It was so very clear that Rafael was relaxed as he could be here. It was nice to see and it made Riley smile. "Oh, so you allowed me to trade laundry for... other favors," she mused, clearly hinting at their escapades. Not that she believed that, but it was amusing.
There was a bit of surprise at hearing him say that he might not return. After all, Hollywood, for her, just wouldn't be the same without him there. "Then I wish I had that kind of money to buy it. Plus, I would have a really cool vacation destination, if you did. Also you look so happy," she replied before deciding to slowly approach the topic, "It would be a loss for Hollywood though. But... it would be a shame, if you gave up on her after so long. You've loved her for so long and now you just want to walk away?" She didn't see how he could do that now how he would react to this.
To Julian it was just a car. He didn't really think on it, but the way she phrased it made him a little more aware of it. That she was so different from him, but he also loved that.
"Interesting? That's the best word you can come up with?" he asked amused before nodding, "Change isn't easy for anyone really, but maybe together we can get you there."
He was glad that he could surprise her. It made him smile as he accepted the hug and the kiss. "Well, I'm glad I could surprise you. There have to be some perks to being able to rent out the entire beach," he mused, "I did bring the restaurant to us, but that's only a small detail." He motioned towards a blanket with a basket on it as he took her hand to lead her over.
After Riley sat down, he sat down, content. The looks and smells lulled him to a relaxed state. He wasn't openly smiling but his facial expressions was calmed as he gave a small chuckle. "Well, you shouldn't be in this job if you don't do laundry," Rafael teased her. It wasn't in the normal job descrption but every producer was different.
The man opened his mouth to answer but instead closed it. "I don't know. I think after everything...it would be better to just sell that house and come back here."
He was miserable there half the time and was getting bored of the normal grind.
This was the nicest car she had even seen in her own eyes, even more to sit in. Althea sat carefully feeling out of place. She was just the artist girl from Portland, Oregon who was moderate in almost everyway except for colors.
"We may be more ordinary, but the situation isn't. It's...interesting..." she chuckled. "Change isn't my strong point...it's really like my weakest point..."
She had expected the restraunt but instead there was the beach. She gave an astonished look before smiling to him. "This is incredible...I love it...and I have it's usually just been too crowded to enjoy it. This though, it's amazing."
She gave him a hug and kissed him softly.
Riley rolled her eyes at the teasing good naturedly. He was impossible at times, but that was something she had grown to like about him. Still, the inside of the house was nice and there was something where you could just see that this was not just some dingy tourist place, but a place with heart. Her Spanish was still terrible though as she tired to follow what Rafael said to the waiter.
The question made her smile. "I have. Hard not to with your glowing recommendation. You should have added I don't do laundry," she mused teasingly, definitely enjoying the atmosphere, "And you? Already know when you are coming back and working on your next film?" She was tempted to ask about the woman, but she had to bide her time.
Julian tilted his head. "Nervous? What for?" he asked confused, but was happy she was happy and he took her to the car. There he helped her inside before going to the driver's seat.
The drive wasn't actually too long, because they were a bit outside of the city already. When they stopped they were at a cliff where some stairs made their way down to a beautiful sandy beach where a pick-nick blanket was spread out for them with a basket on it. The beach was empty. "I was planning a fancy restaurant, but you had said you had never been to the beach here, so I thought why not bring the restaurant here," he explained as they walked through the sand.
"Your taste buds? More than likely..." Rafael gave her a sly smile. It was natural teasing since she was not used to this food. It was the normal style here, warm and welcoming, it felt like it was a good home. He opened the door for her before entering himself waiting to be seated. Talking in Spanish he followed the waiter before looking to her.
"Did you find another busy producer to work for?" He asked curiously. He wasn't sure how he felt more at ease with her. It was just a nice feeling.
It was hard to wrap her head around that this relationship would go public sooner or later. There would be pictures taken, and they were just two ordinary people who liked each other. It was only the fact that Julian was famous. Giving a happy smile she kissed back, telling herself it didn't matter who looked.
"Thank you, Julian," Althea gave a happy look. "Nervous, but yeah, I'm ready. Let's see what you have planned."
Julian was happy about the time they spent together. The after work bonding was nice and he had enjoyed it, even if there hadn't been any sex. He was quite happy with this so far.
The day of the date he was practically skipping. Finally the day was here. He did get out one of his nicest cars, a convertible sports car and parked it in the garage of the hotel. Going up, he knocked on her door and smiled at seeing her. "You look stunning," he mused and happily gave her a kiss, "Ready?" He couldn't wait for this and he wondered, if she would like what he had planned.
It was hard to imagine a Hollywood without Rafael, at least to Riley. He had become a friend and good mentor, if nothing else. Thoughtfully, she listened to what he had to say. "I will be the first to admit that Hollywood would be losing someone great, if that came to pass. I did not, but that's an interesting thought. No way to figure out who they are?" she asked curiously, "You just want to do more sexual scenes." She gave him a teasing smile.
