Why did it have to rain today-the day of all days??? The coldness and wind was bearable but not the rain. This meant a change of clothes and shoes not to mention being late. Well if this was nature's cruel way, so be it. Just as she was contemplating this thought the rain began to fall harder and faster. Wildly looking around her, she saw the pain path dashed through it and towards the house.
"How can you lose her again Daniel?" his brother bellowed. This was the third time in two months since Ari-Ana had arrived.
"It's not my fault she keeps wondering off. She knows the rules, you speak to her and leave me alone" he hotly replied.
"I expect you to take full responsibility when she's with you. God" rolling his eyes but the anger didn't back down.
"Is Ari lost again?" grinned Dean poking his head out of his room when he heard loud voices.
"No thanks to the genius of a brother" replied Dante.
"But it wasn't my fault. She's hot tempered, strong-head..." he never got to finish
"And fine" replied a calmer female voice.
Everyone turned to see Ari-Ana standing in the hallway dripping from her rain- soaked coat.
"Where the hell were you?" Daniel asked walking towards her.
"I must've wondered off. I'm so sorry for causing all this commotion" she nervously replied.
"Well at least you're safe. Daniel I expect better from you" his eldest brother scolded before heading upstairs.
"Ari, you ok? Better get changed before you catch a cold" Dean called before closing his door.
"Yes Ari, you better" mocked Daniel.
"I really am sorry" replied Ari-Ana sincerely.
"Whatever, just get changed before I get the blame again. One more thing, in the future you either stick with me or go out by yourself" he said before walking away.
She didn't realise she'd been holding her breath the entire time and exhaled quickly. He seemed really mad, but it was her fault; she had wondered off again and before she knew it she was stranded in the middle of the woods with the rain looming. Luckily she wasn't totally lost and found her way back even though she'd encountered most of the rain.
She began to shiver from the wet clothes and quickly removed her coat, hanging it outside. Her dress was damp and clung to her like second skin. Running up to her room she left her door ajar she proceeded to take off the dress. Mid-way she stopped abruptly; it almost felt like she was being watched. Shaking the silly notion from her mind she changed into the drier clothes and took her soiled dress to be washed.
"Do I smell spaghetti" Dean grinned as he walked into the kitchen.
"Indeed you do" she replied whilst serving it into a large dish for them all.
"Dante, Dan get down here, dinner's ready" yelled Dean before he sat down with her.
"Mmmmmmmm, delicious" Dante said as he smelt the food.
"Where's Daniel?" she asked as the two brothers dished out for themselves.
"I'm going out" came Daniel's reply as he leaned against the kitchen door.
"Can't you at least sit down for ten minutes? After all she's gone through the trouble of cooking for tonight" Dean said.
"I'm sorry Ari, but my friends are expecting me" replied Daniel as sweetly as he could. He wanted to be as far away as possible from her. He was still angry with her from earlier.
"I'll keep some for you" she said, but by the time she turned around he was gone.
"Ignore him. He's just being a jerk from earlier" smiled Dante.
"Well more for us" grinned Dean before putting in another mouthful.
Ari-Ana was reading her book quietly in front of the lamp in the front room when she heard the door open. She realised it must be Daniel and went back to her book. She frowned when she heard a female voice too; another of his conquests no doubt.
"Shhh you'll wake up the whole house" came his voice which sounded a little slurred.
"In an hour they will" answered the girl in a giggle making Ari-Ana shiver in disgust.
"Go up, my room is the third on the left" Daniel instructed the girl before closing and locking the door.
Just as he reached the staircase, he noticed the dim light coming from the sitting room.
"Well well if it isn't little miss bookworm" he mocked as he walked in to find her sitting quietly.
"You're 'girlfriend' is waiting for you" she replied without taking her eyes off the page.
He was too tipsy to answer and remembering the girl turned around and headed up the stairs.
Anger rose deep within her. They'd never got on since childhood. His brothers were fantastic, but Daniel was a completely different enigma altogether. She continued to read pushing away her thoughts until sleep consumed her.
