Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ever Note - Chapter 12, Bartering For Babes

From that moment both women control how they deal with William. They allow him whatever whenever he chooses it to be. It is hard at the start. It takes restraint on Angelina`s part for she had decided that no man could have power in her personal life ever again, not after the divorce from Jake Wayne. In her view, there is no trusting of men. Not after the ex-hubby used her naive loyalty and their sacred vows as a means to fuck with every sensory system within her. Thus, William definitely has a mountain to conquer even outside the fact that Angelina is in love with a dreamy phantasm. But eventually she settles into what is the conjured plan but the start of things is interesting.

Hence, that Tuesday night, the night after the first run date the two cousins sit in the living room of the Victorian two-story house. Around ten o`clock, as they are watching a documentary about Stephen Hawking`s, Theory Of Everything, there is a sudden ringing of the doorbell. It comes, as they are relaxing on the sofa in their pajamas. The ringing has them both instantly turn to look at each other to then in unison excitedly whisper, “It`s William! Ready set go!”

Next Angelina stands to go open the door. Then upon approaching as she pulls the metal door wide open but she sees no William. However, standing there before Angelina is the elderly chauffeur dressed in a black suit. He stands nodding hello to her while holding in his left hand two crystalline wine goblets while the other hand does grip a wine bottle. As she views all this the elderly gentleman cordial states, "Good evening, Dr. Bombieri and Ms. Bombieri. This evening hanging out brings Italian white wine of a golden hue, a Moscato d'Asti from Montfretta, in Piedmont within Northern Italy. The year is 2015 with the taste light for it is a dessert wine.” Then holding the glasses he pours them to half full. “There, please enjoy. But, first, if I may ask, then please wait until I pour some beverage into Mr. William’s glass?”

With this said he steps aside to next pull the third glass from his jacket`s inner pocket before walking down the steps. With the chauffeur moving aside, Angelina has a full view of William who is standing at the end of the house`s walking path. This is a clear view even though the veranda’s lighting creates dark shadows but she still sees him with his big grin. However, she says nothing about choosing to only stare while holding both wine glasses that the chauffeur placed in her hands. Thus, she coldly peers with mixed feelings about all of this as the chauffeur pours William a glass of the wine. Straight after William raises the glass saying, “Blessed night, ladies. Please, drink for I soon must head home to get sleep.”

At this point, an excited Jenessa joins Angelina to collect a glass with sharing a warm smile in saying, “He has good taste in wine. I am drinking and we can stare at him. It is the least that we can do for our Italian wines. And be nice, we can do this.”

The ladies glasses are then raised in accepting the tribute. Upon taking firsts sips the semi-forced smiles shine with nothing more said. Nothing more said between all three but the sipping of the wine is enjoyed while William merely has his presence known. This is all very good. Such is especially true for William for his only purpose in concern to the evening is this moment of making his power known. Subsequently, the expected amount of time for enjoying the drink passes. In the end, the driver walks to the car before William cordially nods farewell. Then he makes his way to enter the limo and driving off into the night as the ladies watch it all.

So it is no surprise that on Wednesday morning, William shows up at around six thirty. He sits in the limo waiting until the women come out. They once more begin the morning run session before he does. That brings similar efforts to catch up to set the pace as he did the day prior. Yet, during this time no conversation exists. He merely takes the lead with it all going well. In fact, every morning`s ‘run date’ is quite like Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nonetheless, during the coming days, the dating excursions vary with each being unique in some manner. These differ in that the date events happen at random times and often are simplistic with minimal monetary costs. Yet, it still has that critical cause of embedding William in Angelina's life is some way. Thus, he is creative and makes it interesting while supplying no real reason for upset.

Thus, the dates range from picnic dinners or lunches at Angelina's home with him personally delivering and not joining. Other romantic gestures include having both women serenaded by musicians just because it is fun. Fun with him joining in on singing and making it even more smiles. Then to be more artistic, in his attempts to be ever present, he brings a gardener to plant pink rose bushes along the walkway. In the bringing of the landscaper to do the work, William sits watching the process from curbside with claiming that it`s an odd way of gifting flowers but it may stop people from directly accessing the house. The ladies, in turn, think similar while resting on the outdoor porch swing reading and being impressed by his nontraditional method of flower gifting. Even still that is not the limit for William makes himself rooted in Angelina's life.

