It seemed a good idea at the time. Carrie had pretended she needed help changing light bulbs in her apartment so she’d have an excuse to invite her cute neighbor inside. She hadn’t planned it out. Now she was at a party thrown by Erick’s company, standing at his side as always, a sparkling engagement ring on her finger. Erick thought she was a complete ditz, and why wouldn’t he, considering how they’d met, and she found herself playing the role with gusto every day since. She never imagined they would end up dating for five years.
“I see you brought our favorite arm candy,” Erick’s boss, the CEO, said has his lips brushed Carrie’s cheek. Carrie smiled and Erick beamed at her, before launching into a lengthy work-related conversation with his boss. Carrie had an idea for a new app, one she thought could change the world. Getting the CEO’s feedback on it would be awesome. Silently, she tried to muster the courage to speak up, to ask his opinion, but the nagging voice in her head told her to stay quiet. She should ignore it. She was just as smart as Erick. She deserved to be heard.