June 3

One Step Closer – Cinderella and the Brat Prince

Girls:
<Izzy stands by the window looking into the night, her face reflected back at her in the glass, her blond hair hanging to her shoulders in soft waves, she wears a simple dress cut conservatively to just above her knees, tight enough to give an imaginative man a glimpse of the body underneath, heeled knee boots complete the look, along with simple makeup, she appears to be very girl next door>
Boys:
<Dominic walks into the room from the bathroom, wearing nothing but a pair of pajama bottoms, his hair still damp from the shower, stops seeing Izzy at the window, blinks, looks again, smiles> I don’t *remember* falling asleep.
Girls:
<Izzy turns from the window, smiles and walks to him> If you did then I did too and I’m still on the plane.
Boys:
<Dominic smiles, reaches up and touches her face, quietly> What are you doing here?
Girls:
<Izzy closes her eyes> Shay sent me a text, she told me about your day yesterday. I thought you might need someone. <opens her eyes and looks into his, searching them> If I’m wrong I’m kinda screwed.


Boys:
<Dominic looks at her curiously> What happened to me yesterday?
Girls:
<Izzy quietly> Your very public revelation about your very private matter.
Boys:
<Dominic arches a brow> That got all the way back to the Falls already? <smiles> Remind me to give Shay a cookie. She not only managed to gossip, but to send it to the one person she knew wouldn’t actually spread it. It’s kind of the best of both worlds, isn’t it?
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> I think she knew I’d come, and that you might need someone…different.
Boys:
<Dominic smiles, takes her hand and walks over to the bed> And by “someone different” you mean someone nice and upstanding? <sits on the end, pulling her down next to him>
Girls:
<Izzy shakes her head> No.. I mean someone not as opinionated as some of the people you know.
Girls:
<Izzy goes with him, curling her fingers over his>
Boys:
<Dominic looks at her> Actually.. you’re probably right. I mean I feel a lot better than I did yesterday, but I am getting kind of tired of everyone acting like I’m some kind of alien life form. I’m guessing she gave you the details.
Girls:
<Izzy shakes her head> Only that you made an announcement that shocked everyone including Anya.
Boys:
<Dominic nods> Okay, well.. I felt somewhat compelled to at the time. <looks at her> All that aside, though, I’m glad you came.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> I am too. I’ve missed you.
Boys:
<Dominic smiles> I missed you, too, actually.
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him> Just tell me one thing, please.
Boys:
<Dominic nods> Anything.
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him concern showing in her eyes> You’re not sick or dying or anything like that are you? You don’t have to tell me about your announcement or anything. Not until you’re ready… If you are.. but I kinda freaked myself out on the plane ride.
Boys:
<Dominic smiles> I’m not dying or sick. <looks at her, very seriously> I promise. I’m also not contagious.
Girls:
<Izzy takes a breath not realizing she was holding it> Thank you. <smiles, reaches over and hugs him impulsively>
Boys:
<Dominic hugs her back, smiles, quietly> Iz… <pulls back and looks at her> I’m not nice enough to die this young. <shakes his head> As for my announcement, you’re not leaving this room before I *do* tell you because I would much rather be the one that does. And if I don’t, you won’t get two steps before hearing it from someone else.
<lets her go and walks over to his pile of clothes> The locals here hate us, so you should be prepared for that. Not that it’s really unexpected but Anya outdid herself offending them within an hour of us being here. <picks up his pants and fishes out his wallet, walks back over to her>
Girls:
<Izzy watches him move around the room> What did she do?
Boys:
<Dominic looks at her> We were invited to dinner.. and the girl that issued the invitation is this cute little corn fed country girl with a soft, slight drawl. Anya whispers something to Alexei about how we’d been invited to a hoe-down.
Girls:
<Izzy blinks> Oh.. Ouch.
Boys:
<Dominic shakes his head, finds the picture in his wallet and pulls it out> Anyway.. this girl goes out of her way to actually turn dinner into a hoe-down, which was a nice fuck you to the big city folk that even *I* had to be impressed with. While we were at dinner, Lucien, Jenna and a couple of the others started giving me shit and basically challenging my “manhood”. They find it very interesting that I’ve never had any “accidents” and one of them said something about maybe it’s because I can’t. At which point, Jenna offers to test me for it. <looks at her, hands her the picture> So I showed them this.
