,
and she thought the same about just making an appearance.
He had been trying to make arrangements to meet
his Angel for some time, but she seemed unsure about meting a person in
real life that she had met chatting on the net. Their times together had
become physical, albeit in a cyber way, and both knew what pleased the
other and what how the other could please them.
The night of the party, he made an aperance, there were plenty of laughter and jokes.
There was even somebody providing music, which as the evening went on people actually began to dance
to. He had intended to leave mid-evening, but as the drink went down and
the music got louder, he actually found himself enjoying the evening.
His evening seemed to get even better we he spotted
the girl he had bumped into those months ago at the tea machine, and noticed
for the first time how good she looked. Charged with liquid courage and
the spirit of Christmas, he made his way over to her and started talking
to her. He found her utterly charming and soon was getting along as if
they had known each other for a long time. Her name was Michelle and she
worked in the accounts office on the floor below. They chatted and laughed together,
and as the evening went on they danced, held each other,
and as the last record faded into the night he kissed her, and found his
heart suddenly beating like a Sledgehammer.
He took her home, kissing her once more as he
said goodnight. Their hands did not want to part, but she told him no when he
asked about a coffee, she laughed. Last time we had coffee, you made me
spill mine. Laughing she kissed him one last time and before he could answer
skipped away. With a final See you. disappeared into the doorway.
He made his way home, not sure of his emotions.
He was feeling something he had never felt before and did not know what
to do. He needed to talk to somebody. He needed to speak to Lost Angel.
The next morning being a Saturday he was up
and checking his email hoping to see his Angel in the chatroom. He was
pleased to see the light flashing on his PC telling him there was fresh
mail , and when he checked found it to be from Lost Angel.
As soon as she logged on he could tell she was bubbling over with
excitement. Like him, she had met a person at her work's party. She spent
paragraphs going on about how tender and kind he was, how he had made her
laugh and the feeling she got when he had kissed her. He was a little jealous,
but understood. After all he had met somebody to. He replied,telling her his own
story about the person he had met, and how his heart had not stopped since
the meeting her. Lost Angel sked him to meet her in the chatroom that night.
Throughout the day his mind wandered to Michelle.
She seemed like he had known her forever they had seemed so natural together.
Come the evening Lost Angel was already in the chatroom, and before he could start
telling her his news, she was telling him all about the wonderful person
he to had met.
As the evening went on, something seemed to
be sounding bells in the back of his brain, suddenly she stopped typing
and left him wondering where she had gone.
Suddenly it hit him, the description of the
party, the things they had told each other about the person they had found,
why hadnt they spotted it before?
She sent him a private mail message, Is it?
are you ?, was it?
She didnt know what to say, and neither did he. Again
the message came to his screen.
"Call me please." Then a phone number, something Lost Angel had never given him before.
He disconnected from the net, and dialed the number.
A soft quiet voice answered the phone.
Hello said the soft voice and his heart flipped
in his chest
Michelle? he asked
You. she said, It really was you.
He did not know if she was happy, sad or what.
Her voice went quiet and he thought he heard a faint sob.
Michelle, you're Lost Angel. You really are?
A faint laugh came from the phone None other
They both laughed and started to talk at the
same time. The telephone call lasted four hours, and neither could remember
what was said.
They agreed to meet the next evening at a local
pub where they laughed and joked about the Christmas party and how they had
been telling each other about the person they had met, without knowing
they had been talking about each other. The evening went on, gaps of silence appeared in their conversation.
Suddenly Michelle stood
up. This is ridiculous, she said and grabbing him by the hand dragged
him, uncomplaining out the door. They moved along the road, not saying
a word, and this time she did not stop outside her flat but opened the
door and pushed him in.
Look she said when they had entered her small
home We know each other better than this. We have loved each other many
times. We know how things are. We know what each other likes, and we know
how we feel about each other.
He did not say a word, just nodded his head
Now, she said Come here and kiss me.
He went to kiss her and suddenly had an idea.
They had always typed things to each other before, and that apart from
the Christmas party, that is how they new each other best.
As he went to kiss her he started talking as
if he was typing.
Moving forward I kiss your soft and tender lips
he said, kissing Michelle.
She understood at once and joined in.
Feeling your lips on mine, remembering the
touch of them, and the love you show me she said, kissing him back.
Tenderly kissing you he continued
Feeling you in my arms, and wanting you she
Wanting, and needing you he slowly said, looking
She kissed him, and looked into his eyes,
Then take me darling. Take me as you have so often on the net. Love me
as you know I love to be loved.
They started that night to do with each other
as they had talked about so often. The loved, they gave each other what
they had dreamed of for so long, adding to it with every movement of their
bodies and every beat off their hearts.
After that they never stopped. People at the
office did not know why the both had huge grins on their faces.
There love knew no bounds. They sat next to each
other at her home, their PCs just touching, as were they. Themselves,
the kissing the touching, the feeling enacted the words that were typed, and
the typing stopped when their loving started as they reached highs they
never knew existed.
Nobody knew about their relationship. That is, until yet another collection
made it way round the office, and when people checked as to who this one
was for, the names of two people who were getting married were Britblue
and Lost Angel
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