This planting of bushes leads to hiring an electrician to install better outdoor lighting for safety purposes. He suggested it`s needed for he has an open access to the house so that means anyone has it. In carrying out the upgrade William abides curbside drinking tea and doing business via phone with the two ladies drinking tea on the porch.

Everything comes as quite friendly and possesses hints of helpfulness. This is seen as true even though it can be considered intruding. But whether it is or not does not matter for it fills his goals of being inserted into her life. His agenda includes being sweetly present in ways that are filled with kindness but seeming to keep a distance. A nice thing for it has his new position in Angelina’s life as not overly intrusive. Hence, the two weeks of so-called 'hanging out' are okay.
In fact, the social friendliness only seems harsh when there come the arbitrary times of delivering a small gift box. Such deliveries don`t feel like it`s being only a friendship. It`s more like dating and that is unsettling for Angelina. Yet, each box holds a useful trinket in it. Each box additionally comes hand-delivered by William who makes congenial chat while both women are politely chatty within being gracious in return. Nonetheless, even in the friendly conversation, Angelina remains queasy of the gifts. She attempts to not accept them but William insists upon it. So, Angelina accepts them even though there exists a growing feeling of romantic notions constantly coming from William. That brings irritation and her still wanting him not in her life

Therefore, these gestures and spending time together are interesting. Very much so since the women do not truly have control. They don`t and in truth, it feels like repentance with needing the accepting of William as a presence in their daily lives. Yet, it cannot be said to be a negative presence. For through it all, William goes out of his way to silently make many points. Points like he truly cares and that he is willing to move the world to please Angelina. But no matter what, or when, he tends to tint it in a quiet romantic seduction, and an encompassing protection with it all intentionally cordial interactions.

So the two weeks fly by. Two weeks, plus three days pass fast for the trio. It is at this point that Angelina prepares to do as the two women planned for the apologizing. Yet, the night before that evening of planned apology William shows up to the house during the dinner hour. He comes with carrying a bottle of red wine from northern Italy; it is a Picco Attila 2014. He provides it after knocking on the front door, knocking instead of doing his usual ringing of the doorbell, a surprising thing causing the woman to wonder who is coming to the house. They figure it couldn`t be William for he always makes it known that he may be bringing meals for them and he tends to it long before the two women prepare anything. So, as Jenessa opens the house`s front door a surprise exist with Jenessa needing to greet William, to greet as Angelina watches.

“Hello, we had not expected you this early but please come in."

“Good evening, Ms. Jenessa and Dr. Bombieri. I know that I am not expected. I am sorry of that. Additionally, please excuse my infringement upon dinnertime. But, I do bring a gift to apologize for it." He states in solemn tones.

This has both women wonder of what gift. Wonder for it could be almost anything. Yet, it doesn`t matter to Angelina for gift giving is still an uneasiness for her to accept as part of the friendship. So she shifts in her chair while William continues with the gift giving and his reasons for coming to visit. "It is a gift for two reasons. One comes, as my apology for interfering in tonight`s mealtime. The other is to say thank you for the invite to dinner tomorrow night. Very wonderful of you both but I must go out of town on business. Thus, it is impossible for me to join you, two lovely ladies."

That is a shocker. This subsists as something that instantly brings both women to understand that their true agenda during all the friendliness may be destroyed. Hence, silence comes and that allows William to continue with his agenda.

"I truly am sorry. But I must go. It`s four days of business events with a few social engagements too. Four days for me to not be here. but I do wish that we could do dinner tomorrow. I dislike missing invitations but this one hurts me. In fact, it is more than the only a canceled dinner. I will miss our morning run, and the dropping in for visits, along with any possibility of an apology.” He sadly states with passing over the wine to Jenessa.