Boys:
<Dominic sits back down, setting his wallet between them>
Girls:
<Izzy takes the picture, looks at it and smiles, looks back up at him> She’s beautiful, Dominic.. and has your eyes.
Boys:
<Dominic smiles, nods> Well.. now we’ve gone from Dominic can’t deliver to “who’d have a kid with *you*?”.
Boys:
<Dominic shrugs> Or at least that’s what they *were* saying before they got bored and moved on to some new drama.
Girls:
<Izzy shrugs> Wish I’d been there for that one.
Boys:
<Dominic looks at her, smiles> I’m sure you’ll hear it at least once while you’re here.
Girls:
<Izzy hands him back the picture smiling> Good.. then I’ll set them straight.
Boys:
<Dominic nods, takes the picture, puts it away> So.. <looks at her> I’m not allowed near her. I only found out about her a few weeks ago from a mutual friend, but.. I hired Viktor to help me get custody. <rolls his eyes> Which means… one.. I have to be a good boy. Two… I’ll have to be “responsible”. And three… <looks at her> Well.. my lifestyle’s going to have to change drastically.
Girls:
<Izzy nods> All right..Tell me what you need.
Boys:
<Dominic shakes his head> Someone who’s a little more child friendly than Anya to help me figure out what I need?
Boys:
<Dominic looks at her> I mean.. I have to furnish a room for a toddler. And a girl on top of it.
Boys:
<Dominic shakes his head again> In *my* loft. So it’s got to somehow.. blend in. I don’t even know if that’s possible.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her> And what the hell do they eat?
Boys:
<Dom rolls his eyes> And there is *no* way I’m redecorating the entire loft in pink.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> It is.. and I *can* help with that. Dom.. <quietly> I’m here and I’ll help you. I happen to have been camp counselor of the year six years running. <shrugs> And it seems I’m going to have nothing but time on my hands.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her> What if she falls down the stairs, Iz? I don’t even know if she actually *walks* or talks. And Anya said I need to pick a girl to play house with. <shakes his head> Okay, not in those words, but..
Girls:
<Izzy shakes her head> Dom.. You don’t need to pick a girl to play house with. How old is she?
Boys:
<Dom looks at her> She’s 3. And I don’t really *mean* play house. I mean.. a stable relationship. Because “a stable relationship equals a stable home life.”
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him> This coming from *Anya*. Sounds to me more like she was trying to …<shakes her head> That’s not important. Okay. She’s three. She probably walks and talks. She’s eating real food but *not* elaborate food. As far as the stairs.. that’s what baby gates are for and before you freak.. there are many kinds out there designed to fit the décor in your loft.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her> Trying to wrangle me into a relationship?
Girls:
<Izzy nods> Yes.. with her. Here’s the thing.. a judge isn’t going to care if you’ve got an SO or a “mother” for the kid. What’s her name? He’s going to care that you can provide a loving, stable, nurturing home life. Which you *can* do. Jesus Dom.. you’re better equipped for it then most single moms.
Boys:
<Dom smiles> Her name’s Alyssa. And while I might be better off than most single mom’s, they don’t have to dig too deeply to see that I am anything *but* responsible and mature. As for Anya, that’s exactly what she was doing and while I love her, I think sometimes she forgets it’s *me* she’s dealing with and I can see her coming from a mile away.
Boys:
<Dom smiles> Even when she’s telling me all the reasons I should call you when we get back.
Girls:
<Izzy laughs> She told you to call me? Seriously? <reaches over and touches him> Maturity is overrated. Are you responsible? Yes. You are. You’re able to maintain relationships and a home. You have a job and friends. You aren’t a drug addict or alcoholic. You have a support system in place.. Alexei at least has some clue about kids.
Boys:
<Dom takes her hand, smiles> And I have you.  Camp counselor of the year for six years straight.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> Yes you do, and I’m not going anywhere, Dom. <looks at him, grins> Hell I may just end up moving into your spare room.
