- Changes 3/3
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000
Tracy E. Aiken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Disclaimer in part 1
They stayed that way, huddled together, until Fred pulled up
outside the office. After exiting the limo, once again their
hands were linked together. He couldn't stop touching her and
he didn't want to, either. When they walked into the office,
he still had her hand in his.
Mildred could tell something had happened, but before she had
a chance to ask, he said, "no interruptions, please, Mildred."
He led them into his office and closed the door, then over to
the sofa. Once again, he took her into his arms.
"As much as I love being right here, we have work to do."
"I know. I just want to hold you a while longer. We'll get
to work in a while."
"We need to talk to Mildred about the new office, and the
future," she said, snuggling back against him.
"I'm sure her curiosity is about to get to her, out there,"
he said with a smile.
"Go ask her to join us," she said sitting up.
He smiled and got up and went out to the lobby area. Walking
back in, he was followed closely by Mildred.
"Everything okay, hun?"
"Everything's fine, Mildred. Have a seat."
"We found a new office, Mildred."
"On Wilshire. Not too far from here, actually. It's a penthouse
"Sounds nice. When can I see it?"
"Laura will take you over this afternoon. We need to arrange
to have the offices wired for both telephone and computers."
"Plus we need to do some shopping, we're going to need additional
"Has the contract been signed yet," Mildred asked?
"Hopefully, that will happen later today, or tomorrow. We
want to move as soon as possible," Laura said.
"We also wanted to talk to you about your future. We know
you want to get your P.I. license, which we want to encourage
you to do, however, that means we will need a new receptionist,"
"How large is this new office?"
"There are two large offices, and three smaller ones, but
even the smaller ones are almost as big as this room."
"That's huge, we are going to need new furniture. Now are
you two going to tell me what else is going on," she asked
with a smile?
Laura looked at Remington and smiled. He took her hand, again,
in his and pulled her back against him.
"A lot has happened, Mildred," Laura said. "We
aren't only moving the office, we're moving in together, and
buying a house. We need the room."
"The room for-" she started and then smiled, "are
"Yes, Harry and I are going to have a baby."
"That's great," Mildred said, and moved to sit next
to Laura on the sofa, then hugging her. "Congratulations,
both of you."
"Thank you, Mildred," he said.
"Are you okay, Miss Holt?"
"Just tired, Mildred, I'll be fine."
The telephone rang and Mildred moved over to Remington's desk
to answer it.
"I need to get my prescription filled," Laura said,
settling back against Remington.
"We can do that on the way home."
"We also have work to do, today, Harry. Mildred and I need
to go over to the new office and do a walk through and some planning."
Mildred hung the phone up and said, "that was a Mr. Jacoby,
who said the contract is ready to be signed and will be able
to meet you two anytime this afternoon at the lawyer's office."
"That's wonderful news, Mildred. Will you call our lawyer
and find out if he's free anytime this afternoon?"
"Right on it, boss."
Mildred left them to go back to her desk to make the calls and
set up their afternoon meetings.
"Where do you want to live, Laura?"
"On the west side, somewhere."
"How do you feel about Malibu?"
"I love it, but it's so expensive."
"Don't worry about money, if you could live anywhere in
L.A., where would it be?"
"On the beach, somewhere between Santa Monica and Malibu."
"Perhaps my contact will be able to show us some houses
this weekend, do you think you'd be up to that?"
"Sure. As long as it's not first thing in the morning."
Mildred walked back into the office and said, "you two are
on for two o'clock with the lawyers and Mr. Jacoby, at the new
"Mildred, why don't you come with us, that way we can show
you the new office and we can do a walk though at the same time,
do some planning?"
"Who's going to mind the store?"
"We'll put the machine on and close for a couple of hours,
we aren't expecting any clients, so we should be fine,"
After setting up the answering machine with the message that
they would be closed, they took the limo to the new office.
While Remington signed the contract, Laura and Mildred went up
to the penthouse and did a walk though. They were each taking
notes and making measurements. Discussing what would go where
and deciding whose office would be where.
