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[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The male had a feeling that he had ruined every chance at getting to know her, but as soon as her message came in about going dutch, he raised a 'brow slightly. So, she wasn't going to be one to demand he paid. That's something different, and something he didn't expect at all. He stood there reading the message over, and over again. He didn't mind meeting her, seeing as they barely knew each other, he didn't blame her for wanting to keep where she lived a secret. He shook his head lightly and looked towards his friend.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b "By the looks of it, you seem kind of confused about something. What's going on Maxim?"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee "Well.. I don't know how to explain this, but I'm gonna try. So yesterday while I was working, one of Rose's friends showed up. She's beautiful Shane, and I really don't know what to do. I asked her out on a date, and she suggested we go dutch at Hammond's diner. I don't know where the fuck that is"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b "Well if she's wanting to go dutch, I say go for it. Not all women are after your money Max, so maybe this woman is different? If you feel like you have a connection with her, I say go for it"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee "That's the thing. She seems kind of put off that I even asked her. But the way she looked at me afterwards, was like she's curious about me"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b "Then reply to her stupid, don't make her wait any longer than she has too. Just see where things lead, and then maybe something might come of it, you never know"] the male said with a shrug of his shoulders.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Maxium sighed, and knew his friend was right. He pulled out his phone, and messaged her back. [#b4c8ee [i You kind of took me by surprise, I'm so used to women choosing something really expensive, and out there I wasn't expecting to go dutch. I would like that very much though. You are a strange woman, but I feel like I should at least try to get to know you. If Rose adores you, then I need to stay on her good side. What day, and what time?]] the message was slightly longer than he thought, but he ignored that.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Maybe this time he wouldn't have to wait long for a reply. He shook his head and hit send. He then looked at his friend and smirked. [#b4c8ee "Let's go get you some sugar, and I'll pick up my paycheck as well"] he said. [b "You had me at sugar, let's go!"] Shane said with a smile. Maxium was curious about his friend's night out, but he would ask him about it later. Right now they had other plans to take care of. The two men went into different rooms to get ready to go.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When both men were ready, they walked out to the truck and climbed inside. [b "So, how was it last night with that woman? Did you get laid?"] Shane asked with a grin. [#b4c8ee "I could ask you the same thing Shane, we will talk about it later. I just have to make sure Rose doesn't mind I take today off"] he said with a smirk. He started the truck, and headed into town. Once there, the two jumped out and headed inside. Maxium stopped when he saw Ji-Min there already. He rubbed the back of his head, and lowered his eyes.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [i "I was hoping you would be here"] Rose said, her arms crossed over her chest. She didn't look happy. The male sighed and the two went into her office. [#b4c8ee "Listen, whatever I did I'm sorry. I didn't mean to do it. But Shane and I have plans today, and I was wondering if I could get my check"] he said with a smile. [i "Somehow you really upset my friend, and I don't like it. I understand that Shane is in town, and if you are trying to bed Ji-Min don't bother. She's a tough one to crack"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee "I promise you, I'm not trying to bed. I just want to get to know her, take her out and see where things lead. I'm not meaning to be a dick"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [i "I know you aren't, but please just be careful. I don't want to lose my friend, and I don't want to lose my best worker. Here's your paycheck, and have a good day"] she said handing it over. The male smiled at her and took it. He stood and looked at her. [#b4c8ee "I promise I won't hurt her, and thank you Rose. I mean it"] he said with a grin.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The woman nodded and walked out with him. [i "Will I see you this weekend? I know tomorrow and Friday are your normal day's off"] she said. The male nodded lightly and saw that Shane was loaded down with goodies. [#b4c8ee "Yes I'll be here, and don't worry I'll make sure she's home safe and sound at a good time"] he said with a smile. Rose just shook her head, and shooed him away. [i "Go and enjoy your time off"] she said. The male nodded and looked towards Ji-Min, and nodded a bit towards her.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee "I'll see you soon yes?"] he asked. Shane whistled and he sighed. He bowed his head, and headed back towards his friend. The two went back to the truck, and headed out of town towards the mountains.]
It appeared that waiting until standard business hours was the right plan as it did not take long at all for him to respond. A sign that either his interest was genuine, or at least that he kept his phone on him most of the time. Either way not a bad sign to be given this early on in the getting to know one another portion of potential courtship.
