The next couple of days flew right by, and before I knew it, Friday had come around. Vanessa’s sister Vienna had arrived that day as well. She was a little shorter than my stepmom, and unlike her sis, she had dark brown hair, eyes, and nothing was surgically enhanced or altered on her face or body. Vanessa usually wore blue or grey contact lenses and her eyes were naturally brown as well. Her sister was a graphic artist and had taken some time off from work to travel around the world for six months.
Noah was right; she wasn’t high maintenance at all. In fact, if you saw the two of them standing next to one another, you’d never think they were sisters (much less related). I guess that was because of all the plastic surgery my stepmom had done to her face. Vienna didn’t seem too happy about that of course. I had kind of heard them arguing about it in the yard when she first arrived. My step mom sort of brushed off her sister’s concerns, and insisted that she wasn’t going to go under the knife anymore.
Vienna planned to make her visit short, staying only for the weekend with us. She was going to fly straight out to New Jersey to see the parents on Monday.
So, it was finally Friday night, and I hadn’t ended up calling Ryan like I said I would, because Noah had plans with the “family”. The four of us were going to go to the town fair. Of course my dad said I could invite some of my friends to come along, and I did
have the option of going solo with only my gal pals, but he pretty much begged me not to leave him alone with Vanessa and his sister in law. So it wasn’t a difficult decision to tag along with them.
I was getting ready in my room, listening to some music while doing my hair, when I heard a knock on my door.
I turned my head and my heart leaped in my chest when I saw Noah walk into my bedroom.
“Do you ever not
listen to music?” Why did his voice have to sound so damn sexy?
I smiled and thought for a moment before replying; “Nope. Love music, can’t live without it.”
He sauntered over to my bed through and sat, dropping his weight back completely on my queen sized mattress.
Noah was looking amazing as usual, wearing a pair of dark denim trousers and a grey V neck shirt that was fitted just right around his torso, accentuating the muscles hidden underneath the fabric, and he had just gotten a fresh hair cut too, so his hair was looking flawless as usual. I really did love his hair and often imagined myself running my fingers through his thick mane while kissing him. If they ever needed someone to advertise shampoo for men, Noah was their guy. Hell, he could sell anything with that killer body and flawless face.
He let out a long sigh and folded his hands behind his head.
“Something on your mind?” I glanced over at him and then grabbed my strawberry lip gloss.
“Not really, princess.”
Well, that clearly meant something was up. So I quickly painted some gloss on my lips and then turned around, sitting astride on my chair. “Okay, talk to me. I’m all ears.”
He smiled and rolled on his side, bending his elbow and resting his head in his hand. My heart skipped a few beats just looking at him.
“It’s nothing sweetie, just some stuff between Vanessa and I.”
“Oh, okay.” I wasn’t going to push. The last time I did, that didn’t turn out so well, and I really wasn’t in the mood to argue with him.
“You’re looking pretty this evening.” His eyes cascaded down my body and I couldn’t help but blush as I smiled and stood up, making my way over to the bed.
I was wearing a baby blue denim skirt and a white halter top with a white thong and no bra underneath. I had also made my hair a little wavy using a curling iron and I was glad he noticed the effort I put into looking good for him.
“You don’t look too bad yourself,” I added flirtatiously, sitting down next to him on the bed. I so badly wanted to lie on his chest and mold my body into his.
“It’s nice to know at least someone
approves of this shirt. Vanessa was hell bent on making me wear this ugly purple T she bought while she was shopping with her sis.”
I laughed and looked down at him.
“She’s still doing her makeup. It seriously takes her hours
to get ready for a night out,” he huffed in frustration and then rubbed his eyes and looked up at me. “I figured I’d give the ladies some time alone, so I came in here to bug you instead.” Those lips curved up into a wicked grin.
“Well—F.Y.I. you don’t bug me.”
“Aw, well that’s too bad. I guess I’m not doing my job as a father then.”
I laughed again. “How so?”
“Because normally every dad is supposed to be annoying as hell.
At least mine was from what I can remember.”
