fundamentals of office romance
Argent Arms, everyday something we make, makes your life better, usually.
Derek Hale generally considers himself to be a pretty successful guy. He’s got a loft apartment in a upscale part of the city, a car that is the envy of his peers and 401K that’s building into a quite a nest egg. But he hates his job. There’s no denying this, and honestly, if you catch him on a Friday after a couple of beers at the Jungle, he won’t deny it. He’s the head of a research and development department for one of the largest companies in America, Argent Arms. He once cared about being validated by the company but now he’d settle for being happy. It helps that he is very good at his job.
A typical day for him, is having his boss, Jennifer Blake, make outrageous demands followed by deadlines.
"We want to make a metal that is as hard as steel but can bounce like rubber," Jennifer asked storming into his office, "and is edible."
"We can do that," Derek replies.
"And we need a mouse that can withstand temperatures up to 195 degrees."
Derek raises his eyebrows but toes the company’s party line. “We can do that.”
He rubs the back of his neck and looks at his computer screen. “A computer mouse or live mouse?”
Turning to leave, Jennifer pauses.
"I’ll get back to you."
He’s contemplated quitting on multiple occasions. But the guy who’s moving in the office across the hall makes Derek desire to stay at Argent Arms reassert itself with fierce fervour. He has unruly brown bed head hair and a great ass - pretty much sex on legs.
And then he turns around and he has the warmest honey brown eyes Derek’s ever seen. Derek almost hits his face on his office door as he quickly enters his office to get some focus that isn’t centered on the new guy’s wiry shoulders and tight ass.
Derek is leaning against his desk when Jennifer barges in.
He’s so screwed.
Except he’s not.
Derek doesn’t see the new guy for the rest of the week as it is crunch time before the end of the third quarter. His department covers industrial products, biomedical, cryogenics as well as defense technologies. His latest project is to weaponize a pumpkin.
"A pumpkin?" asks Boyd. "Do I even want to know?"
Despite the fact he hates the idea that his best friend from college could one day become a soul-sucking corporate douche bag, Derek’s happy that Boyd also works for Argent Arms. If he didn’t, Derek wouldn’t even see him at all.
Boyd occasionally visits from legal. Derek thinks it’s mainly to escape being on the same floor as Matt, who is just creepy.
In his best managerial voice, Derek imitates Jennifer’s no nonsense lecture voice. “There’s a country with whom we do business that grows a great deal of pumpkins, and would welcome additional uses for them. As well as cheaper ways to kill their enemies.”
"Seriously?" says Boyd in disbelief, raising his eyebrows. "Well, finally the pumpkin gets to do something besides Halloween."
"There’s pie," Derek declares with a thoughtful frown. He wonders if the new guy likes pie.
It’s only through Erica that he finds out the new guy, Stiles Stilinski, is replacing their old product tester lead, who left under one of the company’s round of downsizing. Being fired around Argent Arms wasn’t pretty. When HR decides it wants somebody terminated, the extraction team swings into action descending on the unwitting employee before he or she can remove any sensitive information worth millions to Argent Arms’ competitors.
Derek is contemplating walking by Stiles’ office to offer him a tour of the office when Kate sidles up beside him. Her honey blonde hair illuminated by the florescent lighting along with her no nonsense pencil skirt making her legs go on for miles. Derek bites back a groan of irritation. She’s worse than Jennifer.
"Derek, I can’t have you sleeping with Stiles."
"I’m busy Kate, and what the hell?" he stops walking and gives her an incredulous look.
"It could embarrass me," she says, adjusting his tie with her sharp glossed nails. "Plus, I may not be done with you yet."
He swats her hand away and starts walking away.
"I’m pretty sure I’m gay, Kate.”
"We’ll see," she calls but he just continues walking, ignoring her. Sleeping with her wasn’t his finest moment. It’s one of the key points in his sister Laura’s powerpoint about his failed forays in the Argent Arms dating pool.