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Note; Do not request into the thread unless I give you permission. You must be Eighteen years old to even apply for this thread. I will not be writing with minor's at all. If I find out you aren't at least Eighteen years old, I will be denying you the spot all together. So please make sure you are of age before messaging me. Thank you.

Apollo's whole life has been fucked up. His parents had gotten a divorce when he was a teenager. He would bounce between his mother, and his father's home every other weekend, and every other holiday. When he turned eighteen was when he finally put his foot down, and told both of his parents he wasn't going to see either one of them. He had saved up a lot of money from his odd end jobs, and he finally had enough for a small apartment. When his parents heard the news, they told him he would end up failing, and that if he did, he wasn't allowed to ask either of them for help. Apollo knew he wouldn't need his parent's help, and told them that. Since that night he's been on his own, and chasing after his dreams of becoming a well known painter.

Your Name Here grew up in a really abusive home. Her mother had left when she was ten years old, and all she had left was her father. He was doing unspeakable things to her, and telling her that's how he showed his love. At first she had believed him, until one of her friends at school brought it up to a teacher, and she had been taken away from her father and put into the foster care system. She had grown up bouncing home to home, never knowing what it was really like to be loved, and cared for. When she was old enough to get out of the foster care system, she did and got onto her feet quickly. She had built walls around her heart, and she vowed to never let anyone past those walls.

As the years passed Apollo had gotten his name out there. That was until the woman he was engaged too stole everything from him. She had been cheating on him, and she stole all of his money and left him with nothing. Now that Apollo has hit rock bottom, he doesn't know what to do with himself. He had gotten into a terrible depression, and turned to cutting, and drugs. He wanted to forget everything that happened, and he was so close to commiting suicide, that he didn't care if anyone cried over him dying. When he lost his apartment, he had to move in with one of his really good friend's, and stayed on his couch while he slowly put himself back together. That's when Your Name Here popped into his life, and his whole world was turned upside down.

Your Name Here had been dealing with her own demons, and learning how to get back on her feet. She worked at a bar in town, and she had known Apollo's roommate for years. They were close as siblings, and that's when she had met Apollo. Something about the damaged, tattooed man drew her in. Apollo didn't want to meet anyone, he didn't want to fall in love, but something about Your Name Here changed his mind on all of that. They started talking, and something seemed to spark between them. Apollo wanted to start drawing again, and he wanted to use Your Name Here as his model. He just didn't know how to ask her about it. One day while he went to her place of work, is when things changed once more for them both.

Apollo finally got the nerve to talk to Your Name Here and asked her to model for him. When she finally agreed to do it, is when things finally seemed to fall into place for them both. They were slowly realizing they were falling in love, and that's something neither one of them really expected to happen. What'll happen when they start spending more time together? Will Your Name Here finally realize that not all men are like her father? Will Apollo finally get back into painting? Or will everything fall apart in the end? You'll never know unless you join, Perfect Muse.

The cast of Perfect Muse.

Apollo Colson; Taken

Female; Taken

What is needed from you.

This is going to be really simple. I just need you to Private Message me this little Skeleton about your character. It's not going to be much detail, but I do need you to send it my way. When asking to join though, please title your Private Message Silence along with this small skeleton inside.

Picture Link: {Not fully linked} || Character Name {First, Middle & Last} || Character Age {Twenty-one and older} || Likes {Five Total} || Dislikes {Five Total} || Personality {Positive - Negative - Positive - Negative - Positive - Negative || Biography {10+ Sentences. Make it a pretty good paragraph, if it's not I'll ask you to add onto it}

See how simple that is? Just please make sure to add that into your message, otherwise I won't think about accepting you for the role. At the bottom of your skeleton I would like you to tell me who your favorite time of year and Holiday, so I know you read everything inside of the thread. Now onto the lovely rules.

The rules of Perfect Muse.

First- The pictures are going to be Real. They need to be black & white as well. None of the over used shit either. If it's too big, I will ask you to resize it to a smaller size. If you can't find one to your liking, simply message me and ask me for help. I would be more than happy to help you look, or edit your picture for you. Just don't get mad at me, if I ask you to change/edit it.

Second- Romance might be apart of this story line, it's not going to happen right away either. It'll most likely be a slow burn like it is in real life. There will be a lot of dark & mature topics. There will be talk about rape, abuse, drinking, drugs and everything else under the sun. There will be trigging subjects as well. If you are still interested in this story then please apply. You have been warned twice about how dark this thread is going to be. You must be eighteen years old to even think about applying for this thread. I will not budge on this, period.

Third- Joining and then ditching is a no. If you don't like where this role play is going, simply message me and we can plot something out. Or if you are simply bored of it, and don't want to do it anymore, simply message me and tell me. I won't be mad if you get tired of it. Just if you join and then never post, is when I will be slightly annoyed with you. So please, at least talk to me about leaving the thread.

Forth- Plot twists is a must. I love plotting things out, and see where we want it to go. It's not that hard to become my friend either. So if you have something in mind, and wanna run it by me, all you gotta do is message me and be like 'Hey! I have an idea, and I just wanted to see what you thought about it!'. Because honestly I will do the same thing to you, so don't be surprised if you get messages from me about ideas.

Fifth- Stealing this idea is a no. It's something that's important to me. If I see anything like it, or someone stealing the main idea I will make it known you stole it from me. I have worked hard on this idea, and if you like it that much, ask me if you can borrow it. Just make sure to give me the credit for it. I will most likely say yes to letting you borrow it, as long as you ask me first.

Sixth- Posting. I know we all have lives outside of this site. I work full time, and sometimes on my day's off I'm not always on until later that night. So if you need a couple of days to post, I'm okay with that. If you are gonna be gone for a week or two, please let me know because if you don't, then I'll think you ditched out on me. I will do the same thing for you as well. If I can't post, or having a hard time I will make sure to let you know.

Seventh- A lot of my threads are Straight pairings. So this rule will be changing with each and every thread I will be doing. This thread of course will be Straight Couple's. So please make sure to keep that in mind. I will change and put what the thread's couple are at the time.

Eighth- Please for the love of God don't message me over and over asking when I'm gonna post. That's something I really hate, and it get's on my nerves when that happens. I like to take time on my posts, and I like to make sure it's the way I want it. If you see me online, I'm most likely working on my post, and making sure it's done right. If I take two weeks to post, that's when you can message me and ask what's going on. Other than that, do not bug me to post, and I will not bug you to post either.

Ninth- I love details inside of my role play's. Please make sure you give me something to work with, and I'll do the same for you. I am asking for a good 6-8 paragraphs per post. I understand writers block. I hate putting a posting limit on my threads, so please make sure I have something I can reply too.

Tenth- You will be required to play a male later on down the road. I do have a female in mind that I would love to bring into play. If you don't play a male role later on to help move the thread along, then I will have to tell you no. Sometimes it's a good thing to break out of your comfort zone, and try something new. It won't be for awhile, so we can talk about when to add in the other character's. I know sooner or later I will make my female apart of the thread, so please be openminded to trying something new.

Eleventh- Now that I'm done sounding like a total bitch, I want this to be enjoyable for the both of us. That's what writing is about anyway. Having fun, and making something beautiful together. So please enjoy writing with me, and let's make something amazing, and see where this will lead.
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StolenRelics-мυѕe   1y ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 A small sigh passed though the male's lips as he was sitting in the living room on his make shift bed. He was going through a bunch of his old drawings, and wondered where it all went wrong. He had hit rock bottom about three months ago, and he's still picking up the shattered pieces. He had been engaged to the most beautiful woman he had ever laid eyes on. He had trusted her to no end, and when he found out she had been cheating on him, and that she had drained his bank account, he knew something was wrong.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As the male was getting wrapped up in his thoughts, the front door opened and in walked Emilio. The other male kicked his shoes off in the walkway and looked towards Apollo. [b "It's good to see you awake. I'm sorry if I disturbed you this morning"] the male said as he walked father into the room. Apollo shook his head lightly and smiled a little. [#D1B419 "It's perfectly fine. That's what I get for sleeping on the couch"] he said with a small shrug of his shoulders. Emilio walked over and sat next to him.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [b "I see you are going through your old drawings"] he said as he took the sketch pad out of Apollo's lap. Apollo shrugged letting him. [#D1B419 "Honestly it's nothing special. Just going down memory lane, and wondering what I did wrong. Did I not please Amelia enough? That type of thing. I know I had been making bank, and I was always showering her with gifts and whatever she wanted, but it still wasn't enough I suppose"] he said with a small sigh. Emilio looked down at the sketch pad, and started flipping through it.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [b "If I'm being honest, she didn't deserve you. She knew what she was doing. She wasn't the best thing for you. I knew she was toxic, and I just kept my mouth shut because you were so happy. You had everything going for you, and I wish I had told you a lot sooner"] he admitted. He then stopped at a couple drawings of the black haired woman. Apollo looked down at the sketches as well, and felt his heart breaking inside of his chest. The anger slowly started to spark again within him.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "With how stubborn I am, I wouldn't have listened, and I would have ended up right where I am now. But I really am glad you are letting me stay here"] he said with a small smile. [b "Of course I would. If I had the room, you could take the spare bedroom. Speaking of which, that should be done in the next couple of days, and then you can move off the couch, and into a real bed"] he said with a grin. Emilio had been working hard to get his spare room done.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "That's kind of you, it really is. I should be getting ready for work though, I have a long night ahead of me"] he said as he pulled his phone towards him and checked the time. Sure enough, it was getting that time. Emilio nodded a bit. [b "Also if you want to burn those sketches of the cunt, let me know"] he said handing Apollo his sketch pad back. The other took it and grinned promising he would let the other know. It was kind of hard to do that at the moment. Emilio understood all too well.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo stood and made his way into the bathroom. He took a quick shower and got ready for his long night at Angelica's café. The pay wasn't the best, but at least it was a paying job. He was a cook there for the over night hours, and at least he got out of the house. He finished his shower a little bit later, and then climbed out. He dried himself off and got dressed. He brushed his teeth, spiked his still wet hair the best he could, and went back into the living room.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He got his socks and shoes on, and then finished getting ready. He found his work back, made sure his sketch pad was tucked away, and his things were in the bag. He then grabbed his phone, wallet, house keys, and was on his way. He made his way out the door and to his light blue Jeep Wrangler. He unlocked it and slid in behind the wheel. He set his bag next to him, and started the Jeep up. He pulled away from the curb and headed into town. His mind still on his ex-girlfriend.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He had known for the longest time the relationship was turning sour, and yet he didn't want to believe it. He wanted to see if she would change, but she hadn't. He was now paying for it three months later. He sighed lightly and about twenty minutes later, he was pulling into the parking lot. He found his normal spot, put the car in park, grabbed his bag and climbed out. He shut and locked the door behind him. He then slipped in through the back, set his bag on the desk in Angelica's office, and clocked in.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He tied the apron around his waist as he walked towards the front. It was still slightly busy, and he was grateful for that. He walked right up to Angelica and she smiled towards him. [b "Thank God you are here. Get behind the grill, it's going to be busy for a while"] she ordered. The male nodded. [#D1B419 "Will do"] was all he said. He then made his way into the back, got behind the grill and went straight to work. At least here he could keep his mind off of everything from earlier.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   1y ago

Rebecca sat up with a start. Sweat was running down her body, her hair sticking to her face as she panted, trying to catch her breath. Her sheets were thrown of the bed by her movements, barely being able to make them out in the dark. A glance to her alarm clock told her that her shift at the bar had only ended a couple hours ago. Not that it was odd for her to only sleep a few hours. Sleep never came back after this. The only reason it was dark in her room were the blinds that were drawn tightly shut. 

With a sigh she swung her legs over the side of the bed, rubbing the sleep out of her eyes before getting up. Quickly she made her bed. Her hands smoothed over the sheets several times to make sure that not a single crease was left. Only once it was as smooth as the surface of water did she make her way to the bathroom. Turning on the shower, it sputtered to life slowly before the stream became more steady. Stripping out of her clothes, she folded them up and placed them on the counter before stepping under the shower. Rebecca's head tilted up to let the warm water run over her face as she tried to dispell the last of that night. It was those nightmare again. Every night they came to haunt her, took her back to back then. Where she laid there and waited for it to be over, her lips pressed down to keep from making any sounds as she knew that he wouldn't like that. 

Trembling hands came up to push her hair out of her face. It could be so easy. She knew the numbers she had to call that would get her the fix she needed. That would allow her to sleep in peace and then later be bouncing and bubbly. To not be the ice queen that she was titled to be. Wouldn't life be easy then? No. Rebecca hung her head, her hand balling against the tiled wall. She knew exactly what could happen. 

Quickly finishing her shower before stepping in front of the mirror to dry off and apply her makeup in the order that the products were lined up in a row on a small shelf beside her sink. Once she was done Rebecca threw her hair over her shoulder. She grabbed her folded pajamas, placing them on a chair beside her bed and dressed in some jeans and a shirt that she had already laid out the night before. 
With a few steps she crossed over the wooden floor from her bedroom to the kitchen. The apartment was decent enough for two people and she had lucked out. Originally when she came to town it had been because the job of working at the bar which you didn't need any qualifications for really and the bar owner had been able to facilitate her the room in this apartment. Considering she hadn't had a penny to her name, that had been a definite plus, even if working at a bar wasn't her dream job. It had gotten better compared to the beginning where many of the men had tried to flirt with her or invited her to drinks. After one after another struck out without so much as an apologetic smile, Rebecca had become known as the ice queen of the bar. At least, it meant that she was left alone for the most part, which she was very glad for.

In the kitchen she made a bagel with cream cheese and some coffee. Her roommate was at work so they sometimes they didn't cross paths during the day. Then Rebecca grabbed an open can of cat food that stood on the counter. As if they heard it, there was the telltale meow at the window. There on the fire escape sat a black cat she had dubbed Shadow. Around a year ago it had started turning up here and Rebecca hadn't had the heart to turn it away with how skinny it looked. Now she fed it daily and while Shadow had taken exploratory trips into the apartment, it usually left again soon enough. While Shadow ate, Rebecca focused on her food, looking around her apartment. There was still a few things she wanted to work on in her room and considering that she did as much as she could herself, it was taking a long time. It certainly didn't look like she had already lived here for a few years, but she enjoyed doing things herself. 

Rebecca spent the majority of the day on the dishwasher that had started to leak water yesterday, though she was pleased when she figured out the problem and was able to repair it. Looking at the clock, she saw that she had taken too long and hadn't gone food shopping yet. That meant she had nothing in the fridge and would have to find something somewhere. After she had changed into a new shirt, her old one had gotten wet during her battle with the dishwasher, she grabbed her jacket and made her way out the door. 

Despite living in this town for a bit, she hadn't ever really gone out to eat. Rebecca had seen the cafes that dotted the street several times, but never gone on. Ultimately, she chose Angelica's Cafe as it was closest so she didn't have to hurry back to make her shift. Settling into a chair, she chose the first thing that her eyes fell on. A burger and salad with fries. It felt weird sitting there and made Rebecca feel uncomfortable. She wasn't used to being in public. It felt like everyone was staring at her, like her history was above her head in neon letters for everyone to read and judge. To try and distract herself, she browsed the internet on her phone for things she could do to her bedroom. A wall tattoo could be cool.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   1y ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As the male was working, he could hear the people in the front talking and joking around. That's when the woman poked her head in from the front. [b "I'm going to send Matthew to watch the grill. I need your help out here"] she said. The male let out a small sigh. Of course she would be taking him away from his safe haven. He didn't mind though, at least he wouldn't be trapped behind the grill all day. [#D1B419 "Alright sounds good"] he said as he walked out from behind the grill.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Right when he did Matthew walked into the room and took his place. Apollo didn't say anything to the male, as he walked out to the front. There was something about Matthew that he didn't like, and he knew that the other's didn't like him either. That's why he was always in the back. He had heard at one point the male had tried to get one of the waitresses to go home with him. One of the customer's had seen the whole thing happening and ratted him out. The asshole deserved it too. Apollo on the other hand hated him.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As soon as he walked through the doors Angelica was tossing him a pad of paper and a pencil. [b "Make sure to get all of the orders, and if Matthew needs help, go back there and help him"] she ordered. These were the times he really hated. He hated how stressed out Angelica was, and the fact she was snapping at everyone too. He understood it was busy, but she didn't have to snap at everyone either. He shoved all of that aside as he walked up to a table, and plastered on a smile.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Welcome to Angelica's. My name is Apollo and I will be serving you today. I'm sorry for the small wait, as you can see we are shot handed"] he said with a warm smile. The older gentle man waved his hand before speaking. [b "Don't worry about it son. It's understandable"] he said with a warm smile in return. The two talked a moment before Apollo finally got the order for the man and his wife. He then went and clipped the paper to the wheel for Matthew. He then went about getting more orders done.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As he was walking by one of the tables, his eyes landed on a woman that was alone. She seemed so out of place here. He didn't know if she was waiting for someone. He stopped one of the other waitresses. [#D1B419 "Did anyone get her order?"] he asked. The red headed woman nodded. [b "Angelica did"] was all she said. The male nodded as he went to the next table. This was the type of thing he enjoyed. The pace was keeping him busy, and he was able to help his co-worker's out as well.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 When he had gotten the order's put in he went to help Matthew get the grilling done. He was glad to be back behind his safe place for the time being. His mind kept wandering to the woman he had seen though. He had a feeling he hadn't seen her before, so she could either be passing through town, or had just moved in. Either way, he hoped he would see her again, and maybe be able to get her name and phone number. That was wishful thinking on his part though.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   1y ago

What was she doing here? This had been a stupid idea. Rebecca felt incredibly agitated and anxious. She wanted to leave, but that was hardly possible with having already ordered. The irony in it was from the outside with how she was leaned back into her chair, she likely looked calm and collected when inside her mind was running in circles, feeling like she might be hyperventalating. Rebecca balled her hand so hard under the table that she was sure that her nails were drawing blood. What was taking the order so long? She knew the only thing right now that could calm her was classical music. If she could have, she would have gotten out her CD player, but that would have been weird. Yes, she was aware that phones could play music and she used her phone like most other people, but she couldn't do that for music. It just felt different. 

