Oliver frowned into the closet and he pushed past shirt after shirt looking for the one he wanted. He shifted moving into the closet and stepping on a stray heel. A string of obscenities flew from his mouth as he called out to Chloe, frustration in his voice.
“Chloe where’s my dark blue Armani shirt?!”
Chloe was in the kitchen, Mia at the counter in front of her scarfing down some cinnamon raisin toast. She sighed and Mia smirked at Oliver’s bellow. She called out the same way he’d yelled for her.
“Solid print, not the stripes.”
She lifted her cup of coffee, took a sip, and walked into the living room where his dry cleaning was still laying on the chair from when it was dropped off yesterday night. Chloe lifted the bag and put it over her arm as she walked down the hall towards their room.
She walked in and glanced around at the mess eyebrow raised.
“What are you doing?”
He popped his head out of the closet, slacks on but not buttoned as a look of relief crossed his face when he saw the garment bag in her hand.
“You found it.”
She nodded as he came over and took it from her hands.
“You left it on the couch.”
He gave her a distracted nod as he unzipped the bag, grabbed the shirt, and pulled it on. He turned in her direction and nodded towards the closet as he buttoned it up.
“Chlo’ you gotta organize your heels…they’re killing me…literally.”
She moved slowly towards the bed and sat on the edge as she eyed him, watching his hands make himself presentable with practiced ease.
“Is that so? If I remember correctly last night you loved my heels.”
Oliver caught her eyes and smirked.
“Yeah when they were digging into my ass and you were screaming my name, not when I step on them barefoot.”
She pouted and he closed the distance between them leaning down and placing a soft kiss on her lips.
“Why aren’t you getting ready?”
Her brows furrowed in confusion.
“Am I supposed to be?”
“I have a real estate agent meeting us at the office so we can do some house hunting after my morning meeting.”
He moved over to the dresser as he worked on his tie in front of the mirror. She stood, moving over and placing her mug on the dresser before motioning for him to turn around so she could help. He watched as her small hands gripped the fabric, sliding the material across and over as she knotted his tie.
“I was thinking about taking Mia to Watchtower this morning so we can look at the set up and assess if there’s anything else we need before upgrading the computers and what not so I can start working from there instead of my laptop. Why don’t I meet you at your office at 11:30?”
He scrunched his nose but nodded.
“Yeah, I guess there isn’t much for you to do at that office. That sounds good. Have Mia drop you off and I’ll drive us home after we’re done looking.”
“It sounds like a plan.”
He wrapped his arms around her pulling her body flush against his as he spoke, his lips a breath away from hers.
“Have I told you this morning that you look…delicious?”
Chloe chuckled as his lips came down to her neck placing soft, wet kisses along it and over her jaw. She ran her hands through his blonde hair as she spoke.
“Don’t start anything you can’t finish Romeo.”
He placed one more sucking kiss against her neck before groaning, his forehead pressed against her skin as he spoke in a mumbled voice.
“Why do I feel like we haven’t spent any time together since moving to Star City?”
He lifted his head and she caught sight of his pout. She bit her lip to keep from laughing at him.
“Because the day after we got here my Father came to town and stayed for two days.”
“Right…speaking of your Father did he make it home okay?”
She inclined her head.
“Yup. Safe and sound yesterday.”
“Good I’m glad.”
He cupped her cheek in his hand, swooped down and pressed his lips hard against hers. She returned the kiss, moaning into his mouth as he deepened it. When they broke apart he mated their foreheads together and spoke, voice slightly husky.
“Tonight you and me Sidekick are gonna have some quality time together.”
She ran her hands over his chest slowly.
“Is that a promise?”
“You bet your sweet ass it is Professor.”
She chuckled as he dipped his head forward again right as Mia’s voice filled the penthouse.
“Oliver your phone is buzzing again!”
He sighed and she gave him a sympathetic look.
“I’ll see you later?”
They walked out of the bedroom and down the hall meeting Mia in the kitchen who was holding out his phone to him.
He scrolled through it and frowned as he grabbed his keys.
“Alright guys I’ll see you later.”
Mia waved as he placed a brief kiss on Chloe’s lips and squeezed Mia’s arm lightly before making his way to the elevator. It slid shut behind him and Chloe turned to Mia who raised an eyebrow at the blonde.
“Feel like taking a trip to Star City’s version of Watchtower today?”
“Work? What about the beach or shopping or anything that’s summer like?”
Chloe laughed lightly as she leaned back elbows on the counter near the sink.
“You can always do that later. I thought this would be something we can work on together so you can get accustomed to Watchtower. If you’re going to be on the team eventually then you should get to know the structure of things. Besides I need to meet Ollie at noon, so you have the whole day to take the car and go to the beach.”
The teenager’s face brightened at that news and she nodded.
“Okay, let me shower and get some crap together so I don’t have to come back here for my things and then we’ll go.”
“Sounds like a plan.”
Mia stood, put her plate in the sink and practically skipped down the hallway. Chloe smiled and shook her head before glancing at the clock. Mia wasn’t the only one who needed to get ready.
