Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Only a Kiss ~ Part 62
Her mind turned back to Phillip’s kiss and before she knew what she was doing, she had drawn a light pink leash, with tiny three-dimensional hearts on it.
“Oh Ana, it was only a peck on the cheek,” she whispered to herself. “You’ve got to snap out of it.”
“Snap out of what?” asked Phillip, peeking his head in the door.
“Nothing,” Ana squeaked hating the uptick in her voice that boasted her lie. “Well, I’m just having trouble with the sketches. Like I said, I’m a shoe designer, not a pet accessories designer. I’m not sure these read sophistication.”
“Here, let me see,” said Phillip, coming over to the table.
Ana slid the pink leash with hearts to the bottom of the pile and handed them over to Phillip. “We really should seek out a professional designer.”
Phillip looked through the sketches. “These are great. We just need to bling them up a bit. Maybe add heart-shaped pink gemstones to this one.” He showed her the pink leash with 3D hearts, causing Ana to advert her eyes. Then he flipped to a collar with a diamond pattern. “And we can do this whole pattern in crystal. Our donors will eat it up, practical but screams, ‘My dog is richer than your dog’.”
Ana couldn’t help but laugh at Phillip’s joke. “You really think so?”
“Do I think so?” Phillip mocked hurt feelings. “I know so. In fact, I’m going to call my manufacturer right now and see if we can get some prototypes made up this week.”
“Really?” Ana could feel her grin growing larger.
“Really,” said Phillip. He lay the papers down. “Ana, you’re extremely good at this. I can see at least three designs here that I would almost skip the prototype and go straight to our website.”
“Oh Phillip, thanks so much and thanks for pushing me to do this,” said Ana. “It felt good to design again.”
“I have a feeling you’ll be back in the design business before you know it,” said Phillip. “Ana there will be a lot of influential people at this ball. I don’t see you being my event coordinator for long. I’m already bracing myself for when you come in and tell me you’ve been offered your dream job.”
Ana’s heart panged a little at the thought of leaving. Her phone dinged and she looked down to see a text from Brett. Phillip had picked up her sketches and was once again going through them, so Ana took the opportunity to read the text: Dinner? If you’re ready I can pick you up now.
Ana looked at the clock, it was just before six. “If you don’t mind, I think I’ll call it a day.”
“Of course,” said Phillip. “I’m going to send these to the manufacture and then help Sandra close up the store.” He bit his lip. “If you want to wait around, I’ll buy you dinner.”
“I’m sorry,” said Ana, holding up her phone showing the text she had just sent back to Brett accepting his dinner invitation, “but I just made plans.”
Phillip nodded and Ana couldn’t help but see the disappointment on his face. She had a sudden urge to cancel her plans with Brett.
“No worries,” said Phillip before Ana could respond. “Another time, but don’t be surprised to find that bacon you left in the fridge gone tomorrow.” He gave her a wink.
“Oh it better be right where I left it, mister,” said Ana, grabbing her purse and playing along. “Or I’ll sic Sally on you.”
Phillip held up his hands. “Fine, it’ll be there in the morning, but I don’t think you understand how torturous it is to have it so close and not be able to eat it.”
“Well, I might share it with you tomorrow,” said Ana. “Goodnight, Phillip.”