"Ouch" Aria rubs her nose, which caught the brunt of the collision.
She raised her head to see with whom she collided with. But little did she knows, her entire world will shake when she looks at the person, to whom she lost her virginity to, a month ago.
'What is he doing here? Is he following me?' She thought in horror.
'Is he the Psycho stalker type?' She feared in her head.
'Why oh why do you have to drink so much and land yourself a stalker Aria?' She scolded herself.
Noah laughed out loud at her nervous rambling.
Aria looked behind her with wide eyes.
"Don't tell me, I said everything out loud" she pleaded with Noah.
"No doll, I will not tell you. But damn, you are cute when you are nervous" Noah said with a wink.
"Psycho stalker? Really? " Aiden asked with a blank face.
He heard a little of their conversation just now, and he concluded that she is searching for that Ass hole Martin.
"Sorry, didn't mean to say that out loud. When I am nervous, I tend to say everything out loud" she explained.
'Why is she searching for him? What is their relationship?' Aiden thought, ignoring her nervous rambling.
He is having mixed feelings looking at this girl. She plagued him every waking moment for the past one month. Finally, when she is standing in front of him in flesh, she is searching for that leech and scum bag Martin.
"Why are you searching for Martin?" he ignored her nervous looks, which are cute. Combined with her cowboy boots and that hat, she is sexy as hell.
But Martin is like a thorn at his side, he cannot ignore him. So he ignored her body and concentrated on the matter at hand.
When Aria heard the question, she detected hatred for Martin.
So she hesitated a little to answer.
'I came till here, I cannot backtrack now. It's now or never Aria' she thought.
"He is my father. He told me to come here today. But when I called his number, he is not picking up" she explained.
Aiden looked at her coldly.
'That scum actually abandoned his own daughter, and she is my step sister? My irresistible step-sister' Aiden cursed in his head.
"He went on a vacation with my mother yesterday, for one month," Aiden told her.
Aria's eyes widened and despair came crashing into her heart.
"But when I talked to him yesterday, he said he will be waiting for me. I guess I should not have trusted that man. He didn't even have the decency to come to my mother's funeral, abandoning his daughter is a piece of cake for that man" Aria thought looking at her boots, but she said everything out loud.
When Aiden and Noah heard her, they felt bad for her. She got a scum for a father.
"I am sorry for bothering you. I will go now" Aria said looking at Aiden.
Aiden saw her walking back towards her old rusty pickup truck. Something tugged his heartstrings.
"Wait" he stopped her before his head could process what he wants to do.
Aria looked behind her at the man, her one-night stand, and now her stepbrother.
'What a way to choose a man to lose you Virginity Aria?' She thought. And thankfully, she didn't say that out loud this time.
"You can stay here until our parents could come back" Aiden offered.
Aria looked at him and shook her head.
"Thank you for your offer. But I don't want to trouble you" Aria said.
After everything that happened between them, she won't want to stay anywhere near him. It will be awkward for both of them.
Aiden is surprised at her rejection. Somehow, he thought she would be like her father, shameless and a mooch. But she seems to be different, he thought.
"It's not trouble for me. It's my responsibility. As your stepbrother, I cannot let you go alone at this time of the night. Come inside. I will show you to your room and we can talk tomorrow" Aiden offered.
Aria nodded reluctantly. He is right. She doesn't have anywhere to go. She sold her grandfather's ranch to pay off the debts that accumulated over the years, for her mother's special medical care.
After selling off everything, only this second-hand pickup truck and her belongings are left for her.
She only has 170 $ in her account, which is not enough to rent a room for a week. She was counting on her father, her only living relative, to help her out. But he bailed on her.
"Where is your luggage?" Aiden asked her.
"In my truck" Aria pointed out towards her truck, where her suitcase and some boxes of her belongings lying on the bed of the truck.
"I'll help you carry the suitcase" Aiden offered.
He led her inside the house and directly led her upstairs and away from the party, which is going on at the back of the house, on the deck.
He took her to the last room in the narrow hall on the second floor. He opened the door and deposited her suitcase on the threshold.
"Lock your door" he instructed before leaving her alone with her thoughts.
Aria looked around the room and found a small balcony, from where she can enjoy the view of the beach.
She changed her clothes into her sleep shorts and a tank top and lay down on the bed.
'He is kind enough to offer me a room to sleep in tonight. But where will I go tomorrow? Even Adam can't let me stay in his house. His house is small and already 5 members are sharing his house. His parents and two siblings. I can't even get their couch. That's where Adam sleeps. Where can I go?' She thought worriedly.
The next morning, Aria woke up to the bright sunlight streaming through the curtains. By the brightness of the sunlight alone, she could tell that she slept later than usual.The 13 hours drive from her hometown in Texas to Green bay exhausted her.She got up and looked at the waves through her balcony door.In a matter of weeks, she became homeless, her only living relative abandoned her, she lost her virginity to none other than her stepbrother and she is currently in said step brothers house.'When did my life became a tangled mess?' She thought.'I need to have a bath and get ready to leave soon. Aiden might want me to leave' she thought.Aria picked up a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. She quickly finished her usual morning routine and came out freshly showered. She packed up her belongings before going down in search of her stepbrother.She slowly walked downstairs and found the house quiet. Last night's party left the floor on the
"So, tell me. What brings you here in search of your father?" Aiden asked Aria, who is facing away from him.He already knows a little from her nervous rambling the previous night. But he didn't know for sure what exactly happened and why she ended up here.Aria turned to face Aiden, who is slowly sipping his coffee."My mother died a couple of months ago. Heart attack. Martin too off the moment he found out that her heart condition is not stable. She had to undergo open-heart surgery. But she never could recover from the loss of Martin. For the past 3 years, I have had to take care of my mother, who cannot do works that involve tiring her. So I had to take over and become an adult. But she passed away two years ago and Martin didn't even show up at her funeral. I had to sell my grandfather's ranch to pay off the debts. Only a hundred dollars and my mom's pickup truck is the only thing left for me. So I came in search of my only living relative" Aria explained.