Boys:
<Dom shakes his head> You can’t. It’s reserved for my daughter. <looks at her> But you *are* going to court with me.
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him> I am?
Boys:
<Dom nods> Definitely. <looks at her> I’d be crazy not to take you with me, Izzy. You’re the epitome of everything they’re going to be looking for.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> All right. Well decorate her room, no pink, when we get back.
Boys:
<Dom smiles> Anya says she knows a thing or two about kids, but.. come on.. *Anya*? Can you see *her* wiping a runny nose?
Girls:
<Izzy arches her brow> Pfft. I can’t see Anya near a kid. They might stain something or muss her hair.
Boys:
<Dom nods> Seriously. I can barely see *me* near them.
Boys:
<Dom shakes his head, smiles> Hell.. she’ll grow up thinking Alexei’s her father because he’ll be all over that.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> I can. I think you’re going to be a good dad. <laughs> Alexei will adore her and spoil her rotten.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her, smiles> Yes, he will. <looks at their hands> When Anya was talking about the stable relationship thing and I knew she meant her or was at least thinking that was the first place I’d go because of our history, you were actually the one I was thinking about. <looks at her> Because I can’t see Anya with a child. Not one that isn’t hers anyway. I don’t doubt she’d try, but the first time we’re at a nice restaurant and Alyssa has a tantrum… I just don’t see her having *quite* enough patience, you know?
Boys:
<Dom shakes his head> And honestly.. I don’t want her being raised around models.
Girls:
<Izzy nods> I do.. I don’t see her as the mothering type. <smiles> And then there’s that. I like Anya, I do.. but she’s not exactly a role model for little girls.
Boys:
<Dom nods> No. She isn’t. <looks at her> I want to get this at least half right.
Girls:
<Izzy quietly> You will. I’ll help.. and we’ll do it together.
Boys:
<Dominic nods>
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him> Breathe Dom.. I”ve got you.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her, smiles> It’s a good thing, too. I’m actually kind of fucking terrified.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> You should me.. I’m not going to lie. It’s going to be hard as hell at first. But once things settle down.. it’ll get easier. You’re going to need to get babysitters and daycare. She’s three so it won’t be like an infant that’s completely dependent on you. <looks at him> But you have help and that’s a good thing.
Boys:
<Dom nods, takes a breath> I’m also kind of fucking excited, too.
Girls:
<Izzy laughs> Good.. and find your sense of humor.
Boys:
<Dom smiles> I have one, it’s just not usually appropriate for children.
Girls:
<Izzy nods> I know you do.. and you’ll need it for those times when she does something completely out there.
Boys:
<Dom blinks> Jesus. I’ll have to stop objectifying women out loud.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> So get it out before you get her.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her, smiles> You realize the locals are going to look at you like you’re mentally challenged when they see you with me, right?
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him, smiles> I give a fuck about that. I’m not here for them, baby.. I’m here for *you*.
Boys:
<Dom smiles broadly> Oh, but it’s still going to be fun watching them try to get their heads around it.
Boys:
<Dom laughs> And if our other people weren’t here, I’d totally floor them by introducing you as my wife.
Boys:
<Dom blinks, laughs again> Oh, my god, that reminds me. <looks at her> I don’t remember what led up to it, but Anya got into it with another of the local girls.. oh, right.. Anya said she couldn’t handle me and this girl heard her and said something about how Anya didn’t know her and had no idea what she could handle. So, Anya turns around and says to her that if I want on her or in her, it *will* happen and she won’t even realize she’s caved til she’s screaming my name.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> So do it. Our other people don’t know what I’ve been up to.
Girls:
<Izzy blinks> Oh my god.. that’s great.
Boys:
<Dom smiles> I’m totally going to introduce you as my wife. Just to fuck with them.
Girls:
<Izzy laughs> That’s great. We can hit up the… <blinks> God there’s nothing around here to hit up.
Boys:
<Dom laughs> Tell me about it! <smiles> And Damien’s head will fucking explode. You should’ve seen him when he heard we were “friends”.
Boys:
<Dom smiles broadly> He actually asked if you were my new plaything.

