He woke up slowly, blinking his eyes as the afternoon sunlight poured in through the windows. Too bright, he thought sourly as he squeezed his eyes shut again.
Then his stomach rumbled.
Sighing with regret, he pushed his blanket down and got out of his warm bed.
Later, though, he shrugged, carrying in the newest paper.
Kitchen Scullion at the local bistro. Interesting, but he didn't really want to cook for a living. Coffee Currier, he scoffed rebelliously. No thank you! He wasn't a boot licker! There had to be something on this island that he could do to make money!
Then he saw it. Background Extra. "Now that's more like it!" he said, smacking the paper with his hand. He smiled when he remembered the family story about the townspeople mistaking his Dad for a big wig actor when he'd first transported to Monte Vista!
Eagerly, he called up the number listed and applied.
The bored sounding lady on the other side of the phone only asked a few questions. It was apparent they weren't being really picky. They'd call him in for a reading soon. "Be sure to have some scenes prepared to read," she told him before hanging up.
It was hard work finding something that would make him stand out.
He cleared his throat and tried to make eye contact.
She didn't even look up.
She smiled a disinterested smile and started to turn back to her book.
The hottie gamely set her book aside and greeted him. "Gabrielle," she said, her voice husky and smooth.
"Well, maybe I'll see you around," she drawled, turning back to her book.
"Benito? Is that you?"
Aislara smiled. "I thought I heard your loud voice when I walked in!"
And then he had the best idea in the world!
Chicks were territorial, right? So if he flirted with Aislara, maybe it would make Gabrielle notice him! It wasn't like Aislara was interested in him, anyway! She could be his wing-girl!
"Uh... yeah?" he said, pausing as he listened to the female on the other line. He cleared his throat and shot Aislara an apologetic look. "Yeah, I guess I could do that," he finally acknowledged, followed quickly by. "You sure that's a good idea?" He sighed heavily at whatever the reply was and finished the conversation with a dubious. "Alrighty then."
Benito rubbed the back of his neck with embarrassment. Officer Cruz just called with a chance to score some points by teaching an "art class" at the middle school. Apparently I'm supposed to give a speech about how graffiti is bad." He chuckled. "I'm supposed to be the poster boy for doing the right thing, go figure!"
Aislara nodded, feeling unsure of herself.
Because Aislara's soft gasp after he'd flirted with her had sealed the deal. He'd figured she'd slotted him firmly in the "just friends" category after he'd first wound up in town. But, she wasn't as immune to him as he'd originally thought.
Man! That felt good!
He watched the blush ride high on her cheeks. "Wanna get out of here?" he asked.
"I don't know about this," Benito said as he shakily skated out onto the rink. "I'm not really good at this!"
"Just slide one foot in front of the other, like this," Aislara said, gliding gracefully on her skates.
"I dunno," he said dubiously, trying to mimic her moves, flailing his arms wildly as he struggled to stay upright.
Benito's heart soared at the feeling of Aislara's hands clutched in his own.
He could really fall for her!
Benito groaned, laid flat on the rink while Aislara giggled. "Told you this wasn't a good idea," he'd grumbled good-naturedly. It was almost worth the bum knee to hear her laugh.
Benito's jaw dropped. How could she not know how he felt about her?
Sprinting in front of her, he placed his hand to his mouth and called out loudly, "My name is Benito O'Shea and I am CRAZY about Aislara!"
Aislara covered her mouth in shock and surprise, feeling embarrassed when everyone turned to glance at them. "Shhh!!!" she motioned to him.
He winked. "I can't help it. I just gotta proclaim my feelings for you, girl!" He cupped his mouth again, ready to yell out to the crowd again when Aislara grabbed his arm and dragged him away.
"You're embarrassing me!" she giggled. "But, I get it. You like me."
Aislara leaned back, resting her shoulder on his. "This is nice," she told him.
Benito stared up at the stars, thinking about his Wishing Star and how it led him straight to Aislara. His throat felt thick with emotion. All that teenage angst about Margaret and whether or not she liked him had been pointless.
This is where his heart belonged.
"Yeah, real nice," he finally agreed, kissing her head as it rested on his shoulder. "Really nice."
Completed Wishes: Cancel Increase Rebel Influence, Read a Charisma Book, Join Film Career, Use Megaphone, Go on a Date with Aislara, Watch Stars with Aislara
Pending Wishes: Kiss Aislara, Improve Charisma, Gain Celebrity Level
*AN - Benito nearly slept the day away! I'm glad to finally get him gainfully employed! I've been having too much fun letting him kick it on the island!
He headed to the library to read that charisma book & I was surprised to see Gabrielle come inside. It looked like he was attracted to her, too! So, since he wanted to improve his charisma, I had him chat her up. But, it turned out they didn't have any attraction. Guess why his attraction meter was going crazy - that's right! Aislara had snuck in! Lol.
So, I was happy when she came over to chat with him. Even better was when he autonomously flirted with her right before his opportunity phone call. Happily, they jumped right back into having a good time and he wished to have a date with her. Nice!
Unfortunately, he couldn't improve his charisma because he needs another friend - the lonely guy. Hopefully that will resolve itself when he meets someone at work!
I got the wish to use the megaphone, so he proclaimed his love. Just FYI - that does not fulfill the megaphone wish! So annoying! I'm claiming it fulfilled anyways. :)
Hopefully Benito will move fast because Aislara is already an adult & if she's his soulmate - I want them to have some kids!!