She couldn't do this. This was a stupid idea and she should have risked going to work hungry instead of being here. Screw being rude and leaving after ordering. Rebecca grabbed her bag and was about to get up when her gaze fell on a guy. He was a waiter by the looks of it. She couldn't explain it, but he made her pause. Not his gaze, he was talking to another waitress so he wasn't facing her, but there was something about him... She couldn't place it. It wasn't the tattoo that peeked out from underneath his sleeves. Like, she knew him. Well, not him, but something about the way he was. These strange thoughts actually made her forget about her desire to run from this place and never come back. Rebecca was frozen, looking at him still. 

"Your food. Sorry for the delay. It's really busy," her waitresses said, returning with her order and forcing Rebecca's gaze from the guy. "It's... okay," she replied, almost flustered, settling back down in her chair. When the waitress left Rebecca's gaze searched the cafe for the guy, but he was gone. Remembering her time crunch, she forced herself to eat, though later wouldn't recall how any of the food actually tasted. Thanks to the delay with her meal, she did have to run to make it on time to her shift, Ben the bar manager giving her a sharp, but playful look about almost being late. Tonight, she was allowed to work behind the counter, preparing the drinks. That was certainly a step up from only waitressing, considering that had been when most guys had hit on her. After years of working here though, she had graduated to bar keeping, which was sort of fun. Though today she couldn't really focus on it. Her thoughts went back to the cafe, to that guy. And strangely enough, she wanted to go back to see him, despite the near panic induced state it gave her. 

The time flew by and after locking up late at night, Rebecca returned home quietly, careful not to wake Madison. After undressing and slipping under her sheets, she laid there, still trying to figure out what was going on. She didn't understand it. Men couldn't be trusted, she didn't trust any men. All of her relationships to men had been unhealthy, either because of them or her. It was easiest not to get involved and just shut them down, like she always did when a guy flirted with her at the bar. And yet, this random guy she didn't even know his name of was confusing her. 
Finally exhaustion claimed her, but much like the day before it didn't save her from the nightmares that followed. Once more she woke up with a start and began her day like she had yesterday. The only difference being that this time when she sat in the kitchen drinking her coffee, Madison came in. That meant it had to be the weekend, if she was around. As Rebecca worked almost every night weekend or weekday made little difference to her. "Good morning," she said, her gaze fixed on her coffee. She could go back there. That meant there was the chance of seeing him again. But why? She wouldn't talk to him. 

Apparently, she had to be looking very suspicious, at least more than usual, as Rebecca felt Madison's gaze on her. Her roommate didn't pry, which Rebecca was thankful for, though she had reminded her on several occasions that she was always there to listen. "I... met a guy...," it seemed to flow from her lips before she could think about if it was smart to talk about this, "I mean... met would be too much. I saw him at this cafe I went to. I was considering going back, but it's a stupid idea anyway." Rebecca shrugged with her shoulders as though it was as simple as that. She didn't want to admit how weird it felt to think of a guy like that. What would Madison possibly say? After all, she had never mentioned any guy to her. She hadn't mentioned friends or people she was interested in period, aside from Emilio. He and Madison were the only two people in town she could sort of consider friends.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   360d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The rest of the day seemed to drag on. The male would steal glances at the beautiful woman. He'd never seen her in the café before. If he had, he would have remembered her. He pretty much talked to everyone that entered Angelica's. When they were getting busy again, he had to tear himself away from the woman. He didn't know her name, and yet she cluttered his thoughts. What was it about the beautiful stranger that drew him in? He let out a small sigh as he went back to work. Soon enough he was back behind the grill.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 When his shift was finally over and done with, he made his way back to Emilio's and made himself comfortable for the night. Emilio wasn't anywhere to be found, and he was glad about that. He didn't know if he'd be able to talk to the male. He was still thinking of the woman he had seen. She had a strange look about her. She looked sad, and lonely. He wanted nothing more than to comfort her, get to know her, at least get his name. Maybe Emilio would know her, or at least know of her.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The male made a mental note to talk to his roommate, and best friend later. Right now his body needed sleep, and he wasn't about to deprive himself of that. He got ready for bed, laid back on the couch, pulled the pillow behind his head, and let himself relax. Soon enough he was asleep, his dreams filled with the beautiful stranger he had seen at his place of work.]]

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[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The dirty blonde haired woman let out a small moan, when she realized what time it was. She groaned lightly as she streached her arms over her head, and slipped out of bed. The moment her feet touched the ground, a shudder ran through her body. She hated the fact they had wooden floors in their apartment, she made a mental note to get a rug for her room at least. She hurried to the closet, found her slippers and slipped them onto her feet. She then grabbed her robe and wrapped it around herself, walking out of her room.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 She made her way to the kitchen and smelled coffee. She licked her lower lip lightly when she walked into the room. She spotted Rebecca sitting there and smiled. [#C4788E "Good morning to you as well"] she said lightly. She walked over and opened the cupboard and pulled out one of her favorite mugs, and filled it with coffee. She then opened the fridge and pulled out her creamer. She poured a little bit in, and put it back in the fridge. She then grabbed a spoon and stirred in the contents, before taking a sip.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 She paused when Rebecca talked about meeting a guy. The woman turned on her heel and moved towards a chair. She pulled it out, placed her mug down onto the table, and put her chin in her hand. [#C4788E "This is news to me. You've never had anyone capture your attention before, and it sounds like this stranger has"] she said with a grin. It's been awhile since she's heard Rebecca talking about a male. It made her heart melt hearing those words though. It's been a long time coming that's for damn sure.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#C4788E "If you know he works at this café what's stopping you from going? Is he really that handsome to have made you feel this way?"] she asked. She wanted to know more, but she wasn't one to pry. Plus she knew how the other woman got. She didn't want to pressure her either. She grabbed her coffee mug again and took a sip. She fell silent, waiting for Rebecca to say something more. She wanted to know more, but she knew better. She was just glad Rebecca found someone to capture her attention for the time being.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   359d ago

Her relationship with men were easy to explain. There were none. Emilio she tolerated, but that was it. She didn't trust men. Nothing good ever came from men. Pretty much every man in her life had hurt her in some capacity. And yet, this one man she didn't even know his name of, what his face really looked like, had something about him. Though, it wasn't lust. It wasn't that she wanted something like that from him. Sleeping with a man was not something she was comfortable with anymore nor that she felt like she missed it. She supposed that wasn't surpring with her past. After that one time with Emilio where she had pretty much been drunk, she hadn't had anything with any guy in any sort of capacity. It made Rebecca pause, as she tried to figure out what it was then that sparked her interest. 
Though the more she thought about it, the more she considered that it was something in his posture, his mannerisms. It was something she saw daily. Every time she looked in the mirror. Maybe she was over analysing this or couldn't remember it correctly, but it felt like he had experienced something just like she had. That his heart, much like her own, was battered and scarred from the life they had so far. Much like with Shadow she couldn't help feeling for them, knowing all too well how hard life could swing at you. 
It was clear that she had captured Madison's attention with the few words she had said as she watched her roommate pull up a chair. Well, likely with how little she spoke of another person, a guy no less, this was probably the most exciting thing to ever happen. The way Madison looked at her made her feel uncomfortable, like all attention was on her. She shouldn't have said anything. Why had she gone to that cafe? 
Madison's questions brought her back to reality, away from her spinning mind. "I don't want to go there again," Rebecca simply replied, perhaps a hint too firmly. How could Madison understand what being in public, away from her routine, almost gave her a heart attack, that it left her physically and mentally exhausted. That something that was normal and trivial to most people was bordering the impossible for her. Handsome... Was he handsome? Rebecca honestly couldn't say. She hadn't seen his face so for all she knew he could still be ugly. All she really remembered was the way he carried himself and the tattoos that peeked out from underneath his shirt. Why was that enough to make her feel so strange? "I don't know if he's handsome," was all she could say, almost shrugging. 
Though the more she thought on it, the sillier this all seemed. This was just some random stranger she had never even spoken to. What more, what would she ever do even if they had the chance to speak? She didn't date or the like. She had nothing to offer. "You know what. Never mind. This is all just some head fantasy," she abruptly said and got up so quickly that her chair nearly toppled over, "I have things I need to do." Grabbing her mug, Rebecca poured most of her coffee down the drain and made a hasty retreat into her room. With the door closed, Rebecca leaned against it with a sigh. It was a lie. She had nothing to do. Her head was all over the place so focusing on some wall tattoo seemed pointless. 
Her gaze fell on a beaten old case in the corner of her room. Maybe that would help. Rebecca made her way over and gingerly opened the case. It held an old violin. The only treasured she had aside from a handful of classical CDs that she had saved from her father's rage after her mother had left. It had been a gift to her from the elderly couple that had first taken her in when she came into foster care after they realized her liking of classical music. It had been secondhand and very out of tune. Not that she had cared. It had been the first genuine gift she had received in nearly half a decade back then. With a lot of research and hard work she had gotten it to sound halfway normal and she had watched YouTube videos to learn to play it. After the death of the elderly lady and the foster system saying it wasn't good for her to stay with a man alone after everything, she had taken it with her and down that dark spiral her life took from there. While she couldn't remember it, at some point she had apparently pawned it in her drug addled state in the city. Only after she had crashed and burned did she actually go back and get the violin out with the first check from her job at the bar. It was hard to explain the pain she had felt at knowing what she had done. 
Gently she plucked the strings, testing them before lifting the bow. It was rare for her to play while Madison was home. Usually, she did so when she was sure that she was alone, but right now she needed it. It was easy enough to find into a classical piece where she had found the notes online or scanned them from a library. Playing the violin had something soothing for her, she supposed she was even pretty good at it. However, today she couldn't focus. That guy still echoed through her head and with a sigh she gave up. 
A glance to the clock told her that it was around the same time she had gone to the cafe yesterday. Rebecca bit her lip, running a hand through her brown hair. Before she could really understand what she was doing, she grabbed her jacket and shoes. As she made her way to the door she ran into Madison. "I'm... going to the cafe...," she almost muttered, her eyes lowered to the ground as though she had been caught by her mother sneaking out to see a guy. Was this the part where she asked her to come along? Maybe, but honestly, she wasn't someone who really knew how to ask. Would it be weird to do so? In her mind yes, especially if the two sat at a table and had nothing to talk about. "I'll... see you tomorrow...," she said before closing the door behind her to head out. 
When Rebecca arrived at the café, she felt like people were looking at her. More so, because a lot of people knew her, but she was never seen outside of the bar. To appear here two days in a row likely was weird. She took the same seat as yesterday and looked around. Would she see him? Upon first glance no. That made her think. Who said he was working today? Maybe yesterday had been his last day? Who knew? God, she had been stupid. She should just go home before she ended up ordering and finally realize that this was all just some silly head fantasy that she had going on.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   352d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 When the male finally awoke the next morning, he laid on the couch for awhile longer. That's when he heard Emilio walk into the room. He turned his head towards the other. [#D1B419 "Can we talk?"] he asked. Emilio paused and looked towards him. [b "Sure, what's up?"] he asked coming over to sit down. Apollo sat up and moved to the side to give the other some room. He didn't really know where to start. He wanted to tell him everything, but didn't know if he could. Maybe he was being silly. At least that's how he felt anyway.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I know this is going to sound weird, but I saw a woman in the café yesterday, and she really caught my eye. I haven't seen her before, but God she looked amazing"] he breathed out. Emilio raised a 'brow slightly towards the male and smirked. [b "So you found someone you want to maybe pursue?"] he asked. Apollo didn't know if that was the right wording, but it sounded about right. He nodded lightly looking away from his friend. [b "What's stopping you?"] the other asked. Apollo froze thinking about it. What was stopping him?]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I don't know honestly. I mean I don't think she'll come back. Even if she did, she never saw my face. We were so busy. But if she did, I think I would realize who it was"] he admitted. The two talked about it a little while longer, and then Apollo realized what time it was. He didn't really have to work today, but he had promised to go in and pick up his check anyway. [b "Well if you see her, make sure to get her name"] Emilio said with a smirk.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo rolled his eyes, and went to get dressed. Soon he was dressed and ready to go. He grabbed his things and headed into town. He was hoping the woman would be there, but if she wasn't he wouldn't be too upset about it. At least he hoped he wouldn't be. When he pulled into the parking lot, he shut the car off and climbed out. He headed in through the front doors instead of the back. [#D1B419 "Yo!"] he called out, and some of the workers called back, and he grinned a bit, his eyes scanning the room.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 That's when his eyes fell on the woman sitting alone. It was [i her], he was surprised to see her, here again. He just wished he was working, because maybe then he could do something. Then again she was alone, and he was alone as well. He shoved his hands into his pockets as he walked up to her table. [#D1B419 "Do you mind if I join you?"] he asked her. He stood there looking a bit foolish, wishing he hadn't said anything to her. He didn't know what came over him, but he wondered if she would turn him away, or let him join her.]]

