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 Master of the Universe
                                                                    By E L James

Chapter One

I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair, it just won‘t behave, and damn Rose for being ill and subjecting me to this ordeal. I have tried to brush my hair into submission but it‘s not toeing the line. I must learn not to sleep with it wet. I recite this five times as a mantra whilst I try, once more, with the brush. I give up. The only thing I can do is restrain it, tightly, in a pony tail and hope that I look reasonably presentable.
Rose is my roommate and she has chosen, okay, that‘s a bit unfair, because choice has had nothing to do with it, but she has flu and as such cannot do the interview she‘s arranged with some mega industrialist for the student newspaper. So I have been volunteered. I have final exams to cram for, one essay to finish and I am supposed to be working this afternoon, but no - today - I have to head into downtown Seattle and meet the enigmatic CEO of Cullen Enterprise Holdings Inc. Allegedly he‘s some exceptional tycoon who is a major benefactor of our University and his time is extraordinarily precious… much more precious than mine - and he‘s granted Rose an interview… a real coup she tells me… Damn her extra-curricular activities.

―Bella I‘m sorry. It took me nine months to get this interview and it will take another six to reschedule, and you and I will both have graduated by then. As the editor I can‘t blow this out…
Please.‖ Rose begs me in her rasping, really sore throat voice…
I stare at her red-rimmed runny eyes, her bright pink nose…

―Of course, I‘ll go Rose. You should go back to bed. Would you like some paracetamol?‖

―Yes please. Here are the questions and my minidisk recorder. Just press record here. Make notes, I‘ll transcribe it all.‖

―I know nothing about him.‖ My voice is anxious.

―The questions will see you through… go… I don‘t want you to be late.‖

―Okay… I‘m going… I have a long drive. Go back to bed, but please make sure you eat - I made you some soup to heat up later.‖ I stare at her fondly…. only for you Rose would I do this.

―I will. Good luck… and thanks Bella, you‘re a life saver as usual.‖

I smiled wryly at her and head out the door to our room.

I cannot believe I have let Rose talk me into this. But then Rose can talk anyone into anything. She‘ll make an exceptional journalist. She‘s articulate, strong, persuasive, argumentative…beautiful, and she‘s my dearest, dearest friend. The roads are clear as I set off from Portland, it‘s early and I don‘t have to be in Seattle until two this afternoon. Fortunately she‘s lent me her car. I‘m not sure my old truck would be up for the journey.
Well it is the least she can do - I frown into the rearview mirror - but I have to say her sporty BMW Z4 is so much more fun to drive than my truck and the miles slip away as I put my foot down.
It‘s cloudy, but at least it‘s not raining as I make my way into the city. The Seattle traffic is heavy, but I have an hour to go and I‘m feeling fairly confident that I should be able to find somewhere to park… Thank heavens for the Sat Nav on the Z4 otherwise I‘d be royally screwed. My destination is the headquarters of Mr Cullen‘s global enterprise. It‘s a huge thirty-storey office building, all curved glass and steel, an architect‘s utilitarian fantasy with Cullen House written discreetly in steel over the glass front doors. It‘s a quarter to two and I feel an immense sense of relief that I‘m not late as I walk into the enormous, frankly intimidating, glass, steel and white sandstone, first floor foyer.
Behind the solid sandstone desk a very attractive blonde haired young woman smiles pleasantly at me. She‘s wearing the sharpest charcoal suit jacket and white shirt I have ever seen… she looks immaculate.

―I‘m here to see Mr Cullen. Isabella Swan for Rosalie Hale.‖

―Excuse me one moment Miss Swan.‖ She arches her eyebrow slightly as I stand self-consciously in front of her. I am beginning to wish I had borrowed one of Rose‘s jackets rather than wear my navy blue peacoat. I have made an effort and worn my one and only skirt. It‘s brown, and I have sensible brown knee-length boots and a blue jumper. For me… this is smart. I tuck one of the escaped tendrils of my hair behind my ear as I pretend she doesn‘t intimidate me.
―Miss Hale is expected, please sign in here Miss Swan. You‘ll want the end lift on the right, press for the 30th floor.‖ She smiles kindly at me, amused no doubt as I sign in. She hands me a security pass that has VISITOR very firmly stamped on the front… personally I think it‘s obvious that I‘m just visiting, I don‘t fit in here at all… nothing changes, I inwardly sigh… I thank her and walk over to the lifts, past the two security men who are both far more smartly dressed than me in their well-cut black suits.
The lift whisks me with unseemly haste to the thirtieth floor. The doors silently fly open and I‘m in another large foyer, again all glass, steel and white sandstone. In front of me there‘s another desk of sandstone and another young blond woman dressed impeccably in black and white, who rises to greet me.
―Miss Swan, could you wait here, please?‖ She points to a seated area of white leather chairs. Behind the leather chairs is a large glass-walled meeting room with an enormous dark wood table and twenty dark wood chairs around it, beyond that a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the Seattle skyline, looking out through the city towards the Pacific Ocean. It‘s a stunning vista. I stand and admire it, momentarily distracted before I sit.
I fish the questions out of my satchel and go through them, inwardly cursing Rose for not providing me with a brief biography. I know nothing about this man I am about to interview. He could be 90, he could be in his 30s… My nerves are beginning to kick in - I am uncomfortable with this one-to-one stuff. I am much better in a group scenario… preferably not asking any questions…
sitting somewhere in the back. Well, judging by the building - all clinical and modern - he‘s probably in his thirties… fit, tanned, blond, to match the rest of the personnel.

