Did WaitingGame!Lacey ever see someone flirting with an oblivious Gold?
Lacey shoved open the door to the reception of Gold’s offices, noting that Ariel was away from her desk. She could hear the sound of voices coming from the corridor that led to the lawyers’ offices, the low buzz of Gold’s voice and a higher, drawling tone. A woman. Gold had mentioned that he had to see a client before their lunch date, so that must be her. His lip had curled when he said it, which made Lacey think that he didn’t much care for this particular client, but to his credit he rarely bad-mouthed those he didn’t like.
She sighed, rubbing her back and pacing. At six months along, she was very visibly pregnant, her belly curving outwards in the little dress she wore. She had swapped her usual high heels for chunky boots, and she felt the size of a whale, but Gold seemed to find the changes in her body irresistible, which had led to yet more embarrassing moments with Neal seeing something he shouldn’t. His fault for walking into his father’s office without knocking, in Lacey’s opinion. Ariel had learned that lesson very quickly.
She tapped her foot impatiently, willing the client to hurry the hell up and leave, so they could go to Granny’s for a burger. The door handle turned slowly, the door opening.
“It really was an incredible performance,” the woman purred, her back to Lacey. She had long, reddish-blonde hair and was dressed in a tight green dress with a stupid fucking hat perched on top of her head.
“It was a simple matter of a strongly-worded letter, Miss Green.” Gold’s voice sounded bland and uninterested. His business voice, when he didn’t give a shit about the client. Lacey had learned to recognise it.
“Still, you got the result I wanted,” she said. “And very quickly, too. Are you as talented at - everything - you do?”
Now wait just a fucking minute! thought Lacey, putting her hands on her hips.
If you’re looking for legal advice, I’m the best around,” said Gold calmly. “If you want me to hotwire a car, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place.”
Miss Green let out a tinkling laugh that set Lacey’s teeth on edge.
“I was thinking of something more enjoyable, actually,” she said. “What about lunch? My treat? We could celebrate the outcome.”
“I’m afraid I have a date,” said Gold, his voice still calm. He caught Lacey’s eye over Miss Green’s shoulder, and she raised a brow, causing a slight flattening of his mouth. Boy, did he not like that woman! It made her grin.
“Dinner then,” suggested Miss Green, who clearly couldn’t take fucking no for an answer. “I’m sure there’s a lot we could teach one another.”
“Hey!” snapped Lacey, and the woman turned, looking at her for the first time.
Miss Green ran her eyes slowly up and down Lacey’s form, her lip curling.
“Excuse me, dear,” she said dismissively. “Whatever repulsive alimony case you have ongoing will have to wait.”
“Your case is completed,” said Gold stiffly. “I’ll have my assistant send you an invoice. Now I have to take my girlfriend to lunch. Pregnancy makes her hungry.”
“Yeah, and for way more than food,” put in Lacey, smirking. “You can close up this afternoon, Gold, know what I’m saying?”
Miss Green’s mouth opened and closed, no sound coming out, and Lacey smirked at her. Bitch. Gold was trying to hide his grin, somewhat unsuccessfully.
Would you excuse us?” he said mildly, and held out his arm to Lacey.