“You’re our new boss? We thought Fredrico was going to be our new boss,” the man in the pink shirt blurted out, asking the question that all inquiring minds wanted to know.
Before Aisha could respond, another gentleman in a conservative blue suit stepped forward. “Please excuse
“Which means you must be Fredrico, right?” Aisha replied, immediately sizing up the extremely attractive man in blue. Yes, he’d shown leadership abilities just now, but he’d also revealed an underlying touch of arrogance. Aisha detested arrogance in anyone.
“Right.” Fredrico smiled, extending a hand of greeting towards her.
“Nice to meet you, Fredrico.” Though Aisha courteously returned his smile and shook the hand she’d been offered, she kept her guard up. There was something about Fredrico that didn’t quite sit well with her. Something other than his arrogance.
“Shall we finish our conversation in the back?” Fredrico asked discreetly, mindful of the curious onlookers about them.
“Of course,” Aisha replied, grateful for the distinguished man’s tact, despite her instant dislike of him. After all, theirs was a conversation best left to a more private setting.
* * *
After Aisha and Fredrico exited the main area,
“I think you need to mind your own business,” Faith replied, returning to her client’s hair.
Following her lead, other stylists returned to their clients, as well. The music was turned back up and the Asian masseuse returned to her enclosed work station. Soon the place had all the familiar sounds of a busy salon again.
“Dominic always made good decisions concerning the salon,” Faith continued. “He wouldn’t leave somebody in charge that couldn’t handle it,” she added, deftly using a pair of curlers to finish another hair masterpiece.
That kind of expertise is what made Faith one of the most requested stylists at the salon. Combine that with her innate wisdom and it was no wonder she carried so much seniority around the place. In fact, if Fredrico hadn’t been so tight with Dominic, Faith would have been second in command a long time ago.
“I hear what you’re saying, girl,”
© 2005 by Suprina Frazier