Another elegant, flawlessly dressed blond comes out of a large door to the right. What is it with all the immaculate blonds? It‘s like Stepford here… I take a deep breath and stand up.
―Miss Swan,‖ the latest blond asks.
―Yes…‖
―Mr Cullen will see you in a moment. May I take your jacket?‖
―Oh please.‖ I struggle out of my pea coat.
―Have you been offered any refreshment?‖
―Err – no…‖ Oh dear, am I going to get Blond Number One into trouble?
She frowns and eyes the young woman at the desk.
―Would you like tea, coffee, water?‖
―Glass of water would be lovely thank you.‖
―Jessica, please fetch Miss Swan a glass of water.‖ She says sternly to the young woman at the desk. Jessica scoots up immediately and walks to a door on the other side of the foyer.
―My apologies Miss Swan, Jessica is our new intern. Please be seated. Mr Cullen will probably be another five minutes.‖
Jessica returns with a large glass of iced water.
―Here you go Miss Swan.‖
―Thank you.‖
Blond Number Two goes and sits at the sandstone desk at her station and they both continue their work.
Perhaps Mr Cullen insists on all his employees being blonde… is that legal? I‘m wondering idly, when the office door opens and a tall elegantly dressed, rather beautiful black man exits. I have definitely worn the wrong clothes. He turns and says through the door,
―Golf, definitely, Cullen.‖
I don‘t hear the reply. He turns, sees me and smiles kindly. Jessica has jumped up and called the lift.
―Good afternoon ladies,‖ he says as he departs through the sliding door.
―Mr Cullen will see you now, Miss Swan. Do go through,‖ Blond Number Two says. I stand rather shakily, collect my satchel, leave my water and make my way to the partially open door.

―You don‘t need to knock – just go in,‖ she smiles at me, and I push open the door and stumble through, tripping over my own feet as usual and falling head first into the office.


Chapter Two
I am on my hands and knees in the doorway to Mr Cullen‘s office, and gentle hands are around me helping to pull me up. I am so embarrassed, damn my clumsiness. I have to steel myself to glance up. Holy Crow, he‘s so young…
―Miss Hale…‖ he extends a long-fingered hand to me, once I‘m stood. ―I‘m Edward Cullen. Are you all right? Would you like to sit?‖
He‘s so young… and attractive. Very attractive. Tall, dressed in a fine grey suit, white shirt and black tie with unruly bronze hair and intense, bright green eyes that regard me shrewdly.
―Err… actually,‖ It takes a moment for me to find my voice, and I think my mouth has plopped open in astonishment. If this guy is over thirty then I‘m a monkey‘s uncle… I extend my hand to him in a daze, and we shake. As our fingers touch I feel a strange current go through me. I withdraw my hand hastily, and I can feel myself blinking… rapidly, matching my heart rate.
―Miss Hale is err… indisposed, so she sent me. I hope you don‘t mind, Mr Cullen.‖
―And you are…?‖ His voice is warm, possibly amused but it‘s difficult to tell from his impassive expression. He looks mildly interested, but above all, polite.
―Isabella Swan. I‘m studying English with Rose… err Rosalie… err Miss Hale at Washington State.‖
―I see,‖ he says simply and I think I can see the ghost of a smile in his expression but I‘m not sure. ―Would you like to sit?‖ He waves me towards a white leather buttoned L-shaped couch. The room is vast with an enormous modern dark wood desk beside the floor-to-ceiling windows. Everything is white except on the wall by the door, there‘s a succession of small square paintings, thirty-six of them arranged in a square…. they are exquisite, a series of mundane, forgotten objects, painted in such precise detail they look like photographs. Displayed together, they are breathtaking.
―A local artist. Trouton.‖ He says when he catches my gaze.
―They‘re lovely. Raising the ordinary to extraordinary,‖ I murmur, distracted, by him and by the paintings. He gazes at me intently.
―Yes Miss Swan,‖ he replies softly.
Apart from the painting the rest of the room is pleasant enough, but it‘s quite cold, clean… clinical. I wonder if it truly reflects the personality of the Greek god who sinks gracefully into one of the white leather chairs opposite me. I am disturbed by where my thoughts are heading so I busy myself with finding the questions that Rose has given me and then setting up the mini-disc recorder. I am all fingers and thumbs, dropping it twice on the dark wood coffee table in front of me. Mr Cullen says nothing, as I become increasingly embarrassed and flustered. When I finally pluck up the courage to look at him he‘s watching me, one hand relaxed in his lap and the other cupping his chin and trailing his long index finger across his lips. I think he‘s trying to suppress a smile.

