Stuck with You by Ali Hazelwood EPUB & PDF (The STEMinist Novellas, #2) – eBook Details Online
- Author Name: Ali Hazelwood
- Book Genre: Romance, Comedy
- ISBN # 9780593584651
- Edition Language: English
- Date of Publication: 2022-09-19
- File Format: PDF / EPUB
- PDF / EPUB File Size: 4 MB
My world comes to an end at 10:43 on a Friday night, when the elevator
lurches to a stop between the eighth and seventh floor of the building that
houses the engineering firm where I work. The ceiling lights flicker. Then go
off completely. Then, after a stretch that lasts about five seconds but feels
like several decades, come back with the slightly yellower tinge of the
Fun fact: This is actually the second time my world came to an end
tonight. The first was less than a minute ago. When the elevator I’m riding
stopped on the thirteenth floor, and Erik Nowak, the last person I ever wanted
to see, appeared in all his blond, massive, Viking-like glory. He studied me
for what felt like too long, took a step inside, and then studied me some more
while I avidly inspected the tips of my shoes.
It’s a slightly complicated situation. I work in New York City, and my
company, GreenFrame, rents a small office on the eighteenth floor of a
Manhattan building. Very small. It has to be very small, because we’re a
baby firm, still establishing ourselves in a pretty cutthroat market, and we
don’t always make a ton of money. I guess that’s what happens when you
value things like sustainability, environmental protection, economic viability
and efficiency, renewability rather than depletion, minimization of exposure
to potential hazards such as toxic materials, and . . . well, I won’t bore you
with the Wikipedia entry on green engineering. Suffice it to say, my boss,
Gianna (who coincidentally is the only other engineer working full-time at
the firm), founded GreenFrame with the aim of creating great structures that
actually make sense within their environment, and is delightfully, crunchily
hard-core about it. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always pay very well. Or well.
Or at all.
So, yeah. Like I said, a slightly complicated situation, especially when
compared with more traditional engineering companies that don’t focus as
much on conservation and pollution control. Like ProBld. The giant firm
where Erik Nowak works. The one that takes up the whole thirteenth floor.
And the twelfth. Maybe the eleventh, too? I lost track.
So when the elevator began to slow down around the fourteenth floor, I
felt a surge of apprehension, which I naively discarded as mere paranoia. You
have nothing to worry about, Sadie, I told myself. ProBld has tons of offices.
They’re always expanding. Orchestrating “mergers” and eating up smaller
firms. Like the Blob. They are truly the corrosive alien amoeboidal entity of
the business, which translates to hundreds of people working for them, which
in turn means that any one out of those hundreds of people could be calling
the elevator. Any one. There’s no way it’s Erik Nowak.
It was Erik Nowak, all right. With his massive, colossal presence. Erik
Nowak, who spent the entirety of our five-floor ride staring at me with those
ruthless, icy blue eyes of his. Erik Nowak, who’s currently looking up at the
emergency light with a slight frown.
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