[I Why not Saturday? Do you have other plans?]
Asking about her other plans like that before they had even gone on a single date was a definite red flag. She had already had another message from him before she could type up a response to the first. One that did some damage control as he had clearly realized the error of his ways, or at least that is how he wanted her to see it.
[I Sorry, that was really rude of me. Just ignore that last message. How about Friday night I take you to dinner. You choose the place, and I'll pick you up around seven thirty. What do ya say?]
That was a much better invitation, although leaving it up to her to decide the place was not what she had expected from him. It was also not exactly ideal given the class disparity between the two of them. She could offer to go dutch or pay for the both of them, but at least in her experience that could be a blow to his pride. Something she normally would not mind, but she was also not inclined to spend a lot of money on him after that first message.
The epiphany she had was clear as day on her face despite the fact that no one was there to see it. After a web search to locate the number and the short typing it into her phone she connected with a woman with a noticeable Russian accent. One that greeted her with a standard spiel for a restaurant.
[b “Hello, if you're not busy can you tell me if Natasha is going to be cooking Friday evening?”]
[b “Who's asking?”]
Ji-Min blinked a couple of times as she wondered if her voice had changed that much. [b “Ji-Min Li.”]
The tone of voice on the other end of the line softened immediately as recognition dawned. [b “You're going to be in town Ji-Min?”] Natasha asked as her tone softened with the recognition. [b “For you of course.”]
[b “I just moved back and I was hoping to have some of your wonderful cooking. Thanks.”]
Natasha kept her on the line a few more minutes to catch up with one of her favorite customers before the rush got to be too much for her to stay on the phone. It was a welcome escape for Ji-Min who had forgotten how long Natasha could talk, although she was happy that the woman had clearly remembered her. Always nice to know that you left a lasting impression on someone.
That meant that the location of their date was settled, but she still had to figure out how to tell Maxium that. She was also not about to ask Rose for advice on how to approach one of her employees and former lovers. Well at least possibly former, as she had no idea whether or not the two were still involved in that way or not. All she could do was hope that Rose was not lying about this being a repeat of the James incident from their youth.
Ji-Min took about five minutes of thinking about it before deciding to just send a simple invitation. If he was going to have a problem with her offer he was hardly worth her time. That was how she saw it at least, and even an entertaining evening was not worth getting stressed out about. The entire reason she had moved out here was to have less stress after all. Although all the time spent thinking about it did give her an idea to test for the possibility of another red flag.
[I How about you just meet me at Hammond's Diner instead? We can go dutch.]
He might object to her not wanting to be picked up, but she could not care in the slightest about his feelings there. She preferred her privacy and would rather he not know where she live after that opening message from him. How he responded to the offer of going dutch was what she was more interested in as it would tell her if they could get along. If he could not tolerate the truth of their class disparity then he would not last as even a fun time. Ji-Min was always more particular about such things than Rose.
Before she could get a response from Maxium a number she recognized call. One that made her hesitate for a moment before she answered. [b “So did you message him?”]
[b “Yes I did Rose.”]
Ji-Min paused as she could easily tell Rose about the first message, but it could jeopardize his position with her. He did also at least attempt to backpedal from it and so he did not deserve to suffer unnecessarily. Especially as it was going to dock him points in her eyes either way, unfortunately before she could decide on what to say Rose picked up on her hesitation.
[b “Did he do something to you?”]
[b “Nothing worth worrying about.”]
[b “Do I need to tan his hide next time I see him?”]
Ji-Min paused again as the idea of Rose bending him over her knee was an amusing one. However she was quick to say something before Rose let her own imagination run wild.
[b “You can ask him if he deserves it or not. I think his answer will tell you all you need to know.”]
[b “I'll just do that then. Are you coming in today?”]
[b “I'll be there by eleven. Someone kept me up last night so I had a late start today.”]
[b “Oh. Well I'll see see you when you get here. Huge rush just came in gotta go bye.”]
