Perfect by Erica
Chapter 1 by Erica
After walking the streets of Barcelona, Spain all day, I knew that it was time for me to take a break. I found a little Spanish bakery and walked inside. I threw myself into one of those stupid little wiry chairs that the Spaniards just seemed to love. After resting for a few minutes, I looked up at the menu and tried to decide what to order. Luckily, I had spent the past 7 years studying Spanish in both high school and college. Unfortunately for some people, that was not the case.
I sat back in my chair and watched as an amazingly good-looking blonde man struggled to order. I laughed to myself and decided to do my good deed for the day. I tapped him on the shoulder and motioned for him to move aside. I looked at the obviously amused Spanish girl on the other side of the counter and gave her a big smile.
"El quiere un paz de pan de chocolate y una leche, por favor." I said. The lady handed me the piece of cake and said, "3 Euro por favor."
I turned to the man to see his mouth hanging open shock. "That’ll be 4 dollars sir. You’re not getting this cake for free." I walked back over to my table and sat the cake down on the table next to the seat across from me.
I watched as the man paid for his cake and still in shock brought his "leche" over to the table and sat down. I laughed slightly and he shook his head in disbelief. "I’ve never had that happen to me before." He stated and picked up the fork to take a bite from his cake. "Thank you for saving me."
"No hay una problema. Yo soy de los Estado Unidos tambien, y he estado en su situación antes." I said, knowing that I was just confusing the hell out of him.
"Ok, all I got out of that was the United States. Could you please speak in English?" He asked carefully, not sure if he was offending me or not.
"Yes, of course I can speak in English. How else would I be able to talk to you and actually carry on a conversation? I’m Jade by the way." I said and extended my hand.
"Nick, nice to meet you Jade. So, how long have you been in Spain?" He asked. He continued to hold my hand, as if he had let go, I would have disappeared.
I looked deep into his eyes and they seemed so familiar to me. I shook off the feeling of home and responded. "I’ve been here for 2 weeks and I go home in 3 days. How long are you here for?"
He finally let go of my hand and I have to admit, I was very disappointed. "I’ve been here for 1 week and we leave the day after tomorrow."
"That’s cool. Well, I have a question for you, it’s been burning me up." I said.
I looked at her and took in her beauty. Her brown eyes were tantalizing and the way she presented herself was very intimidating. "Come on Carter, get a grip. No girl can intimidate you." I said to myself and prepared myself for what was next. I knew she was going to figure me out. She was going to ask about Backstreet.
"How is it, that you can come to a foreign country and have no knowledge of their language? That cracks me up." She said. I breathed out a sigh of relief and told her the "I travel a lot" line.
"Well, what do you do so that you travel so much?" She asked. "If you travel, then you must need to know some kind of other languages. You need to communicate, right?"
"I’m kind of in a band. We have people to communicate for us." I said and tensed up. I’m not a very good liar.
"Oh really, what band are you in?" She asked. I knew it was coming, why didn’t I just say that I was a salesman or something.
"Um, we’re not really popular in the United States yet. It’s called, um, Fish Bones, yeah, we’re trying to get a good, solid, following here in Europe before going to the States with our music." I lied.
"I don’t believe you." She said. "You don’t look like the kind of guy to be in a band called Fish Bones. You’d be in something like, ‘The Wonderful Terrific Boy Band."
I was kind of hurt by that statement, considering that, hello, I was in a boy band. "What, you don’t like that kind of music?"
"I didn’t say that, did I? I just said that you look like the kind of guy who would be in a boy band, not a rock group." she said, still trying to figure him out.
"Well, then I guess you’ll never know." I said and sat back in my chair and took a bite out of my chocolate cake. I considered the rich taste carefully and then took a long sip of my leche.
She watched me as I carefully swallowed the milk and just sitting here, knowing nothing about her made her extremely sexy. I licked my lips and all of a sudden I heard a loud buzzing sound. My hand immediately went to my pocket, where a vibrating cell phone emerged.
"Yes, Kirsten?" I asked into the phone. I held up one finger and she nodded at me.
"Nickolas, where are you? We need to have a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the rest of your recording schedule. Besides, I miss you and I want to see you. You’ve been gone almost all day." I heard Kirsten say. For some reason, I couldn’t concentrate with Jade looking at me questioningly from across the table. I mouthed "sorry" to her and she just gave me a small smile.
I looked at my watch and then turned my attention back to Kirsten. "Yes sweetie, I understand that we need to meet. I’ve only been gone for a little more than an hour. I should be back to the hotel in a few minutes, I just had to get away. … Uh huh, I’ll see you soon sweetie, I love you too. Talk to you later." I said and hung up the phone.
"Girlfriend?" She asked, looking slightly disappointed.
"Yeah, and manager. I know that I’m not supposed to mix business with pleasure, but, she kind of made me fall for her. We’ve only been together for 5 months, but it feels like we’ve been together forever." I said.
"That sounds like a bad ‘we’ve been together forever’. Is it?" she asked me. As soon as the words left her mouth, I could feel myself trying to figure out a good answer for her.
"It’s more of a convenience. I think that I truly do love Kirsten, just not the head over heels kind of love. What am I doing here? Tell you, a complete stranger about my love life of all things." I said to her. Her face softened and she smiled. What a beautiful smile she had. "Anyways, thank you so much for saving my life from the Spanish speaking world. Maybe I’ll see you around sometime, Jade."
After saying that, I watched as he flashed me an entire mouthful of pearly whites and got up to throw away his trash. He came back and watched as I got up from the table. I picked up all of my bags and looked at him.
"Well, I guess I’ll see you around sometime. Have a safe trip back to the states." I said and began to walk away.
He quickly walked up to me and grabbed my arm. I smiled to myself before turning around. "I just wanted to say thanks again, and that I do hope that we see each other again.
And, if my ‘together forever’ love doesn’t last, I’d like to talk. Here’s my number, give me a ring sometime." He said and pulled out a business card sized piece of paper and wrote on it "Fish Bones" and his number.
I looked at him and he winked at me. He walked away and I knew that I was hooked for a very long time to come. This was just great, wonderful, terrific. I just got the phone number from a gorgeous alpha male who I knew nothing about and all I could do was picture him naked wearing only that knee-weakening smile. Yeah, this was going to be just perfect.
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