Muse A meets Muse B by chance when they jump into the same cab together during the morning rush. They quickly decide to share the cab and engage in small talk on the way to their destinations, which happen to be on the same side of town. Conversation flows easily and there is a definite physical attraction between the two strangers. When the ride is over for Muse A, Muse B generously offers to pay the whole fare. In exchange and somewhat on a whim, Muse A offers Muse B their phone number and the pair make plans to meet up sometime soon.
Despite their age difference, Muse A and Muse B have a whirlwind courtship. They laugh over the things they don’t have in common and eagerly introduce each other to what’s popular for their generation: Atari vs Xbox Vinyls vs Ipods. They spend every possible moment they can spare with one another. After several weeks, Muse A and Muse B make their relationship official. Muse A invites Muse B to a special dinner at which Muse B will be introduced to Muse A’s parents. When Muse B arrives and Muse A’s mother/father turns around to greet them, they’re stunned to come face-to-face with their same-age business associate/boss.
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Love. Was Elijah beyond the idea of finding it? Of course no. He had a daughter, a daughter who he watched grow from a fascination in Disney princesses finding true love and eventually into a boy crazy girl fantasizing over band members. Not that he wanted her to date, he knew it was a rite of passage as a father for their child to eventually be given away. He didn’t want his daughter to suffer through the idea that there was no way she could ever have a happy and safe relationship despite how tumultuous his had been with her mother. Elijah longed for that connection, but was he in a rush? No.
“Well I’m glad you answered,” he said with a chuckle. He could hear the restrained excitement in her voice. She was trying to play coy and yet he couldn’t pretend that he wasn’t just as happy to find she had accepted his offer. “I was thinking a restaurant on 15th and Columbus. It’s a nice place, low key.” He knew that a man like him wasn’t exactly a celebrity, but he was well known. He had come a long way surely and with age came status. Being seen with a man like him would of course cause a few whisperings and with Alex being young he wanted to be cautious. Though there was certainly something about her he liked.
“I can have a car drop by your place to pick you up?” He suggested. He knew he had to pick up his daughter soon and with his schedule, he tried to spend as much time with her as possible. Though, he was sure she would be happy to know he would be out of the house finally and this time not for work. He tried to keep his affairs as secret as possible though, not yet having that discussion with his daughter about him dating and how she felt about it.
[b “Hey, Elijah.”] she said shortly. [b “Glad you called.”] Alexandria felt like a school girl again, hearing Elijah say her name sent shivers down her spine. She couldn’t let him realize that she had all been waiting by her phone though , she didn’t want him to think her easy.
She internally squealed when she heard him ask her out for dinner and drinks... THAT NIGHT. He wanted to see her so quickly! [b “Dinner and Drinks tonight sound perfect, actually.”] she told him. She wondered if he would want to pick her up or if she would be meeting him at wherever they were dining, of course there was only one way to find out. [b “Where are you thinking? Should I meet you there or?”] she asked into the phone.
She wondered what her brother would think if he found out she was going out to dinner with a man, an older man at that. Though it wasn’t necessarily a dinner date, right? It was just dinner with an acquaintance, unless it wasn’t.
Elijah had to admit to himself that he usually didn’t go about these kind of situations with women. He usually picked up girls in bars or would frequent certain social media sites. Sometimes his friends would even try to set him up with someone. The times he shared with the women were fun, but they just never actually worked out and usually it had to do with his schedule conflicting with theirs or them just wanting to move onto something serious too fast. Elijah of course dreamed of having that life, but with his daughter, he had to be careful with who he let in. Not everyone was read to become a parent so suddenly and certainly not to a teenager. Sometimes Elijah even felt unprepared.
Hearing her voice, he couldn’t help the smile that crossed his face. He leaned back in his chair then, turning to face the window which gave a beautiful view of the it.