"Mildred you can have any of the back offices you want,
just let us know which one."
"Should I call the employment agency and set up interviews
for a new receptionist?"
"Please, that would be a great help."
"When are you two moving," Mildred asked?
"We have to find a house first. Besides our first priority
right now has to be getting the agency moved."
"I'll arrange everything, don't worry."
"Mildred, I can't ask you to do that. This is going to be
a lot of work."
"You didn't ask, I volunteered. And I can guarantee you
that Mr. Steele is not going to let you do anything, here or
at the current office."
Mildred could see she hit upon a touchy subject. Laura walked
over to the windows and looked down onto the city below.
"I'm sorry, hun, I didn't mean to upset you," Mildred
said, walking over to stand next to her.
"It's okay, Mildred. I know he's going to be over protective."
"You need to tell him how you're feeling."
"Everything all right, in here," Remington asked, walking
into what would be his office?
"I'm going to go take some measurements in the other office,"
Mildred said, leaving them alone.
She didn't respond she just kept looking out the window. He moved
to stand behind her and took her in his arms.
She was crying.
"Laura, darling, what's wrong," he asked, turning her
around and pulling her to himself.
She buried her face in his neck and held him tight.
"It's all right, love, it's okay," he said, holding
her and stroking her hair, trying to get her to calm down.
"Everything's changing, Harry," she mumbled into his
"Oh, sweetheart, yes things are changing, but for the better,
all around. I know all the happenings can be scary, but together,
we can do anything, you know that, right? Come, sit down with
me," he said.
He pulled her down to the floor and sat her on his lap. "I
love you, Laura."
"I love you too, Harry. I'm sorry-."
"Sshhh, stop that, no apologizing. I know everything happening
right now is stressful. I want to make this as easy for you as
I can. Will you let me do that?"
"I have to have some control of my life, Harry."
"I'm not trying to control your life, Laura, I'm trying
to make the adjustments a bit easier. But if it will make you
feel better, you have final say on any decision, from packing
to decorating, eh," he asked, smiling.
"Harry, you are an incredible man, you know that?"
"You made me that way, Laura, it's all because of you."
"I'm sorry about freaking out."
"Laura, I told you, you've no reason to apologize. I understand
all these changes are going on both around you and inside you
have you a bit off balance, but we will get through this together,
just like we do everything."
She stayed snuggled up in his arms, resting her head on his shoulder.
"How about we go get your prescription and go home?"
"I need some down time, Harry. I need to let everything
"Do you want to be alone," he asked, hoping she would
She chuckled, and wiped her eyes. "You know I want to be
with you, I just need to spend some time thinking about you and
me, and this little baby," she said, touching her abdomen.
"How about we go to your apartment and just relax. No talk
of moving at all. You fix one of your incredible
dinners and we watch a movie in bed."
"Laura, can we, I mean, is it safe for-."
"Yes, Harry it's safe to make love."
Mildred knocked gently on the door, hoping she wasn't interrupting
"Hi, Mildred. Did you get all the measurements you needed,"
"All but this office and I have a few other things I want
to go over before I go back to the other office."
"We're going home, Mildred. Finish up here and then go home.
Make it an early day, don't worry about going back to the office,"
"Thanks. You two take care, and I'll see you tomorrow,"
she said walking back out of the office.
"She's going to make this work smoothly, Laura said.
"Let's go home, Laura," he said helping her up to her
The limo ride home was a quiet one. Each of them lost in their
own thoughts. Once home, Laura went to change into something
more comfortable while Remington made dinner. When he had dinner
cooking, he grabbed two glasses and some sparkling cider and
walked into the bedroom.
"Hi," she said.
"Are you doing okay?"
"I am now. Is dinner cooking?"
"It should be ready in about an hour. Care for some sparking
She smiled and said, "I'd love some, Harry."
Once he opened the bottle, he poured each of them a bit and handed
Laura her glass.
She clinked her glass against his and said, "to changes,
Smiling, he responded, "to changes."
The End, For Now