Cullen was in a hurry. He was always in a hurry, always having more to do and less time to do it in, especially now that he'd been promoted to Detective. Besides filing reports and attending hearings of the criminals he'd arrested, he had endless piles of paperwork to go through every day.
Cullen was in a hurry and wasn't looking where he was going, preoccupied with thoughts of the latest case he was working on as he barreled out of the coffee shop, crashing right into someone, and spilling his hot coffee over both of them.
"Watch where you're going you clumsy oaf!" the stranger practically yelled at him. "Do you have any idea how much this suit cost? You've ruined it!"
Cullen stared blankly for a moment trying to refocus his thoughts. "I'm so sorry. I was a bit preoccupied."
"That much is clear..." the stranger stopped talking in mid-sentence when he finally looked up at Cullen, his storm-grey eyes changing focus as he raked them over Cullen's handsome form. Cullen saw the man visibly swallow nervously.
Cullen's own breath hitched when he looked into eyes that were looking him over, and noted the raven black hair, tanned skin and rakish mustache on what appeared to be a very well-dressed businessman.
"Again, my apologies," Cullen said sincerely. "Is there anything I can do to make up for it?"
Without missing a beat, the stranger pulled out a business card and handed it to Cullen, who stared at it blankly. "You can take me out to dinner. Call me later to arrange a date."
"Um ... OK. I guess I can do that. I do have to run. I'll talk to you later," Cullen excused himself and practically ran down the street towards the precinct. Once safely inside and seated at his desk, he pulled out the card again and managed to actually read it this time. In bold black letters the card read:
Board of Directors, Member
Cullen's skipped a beat. "Maker preserve me. I have to take the Dorian Pavus out on a date?" Cullen muttered to himself.
Dorian Pavus was the infamous son of billionaire Halward Pavus. Halward stood for everything Cullen hated in this world. Greed, corruption, and the exploitation of innocents. His son Dorian was a spoiled, pampered playboy well known for his sexual exploits and not much else.
And Cullen just agreed to take the man out to dinner.