Ji-Min just shook her head as she set her phone aside without checking for a response from Maxium. Rose knew who was to blame for throwing off her schedule after they had talked for hours even after they closed the cafe. Still she would be happy to get to spend some more time with her friend, and partake in her delicious baked goods. She would not admit to anyone else, but she was also interested in the possibility of seeing Maxium again. Red flag aside he was someone that had managed to draw her interest, and that was a rare occurrence for her.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The night was amazing. Shane and Maxium spent hours talking, and catching up with the old times. A small sigh passed though the man's lips when he felt someone tap him on the shoulder. [#b4c8ee "What can I help you with?"] he snapped at the woman behind him. She narrowed her eyes, and put her hands on her hips. [i "I was just going to ask if you wanted to dance"] she said. Her pouty lips were tempting, and the male was needing something to do anyway. Shane was too busy flirting with the bartender behind the bar.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee "I don't see why not."] he said as he stood, and took the woman's arm. He led her to the dance floor, and the two started dancing. He watched as her hips swayed to the beat of the music. Her light blue eyes were sparkling, and the male knew he would be taking her to bed. Either that, or draining her body of blood. He could feel other's watching them, and he put his hands on her waist, drawing her body closer to his. He looked down into her eyes and his breath caught in his throat. She was beautiful.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [i "So, tell me. Why's such a good looking guy like you, in a pleace like this?"] she yelled over the music. The male shrugged his shoulder lightly. [#b4c8ee "I was hoping to run into a woman like yourself"] he yelled back. He watched as the woman flushed at his complement. He couldn't help but smile at that. He then leaned down, and their lips touched for the first time. He felt the woman snake her fingers into his hair, and pull him against her even more. Their bodies pressed tightly together, her breathing heavy.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When they finally broke apart, her eyes were glazed over and she licked her lips lightly. [i "Fuck, that was amazing.."] she breathed out. The male smirked and pulled her against him even more. He pressed his hips against her's, and she got the hint right away. [i "Let me get my bag"] she said, she reached up and kissed him again, before going off into the crowd. The man shook his head and walked back over to the bar. Shane looked at him and whistled. [b "Damn dude, that was fucking hot"] he said with a laugh.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Maxium just shook his head lightly. [#b4c8ee "She's pretty I will admit that. Do you want me to take you back to your car? Or am I good to go?"] he asked. [b "Go home, I'm getting a ride from the bartender. I'll have him drop me off at your place later. Make sure to leave it unlocked for me"] he said. Maxium nodded and felt the woman come up behind him. [i "I thought you left, I was about to get really bummed out"] she said looking to Shane. Shane smiled and rolled his eyes. [b "He wouldn't leave you doll face"] he cooed.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Maxium just shook his head, and he took the woman's hand and led her out of the bar. [i "I'm Sadie by the way, and you are?"] she asked looking up at the man. He looked down at her, and he smirked a bit. She was so innocent, and he wanted to do the kill but sex would be good for now. He would kill her the next time he saw her. That's if he ever saw her. [#b4c8ee "I'm Maxium, and it's a pleasure meeting you Sadie"] he told her.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The two walked to his car, he opened the passenger side door and helped her inside. She grabbed his face and kissed him again, before resting her forehead against his. [i "Be gentle with me"] she breathed. The male just nodded and gently pushed her back. He then shut the door and walked around to the drivers side. He climbed inside, started it up and pulled out of the parking lot. He spotted Shane and the bartender walking outside at the same time, and he shook his head lightly. This was going to be an interesting night to say the least.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b [u [center The Next Morning.]]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Around eight o'clock the next morning the male awoke and spotted the woman beside him. Something inside of him stirred, and he wanted her gone and now. He shook her awake and she groaned lightly. [i "Five more minutes.."] she sighed. [#b4c8ee "I'm sorry, but I have my friend here and we have plans. I need you to leave"] he said. Her eyes slowly opened and she looked towards him. [i "You didn't seem that worried last night"] she snapped. The male just shook his head and climbed out of bed. He found a pair of boxers and slid them on.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [i "Come on baby, don't kick me out. I know you don't want me too, so why are you?"] she asked as she streached out on his bed. Seeing the naked woman that way, made him smirk. [#b4c8ee "I only have him for a couple of days. I will hit you up when he's gone, and we can do something"] he said. That seemed to please the woman. [i "Alright"] was all she said. She rolled out of his bed, and gathered up her clothes. When she was finally gone a half hour later, the male went to take a shower.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Last night had been interesting, and he wouldn't mind doing it again. When he shut the water off, he climbed out and wrapped a towel around his waist. It was almost nine, and he wondered if Ji-Min contacted him yet. He walked into his room and checked his phone. Nothing. He frowned and shook his head lightly. He hurried and got dressed, and checked his phone again five minutes later. Finally there was something there from her. [#b4c8ee [i Why not Saturday? Do you have other plans?]] he wrote back.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee [i Sorry, that was really rude of me. Just ignore that last message. How about Friday night I take you to dinner. You choose the place, and I'll pick you up around seven thirty. What do ya say?]] He read the message, and was pleased with it. He hit send and then went to find Shane, and see what his friend had in mind for the day. He couldn't get Ji-Min out of his mind all of a sudden and he didn't know why.]
Ji-Min was enjoying the conversation, but perked up at the sight of the dessert that her friend had promised her. It took up the entirety of the plate and had to be at least as big around as her head. She knew that Rosanne's recipe would be to her preferences from the treats she had prepared when they were younger and so she could feel the saliva building up in anticipation.
She was still aware enough of her surroundings though to try and keep her excitement hidden as Maxium asked about getting off early. The fact that he too had an old friend coming over was a bit of a surprise to her, but she paid him only cursory attention until he addressed her. Confirming her earlier suspicion that he had been looking their way while he was working behind the counter.
[b “Thank you, for the coffee and the offer.”]
Poker face be damned she was sure that her eyebrows rose a bit from surprise. She was used to turning heads, but it was rare that a man was confident enough to actually approach her about their interest. Especially when they were fully aware that she was aware of their station in life. Maybe it was just a fact of where she had spent the last several years being more concerned with class, but it was a welcome change of pace.
[b “I can vouch that he's a fun time,”] Rosanne said as she blew on her own cup of coffee.
Ji-Min's gaze sharpened immediately. [b “Is this going to be a repeat of the James incident?”]
The mention of James immediately flushed Rosanne's face. She made a cut it out gesture towards her neck before Ji-Min could say anything more about it. [b No it's not. Let us never speak of that again.”]
Ji-Min maintained a stern look as she broke off a piece of her cookie to eat. Even just the first bite softened her expression as she savored the flavor. A bliss comparable to even her most favorite of experiences with a weapon in her hand, and one that made the entire move worth the effort. She knew though as soon as the first piece hit her tongue that she would have to be careful not to overdose on the sweet.
[b “He was just a fun time. Not at all the same situation as he who shall not be named.”]
[b “Just as good as him though?”] Ji-Min asked before taking another bite.
That just drew a sharp inhale from Rosanne as she thought about it. [b “He's a fun time, but I don't know that anyone compares to you know who.”]
Ji-Min just shrugged as she thought less of James' skill than her old friend, but he was at least good for an entertaining evening. If Maxium could be trusted to do that much then she might have to take him up on his offer. Especially as he was the first one to make her an offer like that since she moved back to town.
[b “I'll give him this; he's got guts. He's the first barista to hit on me...since the last time I lived here.”]
[b “Well with your height and resting bitch face it's no wonder,”] Rosanne said as she finally took a sip of her coffee. [b “He's not as brave as you might think though you know how smiley you get around me.”]
As if on cue Ji-Min smiled at the statement her friend made. It was true there was just something about Rosanne that could put people at ease, and it was part of the reason they had been friends for so long. It was why Ji-Min had stayed friends with her even through the James incident, and was willing to move across the country to be closer to her.
[b “You're like a puppy Rose. Who can keep a sour expression when they're looking at a puppy?”]
Their conversation continued along the same vein as they caught up and talked about plans. Ji-Min's welcome home party that would be on Saturday. That their old friend Vicki was making the long trip even though she would have to stay with Brook because Ji-Min still had not contacted the interior designer Rosanne had recommended. A few more oblique references to James and some similar chats about Maxium as Rosanne tried to sell Ji-Min on him.
A task made easier by him being brave enough to approach them even after their hours long conversation. The fact that he was just as willing to snark with Rosanne as she was drew Ji-Min's attention since they had not known each other near as long. Being that comfortable with your boss who you have known less than a year would be impressive with most people, although it was a little more expected with a butterfly like Rosanne.
[b “We'll see.”] It was the most she was willing to give him at this point, but Rosanne could tell her friend was tempted.
[b “You could do a lot worse than him you know,”] Rosanne said as she started cleaning up after Maxium left.
