Stephanie was way too overqualified to be a secretary. She knew it; her boss knew it; and anyone who looked at her resume knew it. Someone who had degrees in computer science and engineering, who spoke three languages, could have better career than personal assistant to a billionaire with ADD.
Stephanie met Andy Stone in college. He’d been irritating and she had been rude. Anyone who commented on her miniskirt (which Andy had) without noticing that it was inspired by the Daleks from Doctor Who (which Andy had not mentioned) was not worth her time. Stephanie was the classic definition of a knockout, with long blond hair and legs. She was also just about the biggest fangirl it was possible to meet. Stephanie learned Japanese just so that she would not have to wait for the subtitles of her favorite anime. She went into computer science and engineering because she thought that if anything SciFi related was going to happen anytime soon it would be in that field. And she wore clothing inspired by her fandoms to filter the boys interested in her looks from the boys interested in her interests… and her looks.
Andy, as it turned out, was interested in her brain. Not long after the incident with her miniskirt Stephanie snidely made a comment about a mistake he’d made in his programming. She hadn’t known at the time that Andy was a “self-made” genius. It was rare for him to make a mistake, and rarer for someone else to catch it. The next thing Stephanie knew she was being paired with the man for every project in every class they shared. Stephanie quickly learned there was more to Andy than a slightly older than normal rich frat boy. He knew a lot more than she expected. Andy had very nearly gotten a degree in chemistry and biology before proceeding to computer science. He left that before he got his degree too.
By the time Stephanie obtained her degrees, Andy’s billionaire parents were insisting Andy take a more active role in one of their companies. Andy offered to pay off Stephanie’s student loans if she’d work as his personal assistant. At first she said no. That was when Andy used her weakness. He took her to robotics demonstrations that his company was running. He showed her behind the scenes work about advanced AI programming that the company was doing. He even let her look at classified plans for the space program for a government contract.
Stephanie accepted the job. Not because of the loans, or the exorbitant salary, but because if anything interesting (a.k.a. SciFi related) was going to happen during Stephanie’s lifetime, Andy Stone was going to be right in the middle of it. Stephanie wanted to make sure that she was involved too.
Okay, so more character sketch than story. But I am particularly fond of Stephanie who is very qualified for dealing with the consequences of Andy toying with the laws of nature (as of course he will be doing soon enough) and doesn't take one iota of Andy's baloney. They will all be grateful they've got a kick butt nerd on staff when what's coming happens.
Stephanie was probably a little bit inspired by something my martial arts teacher (who was an old school nerd) said once. "I went to comic book conventions every year, and then one day, all these drop dead gorgeous women started showing up! And they never left!" We were talking about cosplay.