I had almost forgotten how mornings felt at home. Actually I wouldn’t feel them at all if it wasn’t for my alarm, because my windows are with curtains from top to bottom so sun won’t interrupt my sleep; something that happened everyday in the hotel.
I showered, straightened my hair, put some mascara and lipstick, I wore this cute green shirt and a black with gold skirt with lightening signs all over it. I wouldn’t want to wear heels but if Bruno saw me in sneakers, I have to write a goodbye letter to the world.
“Oh hey, good morning” Ryan said looking up and down as I walked in Martha’s office that was used more by Ryan. “Morning” I barely whispered. I’m not a morning person, sue me.
“I called you because I have a photo shoot that won’t last too much; I just want you to stay in the office and if anyone calls for me, tell them I’m out of the country. That’s all you have to do today. When I come back from the photo shoot you can take the rest of your day off” Ryan said getting up. I nodded understanding and went to take the seat he was sitting in before.
“Oh and don’t leave before I come back; I want to talk to you before you go” he said and closed the door after he went out. I honestly thought he’d make me follow him around, giving him the water and stuff like I used to do, but I guess I’ll enjoy staying in Martha’s office today. The phone rang and I picked up “hello?”
“Hi! I guess that’s not Ryan is it?” a male voice at the other end said, noticing a female voice that doesn’t belong to Ryan.
“No Ryan is out of the country for a few days; want to leave a message?” I asked. “Oh no, don’t bother. I’ll talk to him when he comes back” the man said and hung up. Four more similar calls happened and I had to repeat the words like a robot. There goes another ring…
“Hello…” I said mechanically.
“Hello ma’am…?” the voice at the other end of the line, said. I thought recognized it, but then I shook it off. It was the voice of an old lady; at least that’s what it sounded like.
“How can I help you?” I asked wanting her to continue talking.
“In fact I am the one who can help you. I’m a lawyer and you ma’am are accused. I think I’m the only one who can help you” she said and I opened my eyes widely. Accused ? What for?
“Excuse me ma’am, what am I charged for?” I ask feeling more confused than ever.
“You miss were accused for stealing” the other lady said. Stealing? That’s stupid; how could I have stolen something.
“With all the respect ma’am I think you are mistaken” I say but she cuts me off.
“There’s no mistake miss. An angle called today and accused you for stealing his wings” the lady said and I got more confused than ever.
“What is this? Who are you? I guess it’s me who’s going to charge someone here” I said and the voice at the end of the next line burst out laughing. I recognized it; I knew I recognized it.
“Chill girl; it’s just Bruno, I’m messing with you” he said still laughing.
“Yeah that’s very funny” I said angrily. To be honest before he said angel wings I thought I’m being charged for real.
“I called Ryan on his cell phone and he told me he’s ignoring every other call and you’re in the office in charge of that. I thought to play around a bit” he said giggling and I could feel his smile through the phone.
“I guess you had fun then. Tell me one thing, how can you change your voice into an old lady” I asked giggling while thinking about it.
“That’s another hidden talent of mine; don’t ask, it’s better if you don’t understand” he said using his famous line.
“Don’t ever do that; using the lines from your songs with me got it?” I said and he laughed. “Yes ma’am” he replied. We talked a bit more and hung up. I was hungry but I decided to wait for Ryan to come back before I leave. The door opened and a tired Ryan entered. The photo shooting lasted longer than he was planning it. I got up to get out when he stopped me right at the door.
“Eloise, I asked you to stay because I wanted to ask you something” he said and I looked at him signaling him I’m all ears.
“Are you busy on Friday? We could grab some dinner if you want to” he said putting his hands on his pockets as if he was nervous. Was he asking me out? On a date?
“Yes” he replied laughing to the question I seem to have said out loud. I smiled blushing.
“Sure, Friday night sounds great” I reply, still not understanding how I held in the excitement. Bruno has to know this; as soon as possible.
“I can’t believe he really did that” Leona says sitting on my living room while I just got out of the shower.
“What do you mean with “I cannot believe he really did that”? Do you think that I’m not the kind a girl Ryan would ask out? Am I really that ugly?” I say brushing my hair on the mirror I have on the hall.
“No, you’re beautiful. But it just seems incredible to finalize all the work you and Bruno have been doing. I cannot believe it worked out… it’s just that you and Bruno have been trying so hard and now that really happened it’s unbelievable. Plus he just got out of a relationship.” Leona said.
“Well men don’t grief for a woman Leona” I said standing in front of her with two dresses: a white one with pink flowers all over it, tight on top, loose at the bottom and a very tight one with a color between black and gray.
“Who told you so?” Leona asks pointing at the dark gray dress, signaling me to wear that.
“Bruno” I reply looking around for a pair of heels to match with the dress.
“Well, men that are really in love grieve and suffer for the woman they love” Leona says convinced. She’s such a “I believe in real love” type.
“Men don’t fall in love.” I say wearing the heels I found. “Who told you so? Let me guess: Bruno” she says with an eyebrow raised. I sit in front of her on my living room with a small mirror on my hand that will help me put mascara and lip gloss on. I nod to answer her question.
“I’m worried; what has he been teaching you? Was he trying to make a complete bullshit out of love when he was supposed to be helping you find love?” Leona asks. I stop and look at her “ he’s been showing me the real world of men” I reply and look back at the mirror.