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[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Madison knew she was a little bit hard to handle, and she just wanted to see Rebecca happy. She was trying so hard not to bombard the woman with questions. She bit her lower lip lightly and shrugged a bit. She was about to speak when Rebecca all of a sudden bolted from the room. [#C4788E [i 'What did I do wrong?']] she thought to herself. She let out a small sigh as she stood and carried her still full mug to the sink. She then poured the coffee down the drain, and poured the rest of the pot out as well.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 That's when she heard Rebecca trying to play the violin. Her heart went out the woman. She knew a little bit about what happened, but at the same time she didn't know a lot of what happened ether. She wanted to understand, but if the other woman wouldn't open up she couldn't. She sighed lightly as she remembered it was her turn to take care of the kitchen that week. She went about getting the dishes done, wiping the stove down, along with the counter top and putting the dishes away as well.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As she was slowly finishing up she threw the towel into the laundry room and was making her way back to her room when she ran into the other. She nodded lightly watching her leave. [#C4788E "Good luck"] she said softly. She wished she could do more for the woman, but knew she couldn't. She sighed as she went into her room and gathered up her laundry. It was laundry day as well. She grabbed her phone and thought about messaging the woman to let her know she was around if she needed to really talk.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 She slid her phone into her pocket as she carried the laundry basket to the laundry room. She started a load before settling down in the living room. She then typed out a message. [#C4788E [i I know I'm a lot to handle, I just got excited hearing that someone captured your attention. I'm sorry if it was too much. If you need me, please talk to me. I don't want to lose another good friend over something so simple.]] She read the message a couple times before finally sending it. She bit her lip and tilted her head back.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As she sat there her mind wandered to her mother, and what she had told her before she had moved out. [b "Remember Maddi. Not everyone is going to enjoy your personality, so you need to be gentle with them"] she said. She reached up and rubbed her face. Was she losing the best friend she had? Or was she just getting too much into her head? She didn't really care at the moment. She just hoped she hadn't ruined the relationship she had with Rebecca. She did want the woman to he happy after all.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   352d ago

Being in this cafe a second time was no easier than it was last time. She didn't like crowds. It seemed so silly that she was abandoning her routine for this. Routines were important. They gave her a feeling of control in her life that she hadn't had until she came to town. Control was one of the only thing that kept her life together. Back with her father she had had none and after that drugs had controlled her life. Now it kept those dark memories at bay. If nothing changed, it was easier to stop any unwanted things from coming up, nothing that could trigger her. If it was only the nightmares that woke her every night, then she could live with that somehow. 
Especially when the reason she was here didn't seem to be here. It really was a stupid idea. She should just leave. Just then she received a text from Madison. Rebecca had to read it several times, blinking confused. Had it come across that way? She hadn't meant to make Madison feel bad. Great, apparently she was inept at all social interactions. Sighing, she ran a hand through her hair. How could she explain what had happened? [i It's okay. I just... am bad at handling things. It has nothing to do with you.] Rebecca paused, rereading it before adding [i Thank you for being there for me.] Cause wasn't that the truth? It was all she wanted. Someone to care and not be abandoned again. Here Madison was trying so hard and all she could do was push her away. She hoped that the text would be enough to make her forgive her for. 
Rebecca was still thinking about what Madison had wrote when someone spoke to her. Looking up, she almost thought her eyes were playing a trick on her when she saw the guy standing before her. Was this really happening? Though the longer he seemed to stand there, waiting for an answer, the longer it did seem to become real. Her gaze quickly scanned the cafe. There were free tables so it wasn't that. Then why was he here? Didn't he have to work? 
He was still standing there. Waiting for an answer, she realized. "If you want," Rebecca finally replied and watched him sit down. Only with him now across from her did she have a chance to look at him. It was definitely him. She recognized the tattoos. From his arms her gaze slowly wandered up to his face. He was pretty attractive, she had to admit. Though now seeing his face, it felt like she could see those lines that a hard life had created. He was staring at her. Was he expecting her to talk? What could she possibly talk about? She didn't know him. Knew nothing about him aside from the fact that he worked here probably. "So... not working today?" Rebecca asked slowly, only later realizing that it implied that she had noticed him before. She took a sip of her water to distract herself. How odd must she seem, if she had just admitted to noticing him before. Though he had approached her. Why? They hadn't spoken a single word to one another nor exchanged looks. Rebecca didn't understand what was going on, but considering the situation from this morning with Madison, she wasn't the best with social cues as it was.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   318d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The moment that she gave him the okay to sit down, he pulled the chair out and sat down. She looked scared, lonely, and like she didn't want to be bothered. Then again he had been the one to approach her, and she could have told him now. He was kind of glad she didn't though. When she spoke again about him not working, a small smile passed over his lips. He shook his head lightly. [#D1B419 "No I'm not working today. Today happens to be my day off"] he said with a small teasing note in his voice.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 She was the one he had seen just the day before. The same sad looking woman. He had wanted to speak to her before, but he had been working. Now that he wasn't, he didn't really have anything to distract himself with. That's until Adelle walked up to the table. [b "What are you doing here Apollo? Is this your new girl?"] she asked looking towards the woman he was sitting with. The male felt a small blush come to his cheeks, and he shook his head quickly. [#D1B419 "Oh no, she's not my new girl"] he muttered.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I mean, I would be pretty damn lucky though. I was just stopping in for some coffee and breakfast, and she looked like she needed some company"] he said with a warm smile to the woman before him. Adelle nodded lightly and smiled at the other female. [b "Well, if you need anything, or to have him dragged away just let me know"] she said as she swatted Apollo's shoulder. The male rolled his eyes, and broke out into a grin. Adelle nodded towards the two, and then went off to wipe tables down.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I'm sorry about her. She's like the over bearing sister, whenever she sees me with someone, she's always assuming something. My name is Apollo by the way"] he said with another small smile. He felt like a total asshole for not saying his name before. He was curious as to what her name was as well. He wouldn't push that issue though. He then fell silent. He was trying to keep his cool, but it was slowly slipping. This was a first for him. Something about this woman was drawing him. He hadn't seen her before.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I guess you are wondering why I even came over here.. Well I've never seen you here before, and I was kind of curious as to who you were. I saw you in here yesterday, and I meant to come over to help you, but I was busy. Are you new to town?"] he asked her. It wasn't too personal of a question. At least he hoped it wasn't anyway. He then fell silent as he watched her with silent eyes. There was something about this woman, and he wanted to know what it was.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   318d ago

If it had been any other man, Rebecca would have rejected him outright. She was fine with sitting alone, eating her food and then going to work. And yet, because it was him she allowed him to sit. No, because of him she was here at all, as much as she didn't want to admit it. Cautiously she watched him sit down, her gaze watching his every move like he might make a sudden movement towards her. Though she was glad that he didn't make a weird remake about her noticing that he worked here. That would have prompted her to leave instantly. 
Still, with him sitting opposite of her now she had the chance to look at him. There were the tattoos she had seen yesterday. His long hair slicked back and his eyes were pretty. He was undoubtly attractive, Rebecca assumed, though it wasn't what drew her to him. There was something in his eyes that she knew all too well. A sadness that was so deeply buried inside you that you didn't see it unless you knew what to look for. 
Was she staring at him? Before Rebecca could contemplate pulling her gaze away a worker of the cafe came up to the table. She seemed to have a very similar vibe as Madison and Rebecca didn't like it. Her hand balled into a fist under the table to keep herself in control. It was awkward and she wasn't sure if she was supposed to feel insulted or not. Her gaze shifted between the two as they spoke. It felt a little like what her colleagues at the bar did for playful banter. They had tried with her a few times, but quickly stopped when they realized that she didn't respond well or at all to it. If his smile was supposed to be reassuring, Rebecca didn't respond, more wondering if she should be leaving. She was way out of her depth here. Without a reaction she watched the waitress walk off. This was the reason she didn't do people. 
Apollo. So that was his name. Strangely, she had been wanting to know that without even realizing she was curious. "I know someone like that," Rebecca finally spoke, though she wasn't about to say it was Madison. An awkward silence stretched between them and Rebecca took a sip of water, unsure if she was supposed to say something. If she was supposed to introduce herself. She hadn't had a meeting like this in years. At work when a new coworker started there was a protocol she could play by. Greet them, say her name and wish them a good start. That was it. What did she do here? Did he expect her to speak and if yes, about what? 
Though finally Apollo spoke and sort of explained what he wanted. He wanted to know about her. There was the overwhelming impulse to get up and leave. Yet, Rebecca didn't move. Why? And yet she knew why. Because just as fascinated as he seemed to be of her, she was of him. Rebecca shifted unsure in her seat, not liking to divulge anything about her. Slowly she shook her head and her heart beat loudly as she tried to find the courage to speak. God, he had no idea how hard this was for her. "No, I've been living here for a few years," Rebecca finally replied. Should she say more? Or ask him something? "And how long have you been in town?" she asked. Though she supposed it was easy not to know her. Unless you frequented the bar, you would never run into her. Rebecca did her shopping as early or late as possible and only ever left the apartment to go out into nature. It was a secluded and structured life that was easy to managed and control. "So you eat breakfast at the place you work?" Rebecca inquired, finding it odd. After all, she would never willingly go to the bar unless she was working, but then again, everyone was different. Only now did she realize she had spoken at all without thinking. Did he now think that she was interested in a conversation? Rebecca quickly grabbed her glass to take a sip, only to realize to was empty already. With nothing to distract herself, she slowly lowered the glass, her gaze flitting around the cafe, wondering what everyone else was thinking. Did they believe the same thing as Adele and Madison? That they were a couple?
StolenRelics-мυѕe   316d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Watching the woman closely, he could tell it was making her uncomfortable and he was about to give up when she finally spoke. So she had been in town, and he just never realized it. He nodded lightly when she asked him the same question. [#D1B419 "I've lived here since I was a child, ended up moving away for college, but I ended up coming back when things fell apart"] he admitted. He wasn't really one to sit and talk about himself. That's when she spoke again. The male laughed softly and shook his head a bit.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Not always no. Just when I have errands to run, and to get out of my roommates hair"] he said with another small laugh. As much as he enjoyed working in the cafe, he wasn't about to stay there longer than he had too. When she started looking for something to distract himself, he knew that was his cue to leave. He wasn't about to force her to talk to him. He had intruded on her after all. Even though he wanted to sit there and talk with her, he could tell it was making her uncomfortable.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He had gotten used to how to read people's body language over the years, and her's was screaming to be left alone. The male slowly stood and nodded his head towards her. [#D1B419 "Well I'm sorry for making you really uncomfortable, you looked like you needed the company, but seeing now that you don't want it. Maybe next time if someone is making you uncomfortable, let them know so they don't think you want the company like I did"] he said softly. He was kind of hurt about it, but he would get over it.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 It wasn't the first time this has happened either. He picked up his things and went to the front. He stopped and told Adelle he would pay for the woman's meal, and whatever else she ordered. [b "Everything okay?"] she asked him. The male shook his head. [#D1B419 "I read her wrong. I thought she wanted the company, but her body language is telling me different"] he said with a small shrug. His voice was low enough no one else could hear. The woman looked towards Rebecca and she sighed lightly. She then turned her eyes to Apollo.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [b "It might have been me, I'll go and apologize"] she said. The male shrugged a bit again. [#D1B419 "No harm done dear. I just read into it wrong is all. Shame though too, she's beautiful"] he said with a small, sad note in his voice. He then paid for their meals and went back out to his car. He sat there a moment longer watching as Adelle walked over to Rebecca. His gaze on Rebecca the whole time. He felt his heart fall into his stomach, as he started up the car and backed out of the spot.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Back inside Adelle walked up to the table. [b "Listen, I just want to apologize for what I did. It was wrong of me to assume you were Apollo's girlfriend. You might not have realized, but you did hurt him. He's too proud to say anything. Also he paid for your meal as well. If you do come back, and I hope you do, give him the time of day."] she said softly. [b "He's a really good guy, and if you don't believe me, then ask anyone around town"] she added before walking away, leaving the woman to think about what she had said.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   316d ago

Rebecca nodded. So they had lived in the same town for a while and just never run into one another. It wasn't surprising with how she lived. She was curious about what he meant with things falling apart, but she didn't ask. It didn't seem like something he wanted to talk about and she could hardly demand he did when she didn't exactly talk about herself. Once more she nodded. What did she say now? Right now Rebecca wished she was like Madison. Could be funny and talk without any problems. That's what he wanted right? Or drugs. Make her that vivacious woman. Rebecca bit down on the inside of her cheek to push down the growing urge. She wouldn't give in to that itch. 
Suddenly Apollo stood up. Rebecca blinked confused as he spoke. Hadn't he asked her to sit down? Had she ever said she wanted company? She watched him walk off, still trying to figure out what had happened. How was she supposed to explain that she didn't do well with people, that it took time for her to speak to people. Heck, even Madison sometimes ran into walls with her. Before she could even think about how to explain that to him, he was gone. 
Rebecca slumped back slightly in her chair, hating herself. She had the chance to speak with him, with this guy that somehow intrigued her, and yet she couldn't get out of her shell. Why was she like this? Of course, she knew why, but it didn't make her feel any better. In moments like this it made it so clear why she didn't interact with people. Her head was still reeling when the coworker came up to her. Her brow furrowed more, this only confusing her more. "I hurt him?" Rebecca repeated, clear bewilderment in her voice. 
Just as quickly as Adelle had appeared she was gone, leaving her even more conflicted. Why had he paid for her food when apparently she had hurt him? Had she just ruined everything? Somehow that thought made her stomach knot. Her hand ran through her hair. Looking at her watch, she saw that she soon had to work. Since her meal was already paid Rebecca got up and and grabbed her bag. She paused at seeing Adelle and something inside her made her step into her path. 
What was she supposed to say? For a moment Rebecca just stood there and likely Adelle was already wondering what was going on when she finally spoke, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt him. I'm just... not good with people. Talking isn't my strong suit." Her voice was soft, wishing she could explain more, but how could she? It didn't sit well with her that he had paid for her meal. He worked at this cafe. Surely, he didn't have much himself. Her hand slipped into her bag and pulled out a generic business card from the bar she worked at and a pen. Quickly she wrote her name on the blank back and held it out to Adelle. "Could you give this to him? Maybe he wants a drink as an apology?" Rebecca asked. It wasn't meant romantic, but at least she didn't owe him anything anymore, should he come. Once Adelle had taken the card, Rebecca shifted awkwardly, unsure what to say anymore. With a quick nod she turned to leave and head to work. As she walked along the street she wondered if Apollo would show up. What if he didn't? Would she go back to the cafe? Though clearly then he didn't want to see her right? Why were these interactions so hard? With a sigh she pushed open the backdoor to the bar and placed her bag aside, hoping that work would distract her.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   316d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo let out a small breath he had been holding. He wanted nothing more than to just talk to the woman. Break down those walls she had. He could tell he was being a little too much for her, and that's one of the main reasons as to why he backed off as fast as he did. He didn't want to end up pushing her away, before he had the chance to fully get to know her. He sighed as he came to a stop light, and pulled his phone out. He then scrolled to Emilio's number.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 [i Is there anyway you and I could meet up for a little while? Maybe talk about what's been going on with that girl I told you about? I'm out and about running errands right now, and we could meet up somewhere. I need to talk to someone.]] Was all the message said. He then hit send and looked towards the red light. Not even five seconds later a reply came through. [#01A9DB [i Of course, tell me where, and I'll meet you there.]] was the reply back. Which made Apollo feel a little bit better.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 [i Alright. Give me a little while and I'll meet you at the park down town. Make sure to bring something to eat as well, considering I'll be starving in a couple of hours. See you then.]] Was all he said back. He barely had enough time to put his phone back down, before the light changed green. He was nervous to talk to Emilio about this. He wouldn't tell the male the girls name, but at least he would be able to get a lot of it off of his chest for the time being.]]

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[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The day seemed to be dragging on for the male. He sighed as he leaned his head back against his pillow, and that's when a message came through. [#D1B419 [i Is there anyway you and I could meet up for a little while? Maybe talk about what's been going on with that girl I told you about? I'm out and about running errands right now, and we could meet up somewhere. I need to talk to someone.]] He read it and replied right back. [#01A9DB [i Of course, tell me where, and I'll meet you there.]]]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 [i Alright. Give me a little while and I'll meet you at the park down town. Make sure to bring something to eat as well, considering I'll be starving in a couple of hours. See you then.]] was all the other message said. Emilio knew that something was going on, and he wondered what was taking it's toll on his best friend. He sighed lightly as he rolled out of bed and went to take a quick shower before he would have to leave. He knew that Apollo would be done soon. After his shower he had a message.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#01A9DB [i I'm on my way, I'll see you there.]] was all he said back. He slid his shoes onto his feet, and made sure he had everything he would need. He then went to his beat up car, slid in behind the wheel, started it up, and headed down town. What woman could have captured Apollo's attention this way? He was kind of worried about his friend, and if he was falling too fast for someone he couldn't have. He would get to the bottom of it soon though. At least he hoped he would.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 About fifteen minutes later he was pulling into the parking lot, and he spotted Apollo. He parked the car, shut it off and climbed out. He walked over and sat down. [#01A9DB "What's going on?"] was all he asked. Apollo then looked up and started spilling everything out. The details of what this woman looked like, and everything. As Apollo was talking about it, he knew he was talking about Rebecca. He hadn't seen the girl for awhile, and was surprised that Apollo even talked to the girl. He turned his attention back to Apollo just then.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#01A9DB "I think I know who you are talking about for sure. I know where she works as well. Leave it to me"] he said with a warm smile. Apollo thanked him, and soon the two were on their way. Apollo was heading home, and Emilio was heading to the bar where Rebecca worked. He was kind of nervous, but at the same time he wanted to make sure the girl was okay, and make sure that Apollo wasn't getting his hopes up too high with her. Another twenty minutes later, and he was at the bar.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He found a parking spot, and shut the car off once more. He then climbed out and made his way inside. Soon enough his eyes landed on the woman, and he walked up to the counter. [#01A9DB "Well if it isn't my old friend Rebecca. How are you doing beautiful girl?"] he asked her. The reason the two clicked, was because Emilio was into men a lot more than women, and Rebecca knew that. He cocked his head to the side and grinned at the woman before him. He kept his mouth shut for the time being, waiting for her to speak.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   316d ago