Girls:
<Izzy smiles> I’m not sure I’d mind that so much.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her, smiles> Anya got the pictures back. She pulled them out at that dinner. I went on a rather eloquent diatribe about you and how beautiful you are. And what beauty really is.
Girls:
<Izzy looks down and smiles, shaking her head> Okay.. I’m glad I wasn’t there for that.
Boys:
<Dom watches her, still smiling> I showed them to one of the girls, and told them about you. She couldn’t believe you couldn’t see it.
Girls:
<Izzy raises her eyes to his, softly> I see it.. now anyway.
Boys:
<Dom smiles again, quietly> It’s about time.
Boys:
<Dom squeezes her hand> So what’s this you were saying about having nothing but time or something?
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him, shrugs> I got fired.
Boys:
<Dom arches a brow> You got *fired*? For what?
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him> Doesn’t matter.. it’s okay. I’ve got enough savings to last a little while.
Boys:
<Dom shakes his head> Iz… <looks at her> Where are you staying?
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him> I got a room here. <smiles> One of the less expensive rooms.
Boys:
<Dom arches a brow> Oh.. <shakes his head> No. No way.
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him> Dom.. <smiles> It’s actually better than my apartment. You remember my apartment right?
Boys:
<Dom gets up, walks over to his clothes, strips off the pajama bottoms, pulls his pants on, grabs his turtleneck, looks over at her> They’re never going to believe I’d let my *wife* have a separate, less expensive room. <pulls his shirt on>
Boys:
<Dom puts on his socks and shoes, walks over to her, takes her chin in his fingers, tilts her head back, kisses her, pulls back, looks at her> Give me the card you used and go get your shit. You’re staying with me.
Girls:
<Izzy kisses him back, looks at him> Dom.. <shakes her head> I used cash.. I don’t have cards.
Boys:
<Dom nods> Good. Then this will be even easier for them. Go get your shit and I’ll be back. <smiles> And I’m going to fuck with Anya while I’m at it.
Girls:
<Izzy nods, smiling> All right.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her for a second, smiles> I really *am* glad you came.
Girls:
<Izzy holds his look> I didn’t get nervous until Anya left me here.
Boys:
<Dom shakes his head> Why would you get nervous?
Girls:
<Izzy quietly> I wasn’t sure if you wanted me to come.
Boys:
<Dom smiles> Well, now you know.
Girls:
<Izzy smiles> I do. <looks at him> I got the text at work and knew I had to get here.. I got the plane ticket, and told my boss I wasn’t coming in for the rest of the week. He fired me.
Boys:
<Dom shakes his head> Damn, Izzy. <looks at her> I don’t even know what to say to that.
Girls:
<Izzy shakes her head> Don’t say anything.. It was my choice to do this.
Boys:
<Dom nods> Still. I don’t think anyone’s ever done anything like that for me, before.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her> And without even knowing why.
Girls:
<Izzy shrugs> I just figured if it was bad enough that Shay was texting me.. it must be something bad.
Boys:
<Dom nods> And then there’s that. Shay texting you… how did she know?
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him> She was at the hoedown?
Boys:
<Dom nods> Well, yes, but.. I meant how did she know to text you, specifically?
Girls:
<Izzy looks down> Because she knows how I feel.
Boys:
<Dom sits back down, looks at her>
Girls:
<Izzy looks at him>
Boys:
<Dom thinks about it for a second, smiles> Keep it to yourself just a little while longer.
Girls:
<Izzy nods and smiles> I plan on it Dom. <shrugs> I hadn’t even planned on letting *that* much out.
Boys:
<Dom smiles, shakes his head> I’m not so self absorbed I can’t see what’s in front of me.
Boys:
<Dom shrugs> I just usually pretend it isn’t there.
Girls:
<Izzy nods still smiling> I know.. which is why I hadn’t planned on say anything.
Boys:
<Dom looks at her> You really are something. Go get your stuff. <gets up and heads to the door>
Girls:
<Izzy shrugs> All right. <smiles> It won’t take long. I only brought one bag.
Boys:
<Dom smiles, shakes his head> Of *course* you did. <walks out into the hall, heads down to Anya’s room, knocks on the door>
Girls:
<Izzy heads out for her stuff>

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Posted June 3, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude