"I'll explain on the way home. I have a lot of research and hopefully productive YouTube time ahead of me before an early morning," Madi said finishing the water before she stood up. It was weird being a with just them, she felt short.
Giving Terry a long hug she smiled and waved to him before she and Klaus left.
"He said I became the therapist for the foster classes because I had that soothing draw. So, now that an outsider said that it's karaoke time. Maybe this means..." She trailed off when they were making their way to the car.
"Uncle Zack," Damon said before giving an amused chuckle waving his hand. That was all that was needed to be said as they entered. There wasn't a fire right now but it was cool and well stocked.
He grabbed a drink for the both of them handing one to her. "Abandoned. Not so much."
Damon was not like those she had met. It seemed he knew no boundaries and would do anything for a bit of fun. He was the EXACT representation of the her she showed the world. And it was both intriguing and kind of scary. What was she getting into? Could she keep up the games or would she bow out? But that smirk...it made her not want to back down. Damn him..
[#be5cf5 "So you're sure your uncle doesn't mind you bringing home girls and doing whatever it is you do? Have to say this place is nice and not exactly what I expected. Many give it that abandoned house tale."] She said as she looked around and moved to an older portrait hung by the door. [#be5cf5 "And drinks sound fun."] Tea said as she turned to glance at the man who was looking her way.
It definitely appeared there was a histort between the two. One the man was curious of and in his own way jealous of. It was taking him a lot to keep his settled composure and not to show too much an interest.
[b "So what is the bet between you two? It seems that she is not fond of it."] Klaus said as he took a sip from his drink and kept his gaze upon the pair
"Then today is your lucky day," Damon smirked to her. It wasn't a long drive there, and he knew Stefan would be close by. For whatever reason he didn't trust her but he was prone to murdering sprees.
Opening the front door for her he glanced back. Even if they didn't do anything it would be enough and she was fun. Talked big game but would she be able to keep this up?
"Welcome, want a drink?" He asked, this ' uncle ' Zack was out.
It took everything not to turn red from the words. Oh, he was interested in her and she had no idea what to do with that considering she was attracted to him.
"You should come Professor Sanders. it could be fun," Madison suggested, and was pleased when he agreed.
Terry leaned in the moment Sanders was gone. "Drawn in, Sunshine. From a near stranger. That means I win..."
Madison groaned hating that long running bet. "Fine...when?"
"Foster kids aren't usually happy, she is. And towards the end of the classes they were. Sort of became a therapist of sorts..hence the nickname," Terry explained. "I'll text you the time and place."
It would be interesting to see what kind of shows she liked. Though the BBC being said had to an extent amused the man. But he did not say so. It would be best for the moment to perhaps observe and see what they were like.
[b "It was quite by accident I can assure you. But since I had it has been hard to not be drawn in."] The saying it was an accident was a lie. But the saying he was drawn in was the truth. If she figured it out then she did. He had made that careless slip but it had been his jealousy talking as well.
And soon, Klaus took a seat beside Madison and simply listened to the questions and the session. He did ask a few questions himself as well just because he was curious how they would be answered.
Her hand somehow had been taken by his as she was distracted and still a little taken off her guard. This was..what was it? It was enough to literally have the poor girl's head spinning with as many questions seemed to run around in her head.
[#be5cf5 "The outside of it...on a school trip once. But that was along time ago... I always did wonder what the place looked like inside."] Her words were almost timid as she spoke them
"So you found someone that sounds like one of your favorite BBC shows, Sunshine?" Terry asked with a smirk. He was uncouth as they came but they had been in the same system.
"More like he found me," Madison chuckled before settling down to ask questions to Professor Sanders.
Terry sat down next to the professor as she took the notes. It was curious how she seemed to draw in the sad or lost ones.
Damon had that look. The one that felt like he had won something even if it wasn't assured yet. He did slowly remove his arm before taking her hand.
"I have a very comfortable bedroom. Have you ever seen the Salvatore Boarding House?" He asked curiously. It was more out of the way and he liked his home well enough. Much better than the first home.