Work was not proving a good distraction. Rebecca hated that she couldn't have been more talkative and that she had hurt Apollo. Every time someone entered the bar her gaze shot to the door, as if it might be him. Which was ridiculous. After all, who knew when Adelle saw him again. If she even gave him the card. If he even wanted to come after she had hurt him. That was a lot of ifs. In her rational mind she couldn't imagine anyone going through that trouble for her. And yet, she couldn't help hoping, strangely enough. 
It was a slower day so that work wasn't helping either. At some point her hyper focusing had exhausted her and Rebecca was just cleaning the counter when someone spoke to her. There was only one person in the entire town that talked like this to her and she allowed it. A tiny smile played on her lips as she looked up to see Emilio. 
The two hadn't ever really talked about their hook up, which Rebecca was more than fine with. Back then, she had been new in town, just started working at the bar. Sure, guys had tried asking before, but she had all turned them down. It was easier that way. The day Emilio had asked, she had been weak, craving drugs to make her bubbly and vivacious. She had wanted to be normal and forced herself to be exactly that. It had been nice, though the only way she had been able to keep up the persona was with plenty of alcohol. Waking up the next morning in Emilio's bed had been the worst feeling. Not just because she was hungover like she had never felt before, but also because she felt horrible. Rebecca had dressed silently and slipped out before Emilio had woken up. Emilio seemed to understand that it meant it was a one time thing and the next time they met they had settled into a slightly awkward friendship. Why he bothered to be friends with her was beyond Rebecca, but the two were good. It likely helped a lot that it became abundantly clear he was more interested in males than females, which helped her to relax quite a bit. 
That and Emilio knew how to get her to talk, which was ironically not talking. Rebecca used the silence to fix his favorite drink as she ordered her thoughts. She remembered how Adelle had told her to ask about Apollo in town. Emilio was part of that. "Could be better. I guess I screwed up with people again," she began slowly, glad that no one was around to listen in on this conversation. "I saw a guy at a cafe a few days ago and today he asked to sit with me. All I ended up doing was hurting him," Rebecca summarized with a sigh. She knew she didn't have to explain with Emilio that simply going to the cafe because of a guy was huge, even if he didn't know why she avoided crowds as best as she could. Though that alone had to signify that it was important to her and that the guy had certainly peaked her interest. "He wasn't mean or anything... I just... didn't know what to say...," she went on, "Have you ever heard of a guy named Apollo?" It did feel good to talk to Emilio about it. Not that Madison wasn't nice and certainly tried, but Emilio had a more calm aura about him that made Rebecca relax just a bit more.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   316d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Ever since the night of the hook up, the two had become good friends. He knew when to keep his mouth shut, and knew when she needed him the most. He felt bad that he hadn't been around lately. He made a mental note to be around more often. He watched as she made his favorite drink, and he smirked lightly as he took the glass. [#01A9DB "I'm surprised you still remember the Gin, Vodka and Coke is my favorite"] he said grinning. He then tilted his head back and downed the drink in one go.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The moment the liquid hit his tongue he made a face. It's been awhile since he had this strong of drink, but it sure felt good going down. He placed the glass down and waited for her to speak. Sure enough, she was talking about Apollo and asking about him. He cocked his head to the side and nodded lightly. [#01A9DB "I know the guy pretty well to be honest. He's my roommate"] he said. He didn't know how she would take to that news, but she had asked in the first place. He licked his lips lightly watching her.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#01A9DB "I'm sure you didn't mean to hurt him. He's just a soft guy to be honest. He doesn't know there's people out there that don't like to talk as much as I do, or Madison for that matter. I'm sure if you go back to the cafe, he'll talk to you again. Also, you are more than welcome to ask me anything about him as well. Between customers, or on your break, whatever you want to do"] he said as he reached out and ran a finger lightly along the top of the glass.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He wanted so badly to tell her that Apollo was interested in her for sure. But that would have to wait a little while longer. He didn't want to push Rebecca more than she had done for herself. [#01A9DB "Also I have to admit, Apollo is really nice to look at, his ass is amazing from the back"] he said in a teasing voice. He knew how to make the woman smile, even if sometimes it was crude. He hated the fact he was talking about Apollo that way. He didn't like Apollo's ass at all.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 If it helped draw Rebecca back out, then that's all that mattered to him. He wanted her to be open, and ask all the questions she wanted. [#01A9DB "So what do you wanna know about Apollo?"] he asked lightly. He then leaned on the counter and smirked towards her. It was nice to be around the woman again. He didn't realized how much he missed that until just now. For the time being, he kept his mouth shut and waited to fire off as many questions as she wanted about the male in question.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   316d ago

Emilio was a good friend. Perhaps to normal people's standard they wouldn't be meeting up enough, but Rebecca didn't mind. She didn't always need people around and Emilio was there when she needed him. That was good enough. "Oh please, it's not that hard to remember," she relied with a shrug and made him another after he had downed the first one. 
Rebecca arched a brow at hearing that Apollo was Emilio's roommate. She had expected a lot of things, but not that. It felt weird to know that, though it also meant she was talking to someone that actually knew him very well. Someone she trusted on top of that. This was a lucky break. "You really think he will?" Rebecca asked, feeling like that didn't seem possible. He had seemed pretty hurt and Adelle had said the same. 
Her gaze went around the bar. It was a slow night. A few regulars, but nothing dramatic. "Between customers," she found herself saying. Somehow the idea of waiting until she had a break seemed excruciating and she wanted to know more. Emilio's remark about Apollo's ass made her blush, though also smile. "I mean, I didn't really look. Only really noticed his tattoos," she admitted, though with how red her face was it was debatable if that was the truth. 
What did she want to know? In a way it was wrong, wasn't it? Getting all the information she wanted without Apollo knowing? And yet, she couldn't help being curious. That and Emilio was pretty good at getting her to talk in a way that didn't make it feel difficult. "What does he like to do?" Rebecca asked, feeling like that was a safe question, "What sort of roommate is he?" Though then she remembered his words and that sad look in his eyes that had drawn her to him. That was not surface level, but she couldn't deny she wanted to know. "What happened...? He said everything fell apart...," she inquired slowly, wondering if Emilio would actually tell her. What was the reason for her being so drawn to him? Rebecca imagined whatever was the cause of his sadness was that.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   303d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Being friends with Rebecca was a challenge, but he wasn't one to walk away from that type of thing. She was like a little sister to him, and he would do anything and everything to keep her safe. That meant if he had to tell her about Apollo then he would. He wasn't about to back down from that at all. She deserved to know him, and he deserved to know her as well. So he was going to take that time and talk to Becca about him. When she said between customers he nodded lightly.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Working in the bar wasn't his ideal job, but she handled it really well. When she first asked about what type of roommate Apollo was, he paused for a moment. [#01A9DB "Well, he's quiet. Keeps to himself, and is a neat freak when he wants to be. I don't hear him a lot of the time while I'm sleeping for work. He never has people over, and I'm not sure if that's because he's crashing on my couch or what. He does help pay for rent, and he's doing everything he can to make ends meet"] he admitted.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#01A9DB "Honestly, Apollo is the best roommate to have. I've been looking for a two bedroom apartment so that way he could have his own room again. When he's home it's like he's not there. He goes out for work, doesn't party, and doesn't bring women home either. I feel like if we had a two bedroom he wouldn't do that anyway. He's a gentleman, and I trust him with my life"] he said. He sounded like he was talking about a lover, and that kind of creeped him out a bit. Apollo was his best friend after all.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 When Rebecca asked what the other had meant about everything falling apart, he didn't know if it was his right to say. [#01A9DB "I'm not going to get too much into that one, but let's just say something happened to his parents that made him lose everything, and I mean everything. That's something if you gave him the chance to tell you, he would"] he said lightly. That's one topic he didn't feel comfortable telling anyone else because he didn't know if Apollo would like that, and he didn't even have the other's permission to talk about it.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He then moved onto her other question. [#01A9DB "When he's not working, he's thought about getting back in painting. He's an amazing artist, and I wish he could have that passion back. He could sell his art, and he could make a living for himself. It's been two years since he's had a paint brush in hand. Sometimes I'll see him looking through his old sketch book, and that's about it. He hasn't even lifted a pencil to the page in that time either. I can tell he misses it"] he said softly.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 It tore him apart seeing how much Apollo missed it. He shook his head lightly and looked towards Rebecca once more. [#01A9DB "Is there anything else you want to know? Or did I miss something that you had already asked about?"] he asked her. He then stood and reached behind the bar and found a water bottle, and twisted the cap off and took a sip from the bottle. He hoped he wasn't giving too much away about Apollo, but he wanted Rebecca to know, that if she wanted to let someone else in, then Apollo wouldn't do anything to hurt her.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   303d ago

Likely she didn't do Emilio justice. He was one of the few people she let sort of in, the closest thing she had to a brother. She did trust him and probably she didn't show it enough. Though their strange friendship seemed to work well enough and she was happy about that. 
However, her attention was very much on Emilio right now as he began to talk about Apollo. Somehow it did calm her some that Emilio believed him to be a good person. That he seemed to lead a similar quiet life like she did relieve her slightly. After all, if Apollo was partying and bringing home different women every other day, it would not work. Actually, the thought of Apollo taking a woman home made her feel uncomfortable. Was she jealous? She wasn't sure, maybe a mix of being jealous of the women for being with Apollo, but also being so free to simply do so when she couldn't even talk to him without it going sideways. 
As Emilio continued to talk, Rebecca leaned against the counter, listening intently, though not interrupting him. So he like her had a messed up relationship with his parents. Maybe that was a part of why she was drawn to him. She saw something in him that reminded her of herself. "Fair enough," she replied, as she could hardly demand that of Emilio when she didn't speak about her past herself. 
Painting. That was interesting. Also that he hadn't seemed to have done so for a while. If he was going through such a hard time, shouldn't it help him? The violin had certainly been something that had helped anchor her at least somewhat. "What happened that he doesn't want to anymore?" Rebecca couldn't help herself asking. Her attention was briefly pulled away by someone wanting a beer, but quickly she was back with Emilio, who was grabbing a bottle of water. 
Rebecca allowed the information she now had go through her head. She trusted Emilio that he wouldn't lie to her just to make his roommate seem nicer. Slowly she shook her head at his question. "No, you answered them all," she assured him before sighing, "Doesn't mean it makes me feel any better though. I didn't exactly treat him nicely." Somehow it still felt like she had screwed up, especially when Emilio was going as far as to say he trusted him with his life. While Emilio had assured her that Apollo would forgive her, she wasn't so sure. If she wasn't on duty, she might have considered a drink. 
"Thank you for telling me all this," Rebecca said as she ran a hand through her hair. What would she do next? Well, she supposed it could be obvious. Apollo wasn't going to come here after what had happened so... she had to go to him. "I guess... I should go back to the cafe," she went on, her insides tightening in discomfort at the idea, but it was the only choice, "When is Apollo working the next time?" At least if she knew she saved herself from just showing up there and he wasn't there. It was getting late so that soon she could close up the bar soon.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   303d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Emilio watched Rebecca's reaction to the information he had given her. [#01A9DB "That's a reason he would have to tell you himself. Because it does have to do with why everything's fallen apart for him"] he admitted. He wished he could tell Rebecca everything, but he knew that word would get back to Apollo, and he didn't want that happening. When she said he had answered all of her questions he nodded lightly. He slowly stood from the stool and he paused when she asked when he worked next. He looked around the bar, and then back to her.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#01A9DB "I know he works a couple of hours tomorrow morning. It's not for long, I want to say three hours at the most. He should be taking a small vacation, but he can't stay away from that place. If you need anything else, you know how to find me. Also Becca, treat him right, and he will treat you like a queen in return"] he said softly. He paid for the drinks she had made for him, along with the water he had taken from the bar. He then went and made his way towards the door so they could work on getting the bar closed up.]]

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[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The morning came too fast for Apollo's liking. He wanted nothing more than to sleep in, and just enjoy his so called vacation he was supposed to be having. He had heard Emilio getting home late the night before, but he didn't bother asking where he had been. IT wasn't any of his business anyway. While he had been home he'd been thinking about the dark haired beauty the whole time. He couldn't get her off his mind, and he was curious as to why he couldn't. What was it about her, that drew his attention so much?]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He let out a small sigh as his phone started going off, he reached over and shut the alarm off. He was already awake, and he should have shut it off before hand, but hadn't. He hoped that the sound hadn't woken Emilio. He didn't hear the other moving around, so that was a good thing. He stood and went into the bathroom to get ready for work. He told himself he would only work a couple of hours, and then call it good. He needed to try and enjoy his vacation, but he couldn't.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Something was stopping him from doing so. A part of him hoped that he would see Rebecca again, but another part told him that he didn't want to see her again. He didn't want her rejecting him again, and making him feel like a total asshole like before. He sighed lightly as he took a quick shower, then got ready for his short shift. He made sure he had everything on his person, before he made his way out of the house and to his car. He slid behind the wheel, started it up, and headed towards the café.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The closer he got, the more nervous he got as well. He wanted to see her, ask her why she had done what she did, but at the same time he understood that he could be a lot to handle. He wouldn't force her to talk if she didn't want too. He sighed lightly as he parked in his normal spot, shut the car off and headed inside. [b "What are you doing here?"] Adelle asked when she spotted the male. [#D1B419 "Needing to get out of the house. I got to make a living somehow"] he teased.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [b "Alright well, I talked to that woman you had been with. She had wanted me to give you a message about going to the bar but I figured you'd want to be left alone about it"] she said softly. Apollo's heart skipped a beat at the mention of Rebecca wanting him to go to the bar. [#D1B419 "Thank you Adelle"] was all he said. She nodded as he went into the back to get clocked in. He tied the apron around his waist, and went to work trying not to think about Rebecca, and the invite to go to the bar the night before.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   302d ago

Rebecca nodded at what Emilio said. It was true that you likely didn't end up on a friend's couch if your life was going well. She couldn't help wondering slightly what could have happened, but it was unlikely that she would ever be able to guess. 
Tomorrow morning. Rebecca internally groaned. It would screw with her sleeping pattern, not that she had a good one to begin with, but if he worked early she would be up even earlier. She nodded at what Emilio said. "Thank you Emilio," she said and watched him pay before leaving. Cleaning the bar, Rebecca silently worked on the register and making sure that everything was good to close. Exhausted she locked up and made her way home. Luckily, it wasn't far and back home she got ready for bed and settled down. Instead of sleeping, Rebecca found herself tossing and turning. Her mind was running a mile a minute. Was she really going back to the cafe? Would Apollo even want to talk to her? Would he accept her apology? All of Emilio's reassurance wasn't helping much. 
Exhaustion finally caught up with her and she fell asleep, though nightmares plagued her and she woke up with a start. Looking to her alarm, it was clear that her night was over. She took a shower before getting dressed and heading out. Madison didn't seem to be awake yet. The fresh morning air did wake her up slightly, but a coffee was exactly what she needed. 
Arriving at the cafe, Rebecca found it fairly busy for a morning, but at least not as crowded as before. That did help some. She found a seat and quickly ordered a coffee, black and strong. Her gaze scanned the cafe. She didn't see Apollo. Maybe Emilio was wrong? There was the woman that had given her a talking to and she didn't exactly look pleased to see her. Rebecca wondered, if Adele was considering the option of throwing her out of the cafe after assuming that she was likely harassing her employee. When another waitress came and asked, if she needed anything else, Rebecca decided to order breakfast. If she was here anyway, then she may as well eat. What did she do if she didn't see Apollo? What did she do then? She was getting nervous again and Rebecca tried to slow her breathing to keep from panicking.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   302d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo was in the back grilling away getting lost in his thoughts. That's when he heard Adelle calling his name, he looked up and raised a 'brow towards her. [b "She's here. Shirley is taking care of her, so you should be getting her breakfast order shortly"] she said lightly. The male nodded a bit. [#D1B419 "Thanks"] was all he said. Sure enough Shirley came over with an order in hand. [b "There's a pretty woman out there, and this is what she ordered. She looks scared shitless"] she said lightly. Apollo knew it was Rebecca.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He chewed on the inside of his cheek as he made her order. He didn't know if he should take it out to her, but then again he did want to see her. He was kicking himself for being so attached to someone that he didn't even know. Just the look in her eyes, the pain he could feel coming from her. It was heart breaking. He sighed as he plated the meal. He then made his way out the doors and onto the floor. [b "Do you need me to take it?"] Adelle asked. Apollo shook his head lightly.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "No, I got it. Thank you"] he said as he made his way to the table. He stopped long enough to take a breath before speaking. [#D1B419 "Here's your order. I did add a little extra as well, just don't tell anyone"] he said as he placed the plate down onto the table in front of her. His eyes locked on her's, and sure enough that same look was in her eyes. He felt at a loss, and he hated it. He wanted to say more, but didn't know how too. He was still slightly hurt by what happened already.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "If you need anything else, just ask Shirley and she'll come get it for you"] he told her. He then ducked his head down and made his way back to the kitchen. He honestly didn't know what else to say, or what to do. He was kind of wondering why she was even here. If she didn't want anything to do with him, then why come back here? What was he missing? Did she want to apologize for what happened? Or was she doing it to rub it in his face?]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Whatever the reason was, he didn't know if he would get that answer. He sighed lightly as he heard his name again. He was told it was time for him to cover Adelle's break and he nodded as he made his way behind the counter. [#D1B419 "Enjoy your break"] he told her. [b "Thank you I will"] she said handing him the pen she held. His eyes then wandered back to where Rebecca was sitting and his heart skipped a beat. God she was beautiful, and he couldn't help but feel like he somehow messed everything up already.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   302d ago

