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By StolenRelics-

The Trophy; Closed

Muse A is the very definition of first class. They come from a wealthy background and a long line of successful business tycoons who have always known how to get ahead. Muse A is no exception. After graduating from a prestigious university, they took a seat on the board of their family’s company and quickly proved that their hire wasn’t just a case of nepotism. Though they had some critics when first getting started, Muse A took the company into a brand-new direction and managed to stay at the top for years. With a high profile career like that, Muse A has had a high profile social life. Their circle of friends is exclusive and highly sought after, and it’s quite hard to get a foot in the door with them.

Muse A met Muse B on a cross country flight when they were bumped up to first class and seated next to them. Though they hit it off almost instantly, when Muse B mentions that they’re unemployed and currently not even looking for a job, Muse A knows it’s going to be a problem. They really get along though, so once they land, they make plans to go on an actual date. The chemistry is there, definitely, but Muse A refuses to bring Muse B around any of their friends. In fact, their friends are under the impression that Muse A is still very much single. Muse B has never made a big deal about it, but when, after a year and a half of dating, they propose to Muse A, one of the stipulations is that they need to be introduced to people in their life if they’re going to be together forever.

Though reluctant, Muse A hosts a dinner party for their friends to meet Muse B. They hope that at this point, their friends can overlook the fact that Muse B doesn’t seem to have anything going for them other than their looks and accept them into their exclusive group.

Twist- One of Muse A’s friends recognize Muse B as the heir of an incredibly well known socialite that runs in a different circle than theirs. Muse B is worth more than Muse A is, and when Muse B finds out that Muse A was ashamed of them, drama ensues.
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StolenRelics-тropнy   103d ago

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#ff00ff "Nior! Are you awake?! You are going to miss your damn plane!"] came the sound of her roommate and best friend. There was also a pound on the door, and the blonde let out a low groan. She rolled onto her side, grabbed her phone and checked the time. Seeing that it was almost 9:30 in the morning, she let out a scream and threw the blankets off of herself. She flew out of bed and ran straight to her closet. The blonde was in a hurry right now, and she didn't have much time to waste.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She was heading to New York City for a business meeting, and to meet some new clients for her father's banking business, and she had promised him she would be on the 10:00 am fight. Considering she was running late, and acting like a chicken with her head cut off, she slept through her alarm. She was kicking herself, as she hurried and got dressed as fast as she could. She threw her last minute items into her bag, and zipped it up. She then slid it over her shoulder, grabbed her shoes and booked it out the door.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#ff00ff "I had been listening to your alarm going off and you snoozing it since six this morning"] Olivia said with a smirk. Nior threw the woman a dirty look. [#C71585 "Why the fuck didn't you wake me up then!"] she yelled at her. Olivia broke out into a fit of giggles. [#ff00ff "Because I would have missed this"] she said as she handed Nior a bag of food, and her coffee mug. [b "Get going"] she said pointing at the door. [#ff00ff "I started the car already for you"] she said with another giggle.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "I hate you, but I love you at the same time. Thank you!"] Nior called over her shoulder as she ran to her white Mercedes's Benz. She slid in behind the wheel, and put the mug into the cup holder. She closed the door behind her, put her seatbelt on and pulled out of the driveway. It's a good thing she didn't live too far from the airport. She was just kicking herself for sleeping in later than she should have. She knew her father would get wind of her being late, and she wasn't looking forward to that phone call.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 About ten minutes later the airport was in view, and she pulled into the parking lot. She shut the car off, sent a message to Olivia to come and get her car later, and she was running to her boarding gate. She had her ticket in hand the whole time. She barely made it. She held the ticket out to the flight attendant and smiled lightly towards him. [i "You about missed the plane"] he said handing it back to her. She rolled her eyes and stepped onto the boarding ramp. [#C71585 "I know"] she muttered.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She boarded the plane, found her first class seat, put her bag in the compartment above her seat, and sat down. She wrapped her fingers around her coffee mug, trying to slow her racing heart. When she looked up she spotted a handsome male walking towards her. She wondered if he was sitting with her. She wouldn't mind it though. She licked her lower lip lightly as she tore her gaze from the handsome male. She wasn't about to get her hopes up. At least not right away. She turned her eyes to the window beside her, finished her coffee and waited for the plane to take off.]]
HoshizoraLeo   103d ago

"Ah, Mr. Lucato, we have good news for you," the flight attendent said after Leo had presented her with his e ticket on his phone for the flight, making him look to her curiously, "You've been upgraded into first class." Leo arched his brow, watching the middle aged woman behind the counter. "Is that so? How lucky. May I ask why?" he inquired casually, but he had a sneaking suspicion. "Unfortunately, your seat is broken and there are no other ones available aside from in first class," she explained with a smile that Leo almost believed her, though internally he sighed. It was hardly her fault. "I see. Well, that's very kind of you. Thank you," he simply replied and accepted the new ticket, "I just need to make a call. I'll be there in a minute." The last people were still boarding so he had the time. Having flown a lot, he knew this inside and out.
Stepping away, he pulled out his phone and dialed his mother's number. "Leo, shouldn't you be on a plane?" his mother answered the phone cheerfully. "You realize the number of times that I get a broken seat I should be scared to fly," Leo pointed out, half joking, half serious. "Don't be like that. It's a cross country flight. Do you really want to be cramped into that small economy seat for hours?" Vivienne Cadwell reminded him as though it were a fact of life, "I know you're frugal, but there are times you shouldn't save money. Especially when you don't need to." This time Leo couldn't repress the sigh that came out. Of course his mother meant well, she always did. That didn't mean she had the right to meddle in his life. How did she even know his flight details? He hadn't told her for this reason. Sometimes Leo was sure Vivienne had a private eye on him to always know what he was up to. It wouldn't surprise him.
However, he also knew she was right about cross country flights and seeing as the last people were finished with boarding he didn't have time to argue this out once more. It never helped anyway. "I have to go. I'll text when I land," Leo finally said and after his mother had said her goodbyes hung up and quickly made his way down the gangway to the plane. As he did, he thought on things. Ever since his father had died when he was a child, his mother had always had an eye on him. Leo had never really liked it nor what his mother's family name meant. Wealth beyond imagination. How it made people act around him the second they heard the name. It was why he took on his father's last name, both to escape his mother's and to remember his father. Of course, he would never be able to escape it as the only child, but it sure as hell meant he could ignore it for as long as he wanted, aside from a few mandatory tasks. Other than that he tried to hide it, but that only lasted for so long, at the latest when hsi mother got involved and then suddenly he was Leonardo Cadwell again and everyone was practically bowing. One such occasion was coming up in New York, which was why he was flying to meet his mother there. She had moved there again after his father passed, loving the city much more than the south where they had lived out of love to his father. 
Leo had boarded the plane and was checking his ticket for his seat. That was when he spotted it and with that his more than pleasing neighbor. Okay, he definitely wasn't mad at his mom, if that was who he had to spend several hours next to. Placing his duffel bag into the overhead compartment, he smiled to the woman as he sat down. "Good morning," he said before pointing to her coffee mug, "I hope they serve that soon. Didn't have much time to get one this morning." Which was true since he had been busy on his computer all morning and forgotten so that he ended up just quickly packing some things that he needed for the trip. "Though I suppose it can only be better than I would have gotten. My seat was defect so I was upgraded from economy. Suppose that makes me pretty lucky," Leo went on, leaving the comment very much ambiguous to see how she would react, "Sorry, I haven't even introduced myself. I'm Leo." He gave her a genuinely bashful, but charming smile. She was definitely beautiful and for once Leo didn't mind his mother's meddling, if it meant a nice conversation with her.
StolenRelics-тropнy   97d ago

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When Nior looked up to see who her seatmate was, she wasn't expecting to see the handsome male before her. He wasn't that much older than she was, and he was really nice on the eyes as well. Her heart skipped a beat when she heard his voice as well. She looked towards the mug and then back to him. [#C71585 "In all honesty, I'm surprised I even have it. If it hadn't been for my roommate this morning, I wouldn't"] she said with a small smile. She listened the the reason as to why he was sitting with her.]]