He never really talked about his father. All I knew about my granddad was that he had passed away years ago. I decided to lie down next to Noah as the song switched tracks to something more chill and seductive.
We both stared at the ceiling, laying side by side each other in silence for a while.
“I feel like getting high.”
Nope, it wasn’t me who said it.
“And I probably shouldn’t be saying that to my teenage daughter,” he turned his head and looked at me with all seriousness. “Don’t do drugs and forget what I just said about…you know.”
I giggled and nodded. “Forgotten, don’t worry.”
“I meant weed, just in case you were wondering if I was considering doing hard drugs—”
“I didn’t make that assumption.” I cut him off, reassuring him.
“Because I’d never touch that stuff again. It really messed me up.”
“I know.” It sincerely saddened me knowing he suffered from a drug addiction at one point in his life. A part of me wished that I had the ability to swoop in and rescue him from himself, but I couldn’t time travel. I was just glad he was able to get out of that nightmare alive and well.
I really wanted to comfort him and pull him out of whatever painful memories he was drowning in. So I turned on my side, and curled up close to him, hugging his arm.
“No point dwelling on the past, right?” he kept his eyes fixed on the ceiling.
“Nope. No point at all.”
“We just have to learn from our mistakes and move forward.” His voice sounded tired all of a sudden, as if he was exhausted from fighting whatever battle that was going on inside his head. Noah was like a complicated Rubik’s cube sometimes, but then again…so was I.
I hesitated to ask him my next question. “Was I a mistake?”
He turned his body and stared at me, softening his expression and gently caressing the side of my cheek with the back of his hand. “You were not
a mistake.” His eyes were dead serious.
“I was the one who made the mistake of not being there for you from the beginning, and that guilt still eats me up every day, Aria.” There was a palpable pain in his eyes that he masked really well, but he wasn’t so guarded around me at the moment. I could see and feel it.
“I don’t hate you though, all that matters is that you’re here now.” I tried to comfort him with words, but I feared it wasn’t enough.
He slid his hand down my arm and brought them to rest on my hip, before whispering in that sexy deep voice that he was blessed with; “I know baby girl, and I’m never leaving your side. I promise.”
Was it a coincidence that those specific song lyrics suddenly played at that particular moment and time? Or was it some sort of divine intervention showing me a sign. No, I don’t think there were greater forces
at work. Feeling this way about my dad was wrong and I was certain that God, angels or whatever powers that be, were shaking their heads at me in disgust. “I love you.”
“I love you too,” A warm smile lit up his face and he pulled me into his arms, safely covering me with the strong masculinity of his body me as I breathed him in and slowly wrapped my leg over his waist. I wished he would kiss me and slide his hand up my leg, past my inner thighs…up my skirt…
But again, that was just wishful thinking that was never going to happen. Noah left two chaste kisses against my forehead and pulled back a bit to look at me.
“So, Vanessa told me that you’re bringing that guy over tomorrow. What was his name? Brian?”
,” I corrected him. “And yeah, I figured since you were curious to meet him, I’d invite him over for dinner tomorrow.”
I noticed that he was still holding my thigh in place over his hip, while gently caressing my skin with his thumb. Our eyes locked and he stared at me for the longest five seconds before replying; “Okay, that’s cool. I was just double checking. We can have a barbeque if you like.”
“Well, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.”
“How is a barbeque fancy? You just throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, pull out some cold beers,” he paused. “Well, the alcohol would be for us adults, you kids can have carbonated, or caffeinated beverages of your liking.” Noah grinned at me, knowing I’d get annoyed by the kid
“I’m not a kid!” I playfully slapped his chest and he threw his head back laughing at me.
I shoved him and tried to pull my leg back, but he tightened his grip around my thigh even more and pressed it closer to his waist, forcing my body to shift forward against him. I gasped and my breath caught when those brilliant blue eyes penetrated through mine.
“You really hate it when I call you that, huh?” his laughter had died down to a low chuckle, and I rolled my eyes at him in response.
“Yes, because I’m not
“But you’ll always be my baby.”
