Meeting the Hot Guy

Meeting the Hot Guy

Natacha’s heart pounded as Magda brought over the really hot guy to where she was. She smoothed her hands down the back of her pants and hoped that she looked fine. If only she been able to run to the bathroom to take a quick look at herself in the mirror. Oh, well.

She turned to face them with a smile on her face. Magda introduced her and the hot guy to each other. “Jonathan, this is Natacha, our Production Coordinator. Natacha, this is Jonathan. He’s our new manager.”

Natacha was pleasantly surprised to learn that he was the new manager. Bill, the old manager had decided to retire early. They threw a farewell party for him last week Friday. When she had seen Jonathan around, she had no idea that she was going to be working with him.

Smiling, Jonathan held out his hand. “Hello, Natacha.”

Smiling shyly in return, she shook his hand. “Hello, Jonathan.”

“Please call me Jon. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

“It’s a pleasure to meet you too.”

“After I have introduced you to the rest of the staff, Natacha will show you to your office and make sure that you have everything you need. Then, you and I will meet in my office to go over a few things before our department meeting which is at ten-thirty.”

Natacha watched as Jonathan and her supervisor, Magda went over to the different cubicles. I bet that Sandra, Jennifer, Tara and several of the other women are going to make it obvious that they find him attractive, she thought. I wonder whom he’s going to be attracted to. I know it won’t be me. Not only am I black, but I’m very dark. Even the dark skinned black men don’t want to date me. They don’t mind having sex with me but they don’t want to be in a relationship with me. So, I have resigned myself to the painful reality that I may never be in a serious relationship. I may end up a spinster like my Aunt Olive.

It was always tough seeing her girlfriends dating or engaged to be married. She was doomed to always be a bridesmaid but never a bride. Guys treated her like she was their sister and most of them liked her as a friend but nothing more. Others were open to having sex with her but she refused. She refused to have sex with a guy who didn’t love her.

She used to hate going to the shopping malls or bars or nightclubs because guys were always hitting on her friends but never on her. It was like she were invisible. One girl, Denise, whom she never got along with once said to her, “Don’t expect the guys to hit on you. You’re ugly!”

Natacha’s friends never invited Denise to go anywhere with them after that and although they assured Natacha that, “You’re not ugly,” she couldn’t help believing that she wasn’t attractive and that was why guys weren’t interested in her.

Natacha’s father would tell her, “Brains are more important than looks.” And her mother would say, “Looks aren’t everything. It will take a very special man to see your value.” Her grandmother, God rest her soul, used to hug her and say, “You were made in God’s image and that makes you beautiful. And as long as He thinks you’re beautiful, that’s all that really matters.” She told herself that she ought to be thankful that she had a loving family and true friends.

Natacha returned to her desk and continued searching the Internet for giveaways for the following week. That current week the show was dark. She had secured all but one of the giveaways. As she sat in front of the monitor, she was aware of all that was going on around her. She could hear voices and laughter as the introductions continued. And, then Magda and Jonathan were in her area.

She glanced up as he was introduced to Sandra, Jennifer, Tara and the others and rolled her eyes when she heard Sandra comment on how delighted she was to have someone as attractive as Jonathan join the department after he and Magda had walked away.

“I wonder if he’s married,” Jennifer said.

“I hope not,” Tara said.

“I don’t think he is,” Sandra said. “He wasn’t wearing a ring.”

“Not all married men wear rings,” Geoff informed her.

“That’s true,” Jennifer agreed.

“I’ll ask Magda,” Tara said. “She’ll know.”

“And what if he isn’t married, what makes you think that he would be interested in any of you?” Matt piped up.

“And what makes you think that he wouldn’t be?”

“Don’t you three have boyfriends?” Justin asked.

“Yes, we do. So what?” Tara countered.

“Well, what about Nat?” Geoff reminded them.

No one said anything but Natacha believed that they were probably all thinking, Don’t be an idiot. Jonathan wouldn’t be interested in her. So, turning to face them, she said, “I would never date him because we work together.”

She saw the looks they exchanged but she didn’t let that bother her. They dropped the matter. She continued doing her work until it was time for the department meeting. They all sat around the white table in the boardroom. Jonathan was sitting opposite her and a couple of times, their eyes met but she dared not think anything of it.

The meeting lasted for 90 minutes because it was a look ahead at the following week with everyone sharing what they were doing in the different show segments. Then, everyone filed out of the boardroom. As Natacha closed her notebook, Jonathan said to her, “Magda mentioned that you are looking for a giveaway for next week’s Friday segment on . I happen to have a contact. I can email you that info.”

“That would be great. Thanks, Jon.”

He smiled. “You’re welcome.”

“Were you recently in New York?”

“You’re asking because of my sweater. No, I haven’t been there recently. I bought this when I was there two years ago.”

“I’ve never been to New York but have always wanted to go.”

“I’m sure you will like it. It’s fast-paced, lots to see and do. It’s not boring at all.”

“When is the best time to go?”

“The best time to visit New York is in the Fall which is September to November.”

“September to November?”

“Yes. If you want the pleasant temperatures but for for warm weather activities the best times to visit are from mid-June to July and from early August to the end of September.” 

“Maybe I will go in August or September, then.”

“I can tell you more about New York over lunch.”

She stared at him. “Lunch?”

“Yes. Did you bring lunch?”

“Yes.”

“So, did I. We can have lunch together in the Commissary.”

“Okay.”

“Does one o’clock work for you?”

“Yes.”

“All right, I’ll meet you there.”

“Okay.” She couldn’t believe that she was going to have lunch with him.

They both stood up and left the boardroom.

Sources: Fantasy Name Generators; Adventurous Kate; Sea the City