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[#C71585 "I am so sorry! At least they were able to find it before you sat down. That would have made for a really, really uncomfortable flight"] she said lightly. When he mentioned his name her heart skipped a beat once more. The man's name was Leo, and she was pretty much drooling over the man. She hurried and turned her eyes to the mug in her hand. She was all of a sudden nervous, and that smile she had seen. She felt like she wanted to melt right then and there in her seat.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 No man has ever made her feel like that right when meeting. She slowly lifted her eyes back to his. [#C71585 "My name is Nior, it's a pleasure meeting you Leo. If I start talking too much, please tell me to stop. I tend to ramble when nervous"] she admitted. She wrapped her fingers around her mug and had to tear her eyes off of his once more. Those eyes of his was doing something to her. She didn't know if she liked the feeling, or if she was just glad to have someone attractive to talk too.]]

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Whatever the reason was, she wasn't about to to talk his ear off the whole time. [#C71585 "If you don't mind me asking. Where are you going? And won't your wife be a little upset if she found out you were talking to another woman?"] she asked. It might not have been wise to assume he was married, but she had to know one way or another. She hoped that wasn't the case, because if she had her way, by the end of this flight she could have his number saved in her phone.]]

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It also depended on where he was going as well. She could be going to the same place as he was, and if that was the case, maybe she could talk him into going to dinner with her. What the hell was she thinking? She was getting too ahead of herself. As far as she knew, he was happily married, or he was on his way to meet her at the end of this flight. She lifted the mug to her lips just then and took a sip of the still hot coffee. At least it was something to do.]]

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Her heart was still racing, and she couldn't get the sound of his voice of of her head either. She hoped he would speak again, because the silence was getting a bit awkward, and she didn't like that. She also didn't want to be the one just rambling on about pointless things either.]]
HoshizoraLeo   97d ago

Leo was social. He loved talking to his neighbors on flights, especially in economy class as they often had far more interesting stories to tell. Generally, they were more than happy to talk and he was hoping that his beautiful neighbor today would be no expection. There was something fascinating to delving into these random strangers, even for just a bit. 
Luckily, she didn't seem to be the exception. There were definitely worse ways to spend a flight than talking to a gorgeous stranger. "You clearly have a better roommate than me. Mine was still asleep when I left. If I had to rely on him, I would have missed the flight," Leo mused before chuckling, "Nothing to be sorry for. Can't say I am disliking the change." Suddenly, his mom's meddling for once wasn't all bad. The more chance he had to look at her, the more he was enchanted. That blond hair, those sparkling eyes. She was a stunning woman. And her name certainly matched. "Nior, never heard that name before, but I think it fits you perfectly," he replied with a smile, "It's a pleasure to meet you too. And by all means, I'll gladly listen to your ramblings all day." No guy would be crazy enough to turn down a gorgeous woman like her and somehow he imagined that even her ramblings would be fascinating. After all, you didn't sit in first class for no reason. 
Her next questions made him raise a brow. That was certainly a change in topic and he had the sneaking suspicion that she was very much as interested in him as he was in her. "I'm sure my wife would be very upset to find out I was talking to such a beautiful woman," Leo agreed, not being able to resist teasing her just lightly before giving a cheeky grin, "Luckily for both of us, I don't have one. Nor a girlfriend before you ask." He ran a hand through his hair before focusing again. "I'm visiting my mother who lives in New York. You know, as the only child you have to show up occasionally," he mused before looking to her, "And what about you? What brings you on this early flight across the country? Reuniting with your boyfriend for a passionate long weekend?" While he did say it slightly teasing, the thought of her having a boyfriend left a bitter taste in his mouth. He would be genuinely jealous of the man that got to call Nior his girlfriend. 
A hand touching his shoulder forced him to break the moment with Nior. It was a flight attendent. Apparently they were getting ready to take off and he hadn't put on his seat belt yet. Quickly apologizing, he did as instructed before turning back to Nior. It was strange to think he had only been talking to her for a few minutes, yet he was already so drawn to her. "So tell me, what do you like to do when you aren't talking to random strangers on the plane?" Leo asked. Normally, he was respectful and let the conversation flow where it flowed, but with Nior he was curious, wanted to know more. And yes, he was certainly hoping that perhaps he could get her number. Was it bad that he thought that? Especially when he didn't know if she was single. Then again, would she have asked about a wife, if she wasn't slightly interested. That and his family didn't keep and expand their wealth by playing it safe. Even if he didn't like the name, he was a Cadwell and he certainly went for what he liked. Within reason that was. He would never try for a woman that was clearly in a relationship.
StolenRelics-тropнy   62d ago

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Nior's mind was spinning. The male beside her was very much single, and really attractive as well. She shook her head lightly when he asked her the same question. [#C71585 "No I'm not dating anyone either. I kind of can't because of my line of business. I'm heading to New York for a business meeting this weekend for my father's banking business. When he's not around, or available he sends me to do his dirty work"] she said with a small laugh. She looked up when the flight attendant came up to them, and let Leo know that he wasn't belted in.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When they were left alone once more she turned her attention back to the male. So seeing as they were both single, and he was really attractive and catching her attention, she felt like she could let her walls down. At least a little bit. Her best friend would die if she found out that she was talking to some stranger on her flight, and not being drawn into a world of True Crime, or her favorite authors. That's when his next question hit her ears. What did she normally do? Would it be weird if she told him?]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Then again he had asked her, and she didn't feel like telling a small lie to get out of it. [#C71585 "Honestly I'll have my headphones in and listening to True Crime podcasts, or horror podcasts as well. I know it's not everyone's liking, but I kind of like being a bit different"] she admitted. It was kind of nice to tell someone about her passion, even if they were different. Her eyes then turned to the front of the plane when the pilot stepped out and lifted the phone to speak.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "Good morning, and welcome to Flight 197 to New York City. We are in the process of getting ready to take off. Make sure you are all belted in, and do not take your seatbelts off until the light above m head is turned off. Have a comfortable flight and we will be there before you know it"] the pilot said. So they were getting ready for take off. This was the one thing Nior hated more than anything. She turned back to Leo and smiled sheepishly towards him.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "To be honest, I always hate the take off. So I'm sorry if I don't say anything until we are up in the air"] she muttered lightly. She wasn't trying to be rude, but she was at least being honest. She turned her eyes to the front once more, when she felt the plane jerk forward. She placed her hands into her lap, and laced her fingers together, digging the tips of her nails into the backs of her hands. Now was the time she wished she had the Morbid Girl's playing in her ears. She wasn't about to be rude to her seat mate though either.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Shortly when they were in the air, and the seatbelt light was off, she seemed to relax a little bit. [#C71585 "I'm sorry.."] she breathed out. She slowly turned her eyes towards the male and a small smile tugged at the corner of her lips lightly. She had already told this man her weird passion, and now he had seen her mini freak out, and silence with taking off. She just hoped he was still interested like he had been before. If not, this was going to be a long, awkward flight.]]
HoshizoraLeo   62d ago