Aria feared it would be awkward to stay with her stepbrother after that night a month ago. But if he is as rude to her as he is just now, I should most definitely concentrate on not killing him.Aria looked at the disappearing figure of her stepbrother.She went inside and to her room. She opened her phone and downloaded that day's newspaper in Chrome.After that, she looked at the vacancy column and noted down a couple of openings in that town.She took her small money purse along with her phone before going for job hunting.First, she decided to go and check the local supermarket, where they need a sales assistant.She asked the guy near the billing counter about the vacancy."No, sorry. Boss hired a girl just this morning" the guy said apologetically."Oh, ok thank you" she turned away with disappointment.Next, she saw an opening in the nearby gym as a front desk assistant.When she entered through the glass doors, she
Aria liked Lily and Bethy. Her first friends after she came to Green Bay. They don't seem catty or gossipy.She was feeling good spending time with them."Merlin is nice. She gets scared if we mess up with the restaurant patrons. She is strict and fair. We were glad you came along. For the past two days, we are struggling to serve the patrons. They are too many and we are only two. We used to be four girls working here. But the other two left a week ago, leaving the workload on me and Bethy." Lily supplied helpfully.Her work starts from 11 in the morning to 10 in the night, as the staff is low. Merlin asked if I have any problem with the timings. Obviously, I said no.I need money to find an apartment and move away from my stepbrother's place. Any extra money is always welcome. They are planning to hire more staff until then Merlin told the three of us to work overtime."At least, we don't have to wear ridiculously high heels and tight clothes. Th
Aria's heartbeat began to slow down a little. She was stunned to see the man, to whom she has given her innocence, with another woman.She doesn't know how to name the feeling in her heart. Sadness, jealousy, or possessiveness.There is no reason for me to be sad. I don't know the guy at all, apart from that night, where she doubts they talked at all. And last night and this morning.In both the instance, he didn't leave a very good impression on her.'Yes, he gave a roof over her head and she is really grateful for that'If I don't know that guy at all, there is no reason for me to be jealous at all.Aria shook her head to clear her thoughts.She shouldn't be thinking about his love life. He is her stepbrother and thinking about him like this is wrong on so many levels.Soon her exhaustion caught up to her and she slept with the dreams of her stepbrother plaguing her mind.The next morning,
Aiden stood there in a daze.'What just happened?' he thought with confusion.'Did I just kissed her without her permission?' he thought with shock.Aiden stood there in confusion.'What happened to you Aiden? Why did you just do that?' he cursed himself.But the lingering taste of her lips stirred a hunger inside him, which he thought he forgot after a month after that night."This is bad" he muttered.Aria ran out of the house and drove off from Aiden's house in a hurry."Damn him" she muttered out loud with irritation.She is sure she shouldn't get wet from just a kiss. That too from that asshole Aiden. But she is. Surely, this cannot be normal right? Who would become this turned on with just a kiss?That damn man. What possessed him to kiss her like this? Aria cursed him.It's still not time to report for work. So she drove aimlessly around the town, wasting her fuel. She finally settled to go and sit on a n
After the beach incident with Ryan, Aria couldn't forget the fear in Ryan's eyes, when he was talking about her father."Aria" Marlin called me when I was arranging cutlery on a table before the lunch hour rush.Aria looked behind her and found Merlin holding something for her. Aria walked the little distance between them and smiled at Merlin."Hey Merlin," she said with a smile.Marlin smiled back."Here, this is your name tag and employee Id card. In this cover, you will find your locker keys and other formalities" Merlin handed over them to Aria.Aria looked inside the cover and nodded her head."If you need anything, come to me, alright?" Merlin said."Ok" Aria agrees.She put away the cover inside her locker before putting on her name tag on her shirt. She doesn't have to carry her id card always, so she put that away in a locker before locking it. She pocketed the key in her skirt pocket."Hey, you" Ryan greeted her w
Aiden parked his black Suv behind his, black Ashton Martin. He cursed when he saw Natasha's car parked in front of one of the closed garage doors."Shit" he cursed.He regrets ever giving the house keys to her. Recently she is acting like his girlfriend, which is not the case.He is using her as a distraction from Aria. And now he understands it as a very bad idea.He got down the car and walked inside the house. He saw Aria walking towards the stairs and a furious Natasha pulling her back before slapping her hard, across her face."Natasha" Aiden roared before rushing to help Aria up.Natasha is stunned to look at Aiden. She didn't think he would come so soon and see all this. But she is not about to give him up for this girl, whoever she is.Aria's cheek is throbbing with pain and she is sure that it must be swollen.When Aiden helped her up, she let him without fussing. She is still in shock about the entire thing."Aiden baby