Sunday, June 4, 2017

Chapter 3.7 - New Threads

The morning sun was just starting to rise as Benito made his way home from a disappointing night at Aislara's.

It never failed.  He threw himself head long into a relationship and then was gutted when it didn't work out.  It was like he was a freaking hopeless romantic!, he thought with disgust.

Stumbling across the room, he flopped back on the bed and took a nap. 
A couple hours later, when he was feeling more refreshed, Benito was ready to make some plans.  But who was he going to hang out with?  Aislara was pretty much his only friend here in Isla Paridiso!

He looked at his sparse contacts, eyeing the new name on his phone.  He hemmed and hawed before he finally gave in & texted her.  

After a terse reply, he counted himself as lucky that the budding starlet even agreed to meet with him.  Benito raced from his house, eager to make a new friend.
It helped that he'd told her he wanted to get some new clothes!

Benito stepped through the glass doors and nearly melted.

"Hi! I'm Hinni Hashini!" she greeted him, bubbly and sweet.  "How can I help you?"
"I'm Benito O'Shea," he said in greeting.  "I was hoping to get some new threads!"  He glanced ruefully down at his formalwear from prom.

Hinni smiled.  "I can totally help you with that!" she said flirtatiously, with a little wink.  "What's our budget?"  She worked off of commission, after all!

"Umm..." Benito made a face.  "Er... maybe $100," he said apologetically.  "Sorry, just got a job!"

Hinni's face fell.  "Oh, well, that's okay," she said.  Glancing behind him, her eyes widened in surprise.  "Oooooooo myyyyyyyy goodness!" she whispered excitedly. "Is that Gabrielle Arias? Omigod! Omigod! I can't believe she came here!"
 Benito checked over his shoulder and smiled.  "Oh, yeah. I invited her over," he replied easily.  "Wanna meet her?"

Hinni clutched his arm. "Omigod! You can introduce me? Omigod! I'll love you forever!"

"Sure, come on!" he said, leading her outside.
"Hey Gabrielle, thanks for meeting me! I could sure use some advice on my new wardrobe!" Benito said, "By the way, this is the stylist..."

"Wait," Gabrielle interrupted, "You brought me out here to buy clothes for you?" she asked with surprise.

"Uh, yeah," Benito said slowly.
A pissy look crossed over Gabrielle's face.  "Lame!" she complained with pursed lips.  "I'm outta here!"

Hinni gaped as the starlet left before turning back to Benito.  "Oh my gosh! Unreal!" she said with awe.  "I met Gabrielle Arias! I can't wait until I tell my friends!"

Benito watched Gabrielle retreat, surprised by the brush off.  "Yeah... I guess..." he said with real disappointment.  So much for making friends with her!  Gabrielle was a little too snobby for his tastes!

Hinni grabbed his arm and tugged him inside.  "Come on, I'm gonna make you look like a million bucks!" she told him happily.

 "Hmmm...." she said, tapping her finger against her pursed lips.
 "Turn around again," she told him again, motioning for him to whirl. 

"TA-DA!" she announced, spinning him around to check himself out in the mirror.  "What do you think?" she asked anxiously.
 "Shaka Bra!" Hinni cheered. 

"So," Benito said cautiously.  "When do you get off?"
Hinni fluttered her eyelashes flirtatiously. "Why do you wanna know?" 
"I was thinking maybe we can go out, maybe watch a movie or something.  I dunno," he replied with a shrug.
 Hinni giggled.  "Movies aren't playing this late," she told him.  "Maybe next time, though?"
 "So what's there to do in this town?" he asked.  "I'm still kinda new to the island.  I'm looking for some friends to party with..."
Hinni cast him a speaking glance, her eyes sparking with mischief before sashaying from the salon.  "Then you should definitely give me a call sometime.  We can party together!" 

 Benito watched her leave, appreciating the way her skirt flounced with every step.

"Oh! I'll definitely be calling you!" he promised.

She turned and winked at him.  "Good. I can't wait!" she giggled.
Benito left the place with a pep in his step, despite his exhaustion.  Not only had he made an unexpected friend today, but he was pretty sure she was into him! 

And to think he'd been all depressed that Aislara had practically kicked him out last night. 

He couldn't wait to see Hinni again!

Completed Wishes:  Make 2 friends, Improve Charisma

Pending Wishes:  Invite Someone Over, Become Good Friends, Go to Movies, Improve Celebrity

AN:  Wow! What a twist!  Benito invited Gabrielle out to get to know her alittle better. Figured it'd be nice to get some new threads while we were out there!  But, holy moly - he fell head over heels for little Hinni! 

Gabrielle stayed maybe 2 seconds before getting upset and leaving.  I'm not even sure what was said to make her ditch the outing. 

But yeah! Benito has another friend, maybe love interest.  They talked all afternoon long.  I know their conversation is pretty short. I just didn't want to invest that much in a long conversation for them. Lol!

Might be a problem until he figures out what's going on with Aislara.  Is she as over him as he is over her, I wonder! 