Leo was certainly glad his slight teasing had gone over well. After all, not every woman found it funny to be teased, especially by a stranger. Nior was certainly a different kind of woman and the type that was intriguing him more and more with every word she spoke. He nodded, suppressing the desire to sigh with relief at knowing that she was indeed single. She was certainly becoming more and more endearing by the minute. 
With how Nior spoke he could sympathize well enough. Maybe if he applied himself to the work of the Cadwell's he too would have a similar relationship status. Though through his family he knew many big name banks and tried to mentally go through them to find out which one Nior belonged to. "That does sound challenging. So you often jet around," he replied, "Though I can't imagine that no guy has tried to make it work yet for someone like you." Sure, Nior not always being there was a challenge, but hardly a huge problem. Leo certainly would make it work for someone like her. 
Honestly, he was surprised by her answer. "That is not what I would have expected," he admitted, but before he could continue the pilot made his announcement. He settled back in his seat, getting ready to take off, before turning back to Nior. His brow rose at her admission. She flew this much and was scared of taking off? That was odd. For a moment he considered if she was playing the part, but it quickly became clear with her actions that she was genuinely uncomfortable. Leo watched her, wanting to wrap his arm around her or to take her hand. Both though seemed a bit too forward considering that they had only met like half an hour ago and everyone reacted differently to scary situations. Some didn't want to be touched. 
Though he didn't just want to sit there watching her be uncomfortable so he began to speak. "I will admit that I haven't listened much to true crime podcasts. I did watch only murders in the building, if that counts. That was a good show," Leo began with a teasing smile, "Maybe it also has to do with the fact that when I can I travel. Often backpacking and the like. I once spent some time at a Buddhist monestary where they actually don't speak for six days of a week. That becomes very difficult when you have bad food poisoning and you are trying to explain what's going on. You only realize how much you miss talking when you can't talk. Suffice to say that I don't always have the chance since I didn't always have internet to follow any podcasts." Leo chuckled. "Well, for that I need money first so I don't travel that much, but yeah," he mused with a shrug, "So often I sit in my apartment or outside and imagine where I might go next, enjoy my time with my roommate." It was a stretch. If he wanted, he could have chartered a plane and flown wherever he wanted. Heck, he could have traveled the world for the rest of his life and still had millions in the bank, but he didn't want to rely on his family. That and that kind of traveling would never get you close to local people. 
Just then the seat belt light went off and Leo could see Nior beside him relax. "It's quite alright," he assured her with a soft smile, "I hope you didn't mind my talking. I just... wanted to help in some way. Maybe lucky though that it didn't take forever to ascend or I might have had to talk about weirder stories from the times I did travel." He chuckled. "So a strong business woman with a liking of true crime. Tell me more. I would love to hear about it," Leo inquired, happy to continue to talk to her, "Or you can ask me anything." They had a long flight and Leo had the feeling they would be talking a lot. At least he hoped so as he was genuinely intrigued.
StolenRelics-тropнy   60d ago

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The female was kicking herself for admitting her fear to a total stranger. Then again it would have been rude if she hadn't. As the male spoke about his own travels, her mind wandered back to his comment about someone not taking their time with her. She thought about it  a lot, and it did sort of hurt. Her last relationship hadn't been the best, and she had vowed to not let herself fall for another human being. No matter how lonely she was. When they were in the air, and the light clicked off, she relaxed a little.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then turned her eyes to the male beside her, and she cocked her head to the side. [#C71585 "You are a strange creature that's for sure. Most people would be turned off from me, and my passion for the true crime world"] she said with a small laugh. It was nervous laughter, as she was still slightly shaken from the start of their flight. She shook her head lightly as a real smile passed over her lips. It was kind of nice to hear his rambling, and she didn't know if she should admit it or not.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "In all honesty, it did help. Hearing about how you travel as well. But I do want to go back to your comment about someone not being with me. That's a long story. I'm not always home, but if I was I would make all of the time in the world for my partner. Yes my job is important as well, but I feel like my relationship would be put above that. Daddy might not think so, and I'm sure he would be chiding me right about now too"] she said laughing softly.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "Daddy and I always butt heads when it comes to things like that. I guess you could say I'm most likely like him, always working and no time for myself. I suppose I'm okay with that. That's also kind of where the passion for true crime comes in. Not many people would think I would be into that, because I'm a chicken when it comes to taking off in a plane, but yet I can stomach hearing about gruesome murders"] she said laughing again softly. Now she was the one starting to ramble, but he had asked after all.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "My favorite killers happen to be Jeffery Dahmer, and Ted Bundy. I would have fallen for Ted's personality just like his victims, and I'm sure if I had been a male I would have fallen for Jeffery as well. Ever since this started, daddy has always tried to keep me out of the public eye because of those types of men. I can understand where he's coming from, but the world isn't just filled with monsters. It's filled with so much good too"] she breathed out. She unlaced her fingers slowly.]]

[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "I could go on about this for hours, and I don't want to be the only one giving information about myself. What about you? What's you passions?"] she asked lightly. It was kind of nice to have someone else listen to her rambling about True Crime. She did want to know more about the male beside her. She chewed the inside of her cheek as she finally fell silent, waiting for the male to speak once more. She was already enjoying the sound of his voice, and that wasn't like her at all. At least she had someone interesting to talk too on this flight.]]
HoshizoraLeo   60d ago

Leo watched Nior slowly relax as they got to their cruising altitude. It would be a lie to say that he wasn't slightly nervous at her reaction to his random babbling. After all, he surely didn't come off as cool when you are talking about food poisoning and what not. Talking about traveling to big cities would likely have been far more interesting. 
He couldn't help a chuckle at what she said. "Right back at you, I suppose," Leo mused as he ran a hand through his hair, "I mean, you weren't turned off by me rambling on and on." He gave her a smile. Her smile was stunning and only lit up her face more. Still, he couldn't help the slight sigh of relief at hearing that his rambling actually helped. "I'm glad I could help," he replied before tilting his head to listen to Nior more. 
It was interesting to hear her talk about relationships and also how it fit into her work or in some cases didn't. "I get it. I mean, of course I can understand wanting to be close to your partner, but I'm all about making the moments you do have count. Be it a nice dinner, just relaxing together on the couch and all that. Small texts when you can't see one another," Leo told her and couldn't help teasing her slightly, "And yes, listen with them to the newest episode of their favorite true crime podcast." A relationship was about compromise and being together. 
Nior continuing on about her passion made him smile. "Well, I guess that could be like how some people like horror movies, but can't stand gore," he mused as he continued to listen, not being able to help a chuckle at how she swooned about the killers, "I guess we should be glad that you weren't around them or you wouldn't be walking among us now." It was clear that true crime was her passion and the way she sparkled only made her even more gorgeous. 
Of course, after Nior had divulged about her passion it was only fair that he did the same. "Well, I already mentioned traveling. Though with that I don't mean staying only in the cities or at some pool. I love meeting the natives, truly seeing the country. Hence, the backpacking. I think it gives you such a unique perspective and at the same time just shows that ultimately, we are all just human and very few of them are monsters," Leo told her, not being able to resist teasing her slightly.
"But... traveling is expensive, even backpacking. So when I'm grounded at home I enjoy cooking, often the things I learned from my travels. I especially love cooking for or with someone. It's just very fun and relaxing," Leo went on, "Though even something from just around the corner can be very interesting. So I don't need to always be jetting around the world. Just exploring the neighborhood with someone special is also amazing." 
"That is until my roommate starts demanding my part of the rent and I quickly go looking for a modeling job or something to make it meet," he admitted with a shrug. Okay, he also was pretty good with tech and sometimes just helped his roommate with something to get around paying rent. One and done jobs were best. It meant his mother couldn't meddle with anything and he didn't mind not knowing what happened next. It was in a way thrilling. Though Leo was curious how Nior would see it as he watched her closely and slightly nervous. She was very much driven and he clearly wasn't. Would this be the end of her liking him? Though wasn't that what he wanted? He wanted someone who liked him for him and not because of his name Cadwell.
StolenRelics-тropнy   60d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Listening to the male speaking about his own passions brought a smile to her lips once more. Men who could cook were rare. She tilted her head slightly to the side and smirked a bit. [#C71585 "I didn't think men knew how to cook. With how I was raised it was pretty much driven into my mind that a woman's place is the kitchen and not out working"] she said lightly. Thinking about that brought back memories of the nights her parents would be up late yelling. Her father was the bread winner of the family after all.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The times her mother did try and stand up to him about it, and how he would raise his hand to her mother. Then it all came crashing down after that. Her mother had left them high and dry. Since she was an only child, her father didn't have a son to raise and take over the banking business. So he had to break all of that, and teach Nior how to do it. How to take over a business, and not take people's shit every day. Thinking about that seemed to somber her up a little.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "Sorry, I kind of spaced out for a moment. But I think you and I will get along just fine. Seeing as we are both passionate about different things. I love the fact you like to travel. If I had more time, I would love to go to Paris. That's where my mother's from. See where they met, and first fell in love"] she swooned. She loved the idea of being in love, and seeing other's love stories as well. That did bring up another question to mind. She was fighting asking the male.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "I will apologize right now if this is too personal. But why don't you have a partner? Someone as handsome and adventourious as yourself should be with someone with the same passions. So why are you single?"] she asked lightly. It might be to much, but she was curious. She of course in turn would tell him why she was single, if he asked. She felt like she could be really open about her life with the male. He did know she worked for a really good banking business, but she did wonder if he knew what business it was.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "I am sorry if that's too personal. I guess I'm just really curious as to why no one has snagged your attention is all"] she said with a sheepish smile. She then started to play with her fingers once more. A small nervous habit, that always pissed her father off. She lowered her hands to her lap as she fell silent. The silence wasn't awkward, if anything it was comfortable. Something she never thought would ever happen between herself and a total stranger.]]
HoshizoraLeo   60d ago

