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Lorax - Once-ler x Aurora - Breathless -Chapter 14 by SetoAngel01 Lorax - Once-ler x Aurora - Breathless -Chapter 14 by SetoAngel01
Aurora made sure to show up early for her first day of working for her boyfriend. She laughed softly at this situation and her mother always warning her that whatever job she was in, never get in too close with your boss. It could mean trouble. Well, this was a different situation considering they were boyfriend and girlfriend way before he ever offered her this job. After she walked into the factory, she noticed it wasn’t much bigger than the RV his mother set up near his smaller cabin. She passed his cabin and signed softly, missing the days when it seemed the two would enjoy a day without a worry in the world. Now, things were a little different, but she knew this day was coming. His success was sure to come soon, but she just wished it had taken a little longer before it happened. She felt selfish, but she couldn’t help the feeling of just wanting things to be a little simpler. That’s how it’s been her whole life growing up – simple. But it was now things felt more complicated than ever.

She could tell that only after her month absence, there was something different about Once-ler. He was much more brazen where he used to be so shy and sweet. He was more obsessed with his business and the priority shift was monumental, but she knew he still was just the marshmallow-loving goofball she fell in love with on the inside. He just needed a little time away from his overbearing work load to let it come through. She knew it was going to be hard, but she was determined to keep him levelheaded and keep his mind on what really mattered as well as building their relationship and letting it continue to grow.

Aurora smiled as she walked into the factory and was greeted by Once-ler. He smiled and didn’t waste any time in giving her a tight hug and a warm kiss on her lips. “You’re early!” he said happily
“It’s my first day of work. Gotta make a good first impression.” She replied with a smirk and a wink.

“Great. Alright, um. You’ll be sitting here.” Once-ler said, walking over to the main hall way where the splitting corridors opened. There sat a dark cherry wood desk with a bright red phone on its smooth surface. A pile of customer order forms in a small metal tray and a small truffula tree in a planter behind the desk. She looked around at the wooden floors and beautiful red paint of the factory design.

“Wow. I bet this was expensive.”

“Not too bad. Got some collaboration by offering a good deal on some bulk thneeds and other thneed clothing, they gave us a pretty good deal. Also, my mom did a bulk of the designing aspect of it, so all in all, it turned out to be a pretty good turnout.” He replied, walking over behind the desk and touching the tuft of the sapling truffula tree with the fingers of his dark green gloves.

“So, I just answer phones and take orders?”

“Yeah, you might have to fetch a few things for me now and again, but other than that, it should be fairly simple and self-explanatory.”

“Sounds good.”

“Wonderful. Alright, if you need me, I’ll be in my office down the hall.” He replied with a wink as he walked down the hallway until he turned to the right and she lost sight of him behind the doorframe.”

Aurora walked around behind the front desk, her fingers touching the truffula’s tuft, not really wanting to question why Once-ler would dig up a truffula and plant it in a pot inside his factory’s front desk. As she sat down in the cushy office chair, she spun around once and laughed, not full realizing how quickly it would move on the freshly polished wood flooring.

“Oh, slacking off already, huh?” Isabella said, walking over to the young woman.

Aurora didn’t answer, just said a polite “Good morning,” as Isabella walked passed her desk and over to Once-ler’s office.

Aurora sighed after Isabella was out of sight. She shook her head at the woman’s blatant works when she heard the phone ring.

The day went by pretty slowly. She only took about a dozen orders by noon and the rest of the time she spent trying to stay awake among the humming of the bright lights above her head. As the day went on, she didn’t see a trace of Once-ler. His family sure was everywhere though. Bret and Chet would waltz pass by and ask her ridiculous questions while the Aunt Griselda wasted no time in even a hello. Uncle Ubb was a bit nicer, smiling and waving when he passed the desk. The worst to Aurora was still the Once-ler’s mother. Isabella would walk by and berate every little thing Aurora would do, even in the way she stacked the papers. As she spoke with a customer on the phone and wrote down their address and order information as they gave it to her. “You have a good day. Goodbye.” She said pleasantly before hanging up the phone.

