I didn't expect Hunter to come in early the next day but he did. Ash was right. He does seem to care about me in a special kind of way. One I'm not ready to look into or discover why?
I went down the steps slowly pulling my little box of cloth that Ash graced me with. I would rather not wear prison clothe everywhere. Hunter appeared at the bottom of the steps and helped me with the box.
"Is this all?" He asked.
"Yep! Don't got much" I sighed
"Then we'll have to go shopping" Hunter said and walked away quickly so I didn't have time to object. I'm still going to anyway. He can't just take me shopping like that. This is all an act. Not some romance prodigy.
Ash was seating by the counter having coffee. I'm surprised to see she's not holding a bottle of wine. What's up with her?.
"Hey girl" I dropped my purse on the counter and poured me my own coffee. Black coffee? Ash is drinking black coffee? I raised a brow.
"So your seriously eloping"
"Stop calling it that or I'll shove my cup down your throat.", I say and Ash gag.
"Have you seen the ride he came with?" Ash pointed outside her window and I spotted a black Camaro seating outside.
"Did you know he's got full pocket?" I ask.
"I didn't even know he owns a car" Ash shrug. The more time I spend with Hunter, I'm beginning to think he's a mysterious guy.
We both watched through the window as Hunter arranged some things into the trunk of his car. My box included.
"He offered to take me shopping"
"No kidding" Ash chuckled and I nod. "He's whipped"
"No he's not. He's just a caring guy who has a heart and love to help people I guess" after my long speech,I turned to see Ash smirking at me
"Caring huh? A guy just don't buy an acient mansion that cost fucking millions, get groceries and offer to take a lady shopping just because he cares" Ash scoff. She sipped on her coffee again and I'm left to wonder why she's having coffee.
"Stop". I shove her shoulder and she chuckle. Hunter closes his trunk and started strolling back up to the house. I sipped my coffee and threw the rest down the sink. The front door opened and Hunter came in
"We're set" he brushed his hands together and smiled a really pretty smile. I hope he doesn't make this awkward.
I gave Ash one big hug before withdrawing. "We'll face-time everyday" I tell her as I follow Hunter out the door.
"Come visit too" Ash said and I nod. I won't miss it for the world. Of course I don't want to seat in a fancy mansion all day just rearranging wallpapers and making dinner menus.
"Bye Ash. Take care of yourself and don't drink too much. I'm too worried about you" I tell her and she smiled.
"You don't have to worry about that anymore"
I crossed my arms together. Huh
Hunter opened my door for me and I slipped in. He went to give Ash a hug and kiss on the cheek before turning around and getting into the car. I waved as we pulled out of Ash's driveway and I can swear I saw her rub her flat stomach.
Hunter pulled into the old mansion that still looks so fashionable like the ones in story books. It's the finest mansion around here and even finer than the Riveras.
He turned to open my door for me and I got out. As we walked up the pathway to the front door, I stole a pick into the Rivera mansion to see if I would catch a glimpse of Autumn but the garden was empty, Save the roses I planted years ago. Good to see they still keep something of me. Mrs Rivera always loved roses anyway.
The front door was pushed opened and we walked into the suprisingly clean house.
"I had someone come in to clean" Hunter said. I nodded.
"How can you afford all these!?" My curiosity gets the best of me
"Let's say, i have advantages" he grinned and started walking up the spiral stairs. Everything is so perfect. Better than the Rivera mansion. Though I've almost forgotten what it looked like. The only memory engraved in my head is Autumn's smiling face.
Hunter pushed a door opened and I stepped into a large bedroom. He discarded my box into the wardrobe. I muttered a thank you.
"Here's your room"
"It's large" the bed is a king size and have a large window over looking outside and its got a balcony. I smiled as I flopped on the bed. "Been years since I slept on a real bed"
"Ash..." He starts to say but I cut him off.
"Couch" I say immediately. I know what he was going to say. I never slept on Ash's bed but the couch.
"The balcony overlooks the Rivera garden and I assumed you'd love the view"
"Oh Hunt" I threw my arms round his neck..."of course I love it. Thank you" now, I can see Autumn as often as she comes to the garden. Hunter grinned when I pulled away.
"Glad you love it"
"Hmm..." I walked to the window and pushed the glass opened so I went out to the balcony. Hunter came up behind me. I could also overlook the sunset from here, the large water up ahead and the perfect mountains on the other side of the hill. "It's so beautiful" I comment.
"Yeah. Sure is"
I looked to see if he was making it wierd by looking at me but he was staring up ahead. Good. Why do I keep thinking that this is some cliche movie?
"You hungry?" Hunter ask
"Yeah" I say the exact time my stomach grumbles. We both laughed. "I'll change and meet you downstairs"
"Sure" he turned to leave. "My room is the door opposite yours. In case you need anything"he said and was out. I breath out and stared round the room before walking into the bathroom. Everything is perfect. The tub in the middle of the large bathroom, the stall by the corner and a Jacuzzi at the other side. I decided to take a shower first before going down to meet Hunter. Grin!
I got dressed in a floral free gown. The length was a bit over my knee but nice and still decent. At least the gown didn't have a low cut or anything. I'm surprised Ash even has a floral gown.I packed my hair up in one breezy ponytail and decended downstairs. The sweet smell of food led me all the way to the kitchen and I stopped in my tracks when I saw Hunter cooking. He even had on an apron. I chuckled."So you cook?" I came and sat by the counter looking at the already made dishes on the table. Pastrami on Rye, black and white cookies, , Bagel and cream cheese."Yeah" he replied and placed a plate of creamed cheese in front of me. I inhaled the sweet aroma that suddenly made my tummy growl. "You better take care of that" Hunter grinned.I served myself some Pastrami and then stuffed my mouth. I won't deny, this is good food. At Ash's place, sphagetti and meatballs were the common.