Leo chuckled at Nior's remark. "I will admit that I got the passion from my father. He was a cook in Louisiana. It was how we bonded before he died," he explained and it was easy to think back how he was allowed to taste test creations with his dad or work next to him in the kitchen when he was younger, "I can respect a strong woman. My mom surely is, but it was clear how she lit up whenever my dad cooked for her. It was beautiful." Those were his favorite memories of his childhood. Leo supposed that it wasn't surprising that his mother couldn't stay in Louisiana after his father's death. There were too many memories and to this day she hadn't bound herself again. 
"I think we will indeed," he agreed and couldn't help the tiniest of husks in his voice. They were clearly connecting really well. Leo never would have expected that. God, did for once his mother's meddling have a good side? "Paris is beautiful. I can understand why it's the city of love. The Eiffel Tower and how it blinks at night. Lights reflecting on the Seine. Getting lost in the streets to end up in one of the many gardens. And don't get me started on the cuisine," he couldn't help swooning slightly himself, "Sorry. I was in Paris a few years ago. One of my first stops in Europe." How could it not be with its reputation? 
Nior's question made him pause. It was a fair question, but so hard to answer. After all, how could he explain that most women had only been interested in Leo Cadwell and not Leo Lucato. That they didn't bother to get to know him and instead only wanted his name and money. How his mother had gone so far already twice to instigate him meeting potential daughter in laws. It was no surprise he was cautious of any woman that came too close to him. 
Still, he knew it would be weird to not answer. "Well, traveling does exclude quite a few women. After all, you don't see each other a lot then," he pointed out, "And not having a real job certainly doesn't increase my prospects." Of course, that didn't explain it all. "And I suppose I never met a woman where we are the same enough, but different enough to not make it boring. I don't want someome that only agrees with me or where we have so much in common that it gets boring," Leo went on, knowing the first part was certainly true with anyone who knew who he really was, "I guess, I just never found that right mix." At least until now. He gave Nior a smile. 
Should he risk it? They were hitting it off so well and while he wasn't sure how much longer the flight was, it could be hours or minutes, time didn't seem to have meaning right now, he didn't want to let this moment slip through his hands. "So... during your long business weekend you think you'll have some time off to see the city?" Leo inquired slowly. He wanted to see her. Outside of this plane and go on a date. See if this was actually something real or if the altitude was just messing with them.
StolenRelics-тropнy   60d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Hearing him talking about his father, and how he had learned to cook from him, melted her heart. [#C71585 "I'm so sorry for your loss.."] she whispered lightly. She meant it too. It was hard to lose a parent, she still had both of her's, just not the way she wanted it to be. At least she thought her mother was still alive. She hadn't heard from the other woman for years. She had to tell herself that, that was a good thing. Because if she did, she had a feeling her mother would have talked her out of a lot of things.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 As the male spoke of going to Paris it made her slightly jealous. [#C71585 "Can I just say I hate you right now? Not fully hate you, but more like jealous hate, because it's been a dream of mine for years to go there"] she said with a warm smile. Seeing the male smile as well made her heart skip a beat. That smile of his would make any woman stop and stare. She was just lucky enough to not share it fully with anyone else. Hell, she didn't want to share it with anyone else.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She nodded lightly agreeing about the whole traveling thing, and not wanting to be with someone that's boring. It would just make everything worse on so many levels. [#C71585 "Oddly I agree on all of that. I mean, you do have to find someone to not balance you out fully, because if you had someone who was like you, then things wouldn't last for years down the road"] she said softly. She had a feeling she was starting to fall for this man, and that scared her. She barely knew him for crying out loud!]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She was taken back when he asked to see her in the city. Would she have time? She might not, but she knew she would make the time for him. [#C71585 "I'll have to let you know on that. Let me give you my cell number, and you can call me when you get settled at your mother's place"] she said as she reached for her purse. She dug around for her notepad and a pen. She then found it a moment later and opened to a clean page. She then wrote down her first and last name.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then wrote down her number under her name. She ripped the page out of the notepad and handed it to the male. [#C71585 "Considering we've been talking this whole time, I think we should be getting ready to land"] she said softly. Sure enough the light for the seatbelts clicked on, and the pilot came over the speakers. [b "We are about to land. Get ready for the landing, and thank you again for flying with us today"] and then silence once more. The fight was already over?]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She felt like she was losing out on something special. She titled her head to the side and when they started to land, the plane jumped, and she wasn't as nervous as before. [#C71585 "Thank you for talking with me Leo. It's been grand getting to know you, and I hope that I'll be able to see you.."] she breathed out. She meant it too. She wanted to see the male out of the plane, and away from the other's. It's been nice chatting with him, seeing his smile, hearing about his passions, sharing her own as well. There was something special about the male beside her, and she hoped that something more would come of it.]]
HoshizoraLeo   60d ago

"Thank you. I guess I get a lot from him," Leo said with a soft smile, "I was barely ten so it's been a few years, but some memories feel like they were only yesterday." It had been hard watching his father die and his mother grieve, but she had done everything in her power to help him as well. After all, what was Cadwell money for. 
Her words made him chuckle. "I would hate it if you hate me," he mused but continued to smile, "Well, let me earn enough and then I'll whisk you off to Paris for a weekend." Somehow that sounded so incredibly romantic. His parents were his idols when it came to love and he wanted the love the two had clearly shared, despite the money his mom had had. They had matched so well and for the first time this seemed possible for him. 
After all, the way Nior nodded made it feel like they were so similar. "Exactly," was all Leo could say. It felt so easy to talk to her and they just clicked on important topics without being identical. They didn't need the other, but wanted them in their life. It felt perfect. Those thoughts seemed to crazy to have for a woman he had only just met and yet it felt right. 
Leo watched Nior write down her number and while it was only a name and number it only made it seem more real. God, he hoped she had time. "Will do," he said with a nod. It wasn't like his weekend was empty either. He had all sorts of Cadwell meetings and events lined up, but somehow he would make the time. 
It was jarring to hear that they were actually landing. It hadn't felt like hours. Suddenly Leo wasn't ready for the flight to end, but he could hardly tell the pilot to turn around. "The pleasure was all mine," Leo replied with a smile, "I hope so too." The plane landed and soon the seat belt sign went out. Everyone got up to grab their bags from the overhead compartment. Leo looked to Nior as he shouldered his backpack. "Maybe I could escort you to the baggage claim?" he suggested, wanting to extend their time for just a few more minutes. It was silly, but he couldn't help it.
StolenRelics-тropнy   60d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The moment the plane's wheels touched the ground, the seatbelt sign was off, and everyone was standing up and gathering their things. Nior let Leo grab his bag first, before she grabbed her own. She slipped the notepad back into the purse and slid the strap over her shoulder. A small, sad smile passed over her lips. [#C71585 "I would like that"] she said softly. She was kind of saddened that their time together was coming to a close. A lot faster than she wanted it too. She chewed the inside of her cheek as she waited for the other's to go ahead of her.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Soon it was her turn, and she stepped out into the aisle way and made her way off the plane. [#C71585 "If I didn't scare you off, I would love to hear from you tonight. I do have some things to do as soon as I leave here, but tonight I'll be n my hotel room trying to relax"] she said with a small laugh. She was kind of sad she couldn't just get off the plane and go straight there. Her father had one of his drivers to pick her up.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She wrapped her arms around herself as she walked. She all of a sudden was at a loss for words, and soon they were at the baggage claim already. She watched as the many bags went by, soon her's was in sight and she snagged it before it went by. She placed it down on the ground by her feet and then looked up at Leo. She titled her head to the side, her eyes locking on his as well. [#C71585 "It was really nice getting to know you Leo"] she said softly.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She meant it too. It was nice to talk to someone who took the time to listen to her. She could be herself, and not have to filter her words each and every time she spoke. She stood on her tip toes and pressed her lips to his cheek. [#C71585 "I hope you get to your mother's safely"] she said as she lowered herself back down onto her feet. That's when she heard her name being called, and she looked over her shoulder and groaned. Grady was standing there waving her over. She rolled her eyes lightly.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "Looks like I'm already being called away. Make sure to message me later. Goodbye Leo"] she said softly. She felt like her heart was already breaking inside of her chest. As she was slowly backing up, Grady was right there, and he wrapped his arms around her waist. [b "Sorry Miss Middleton"] he said as he made sure she was steady, and then let her go. A shudder ran down her spine at his touch. She let the male take her things and led her to the limo that was waiting. She sighed as she looked over her shoulder.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She had to steal one last look at the handsome stranger she had slowly gotten to know. She felt like she wouldn't be seeing him for awhile, and that tore her apart. [b "Everything okay?"] Grady asked. She nodded lightly as she looked towards him. [#C71585 "Everything is fine"] she said. [b "Good. So your father has your room booked, and your first meeting is at the bank down town"] he said. The woman tuned him out for now, wishing she had gotten Leo's number right away. It was too late now though.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She ducked into the waiting limo, and let Grady close the door behind her. She looked out the window watching Leo the whole time. She reached up and touched the blacked out window, wishing she wasn't here on business. She sighed when the car was put into gear, and she was whisked away from the airport, and Leo all together.]]
HoshizoraLeo   60d ago