[b “You're right, but that's not what has me interested. There is something about the way he carries himself that feels familiar.”] Ji-Min could tell the explanation had confused her friend as Rosanne's face scrunched up in response. [b “You wouldn't get it.”]
[b “We were having a great time talking about anything and then you have to go and say something like that. I'm smart, I get stuff.”]
Ji-Min just laughed as she placed her hand on top of Rosanne's head. [b “Yes you are.”]
Her condescending tone earned her another smack on the arm and a laugh from her friend. The mood was light after that as Ji-Min helped them close up the shop. She had taken up a booth for several hours by that point so it was the least she could do in her opinion. Besides it meant more time to talk to Rosanne before they would go their separate ways for the evening.
[b “So are you gonna text him?”] Rosanne asked as she put her coat on.
[b “Why are you so interested in this?”]
Rosanne just managed a shrug as they made their way out the door. [b “I just think you'd get along alright. You're out here trying to relax and he could be a really relaxing time.”]
[b “Fine. I'll text him tomorrow,”] Ji-Min said as she made sure she had gotten his number from her. [b “I don't want to interrupt him with his old friend.”]
[h3 [center Morning Text @ Approximately 9AM]][i This is Ji-Min. Rosanne talked me into it; so just tell me the time and place. Just not Saturday.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Watching his boss and her friend, made him slightly jealous. He didn't know why, but he adored Rosanne more than anything. He nodded when the woman placed her order. [#b4c8ee "The vanilla one? Are you sure?"] he asked. Rosanne looked at him and nodded a bit. [b "Yes Maxium, I'm sure"] she said with a pointed look. The male put his hands up and turned away from the table. He wasn't about to fight with the woman. He walked to the counter, placed the order and started working on the coffee. As he was making the coffee, he watched more people walk in.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex It was a nice sight to see though. He didn't mind seeing the people coming and going, even though sometimes he wished he could be the one taking them somewhere. The moment that thought passed through his head, he had to shake it to clear it. Right at that moment the coffee was done. He poured it into a cup, and got the cookie and placed it on a plate. He then carried both items to their table. [#b4c8ee "I might duck out early today, if that's okay. An old friend of mine is thinking about coming over"]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [b "That's fine dear. I'm going to be closing early anyway. It's just one of those days, and I might close early on Friday's so the other's can get their weekend started early"] she said with a coo. The male nodded lightly and turned back to the woman. [#b4c8ee "I hope you enjoy the coffee. If you would like to do something sometime, just ask Rosanne for my number"] he said with a small wink. He then turned and went to help the other customer's filing in. He pulled his phone out once to check the time.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When he hit the four hour mark, he told Robin that he was leaving. He had watched Rosanne and Ji-Min for the last couple of hours, and he was surprised at how long a woman could talk for. He shook his head lightly and went into the back to clock out. He hadn't lied about his friend coming into town, they were going to hit the bars and get shit faced drunk. He just wanted to talk to Ji-Min a little while longer though, but he wasn't going to hold his breath on that one.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As soon as he hung up his apron, his phone started to buzz in his pocket. He slid it out, and noticed that Shane was already calling him. He smirked lightly and answered. [#b4c8ee "Hey asshole. I just got off work. I need to grab some food, and then I'll meet you at my place"] he spoke into the phone. [b "Alright, I didn't know if you remembered or not, that I was coming into town. See you soon then"] click.. Maxium just shook his head and walked back into the cafe. He went behind the counter, and finished making his order.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex That's one thing he really liked about working here. He could make food whenever he wanted, and he wouldn't have to pay a lot for it. Robin cocked her head towards him, and stuck her tongue out. [i "Are you really still here? I thought you were leaving early"] she teased. The male looked at her and licked his lips. [#b4c8ee "I am, I'm just getting a bite to eat is all"] he teased back. Robin rolled her eyes, and went to help an older woman start cleaning the grills. He then turned back to the task at hand.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When his sandwiches were done, and his coffee's he grabbed his shit, and looked back at the corner table. He was surprised to see them still sitting there. He grabbed a cup holder, and then grabbed his bag of food. He walked over and smirked lightly. [#b4c8ee "I thought you were closing early"] he said. The woman looked up and flipped him off. [b "Leave, before I make you get back on the clock"] she said with a warm smile. He shook his head, looked at Ji-Min, bowed his head and smirked a bit.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee "Seriously, you should hit me up sometime, I wanna know what's got Rosanne so wound up about you"] he said as a small smile passed over his lips. For the time being, he would just deal with the silence. He bowed out, and headed to his truck. He climbed inside, started it up and headed to his apartment. He pulled into the parking lot, spotted Shane and the two headed inside, before their long night out.]
