Sunday, June 25, 2017

Day Nine - Fourth Rose

Giovani found Staci alone in the bathroom and decided to begin his one-on-one date with her.  "Morning Beautiful," he told her with a smile.
Staci's eyes fluttered.  "Morning yourself," she told him.  She could really let herself love the man!  He was so charming and sexy! 
"I have a surprise for you!" he told her, a little bit anxious.
When he presented her with a bouquet of purple pansies, she nearly swooned.  

"Giovani! You shouldn't have!" she breathed, accepting the flowers. 
Staci threw herself into his arms and squeezed him tight.  He was so alluring!
When Giovani started to rub her back, she was a goner.

Until they were interrupted...

Dominique stormed out of the bathroom.  "...And he was in there, rubbing her back!" she complained bitterly.  It was hard to see someone she liked so much being romantic with another woman.
The news affected Ariel, as well.
When the bathroom door open, Ariel glanced over and saw Staci leave.  "Look, there she goes," she whispered cattily.  "But two can play at that game!"

The bathroom shut as Giovani was about to step out.  He was surprised to see Ariel.
"Morning," she greeted him huskily.  "I was looking for you!"

Giovani smiled.  You know, he could probably get used to all of this attention, after all!
He surprised Ariel with a bouquet of daisies. 
She buried her nose in the flowers and sniffed their sweet fragrance.  "You shouldn't have!" she said, her eyes lit up with pleasure.
Giovani was pleased that Ariel enjoyed the flowers so much.  "I'm glad you like them," he told her, gazing into her eyes.
"Well, I love them!"  she told him.  "But mostly because they're from you!" She returned his passionate look, gazing deeply into his eyes.

(AN: I'm wondering if Ariel is a Hopeless Romantic, too, because they both gazed into the other's eyes.  So funny!)

Giovani found Dominique by the bar, talking to Emma.  When he approached, she got very quiet. 
"I brought you these red roses," he told her.
Dominique's eyes flashed with pleasure momentarily before they shuttered.  "Thanks, but no thanks," she told him, leaving the roses on the bar and walking away.  "Maybe you can give them to Emma instead," she called over her shoulder.

Emma watched their interaction nervously.  "Umm...."
"Don't worry, I got you flowers of your own!" Giovani pulled out a bouquet of yellow lillies.

"Oh, they're so beautiful!" Emma gasped, reaching for the bouquet. 
Just then, Ariel walked into the room.
She stared between Emma and Giovani, a frown on her face.  She knew that Giovani had to give all the other girls a fair chance, but this was ridiculous.
Watching him flirt with someone else sucked.
Emma reached for Giovani's hands and squeezed.  "The past few days have meant the world to me," she admitted.  "Normally I'm a little shy and it can be hard to get to know someone for me.  But, I really like you," she admitted with a blush.
Giovani gazed into her eyes.  "I really like you, too," he told her softly.  "No matter what happens, just remember that, okay?"

She smiled wanly.

With fewer and fewer ladies, the rose ceremony came much sooner than other nights.
"Dominique, I'm sorry to see that you're in the bottom 2 for the 3rd time in the room," Giovani said.  "All along, we've had problems seeming to make a connection."
"Ariel, you have a little bit of a jealousy problem.  But, I was really happy to see you handled it pretty well today."

He gazed at the two ladies. 

With a reluctant frown, he handed the rose bouquet to Dominique and kissed her cheek.  "It became pretty clear that you don't want to be here anymore.  When you rejected my flowers, you were kind of rejecting me.  I wish you the best of luck in the future."

Dominique wiped a tear from the corner of her eye and sighed.  "The whole thing was just really hard.  I wasn't used to doing anything like this before.  And seeing Giovani flirting with Staci was just too hard to overcome.  I... well... I wish I'd met him under different circumstances.  I think we really could've been good together."

Day Eight - The One Who Found the Loophole

Time for the morning challenge, Giovani thought as he slipped from bed.
Dominique yawned loudly as the ladies filed into the remodeled room.

"Chess?" Emma asked excitedly.

Gio nodded, waving his hands at the chess stations set up in the room.  "I want a woman who is smart and sexy.  Let's see who can strategize the best!  I challenge you all to a chess tournament.  Winner gets a date with me!"

The girls team up.  Dominique vs. Ariel and Staci vs. Emma.
"Have you ever played before?" Emma asked when Staci frowned with irritation at the pieces.

Staci looked up.  "Uh, yeah. Lots.  You?"
Emma grinned, moving her piece expertly.  "Oh yes. I was on the chess team in high school!"
"Oh great," Staci mumbled under her breath.  "This should be fun..."

Ariel and Dominique settled into a competitive game. 
At last, Dominique moved one of her pieces that put Ariel's king in check.
Ariel clapped.  "Well played," she said in congratulations.

Emma and Dominique met at the middle chess table for the last match of the day to see who would go on the date with Giovani.

Emma watched Staci flirt with Giovani and frowned.  It looked like Staci was taking advantage of a small loophole while they finished the competition.  No fair!

"I wish I knew more about chess," Staci was saying.  "Maybe you could teach me sometime.  You're so smart!"

Giovani grinned at the compliment.  "It's pretty easy to pick up," he assured her.
Staci stepped a little closer and lowered her voice.  "Although I don't know how I'd be able to concentrate with you not wearing a shirt!" She dropped her gaze to his chest.  So sexy!

Giovani balked, glancing towards the chess table.  "Umm.. I don't think I should be flirting with you right now, Staci.  I'm supposed to be watching Dominique and Emma.  Maybe you could see what Ariel is up to?"
Staci frowned, disappointed beyond belief.  She'd been having fun with Gio! "Uh, yeah... I'll just go see what she's doing..."  Not!

Giovani checked his watch as the girls chess battled.  He really hadn't thought it would take this long.  But, Dominique and Emma were still going at it.
Few pieces remained...
Emma considered her moves and then moved her knight to protect her Queen.
"Ah HA! Gotcha!" Dominique cheered as she moved her piece to check-mate Emma's king.

Emma blinked.  "Wha...?  How'd I miss that?" she asked with dismay, studying the board.

Domonique smiled politely.  "It happens to all of us.  I was just lucky this time," she added kindly.
"Well played," Emma conceded.
Giovani breathed a sigh of relief.  "Let's go get ready Domonique!"

The Love-Mobile was ready to roll.
"You ready to go?" Giovani asked Dominique as they both buckled their seat belts.

Dominique grinned across the console at him.  "Definitely!  I'm so glad we're going to get to know each other better!"

"Me too," Giovani told her as he put the van into drive.

A short trip later led the couple to the Landgraab science center. 
"I arranged a tour of the science complex," he told her, leading her through the double doors with a hand resting on her back.

"Oh, how... er... interesting," Dominique said hesitantly.

It only took Giovani and Dominique about an hour before the tour was done.  By then, they were both ravenous.
"What a romantic date be without a lovely picnic?" Giovani said, leading Dominique to a secluded spot with a blanket spread out and a picnic basket full of food.
"Come eat!" he called out.
Dominique settled on the blanket next to him, but didn't reach for a plate of food.  "I'm not very hungry," she admitted.
So now what?
Dominique and Giovani chatted the rest of the afternoon.

Where are they?  Staci worried, keeping her eyes peeled on the window for the Love-Mobile.

With reluctance, Giovani stood up.  "I guess it's time to get going," he said, reaching down to grab the basket and blanket.

"Oh, right, of course," Dominique said, slightly flustered.  She'd had such a wonderful afternoon with Giovani.  It was disappointing for it to end.

The sun was setting as the Love-Mobile headed home.