“No, he has been showing you HIS own emotionless world. He’s not man enough to find a woman that loves him; he finds just sex buddies instead. He’s not in love, he cannot fall in love because he lives in a superficial world and sleeps with superficial women, something that made him superficial as well. He may have a friend that shares the same superficiality with him, like Ryan for example and he includes all men there. So not true. Men are as human beings as you and me; they can fall in love….they just do it once in a lifetime. But it’s more real than all the falling in love-s a woman experiences during her entire life” Leona says and I laugh.
“Spare me your psychological theories and women and men, or love in general. Can you give me a ride to Bruno’s?” I ask and she rolls her eyes. I really need to tell him the news; that Ryan asked me out.
“Yes, I will. I want to meet him live too and I have a couple of words to say to him about what he’s been teaching you. Not very satisfied with that” Leona said making a face and getting up.
“Leona please don’t start. Just take me to his house” I say giggling and following her to her car.
I walk in without knocking; I feel like in my own home now and I know Ryan’s not there. I was expecting Bruno to be alone or topless but I was surprised to see Virginia there sitting on one of his sofas, with Bruno in front of her. Could it be that they spent the night together? That’s not my problem anyways, so why do I even care?
“Hey, sorry I came in like this” I said looking between Bruno and Virginia. She has been a good friend to me while we were away but I don’t know why, I didn’t approve her and Bruno.
“Don’t worry, this is your home now” he says smiling and getting up to greet me. He looked behind me and I knew he was looking at Leona.
“She’s….” I started but Leona cut me off “Leona” she said introducing herself in a cold way, ignoring the hand that Bruno raised to shake it with hers. I touched her slowly, signaling her to stop acting like this. She’s always so over protective of me.
“I’m Br…” Bruno started but she cut him off again “I know who you are. I’m familiar with all your famous quotes by now. By the way how does it feel to destroy someone’s illusions with your pathetic ideas of love?” she asked and Bruno looked more confused than ever.
“Leona is my best friend” I said in a low voice, jumping in to avoid any other comment by her. “Hey Virginia, didn’t have the chance to greet you” I say more trying to change the topic than trying to be respectful to Virginia.
“It’s ok; I just came to talk to Bruno. I needed to talk to someone and I thought of him but he’s not such a good help” she said laughing a bit at the end. She was red eyed which means she’s been crying.
“Yeah I agree with that. He’s not a good help at all. He just corrupts people into thinking that love is what he thinks of it. Selfish” Leona added and I had to touch her again. God, Leona! I even felt like laughing at the way she handles Bruno. The poor of him was just looking at her whenever she “attacked” him with words like this.
“What happened?” I ask Virginia feeling bad about how I felt when I found these two here earlier. First of all she’s suffering that’s why she’s here, second, Bruno’s not my boyfriend so I don’t have any right to feel that way.
“My boyfriend dumped me….He and I had an opened relationship. I knew he slept with other girls once in a while and I did the same but I never thought it will end. Now I feel like I was really in love with him all along” she said and started to cry again.
“I’m so sorry” I said honestly. “Anyways, I was leaving either way so I’ll leave you talk alone” Virginia says getting up to leave.
“But you need someone to talk to…” I say feeling really bad for her; she cannot leave like this.
“I don’t have anything in my schedule right now” Leona says. “We can grab a coffee and talk about it” she continues, smiling.
“Really?” Virginia asks in the verge of crying again. “Yeah, plus she’s an expert in the love thing” I say loving this idea. No one can be a better help than Leona to her; especially if the topic is love. She’s like a hopeless romantic and never gives up on love no matter what. If it’s not this guy, the next one will be for sure, but I’ll find my prince charming, it’s her motto.
“Yes, plus I assure you anyone can be a better help than this bush here” Leona said pointing at Bruno. I look down smiling; she’s one of a kind. “Thanks” Virginia said leaving with Leona.
“What does she have against me?” Bruno asks confused after we were left alone.
“Who? Leona? Oh ignore her. She’s just over protective of me, and well a helpless romantic and doesn’t agree with some of your definitions of love” I say smiling. He giggles.
“Anyways, I’m here because I have some news for you” I say excited.
“What is it?” he says jumping on the sofa he was seated earlier, making himself comfortable. I wanted to sit but I decided not to because I was too excited to stay in one place only.
“Ryan asked me out in a date” I said not holding it in any longer. “Already?” Bruno got up surprised. I nodded.
“Wow that was quick; great job. I’m proud of you” he said smiling and hugging me.
“When is it?” he asked and I answered it fast. “Awesome; how do you feel?” he asks and I stop to think for a bit.
“Great, that’s what I wanted all along” I answer. That was what I wanted and still want…right?
“Awesome. Tell me do you and dates get along” Bruno tells me. “Well….not really” I answer. He nods slowly as if he was expecting this answer.
“But you do know what happens right…like the dinner, movie, stupid same things and in the end the kiss…” he says and I cut him off not on purpose.
“Kiss…” I say softly, feeling something in my stomach. “Yeah kiss, simple. You’ve done it before right?…right?” he asks twice and I shake my head.
“I never kissed anyone before” I admit sincerely. He facepalms himself.
“But what when Ryan will come close to kiss you and will figure out you have never been kissed….oh god” he says moving back and forth in the room.
“What are we going to do?” I ask after a few minutes of him walking around the room.
“I know what we’re going to do” he says stopping in front of my face. “What?” I ask slowly.
“…I’m going to teach you how to kiss” he answers.