Rebecca sat there unsure. What if she didn't run into Apollo? Could she ask Adele to have him come out? Unlikely, after what had happened yesterday. And she could hardly just walk into the back. Could she wait outside in the parking lot until he was done with work? That seemed pathetic. She sighed, feeling like if Apollo didn't want to see her, then she had no chance to seeing him. 
She was still pondering what to do when his voice pulled her from her thoughts and she looked up surprised. Somehow Rebecca hadn't expected that he would actually come out to serve her order. "Thank you...," she replied and paused. How did she start? Just say she was sorry? Say that she want good with people and talking? Especially when those people were strangers? Their gazes met and once more she saw that hurt inside him, just like it was inside her. 
Rebecca had just mustered the strength to say anything when he left, pointing her towards Shirley. She was crestfallen. She had blown her only chance. Suddenly, she wasn't hungry anymore and listlessly poked at her food. Though it was made by Apollo, she assumed and that made her finally actually eat it. It was delicious, much like her meal from last time. 
Finishing her food and her coffee, Rebecca felt somewhat awake. Maybe she could take a nap before work to survive her shift. Though that would screw with her sleeping pattern even more than it already was. She was about to ask for her bill when she spotted Apollo out on the floor. If she had to guess, she assumed that he was now taking orders. His gaze seemed to wander to her table and before she could think about what she as doing, Rebecca raised her hand to beckon him over. Oh God, what was she supposed to say? Was she misusing her status as a customer for herself? 
When Apollo stood before her Rebecca shifted, her mind still racing. "Emilio told me you were working today," she started lamely, unsure why that was even important to him. Her hand nervously ran through her hair. "I guess... I just want to apologize for last time. It takes a while for me to open up to people and I didn't mean to insult you," Rebecca said. Her heart was beating frantically. What if he didn't accept her apology? She didn't know what she would do then. Should she have waited until he was off duty? It was too late now and all Rebecca could do was look at Apollo to see how he would react.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   282d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As the male was looking around the room, he saw that Rebecca had her hand raised, and he made his way over to her table. He stood there watching her with silent eyes. When she spoke Emilio's name he was kind of surprised. [#D1B419 "How do you know Emilio?"] he asked bluntly. It wasn't supposed to come out rude, and he hoped it didn't. He was just surprised that she knew the male. He was also surprised the Emilio never mentioned her before. He made a mental note to ask Emilio about it when he got home.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He was taken back once again when she apologized for how she had treated him the day before. He shrugged lightly and brushed it off. [#D1B419 "It's nothing new. I'm used to beautiful people treating me like shit. So it's nothing to be sorry for.  did kind of come on a little too strong, and I'm sorry for that as well. I should have known not to talk to you, but something about you drew me in the moment I first saw you. I don't know what it is, and it's still bugging me to this day"] he admitted.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "You are such an interesting creature, and I can see the hurt in your eyes, and I don't know if it's because I know the feeling you are dealing with, but I feel drawn to you. I shouldn't have come at you the way I had, and I apologize about that"] he blurted out. He could feel all eyes on him, and he didn't know how he felt about that. He wanted her to know he wasn't some sort of creep, and that he really was a good guy. He hoped that Emilio told her that.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I'm not sure what all Emilio told you, and whatever it was, I don't think it's my business, unless you want to tell me. But I'm glad you decided to come back here. It's nice to see a beautiful face around here for a change"] he said with a warm smile. The words leaving his mouth were all true, and he hoped that she would end up feeling the same way. He just hoped that she wouldn't run off screaming. He felt like he was coming off too strong again, and he had to tone it down.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Take all the time you need, and if you need anything then let one of the servers know. I'm going to be heading out shortly. So if you want to stick around, and go somewhere more quiet I'd be more than happy to go with you"] he said softly. He didn't know if he was asking her out, but he hoped she wouldn't turn him down again. He made some headway with her because of Emilio, and he couldn't thank the male enough for that. He just hoped Rebecca wouldn't shy away again.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   282d ago

How did she know Emilio? What did she say to that? Something inside her resisted the idea of admitting the two had been intimate. It had only been once after all and she had not been in a good headspace. "He came to the bar a few times when I started working there a few years back. We got talking at some point," Rebecca replied, which was true enough since that did happen, just admitting the last part. She knew she was just trying to make herself feel better. 
Apollo admitting that he had been treated like trash before made her blush, feeling like he wasn't really looking to forgive her. "No, I should be sorry for that. I don't intend to make a habit of treating people badly. At least not those that are nice to me," she said softly. Still, that he was also drawn to her made her eyes widen slightly. Did they both see something in the other that they couldn't explain? 
An interesting creature. His words made her blush. Those words could be misinterpreted, but she did believe Emilio when he said that Apollo was a good guy. "I know what you mean," Rebecca finally said, her voice barely a whisper, "I feel that too. I can see something weighing you down. The look in your eyes." This was already a lot more than she typically said to people. 
"He didn't say anything bad. That you are the best roommate, cause you are quiet and a neat freak," Rebecca told him truthfully, a tiny smile on her lips, "And that you are a gentleman that likes to paint." Her blush only increased, partially from her words but also his. To not somehow deal with it she pushed her hair over her shoulder as a means to calm herself. 
Rebecca nodded at Apollo telling her to talk to a server, if she needed anything. His invite made her look up to him. Normally it would have made her panic and in a way it felt like it considering her heart was beating like crazy. If it was any other man, she would have denied him. But instead she felt sort of secure with him, because of what Emilio said. She believed him. Why did it feel like everyone was staring at them? Probably because they were honestly. "I think I can stick around," Rebecca finally replied, "Still, have to finish this good meal after all." She had more than half left on her plate after all. "I guess I'll see you in a bit," she said before turning to her food. Her heart wouldn't stop beating and she felt like she might die, but in a good way. Rebecca hoped that Apollo wouldn't take too long as she continued with her food.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   269d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As the female was speaking, he didn't know what to say. When she mentioned that Emilio told her he painted, he froze a bit. He bit his tongue for the time being. When she said she would stick around, that made him feel a bit better. He went back to the back, and finished out the rest of his shift. [b "What are you doing tonight? Do you want to come over and chill?"] Adelle asked as he was clocking out. The male looked towards her and shook his head lightly. [#D1B419 "I wish I could Delle, but I can't"]]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I guess you could say I have some plans.."] he admitted. Adelle raised a 'brow and looked him up and down. [b "That chick that's out there sitting alone? The one that made you feel like a total asshole? Just be careful please Apollo. I don't want you getting hurt"] she said in a soft voice. The male smiled and hugged her tightly. He made a promise that he would keep his guard up the best he could, and went to gather up his things. Once he had everything, he went back out to the floor.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He could feel Adelle's eyes on him, and he looked towards her and nodded lightly. He then turned his back towards her, and pulled the empty chair out from under the table. He sat down and set his bag on the floor. He looked towards Rebecca and the food in front of her. [#D1B419 "I hope you enjoyed the meal"] he said lightly. He didn't know what to really say about that. He knew he had been the one to make the food, and he was a pretty good cook after all. He really hoped she enjoyed it.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "So, did you want to stick around here? Or would you rather go somewhere more quiet? We could always get to know one another in a public place, like the park. It's not too noisy, and there's a lot of people around most of the time"] he offered. He just didn't want to stick around here any longer than he had too. He could still feel Adelle's eyes on him. He knew she was worried, but she had to back off. He was an adult after all, and he could take care of himself.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He was still hung up on the fact that Emilio had told the woman he painted. It's been years since he had held a paint brush in hand. He had to admit to himself, he wanted to pick one up again, and if Rebecca decided to stick around, he might have the perfect person to help him do so. For the time being, he made sure to keep his guard up, and get to know her little by little. He didn't want to make her think he was a freak or anything, and he hoped he wasn't pushing her too much out of her comfort zone.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   268d ago

Was it just her or did Apollo seem to have a strange expression for a split second at what she said that Emilio told her about him? Rebecca replayed her words in her head. Good roommate, gentleman, that he painted. None of that seemed so outrages that Emilio shouldn't have told her. At least to her. Maybe she had imagined it? 
While Apollo finished his shift, she continued to eat her food slowly, trying to imagine how this would go. They would talk. There was nothing wrong with that obviously. And she didn't think that they should place too high stakes on this. They hardly knew one another. And yet, Rebecca couldn't help wanting Apollo to not hate her. 
Finally Apollo was done with his shift and he settled on the chair opposite of her. From behind him she could see Adele giving them both a look she didn't like. She was never going to get back in her good graces after her last visit, would she? It didn't make Rebecca feel any better as she shifted awkwardly in her seat. Apollo speaking pulled her from those thoughts. "Yes, it was very good," she assured him with a soft smile. 
That was a good question. Where should they go? Adele was still giving them a near evil eye so that sticking around didn't seem like the best idea. It seemed too quick to just go back to either of their places. She wouldn't let him into her room and sitting out in the living room where Madison could interrupt them was awkward. Same with his place, perhaps more so as then Emilio could be there. Probably much like how he was feeling with his coworker right now. "The park sounds good," she agreed with a nod, "There is one just around the block. Let's go there." It was one she frequented a bit since it was close to her apartment. 
They got up and since it was close they walked. It felt slightly awkward to just walk beside one another, not really saying much, but Rebecca didn't really know what to say either. Her gaze slid along the scenery. Luckily, it only took a few minutes before they reached the park. It was a decent size, with a playground and benches here and there, a small lake glistening in the sun. Somehow being out in the open bothered her. She didn't want people judging them or wondering about what they were doing. Wasn't this private? "Follow me," Rebecca said softly and led Apollo down towards the lake, though took a turn into some bushes, an only slightly trodden path indicating that sometimes someone came here. 
Once they had pushed through they reached a small clearing, surrounded by bushes. A bench, looking like it hadn't been taken care of in a while but still good, stood under a small tree that gave it shade. When you sat on the bench you had a view of the lake over the bushes, but they in turn blocked nosey gazes. Rebecca settled on the bench, looking to Apollo. "I found this place a bit back. I think the shrubs at some point overgrew the path and people forgot the bench existed," she explained with a shrug, "I like being in nature, but this is... my sanctuary in the city, I suppose, when I can't get out of the city and need a moment to breath." So showing him was a big deal, even if she didn't make it seem like that. 
Or did he think that she didn't want to be seen with him? "I just... thought that it would be easier, if people didn't see us. That they don't start making things up before... well we even talked, I suppose," she said. In a town like this gossip traveled fast. "If that's okay with you," Rebecca added quickly, looking to Apollo unsure. 
What should they talk about? She let her gaze go out to the water, unsure how to even begin a normal conversation. How do you get to know someone? Rebecca wasn't even sure when she had last tried to get to know someone, let alone someone she sort of found interesting. What if she asked the wrong thing? Or said the wrong thing? Finally she spoke, "So what do you normally paint?" Surely that was a normal question about a hobby that couldn't hurt.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   268d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo could still feel Adelle's gaze, and he knew that Rebecca could easily see her. [#D1B419 "Don't mind Adelle, I think she has a crush on me, and is upset I turned her down for you"] he said with a warm smile. He was glad she enjoyed his food, and she mentioned the park that wasn't too far away. It was a nice little place, and he hadn't been to the park in ages. He made a mental note to go there more often to clear his head, instead of coming here all of the time.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He pushed himself to his feet and followed behind the woman. Being out in the warm air was enough to make him feel more comfortable. He couldn't wait to get her alone and just talk. Not have anyone watching them, no one to intrude on what they were talking about. Just some one on one time, something he's been looking forward too for the last couple of days. When they arrived he was about to lead her to a small bench near the opening of the park, when she had a different idea. He cocked his head a bit and followed.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 If he was being honest, he didn't remember anything about this little trial they were on, and soon they were closer to the lake. He let her sit down first as he shoved his hands into his jeans. He looked out towards the lake, taking everything in. It was a nice little, secret spot. He wondered if he could talk her into coming here more often. He pulled himself out of his thoughts, as he heard her speaking. He took a seat beside her, and placed his arms along the back of the bench.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "To be honest, I didn't know about this place. I didn't know there was a trail, that led down here. I feel honored that you would bring me here. It's peaceful and having the lake in sight is wonderful"] he said as he looked away from the woman beside him. Things didn't feel too awkward now, but it was still strained. That's when she asked about his painting again. He sat there for a few moments thinking about what to say. He knew he might as well be honest with her, since he would ask the same of her.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He kept his eyes trained on the lake before them. [#D1B419 "I haven't painted in years. There's a long story behind that, and I'm not sure you would even want to hear it. So to make a long story short, the last time I painted, it was of my old partner, before she ruined everything. I will admit I do still have the painting in my Portfolio incase I ever think of putting myself out there again, into the artist world"] he said in a low voice. It was hard talking about it, but he was willing to do it if she was curious.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   268d ago

"Oh," was all Rebecca could somehow say to the revelation of Adelle liking Apollo. In a way she felt special for Apollo choosing to spend time with her, though should she? If he had been interested in her, he would have had many chances to instigate something. Still, perhaps it explained why she had been even more unpleasant to her. If they did end up meeting more often, perhaps it would be better if she didn't come to the cafe again. She didn't want to cause more trouble for Apollo. 
Rebecca was glad that Apollo allowed her to lead him to the spot she knew. Him standing beside her for a moment, taking it in made her look to him. She did hope he liked it. Though he didn't seem to mind as he settled beside her. His arm on the back of the bench made her feel slightly nervous in a good way. If either of them shifted just a bit, they would be touching and that didn't scare her. At least the non intimate touch didn't scare her. Rebecca smiled when Apollo spoke. "I found it by accident when I first came to town. It was winter so the bushes weren't in the way and I had just wanted to walk along the water, but got off the official trail so it was more luck. I imagine it was just overgrown and forgot in time," she replied, "I kept coming back afterwards so that I could just relax and be by myself to enjoy the view." Did that make her sound like a loner creep? 
When she asked her question she instantly noticed the shift in Apollo. Had it been that too when she had asked before? It made her unsure as she thought at least a hobby would be a topic that you couldn't do anything wrong with. Of course, she could though. When Apollo finally spoke her gaze shifted to him. "Oh," she once more said, feeling like she really had to find better words than that. What did she say to that? "I'm sorry about what happened with your old partner," she started, assuming that it couldn't have ended well and wondered if that was what Emilio had been illuding to, "I mean... if you want to talk about it, I would listen." She wouldn't force him. After all, it wasn't like she was divulging all of the issues in her life. "Is that why you came back here?" Rebecca asked curiously, "I'm sure you are a talented artist. Maybe you would show me one of these days." Not that she was an expert when it came to art, but she was curious. 
Though, was it fair for him to be this open and she not give something in return? Now it was her turn to look out at the lake, her hands almost clawing at the wood of the bench. "I... was never good with people... And in order to overcome that I took drugs. Lots of them. There was a time in my life I don't even remember any of the days," Rebecca admitted softly, "I came here after I overdosed..." It still didn't explain a lot of things. Why she couldn't deal with people. Everything with her parents and what happened before she went with her boyfriend to the big city. That was not something she would get into either, but at least this she could mention. Make this an even exchange.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   232d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The male knew he was being cold towards her, and he wasn't meaning too. He didn't want her thinking he didn't want to get to know her, because he did. She had drawn his attention from the first moment she stepped into the Café. He was glad she had decided to come back. In a way he was kind of glad Emilio had talked to her, because now he couldn't really be too upset with the other male. He shrugged lightly at her question of seeing his drawings. Was he ready for something like that?]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He hadn't thought about pulling them out of storage, and he sure as hell didn't know if other's would be that interested. When she said if he wanted to talk about it, she would listen. He shook his head lightly. [#D1B419 "The past is in the past for a reason. If you are really interested in seeing what I've done, I'll be more than happy to pull some out of storage, or take you there. Whatever you want to do"] he said in a soft tone. This was a first for him. Was she really interested? He hoped so.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 That's when she started speaking, and he turned his gaze towards her. [#D1B419 "I'm so sorry.. That's terrible.. If it'll make you feel better, I'm glad the drugs didn't win"] he said softly. He wanted so badly to reach out and touch her cheek. He didn't know if he would be over stepping a line, but he did want her to know, he wasn't like everyone else. He would be gentle with her. He took a breath, and his fingers twitched lightly, before he reached over and placed his finger under her chin, and turned her face towards his.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I know you and I got off on the wrong foot, but I'm willing to get to know you better, as long as you'll let me. I'm not like all those other men in the world. I'll treat you the way you need to be treated. I feel like you and I crossed path's for a reason, and with you talking to Emilio as well, I feel like that was supposed to happen. I don't know why, but maybe we were supposed to meet"] he said softly. He slowly dropped his finger from her chin.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 She was really breathtaking, and he hoped she would believe him if he kept calling her beautiful. He took a breath before speaking again. [#D1B419 "Thank you for bringing me out here. Letting me into this small part of your world. I know it's not much, but I would love to show you some old paintings. You let me into a part of your world, and it's only fair I do the same thing for you"] he breathed out. It was going to be hard, but he was willing to do it for her. He was willing to do anything for the woman.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 That's what was scaring him. He didn't know if she would up an leave because of his words, or the fact he had touched her, but it wasn't harsh. It was gentle, and he hoped it was a step in the right direction for them both. He let the silence hang between them, wondering what to even say. The silence wasn't awkward, it was comfortable. He wondered what was on her mind, but he wouldn't push her to tell him. He wanted her to open up, come to him, and he would do the same with her.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   232d ago