Ji-Min blinked a few times as she slowly rejoined the waking world as her room steadily got brighter with artificial light. The room was almost eerily tiny as it just barely fit the twin sized bed and its occupant inside of it. Still it was enough for her as she carefully maneuvered out from underneath the covers taking just a moment to right them before she headed to the attached bathroom.
After a morning shower she went into the cramped stairwell from the door opposite the bathroom. Sitting on a counter top just inside the stairwell was her cellphone which she quickly used to check to see if her security system saw anything that would concern her. Only once she was sure she was safe did she make her way up the cramped stairs that led out a secret door into the walk-in closet of her master bedroom. You're only paranoid if no one is actually out to get you.
Her first stop was the kitchen as she mixed the already prepared ingredients of her breakfast shake. A blend that probably included a bit too much sugar, but provided her enough complete proteins to get her through the day. She only drank one cup of it though as she made use of the computer in her kitchen to catch up on how her business was doing. It used to be that she would spend the first several hours of her day keeping her business up and running, but since she prepared to move she had cut back to just a couple of hours a day.
Once she had finished her first cup and made sure that her business was not on fire either literally or figuratively; she walked down to the room with her full size pool. This was the room where it was most apparent that she had concerns over her privacy as all of the windows to the outside world were covered by armored shutters. She took enough time to do some light stretching before she began her routine.
An hour of swimming and a quick rinse through the shower later; and she was at her desk with the rest of her breakfast shake doing the last bit of work to keep up with her work requirements. While her executive staff wanted her to do more work than that she was happy with the reduced workload. The reduced stress had made it easier for her to deal with the cravings that had plagued her since her youth.
It was a couple more hours before her alarm went off to remind her that she had agreed to visit Rosanne's new cafe. She let out a sigh at the reminder as it meant that it was time to get dressed and interact with people. Still at least Rosanne was a decent conversation partner, and she had already been bribed with the most delicious sweet in her life.
Her outfit for the day consisted of black jeans and a light blue work shirt over a black undershirt. Now that she was fully dressed she made her way to the garage where her armored Audi A8 was waiting for her. One last check of the security system to confirm that no one had made it past her gate and then she was on her way to the cafe.
It took her ten minutes to get from her house just outside of town to the cafe, and as soon as she got there she was aware that she still stood out. The looks she got were ones that she was used to from spending summers there as a youth, but the attention was still nice. Especially as just the glance given to the jingling of the bell at the door was enough to get their gaze settled on her.
Stepping into the shop she was careful to note the occupants using her peripheral vision, and analyze the possible escape routes even as Rosanne screamed at the sight of her. She was used to Rosanne's high energy greetings and so she spread her arms in preparation for the bear hug that was coming her way. The small smile that spread across her face could easily be written off from her seeing an old friend, but the truth was that she was thankful her skills had not rusted.
[b “It's good to see you again,”] Ji-Min whispered into her friends ear before separating from the hug.
[b “Really a work shirt and jeans to see your best friend?”] Rosanne asked as she eyed her friend.
[b “Are you saying I don't look good?”]
Rosanne just gave her a look as Ji-Min smirked. She just let out a sigh before leading Ji-Min over to a table in a lonely corner so they wouldn't interrupt any of her customers. Not that she really cared, but she knew Ji-Min would appreciate the privacy the corner would provide them.
[b “So what's the real reason you decided to move back Ji-Min?”] Rosanne asked as she took a seat.
[b “I'm pregnant,”] Ji-Min replied with a somber tone.
Rosanne's eyes bulged for just a moment before Ji-Min let her poker face falter earning her a smack on the arm. [b “Don't even joke about that!”]
[b “The truth isn't as entertaining Rose. I was just getting a bit burnt out,”] Ji-Min said with a shrug. [b “You should understand that as well as anyone since you basically dropped out for this cafe.”]