I was hoping for something a little more islandy, but Benito is going to rock the new look for awhile! ;)

Chapter 3.6 - Casting Calls

Benito woke up to get ready for his first day on the set at god-awful 5 am.  Who knew the morning casting calls would be so dang early?!
He yawned loud and long as he stumbled from his warm, cozy bed.
And then he saw her there, curled up on his couch.
 Aislara!  She looked even more beautiful in the morning light. 

Gently he shook her foot.  "Hey babe, I gotta head into the studio. Stay here until I get back, okay?"

Aislara mumbled something sleepily, causing Benito to chuckle before leaning down to kiss the top of her head.  "See you soon," he promised.

Outside, he hustled to catch his carpool. 
Didn't want to disappoint the powers that be on his first day!

Aislara blinked slowly as she sat up.  She wondered how long Benito would be gone this morning...

  Aislara watched tv for a little bit before sighing from boredom.
She was still a little tired from staying up so late.  While the credits rolled, she laid back down to take a little nap.

It felt like hours later before the star of the show arrived.  Benito hung out with Matthew Mango on the set, goofing off and killing time.
He was floored when she turned out to be none other than Gabriella Arias!

 "All right, crew! Let's get to work!" the director called out sharply.  "Time is money!"

 Aislara thumbed through a library book she brought with her. 
Then, fiddled around with Benito's gaming system. 

Finally! Benito thought as he burst through the double doors.  "See ya later!" he called to Matthew.   He raised his hand in farewell before hurrying to catch his carpool.
He couldn't wait to see Aislara.  
Please let her have stayed... please let her have stayed, he chanted anxiously in his mind.
 The door swung open and revealed an empty room.

"Damn," he thought with disappointment.  He wondered how long she stayed.   He checked his watch and saw that it was about 2 pm, so her shift at the theater would just be beginning.  He could take an afternoon nap and catch up with her later...
Sleep sounded awesome, he grinned as he slipped between the covers and pulled the pillow over his head.

 The afternoon sped by, soon turning to night.
 Aislara hummed as she left work. 
Her carpool dropped her off right in front of Benito's place.  She smiled, wondering if he was at home.
She considered giving him a call, but held back.  They'd been spending so much time together - he might need some time to recoup.
Decision made, she headed home.

Benito heard a motor roar by, pulling him from his dreams, predominantly featuring the lovely Aislara.  He had to adjust his boxers when he got up. 
 Just a quick dinner of leftover pizza and then he'd head out to her place!
He couldn't wait to see her!

"WOW!" Benito whistled under his breath when he saw Aislara's place.  Why weren't they hanging out here, rather than his little houseboat?

Aislara seemed surprised to see him.  She fussed with her hair before stepping outside to greet him.

"Is it okay that I dropped by?" he asked.

Aislara smiled hesitantly.  "Sure," she told him.  "It's just been a long day!"

"Boy, tell me about it!" he said, following her inside.  "Wow! Great place!"
Aislara shifted nervously in the living room.  "Thanks," she said.

"Hey, are you sure you want to hang out?" Benito asked worriedly. "I can always boogey home," he promised, catching a weird vibe from his girl.

"No, no! I'm fine!" Aislara swore quickly.  "I want to hang out!"

Benito grinned.  "Awesome! So what do you wanna do first? Watch some chick flicks?" he asked with a sexy wink.

Aislara nibbled her lip.  "Umm... can you give me a second?" she asked softly.  "I'm just gonna..." she motioned upstairs. "I'll be right back down," she added hurriedly.

"Yeah sure, babe. I'll see you in a little bit, 'k?" he grabbed the remote and started flipping through the channels as Aislara raced upstairs.

Benito waited for Aislara to come back down.
But. she seemed to have been delayed...

Then, all of a sudden, she called down to him from upstairs.  "Uh, Benito? I think it's time to go!"
"Oh! Okay!" Benito called up the stairs.  "Can I come..."

"No!" she called out in a panicked tone. "I'm just... I'll see you tomorrow!"

Benito headed towards the door, feeling a little silly for coming over.  "Sure thing," he called up.  "Guess I'll see you later!"

Maybe she wasn't as in to him as he was into her, he worriedAlthough he seemed so confident and brash, underneath, he was still hurting from the games Margaret had played.  Maybe it was time to look elsewhere for love, he wondered with a pang.  He didn't want to get hurt again...

Completed wishes: group up with Aislara

Pending wishes: have 2 friends, Improve charisma, gain celebrity level, watch a movie

AN:  Oh my gosh! What a completely unproductive day!  I think Benito & Aislara were both exhausted from staying up way too late the night before!  At least Benito got a nice, long nap in.  But, they didn't hang out with each other at Aislara's place. I thought it was hilarious that they watched different tvs.  Get it together, guys!

I also loved that she stayed at his place until about 2 pm, when she headed off to work.  Too bad she didn't have the day off!  That would've been kind of cool if she'd been there when he got home.

Also laughed to discover that Gabrielle was his co-worker! No wonder she was so snobby at the library! Guess who's going to be Benito's 2nd friend! Maybe Gabrielle & Benito will catch a movie tomorrow!

By the way - Benito actually had a positive mood effect from eating the cinnamon-laced pizza! I was disappointed it didn't make him more amorous with Aislara! :(  Boo!!!