Power Play || Klaroline
Klaus knows better than to mess with the interns at his family’s company, but a fiery blonde catches his eye and he can’t resist flirting. Tired of losing out on opportunities because of her appearance, Caroline tries to use it to her advantage. Business propriety has never been so difficult.
Considering how competitive her marketing program had been in applying for this coveted position, Caroline expected her fellow interns to be just as determined as she was to do good work at Mikaelson Industries.
Her disappointment was rivaled only by her annoyance to find that wasn’t the case. While sitting in a brainstorming session for a new brand direction, she diligently took notes and compiled ideas as her partner checked his Twitter feed. Caroline scoffed to herself; Tyler Lockwood only landed his internship because his mother sat on the board of directors, and the legacy attitude showed.
“These suggestions lack originality,” the CEO announced from the front of the room, “which would be forgivable if any of them were useful in the slightest.”
Klaus Mikaelson had a reputation for being ruthless in the year since taking over the family company. The rebranding had been his idea, apparently to remove his father’s toxic presence after an embezzlement conviction. Caroline was surprised to find him leading this small breakout session, but she respected his hands-on approach.
“I want to hear some new voices,” he said, gesturing toward the back. Caroline had been about to raise her hand when he abruptly pointed at Tyler. “Ah, the young Mr. Lockwood,” he called. “An intern such as yourself ought to use this as an opportunity to impress me. What are your thoughts on rebranding?”
Fumbling to lower his phone, Tyler looked to Caroline in a panic. She closed her portfolio with a smirk when he tried to glance at her notes. It was every woman for herself when there was only one full-time position available for the entire program, and she intended to win. “Um,” Tyler stammered, grasping for anything to say.
“If I may,” Caroline broke in. She used her best charming smile until Mr. Mikaelson nodded. “Your rigid avoidance of the family angle is hurting you more than helping. Steering in the skid and reminding the world this is still a family company might be exactly what you need to reassure stockholders. Despite any previous wrongdoing, the rest of the family is still fiercely loyal and operating better than ever.”
Mr. Mikaelson narrowed his eyes at her impertinent comment. “You are?”