I groaned. “Oh god, Noah. Stop it. Please.
He smiled and released my thigh before rolling on top of me in a flash. My heart began to do cartwheels in my chest when I felt his crotch push right against my pelvic area. My skin was instantly heating up like a furnace. He carefully supported his weight on his elbows while tangling his fingers though my hair, brushing my wavy locks back. “Don’t you want to be my baby forever?”
Noah’s voice was low and seductive. It sent goose bumps all down arms.
I couldn’t think. The only thing I understood at that moment was the fact that his body was pressed right up against mine, and I was on the verge of catching a dangerous fever. I was so in love with him, it hurt.
Trying my best not to shy away from the intensity of his stare, I swallowed hard and attempted to give him a proper answer. “Nothing lasts forever.”
“A bond between a father and daughter does,” he held my gaze, causing my stomach to twist and tighten in knots.
“I guess so.” “I know so,
” he breathed. The intoxicating scent of Givenchy,
permeated my sense of smell. I loved that cologne on him. His face was just so beautiful, and I was mesmerized by its symmetrical perfection as I lightly traced his jaw down to his chin with my fingertips.
“What are you doing?” he chuckled, and I felt his cheeks heat up against my touch. Was he shy all of a sudden?
“Tracing your face.”
“It’s just a face.”
“Yeah, but it’s your
face.” I gently brushed my fingers over his perfectly arched eyebrows, as if I was learning how to identify him like a blind person.
“Oh yeah? Well, tell me. What do you like most about it? My outstanding side profile?” Noah twisted his neck to the side and I laughed, gently holding his face and coaxing his head to turn in my direction.
“As amazing as that side profile is, it’s not your best
“I’m curious to know what my daughter thinks of me, so go on,” he was smiling and it made all these butterflies flutter around in my tummy. “What’s my best feature?”
“Well, I’m staring right at it.”
His eyes lit up with life; an extraordinary blue that cleared an overcast sky.
“You know you’re really stroking my ego here, Aria.”
“Is that dangerous?” there was a hint of flirtation in my voice as I gave him a little smirk.
“Depends on the company.”
My arms slowly moved, winding around his neck. “Am I in danger?”
I whispered real softly.
And that’s when he looked at me with this grave look on his face; he went all pale, as if he had seen a ghost or something. “No, of course not.” Noah frowned and lifted his weight off of me, sitting up on the edge of my bed. Well, that sucked. I was enjoying him lying on top of me like that.
“I was just kidding you know,” I sat up on my knees and wrapped my arms around his shoulders from behind.
“I know sweetie.” He let out a small sigh and then grabbed my hands, kissing them before standing up.
We suddenly heard Vanessa’s voice trailing from down the hall and knew it was time to go.oOo
It didn’t take us very long to arrive at the festival. They had closed up a couple streets so that they could set up tents for the events. A huge section of the park had been transformed into a wonderland of rides and carnival games. I was always hypnotized by all the colorful flashing lights whenever my mom took me to the town fair. I would ride just about every ride possible; bumper cars, drop towers, carousels, roller coasters, motion simulators, you name it. There was nothing I was afraid of.
“Wow, it’s more crowded than I had expected,” my stepmom got out of the car and looked at her sister. “Do you remember the last time we were at an amusement park?”
Vienna burst out laughing “Oh my god yes! I had eaten so much ice cream and we went on that stupid ride right after,” she paused briefly. “What was it called? The Scrambler?” “The Twizzler.”
“Yes! Seriously, throughout the entire ride it kept pushing Nessa right into me, I felt so queasy—”
“Her face was literally going green.”
“And I barfed all over myself.”
“Don’t forget those designer jeans I was wearing! You barfed all over them too!”
The two sisters laughed as Noah and I looked at each other, smiling. That was
a bit embarrassing. I would’ve been mortified if I hurled all over my dad, so I made a mental note not to
overdo it with food and beverages that night. It would’ve been a nightmare if I got nauseous and vomited all over myself, then I really would’ve felt like a kid
Vanessa and Vienna walked ahead of us, while Noah and I put some change into a parking meter. There was loud music playing from all directions and I suddenly felt this rush, like a sugar high because I was there with him. I secretly prayed that my stepmom would spend most of the night with her sister and give me the opportunity to have Noah all to myself.