“Hey, Alex it’s Elijah. Glad you picked up,” he joked. He wondered if she had actually expected for him to call. “Listen, I don’t want to keep you long of course, but I was hoping if you were free we could maybe have a little dinner tonight? Get some drinks?” Elijah wondered if maybe he had been too soon in requesting a date from her. There were all these ever changing rules on dating, and as he got older he felt like it was hard to stay in the loop. Besides, Alex seemed a bit younger than him. He hoped he wasn’t coming off too strong.
He knew he couldn’t linger at work all day. He had to pick up his daughter from her soccer practice and get her home. Not to mention, if he did go out with Alex, he’d have to find a last minute sitter which he knew Gabriella was probably not going to be happy about.
To celebrate her new career moves, Alexandria had treated herself to a shopping spree. She would need a new business wardrobe as she didn’t think her outdated college outfits would cut it, this was New York City. She thought her brother was going to have a heart attack when she walked into their townhome with all her bags.
After she got everything put away and organized in her closet, she found herself doing some research on Elijah. The man she had met in the cab this morning, but also the man that she couldn’t get out of her head. Their conversation had been so short, but she very much enjoyed it. She still hadn’t received a call, but she kept telling herself that it was simply because he was working. The Business field was quite demanding. She knew that as much, just from being twisted into it with her Father. She busied herself with organizing and setting up her home office after she had finished with her closet. She wished her would call, but she couldn’t sit around and wait all day for it.
When she and her Brother rented this townhouse, one of the things that draw her to it the most was that it was a two bedroom mainly, but it had an extra bonus room off the master bedroom. Seeing that she was in love with her, her brother quickly gave it to her. She had her own space to write it again.
As she was setting up her computer, she heard her phone vibrate and her heart jumped when she seen that it wasn’t a number previously saved into her phone. Was this him? [b “H-Hello?”] she said [b “This is Alexandria.”]
Elijah was a stranger when it came to parents being involved in their child’s life. Well, parents by blood at least. He had been raised in the foster system and was fortunate enough to meet a couple who did want to see him succeed and pushed him toward pursuing an education. It was tough and they were by no means rich, but Elijah had managed to succeed. He knew that he didn’t want that kind of life for his daughter, which was why he stepped up so young as a father. Everything he did was for her. In that sense, he could identify with Alexandria’s father, though he would never force his daughter to do anything she didn’t want to. Still, one had to make a living and if she were expected to support herself, any work would do. Besides, she could always transition. The great thing about the world of today was that there was no one way to live. Everyone had their own side hustle it seemed. He wondered if she still bothered to write or do journalism on the side, even if her father wasn’t happy about it so much.
“I’m positive,” he told her with a smile. The fare wouldn’t be too much of a difference and honestly, he was hoping it would impress her. It seemed to work as he handed him over. a card with her number scribbled on it. [I Call me sometime]. She said with a smile. Elijah offered one back.
“Definitely will, [I Alex].” Elijah didn’t really date, at least he didn’t plan on getting serious with anyone. Often it had to do with him being a father and just not having enough time between that and work to give to a woman. Though many foo the women he had dated were very high maintenance and that had never been Elijah. He liked to spoil people of course, but all in all he just wanted a girl who was down to earth.
That said, Alex was certainly on his mind as he headed to work. He would check the card every now and then. Was it too soon to set up a date? Their conversation had been cut short and he did want to get to know her, especially if she planned to work for McKinley. It was just before he was scheduled to clock out that he finally decided to call. He could have sent a text but felt that it was much too informal, and he was trying to impress her.
[i "He must be familiar with the area... Well he must be if McKinney's is the same way."] she thought to herself. [b "Every day. I don't dare drive unless I'm going out of the City."] she explained. She couldn't stop herself from raking her eyes over him again. He was very handsome, no one could deny that. Of course, his wife probably thought the same thing. Wait. No wedding ring. Her heart fluttered slightly when she realized what she needed to do.
[b "My Father."] she told him. [b "Business is in my blood and according to him no one in the Journalism business makes a decent living... And since he paid for most of my tuition, I feel as if I at least owe it to him to give the whole business knack a shot."]