Aurora stacked up the paper with the others when she heard someone walking across the room and her eyes lit up when she seen Once-ler walking over to her.

Isabella looked from behind a doorframe at the young woman sitting at the desk. She watched as Once-ler left his office and walked over to her desk, placing his elbow on the wooden surface and leaning over close to the young woman. A conversation began between the two that she couldn’t quite hear the words but watching as Aurora placed her hand on his hand before leaning over the desk, she could understand the content pretty easily. Not being able to stand their flirtatious behavior any longer, she quickly came out of her surveillance spot and walked quickly toward the desk.

“Oh, hello, Oncie! You done with those blueprints already!?” Isabella announced loudly as she walked over to the two.

Once-ler visually jumped as he was backing up from the front desk. “No. Not yet.”

“Then why are you out here dawdling, honey? Our customers aren’t going to wait while you just waste time, Oncie.”
“Mom, I’ve been working on them all day! I needed a break!” Once-ler replied, taking a deep breath and sighing at this mother words.

“Yeah, he’s a hard-worker. He deserves a break once in a while.” Aurora interceded, making sure to defend her boyfriend.

“And who asked you, secretary? Get back to work! This doesn’t concern you!”

“Don’t you talk to her like that!” Once-ler said, his voice rising slightly, shocking everyone around including himself.

“Fine.” Isabella said after a few brief moments of unbearable silence.

“Wait. Where are you going?” Once-ler asked.

“Leaving. Packing up the family and going. I don’t want to be sticking around here with a child with no respect for the woman who gave him life.” She said emotionlessly as she walked toward the hall.

In a flash, Aurora watched as Once-ler sprinted to her side and apologized at least half a dozen times, begging for his mother to stay and help. Aurora sighed, watching Isabella play her son like a fiddle. He didn’t stand a chance. Aurora sighed, happy to hear the phone ringing and answered it and began taking the customer’s information as Once-ler and Isabella walked by. It appeared as if Isabella decided to stay after she heard Once-ler promising to finish the blueprints by nightfall.

As they walked past the desk, Once-ler glanced at Aurora. An apology apparent in his sad blue eyes, and after Once-ler turned his face back to where he was walking, Aurora’s eyes fell on Isabella, who just smirked at the redhead. Aurora didn’t return it, she just watched and wondered just how strong of a hold she had on Once-ler and just became more determined to break it.

Once-ler sat in his office, eyes tracing over his finished factory expansion blueprints, subconsciously undoing his tie and let it rest along his shoulders as he undid a few of the top buttons on his white button-up shirt. He sighed deeply as he peeked over at his window and noticed the sun quickly falling to the horizon. He glanced at the clock on his wall and the hands pointed to ‘6:55’, just a few minutes before closing time. He also looked out the window again and watched as his mother was walking to her RV and closing the door behind her. Once-ler smiled at this newfound development and quickly rose to his feet and walked out of his office.

Aurora sat at the desk, answering the last few calls coming in before the company hours were set to close while simultaneously sorting out papers to keep them organized before they got a little too bit out of hand. She was on the phone with a customer and taking down information when her neck snapped up after a shadow was cast along her desk and she looked up to see Once-ler sitting on her desk, crossing those gorgeous legs that seemed to go on for miles, and pushing his glasses on top of his head. She audibly peeped when she felt him hand grazing her face. Her cheeks burning a bright pink hue when she felt the weight of his hat fall on her head.

“Ma’am?” the customer asked over the line.

“Oh, yes, sir. We’ll get it to you as soon as possible.” Aurora said, finally regaining control of her voice and avoiding Once-ler as he leaned down and played with her hair.

“Alright, thanks.”

“No problem. Have a goodnight sir.” Aurora said before quickly placing the phone back on the receiver. “Can’t you see I was busy?” she said, a bit stunned and not at all sure what to say to her adorable boyfriend.

“No, not really.” He replied coyly, standing back to his feet before continuing, “So… how was your first day?” Once-ler asked leaning his hand on the desk and placing back on the at after she handed it back to him.