Curiously, she looked at the building. "It looks so... normal," she said, wondering what this place was as she stepped out, "And here they ruin taste buds for a living?" She gave him a teasing smile. It definitely wasn't a tourist place.
It was different spending time at a hotel and also working. Even more interesting was casually hanging out with Julian later that night. She didn't tell him this but it wouldn't matter how big the date was, this was more important to her considering how special it was.
On site shooting was more tiring than the commute back and forth, but there was the date was a good motivation. Dressing in a red and white maxi dress, she felt comfortable knowing that it would work unless it was something upscale. Then he was screwed.
Now just to wait on the date.
"Maybe it's time to leave Hollywood. It's difficult to produce those pictures according to those standards. Did you know all those American guidelines by this group has the power to take a good portion of money away from the film? We don't even know who they are so we have to substitute words and can't have some sexual scenes," Rafael explained, partially aggitated, he would have much more freedom out here. He missed his roots to a point as well.
Pulling in front of a white building with the slanted red roof, he stepped out and opened the door for her. "This should be a good place to go."
Riley had to chuckle what he said. "You're right. I should know better after you two," she mused teasingly and smiled a thank you when he opened the door for her. She did enjoy these small gestures. Maybe it really was time to try a relationship. This open thing really only bite her in the butt as of late. Still, for now she gladly soaked in the country as they drove.
She gave a nod. "I don't know. I think I saw it once or twice, but yes, you do look very at home here," she replied, seeing an ease to him she hadn't in Hollywood. It was good to see. Chuckling, she replied, "Well... I would like to still have them at the end, but what would going into another country be, if I still had them afterwards." Adding a confident smile, she was curious to where he would take her. Though him doing this for her, especially when he didn't have to, made her smile and she found herself thinking she should find this woman for him. He clearly wouldn't, if she didn't.
Julian supposed she had a point. Hanging out had not really happened. It had mostly been sex and cuddling afterwards. Well, and that awkward street art date with Damian, but he wasn't counting that. "Then the evening is all yours," he mused and took her hand to give it a squeeze, "I would love to spend more time with you." He was glad there was a plan forming and that it seemed like they would be spending all the time off set together.
Rafael gave a wry chuckle. "You doubt my people, senora," he mused before walking to the rented car. Opening the door for her he went to his side. It'd be a short ride to town, he could show her more. Though it would easily fall into the classification of a tourist tour.
"You've seen me relax, it doesn't really happen. I am glad to be close to home regardless," he said before driving into the town. There would be a place there to eat. "So, how much do you want to have your taste buds?"
"I don't mean the date, silly. I mean casually hanging out for a little while and enjoying each others company," Althea gave a small chuckle. "It would be nice to actually have that time with you."
Before had been amazing, they were good in bed together and got along great. To Althea she liked the quiet, down time just as important as in between the sheets. "I'd really like that."
Julian was happy to hold her close and to see that smile on her face. This made everything worth it to him. He rolled his eyes. "You know exactly what I mean," he replied, tickling her side in retribution lightly.
Truthfully, she truly could wear anything and he would be happy. That was the kind of man he was. Shaking his head, he replied, "No, but shooting is going longer tonight. I thought it would be nicer, if we had more time, so we wouldn't feel rushed." It seemed good reasoning to him.
Riley smiled as she watched him cool his injuries. They may not be whatever anymore, but they were definitely friends. This had been a strange bonding moment, in a way. The weather was hot for her, but she enjoyed it mostly.
Her brow arched at the offer. She hadn't expected that. Truthfully, she had been ready to take a flight home earlier. The thought of exploring Spain made her smile. "Well, I never say no to food, as you know. You sure you want to do? Didn't you come here to relax?" she asked, but ultimately nodded, "If I'm not intruding, then yes, show me everything. That and with you next to me no guy will approach me." This seemed like a good time to not be with anyone and figure out what she wanted and needed. At some point she would definitely bring up the woman, but not until they were somewhere where Rafael couldn't abandon her with a good conscious, since she could imagine his reaction.
Who the hell had she been kidding? No matter how much she tried, she knew that it was Julian all along. While it hadn't been obvious that from the beginning she had liked him as a friend she was extremely happy here. Keeping where she was she gave a small chuckle.
"That's very specific, Julian, thank you. I've been told you dress for different things," Althea mused. She'd need to go neutral and hope it was good. A true date with him and it was exciting for her. "Well, do you have plans tonight then?"
Taking the ice and napkins he placed it on his knuckles before following her out. It was a warm summer day, comfortably hot for him. "Well, that's done, want to get some food? I know a local place around here. He was only going to show you this party, and then the room...I can show you Spain."
It wasn't as if they would really be anything but good friends after that. If she'd leave the subject of the girl from the past alone, he'd be good. He knew better though.
Well, if nothing else, she seemed to have gotten the right effect. Riley assumed that even if they didn't all understand English, most understood why a woman slapped a guy.
