Chapter 9:

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

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I was in California already and it was already raining.  My dad took me to his house in Los Angeles.  He owned a big company here, it was called SWAG Times.  He named it after my journal writings, because in the online world I was known as SWAG and so my dad took the name and used it for his company.  It was a journalist school actually.  I took lessons there about two years ago but the one at Haven.  I unpacked my things and joined my dad outside to meet his gardener. 

“Hi I’m Ray” The guy said and I smiled and shook his hand.

“I’m Ariana but you can call me Ree, how long have you worked here?” I asked him.

“A year” He replied.

“Oh, okay, do you work at the Times too?” I asked him.

“No, I go to school there” He replied.

“Really? How old are you?” I asked him because Times goes from seventeen and older to go to the school that’s why it was hit in the economy. 

I took my classes from my dad so I didn’t have to be seventeen at the time.  I was lucky. 

“I’m nineteen, you?” He asked me.

“I’m seventeen, I would love to talk but I have to call some people, is that alright?” I asked him and he smiled at me.

“No problem, I’ll be out in the garden if you need any help around the house” He said and I nodded my head and went into the kitchen where my father was placed on the kitchen counter.

“So how do you like it so far?” He asked me.

“It’s better than Haven right now but it’s good.  Thanks for making me come so soon” I told him.

“Anything for you, how is your mom?” He asked me.

“They’re both fine, they’ve actually been talking a lot lately.  Momma X is actually proud that I’m taking some time off from Michael but mom is mad that I left Penelope because of Michael.” I told my dad.

“I’m surprised you didn’t hide Rose in your luggage” He told me and I laughed.

“I needed space from the both of them, I wanted Rose to come with me but I didn’t want her leaving school behind, she needs to pick her grades up to transfer next month” I told my dad.

“To where?” He asked me.

“I forgot where but she’s leaving” I told him.

“Without you?” He asked me.

“Without me, it’s fine dad.  I knew this day would come anyways, it’s not like we’ll never see each other again” I told him and he smiled.

“I’m glad you feel that way” He told me.

“Me too” I replied. 

“Are you and Mike together now?” He asked me.

“Yes we are, we’re officially a couple, how’d you know?” I asked him.

“You’re mom told me, both of them actually” He replied and I laughed.

“News travels fast wherever you go huh?” I asked him and he smiled at me.

“Why’d you hire the dude?” I asked him.

“You mean Ray? Because I needed a little extra help around the house when I’m at work.  I pay him pretty good and he stays here so it all works out” My dad told me.

“He stay’s here?” I freaked out.

“Yeah why?” He asked me laughing.

“Nothing” I said automatically. “I need to call Rose” I added and walked off to my bedroom and I accidently tripped and Ray caught me.

“I’d better be careful” He said still holding me then he put me back on my feet.

“Thanks” I replied and walked away from him smiling at myself then mentally slapping myself because I was with Mike now. 

I closed my bedroom door behind, grabbed the house phone and threw myself on my bed and called Rose.  I don’t know the time zones so I just called.

“Hello?” Rose answered her phone sounding like she just woke up.

“Congratulations you just won an awesome phone call from your best friend!” I told her and she laughed.

“Do you have any idea what time it is?” she asked me.

“It’s ten pm here, you?” I asked her.

“It’s three in the morning dear” She replied and I laughed.

“Isn’t much of gap really” I told her.

“Aren’t you jet lag or something?” She asked me yawning through the phone.

“I’ll let you sleep, good morning Rose, I miss you” I told her.

“I miss you too” She replied then I hung up and called Mike on his cellphone.

“Mike” I whispered through the phone and I can hear him wake up slowly by stretching.

“Hey sexy I want you” He told me.

“Oh please, I miss you too” I replied and he laughed.

“How’s it over there?” He asked me.

“It’s cold and I’m cold and I need you to warm me up” I told him and he groaned.

“Stop” He complained. 

“I love you now go back to sleep” I told him.

“I love you too, can I come over?” He asked me and I laughed.

“Maybe later” I told him and he grunted.

“Call me tomorrow” I told him.

“Okay babe, bye” He said and we hung up. 

I stripped out of my clothes and ran into my bathroom to take a hot shower because it was so cold outside. 

“Ree?” My dad called for me.

“I’m in the shower” I called back.

“Hurry and get dressed, we need to go to Times” He replied and I finished up my hot shower and dried myself up. 

I walked out to my room and walked into my closet and picked out winter wear to go to Times.  I chose jeans, a sweater, I slipped on boots, I put on my hat and I slipped over my trench coat. 

“I’m ready” I said and walked out to the living room and found my dad and Ray waiting for me.

“You’re going too?” I asked Ray.

He nodded his head and I followed them out to the car waiting for us.

“Why are we going there this late?” I asked my dad.

“They have a big story for the paper and they need me there and I didn’t want you staying with Ray so I decided to take the both of you” My dad said and I laughed.

“Really dad? What are you scared of?” I asked him sarcastically.

“I’m scared you might fall in love and Mike would get mad” He replied and I laughed even harder.

“I’m happily with Michael dad” I replied.

“I was playing, I need you two’s help” He replied.

“Oh okay” I replied and leaned back. 

“Dad can Mike come over somewhere during the month?” I asked him.

“Isn’t this trip meant to take some time away from him?” He asked me.

“Please? Even Rose?” I asked him.

“No, you have Ray and me to talk too.  Wait until you back” He said.

“Fine then” I replied and smiled then sat back again. 

I fell asleep and I slept on Ray’s shoulder and woke up noticing a few minutes later then I leaned on my dad and Ray laughed at me.

“Tell your boyfriend I said hi” He said and I gave him a sarcastic laugh.

“Drama isn’t my middle name so you can tell him the next time he calls and you deal with him” I replied and fell back asleep.


Submitted: January 03, 2012

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love this story, i'll read the rest when i get home.

Tue, January 24th, 2012 1:44pm


thanks :)

Tue, January 24th, 2012 6:55pm

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