She looked toward the cab driver and almost rolled her eyes as he interrupted their conversation, of course that was before she realized they were in front of McKinney Business Tower. [b "Oh! Here you go."] she said as she started rummaging through her purse. Her eyes met his when he offered to pay for her cab fare. [b "Oh.. Are you sure? That's very nice of you!"] she blushed softly before reaching into her purse and pulling out a business card, well it was her brothers business card. She scribbled her number on the back of it, as well as [i Alex]. [b "I really can't think you enough for sharing your cab with me... Call me sometime."] she said. With that, she all but leapt out of the cab with a giggle. She couldn't believe that she had just given her number to a complete stranger.
It wasn't really a surprise, but Alexandria had gotten the job. She told herself it was simply because she kicked ass in her interview and they realized what an asset her organization and planning could be, but she sensed her Father had something to do with it as well. It was Thursday, so she wasn't set to start until the following Monday which meant she had the long weekend to shop and prepare for everything. She couldn't help but look at her phone every little bit.
McKinney Enterprises? Elijah had recognized the name immediately as it was a business that was a competitor of the company he worked for. They were just a few blocks away, which meant the chance of possibly seeing her around a bit more. “oh, so that means more cab time?” he joked with a smile. She was a well-spoken girl with a nice smile and a friendly demeanor, he didn’t doubt that she would get the job. Though, in their line of work there was a lot of competition. Still, if she came from a family of well-off businesspeople, he suspected there was a chance she could get some pull in actually getting the position on her name alone. Though Elijah suspected by her confession that, that wasn’t something she would approve of. She didn’t even seem to be going into it for her own interests.
“A journalist really? Well, what’s stopping you? Journalist can make a lot of money too.” Though, Elijah of course knew that it took a lot of work to get to the top when it came to journalism and as a woman it was just as hard. Elijah looked down at her hand as she extended it. There was no wedding ring, which he was not as surprised by. She was young but it wasn’t uncommon during this day and age for young adults to marry early.
What was he thinking? Elijah had to catch himself from his thoughts. There was no way he could consider pursuing her. Someone her age would certainly cause a lot of talk when being with him. He took her hand in his and smiled. “Nice to meet you Alexandria. I’m Elijah McClendon.” The cab driver was slowly coming up to her stop then before parking in front of the building. He looked back and rattled off the price of her fare, not in a rush as the meter was still running.
“Hey, as a good luck for your interview, how about I cover the cost of your trip?” He suggested. He was running late, but that didn’t seem to matter when being with her. Honestly, he’d wished they had more time.
Alexandria looked at the man that she had interrupted in the cab and she just choked back a giggle. [b "I cannot apologize enough for interrupting your ride."] she said. She looked up at the cab driver who seemed to look back at the man, almost for permission to keep going.
She thought for a moment when the man told her that they could share. [b "If you're sure... Thank you. I really appreciate it."] After she had gotten more comfortable, she slid her purse to the middle of the backseat before she looked back up at him. [b "Interview, yes."] she said. [b "It's at McKinney Enterprises! I just graduated from Berkley. So I'm now trying to get my name out in the real world now."] she told him honestly. [b "My Father wants me to become a CEO like everyone else in my family, but I really just want to be a Journalist."] She opened it all up to him, which was weird. She normally didn't open up to complete strangers.
She smiled brightly when he offered his name. [b "OH! Names are totally a thing now. I forgot. I'm Alexandria Marie."] she said and she held out her hand to him. She couldn't help but stare at the man who was sitting beside her. She could tell that he was older than her, maybe quite a few years older, but he was definitely something to look at. [b "I really can't thank you enough for letting me ride with you... I'm sure I would be late if I had to call for another cab.."]
“You okay back there kiddo?” Elijah asked as he looked in the rearview mirror. Gabriella nodded, eyes focusing once more on the tablet in her hands. Sometimes Elijah couldn’t believe she had grown so much. She was six years old, time seemed to have flown by. When Violet told him she was pregnant, Elijah immediately got his act together. He was no longer the crazy frat boy, partying every night. He started taking his classes seriously and had managed to graduate top of his class; earning a degree in business and finance. It had been unusual for a man his age to have a child so soon, but it had been the driving force Elijah needed. After he turned twenty-two, he landed a job with a great company and already was climbing up the ranks. He was twenty-seven now and things were looking good. Gabriella wasn’t really a [I kiddo] though, now thirteen and moving into that rebellious teenage stage.