Leo was glad that he didn't seem to be the only one that had trouble saying goodbye. They had only spent a flight together, but it felt like so much more. He couldn't explain what it was, but it felt different from all the women he had met before. "You mean listening to true crime podcasts," he couldn't help teasing, "I should be free tonight." Well, his mother had some kind of charity event planned, but he would figure it out. 
It was odd walking side by side to the baggage claim, knowing their time together was ending. It didn't take long for him to grab his small bag, since he had only a few essentials as his mother had tailored suits for him at the ready at her place. He turned to Nior, looking down at her. "It was nice to meet you too," he replied, though was honestly surprised when she kissed his cheek. It made him feel jittery inside and gently he touched his cheek. 
Before he could think about returning the favor someone was calling her name. "Goodbye Nior," he said softly, though watching this man wrap his arm around her waist didn't sit well with him. Well, him taking her away didn't sit well with him. He hated it and wanted to join her. 
Soon Nior got into a car and Leo turned the flight mode off in his phone. Pulling the piece of paper from his pocket, he quickly entered her number as if to prove she was real. "I didn't want to wait until tonight to message you," he quickly wrote as he watched her car speed off. Just then his phone rang. His mother. "Where did you park your driver?" he immediately asked, knowing that he had said she didn't need to send him, but she would do so anyway. He wasn't in the mood to argue and so he gave in. "Exit two," she replied and Leo made his way there, spotting the black car instantly, "How was your flight?" It looked normal enough from the outside, but inside it was all leather and elegance. He slid inside. "It was good," Leo told her, thinking on if he should ask her, "Have you ever heard of a banking family called Middleton?" Even if you didn't know his mom, it was likely she knew you and Leo was too curious not to find out more about Nior and her family.
StolenRelics-тropнy   47d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Nior was a little upset that she wouldn't be able to relax a little bit. [#C71585 "Why does daddy do this to me? He knows I'm on a long flight, and he still has me booked for meeting right away"] she muttered. She felt her phone buzz and she looked down at the message that had come through. It was from a number that wasn't saved in her phone, and she smiled a little at the message. It had to be Leo's phone number. Her heart skipped a beat at the thought of him already messaging her.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "I'm not sure why he does that Nior. You do know you can tell him no"] the driver said. The female rolled her eyes and shrugged it off. She hurried and saved Leo's number into her contacts before responding to his message. [#C71585 [i I'm surprised you didn't make me wait. I'm not saying you should have, it's just a little surprising is all.]] She read the message a couple times before sending it. She then looked out the window as the buildings, and trees rushed passed the windows. She felt trapped all of a sudden and she didn't like it.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Soon the car was coming to a stop in front of one of the banks and she let out a small sigh. [#C71585 "Let's get this over with"] she muttered as she climbed out. She headed into the building and nodded towards some of the clients in the building. [b "Miss Middleton, welcome"] said the manager. She rolled her eyes at the male and shook his hand. She had to play nice, at least for a little while. Soon she'd be able to go and relax. [b "I hope your flight was okay"] he said in a rush.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "Call me Nior, and the flight was alright. I just wish this could have waited a little while longer so I could have gotten cleaned up"] she said. The male shook his head and led her into an elevator. [b "You look amazing Nior, no need to feel that way"] he said as he pushed a button and the doors closed. They were then whisked away to the top floor where her father was standing there waiting for her as well. She was kind of confused on that and she walked up to him.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "Hello princess, I see you've met Charlie already"] he said hugging her tightly. [#C71585 "Hello daddy. Yes I've met Charles already. What are you doing here?"] she asked lightly. She was then offered a chair and she sat down. [b "Well, Charles and I have been talking, and he wants to merge his business with ours, and I've been thinking about that. The only way to do it, is by having him marry into the family"] he said watching his daughters reaction. The blonde was slightly taken back at what her father said.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "So you set this up, to talk about marrying me off to someone I know nothing about? Are you serious? I thought this trip was for [i business] and not for something like this"] she hissed. The older man nodded lightly at his daughter. [b "I couldn't really tell you the real reason. So what do you think?"] he asked her. Nior sat there with a stunned look on her face. She was at a loss for words as well. What did she think about this? She hated the idea all together.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "No. I'm sorry. I thought I was here for a business trip, and seeing that's not the case I would like to be taken to my hotel now, and left alone"] she snapped as she stood to her feet. [b "Alright"] was all her father said. She could tell he was pissed off, but so was she. She didn't say anything more as she walked out of the room, took the elevator back down to the ground floor, and slid back into the limo and told the driver to take her to her hotel. She was seething, and the driver knew she was.]]
HoshizoraLeo   47d ago