Slowly getting up, she headed towards her room which was a floor below his. She could hear the annoying giggles of the girl. She was too tired to think or care about the situation, as long as it didn't involve her, he could do as he well damn pleased.
The morning sun shone right into her eyes as she slowly opened them. The day definitely seemed warmer and drier than yesterday. Sitting up she stretched her arms before leaning back and planning her day. Going out for most of the day was top of the agenda so she'd first have a shower, eat breakfast and then head out. The guys wouldn't mind, so she was free as a bird.
"Hey hey, what's the plan for the day" Dean asked with his usual bright smile when he saw her walk in. She was his little 'sister'.
"I'll be out for most of the day, planning to get some reading done outside then go out with some friend later" she replied whilst filling a little basket with fruit.
"Good morning Mr. Noisy" winked Dean as Daniel walked into the kitchen.
Ari-Ana blushed at the remark and only Daniel's eyes caught this.
"Stop teasing him Dean. But he's right you were a little noisy" smirked Dante before he burst out laughing.
"Can I help it if women find me irresistible?" Daniel replied before taking a bite from an apple.
"Is she still here" asked Dean.
"Sorry big brother, she just left" before taking another bite.
"You heart-breaker" laughed Dante.
"I'll see you later guys" Ari-Ana said before exiting quickly.
"Dude you do owe her an apology for last night" Dean said more seriously looking in Daniel's direction.
"What for? I had to go out" he replied shrugging his shoulders.
"Yeah, but you could've sat with us for a little while. You know she didn't get lost deliberately" continued Dean.
"Just lay off guys, I did apologise. If she's stupid enough to get caught in the rain, then that's not my problem" he continued.
"Daniel! That's enough" Dante barked.
Daniel just walked off to have a shower himself. He didn't need all this aggro from his brothers.
"What the hell was that about" Dean asked puzzled.
"Beats me. Hey you don't think?" Dante asked with a frown on his face.
"What, that he likes her but is being a total asshole about it? Come on-you've seen the way he is with her?" Dean said laughing out loudly. But the same thought had also crossed his mind too.
Ari-Ana sat on a thick layered blanket out on the meadow. She was soaking up the sun whilst she read. Lost in her book she didn't hear footsteps coming up from behind her. Suddenly her book was snatched off her hands.
"Don't you ever get bored of reading?" asked Daniel flicking through the pages.
"Don't you ever get bored with picking on me" she replied with her hand out.
"Whatever. I hope you don't plan on getting lost or being late again. I'm tired of those two constantly on my back because of you" his words had such venom as he handed the book back.
"I said I was sorry. I lose track of time easily, I honestly didn't mean to get you into trouble" she replied.
"Hmmm. Well maybe if you got your head out of the clouds and back into the real world you wouldn't be the way you are" he said looking at her intensely. He could still remember the outline of her curves as he'd walked past her whilst she was changing.
"What the hell is that supposed to mean?" anger in her words.
"You shouldn't be sitting here by yourself with your nose stuck in a book. You should be..."He never got to finish.
"Under a man, pleasuring him?" she abruptly replied.
For the first time in his life Daniel was stunned at an answer. He quickly composed himself. "I mean look at you! I'm embarrassed to be seen with you" he said.
"What?!" looking at him in bewilderment more than anger.
"I may spend my nose in books, but you spend yours in my business" she replied calmly. She couldn't believe her ears, who did he think he was talking to her like that? He'd always been distant with her from the start. Sometimes if looks could kill she's be dead.
Oh no he thought. This wasn't the reaction he was expecting from her. The hurt in her eyes and voice was evident and he mentally kicked himself for making such stupid remarks. She had a habit of getting under his skin. She didn't do anything; it was the way she was.
Too lost in thought that he didn't notice she wasn't with him anymore. She'd walked off. He couldn't believe it. No woman had ever done this to him before; they idolised and worshipped the ground he walked upon. She didn't.
Ari-Ana stormed into the house and went straight for her room-slamming the door so loudly that Dean and Dante rushed out of their rooms.
"Daniel' they both said in union.
The next few days there was a lot of tension between the two; neither of them spoke to each other. She was too angry and he was too proud.
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