“Are you ready to get your ass whooped?”
I raised an eyebrow at him. “I’m a pro
at carnival games.”
“Well, prepare to have your ego deflated, because I’m a very competitive opponent and I don’t lose
I playfully shoved him and he shoved me back as we walked into the fair, staying close to each other. He grabbed my hand and held it in his so he wouldn’t lose me through the crowd. My heart skipped a beat and I kept imagining that he was taking me out on a date; a romantic date that would end with a perfect kiss. I sighed in my head knowing it would never come to fruition.
He bought us some tickets for the rides and gave a bunch of them to my stepmom and her sis.
“Let’s play the games first and then rides!”
Vanessa laughed at her sister and then looked at us. “She just wants to win a huge purple teddy bear.” There was a purple plush replica of what she described in the distance. She pointed at it and Noah grinned.
“Okay ladies, bring it on.”oOo
We played a variety of different games, and considering my opponents and the tricky ways the games were rigged by the carnie workers, I did pretty well. Though I didn’t win anything big, I did
however win a little toy bunny at this balloon dart game, but the prize really wasn’t all that special.
Noah ranked first place out of all of us, and he ended up winning that big purple bear for Vienna after she begged him a hundred times. We played several water gun and Skee ball
games as well as a variety of other games that required skill or chance. I was actually having a lot of fun, even though Noah was beating me.
“And we have a winner!”
The carnie man shouted and chimed a big, bronze bell.
Noah raised his hands in the air triumphantly. “Hell yeah!” He looked at me flashing a smug smile. “See? I told you. You just got owned.
I laughed, shaking my head and rolling my eyes before I squirted him with my water gun.
“Hey!” He quickly grabbed his gun and returned the attack. I screamed as our laughter filled the air. There wasn’t much water left in the guns, so it wasn’t like we got completely soaked.
“Okay, okay, you win
!” I placed the gun down and raised my hands in mock surrender.
He chuckled and grabbed the collar of his shirt, airing it out a bit to dry off. I mostly aimed at his chest when I was soaking him with the gun.
“Pick your prize sir.” The carnie worker grabbed a long wooden staff that had a hook at the end of it, and waited patiently for Noah to claim his winnings.
“What do you want baby girl?”
I smiled wide and pointed at the huge plush Hello Kitty
that was hanging above us.
“You got it.”
I had never won anything that big before, and no one had ever won me the biggest prize at the game stands. Those big stuffed animals always seemed like an impossible trophy to attain. My stepdad hated festivals and carnivals. I remember when I was eight years old, we went to the city fair and I begged him to buy me this little stuffed bunny that was only five dollars, but he yelled at me, told me to shut up and quit my whining. He said he refused to raise a spoiled little brat, and that spending five dollars on a stupid stuffed animal was a waste of his hard earned money
. The memory still stung a bit as I flashed back to it. What a hypocritical asshole. We always had financial problems because he’d be too busy spending his hard earned cash
on booze and poker games.
“Hey, you okay sweetheart? Do you want another one? I can always just buy it.” Noah noticed my sadness and I quickly made the depressing memory disappear as soon as I wrapped my arms around his body and hugged him.
“No, I love it. Thank you.”
“How long have you two been dating?” The carnie man asked us.
My cheeks suddenly flushed bright red.
“Oh, we’re not—” Noah let go of me and laughed nervously. “She’s my daughter.”
“Oops sorry. Well, you folks have a nice night!”
“Thanks.” He smiled pleasantly, and wrapped one arm around my shoulder as we walked away from the row of game stands.
It happened so frequently, people confusing us for a couple. It was because he looked so young. I had a very youthful looking father.
“Have you seen any of your friends here tonight?”
I shook my head. “No.”
“It’s okay if you want to ditch me and go hang out with them, if
you just so happen to see them.