Rosanne couldn't help but nod at that. It was true that she had avoided the stresses of her original career path for the relaxed pace of a cafe in the small town of Willow Creek. They used to spend their summers their together as their parents relaxed having them out of the house, and so it was an understandable landing location for the two of them. Their catching up was interrupted though as one of Rosanne's employees came up and asked them if they wanted anything.
[b “Maxium this is Ji-Min, she just moved back into town. Get her anything she wants on the house today.”]
[b “Oh, on the house this time? Here I thought you wanted me back to keep your cafe afloat,”] Ji-Min said with a smirk.
[b “Well yeah, but just like any good dealer the first hit is free,”] Rosanne said with a hearty laugh.
[b “I'll have the deluxe chocolate chip cookie and a medium coffee. Black please Maxium,”] Ji-Min said with a polite nod to the young man.
[b “Use that new vanilla blend that just came in,”] Rosanne said before turning back to her friend. [b “I promise you won't be able to stop at just one cup.”]
[b “I have to say I'm a little surprised you're bribing me with sweets since you're always the one telling me I eat too much sugar,”] Ji-Min said once Maxium was gone.
[b “That sweet tooth of yours it's gonna be the death of you whether I get involved or not,”] Rosanne said with a shake of her head. [b “I might as well make a profit off of it.”]
[b “I'm not the one who drinks wine by the gallon and naps half the day,”] Ji-Min said with a pointed look.
[b “Hey! Wine and naps are good for you; just ask any mom on social media,”] Rosanne said to the laughter of her friend.
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[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [i Drip... Drop... Drip... Drop...] the sound of the blood hitting the plastic made the male smirk lightly. He looked up at the dead man hanging above him and he cocked his head slightly to the side. [#b4c8ee "Well, how do you feel now buddy? Do you feel lighter than you were before?"] he cooed as he looked up at his handy work. The male he had killed had been trying to rape a woman down the street, and Maxium had been around to see it happening. He had come to the woman's rescue at the right time too.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When she had seen him, she screamed at him to help her. So what did he do? He went and bashed the guys skull in. He had watched as the man's body fell to the side, and blood started to pour out of his head. He hadn't meant to hit him that hard, but it had gotten the job done that's for sure. When he was about to ask the woman if she was okay, she was already running down the street. He would find her later and ask her. Right now he had a new play thing to take care of.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He dragged the body down an alley way and loaded it up into the bed of his truck. He wasn't about to get blood on the seats, it would be harder to clean up later anyway. He then climbed into the front, started the truck and headed to an abandoned apartment building. He then made sure no one was around, and he dragged the body inside. Inside one of the bottom apartments he set up some plastic, and had all of the bleach bottles set aside for when he was done. He wasn't about to leave a trace of himself behind.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He then managed to get the ropes around the man's ankles and hoisted him up into the air. He let the man dangle there for awhile, and he waited for him to come around. When the male finally did he clapped his hands, and locked his eyes on the man before him. [#b4c8ee "How are you feeling?"] he asked. The other male looked at him and then he paled. [b "What the fuck? Where the hell am I? Who the fuck are you?"] he spat out. Maxium just stood there grinning.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee "My, my, my aren't we all full of question's right now. Well first off, you don't need to know who I am. I just want you to know, I'm going to have fun killing you. I will tell you right now though, it's going to hurt like hell"] he said as he crossed his arms over his chest. The man started to swing back and forth trying to get away. [b "You are a crazy son of a bitch! Just wait until I get down and I will kill you"] the man hissed, eyes blazing with anger at Maxium.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex [#b4c8ee "You won't be getting down anytime soon my friend. That I can promise you"] he said. He then picked up his knife, and started cutting the man's skin off his legs. The screams that filled the room made Maxium shiver. He loved that sound more than anything. He wanted to hear him scream even more, so he kept doing it. He made sure to hit all of the right spots as well. He was enjoying himself, and the screams made it that much more enjoyable for him. He didn't want this night to end.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex When he got tired of cutting the skin off, he finally locked eyes with the man and the man looked at him, and started begging again. [b "Please, whatever I did to piss you off, I won't ever do it again. I promise. Just please don't kill me. I have a child I need to take care of, I was supposed to be home an hour ago.."] he pleaded. Maxium froze for a moment and then shook his head. [#b4c8ee "You should have thought about that, before you chose to rape a woman"] he said licking his lips.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He then dragged his knife along the man's throat and watched as the blood ran down his face. The light left his eyes, and Maxium smirked a bit. This was the best part of his kills. He loved watching the light leave their eyes, and he wouldn't trade that for the world. When he was finally done playing around, he cut the man down, wrapped him in the plastic and dragged him back out the door, and into the bed of the truck again. He then went about bleaching the whole place, and rubbing down finger prints.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He didn't want to get caught, and if he kept this up he wouldn't. He just had to make sure he didn't leave any type of trace behind. When he was done, he walked out of the building, climbed into the truck, started it up and headed into the woods to bury his work. It was a good night for the male, and he was happy. He would be able to sleep really good when he got home.]