Before she knew it she’d be meeting Oliver to look for houses, something they discussed wanting to do on the plan ride to Star City. As she moved towards their room she couldn’t help, but think that today was starting off pretty good.
Jack sat at his desk, scowl on his face as he read through that morning’s paper. A photo of Oliver, Chloe and the teenage runaway gracing the cover with the headline ‘All’s Well In Paradise Again…” He tossed the paper across his desk and Cynthia winced.
“I thought you were taking care of this?”
She glared at her father as she motioned towards the paper.
“This doesn’t mean anything. So she’s back in town, big deal. Their relationship is full of all kinds of cracks, I’ll find one and worm my way in. Stop being such a drama queen. I’m already moving onto phase two of my plan.”
He raised an eyebrow at his daughter’s confident words.
“Don’t worry about it. If I need any assistance I’ll let you know, until then I’ve got a few things to do before I meet up with Oliver this afternoon.”
Jack leaned forward, elbows on his desk as he studied his daughter with interest.
“I wasn’t aware you were meeting up with Oliver today.”
She stood and grinned.
“Oh you didn’t hear? My good friend Kelly is a real estate agent and we’re taking him and his wife house hunting today.”
Jack frowned and gazed at his daughter as if she had more than one head.
“How exactly is that helping us?”
“Trust me Dad…it will.”
He watched her gather up her stuff up, getting ready to leave. She turned and headed for the door when he called out to her.
“Don’t forget how important this is to us. You need to make him see that you’re the better woman for him.”
The look on his face made Cynthia swallow hard as an uneasy feeling settled in her stomach. Her Father was planning something that he wasn’t letting her in on and that bothered her slightly. She spoke quietly.
“I know Dad.”
He nodded watching her go as thoughts of finally getting some real claim on Queen Industries pervaded his mind.
Mia tossed another dart at the board. It sailed through the air landing on the outer rim of the second circle from the target. Chloe’s eyes briefly flicked over toward the bored looking teenager and sighed. The Star City Watchtower was nice, but not what Chloe was used to.
It was on the top floor of an empty office building owned by a subsidiary of Queen Industries. The structure of the room was circular and had bay windows around the outer side of the facility.
The control panel was set up in the middle of the room a small living room and TV sat near the bay windows and the kitchen toward the left of it. There was a hallway on her left hand side leading to a game room, bathroom, and a small conference room.
To her right was another hallway, several spare bedrooms down it along with what had looked like a supply room. It once twice the size of her Metropolis Watchtower and let in a lot more light than her old facility. She was still on top of the city, but it was different more of a place everyone could come stay if they wanted to.
She liked it, though it would take some time getting used to. Chloe heard Mia grunt as she moved over to the dart board pulling out the thin pieces of metal.
“Get any bulls eyes?”
She turned and pouted.
Chloe chuckled and shook her head.
“You know who’s good at darts? A.C. he could probably teach you if you asked him.”
“I might just do that,” she walked over toward the mainframe where Chloe was standing and glanced at one of the large screens in front of her, “so what are you doing?”
She glanced briefly at Mia before point to the information scrolling down the screen.
“I’m running a program to transfer my data from the files on my laptop to the files hard drive on the computers here. I’m updating everything. I just want to make sure we have everything we need so there aren’t any problems.”
Mia nodded and plopped down in the chair Chloe wasn’t using.
“Makes sense…you almost done?”
“Why, everything okay?”
“Yeah it’s just going on 11:05 and you said you were meeting Oliver at 11:30.”
The blonde squinted as she glanced at the read out of the time on the computer and swore.
“I didn’t realize it was that late. It should be done in the next couple of minutes then you can drop me off at the office. Maybe you should call Dinah see if she wants to come to the beach with you. I think she came back to Star City the other day.”
Five minutes later there were a series of beeps and Chloe pushed a few more buttons before disconnecting her laptop and shutting it down. She grabbed her stuff tossing it into her bag while looking around the room to make sure she hadn’t forgotten anything.
Mia raised an eyebrow as the older woman tossed her the keys.
She popped out of her seat and nodded as they headed out of Watchtower and down to the car.
Oliver was just finishing up his meeting when he saw Cynthia and tall brunette through the plate glass windows of the conference room. She caught his eyes and waved. He smiled and held up a finger signaling her to wait one minute.
“Is that all for today guys?”
The room full of members from his marketing team nodding as they stood each one saying goodbye before making their way out of the large conference room. Oliver was the last one out and he smiled, walking over to Cynthia and placing a light kiss on her cheek.
“Hey Cyn,” he glanced at the woman beside her and held out his hand, “Cynthia tells me you’re the best real estate agent in Star City.”
The brunette rolled her eyes good naturedly as she shook his hand.
“Cynthia tends to be biased, but I have been able to round up several places that meet the specs you faxed over to my office this morning.”
“That’s great news,” he glanced at his watch and then looked back up at the women in front of him, “my wife should be here any minute.”
They nodded and he was about to ask them if they wanted to wait in his office when the elevator door opened and a flustered looking Chloe emerged onto the floor, two cups of coffee in her hands. He smiled, eyes focused on his petite blonde causing Cynthia and Kelly to turn in the direction he was looking.