Then with that shared Angelina tries to absorb the facts of him changing her apology plans, so she says, “Thank you. But come into and join us. Come in and have a glass of wine. You must. For, at the very least we can enjoy a drink and chat before you go tomorrow.”

That indeed is polite from the professor but it exists as not the reason for his inclusion in the evening at mealtime. It is not. For in all truth she is thinking fast on her feet with trying to adjust her plan. That is true even though William is expected to do unexpected things but honestly, William never comes mid-dinner hour. That makes the invite to wine slightly unusual. But when understanding that William`s going away brings the women`s entire agenda to a stop then new plans must be swift. It must be. For the plan of the rehearsed apology is a need and Angelina rises from the seat at the dinner table to get three fresh wine goblets. In that, her mind spins of finding a way to smoothly slip in the apology, slip it in a day earlier while feeling rushed, “Do join us. We can finish dinner later. So, please, spend a few moments for it may help with the missing feelings.”

“I cannot. But, please, enjoy the wine.” William insists as he stands in the doorway watching the women.

“Oh, that is a shame.” quickly responds Angelina who rests the glasses on the table with Jenessa bringing the bottle to open it.

“It might be that but it`s that way for the next four days. And you may enjoy having the four days without me. I know that you will for you can have peace and with it, there is no one bringing you things that you don’t truly need. You also won`t need to endure finding a way to apologize without apologizing.”

“I have not said that William. That is not true.” comes instantly in affirmation from Angelina who knows that every gift actually has a practical purpose and that the eventual apologizing comes as a planned thing. In fact, such exist as a very planned thing for tomorrow night.

"No, you have not." William replies in warm adoration as he furthers it with, "You say polite and sweet things. That is unlike what comes from me. I am always direct, a bit of a bully and say my opinion with it fully loaded. I am cruel for I shower you with gifts that create discomfort and yet you are nice about it. That comes as not easy on you at times.” He stops to ponder the moment because he has agenda. Hence, he moves smoothly into sharing the true itinerary of his visit. “And tonight I am cruel for I wish to say what is on my mind tonight. I wish to say something selfish while waiting in a wondering of your possible reaction. But, in all sincerity, I know that you will be sweet and gracious. But I should not be unkind to you.”

“Me? Reaction? My reaction to?" Angelina quizzes for she definitely understands that he can bring anything her way. Therefore, not many things about him do surprise, yet he can amaze. So, she pushes him to share what he holds back. And she silently admits that it`s mostly because she is seriously curious about what comes her way. “Oh, you need not worry. I am can handle it all. So, please say what`s on your mind.”

“Okay, doctor. But, I have warned you about the upcoming statements. Do remember that.” comes spoken in having a sincere warning label attached. Then William takes a noticeable breath with directly stating his thoughts.

“My opinion comes as a wish. Yes, a mere wish of you two ladies joining me during the four days of my visit to Malibu, California. I have business to do there and I wish you two to come with me."

Both women stare at him slightly shocked. They do this as William next smoothly smiles of how he is doing just that to them. He knows that such a request takes the breath away but he still pushes through this need of maintaining his presence in Angelina`s daily life. So, he further shares his plans of how he sees the four days. "My beach house with its guesthouse exists as beachfront property along 'Billionaire Row'. You could enjoy the beach and shop at my expense. Plus, the main house`s staff can take care of any of your needs."

Indeed he continues to amaze Angelina but Jenessa watches the event within thinking about what is really happening between the three of them. Jenessa know there is more than the surface. She does because Jenessa is good at seeing events from all perspectives and knows everyone can own hidden agenda. Additionally, she knows how much Angelina wants the apology given so that the dynamic involving William changes. Thus, with the mentioning of Billionaire Row, it brings a spinning at high speed into plans and thoughts of her own. She does it as William turns his agenda into a pressuring of it being accepted.