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[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex The sun shining through the window made the man blink a couple of times, and he groaned lightly. He hated waking up in the morning's but he had no choice in the matter. He wanted to sleep all day, but that wasn't going to happen at all. He had a job to do after all. He was starting his new job at a cafe he had found in town. He had moved here about a month ago, and he had gotten the job right away. He just couldn't start until he was all settled in, and now he was.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He wasn't about to let the manager give his spot away, so he ended up sleeping with her to make sure he kept it. He rolled out of bed, and walked into the bathroom. He turned on the shower and then stripped out of his boxers. He climbed into the shower, and stood there letting the water run down his body. He let the cool water wake him up a little bit more, before he made it warmer. He hurried and washed his hair, and body before shutting the water off. He climbed out and wrapped a towel around his waist.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He walked back into the bedroom and found the uniform he had to wear. It was black jeans, and a black t-shirt with the cafe's logo on the corner of it. He didn't like it, but he would have to deal with it. He had to fit into this place after all. He wasn't about to mess this shit up right away. He did want to get a kill in though, he hasn't had a good kill in three month's and that's a little long for him. He used to do it weekly.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex Now that he had moved into a smaller town, he would have to leave town and do his killing. He wasn't about to do it here. Everyone knew each other, and they would notice right away if one of them was missing. It was a small town, but it was perfect for him. He just didn't like having to leave to kill. He would make it work somehow though. He finished getting ready and then found his wallet, and house key. He slid them into his pockets along with his phone, and then made his way out to his beat up truck.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex This was the only thing he had left from when he turned eighteen. This truck had seen so many dead bodies, he had lost count. He loved this truck more than anything in the world. He smirked a bit and climbed inside. He started it up, and placed the hat he had to wear on his head. He pulled out of the driveway, and headed into town. It wasn't that far but he was thinking about leaving town after work for a couple of hours. As he found the cafe, he pulled into the parking spot, shut the truck off and climbed out.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex His sneakers made a small squeaking sound as he walked, but he didn't care. He loved the sound. It was human to him. He licked his lips as he walked into the cafe. [b "Ah! You did show up! I was hoping you would be here"] Rosanne called from behind the counter. [#b4c8ee "I'm not about to lose my job, so yes I am here. Lemme clock in and I'll take over for you"] he called back. [b "Thank you!"] she yelled. The male shook his head lightly and went into the back to clock in.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He found an apron, tied it around his waist and walked back out onto the floor. He moved towards the counter and the woman smiled up at him. [b "Take over here, an old friend of mine is coming in, in a little bit. She hasn't been home in ages, and I wanna talk with her for awhile"] she said. The male nodded lightly and took her spot behind the counter. She smiled her thanks and hurried into the back. The male shook his head lightly and looked around the small place. It was small, but perfect.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex As the bell tinkled he looked up and his breath caught in his throat. A woman not much younger than he was just walked in. He cocked his head slightly and was about to speak when Rosanne screamed and ran over hugging the woman. He guessed that was the woman she was waiting for. He shrugged lightly, and took the orders of the other's in line. His eyes kept moving back to the women, and he knew that he had a new target to mess with. She was beautiful, and it was time to lay on the charm.]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Caudex][caudex He waited a little bit, before moving over to their table. [#b4c8ee "Can I get you ladies something to eat? Drink?"] he asked cocking his head to the side, and crossing his arms over his chest. [b "Maxium this is Ji-Min, she just barely moved back into town. Get her anything she wants on the house today"] she cooed. The male nodded lightly and looked towards the other woman waiting for her to give her order.]
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