Rebecca was unsure what to make of Apollo. While he spoke of his art, he clearly didn't really want her to see it. Sure, he said he would show her, but it didn't really sound like he wanted to. Then again, it wasn't like she was divulging everything about her either. Maybe it had scarred him as much as it had her? Art was something personal that people often used to work through things, after all. 
And yet, despite him being slightly standoffish, she couldn't help being in a way intrigued. Not that Rebecca thought Apollo was being purposefully vague or illusive, but something still drew her to him, despite that. One would think that with her past she would be more wiry of mysterious men. Was she ready to take that plunge and be open towards a man? 
So Rebecca stayed quiet about seeing his paintings. That and she wasn't sure how he would react to her little admission. After all, there was a stigma to drug addicts and not everyone wanted anything to do with them. It was part of the reason she came to this town where no one knew her. Would she be okay, if he walked away right then and there? She wasn't sure. When Apollo finally spoke there was an immense relief and she felt some tension leave her body. "Me too," she whispered softly, though still couldn't look at him. 
She heard him inhale beside her before Rebecca felt his finger under her chin. Her body tensed slightly. Being touched was disconcerting. Since she had become clean, only a handful of people had touched her and even then it had been hard. No one touched her. And yet, when her face turned to look at Apollo, the gaze in his eyes made her body relax. Her eyes met his. No man had looked at her like this. Touched her this gently. Her father had never been like this. It had always been pain and nothing caring. 
Listening to his words, they were sweet and she wanted to believe him, wanted to fall into these words. Could she do that? It wasn't that easy. And yet, she couldn't deny his words. She felt like they had crossed paths for a reason. That somehow they should help one another perhaps, since they clearly both had hang ups of their own. "I... agree. It does feel like we are supposed to meet for some reason," Rebecca agreed softly. She didn't feel like she deserved anything. Not with her past. Not with everything that has happened. She was a nothing and it was easy to live like that. That someone would more or less do anything for her was crazy to even consider. Still, just that thought that it might happen was tempting. Could that person be Apollo? Could she have more? "You're welcome. I'm glad you liked it," she replied before giving him a soft smile, "I would like to see some of your old paintings. Whether in the storage space or wherever it's easiest." She was genuinely interested in what he painted, imagining Apollo was very talented. She didn't think Emilio would lie about that. 
That meant they would see one another again. Then they should probably exchange numbers, right? Slowly Rebecca pulled out her phone and opened a new contact before holding it out to Apollo. "I guess having each other's numbers would make it easier to meet. Then I don't have to come into the cafe every time," she said, almost teasing, considering how Adele seemed to dislike her. His number would be one of only a handful of numbers in there. Was that weird? Perhaps, but it was a new phone she had gotten after moving here. This was a big step. It meant more than likely she could express to anyone.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   225d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Knowing that Rebecca felt the same about them meeting, was enough for him. He was slowly letting his walls down, and maybe he'd be able to tell her everything that Emilio already knew. When she mentioned still seeing his paintings, he nodded lightly. He moved his hand away from her chin realizing he had touched her a bit longer than he should have. It wasn't right, because he hadn't gotten her permission, but she wouldn't have looked at him any other way. When she mentioned getting his number made his heart race. He nodded lightly as he took the phone.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Honestly, I wouldn't mind if you kept coming into the café. I would like it if you did honestly. Because if you did, I'd be able to tell everyone, that you are there to see me"] he said with a teasing note in his voice. He knew that Adelle wouldn't like it, but he didn't care. They weren't dating, and plus his interest was else where at the moment. He looked down at the phone in his hands, and typed in his number, and then hit save. He then handed her the phone back.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "You are more than welcome to message me whenever you want. Hell, I hope you would, because I would still love to talk to you, get to know you.. That's if you'll let me"] he said with a small sheepish smile. He didn't know what it was about this woman, but he was willing to drop everything he was doing for her. He wanted to get to know her, see her smile, be there for her. He wondered if there was something there. Something small was sparking between them, and he could feel it.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He lifted his gaze towards her again before speaking. [#D1B419 "I'm sorry for touching you when I did. I just wanted you to look at me, and see that I was speaking the truth. I'm not like every other man you've ever met Rebecca. Emilio has broken down your walls, and I thank him for that, because it just means that you took his words to heart, and chose on your own to bring me here, and talk to me. I know it's not easy, but I just want you to know, I'm not gonna run away from you."]]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "The moment you walked through those doors, and I first laid eyes on you, I knew there was something there. Something special about you. I won't push you to do something you aren't comfortable with, and I thank you for letting me somewhat into your world"] he breathed out. It was hard for him as well, but he was more open and willing to get to know people. Hell, he was willing to show her his paintings, and he didn't show those to anyone. He was glad she had asked for his number as well.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "So, when would be a good time for me to come around and get you for those paintings? Or would you rather meet me somewhere?"] he asked. He wasn't trying to be a creeper, and he hoped he wasn't coming off that way. He just wanted to see her again, and soon. He knew their time together was slowly drawing to a close, so he was doing everything he could to stall as long as he could.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   225d ago

It seemed so easy for Apollo to open up. Maybe this was too much. Maybe Adelle had been right. She wasn't ready for someone like him. How could she ever express her emotions like he did? It seemed impossible to her. Was she truly in a way playing with his feelings? Did she even deserve someone like Apollo? 
Mentally Rebecca shook her head. No, she couldn't go down that path. Pushing anything that scared her away. If Apollo seemed to believe in her, why couldn't she? Why couldn't she believe she deserved to have more than just living. Possibly be happy. He was offering her a friendship. Surely, she couldn't screw that up. 
Apollo mentioning that she should come to the cafe pulled her from her thoughts. His words made her blush slightly. "Maybe I could. Not always, that would go into my budget, but every now and then," she replied truthfully, since she didn't exactly make a fortune with her job, "Though... Adelle wouldn't be happy, would she?" Was it smart to make enemies? "Your food was very good after all," Rebecca added, a tiny smile on her lips. 
Taking her phone back, it was a strange feeling to see his number there. It made her feel excited and nervous. Almost serious. That she had the number of someone in her phone that supposedly cared about her to some capacity. "I mean, you can always text me too," Rebecca pointed out and quickly sent him a quick hi via text so that he now too had her number, "We could text. Not sure I have anything really spectacular to text about, but yeah." After all, there was no better way to describe her life than boring. 
Their gazes meeting again made her hairs stand on end. Wasn't that the problem though? None of the men that had hurt her had seemed horrible. Heck, the one that had screwed her up the most was biologically supposed to protect her. None of them ran away. They stayed and destroyed her. Her hand balled into a fist involuntarily. And yet, Apollo had a point. She had brought him here, gone to that cafe. There was something about him she couldn't deny. "Thank you," Rebecca whispered, "I'll try to stand up to that." He believed in her so she had to as well. "And for showing me your paintings. For being this vulnerable with me," she added, knowing that it couldn't be easy. It wasn't for her after all. 
Where should they meet? She didn't own a car, an expense that was far too much for her, but sometimes she borrowed Madison's, if she genuinely needed it. Besides, shouldn't she try to show she was trying? That she believed him? "You can pick me up," Rebecca finally said, "Since I work in the evenings anytime during the day is best. I have a day off in two days." Their time together was drawing to a close and she found herself wondering how to extend it, but she had no idea. She wasn't good at this. "I'll text you my address," she went on as she slowly got up, checking her watch, "Whatever works best for you time wise, I suppose. I have to slowly start getting ready for work." They had been here a while. It was hands down the longest conversation she had had with anyone in years. 
Rebecca glanced to Apollo. Say something, her inner voice said. Anything. So he understood this meant something. This was stressful. Everything felt stilted
"Thank you for forgiving me. For coming out here. I really liked our conversation," she told him, brushing a strand of hair out of her face that the wind had blown astray. It was a bit chilly. Well, only if you just sat around. Her words were no Shakespeare, but she hoped that Apollo understood that they conveyed so much more than she could say.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   218d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo rolled his eyes when Adelle was mentioned. [#D1B419 "Don't worry about her. She thinks her and I have a thing, when we really don't. She wants too, but she's just not my type. As for you spending money all of the time, you don't have too. Just seeing you on my break, or lunch would be enough for me. Hell I'd even make you something on my lunch breaks as well. It's what I do, and before you tell me no, I'm not going to argue about it either. I would really like it if you'd come around"]]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "It would be nice to see a friendly, beautiful face around"] he said with a small smile. He meant it too. She was beautiful, and he knew it was hard for her. He saw her struggling, and he knew how much of a toll it was taking on her. He wouldn't push her, but knowing that she'd be willing to try was enough for him. He just hoped they'd be able to keep in touch. That's when he felt his phone vibrate in his pocket. He pulled it out and realized it was Rebecca.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He saved the number right away, and then slid his phone back into his pocket. [#D1B419 "I'll let you know. I should have a day off in the next day or two, and if we do, I'll be more than willing to pick you up in the morning, and we can make a day of it, if you'd like"] he offered. It would be kind of nice to spend time with her all day long. He wouldn't pressure her though. He wasn't like that. When she stood and mentioned leaving for work, he nodded lightly.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He stood and looked down at her. He reached out and brushed the stray hair out of her eyes. He then realized what he did, and he shoved his hands into his pockets. [#D1B419 "Sorry.. But again thank you for bringing me here, and talking with me. It means more than you realize. I hope I'll see you soon"] he said softly. He didn't want to leave the woman's side, but he knew he had no choice in the matter. He bit his cheek lightly as he ducked his head, and headed back the way they had come.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 It was nice talking to her. Getting to know her a little bit more. Just knowing she was willing to make an effort, made him realize he had to make an effort as well. Even though it was going to be hard to show her his paintings, but he was willing to do it. He would step out of his comfort zone for the woman. He pulled his phone out of his pocket, and opened up her message. His fingers hovered over the reply button, and he took a breath and pressed it. He then started typing a reply.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 [i Thank you for coming with me. It means a lot to me that you'd step out of your comfort zone. I am sorry if I overstepped a line, I wasn't meaning too. I'll see you soon beautiful. Have a good night at work.]] He read the message a couple times before sending it. He then slid his phone back into his pocket. He walked out from behind the trees, and went to his car. He unlocked it, slid behind the wheel, started it up, and pulled out of the parking stall. Today had been a good day to say the least.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   218d ago

In a way Rebecca was glad that Apollo assured her that Adelle wasn't a threat. Or at least that he wasn't interested in her. Why was she so relieved about that? It wasn't like she was planning on being romantic with him. And yet, there was that relief. Perhaps because it meant that he wouldn't just drop her, even if she wasn't the easiest person. 
Apollo was right that she was about to protest about paying or even more so him making her something to eat on his break. After all, it was his break, she couldn't have him do that. And yet, his words made her pause and she looked up to him. "Okay," she found herself saying softly, seeing how much it meant to him. How could she deny him something as simple as that? Well, it wasn't simple for her, but she would try. Maybe they could meet out back or in the staff room so that she wouldn't have to sit in the main dining area of the cafe. That would likely help with her anxiety, she imagined. 
Make a day of it... When had she last spent a whole day with someone for no other reason than to just hang out, aside from possibly Madison? Rebecca honestly couldn't remember. "We could do that," she agreed. What did people do? Eat something? What else? She had no idea. 
Getting up, it was true that she did have to go to work. Normally, she didn't mind, but right now she didn't want to leave. If she had a more rebellious nature, perhaps she would have considered calling in sick just to talk more, but she wasn't and so she stood. She blinked when he brushed her hair aside. "You're welcome," she replied before they made their way back more or less in silence, each of them going about their thoughts. 
Rebecca looked back one last time at Apollo's back, almost wanting to ask him to come to work with her, but couldn't bring herself to speak up. Her work wasn't some sacred place, but it was another step into her world and that still felt like a lot. Finally, she turned and made her way on foot to work, it not being too far away. 
Stepping into the bar, she was greeted by Todd, one of the guys who worked in the kitchen. "And here I thought you might actually be late or call in sick," he teased, as she was never did either, "Overslept or did you have a date?" Rebecca knew he was teasing, but it rubbed her the wrong way so she simply walked past him, unsure of how to respond. It was why she had the title ice queen, even if no one realized she simply had no idea how to react. 
Rebecca went about organizing the glasses for the evening and the different bottles before she had a chance to look at her phone. It was early so that only a few people were here yet. Normally, she never would have replied at work, but she couldn't resist. [I You didn't overstep. It was nice talking to you. What would you do, if we made a day of it?] Rebecca reread the message several times before sending it. Did it come off like she didn't have a clue about social outings? She hoped not. Remembering that Apollo would need her address, she quickly sent it along with it. 
"What does a guy have to do to get a drink around here?" a voice made her look up. She didn't recognize him, so she assumed he was from out of town. "What can I get you?" she asked as she slid her phone back into her pocket before preparing the drink. The thought of actually spending a day with Apollo certainly brightened up her work day.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   217d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo was wondering if he should head home, or go for a drive. He wanted to spend more time alone, but he knew that Emilio would want to know what happened. So he ended up heading back to Emilio's. He pulled up to the curb and shut the car off. He then made his way inside and sure enough Emilio was sitting at the kitchen table. He looked up and smirked lightly. [#01A9DB "How did it go?"] he asked. Apollo shrugged lightly as he walked to the fridge and opened it. He pulled out a water bottle and sat down.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Honestly, it went really well. She told me you both had a talk about me. I'm not sure what you told her, but I'm going to try and talk her into spending a whole day with me, in a couple of days. I'm even going to show her some paintings as well"] he admitted. It was strange to think, that someone would be interested in them. Emilio nodded lightly. [#01A9DB "Just make sure to be careful with her. She's been through so much herself, and she'll be hard to get too, but be patient with her"] he said lightly]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Of you have nothing to worry about there. I'll be really careful around her. I'm not one to make people do things they aren't comfortable with"] he said opening the bottle and taking a sip. Emilio nodded again. [#01A9DB "I hope things fall into place for you both"] he admitted. He wanted to see his two best friends build something together. He wouldn't press much more than that. He stood and went to get ready for his shift at the hospital, leaving Apollo alone with his thoughts just then.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 As Apollo sat there, his phone went off. He pulled it out of his pocket and read the message. A small smile spread across his face. What would they do? There was so much they could do together. He just didn't want to overdo it. He knew he could be a bit much himself, but he was trying to make her comfortable as well. He sat there for a moment trying to figure out what to even reply. He then started to type out a message. [#D1B419 [i Well if you'd like, we can go to the storage shed first.]]]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He paused right then before starting gain. [#D1B419 [i We could then maybe go for a drive up into the mountains if you'd like. Or stay in town. Doesn't matter to me. I'll let you choose what we do after I take you to the shed. What would be a good time to pick you up?]] He stopped there and read the message a couple of times. It was better than nothing. That's when another message came through, and this time the message held her address. He had her address, and another thought popped into his mind.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 [i What's your favorite flower?]] he quickly added to the end of the message. He then hit send, and set his phone onto the table. This was so strange. It's been awhile since he's been this excited to be talking to someone who's sparked his interest. Rebecca sure has, and he hoped she wouldn't be upset if he sent her flowers. It was a gentlemanly thing to do, and he wondered what else he could do to make her more comfortable. He sat there making a mental list of ideas, while he sipped at the water in silence.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   217d ago