The first year of the pregnancy went well and Elijah had even proposed to Violet just a month after Gabby was born. Everything seemed to be right on track and though young, he had faith that the two could make forever happen for them. Elijah was working a lot though, hoping it gave Violet more time to focus on being a mother. What he didn’t know was that she was using that time to score drugs, barely managing to take care of their daughter as though even with high she could manage to do that. It pained him to think that way about the brunette with the large doe eyes, brown like the richest chocolate had turned frail and coked out. Being in business and making the money he was, made it easier for Violet to get her hands on the drugs. The day he had decided to pack up and leave, he’d found her on the floor and cold, her eyes pools of oil at that point. She was unrecognizable to him as the beautiful girl he had fallen in love with.
She’d failed rehab three times before Elijah simply had enough and yet, he hated the idea of telling his daughter he had given up on her mother. So, he got her into rehab once more. That was six months ago. Violet seemed to be doing well, but he was unsure if she would ever have custody of Gabriella or if they would ever get back together. Elijah had finally pulled up to Gabriella’s school where she was already quick to jump out.
‘Hey! A goodbye kiss?” He asked with a smirk. Gabriella rolled her eyes, but still leaned in to kiss her father on the cheek. “Have a god day.”
With that he headed toward his apartment. Elijah had changed quickly into his grey suit. He styled the curly brown locks and eventually left the highbrow apartment complex. He’d hailed a cab, as driving in the city was no here near easy and he was already running late. He was going through emails in his phone when he heard the door open and closed, which was strange considering they had been stopped at a red light. It was then, Elijah looked up to see the yellow burst of sunshine on such a gloomy overcast day.
He could tell the girl was clearly overwhelmed and by the looks of it, more than likely heading to an interview. Elijah gave her a smile chuckling a little. “It happens,” he said. She was already preparing to leave the cab, embarrassed more than likely. He didn’t want to make her morning any more stressful then it already was. “Nonsense,” he said finally. “I work that way anyway. We can share.” The diver looked to him for confirmation before shrugging and starting the ride. Elijah had slipped his phone back into the inside of his jacket.
“So, interview? Where at?” he asked her. He smiled apologetically, “How rude of me. I’m Elijah McClendon and you are?” She was gorgeous, a nice body and a smile he was sure would light up any room.
Alexandria Marie Jones was a twenty two year old graduate of Berkley University, she graduated at the top of her class with a Masters in Business, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism. Her Father was Michael Jones, CEO of Jones Enterprises, Inc. Hence the Business Degree. Her twin brother was also a Businessman, so her Father had expected her to be as well. Ashton, her twin, had went to Columbia instead of Berkley. She wanted to be a writer, but according to her Father, writers don’t make money. Her brother was set to take over Jones, so that at least gave her a little bit of breathing room. She was thankful that didn’t have to work for her Father, not yet anyway. She wanted to make her own way in world. She wanted to be a journalist.
She had made the move back in New York City right after graduation. She was moving into a townhouse with her brother. While he was moving furniture with his friends, she was on the search for a job. She had multiple interviews, but the job that she wanted most was at McKinney Enterprise. It was a starter position, assistant to the CEO, but it would get her foot in the door, and she would learn about the company. It was a great opportunity, if only she could snatch it up. It could/would open up so many doors for her. She just had to nail the interview.
The last thing she was doing when she slide into the left side back seat of a cab was paying attention. [b “5th and Clarke please.”] she said. She almost jumped out of her skin when she seen something nice out of the corner of her eye. She then realized there was another man in the backseat. [b “Oh my goodness! Sir, I am so sorry! I wasn’t even paying attention.”] She held onto her chest as she tried to calm her breathing. [b "I am so sorry! I'll get another cab!"]
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