I know I forced you to come out with us tonight, but you’re young and it’s a Friday night. I want you to have fun.”
“But I am
having fun,” I looked up at him and smiled.
“You’re too sweet.” Noah pulled me in closer to him and kissed the side of my head. I was just so happy to be so close to him.
We met up with my stepmom and Vienna shortly after.
“Let’s drop off our winnings at the car and go on the rides!” She sounded more excited than I was.oOo
I’m pretty sure we went on almost every thrill ride possible. Bumper cars were really fun. I kept slamming into Vanessa’s car really hard on purpose. It would’ve been funny if her silicone breasts bust open from the impact. Okay, probably painful, but it sounded amusing in my head. I got to sit next to Noah on most of the rides, except for the ones that were just seated for two; that’s when my evil
stepmom would hog him away because she was too scared
And riding next to Vienna was just as annoying because she screamed so damn loud. It was total rape of my ear drums.
I couldn’t help but feel this twinge of jealousy every time Vanessa held Noah’s hand. I knew that I had no right to be so possessive over him, but I so badly wished it was just him and I at the festival that night.
We rode a few more roller coasters until the wind had completely messed up our hair.
“That was so fun!
” My stepmom laughed as she wrapped her arms around Noah’s waist. “Honey, I want to ride The Love Tunnel
with you.” Ugh, double gag.
I hated how she was all over him, and I hated envying her even more.
“Do we have to? It just seems like such a corny ride.” He groaned in protest.
“Come on! Be a little romantic with your wife!” She pressed her lips against his cheek, kissing him over and over, while my blood began to boil hotter and hotter. If I was a cartoon character, steam would’ve been blowing out of my ears at that moment.
Vienna asked me if I wanted to ride The Drop Zone
with her again, but I was too busy observing the interaction between Noah and Vanessa to give her a proper answer. She was whispering things in his ear and touching his chest and I hadn’t even realized that I had balled my fists, digging my nails into my skin to the point where it left a visible dent upon release. He’s mine! Not yours!
A voice in my head shrieked out loud as I imagined myself wrapping my hands around her throat and throwing her down in a choke hold.
? Earth to Aria?”
Vienna waved her hand in front of my eyes and that’s when I snapped out of my violent dementia and turned my head to look at her.
“Sorry, zoned out.”
“Yeah, I noticed.” She looked at me, wigged out by my momentary catatonia. That’s when something, or should I say someone,
caught my eye in the distance.
Instinctively without even thinking, I shouted his name, waving my arm in the air. “Ryan
The dreamy jock stopped and noticed me. He was with his usual entourage of friends, but smiled and waved back when he saw me.
“Come over here!” I shouted.
He turned around and said something to his friends before he made his way over. Vanessa was still making kissy faces at my dad and it was beyond obnoxious, but for some reason, I bolted forward and just jumped into Ryan’s arms, hugging him tight, like a girlfriend reunited with her boyfriend who had just returned from serving overseas.
“Wow, hey! Someone’s glad to see me.” He murmured in my ear as he spun me around, and then placed me down on my feet. I was never
this affectionate with him, ever
. I’m sure he thought I was on drugs or something, but I didn’t care. I just needed to cope with these feelings of jealousy in some sort of way, and Ryan just happened to be there at the right place, right time.
“Is this your boyfriend?” Vienna asked me, practically drooling over him herself.
“I don’t know, maybe.” I smiled and looked at him.
“Apparently I’m still in the qualifying stages.” He added, showing off a very charismatic smile, while reaching for Vienna’s hand and properly introducing himself. Noah and Vanessa soon appeared and he shook their hands as well as I formally acquainted them with one another.
“So, you’re the guy my daughter can’t stop talking about.” Noah said and folded his arms against his chest. He was eyeing Ryan suspiciously like a hawk.
“She talks about me?” he sounded surprised.
I blushed and gave my dad a look, insisting he stop.
“Indeed, she does. Are you here with your family as well or?”
“No sir, it’s just me and my friends tonight. My folks are out of town for the weekend.”