―Sorry,‖ I stutter. ―I‘m not used to this.‖
―Take all the time you need Miss Swan,‖ he says.
―Do you mind if I record your answers?‖
―After you‘ve taken so much trouble to set up the recorder… you ask me now?‖
I flush. He‘s teasing me… I hope… I blink at him and I think he takes pity on me because he relents. ―No, I don‘t mind.‖
―Did Rose… I mean Miss Hale explain what the interview was for?‖
―Yes, your student newspaper WSU Eyewitness. To appear in the graduation issue, as I shall be conferring the degrees at this year‘s graduation ceremony.‖
Oh… this is news to me… and I‘m temporarily pre-occupied with the thought that someone, not much older than me… okay maybe six years or so, and okay he‘s mega successful… but still - he‘s going to present me with my degree! I try and drag myself back to the task in hand.
―Good… well, I have some questions… Mr Cullen.‖ I smooth a stray lock of hair behind my ear.
―I thought you might…‖ he says, deadpan. He‘s teasing me again. I feel the heat in my cheeks and I pull myself up in attempt to look taller and intimidating. I press the start button on the recorder and try for professional… I read the first of Rose‘s questions.
―You‘re very young to have amassed such an empire. To what do you owe your success?‖ I glance up at him.
He smiles ruefully at me but looks vaguely disappointed.
―Business is all about people, Miss Swan and I‘m very good at judging people - I know how they tick, what makes them flourish, what weakens them, what inspires them, and how to incentivise them… I employ many, many good people and I reward them well. I believe that the road to success in any scheme is to make oneself master of that scheme and I work hard, very hard to do that. I make decisions based on logic and facts and I have good solid ideas and an exceptional team that can come up with good solid ideas – again, good people.
―Maybe you‘re just lucky.‖ This isn‘t on Rose‘s list but he‘s so arrogant…
―I don‘t subscribe to luck or chance, Miss Swan. The harder I work the more luck I seem to have. It really is all about having the right people on your team. I think it was Harvey Firestone who said
‗the growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.‘‖
―You sound like a control freak.‖ The words are out of my mouth before I can stop them.
―Oh, I exercise control in all things Miss Swan,‖ he says, not a trace of humor in his smile. I look at him and he holds my gaze steadily, impassive, but my heartbeat quickens inexplicably and my face flushes again. Why does he have such an unnerving effect on me? His overwhelming good looks maybe? The way his eyes blaze at me?
He continues, ― Besides, immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control things…‖

―Do you feel that you have immense power?‖ Control Freak.
―I employ over fifty thousand people Miss Swan. That gives me a certain… sense of responsibility. Power if you will. If I decide I‘m no longer interested in the telecommunications business and sell up - twenty five thousand people would struggle to make their mortgage payments after a month or so…‖
I think my mouth drops open. I am staggered by his lack of humility.
―Don‘t you have a board to answer to?‖ I ask disgusted.
―I own my company – so I don‘t have to answer to a board.‖ He raises an eyebrow at me… of course I would know this if I had done some research… But Holy Crow… he‘s so arrogant… I change tack.
―And do you have any interests outside of your work?‖
―I have varied interests, Miss Swan.‖ A ghost of a smile touches his lips. ―Very varied.‖ And for some reason I feel confounded and heated by his steady gaze... His eyes alight with some wicked thought...
―But if you work so hard what do you do to chill out?‖
―Chill out?‖ He smiles a dazzling white-toothed, crooked smile at me. I stop breathing. He really is beautiful. No one should be this good looking. ―Well, to chill out as you put it - I sail, I fly, various physical pursuits,‖ he shifts in his chair. ―I‘m a very wealthy man, Miss Swan and I have expensive and absorbing hobbies.‖
I glance quickly at Rose‘s questions, wanting to get off this subject,
―You invest in manufacturing… why specifically?‖ I ask. Why does he make me feel so uncomfortable?
―I like to build things, I like to know how things work, what makes things tick… how to construct and deconstruct… And I have a love of ships… what can I say…?‖
―That sounds like your heart talking rather than logic and facts.‖
His mouth quirks up at me and he stares at me appraisingly. ―Possibly… though there are people I know who‘d say I don‘t have a heart.‖
―Why would they say that?‖
―Because they know me well,‖ his lip curls in a wry smile.
―Would your friends say that you are easy to get to know?‖ And I regret the question as soon as I say it… it‘s not on Rose‘s list…
―I‘m a very private person, Miss Swan, and I‘ll go a long way to protect my privacy. I don‘t often give interviews…‖ he trails off…
―Why did you agree to do this interview?‖


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