Her brows rose at Diego's words, not that she was surprised or hurt, just a little amused and was about to reply something when Rafael had already hit Diego, causing a fight to break out as she moved out of the way. When the two finally were broken up she couldn't stop herself from giving Diego a kick between the legs before she moved after Rafael, grabbing some ice and a napkin, luckily they were made of cloth at such fancy parties.
"I thought you would be saying you won that fight," she mused as she placed the makeshift cooling device against a forming bruise on his temple, "Thank you, but you didn't need to fight because of me. Let's hope he learned his lesson, but guys like that never do." She gave him a small smile before thinking that it was probably best, if she flew back home as soon as possible. Grab her things and leave.
Julian smiled at having her arms around him and was happy like this, wrapping his around her as well. He hoped things would turn out well and he would try to shield her from the media as much as possible.
Hearing the question, he thought on it. "Well, nothing in particular. You could wear a sack and be allowed into a five star restaurant, but since we are in California a bathing suit is always a requirement," he mused as he thought on what he had planned for tomorrow.
While not everyone understood English in the room, most did, and the mixture of gasp and exclaims was interesting. Rafael stepped back and folded his arms looking to Diego with a smirk. This was what people got for double crossing, either Kenna was there to bury or somehow it all unraveled.
"It really isn't my fault that you are a slut..." Diego hissed. That was before Rafael hit him in the nose. He stumbled back holding his nose, shouting strong curses.
It took several people to break them apart before the fight grew bigger.
Rafael took a step back outside and took a breath. "It's not a party without a fight."
Althea wrapped her arms around him resting her head into his chest. Even without all the gifts she knew she loved him, it was easy for her to know when she had a strong feeling. It was harder to act on it. It seemed as if she wouldn't have a choice with him.
"Tomorrow is perfect. Anything in particular I need to wear? Not that I have a lot," Althea chuckled, lifting her head to look up at him. Brushing his cheek with her hand she gave him a content look.
Julian didn't see it as being overwhelming. After all, he cared for her so why not show it? Still, he was glad to make her happy. "You haven't? That's a shame. It's really lovely here," he mused, "Let's see, if we can't change that later. There is." The thought of their date made him smile. He was happy about that for sure.
"But first we have to take care of some work. How does tomorrow afternoon sound? I'm free then," he suggested with a smile. He would have wanted to do it earlier, but no dice.
It was good to have the air cleared and Riley smiled to him. She never doubted that he was a good person, but this did help confirm it and she was happy to keep him as a friend. "If you need any help, you know how to reach me," she offered with a soft smile. She couldn't do more than that.
There was definitely a little security to having Rafael's arm around her, because quite honestly she had no idea how he would react to this. "More than ready," she smiled and walked up to Diego, tapping him on the shoulder. When he did turn around to face her she did not give him time before she slapped him hard across the face, her palm stinging from the impact. She was pretty sure that everyone in the room had heard it. "You are the most despicable human being on the face of the earth! How dare you use me and who knows how many else to cheat on your wife! I will make sure you will never touch another girl in Hollywood again!" she snapped at him, her eyes blazing with rage. She might not have been a Latina, but right now she sure felt like one.
"That you have," Althea chuckled, each every little thing was both touching and over whelming. It was amazing to have someone do so much for her. If she did end up dating him she knew he would up doing what he could to spoil her.
Kissing back she felt a small a burst of happiness in her. "I am, I haven't been to this part of California before. Those beaches do look amazing. And there is always that date as well."
What was he had planned was a mystery but she was excited for it.
With the air cleared, it felt better. He cared for her and wanted to keep her as a friend and possible protege. The advice was good. He just couldn't get himself to do it. "I don't know...Maybe, I'll look her up when we get back."
Giving her a grin he knew exactly what position and what to do. Wrapping his arm around her shoulder, he walked back with her to the crowd where Diego was fuming to someone about his asshole friend.
"Ready?" He asked.
Riley smiled at his words. "You're right. I'm glad I could leave an impact," she mused before watching him take her hand and listened, "It's okay. We are good in some departments, but let's be fair, in others we were a mess. And I get it. I think I might be similar in that I don't trust people as easily and am a coward as well. I did enjoy the time we had." It felt good to talk about it and have the air cleared.
That was a good point. "I'm not saying you have to become a homewrecker. You don't even have to talk to her directly. I'm sure there are ways to find out if she's married or not without ever contacting her," she told him, "But if you have loved this woman for so long, then there must be something special and worth finding out how she stands." At least that's what she believed. Look at where that got her.
She laughed at his words. "With pleasure," she mused with a smile, "Let's teach him a lesson he won't ever forget."
His room was much bigger, Julian noted, but then again he was the star of the movie. When she opened the door it was an indescribable feeling to see her. "It did and I don't care," he mused before stepping in and kissing her, "But to be fair I have sent you other things as well. So are you ready for being on site for the next few days?" They would finally go on their date. He was excited.
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