“Well, Ryan— we’re looking forward to having you over for dinner tomorrow night. I can’t wait to get to know you better!” Ugh,
why did Vanessa have to sound so damn annoying?
“Same here Mrs. Hunter.”
I slowly maneuvered my fingers in between Ryan’s so that we were holding hands, and then I looked at Noah. “Do you mind if I hang out with Ryan for a bit?”
“Oh my god, please don’t leave me as the third wheel with these two.” Vienna begged me.
My stepmom laughed and grabbed her sister’s arm. “Fine, fine, I promise we’ll lay off on the PDA,
and we we’ll skip The Love Tunnel
“Well, thank god for that,” Noah sighed in relief and then looked at me. “Sure sweetie, but only for the hour. Make sure you keep your cellphone on vibrate and don’t leave the park.”
I nodded, anxious to just get away from them for a while.
“Oh and Ryan—you treat her like a gentleman, or you’ll have me to answer to.”
“Don’t worry Mr. Hunter. She’s in good hands.”
I rolled my eyes at Noah and then walked away.
“Be good kids!” Vanessa hollered out from behind us.
“Sorry, my dad’s really protective of me.”
“I don’t blame him.” Ryan replied with a charming smile, and I blushed.oOo
It was actually kind of fun hanging out with the most popular guy at school, and his friends were all nice to me. We had a blast going on all the thrill rides in large groups. He bought me a caramel candy apple and we held hands as we walked past a few tents that had different events going on; burger eating contests, live music with a variety of different talent acts. There were about eight of us and we all sat down on a picnic table licking ice cream and enjoying live music. An indie rock band was performing on stage; I think they were called Plant Plants.
I scanned my surroundings for a moment and noticed Noah and Vanessa standing a few feet away from us. They were playing another game; the one where you’d slam this huge hammer down and see how high you could make it reach the meter. My stepmom kept kissing on his neck and it was driving me nuts, so I stood up and sat astride on Ryan’s lap. It took him by surprise, but he certainly wasn’t complaining.
“Oh, hey there blue eyes.” He held my hips and gave me his undivided attention.
“Hi,” I smiled flirtatiously, as I started to sway my hips in beat with the music. It seriously looked like I was giving him a lap dance. “I love this song!” I shouted loud enough to catch my dad’s attention.
Noah turned his head and our eyes locked for a moment as I kept dancing on Ryan. I couldn’t read his expression too well, but I think he wasn’t happy with the show I was putting on for all the guys around me. Ryan’s friends cheered him on as I tossed my hair back and grinded on him really sexy. I kept switching glances from Ryan to Noah and the more I stared at my dad, the hotter it made me. Vanessa was too distracted with the game to even notice what was going on. I closed my eyes for a moment and tried to imagine dancing on him instead of Ryan.
I felt his fingertips gliding up my stomach from underneath my halter top, before they wrapped around my slender waist, caressing the two dimples in my lower back.
And then the sensation stopped, as I felt the loss of contact and opened my eyes.
The sound of Noah’s voice brought me back to earth. He was standing right next to me, and he didn’t look too happy.
I smiled and just relaxed in Ryan’s lap. I think he was more uncomfortable than I was.
“Your hour’s up.”
I started nibbling on his earlobe while giggling. “Are you sure? Gosh, time really does fly by when you’re having fun.”
He looked super irritated with me. Well, good!
Served him right for making me watch that disgusting display of PDA earlier. It was serious overkill.
“Aria, stop. Your dad’s talking to you.”
Ryan chuckled, reluctantly pushing me back, and that’s when I felt a firm hand grab hold of my arm and pull me right off his lap.
“Which one of you gave her alcohol?” there was murder in his eyes.
Ryan rose to his feet. “We didn’t drink any liquor sir.”
“God Noah, stop
!” I pulled my arm away from him and looked around. My stepmom and Vienna were nowhere in sight. They must’ve gone on a ride before Noah came over.
“You’ll have to forgive my daughter. She’s usually not this slutty
on Friday nights. I’m not sure what’s gotten into her.”