Leo could tell he had thrown his mother for a loop with the question. "Why are you interested in them?" Vivienne asked, clearly curious. "I just met someone on the plane who knows them," Leo lied and was eternally grateful that they were on the phone, because he wasn't sure he could lie to his mother otherwise. She had good people skills like that and could read him pretty well. 
"They are pretty far up there. The patriarch of the family is known for being a bit ruthless, but over all not a bad family," Vivienne told him, "Though Prescila from the country club, you know, with the pitchy voice, told me of a rumor that he wants to marry of his own child to secure some deal. Can you believe the guy? You'd better not be thinking of working with him." "Of course not," Leo replied, though just the thought of that rumor being true constricted his throat like a choke hold. Was it true? Did Nior know about this? Surely, she couldn't have. "Listen, I'll see you in a bit. Bye," he said and couldn't wait to get off the phone. What if it was true though? Would Nior go for it? She lived for her work. 
Only then did Leo see her message. It made him smile and he thought about what to answer, though the falling darkness as they pulled into the parking garage made him pause. Slipping his phone into his pocket, he grabbed his bag and took the elevator up to the penthouse. They were in the middle of New York's most expensive district and his mother had turned the top three floors of this building into her personal penthouse. With views for miles, tasteful decor and everything modern, it was certainly fit for a dynasty. That didn't even include the country house that they also owned. His mother greeted him at the door to the elevator, quickly hugging him. "There you are. It's so good to see you," Vivienne said happily, pushing a lock of her out of her face, "We still have a lot to discuss for the events. Why don't you put your stuff away and meet me in the kitchen for a snack. You must be hungry." After greeting his mother Leo gladly went into his room. Just as grand it at least had been updated a bit since his childhood. Though the view of Central Park was still amazing. 
Leo sat down on the bed that felt like cotton candy underneath him and looked at his phone. "I didn't want to wait," was all he could reply. He wanted to see her again. Partially to see if the rumors were true. "So have you found a tiny hole in your busy schedule for me?" Leo asked jokingly, hoping it came off as funny and not worried. He wanted to see her, to know what they had on the plane wasn't some fluke.
StolenRelics-тropнy   47d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The moment she was back in the limo the tears started to slip from her eyes. How could her father do this to her? Was this really just to make their families united? If that was the case, then her father was really fucked up in the head. That's when she felt her phone buzz and she pulled it out of her pocket. She read the message a small smile passing over her lips as she started to form a reply. [#C71585 [i As a matter of fact, I don't have any business to attend to this weekend.]]]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 [i I was about to message you anyway to let you know that my schedule is fully empty this weekend, so if you'd like to make it a full weekend together I would be more than happy too. In all honesty I need to see you...]] She read the message over a couple of times before finally sending it. She leaned her head back against the headrest before she started to type out a second reply. She paused for a moment and debated on how to word this message. She didn't want to seem too pushy.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 [i Just let me get to my hotel, get cleaned up and changed and I'll be ready in about two hours. I can meet you anywhere you'd like. Tell me when and where and I will be there.]] She hit send one more time, and then placed her phone on the seat beside her. The driver looked at her in the rearview mirror. [b "Is everything okay Nior?"] he asked her. He could tell she was having an inner battle, and he wanted to help the best he could. The female shook her head lightly.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "No James, I'm not doing okay.. Just please get me there safely"] she said softly. [b "Of course I will"] he said lightly. Then the silence washed over them both. She honestly couldn't believe her father would do something like this. Normally he would have talked to her about this, but being blindsided by it really put her on edge. She let her eyes drift closed. A little bit later she felt the car come to a stop, and James was holding the door open for her. She thanked him and climbed out. She checked in and headed straight for the room.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Right when the door closed she was already slipping out of her clothes, heading straight for the bathroom. She left the door open and took a quick shower, then was right back out. She checked to see if Leo had replied and so far nothing. She sighed lightly hoping she hadn't scared the male away. If she had the chance to tell him what happened, she would. For now all she had to do was get ready, and hope for the best.]]
HoshizoraLeo   47d ago

Leo had slipped the phone back into his pocket and made his way into the kitchen. There his mother had already had their meal prepared by the cook. Some couscous salad if he had to guess, but it certainly looked tasty with the different veggies and garnishes on top. What more could be expected for a world renowned chef that worked solely for his mother? He assumed that in a way it was a homage to his father. To all the amazing food he had cooked. 
"Perfect timing. So tomorrow we have a the charity gala as well as a luncheon," Vivienne began. Leo groaned inwardly. Why had he come? Focusing on his food, he only half listened. He finished his food while his mother was still narrating, though now something about some family that was trying to be important. He slipped his phone from his pocket and read Nior's texts. A full weekend. I need to see you. Those words alone got to him. "Mother," Leo finally spoke up, "Surely, you don't need me for any of that." "Leo, you can't always shirk your duties. You are a Cadwell, as much as you don't like it. You are a pillar of this society," Vivienne chided him. "Right now that's you," he pointed out and sighed, "Listen, Troy just texted. Some old friends are getting together tonight so I'll be out." At least that explained his absence. "You're impossible," she said but sighed, "At least see me before you leave." "I would never leave without saying goodbye," Leo promised and kissed her cheek before getting up. 
Going back into his room, he quickly typed a reply, "A full weekend sounds great." He added the name of a casual bar that had amazing brews, but also great food. He loved the place and Nior sounded down in a way. What was going on? Quickly Leo showered before changing into some jeans and a button up shirt. A leather jacket completed his look and he was off. He hoped that she liked the place. It was by no means fancy and more of a secret tip among New Yorkers. Outside of the door he waited, waiting on pins and needles. What could have happened? The merger? It left him feeling uncomfortable and he checked his phone for the time. Hopefully she showed up soon.
StolenRelics-тropнy   47d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When the message came through with the name of a bar, she googled the address and realized it wasn't that far from her hotel. She could easily walk there. She pushed herself up from the bed and opened up her luggage. She had a couple of dresses and flats she had planned on wearing for the meetings, but since those were total lies, she almost didn't have anything to wear them for. Tonight was the perfect chance for her to wear the blood red dress. It was her favorite after all. She made sure she was dry, before slipping into the dress.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The dress ended above the knees, hugged her body in all of the right ways, and it was off the shoulder as well. The weather seemed to be warming up a little, but she made sure to have her light jacket with her incase she got cold. She applied a little bit of makeup, curled her hair the way she liked it, and pinned it back a little bit. She then found her black flats and slipped on a pair of no show nylons, and slipped her feet into her shoes.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She made sure she had her wallet, phone, hotel room key, and any other important items in the secret pockets of her jacket. It looked normal, but if you really searched then you'd find the items that were so well hidden away. She took one last look in the mirror before she was finally ready to go. She grabbed her small perfume bottle she took on trips, and slipped it into one of the pockets as well. Who knew, she might need it after all. She then made sure she had everything one last time, before slipping out the door.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 He phone was in hand as she made her way towards the street. She followed the instructions guiding her towards the bar Leo had mentioned. When she saw that she was pretty close, she shut the phone off, and slipped it into the pocket and looked up. Right when she did, her breath caught in her throat at the sight of Leo again. Her heart raced against her chest, and she all of a sudden got nervous. What was going on with her? It was like she was in high school all over again.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She bit her lower lip as she made her way towards the male. When she was close enough she spoke. [#C71585 "It looks like you are waiting for someone"] she said in a teasing voice. God, he looked amazing. She bit the inside of her cheek lightly, wondering if she was over dressed now. It was too late now, she would have to deal with it. She stopped in front of him, and tilted her head back slightly to look up at him. He was taller than she was, and that's something she enjoyed. She smiled warmly towards the male waiting for his reply.]]
HoshizoraLeo   47d ago

