As Fast as Lightning – Chapter 2

~This story does not follow the plot of CW’s show the Flash~

It’s been a little over a week since Maddie made the move to Central City and she’s finally all settled in. Today is her first day at her new office job and she couldn’t be more excited. Ever since her grade 12 psychology class Maddie has dreamt of being a psychological profiler. Kind of like the characters in her favourite show Criminal Minds. Working at the Monterrey Psychology Firm in her desired field is definitely a dream come true and she couldn’t wait to meet the CEO – and her role model – Doctor Alice Monterrey. Maddie desperately wants to make a good impression for her first day so she chooses a cute yet appropriate work outfit and nude heels. The last touch to her outfit is her favourite necklace, the one she got in SoHo during a girl’s trip to New York. The necklace has a gold chain with a little gold lightning bold with diamonds on one side. Her best friend from home had convinced her to get that particular charm stating that Maddie was ‘fiery’ and ‘electric’. She still wears the necklace every day believing that it’s her good luck charm.

After getting dressed and stuffing a bagel in her mouth Maddie grabs her new work bag, locks the door to her apartment and starts walking towards the tall office tower. Before arriving at her new office, Maddie decides to stop by the coffee shop that the green-eyed boy had brought her too. She walks inside and orders her favourite, a vanilla iced coffee. Walking up to the area where you pick up your drinks, she spots a pretty girl with dark hair and they smile at each other.

            “You must be a big fan of The Flash huh?” the dark-haired girl comments while nodding towards the necklace that Maddie was twirling between her fingers.

“Sorry?” Maddie cocks her head in confusion.

“Your lightning bolt necklace, like The Flash’s symbol” Maddie ‘ohh’s’ understanding what the girl meant.

            “No actually I got this a few years back in New York, so no relation to The Flash. Don’t get me wrong he seems pretty incredible but I’m not one to wear superhero merch”

            “Oh, well it’s a cute necklace”

“Thanks, it’s sort of my good luck charm” She replies as they both reach out to grab their respective coffees.

“I’m Iris by the way” she sticks out her hand and Maddie shakes it.

“Madeline, but you can call me Maddie”

“Well it’s nice to meet you Maddie!” Iris grins at her

“You too! You’re actually the second person I’ve met since I’ve moved here” She admits sheepishly.

“Really? How long have you been in Central City for?” Iris asks shocked that someone who seems so friendly hadn’t met many people.

“A little over a week. I moved here for a new job, which I should actually be getting too now”

            “Of course! I should probably get going too, my editor must be waiting for me” Iris pauses for a second and reaches out to grab her phone. “Let’s exchange numbers, that way if you ever need a friend or someone to show you around you can text me” Maddie’s face lights up at the prospect of a new friend. She goes into her bag to get her phone and the girls exchange phones. After exchanging their numbers into each other’s phones, the girls walk out of the Jitters and head to work.

Maddie looks up in awe at the skyscraper in which her new office is situated and hopes that she wouldn’t be at the highest floor. She walks into the building and heads to security to register and get her pass. Afterwards, she goes onto an elevator and presses #16, thanking the universe that she wasn’t on the 50th floor. The first thing that caught her eye as she walked out of the elevator were the modern paintings hanging on the walls and the white marble floor she stepped on. Making her way to reception, Madeline looked at her new office and felt utterly content. Everything about the office space screamed professional and modern. From the light fixtures to the cubicles she spotted from reception, everything was perfect. Maddie felt as if the office had been done by the Property Brothers because everything was in pristine condition.

            “How can I help you?” the receptionist gave Maddie a warm smile as she looked up from her computer.

“My name’s Madeline Anders, it’s my first day here”

“Did you say Madeline Anders?” A tall blonde quip’s from behind Maddie startling her.

“Yes, that’s me” Maddie smiles at the blonde as she approaches.

“Good! I’m Adella Kaine, your cubicle mate and new friend”

            “Nice to meet you!” The girls shake hands and Adella proceeds to towards the cubicle signalling Maddie to follow her. As the girls walked by the other cubicles, many of the men in the office would turn and stare at Adella, she was one of the prettiest girls Maddie has ever seen. You could tell she was well-liked with all the ‘hello’s’ and big smiles she was getting. Adella stops in front of two cubicles, one is full of pink office decorations and glittered supplies. The other cubicle is empty so Maddie makes her way into that one assuming that it’s hers.

            “I know it may look a bit drab right now but Dr. Monterrey lets us bring in decorations to personalize our cubicles. As you can probably tell” Adella points to her colourful desk and smiles proudly.

            “Thanks for letting me know” Maddie set down her bag and unloads the small amount of office supplies she brought with her.

            “No problem. I’m right here if you have any questions or gossip” Maddie giggles and nods to Adella before finally sitting down. Not even 10 seconds later, the most beautiful boy Maddie has ever seen appears in between the girl’s cubicles.

            “Hey Addie, do you have the report from yesterday?” His voice sends chills through Maddie’s body. She stares at him as Adella hands him a stack of papers grumbling about the numbers not matching up with the trials. The boy has brown hair that sits perfectly on his head, piercing ocean blue eyes and a strong jawline. His face is so symmetrical it’s almost intimidating. He turns to Maddie with a dimpled smile. “Hey, you must be new, I’m James Parries. I specialize in micro-expressions with Addie here.”

            “Hi, I’m Maddie Anders and yeah today’s my first day. I’m specializing in profiling” Maddie stands up and shakes James hand.

“Profiling nice, you must be pretty psyched to be here then. No pun intended” Maddie cracks a smile at his unintended joke.

“Ha psyched because we’re a psychology firm. Nice one James” Addie smirks at him and Maddie giggles at the comment.

            “Well it was nice to meet you Maddie, hope you have a great first day” she blushes slightly at James and thanks him. “And Addie, I’ll see your annoying self later.” Addie sticks her tongue out at him and he waves her off.

            “So, that was James. He’s the hottest guy in the office and also a pain in my ass” Addie rolls her eyes then sends Maddie a grin.

“I can see why, he looks like he should be a model”

            “He used to be, to pay for college but his passion is psychology” Addie smiles softly remembering when he had confided in her about his past and how close they got after that night.

            “You guys seem close, are you together?” Maddie senses that the two have chemistry but isn’t quite sure if they’ve acted on it or not.

            “Not really, we have an on and off thing going on. He’s scared to commit since we work together and there’s a policy here about dating coworkers” Addie wants them to be a couple but she knows that it probably wouldn’t happen. James put his job in front of almost everything in his life and Addie knew it. “Anyways, we need to get you to Dr. Monterrey’s office, she wants to talk about the details of what you’ll be doing here.” The girls get up and head over to Dr. Monterrey’s large corner office. Maddie starts to fidget with her lightning bolt charm, something she does when the anxiety kicks in, and takes a deep breath before entering her idol’s office.

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