“Bearable, I suppose.” Aurora replied, a forced smile on her delicate features as the pressure of the day was apparent on her face. Once-ler watched as she finished sorting out the papers and piled them neatly into the metal bin.

“Listen, I’ll talk to her about being a bit nicer. She’s just not used to seeing her little boy grown up, owning a company, having a ravishing girlfriend… It’s all new to her.” Once-ler said after a few moments, leaning over closer to her face before pushing forward and kissing her on her lips.

Aurora was in a bit of shock at first, but gladly closed her eyes and returned the affection as she felt his gloved hand behind her head pulling her deeper into his kiss. Her left hand grasped his bicep as they pulled away. Aurora quickly moved her hand to her face and fixed her now smeared lipstick and laughed when she noticed a trace of the coral lipstick on Once-ler’s smiling lips.

“Oops.” She said with a giggle as she pulled a tissue from the box underneath the desk and wiped it away.

“Thanks.” He said, leaning in to give her a ghost of a kiss before pulling back and continuing, “Want to join me for dinner?”

“What are you making?”

“Making? Nah. I haven’t cooked in weeks. Let’s just go out. I can afford it now” Once-ler suggested with a laugh and an incredible toothy smile.

Aurora hesitated momentarily before saying, “Sure.”

Once-ler smiled, taking her hand and pulling her from behind the desk where she was still seated in the office chair. She laughed softly as he took her other hand and pulling her to her feet. She looked up at his tall figure and bit her bottom lip as she felt his hands rubbing circles in her back. She closed her eyes and laid her head against his chest as her arms linked around his waist.

She stood back slightly feeling his skin against her face and realized his shirt was undone. “We can’t go out like this. Here.” She said, slowly buttoning his shirt back up and fixing his tie. Once-ler smiled softly, his hands resting along her shoulders

“Thanks. Now, Come on. Let’s go before it gets too late.” He whispered as she pulled away and she happily took the arm he offered and they walked out of the factory.

The two conversed as they walked along the familiar forest. Isabella looked out her RV’s window and irritably watching the two walk farther in the distance. She shook her head at the sight before closing the blinds.

Isabella walked over to the kitchen table where Griselda was sitting and eating an overcooked TV dinner. “Where those two going?” Griselda asked.

“No idea…. Ugh, that girl…. She’s just so…”

“Dreamy?” Chet swooned walking through the kitchen and grabbing a soda from the fridge.

“Shut up!” Griselda said, leaning back and aiming to hit her son on the back of his head, but he dodged it and ran back to his bedroom.

“Really, we need to do something about this girl, sis!” Isabella stated angrily as she calmed herself by rubbing her hand along the fur of her fox scarf.

“What is the problem? Aren’t you happy Once-ler found someone? I mean, at least this way, it keeps him out of our hair.” Griselda said, standing up after finishing the dinner and throwing away the tray in the trash before sitting back down.

“You just don’t get it do you?”

“This girl is going to make him lose his business.”


“She digs her claws in him, takes him away from his work, and before we know it, he’ll lose his customers, which means, we’ll lose out on all that money! She needs to be stopped!” Isabella said, standing to her feet and hitting her fist angrily on the table.

“Well, what are we supposed to do? Once-ler will never dump her and I don’t think she would either.” Griselda replied.

“I don’t know…” she said, glancing out the window and looking at the truffula trees swaying in the warm evening wind. “Then again…” she continued, an evil smirk appearing on her face as her mind began putting the plan into motion.


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Art-twin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I hate his mom! she so evil!
leoluvr6628 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GRRRR!! Once-ler's mother has irked me since I saw her in the commercial. Please write more soon!!!
Energywitch Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Why am I not surprised....

I seen this a bunch times in soap operas, bitchy mom always plots to make the girl his kid loves away.

Let's just hope further on, he comes to his senses and see who's the real enemy and who are his true friends.
whitelighter5 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Incoming telenovela-esque drama! Looking forward to the next chapter soon.
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