Leo waited outside of the bar. Was this a good idea? Nior didn't seem like the type who needed a big dinning experience, but what if she expected more? It wasn't like he couldn't afford to take her to the nicest places in the city, but this place was good. It would certainly be easier, if she knew, but Leo didn't want that. For once he had found someone that seemed to like the normal Leo. Well, if she wasn't getting married to some other guy, but why did she then say that she wasn't in a relationship? God, he was confused. 
His thoughts were cut short when he spotted that blonde hair. His heart skipped a beat and it damn near stopped when he saw what she was wearing. Now that was an outfit. Leo hoped it wasn't obvious that he was staring. "Not anymore," Leo mused, "You look amazing. Shall we go in?" Holding the door open for her, he allowed Nior to go in first. It was still early so it wasn't full yet and they easily found a booth to sit down at. "I hope you like it. You sounded like you could use a good drink and the food is great too," Leo explained, wondering why he was suddenly explaining his choice. It was a nice place with the wooden interior and the more low key charm.
A waitress came to hand them some menus before leaving them to look through it. Despite having eaten not too long ago, he was definitely getting a burger here. They were too good to pass up. His gaze went to Nior, trying to figure out how to broach the subject of what he heard. "So... what happened? I thought you had meetings all weekend?" he asked curiously, "Not that I'm complaining. I mean, I got to see you a lot quicker than expected." That was a treat.
Leo couldn't help his gaze scanning her fingers. She wasn't wearing a ring. That was good. Though usually the gossip his mother heard was rarely off. "Does it... have anything to do with what I heard? That your father wants to marry you off?" Leo asked and wished he still had a menu to hide behind. Though perhaps it would be easier to get the heartache out of the way. What was the point in wondering the entire time? However, if Nior thought about it she would realize it was weird that he would know about something like that. Though he had read about a possible merger on a business site. Would that be enough to explain why he was asking? Too late now as he looked to Nior, curious as to what she might say.
StolenRelics-тropнy   46d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Seeing the male light up when she was finally in front of him, made her weak in the knees. His smile could melt a frozen heart, and make anyone buckle. She had to admit that smile was amazing, the way he took in her outfit as well. She knew she had made the right choice. She nodded lightly as she slipped into the building and followed him to a table. She stopped long enough to slide the coat off, and placed it along the back of her chair, before sitting down. She looked up at the waiter that handed them menus.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She nodded her thanks as he walked off. She then opened the menu and started looking it over. Everything looked mouthwatering. When the waiter came back a moment later to take their order she hurried and picked something. [#C71585 "I'll take the grilled chicken sandwich, without the tomato's please, with an iced tea to drink"] she said as she handed the man her menu once more. When they were alone once more, she knew that Leo was curious as to why she was free all weekend. Sure enough he popped the question, and she felt her heart drop in her chest.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "Before you start to assume I knew anything about that, I didn't. No I don't have a ring either, and I know you looked for that right away as well. Yes daddy wanted to marry me off, and I found out he was there when I arrived. It was a total bombshell for me. So instead of going back home, I decided to stay, because I wanted to see you again, but now I'm starting to regret that choice as well.."] she said softly. She had seen his eyes dart to her finger.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She knew she was jumped to her own assuming, and it hurt her heart when she mentioned that. She lowered her eyes to her lap before speaking once more. [#C71585 "I'm sorry my words were so harsh.. I shouldn't have snapped at you. I'm still worked up about what daddy tried to do.. Will you forgive me...? If not I'll understand, because you didn't deserve the way I talked to you just now.."] she said in a soft tone. Her heart hurt with her tone of voice with him. She wanted to take it all back.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She looked up towards him slowly, her eyes filling with tears. She hated being so emotional, and she hoped with everything in her being, that she didn't just screw everything up with male. She had to fight with herself to stay in her seat, because all she wanted to do was run away and hide from the world. [#C71585 "I'm sorry..."] she said again her tone even softer than before. Her heart was racing inside of her chest, as she waited for Leo to say something, or walk away from her and for good.]]
HoshizoraLeo   46d ago

Leo couldn't get around ordering his favorite. "Burger and fries with a beer please," he said as that wild certainly hit the spot right now. Not that his mother's cooking wasn't good, but this was just hearty. That and maybe he needed a little bit of comfort now that he had asked something like that. It was clear in her demeanor that she wasn't happy. 
A small blush crossed his cheeks at her noticing that he had checked for a ring. Nior had every right to be angry with him for broaching the subject. If it had been a blindside by her father, then she had every right to be mad. And he was too insensitive and just stabbed at it. What hurt the most was her saying that she regretted seeing him. "Nior, it's not like that," he began, but what else could he say? She was clearly upset and he knew that you couldnt really say much when women were upset. Great, he had just blown up their dinner. Good job Leo. 
Though just as quickly as she had worked up, she was apologizing and asking for him to forgive her. He hated seeing her eyes fill with tears and he didn't want her to cry. "It's not your fault. I heard a rumor and was an insensitive jerk. I shouldn't have assumed," Leo told her with a sigh, "I just... didn't like the thought that you could suddenly be engaged to some other guy." Was that saying too much? It had certainly been the first thought he had.
Leo ran a hand through his hair. "We both didn't handle the situation well. I shouldn't have assumed," he said just as their food and drinks was being brought over, "Why don't we just try and enjoy our meal and have a good evening? To a good night?" He raised his glass to toast, hoping she would follow suit. What if she didn't agree to that? What if they couldn't get past this? It worried Leo as somehow the thought of her not being here was strangely painful for him. He hadn't known her a day and yet Nior was so enchanting and he didn't want to lose her.
StolenRelics-тropнy   26d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She knew the words had cut the male, she could see the way he looked at her. It tore her apart with how she had spoken to him as well. It wasn't like her in the least. She shouldn't have jumped down his throat like she had, but at least he hadn't walked away. Was she expecting him too? In all honesty yes she was. She had spoken out of turn, and he had assumed which set her off as well. She chewed the inside of her cheek as she watched their food being brought over and placed in front of her.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The smell was enough to make her mouth water. When she heard the male asking if they could enjoy their night, she couldn't help but feel even worse. She had almost ruined a perfectly good evening and she wasn't about to do that again. She lifted her own drink. [#C71585 "To a good night"] she said softly, before taking a sip. She then placed the drink back down and turned her eyes to the plate in front of her. The food looked amazing, and she couldn't wait to dig into it.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She picked up the food and took a bite. The flavors hit her tongue all at once, and her eyes lit up a bit. The food was amazing, and she loved it. She hadn't tasted something like this before, and she wanted more. She finished the bite she had in her mouth, before she looked back to Leo. [#C71585 "This place is amazing, the food is wonderful, and the company is even better"] she said with a small smile. She meant it too. She was glad they hadn't gotten off on the wrong foot. It would have torn her apart.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "I am sorry for how I acted, I should be used to people assuming, and honestly I thought you were different. Why would I lie to you in the first place?"] she asked. She was curious to his answer. She wasn't one to lie to someone just to get them to like her. That's not how it worked for her. She wanted the male to like her, for who she was. She wouldn't have to lie to make someone like her. If someone didn't want to like her, they would do it with getting to know the real her.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "Let's just act like this didn't happen, and just start the night over"] she said with a small, sad smile. It would be a little hard for her to get over, but she was willing to do it if he was. She didn't want to lose the man's company, and she hoped that she wouldn't. Something about the man was pulling her in more and more, and she didn't know what it was, but she was going to fit tooth and nail to keep this man in her life, no matter what.]]
HoshizoraLeo   26d ago