Chloe smiled at Oliver’s secretary and spoke softly.
“Good afternoon Mrs. Queen.”
She handed the girl one of the cups and the younger woman seemed startled. Chloe gave her a warm smile.
“I know by noon my morning coffee has practically worn off, I figured you could use a boost. You drink a skinny vanilla latte with cinnamon right?”
Annabeth’s mouth opened and closed a few times before she just nodded, taking the offered cup.
“I do…you didn’t have to do that Mrs. Queen.”
Chloe waved her off.
“It’s Chloe and I know I didn’t have to, but I was stopping anyway. Besides I know how busy it gets here. Any chance you’ve seen Oliver?”
Annabeth nodded and pointed a few feet to the left. Oliver chuckled and waved as a wide grin broke out on Chloe’s face. She nodded to Annabeth who thanked her, before she made her way over to Oliver taking note of the two model-like females standing next to him.
Chloe recognized the red head from the article and she chose to ignore them in favor of saying hello to her husband. She tilted her head up as he leaned down capturing her lips with his. When they pulled apart she fixed his tie and gave him a cheeky grin.
His eyes sparkled at her affectionate greeting, no doubt marking her territory in front of the women next to him.
“Professor,” he placed a hand on the small of her back and turned her towards Cynthia and Kelly, “this is Cynthia Wilson, she’s Jack’s daughter. We grew up together…and this lovely lady right here is Kelly. Cynthia says she comes highly recommended as far as real estate agents go.”
Chloe nodded towards both women with an easy smile as she stuck out her hand to Cynthia first.
“It’s nice to meet you,” she shook Kelly’s hand next, “both of you.”
She glanced at Oliver eyebrow raised as she spoke.
“Sorry I’m slightly late. Oh and FYI we need to get Mia driving lessons…she drives way too fast, I thought I was going to have a heart attack.”
Oliver laughed and shook his head.
“Speedy Mia,” he shook his head, “kids been speeding around since the day I met her. Are we ready to head out?”
They nodded and Kelly motioned to Cynthia as she spoke.
“Is it alright if Cynthia tags along? She drove me and I have all the information on the houses and what not in her car.”
Oliver nodded, arm slipping around Chloe as he guided her to the elevator.
“Sure, that’s fine.”
The four of them made their way into the elevator and down to the car ready for an afternoon full of house hunting.
Chloe glanced at the house with a frown. They’d been looking at houses for two hours and so far out of the five they’d seen they hadn’t been able to agree on one. Oliver sighed next to her.
“You don’t like it,” she could sense his patients waning and she felt bad, but there was just something about the house that didn’t feel right. It was beautiful and big, but it lacked that homey feel she was looking for.
“I like the entrance the best out of all the house’s we’ve looked at.”
Cynthia nodded as she touched Oliver’s arm lightly.
“It’s true. The structure is wide, nice and open and the front section of the staircase looks nice in the midst of the hallway…classy and elegant.”
Oliver nodded, his eyes meeting Chloe’s as he spoke.
“Exactly, good for event’s if we decide to throw any at the house.”
Chloe’s jaw clenched at the red head’s hand on Oliver’s arm. For the past two hours all she’d heard was nothing but Cynthia agreeing with Oliver or vice versa while she and Oliver apparently couldn’t find anything to suit both their tastes.
The small smiles and touches, she was definitely flirting with him and it was getting annoying. Chloe was close to slapping the other woman’s hands of her husband. She took a deep breath as they walked into a different room Oliver saying something to Kelly and then of course Cynthia agreeing readily.
He turned to her and raised an eyebrow.
“What do you think?”
She didn’t want to seem rude or ungrateful in front of the two women next to Oliver so she let out a frustrated sigh and spoke calmly.
“Honestly it just doesn’t feel right,” a thought occurred to her and she threw up her hands as her eyes met Oliver’s, “Why are we even here Ollie? I thought you said you wanted to raise a family in your parent’s home?”
Oliver was stunned into silence at her words. Not only had she just suggested they live at Queen Manor, but she said raise a family. Maybe kids weren’t off the table after all. He cleared his throat and took a step closer to her.
“I just thought you wouldn’t feel comfortable living in the mansion. You’re always going on about how we don’t need a big place…I didn’t want you to feel like I was forcing it on you.”
Her eyes softened as she closed the distance between them, hand rubbing his arm lightly as she wrapped his other one around her.
“Ollie, my home is wherever you are…so if your family’s old house is where you want to be I’m okay with that.”
Sometimes she really amazed him. He leaned down, cupping her face and slid his lips against hers in a slow kiss. When he pulled back he mated their foreheads together and grinned.
“You know I love you…right Professor?”
She beamed up at him.
“Same here Romeo.”
Cynthia watched them, eyes glaring daggers in their direction. She’d spent two hours flirting with Oliver, trying to show him they had the same taste in things and he had barely batted an eye. Apparently she was going to have to be a little more hands on then she’d originally thought.