Just Friends

I received a text from Fred. He was asking me out for lunch.

I quickly looked at my watch. I couldn’t believe it was already twelve thirty o’clock. I replied the text and told him we can meet at the reception in about five minutes. Meanwhile, I returned the files to the cabinet in the HR office and locked them up. I could not leave them lying on my desk as they were so sensitive. I picked up my bag and headed to the reception.

Fred was at the reception reading up the days newspaper. I tapped him on his shoulder and he turned around.

“You ready?” he asked.


We took the elevator to the basement of the building. The passed through the car park and came to a restaurant. I would have never guessed this. The restaurant was brilliant. The decor from outside was so splendid. There was three tables set up outside the venue with round center pieces placed on it. We choose to have the outside table. Fred placed an order and we sat waiting for it.

“So, how has the first hours been for you?”
“It was okay. I was getting to know to all the things in the office.”

“Oh, hope it is not much.” he asked taking a bit at his lunch that had just arrived.

I was just about to answer when a guy came and interrupted me. He was grinning ear to ear.

“Hey dude.” He shouted.

Fred stood up and gave him a side hug. Wierd!

“You lost man. How are you doing.” Fred asked.

“I’m good. Sorry, this is Kate. Kate this is Max. He works on the third floor. He is a really good friend of mine.”

“Hi Max.” I said extending my hand to him.

“Pleasure to meet you.” Max replied while taking my arm. “Fred, have to go and sort myself up. I’m hungry!”

“Okay. Holla at me soon.” Fred replied.

After Max went inside to grab something to eat, I turned to Fred and asked him about an issue that has been bugging me since morning. It was of us dating at the workplace.

“Don’t you think it might bring issues?”

“Have you told anyone about it?” he asked.


“Then don’t let it out. We are just friends here.”

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