They had both hurt the other, each in their own way. He did feel like an absolute idiot for assuming that she had lied. Why had he been so quick to believe his mother? Well, his mother did know a lot and more often than not she was right. Still, she wasn't all knowing and he should have believed Nior. Why hadn't he? 
Their food arriving made Leo focus on something other than his own thoughts. He was glad that she agreed to them having a good night and took a sip. Curiously, Leo watched her take a bite, wondering if she would like it. After all, this was stuff he enjoyed. What it she was used to fancy things, like caviar and champagne? Sure, he had the money to take her to the fanciest places in the city, but he loved this. 
Though with how she dug in, it was clear that she was very much enjoying the food. Her words certainly put him at ease. "Well, I'm glad that you like it," Leo replied and a smile grew on his lips, "I agree, the company is amazing." That was no lie and he was hopeful that they could get past this. 
Of course, it was a fair question. Why would she lie? Plus, how could he explain that his mother, a famous socialite, had told him this and that she was hardly never wrong. It certainly put him in a spot. "Well, I mean... It's not unheard of for people to lie about their relationship status. Not that I think you would," Leo quickly added that second part. God, he was not making a good case for himself. "It's not that I didn't believe you. I guess it was more... I really feel drawn to you and the thought that you could slip away from me... I suppose it didn't make me think straight," he told her, feeling his cheeks grow hot, "I'm sorry. I should have believed you." He genuinely meant that. God, he hoped that she could understand and forgive him. "You had every right to be upset. I'm not usually one to listen to gossip. It just... got to me," he admitted. 
Hearing Nior wanted to start over, he smiled. "I can agree to that," Leo agreed and took a bite of his own food, "That and this food doesn't taste nearly as good cold." That did make him chuckle. He felt drawn to her and didn't want to let her go. The idea of her just slipping away made his stomach upset. "So... would you feel like doing after dinner? Typical bar activity like pool or darts? Go out dancing?" he inquired, curious as to what she wanted to do or liked to do. "I have to admit I'm not too bad at darts. Likely spent a little too much time at bars," he mused jokingly. It would be nice just to get to know her on a more personal level. To know all of her.
StolenRelics-тropнy   13d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The woman understood where he was coming from. She would have done the same thing and questioned him, if she had heard something like that. She shouldn't have bitten his head off, but it had rubbed her the wrong way. She wasn't one to lie to people to make her like her, she would rather be honest with them, and she would want that person to be honest with her. When he mentioned about losing her she felt a slight blush flush her cheeks. So her feelings were being returned after all. It was kind of nice.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When he asked what she wanted to do after dinner, she thought about it. It would be interesting to see him with some booze in his system, but she didn't want something like that quite yet. [#C71585 "What if we go dancing? I haven't been dancing for awhile, and just letting loose sounds amazing. We have all weekend to hit the bar's if you'd still like too"] she offered. It would be interesting to see him playing darts too. She wasn't that good, and knew he would get a kick out of it for sure.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She finished off what she could and pushed the plate away. She leaned back in her chair and put her hands over her stomach. [#C71585 "That food was amazing, and I can not eat another bite. I'll have to come back here before the weekend is over with"] she said. She was making the promise for herself more than anyone else. She would make sure to bring some food back home for her roommate to try. That reminded her, she had to call her roommate when she got back to the hotel and let her know what happened with her father.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then realized she was silent longer than she should have. She shook her head and looked towards Leo. [#C71585 "Sorry, I got wrapped up in my thoughts for the time being. Do you know of any good places for dancing? Or would you rather go back to my hotel and order drinks or something?"] she offered. Either way she wasn't ready to part ways with the male. There was so much she wanted to explore about the male. She was curious as to where he had heard the rumor about her getting married too.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 That issue she wouldn't push, until she knew for sure she was ready to know where it came from. She thought about finding the person and setting them straight. She shoved that thought down and out of her mind for the time being. She chewed the inside of her cheek as she waited to see what the male wanted to do. She wouldn't mind going dancing, and secretly hoped he would choose the same thing. If not, she would be more than willing to go back to the hotel, that meant she could change into something more comfortable as well.]]
HoshizoraLeo   12d ago

Leo was glad that she didn't laugh at him for admitting that he didn't like the idea of losing her. He honestly wasn't sure what he would have done, if she had. Though so far neither he nor Nior had made much of a secret of the fact that they liked each other's company. It certainly felt nice to have that feeling. 
He smiled though at hearing that Nior enjoyed the food. "I'm glad. I enjoyed it a lot too," he agreed, finishing off his own food, "And if you'll want me, I'll gladly accompany you again." Leo certainly wanted to make the most of this weekend with Nior. Somehow the news of her possibly having a fiance had turned from the worst thing to the best thing for him. 
Dancing. He was by no means a born dancer. It had taken a long time for his mother's tutor to best ballroom dancing into him. Through that he had become a good dancer. Her second option made him pause, as if he wasn't sure if he had heard her correctly. Go back to her hotel... Leo couldn't help thinking of where that could lead. Not that he was opposed to that, especially with someone as gorgeous as Nior, but still... God, he could almost use a cold shower from those thoughts alone. 
"You look far too beautiful to be holed up in a hotel room," Leo finally said, hoping she couldn't read the thoughts he had briefly had of them, "Let's go dancing. Do you like to go out dancing?" That was true. In that red dress he would be envied by any man in any club they went. That he would be the one that escorted this vision of a woman. Got to hold her close or touch her as they danced. "There are a few places not too far from here," he went on before signaling the waiter that they were ready to pay. Being the gentleman that he was, he paid and afterwards helped Nior into her coat. 
As it was only a few minutes, they walked before reaching the street with a few different clubs on it. "Any strike your fancy?" Leo asked before indicating towards two, "Those two are pretty good. Nice drinks, good music and not too crowded." He was certainly excited at the prospect of them dancing together and would gladly do so all night long. Maybe in between they would have the chance to talk more and get to know one another.
StolenRelics-тropнy   12d ago

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Nior wasn't expecting the male to pay for her meal, but she wasn't going to argue. She's learned over the years that men are stubborn, and will make sure they get everything paid for. She would make it up to him sooner or later. When he mentioned the idea of dancing again she perked up. She wouldn't mind going. She blushed a bit at his comment. [#C71585 "It's really nothing special, it was supposed to be used to impress some high horses in the company, so I figured I would need to put it to good use"] she admitted.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She had many plans for this outfit, and none of them were going to happen now, and she was glad. She enjoyed the fact that Leo was getting enjoyment out of the outfit as well. She stood and slipped her arms into her coat sleeves, reached for her small bag and pulled her wallet out. [#C71585 "You paid for dinner, it's only fair I leave the tip"] she said as she pulled out a $20 and placed it on the table top. It was the least she could for to the waitress, even though she had flirted with Leo.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 In her mind Leo was her man, and she wasn't going to let any woman flirt with him. She did understand that money was tight with the waitresses, and she would do everything she could to make things better for them. She walked with the male out to the street. The streets were still busy with cars, and people. She was glad the walk wasn't that far. When they stopped in front of two different buildings, she looked them both up and down, debating on which one to enter. She wasn't sure and she hated choosing.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She looked up at both names and chewed the inside of her cheek. The one they were directly in front of was called [b The White Horse]. It was an interested name, and she was curious as to why t was called that. [#C71585 "Why not this one? The name is interesting to say the least"] she said lightly as she turned her eyes towards the male once more. God she couldn't stop looking at him. He was easy on the eyes, easy to talk too, and her feelings towards him were really strong.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Without waiting for a reply, she walked towards the building, opened the door and slipped inside. The sight before her took her breath away. There weren't a lot of people like Leo had said. The music was loud, but not too loud like a bar's would have been. People were already on the dance floor, and she was getting more excited with each passing second. She was liking this little place more and more. She found them a table and slipped out of her coat and placed it on the back of her chair, before sitting down.]]

[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#C71585 "Do you want to get drinks first and talk for a little bit? I'm still really full, and want to let everything settle before doing anything too wild"] she said with a sheepish smile. It would give them enough time to talk, since they had all night pretty much.]]
HoshizoraLeo   12d ago

That dress was definitely something special and he was thoroughly enjoying it. How could he not after all. "It's definitely being put to good use," he assured her, though was glad that she didn't seem to guess his thoughts. Though who was to say she wasn't thinking something similar? Not that it really mattered. They would enjoy their night and whatever happened happened. 
Leo did arch a brow at Nior saying she would leave the tip. He was certainly not against a woman paying, though he still thought it the gentleman move to pay for the first dinner. Afterwards they could share or take turns. He nodded with a smile. Truthfully, he hadn't even noticed that the waitress had flirted with him as he had only focused on Nior. 
The fresh air did feel good and there was always something soothing about the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Having grown up here, it certainly was a home of sorts. Sure, the people weren't always friendly, but it had a charm that was hard to deny. 
Leo looked up at the club she chose. "The White Horse it is," he agreed and followed her inside. The way she had looked at him made him shiver in the best way. If he was reading the signs right, and he believed he was, she was just as infatuated with him as he was her. Okay, probably didn't take a master detective considering they were going out, but still. It definitely made him feel special and almost giddy to think so. 
The little club was nice. It wasn't too loud and had a nice decor he could appreciate. Plus it wasn't too crowded so that they could still find a table, where they soon settled. "Anything too wild?" Leo repeated amused, "What falls under that category?" He arched a teasing brow. "Drinks and talking sounds good," he agreed and once they had placed their drink orders, he turned his attention back on Nior. He tried to think on what he wanted to know. Well, he wanted to know everything about her, but where to start? "So... you live in California then, when your dad isn't sending you around the world?" he inquired. So far, she hadn't mentioned it and he had only assumed that she did, "Where did you grow up?" If she had grown up in New York, he wondered if perhaps they had crossed paths before and simply not know it. On second thought, it felt like even at a much less younger and immature age he would have noticed Nior. With her interesting liking of true crime podcasts it felt like she would have always stood out, in the best way possible.


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