My mouth hung open in shock. He totally humiliated me.
“Umm…” Ryan looked at me, feeling just as awkward as I felt.
“Let’s go, Aria. Now.”
I glared at my dad as we both stared each other down. He was not going to back off. I just had to accept that this was one battle lost. Feeling totally embarrassed, I looked back at my friend apologetically, mouthing a sorry
“See you tomorrow night Ryan!” Noah’s enthusiasm couldn’t have sounded more sarcastic.
“You have a good night, Mr. Hunter.”
God, I was sure he thought my dad was a total prick.
Once we were far enough away from them, I stopped and stared at him scathingly. “Slutty, really!? How could you just humiliate me like that!?”
“Um—excuse me, but I wasn’t going to allow you to dance on him like some stripper while a bunch of his buddies looked on, cheering like a herd of horny voyeurs! His hands were all over you and up your top! Did you even realize that?
Vanessa was all over you! She was practically eye-sexing you all evening and kissing you every thirty seconds! Do you really think I want to see that? No!
Do I complain about it and embarrass you? No!”
“What the hell Aria? She’s my wife and we weren’t,” he paused and lowered his voice; “Eye-sexing!”
“No, you’re right. Because you two were doing far worse. She practically had her hand down your pants!”
A part of me was worried that we were within earshot and Vanessa would hear us, but at the same time I didn’t care. I wanted her to know how I truly felt about her.
“So you were dancing all sexy on that boy to get back at me?” He found it sexy?
My cheeks felt hot and I was so angry at him that I could’ve cried. I knew it was absolutely stupid and childish of me to react the way I did and use Ryan, but Noah literally made me crazy in my head. There was no perfect way of explaining it.
“No, I was dancing on him because I felt
like it. You can’t control my life 24-7.” I replied with a bitter undertone.
“I’m your father, and technically you’re not a legal adult yet. So yes, I can
control your life, Aria.” Those piercing blue eyes intensified, penetrating straight through my egotistical barrier.
Why did we have to fight so much?
“Fine, I can easily take care of that.”
“Oh yeah? How do you intend on doing that?”
“I’ll get myself legally emancipated from you and
He studied me inquisitively and folded his arms against his chest. “Well, good luck finding a lawyer, because I sure as hell won’t give you any legal aid there.”
“Is that supposed to surprise me?” I replied sardonically.
He dropped his arms and pressed his thumb and index finger to his forehead, exhaling his frustration before he looked at me.
“Are you pms-ing
tonight or something? What the hell is your problem?”
I clenched my jaw and scowled at him; “You! You are my problem!”
Noah frowned and shook his head. “I’m just trying to protect you. Don’t you understand that? Those guys could’ve lured you somewhere and raped you for all I know.”
“They’re people I know from school!”
” he shouted, and it startled me as he steadied my shoulders, grabbing onto them. “Do you think that takes the risk factor away? How can you trust a guy so easily? I didn’t think you were that naïve, Aria.” There was anger in his voice. I could hear it as my lips began to tremble. I was fighting my tears again, averting my eyes and walking away from him.
The car was only a few feet away from us as I kept my head down, and tried to get away from him as fast as my feet would carry me. I could hear his footsteps following along behind me. Gravel crunched beneath our shoes as he caught up to me.
“I want to go home. You’ve officially ruined my night.” Refusing to look back, I just kept walking ahead.
“Hold on a minute please.” He grabbed my arm and forced my body to turn and face him.
I looked up as he towered over me, superior and intimidating. Noah made me feel so small. If there was a battle for dominance going on between us, he was definitely winning.
“Can we please not let this disrupt our night? Come on baby, we were having such a great time.”
I exhaled harshly and crossed my arms against my chest. Was it really too late to salvage the night? “You embarrassed me, and pretty much called me a slut in front of my friends. That hurt.”