And here was EXACTLY what Madi had warned her of. And EXACTLY what she had said herself. She really should have made that pros and cons list and she really should have been more careful. What was worse was she KNEW she was drawn to both the brothers but in a different sense. That almost became painfully obvious when that arm was about her waist and held her loosely.
Fuck. Her. Life. And she could not help the flutter of her heart as its beating picked up [#be5cf5 "And just where else would you think to take this?"] She asked, words being a little more of a squeak than she had meant. All of this she HAD NOT even meant to be getting into.
Nik found himself shrugging when the girl had said she was "simple" and stated things as she saw them. [b "That is far from simple. And I rather enjoy that about you. The fact that you say it how it is."] A compliment and he did mean it.
And soon, he had taken Madison to the diner as he had said, being introduced to her friend she had told him of. A faint smile crossed his lips as he shook Terry's hand. [b "A pleasure to be meeting you."] Those were his words, though he immediately knew the man could pose a threat and ruin hos plans. And he would have to do something to fix it.
This was not like Damon. Damon didn't do this unless there was something in it for him. Not even when there was sex on the line. Something with either her or something else.
Stefan watched from that distance, deciding to step back but was bothered.
Damon played along, and it was fun, what was more fun was the game. After a few minutes of that he made that room with wrapping a strong arm around her waist loosely.
"Maybe we can take this somewhere else," he suggested openly.
"Maybe because you're a lot more educated and a very layered man. I'm still a Texan at core that says things in the most simple way, not the brutal honesty," Madison chuckled, that smile was something. And now she had more proof he seemed interested in her.
At the place she met Terry, and gave him a tight hug. He was tall, worked in construction, and she liked him for easily two years. "Thanks for doing this..." She said softly before shaking the professors hand.
"This is my new friend, Klaus, he was kind enough to give me a ride when my POS broke down," she said mostly to Terry. "And this is Terry, the main reason I survived the last year."
[b "Again I have never thought of his art in such a light. But thinking about it, you are very right."] He said with a faint smile gracing his lips. And of course this was the charm she had. The thing about her that seemed to draw him in.
When he cheeks turned pink, Klaus merely smiled again and looked at the address that she had ready. [b "Thank you for accompanying me.. And this diner isn't far from here at all, love. I can take you now if you would like."]
Carefree and different was what the man was. He was more a challenge or more like a puzzle even. And before she knew it, the girl had an arm around her and was dunked. It was fun and a good game. When she was let back up, Teagan gave a smirk and dunked the man in return.
As she let him up, the girl moved back and was laughing. It was refreshing to a sense. But it was almost like this had happened before..
"It really looks like toddlers through a bunch of shapes and colors together and called it a day," Madison surmised in her normal matter before chuckling at herself. Spending time with an art museum was much different than before.
At the kiss on the cheek she couldn't help but turn pink but liked it. "Thank, I have too."
With the address ready she gave a smile. What was she to tell Matt?
She had a fun spirit. He'd make a fun time out of this.
Damon moved forward in one swift movement before he had his arm around her and dunked only holding for a second before laughing. She wanted a game and he would give her one hell of one.
And maybe some time in bed, but that was the hope.
Klaus had been teeling her about each of the impressionists in turn and had been enjoying the "art lessons". It had been awhile since he had done something like this and honestly enjoyed it. He even did his small touches here and there, each showing affections that he did not know how to voice. And just because admittedly he liked the feel of the young woman.
[b "He is not usually the cup of tea of many. More complicated and complex and also quite confusing. Even I have to confess he is not one of my favourites, though I do enjoy some of the history."] The man concluded when she had spoken her words.
There was definitely an attraction on his end. And he could not happen to deny it. Without thinking, or more because he had wanted to, the man did lean over and kiss her cheek. Just a peck really to see what would happen.
[b "I enjoyed your company."] He said quietly as he steppee back. It was also his way of saying 'good-bye' for the time being so she could meet her friend. Or he was was waiting to see if she would have him take her.
The girl shook her head as the water hit her in the face. There was that teasing in the way that he had moved away. An ivitation to keep up the game. Did she dare do it? And why was he acting like this? It all confused her.
Tea was still for a moment and debating her choice but before she fully did, the girl did move forwards and splash Damon again. It was only a game right?