I stared between Hunt and Nicole,waiting for Hunter to correct her but he didn't. He only grinned and stretched his hands out to her. We have a lot to talk about."You know her honey?" I ask with a side grin and clenched teeth."Nicole is a good friend" he smiled at the blonde and I blinked. Is this a game? How did he know Nicole and they seem to be so much good friends.A plump lady came out from the Rivera mansion with a worried expression on her face."Ma'am....Autumn won't have lunch" she said with full concern. I held my hands up to say something but Hunt pulled me away."See you around" he told Nicole before leading us back into the mansion. I found the nearest chair and sat down burying my face in my palms."Tiff. Are you alright?" Hunter asked kneeling in front of me."Why call me Tiff when you know who I am?"He smiled. "I guess I
The fair bob lady in front of me kept trying to steal glances at Hunter. When she tried looking at our direction again, I scowled at her and she cleared her throat looking away.We both stepped into Kennedy & Co boutique. The lady by the counter smiled at us and did a full glare at Hunter. Can I ever stop calling him that? His name is Lucas.I glared at him and he wasn't even noticing all the attention seekers around him. His right hand was tangled with mine while the other punched into his phone. He's here with me beat that.... i grinned stupidly to myself."We're here" he suddenly announced beside me.Once more, we're greeted with a fair blonde but this time, Lucas does seem to know her. He hugged her, kissing both her cheeks."Content de te re voir, Lucas" she grinned at him. While I never paid much attention during french class, now i wanted to gnaw my eyes out fo
Staring at the woman in the mirror was just as inspirational as any motivation I could ever need. Myself. The Cocktail dress I and Jacq finally picked out was as dashing as ever on me. On the hanger it looked pretty and all but wearing it now, I feel powerful. Intimidating.It was a red Sheath/ column off-the shoulder Assymetrical cocktail dress, with sequins. Jacq finalised the entire dress with a pearl earring and diamond necklace."Make sure to not loose this" she said pointing to my neck. I stared at the necklace through the mirror as it shone like thousands of diamonds. It wasn't huge or anything but looked simple and intimidating as ever."Why? Has he got his family fortune on it" I said with a grin but Jacq shook her head. "So what?"She pushed my cheek gently to the side applying a little rosy blush to my cheek making me look plush."You wanna know what's on your neck?"she asked st
My palms felt sweaty and often times, I'd touched the diamond on my neck so the cold feeling of it soothed me. Hunter placed his warm hands on my cold ones."You'll be fine. I've got you" he said with a smile but that didn't stop the nervousness that still ran down my spine."Tell me... how's it going to be like?" I asked him and he looked at me in disbelief and a raised brow."Ethan never took you to charity balls?" He asked and I was shocked to notice how freely he'd mentioned Ethan's name. I don't think I've heard anyone say his name for a while now. Myself included. And Lucas just said it like it was an easy thing to do and like he knew him."Only once and that was before we had Autumn. After then, I just enjoyed staying home with her." I said and smiled in the end. "He never liked the events anyway""Ethan?" Hunt asked and I nodded. God! I can't even pronounce his na
My dark mood was suddenly brightened up when I saw Autumn. She was in a pink flowery dress with black flats. Her short bangs were parked in a tight bun, I feared it'd wound her scalp but she looked neat and lovely.. She took her seat opposite me and next to Nicole.I watched her as she focused on the napkin in front of her before her eyes darted to me and she smiled."Hello" she said in a shy manner. I squeezed my hands together under the table and took deep breaths before replying."Hi little one. Nice to see you again" I smiled lovingly at her."Likewise" she tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ears before looking at her aunt. She's grown so much.I can't believe I'm sitting with my daughter right now. She looks happy to be around people but bored at the same time.I spotted Diana coming over with her husband Ryan. She had smiles all over her face as she talked with
It was nice seeing a most familiar face coming towards our table. Alice Rivera was smiling gracefully at Diana. When she got to the table, they exchanged pleasant hugs.I didn't expect her to come and embrace me too cause she doesn't know Tiffany. She doesn't know me. She shook hands with Ryan and Nicole before smacking Cooper in the head."Good to see you after so long, bedbug" She teased him. That has always been her nickname for him. Alice had nicknames for everyone in the house except Mrs Neveah of course. Speaking of Neveah....I watched as she moved across the room carrying so much aura with her. Her gown was silk gold with sparkling diamond stones. Everyone turned to stare at her. She's Royalty. I watched as the woman who locked me in prison for murdering her son, smiled at the crowd.Everyone on our table got up as she joined us. A sign of respect for the elderly. The sixty eight years old woman to
As the night went on, the diamond on my neck seemed to weigh heavier and heavier. I'd had to listen to Jacob talk about how he bought a hotel from Irish men."Are you here with the Riveras?" Jacob suddenly asked me. I pushed my glass of wine away."What?""I see you sat with them...you must be close to them" Jacob half grinned and I didn't want to take that as a sign for anything."My husband, Lucas is quite familiar with them" I said.Jacob chuckled. "So your Grayson's wife" he clapped his hands together. "No wonder he hasn't taken his eyes of you"I turned toward the curtain to where Lucas sat. He held a glass of red wine and his head was tilted toward the bar."You can say so" I smiled. "About your earlier questions about the Riveras" I moved in my seat so I was closer to him. That way, I can whisper if I have to. "How do you know them?"