It was a fairly slow night today. Normally Rebecca would have found it tidieous as that meant little distraction until work ended, but today that meant she had the chance to text with Apollo every now and then when no one was looking. She was surprisingly excited when she saw a text from him pop up on her phone when she checked or slightly disappointed when the opposite happened. Reading Apollo's newest message, she thought on it. [i The mountains sound good. Guess we can see how the weather is. As for the time, around 9 maybe. I'm awake anyway.] She rarely slept so that she was awake earlier than she had to. Sending the message, she placed her phone away. 
Aside from the out of towner, it was only a few locals enjoying an after work drink. Though the new guy was being especially annoying. "So you from around here?" he asked to which she only nodded. It was a lie, but it wasn't like he would ever know. A grin spread on his lips. "Thought so. No way someone as beautiful as you actually came out here," he went on, "The name is Josh." Rebecca ignored him, going about ordering the bottles, trying to make use of the time she had. God, this was why she hated people from out of town. They didn't know she just wanted to be left alone. 
The man seemed to be taking an agonizingly long time to drink his alcohol. She just wanted him gone. Something about his gaze made her feel uncomfortable, like she could feel his gaze on her butt when her back was turned to him. Rebecca had just finished cashing one of the regulars, the night slowly coming to a close when the guy mentioned for her to come over. "One whiskey and what is your favorite drink?" Josh asked, her brow raising in question prompted him to continue, "I thought I could invite you to a drink." "I'm not allowed to drink while I'm on the clock," Rebecca replied diplomatically. "But how about afterwards? We could enjoy a drink together," Josh suggested with an air of charm that likely would have worked on many women. He was not bad to look at, that much even she could admit. Pouring the whiskey into a glass, Rebecca placed it onto the counter before him. "No," she simply stated and would have walked to the far side of the counter had he not caught her hand. Rebecca froze, her body turned to ice. She really didn't like this. Her gaze shifted to Josh. "You sure?" he asked, his gaze meeting hers. "Yes," she answered, though it almost came out breathy, feeling like she couldn't breath. 
Luckily Josh let her go and she walked off. Her heart was racing, but not in a good way, and she needed a moment. She asked Todd to cover for her before heading to the bathroom. Only once she was leaning against the closed bathroom stall door did she allow her body to shake. Her body felt icy cold as her breath came out almost gasping. It took several minutes before she had her body at least slightly back under control. Trying to postpone coming back out there, she pulled her phone, finding another message from Apollo. Flower. Briefly she forgot about Josh. [i I like carnations. Sorry, there is a fairly stubborn guest tonight. Haven't had much time to write.] That was an understatement, but she didn't need to worry him. 
Finally she made her way out of the bathroom where she ran into Todd. "Hey, is it okay if you lock up alone today? My girlfriend isn't feeling well," he asked, looking a little sheepish. It was normal for it always to be two. Today was slow though. Rebecca peered into the barroom, finding it almost empty. Even Josh seemed to have taken the hint as he was gone now. "Yeah, sure. Go to her," she agreed and watched Todd leave before heading back behind the counter. 
It was past midnight when Rebecca let the last patrons out. She had finished the register and had just turned off most of the lights as she went to grab her bag from behind the bar. That was when she heard the bell from the front door. "Sorry, we're closed," Rebecca said without turning around. "But surely not for me," a male voice replied, simply the sound making her blood run cold. Josh. Slowly she turned, her back pressing against the counter of the bar, as Josh walked over to her. "I really do think we should have that drink," he said casually, his hand coming to rest next to her on the counter. 
Rebecca looked up at Josh. Too often she had seen that gaze. Every night at home when she had grown up. She knew that gaze. And she knew that whatever came she would stay quiet and endure it. Josh's body brushed hers lightly as he reached over to grab a bottle of something.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   217d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 When the message finally came through a couple of hours later, the male made a mental note about the flowers she liked. His eyes scanned the message about a stubborn customer, and he didn't like how that was coming off as. He was all of a sudden worried. It was late, and he didn't want Rebecca going home alone. The male grabbed his keys, and walked back out of the apartment. Emilio had been gone for hours, and he hadn't even realized when the other had left. He had been too wrapped up in his thoughts at the time.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 There was only one bar in town, and he had a feeling that's where Rebecca was working. He pressed down on the gas and headed straight into town. He wasn't going to let anyone touch her, or make her uncomfortable. He knew how men could get when drunk, and he just hoped he wasn't too late. He pulled into the parking lot of the bar, and saw only one car there. He knew Rebecca didn't have a car, so it wasn't her's. Sure enough he watched a customer walk into the bar. It was clearly closed.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He pulled into a spot, shut the car off and climbed out. He slid the keys into his pocket and locked up. He then headed into the bar, and spotted Rebecca. She looked pale, and ready to run. He didn't blame her. There was a man there, and he was standing a little too close for comfort, reaching for something behind the counter. He walked up to the counter, and cleared his throat. [#D1B419 "Excuse me, what the fuck are you doing"] he snapped. The other male turned and looked towards him, eyes narrowed.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [b "It's none of your damn business. The lady and I were going to have a drink together, because she's been blowing me off all night. She's not longer working, so she's allowed to drink"] he said as he popped the cap off of the bottle. He then set it down and grabbed a glass. [b "If you want to join, you're more than welcome too. Then you and I both can have a taste of her as well"] the man slurred. That seemed to set Apollo off. He was calm, and he had to keep his temper in check.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I don't know who the fuck you are, and you aren't welcome here. It's after closing, so that means you are stealing from the bar, and I'm sure that wouldn't make this woman look good to her boss. So if I were you, I would put the bottle down, and leave"] he said in a dark tone of voice. The man turned his eyes to Apollo and shook his head. [b "I'm a paying customer, and she agreed to have a drink with me, didn't you pretty lady?"] he cooed, and reached for the woman's waist.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 That set Apollo off even more. He rounded the bar, and grabbed the man by the scruff of his neck. [#D1B419 "The bar is closed, and you aren't welcome here. So get the fuck out"] he said as he threw the man towards the door. Josh stumbled and turned to Apollo and shook his head. [b "I'm not leaving until I get what I came for, and I came for her"] he growled. Apollo was slowly losing his temper, and he didn't care. He was starting to slip, and he didn't like how the stranger was talking.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Before Apollo could do anything, the other was lunging at him, and Apollo swung. His fist connected with the man's jaw and blood dropped from the other's mouth. [#D1B419 "You aren't welcome here, and don't you dare touch another man's girl"] he hissed. He then took another swing at the stranger, and broke his nose. The male let out a cry of pain, and looked towards Rebecca. [b "Keep your asshole in line. I'll be calling my lawyer, and you both will pay"] he said through blood stained teeth. Apollo rolled his eyes as the other male left.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 His hand hurt a bit, but that was about it. He turned around to face Rebecca. He was on the other side of the bar, giving her the space she needed. [#D1B419 "Are you okay?"] he asked her. He was more worried about her, than anything else at the moment. He didn't dare say anything else at the moment.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   217d ago

All of the sudden the images that only came at night flashed before her eyes. The look in her father's eyes, how he would punish or reward her. The pain. The guilt in believing she had to be the reason for it all. For her mother being gone and her father always being displeased with her. Her body went rigid, not daring to move one inch, as though she might be forgotten by Josh, if she didn't move. Sometimes her father had when she had hidden away. Other times, it had only made him angrier. 
It was the sound of a voice that brought her back. A voice she knew and Rebecca didn't trust her ears. It couldn't be... Only when Josh turned away from her did dare to look towards the door. Apollo. What was he doing here? She hadn't asked him to come. Rebecca tried to recall her last text to him, but couldn't. In her mind she was still ten years old and back home. 
Even the conversation the two completely didn't stick with her. Only when Josh went for her waist did she flinch, the only indication that she was even still aware of any of this. She was like a dear in the headlights. 
The instant the support from Josh was gone Rebecca sagged to the ground, making herself as small as she could underneath the lip of the counter. The sounds didn't really register with her, drawing her more and more into that dark tunnel. She wanted, no needed, to hide. Her chest rose and fell rapidly and she felt like she might be sick. 
Only when Apollo finally addressed her did it break her stupor. Slowly she blinked, her eyes training on him. It was staring, but she didn't care as the longer she did so, the more it pulled her from those nightmares. "I'm... fine," she whispered, still not moving, "I didn't... animate him..." Would he believe her though? No one had ever believed her. 
Finally she slowly stood up, her legs still shaking and her face still pale. Her hand gripped the counter for support. "What are you doing here?" Rebecca asked, completely confused. 
That was when her gaze fell on Apollo's hand and she moved, slightly unsteady but she did, making her way to him. "Your hand... Does it hurt?" Rebecca inquired, slowly reaching out to take it and look at it, "We have ice in the back." Had he come here because of her? That seemed to be the case. "Thank you for saving me," she said, still cradling his hand in hers. It felt almost hot in her cold hands.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   216d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Seeing the scared look on her face, broke the males heart. He hadn't seen anyone that scared before, and he wanted nothing more than to reach out, pull her into a hug and tell her that everything would be okay. That's when he realized she was asking about his hand. [#D1B419 "A little, but it's nothing honestly. I'm more worried about you"] he admitted. His voice was gentle as he slowly moved towards the counter. She was spooked enough as it was, and he didn't want to spook her anymore than she was. That's when he realized she asked another question.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "The reason as to why I'm here, is because of your text message about that asshole that was here. I don't want you feeling uncomfortable, plus it's late and I was kind of hoping you'd let me take you home. I know I should have asked first, and I'm sorry I didn't. I just want to make sure you get home, and no one else tries anything with you"] he said softly. He meant it too. He wanted her safe and he would be damned if something like this happened again.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I promise I wasn't stalking you, just the way the message came across it worried me. I'm glad I did show up when I did though. I didn't like how he was looking at you, or the way he was treating you either"] he said with a low growl. He got protective over those he cared about. Even though hadn't known Rebecca for very long, he felt like he had to protect her somehow. He let the silence wash over them. He was still worried about her, but didn't dare move any closer to her.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He looked her up and down to make sure there wasn't any physical marks on her skin. [#D1B419 "I'm sorry if I fucked anything up here. Whatever the damage is, please tell me and I'll make sure to get it paid for. Also how much do I owe for the bottle he had opened as well?"] he asked as he reached into his pocket and pulled out his wallet. His hand was slightly throbbing, but he didn't care. He pulled out his card and placed it on the counter between them. The silence was getting too much for him.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I'm sorry that men have to treat you that way. You don't deserve that. I hope that asshole, doesn't make you think I'm like that.."] he said a small hurt tone in his voice. He had worked so hard to gain her trust, and now he had a feeling it was shattered because of the asshole that had been coming onto her. He waited for her to swipe his card, and waited to see if she'd accept his offer to take her home.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   216d ago

The way Apollo moved was as though he was approaching frightening or wounded animal. Then again, she probably didn't look that different to one. "I'm fine," she whispered, her shaking hand coming up to push some hair out of her face. Likely that was the most obvious lie ever. She didn't look fine and certainly didn't feel it. 
Her text... Rebecca could finally remember it. Sure, she had mentioned a customer was annoying, but she had hardly asked him to come. Honestly, she hadn't expected he would. Why would you? "I always get off this late. Usually it's two of us though," she pointed out softly. Not that she was trying to sound ungrateful nor that she wasn't happy to see him. "Thank you for coming," Rebecca said, feeling like that was the least she should say. Honestly, she wasn't sure how to express everything she as feeling. 
Rebecca blinked when Apollo pulled out his card and asked what the bottle cost. Surely, he wasn't serious. This was hardly his fault. The next part made her look to him. Did she think he was like that? Josh certainly lined up with the many men she knew that had abused her in one way or another, but did she believe he was like that? 
Her gaze lingered on him for a moment before she grabbed the bottle, it was open anyway, and took a sip to calm her nerves before heading behind the counter, finding some ice cubes. Quickly she wrapped them in a towel. It would be a wet mess when they melted, but for now she hoped it would help. Rebecca moved over to Apollo slowly and gently took his injured hand, placing the makeshift ice pack on it. 
Once more her gaze shifted up. "I can't have you paying for what that guy did. I don't think there is too much damage, but I'll have it checked in the morning," she told him. They were close. Their hands sort of touching due to the ice pack. Rebecca didn't recall them ever being this close. "And... I don't think you are like that. You saved me. Came here when I'm sure no one else would at that text," Rebecca continued, her gaze meeting his, "And yes, you can drive me. After your hand has cooled a little." Not that she would he sleeping at all today, but she had the feeling if she walked that she would be seeing shadows everywhere. Her head motioned for them to take a seat at the counter. Somehow she imagined they could both use a moment to gather themselves. "Why did you want to know my favorite flower?" Rebecca asked, trying to not think about what had just happened.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   215d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo wasn't expecting Rebecca to make a small icepack for him, but when the ice touched his skin, it seemed to ease the throbbing for a moment. He watched her with silent eyes and shrugged lightly. [#D1B419 "Since there's supposed to be two of you, then I'm gonna beat the other person's ass for leaving you alone. I don't care what their excuse was. Safety in numbers"] he said with a low growl. It wasn't right for whomever had been with Rebecca to dip like that. He would listen to whatever the reason was.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He looked up towards her and shrugged lightly. [#D1B419 "Well I was thinking of getting your favorite flowers, and candy for our little date. I'm not sure calling it hanging out is the right word for it. I mean we don't have to call it that, but I just wanted to make it special for you"] he said with a sheepish smile. He's never wanted to do something like this before, and it made him feel like a total fool. Was this the start of something for him? He didn't know for sure but he hoped she wouldn't run the other way.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I don't mind paying for any damage. I did cause a fight with a total stranger, where you do work. So if he's not going to pay for the damage, then someone else has too"] he said quietly. He was always that way. He would do whatever it was to make things right. Even if he wasn't the one to be blamed. He fell silent as he took the icepack out of her fingers, and turned his hand over, and placed the ice on the back of his hand. It soothed it even more.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "I don't know why, but I feel like I need to protect you. I don't like the fact you were alone tonight, and I didn't like the fact that asshole was trying to make a grab at you either. I want you to do something for me though. I want you to text me if you end up having to close alone again, and I'll come and pick you up. I don't care how late it is, I'm going to make sure you aren't alone, and get you home safe"] he said as his eyes met hers.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 It was strange that he was acting this way, but he didn't care. She was already important to him, and he would do anything to make sure she was safe, and she felt safe too. His eyes kept darting to the door, to make sure Josh didn't come back. [#D1B419 "Go ahead and get everything cleaned up, I'm just gonna sit here and wait. Also, thank you for the ice"] he said as he looked back towards her slowly. The silence of the bar was a bit awkward, but he wouldn't say anything about it, since it wasn't really his place.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   215d ago

