"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.
Aiden listened to everything and his hate for Martin rose even more.
'Scum bag, he didn't even have the decency to attend his ex-wife's funeral. No wonder he cheated my dad' Aiden thought darkly.
"If you know he is not reliable, then why did you come here?" Aiden asked Aria.
Aria felt uncomfortable to admit that, she has nowhere to go.
"If I had a roof over my head and if I was not forced to sleep in my car or worst on the streets, then I wouldn't have come here" she admitted.
They stayed in silence for a couple of minutes.
"I already packed my stuff. I will go away from your house. I don't want to bother you more than I already did" she said.
'I should feel happy that she is going away, but I am not. She doesn't have money on her, neither does anyone else to take care of her'
"You could stay here until your father could come back" Aiden offered.
Aria looked stunned.
'Is he really offering a place for her to stay.?' Aria thought in surprise.
'He must be offering out of compulsion that his mother married Martin' Aria concluded.
"I don't want to trouble you," Aria said, without refusing his offer outright.
Aiden cocked his head.
"Do you have a place in mind where you could go and stay, without sleeping in your car?" he asked her.
He is not sure why he is forcing her to stay here. Her temptation is irresistible and it will only increase complications for him. Then why is he still insisting that she should stay here is something, even he doesn't have an answer to.
When Aiden asked that question, Aria looked at him confused.
'He shouldn't want her to stay here in the same house as him. Their relationship is complicated at best. But he has a point. She is not sure where she would be going after leaving from here'
Aria shook her head.
"So you don't have any place to stay, no money on you and I checked your puck up truck. It's the lock is not good. The door is opening without a key. What would you do if someone decides to rob from you in the middle of the night?" he asked her.
Aria became defensive. She doesn't have enough money to fix her car.
"I have a gun," she said defensively.
"And it doesn't have bullets" he pointed out.
Aria looked at him with shock.
"How do you know that?" She asked him in surprise.
"I went inside your room. I was searching for you. I found your gun on the side table. I inspected and found out it doesn't have bullets in it" he explained.
'Bullets are not cheap' she thought defensively.
"But it worked with your friend last night. I scared him without using a bullet" she pointed out.
"He is drunk and he didn't want to hurt you. What would you do if you encounter someone who is not scared to take a bullet?" he pointed out the flaw in her logic.
Aria didn't have an answer for that.
"I..i.." She stuttered to find anything to answer him.
"So it's better if you stay here until Martin comes back" he offered again.
This time, she nodded her head gratefully.
"Ok," she said softly.
"Good" he replied with a satisfied smirk.
Now that they are staying in the same house, it's better if she addresses the elephant in the room.
"I am sorry. I was drunk that night. Or I wouldn't have behaved that way. It was a mistake" Aria tried to explain so that they don't have to feel awkward with each other.
Aiden looked at her with anger.
'Mistake? He still remembered her little moans of pleasure. That night was memorable for him and he couldn't forget about her for the life of him. But she is calling it a mistake? If she wants to consider it as a mistake, then so be it' he thought angrily.
"You are right. It's a mistake. You stay out of my way and we don't be having any issues. You can stay here until your father comes, and then you are his responsibility" he snapped at her before turning and leaving.
Aria looked at him with confusion.
'What is wrong with him. What she said is right. If she was not drunk that night, he wouldn't have given him googly eyes, which is the reason she landed in his bed.
All these years, taking care of her mother was her first priority. She didn't have time for friends, parties, and anything else.
All she had time for was to work, go to school, and then work again.
If she was not drunk, she wouldn't have acted so boldly.
She pointed out a fact. Then why did he became so angry? She thought.
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
Aiden and Aria sat there in silence. Aria is applying ice to her cheek. Aiden is looking at her quietly."I am sorry" Aiden confessed suddenly.Aria looked at him with surprise.She thought he is apologizing for Natasha. But it's not he who hurt her. So it's not his mistake."You didn't hurt me. You don't have to apologize to her" Aria said truthfully.Aiden looked at her strangely. He is not apologizing for only that. But he should have elaborated a little. She wouldn't understand what he is thinking in his mind."No, not just for this, for everything" he elaborated.Aria still didn't understand."For everything?" She looked puzzled.Aiden truly looked ashamed of himself."We started on a wrong footing. After you came here searching for Martin, and when I found out you are his daughter, I thought you would be like him. Greedy, mooch, and a scum. But you proved me wrong. You are nothing like him. You are hard-wo
Martin William, a scum bag and a drug addict. But no one knows how he became one. He had a very loving wife and an angel as a daughter, a steady job, and a couple of trustworthy friends.But everything changed with one little mistake. One day he went out to party with his friends and had a little too much to drink.He shouldn't have driven his car on his own when he is drunk. He should have accepted his friend's offer and let him drive Martin home. But he did neither.He thought he is fine and is capable to drive. But a drunk person cannot tell when he is drunk.But then, he was overconfident in his driving abilities. So like an idiot, he drove his car on the highway, at a speed, which he should not be driving.That's when he did one thing that he should not have done. He crashed into a man, who was standing on the side of the road, waiting for someone to help him with his car, which is broken.The impact of the collision gave his body