"But, you won`t come. I am sure you are busy and the free vacation is an absolute invasion. It is too much, too much between friends. Yet, we both know that you deserve a vacation though. And you need it while you spend time pampering yourself. But I understand that you won`t accept my invitation. However, you asked for my thoughts, so there it is. It accompanies the intrusion of me being away from you." He states with being prepared for everything while seeming so unhappy too.

And he is ready. Set for anything, for William continues to convince them to join him. "The four days of vacation exists as a gift. No payments required and the apology can wait. Some time ago I said that anything that I have is yours during this 'hang out' process. So, I offer this short vacation and please seriously think about it. Please do, for in the morning after our usual run, I am asking both of you again. You both are invited and I am demanding to buy anything to make sure that you both enjoy the four days. But yes, all that makes me a bully who demands you to come while I am being direct about it and it`s all loaded with hope.”

At the end of it, William stands before Angelina with a sad face for he is sure that she won`t accept. But that doesn’t matter. And it cannot for one simple reason. That reason being that Jenessa sees how William works and she thinks it is past time that control belongs with Angelina. So, Jenessa does intruding with snappily conveying, “We accept but you will abide by our rules. That way we all get what we want. Especially you do achieve your goal. So, let us do rules. Okay, Billy?”

Yes, friendliness between William and Jenessa. It subsists, as that for Jenessa is often chatty with William during the prior two weeks. And that amuses Angelina for Jenessa can talk and is spirited at all hours with only respecting the silence of the morning run times. Hence, William cocks his head to the side with being interested but then he laughs. That gives Jenessa opportunity to further her foreseeing that William seems very well rehearsed for having such a sudden trip out of the city. That knowledge comes supplied due to her being a teacher of wayward teenagers. It does for she often catches such things and so she moves at high speed to take the reigns from him.

“We wish to go. Of course, we do.” She cheerfully claims with winking at her cousin and giving a grin that tells Angelina to not worry. In doing that Jenessa lovingly pats her cousin`s shoulder in a reassurance. “It`s gonna be sexy fun, Cali is a great time. Great idea to go! I adore going. Of course, we want to enjoy it and we especially want to do it if you’re flying us on the private plane. But first, we have negotiations with a resetting of those after the first day, but that is only if those need to be adjusted.”

William shifts his stance to peer at her with surprise. He had counted on doing a hard sell. He thought that coercion of having to do a middle of the night phone call, and possibly more, may need to exist. But this occurrence of sudden acceptance is good and it amuses him too. Thus, he laughs with sharing, “I have the feeling that you`re a negotiator for the United Nations. I do and that is with me not even knowing your bartering skills, at least not yet. However, if those are as great as your protecting the doctor then I am in for a hard session of discussing.”

It turns out that the things are not negative during the coming discussion. But yes, it`s a difficult bartering process. Firstly, comes the need of the women living independently of him. Secondly, the trio only may connect for a daily dinner at nine each evening. The event of dinner must take place in the guesthouse with the women creating the meal. Such is a demand because it is a partial payment for living in the quarters for four days. Next, Jenessa, with Angelina’s consent, requests that no money or further gifts be given. And lastly, there arrives a requirement of William to stop stalking Angelina for the remainder of his life. With that demanded Angelina definitely asserts her power into the creating of boundaries. Her cousin affirms the importance of everything requested. William finds some of it difficult but he understands for he sees how Angelina feels about so many things that are discomforts long before her mistake of not calling him. Nonetheless, William respects the demands and enjoys the whole event of negotiating.

So, as these come said it`s difficult for everyone and it seems that an expert pushes the control buttons. That exists as the truth for Jenessa in her teaching career deals with wayward teens pushing every limit possible. Then she sets rules and boundaries. Hence, it`s an acquired skill. Plus, she has to deal with Enrico Bombieri and he is very difficult when bartering. Thus, no budging on the demands due to knowing that she shouldn’t and in the end, William even gives his word of gentlemanly honor about it all. He does for it allows him to maintain his presence in Angelina`s daily life. Therefore, he bids them adieu with a grin and the ladies allows him to leave for they too get part of what they want. Plus, they must be up early for the morning run session.

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