The ice pack felt like the least she could do after Apollo saved her. Even if he seemed to be going a little overboard with threatening Todd with violence. After all, she had allowed Todd to leave early. It had been her error in judgment. So Rebecca decided it was best not to comment on his statement. 
Date. Rebecca looked to Apollo. Was that a date? "I've never really had one so I'm probably a poor judge of if it is," she admitted. Candies and flowers. "Am I supposed to get you something too?" Rebecca asked, suddenly realizing that even if she was that she knew next to nothing about things Apollo liked, aside from art. 
Though if it was a date, would he expect them to kiss? The thought made her anxious, for good and bad reasons. In a way she wanted to, but at the same time she felt herself panicking at the thought alone. She wasn't sure she could do that. 
Rebecca shook her head. "You only got into this fight because of me," she pointed out and pushed the card back to him, "And I can't imagine my boss making you pay for helping one of his employees." She hoped that Apollo would at least see the reason in that. 
Her gaze shifted to Apollo once more as he spoke of protecting her. To some it may have come off as controlling, after all they weren't together or anything, but Rebecca could only see concern in his eyes. "Okay," she agreed softly, "It shouldn't happen too often though." Which she was glad for as staying up this late would certainly mess with his sleep. 
Nodding, Rebecca got to work cleaning up. The mess wasn't too bad and since she had been leaving as it was she was done quickly. Soon she made her way to the counter and grabbed her bag. "Ready," she told him, shouldering it. 
She locked the door after them and walked over to his car. "My apartment is just around the block," Rebecca said, waiting for Apollo to open the door to his car.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   215d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The male shook his head lightly. [#D1B419 "No you don't need to get me anything. It's just my way of making it nice for you. I mean if it's too much, then tell me"] he said as he reached up with his free hand and rubbed the back of his neck. He felt like his was going a little overboard, but he wanted to make it nice for her. When she handed him the card back, he nodded lightly. He couldn't really complain on that one. It wasn't her fault either, and he wanted her to know that.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "That fight wasn't your fault. That asshole just wouldn't take no for an answer, and he'd drank too much anyway. I'm just glad I came when I did, because things could have gotten worse"] he said with a low growl. Just thinking about what could have happened, made the male want to lose his mind. No one should be treated that way. His grandmother would have beaten his ass, if he had treated anyone the way Josh had treated Rebecca. He sighed inwardly as he lifted the pack off of his hand, and handed it back to her.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He clenched his hand into a fist, and winced slightly at the pain. It would be pretty sore for the next couple of days, but he'd deal with it. He watched as she went about getting everything cleaned up, and when she was done, he stood. He followed behind her towards the door, and then stepped outside so she could lock up. He led her towards his car, and he unlocked the doors. He then went around to the passenger side door and opened it for her. When she was tucked inside, he went around to his side.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He shut the door and started the car up. [#D1B419 "Tell me the way to go, and I'll get you there."] he promised. He turned in his seat and looked over his shoulder as he pulled out of the parking stall, and headed towards the main street. He followed her directions and was then pulled in front of her home. He put the car into park, and climbed out. He rounded the car and opened her door once more. A small smile on his face, as she climbed out.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Well, I'll stay here until you get into the house. If you need anything at all, then you message me. Doesn't matter what time it is. And thank you for the icepack, I needed it"] he said with a sheepish smile. He watched her with silent eyes, making sure she got into the house safe, and the door would be locked behind her. He slid back into the driver's seat and waited.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   215d ago

Was it too much? She wasn't sure, but at the same time she didn't want him spending too much money on her either. "You're going to show me your paintings. That's plenty," Rebecca assured him and genuinely meant it, "That and I'm not sure how well flowers would survive in a car all day." It seemed a waste if they died quickly. 
When it came to situations like this Rebecca always felt like it was her fault. As if her body gave subtle clues she didn't notice that she was willing in all this, even if she said no. So in a way Apollo telling her that it wasn't her fault felt better than she cared to admit. Especially when she knew where it would have ended. 
Outside at his car Rebecca gave the tiniest of smiles as a thank you for him opening the door for her before sliding in. It wasn't cold, but she still felt a chill, wrapping her jacket more around her. It was almost silly to drive the distance, but she wouldn't complain and in a flash they were there and she got out again. "You're welcome. Thank you for the ride. Good night Apollo," she replied as she headed towards the door of her apartment building. At the door she paused. Rebecca knew she had thanked him, but she wanted to do more. "Apollo," she said, turning to look to him once more, "See you tomorrow." She hoped he understood that it meant she would visit him at the cafe tomorrow. In a way she knew she couldnt give him a better thank you than that. With that she unlocked the door and made her way up the stairs into her apartment. From her bedroom window she could see that Apollo was still waiting. [I I'm safely in my room.] She hoped that would put him at ease. 
With that Rebecca sank onto her bed. It was late, but she knew she wouldn't be sleeping tonight. Madison was fast asleep as usual, she assumed. So she flopped back on her bed with a sigh. Her thoughts revolved around Apollo and so she laid there, thinking about him and how happy he would be to see her during his lunch break. How had she gotten so lucky to run into someone like him? But could she truly trust this? How many times had she thought so only to have a rude awakening? All night long her thoughts drifted from one thought to the next, not letting her sleep.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   209d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Watching as Rebecca made her way to the door of her building, he was surprised when she turned around and called out his name. He rolled the window down and smiled lightly. [#D1B419 "I'll see you tomorrow beautiful"] he called back. It was nice to hear those words coming from her mouth. He rolled the window up when she went into the building. A couple minutes later a text message came through, letting him know she was in her room. Good, she was safe. That's all that mattered to him. He put the car in gear and pulled away.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The night was beautiful, and he was too wired to really go back to the house. He was on edge for some reason. He stopped at a red light, and grabbed his phone. He sat there reading her message a couple of times, before finally replying [#D1B419 [i I'm glad I got you home safe. Try and get some sleep, and if you can't, you are more than welcome to message me. I'll see you tomorrow.]] He read it a couple of times before finally sending it. It wasn't much, but it was a start.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He set his phone down, and went when the light turned green. He rolled the windows down to let in the fresh air. He was at a loss at the moment. He didn't know what happened, or why God had put Rebecca into his life, but he was glad things happened the way they did. He was glad he had shown up at the bar when he did, and if he hadn't, things would have been horrible. He was just glad that  she was safe, and he was the one to protect her. He wanted nothing more than to keep that.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He drove around the sleeping town for a little while longer, before he finally headed back to the house. It was getting harder and harder living there. He knew he would need to think about getting another job, so that way he can get off of Emilio's couch. He didn't want to live there forever. He sighed lightly as he pulled into the driveway, and rolled the windows up, before shutting the car off. He then climbed out, locked the doors, slid his keys into his pocket and closed the door behind him.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He headed towards the house, and unlocked the door. He stepped inside, and shut the door quietly behind him. He kicked off his shoes, went and took a quick shower, and then curled up on the couch. He laid on his back, his arm over his head. His mind of Rebecca the whole time. He kept going over their talk earlier in the day. They had both opened up about some personal things, and he was glad they did. He was also over the moon, that he would be seeing her at work, and he would get to spend more time with her.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Things were slowly looking up for the male, and he hoped that he could keep showing Rebecca, what it was like to let someone in. It was hard for him, but it must be harder for her. He sighed lightly as he finally closed his eyes, and his body relaxed even more, and soon sleep washed over the male.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   209d ago

It was clear that she had made Apollo very happy with announcing that she would be coming to the cafe tomorrow. That did feel good. Even more so, that it was something so simple that only had to do with her just being there. Not being intimate or anything along those lines. 
That was a silver lining that she was glad for as she laid on her bed. Though she knew it was futile, she got up to change into her pajamas, hoping that perhaps that would facilitate going to sleep, but she knew better. Rebecca had just laid back down when his message came through. It placed a smile on her lips, though she couldn't reply to that. He had to work in the morning and if she kept him up all night, then he would be tired tomorrow. [i I'll try.] It was all she could promise. 
Closing her eyes, she tried to sleep, but every time she did images flashed before her eyes. Not only of Josh, but of her father. Rebecca sat up, unsure of what she could do. Playing the violin would wake Madison and doing handiwork wasn't much better. 
So she curled up on her side with a sigh. What had she done to get someone like Apollo in her life? It didn't seem like she deserved it. He genuinely seemed to care about her. Why else had he shown up that night? No one else would have. Rebecca shuddered at the thoughts of what could have happened. Not only that, but their conversation at the lake. They had seemed to have a genuine connection. 
At some point she must have dozed off, because the next thing she knew her alarm woke her, though likely she hadn't slept more than an hour or two. Groaning, she rolled out of bed and got ready for the day. As she did, she wondered when she should show up at the cafe. She didn't want to be under Adelle's watchful eye for too long. 
Finally she decided and left the apartment. It wasn't far to the cafe and she arrived. It was a bit busier since she was later than last time. Rebecca imagined Apollo was in the back. Could she just walk back there? Surely that was an employee only place. 
Still, she had to let him know she was here so she stepped towards the way back. That was until Adelle blocked her way. The woman scared Rebecca. There was something fierce about her and she remember Apollo mentioning that she supposedly had a crush on him. "I'm... here to see Apollo during his break... Could you tell him I'm here?" she said, unsure if the woman would even do that. Hopefully, if she didn't, then Apollo would at least check if she was there at some point.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   202d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 The next morning, the male's alarm went off and he let out a low sigh. He wasn't in the mood to do anything that day. He thought about calling in, but knew that if he did, he wouldn't see Rebecca. That made the male slip off the couch and went to take a quick shower. He took his time in the shower, and thought about the events from the previous day. He felt like he had broken some ground with the woman, and he hoped it would be the start of something beautiful for them both.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He was kind of nervous with showing her the paintings, but he had told her that he would. He shut the water off a moment later, and then climbed out, and wrapped a towel around his waist. He dried himself off, brushed his teeth, added some gel to his hair, and then he was done. He went into the living room and changed quickly. It wasn't like his to be in a hurry, but he didn't mind it. When he was done, he made sure he had everything and then made his way to the café.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 When he walked in the door, Adelle was on him already. [b "How did it go? Are you still going to see her?"] she asked. The male was a little surprised with that last question. [#D1B419 "Everything went perfect. Broke some ground, and yes I'll be seeing her again"] he said. He was kind of surprised that Adelle was interested in all of this. He watched her as her face fell. [b "I'm glad it's working out for you"] was all she said as she went out to the floor. The male raised a 'brow, and shrugged lightly.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He had meant to message Rebecca that morning, but didn't. He would talk to her in a couple of hours anyway. He had let himself get lost in his work for the time being, and he heard Adelle's voice, with Rebecca's. [b "Why do you care if he's here or not? You aren't allowed to go into the kitchen anyway, it's only for employee's. The last time I checked you weren't one"] she hissed. That made Apollo's blood boil. Why was Adelle being like this? He sighed as he looked at the time. It was lunch time already.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He had gotten so wrapped up in his thoughts, he had worked right through his break, and now it was time to meet with the woman. He clocked out and walked out the door. [#D1B419 "Adelle, I asked her to come. You don't have to be such a bitch to her"] he snapped. Adelle looked hurt once more, and she sulked off for the time being. The male then turned to Rebecca and smiled. He was so glad she had come to see him. He took her hand gently in his, and pulled her into the back.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Don't mind her. She's just pissed about something. I'm glad you are here. What would you like to eat?"] he asked her, as he let her hand go, and moved behind the counter. He knew he was breaking the rules, but at the moment he didn't care. He wanted to make Rebecca feel comfortable, and he couldn't help but smile, glad that she was here after all. He stood there and waited for her order.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   202d ago

The way Adelle looked at her made it clear to Rebecca she shouldn't be here. She didn't want conflict and this woman didn't like her for whatever reason. Perhaps she should have waited at a table and messaged Apollo instead. Though who knew how often he was allowed to check his phone while at work. Maybe it was better she just texted she would wait outside, away from Adelle's glare. 
"I know, I just thought maybe you could tell him I'm here," she replied, though it was clear the woman had no intention of doing anything like that. What was she supposed to do? 
Just then Apollo showed up, defending her, and luckily Adelle walked away. "Thank you," she said softly as he took her hand and guided her into the back. "Are you sure it's okay for me to be here, if it's employees only?" Rebecca asked, not wanting him to get in trouble because of her, "Adelle probably just wants to adhere by the rules." At least, she couldn't really think of any other reason why the woman wouldn't like her. Perhaps they had gotten off on the wrong foot? 
Still, Apollo's words made her smile softly. What did she want to eat? Food was always more something she had to eat to function. Being in the system and with the drug abuse it had always been in the background. "Whatever is your favorite," she answered with a shrug, curious as to what that could be. 
As Apollo began to cook she looked to him. "So were you able to sleep well?" Rebecca asked, "And any idea when you will have a day off?" She was sort of looking forward to their day together, whether it was a date or not. Did the label really matter? "It smells delicious," she said, a wonderful scent coming to her nose. It was later than her usual meal so she was definitely hungry.
StolenRelics-мυѕe   196d ago

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 Apollo shook his head lightly. [#D1B419 "I'm good friends with the owner, and he wouldn't care. As long as you are with one of us employees, then there's nothing to worry about. As for Adelle, she's the worst at breaking the rules"] he said with a small shrug of his shoulders. He made a mental note to talk to Adelle later, and to make sure that she treated Rebecca the way she needed to be treated. The male grabbed a towel, and placed it in the waist band of his jeans. He then turned to the woman and grinned.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 [#D1B419 "Well my favorite, would take a while to do. So that'll be done on a different day when I'm not working. So grilled chicken sandwiches it is"] he said as he went about getting everything ready. It took him about fifteen to twenty minutes to get the chicken cooked, and put together with mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles and whatever else she wanted. He then picked up both plates, and nodded towards the door and let her go out first. He then nodded towards a table close to the back, and set the plates down.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He went and pulled her chair out for her, and then sat down himself. He then went back to her question about his next day off. [#D1B419 "If I remember right, you and I both have tomorrow off. Unless I heard you wrong, but yeah tomorrow's my day off"] he said as he picked up his sandwich, and took a bite. The flavors exploded on his tongue, and he let out a low groan. It's been a while since he's made a grilled chicken sandwich. It was amazing. He sat there and chewed, as he let his words hang between them.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He swallowed the bite he had in his mouth, and stood and got them both an iced tea. He came back, and sat back down. [#D1B419 "So if you don't have any plans tomorrow, and if you aren't working, I can come and pick you up around ten tomorrow morning. Take you to the shed, and then we can do whatever else you wanted to do"] he offered. He took a sip from the glass in front of him, and set the glass back down. He could feel a pair of eyes on him.]]

[google-font][noto+sans [size12 He turned his head and spotted Adelle watching them both. He rolled his eyes lightly, as he shifted his chair in front of Rebecca more. He didn't want her getting uncomfortable. This was a lot for the woman, and Adelle wasn't making matters better. He then fell silent, as he waited to hear her idea of what she wanted to do.]]
HoshizoraRebecca   196d ago

Rebecca nodded, feeling a little better that she wouldn't get Apollo in trouble. She didn't want him to lose his job or anything like that. Following after him, she settled in a spot in the kitchen where she felt like she would be the least in the way. It was a little amusing to see him place a towel in the waistband of his jeans. 
Her brow arched at him mentioning his favorite took some time. "What is your favorite?" she inquired curiously, "Frilled chicken sandwich sounds good." She wasn't picky and ate whatever she was presented with. Though she had eaten his food before so she did believe it would be good. So Rebecca silently watched Apollo make the sandwich. It was actually kind of fascinating and in a strange way attractive to watch him. The fluid motions, the effortlessness. 
It certainly didn't feel like twenty minutes had passed when he finished. Making their way over to a table, she thanked him for holding the door for her. Having Apollo pull out her chair was in a way strange. No one had ever done that for her. "Then it's tomorrow," she agreed, the idea making her fee excited and nervous. A whole day where they could get to know one another. She would see his painting. That would be cool. 
Apollo's reaction to taking a bite made her look to him. The sound made her shudder slightly. "That good?" Rebecca asked with a small smile before picking up her own sandwich. Carefully she took her own bite, savoring it with closed eyes. A soft sound came from her lips. "Okay, that good," she said softly, a small smile on her lips. So she began to eat, enjoying the food. 
Hearing the plan, Rebecca nodded. "Ten sounds good," she agreed. What else could they do? She didn't want Apollo to feel like he had to do all the planning. As she thought she could feel someone glaring at her. Her gaze shifted to, not surprisingly, find Adelle stare at her. It was making it hard to think and she was glad when Apollo moved his chair between them. In a way she hated that she was so easily discouraged and unsure. Why couldn't she just be more bold or at least have more of a backbone? No, she couldn't have those thoughts as it had led her down the path of drugs before. 
Rebecca turned her focus on what they could do. "Maybe if the weather is good, we could go for a hike?" she suggested. It seemed like a good idea to perhaps stay away from everyone's watchful eyes. "I do that sometimes so I know a few trails," she explained, "If it rains, I guess maybe we could just eat somewhere?" It wasn't like the town had a huge selection of leisure time activities. "Speaking of eating, since you said your favorite dish takes longer, do you like to cook?" Rebecca asked before finishing up her sandwich, carefully licking a finger that had some mayo on it. It was interesting to learn these tidbits about him. What more would she learn tomorrow?


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