“I’m sorry, okay? I was getting a little crazy and was trying really hard to control my temper. I didn’t mean to insult you. I’ll make sure to apologize to Ryan tomorrow evening if it’ll make you feel better?” he was looking at me with those beautiful soft, ocean eyes. How could I stay mad at him? Again, it was impossible. I seriously had a cat’s temper around my dad. Incredibly pissed and hissing in the heat of the moment, and then completely calm and relaxed, just a few short minutes later. At least that’s how Buffy’s temperament was like. I missed her. She was a Main Coon.
“Can we hug and make up now?”
I preferred kiss and make up
, but was willing to settle for a hug too.
Resisting the urge to smile, I failed miserably as he wrapped his arms around me and hugged me close.
“You drive me nuts, do you know that?”
I was about to respond when my stepmom and her sister showed up behind us.
“There you guys are! We’ve been looking all over for you. What are you doing back at the car?”
“Yeah, is the night over already?” Vienna asked.
Noah looked at me for a brief moment. “Aria just wanted to grab her sweater—”
“Yeah, but then I remembered that I didn’t bring it with me.”
“Aw, well you can wear my cardigan if you like sweetie.” Vanessa offered.
“No, it’s okay. I’ll survive.” I smiled politely and felt Noah wrap his arm around my waist. I was relieved that he didn’t tell her about our argument.
“Vienna and I want to go inside The Haunted Fun House
. Do you two want to come?”
Noah looked at Vanessa, all uneasy and shaking his head. “No thanks.”
“Aw, why not
? You scared?” Vienna teased him.
“Of clowns, yes.”
“He suffers from a mild case of Coulrophobia
.” Which was a fear of clowns.
“Seriously, a tough guy like you is afraid of funny little circus clowns?”
They’re even scarier as midgets.” Noah shuddered.
“Why are you afraid of clowns?” I asked him, genuinely curious.
“Jeezuz Vanessa, you make it sound like I cry like a little girl when I see one. They just creep me out. I don’t like to be in the same room as one.”
“He gets really bad anxiety.” She informed Vienna and I.
“Let’s just say that it wasn’t a very pleasant experience when I pretty much got taken hostage by some convict circus clown on my sixth birthday party. The guy knew my family was wealthy and attempted to kidnap me and hold me at ransom. Fortunately he didn’t get very far. One of the gardeners on our estate got suspicious and clocked the S.O.B in the head with a shovel when he heard me screaming. But I will forever remember Pipo the clown
as the scary man who repeatedly told me to shut the fuck up while he carried me to his van, kicking and screaming.”
How horrifyingly traumatic that must’ve been to experience as a child.
“Oh my god…” Vienna gasped in shock.
“Are you okay sweetheart?” my stepmom rubbed Noah’s back, offering comfort.
“Yeah, I’m fine. You two go on ahead. Aria and I still have a bunch of boring rides we haven’t been on yet, so we’ll meet you at the ticket stand in the front entrance in about half an hour?”
“That’s perfect, have fun you two!” She leaned in to his lips and gave him a quick kiss. I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes because I knew Vienna was looking at me.
My stepmom and her sister disappeared out of the parking lot while Noah and I walked back towards the ticket booth.
There was a huge Ferris Wheel that was pretty much the highlight attraction at the entire festival due to its monstrous height. Noah caught me looking up, admiring it in all its glory.
“Do you want to ride it with me?” his voice was gentle as he slipped his hand into mine.
I smiled and nodded. “Yeah, let’s go.” oOoAuthor's Note:
Okay everyone, here’s my music list for anyone who’s curious to listen and know about what inspires me when I write. Music helps me a lot because everything plays out like a movie/TV episode in my head when I write. And what does every TV episode need? A soundtrack! All music listed can be found on YT and also in my videos list on my profile page. Definitely check out the jams! It’s amazing how music can really set the mood ;)Music inspired in chapter:
-Robbie Rivera-Girlfriend (Radio Edit 2009) (music playing in Aria’s bedroom)
-Volor Flex- You In Me (music playing in when Noah and Aria are lying down in her bed)
-Plant Plants- Embrace The Real (music playing at the festival when Aria is dancing on Ryan)
-Volor Flex- Fake Love (music playing at the festival when Noah and Aria are arguing)
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