Though her eyes did go to Stefan as if inviting him to join the game too.
"Don't start something you don't want to finish," Damon replied almost seriously before before giving one mighty splash and pushed away. It was almost inviting her to chase after him. Stefan might be puzzled, but this was the best way.
Right now Tea was on the get in bed list instead of eat. Stefan did remain by them to a point trying t understand what Damon was doing.
"Sounds good," Madison nodded before stepping back away from him for a second. She didn't why away from the touch when they happened more during the other art pieces. She liked listening to him explain the paintings but Picasso was a little much.
"I'm sorry, the other impressionists, and post...I think...they were interesting. I can't do this guy though. It's about time to meet them at the the diner. This has been been fun, though. "
It had been and there was an attraction in her part.
The man couldn't help a chuckle when she happened to speak her words. Truly he had not thought on it like that before. Insiteful for sure and very observant. And in his way he knew he was testing his luck in how close he was. But he also didn't care as he did enjoy the closeness to her and perhaps more than he should.
[b "I never did quite think about it in such a light there, love. But yes, essentially that is what it could mean."] The man said thoughtfully as his hand was still on the small of her back and he was still much closer than he had been.
[b "How about Picasso? His style is unique for the times that he lived during."]
Tea had not expected for Damon to grab onto her and to pull her in with him. And because it had taken the girl by surprise she couldn't help the squeal that had escaped her, cheeks a dark pink when she was in his arms. Oh hell what was she getting into?
Well it was fun and this was a way to have both brothers lighten up it seemed. Her eyes did go back to stefan as she wondered if he would be joining. And she couldn't help cursing under her breath when her hair fell from its bun and now was draped out her shoulders.
[#be5cf5 "Almost too cold you jerk!"] The girl teased as she splashed Damon and moved away from the man.
Oh, was Madison aware of the touch and closeness. She almost forgot about what Matt and Teagan said about him.
Hearing his explanation she looked back to him and then then the strokes, wondering how it meant so much. "So...either you're very passionate or have enough energy for a tornado. So, what painting is next?"
She managed to keep that statement light. God that voice, and how close he was. How could she even try?
It was like playing with an animal, every once in a while he just had to go down a level.
He went down without a fight before grabbing her pulling her in. He would catch her and this was fun . Stefan was still watching them before stripped his shirt.
Damon smirked to her knowing how close they were. "Is the water cool enough for you?" He asked before letting her go he kept that smirk.
This was a time that he could get closer to the girl and he knew it too. She did seem more relaxed and at ease which to some extent meant he was getting what he wanted. And when she began asking about the painting and more closely examining it, Nik moved closer with a hand going to the small of her back and guided her closer to look at it.
[b "The strokes of the brush in this way are in a sense the extension of the artist. Their strokes show the emotion that they feel. Lighter and more gentle as we see here so a form of affection and careful attention to detail. The means of wanting to get it almost 'exact'.. and then you've others like Van Gough brilliant as he was are more harsh and can dipict the 'madness' within."]
The girl blinked when the boy had laughed at her words. She could not understand what made them funny. But then she offered a small smile. [#be5cf5 "Well that's helpful to know.. just I guess I find it easy to talk."] Tea left off the fact that she had meant 'easy to talk to you'. But somehow she knew that it had been implied.
Brown gaze then went to Damon and she gave a smirk and moved closer to the man since the three had been standing on the wooden dock. [#be5cf5 "You first."] And the girl pushed the man in, stepping back. [#be5cf5 "So how's the water???"]
Stefan couldn't help but give a laugh at the comment. Annoyed? Clearly no one knew the word unless they lived with Damon.
"Trust me, there's no way that you could annoy me. If anything it's nice to hear a conversation that's not just about a certain someone," Stefan said despite Damon being there.
Damon feigned hurt before taking off his shirt. "Then let's go swimming.'
" I don't know...there's almost affection in this painting, especially the woman, " Madison said thoughtfully looking more. This was nice, going past her normal world that was sink or swim.
As they saw more she was getting comfortable with him. "So, what is this about brush strokes that make all of these different?" She asked getting closer to some to look closer at the paintings. Her cousin had painted, or tried, she remembered the complaining she did after school.
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