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I was doing just fine before I met you, @LEVI KOMINE
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Sep 7 2016, 06:36 PM
To say that this wasn't something that Aria often did would have been an understatement of epic proportions. She had never really been the ballsy twin in comparison to her older sister Ayla, who had come between two very much in love people and ruined a relationship for the sake of having a first boyfriend. If you asked anyone, Ayla had always been the one of the two that had been reckless whereas Aria had always seemed to have her head firmly on her shoulders, even in her earlier years.
That wasn't to say that Aria hadn't made mistakes of her own, of course. She had found herself in a relationship at a very early stage and had given everything to that man - the same man that she still longed to have a future with, at that. So perhaps it wasn't much of a mistake for her to find herself in a relationship that early in life if it was still going strong.
Well, strong might not have been a word that she would have used more recently; Andrew had problems of his own that he needed to deal with in the form of a drug addiction. He didn't talk about it very much - least of all to Aria - but he was dealing with it in his own way and, for now, it seemed as though it might have been working. In the meantime, Andrew and Aria were on a bit of a break but as far as she knew, that wasn't exactly giving each other the 'go-ahead' to date other people.
That didn't mean that she wasn't lonely, however. There was only so much comfort that she could get from her family before she began seeing for herself that maybe she needed more relationships aside from the one she had with her boyfriend. She needed people in her life to support her through things - much like this - that she could depend on. Granted, seeking that out on the internet likely wasn't the best way to go about it, but Aria, as busy as she often was, didn't quite have the time to mingle much of anywhere else.
Her time was (more or less) consumed by her home life or by her job which was acting as the personal assistant to a local small business owner who was frequently scheduled for photo shoots, weddings and so on and so forth whereas her home life consisted of spending time with everyone she loved dearly. That, of course, now included Xavier and Ben, her mother's two boyfriends both of whom Aria had grown rather fond of over the months.
The male that she had been speaking to online wasn't someone she had ever met face-to-face before. All she had known was a first name and that they - like her - were from New Orleans. They had spoken a handful of times online and both seemed to be able to get along with the other without incident; it was no wonder that Aria was wanting to have that engraved into her life in person rather than continuing some little online friendship. It felt too much like a dirty little secret that way.
Having ordered herself an iced coffee before finding herself a seat nearest the big picture window that overlooked the main street of the Marina, Aria sipped on her cold beverage as she wanted for the stranger in question to meet her at the place of their choosing, hoping to God he wasn't some creep that was planning on selling her Kidneys over the black market...
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Dec 17 2016, 09:26 PM
Aria fully understood the risks that came with meeting someone online. She had seen dozens of television shows that centered on the murders and disappearances of people who were doing exactly what she was doing right now. Sure, she had left a note at home to let her mother know where she had gone and she was meeting said person in a very public place, but that didn't necessarily prevent all evils.
She wasn't going to take this first meeting as anything more than it was, meaning she sure as hell wasn't going to go anywhere less public with whoever walked in through those doors claiming to be her online companion. Just because that first meeting went well didn't mean that whoever was meeting her wasn't putting on an act. Isn't that what the most successfully horrendous serial killers had done, after all? Played nice until they got someone exactly where they wanted them...
Hearing a male voice speaking her name had Aria's blue eyes glancing up from the cold drink she had ordered for herself. A small smile on her lips that faded - briefly - before turning into a bit of a stumped smirk. She had been excited for that first second or two to see that her online connection had actually shown up but seeing that it was one of her mother's co-workers had been a bit of a shock immediately after. Not one she couldn't move past, but one that would surely make things interesting.
Her mother likely wouldn't be overly impressed that Aria had met yet another man in her life; Andrew had once been her mother's best friend prior to Aria developing a bit of a crush on him. This might be the straw that breaks the camel's back, but Aria couldn't deny a sort of excitement at seeing her mother's surely powerful reaction to all of this.
As he offered her his hand, Aria's much smaller one offered it a strong-gripped shake in greeting. Really, they hadn't ever been formally introduced but Aria had seen photos of Levi - mainly in the newspaper - when he had been listed as a member of the same law enforcement team that her mother and Vince were both active parts of.
"Hey there! It's nice to formally meet you!" She couldn't help but to wonder if he recognized her as Claire's daughter; if he didn't, it'd be interesting to see how he'd react upon learning that small - but important - piece of information. He could easily spook, of course, and she hoped he wouldn't, but maybe he'd take it in stride much as she was trying to. "I already ordered a drink; it's a thousand degrees outside and I didn't think I'd survive the wait otherwise..."
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Jun 10 2017, 06:13 PM
No matter how big the city of New Orleans seemed to be, it always struck Aria as strange that the world could be so damn small as to keep running her into people that her family already knew rather than introducing her her to new lives that she could take home to introduce to the lives she already knew and loved at home. Andrew - Aria's ex-boyfriend - had been her mother's close friend at one point in time and now Levi - her mother's co-worker - was someone she was meeting up with in hopes of branching out a bit and finding herself some form of happiness, however big or small.
"Oh, don't worry about it! I have a few family members that work at the police department..." Like her mother, but she wasn't wanting to bring that up; that'd definitely me a mood and conversation killer, if ever there was one... "Vince is a family friend; he's always late to everything because of work; it's sort of a regular thing these days." Her mother, too, was late nine times out of ten; Aria knew firsthand just how difficult and chaotic their jobs could be so she never held it against any of them, especially knowing that they were all working their asses off to make the world a better place.
Despite the fact that Aria was hoping there would be an easy way around the awkward topic of the fact she was Claire's daughter (and, in turn, Levi was Claire's co-worker), there didn't seem to be an easy fix. They could dance around the elephant in the room all they wanted but that didn't conceal it or make it go away. Maybe addressing it and getting it out of the way would be the best option.
She had been wondering if Levi was on the same page as she was when he made a little joke about how fun work was going to be for him tomorrow. A bright smile finding her lips as she shook her head in slight amusement. She didn't imagine that her mother would give him that much grief right off the bat; it wasn't like she was sleeping with the guy, after all...
"Well, at least you'll both hopefully get a few laughs out of it?" She knew that Vince surely would if someone chose to fill in those blanks for him. He'd likely be the instigator of the situation, poking fun at both Claire and Levi all day long if he had his own way...
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: Jan 2 2018, 03:21 PM
Truth be told? It was hard getting to know someone when your family was as well known as Aria's just so happened to be. She adored seeing just how successful they were as both a family and a pack, and just how many people looked up to them as a whole... but it sure as hell made things a little awkward when everyone Aria met just happened to know at least one person in her extensive family.
Nine times out of ten, it was her mother, Claire. She was an American socialite after she had been introduced to New York's most elite and had been taken in under their wing. Now, she was a S.W.A.T. Unit agent who just so happened to be an active member of some elite little group the New Orleans Police Department had founded - or had it been the government? - that specialized in cases most other officers would never be able to explain...
Levi was part of that little group, as far as Aria knew, so he worked hand-in-hand with her mother. Granted, that could be a touch awkward should things ever progress romantically between the two of them - bringing someone home that her mother personally knew wasn't entirely a first for Aria - but it was something that could easily be overcome.
Aria's smile grew all the more as Levi stated he wasn't there to talk about work, something that was a bit of a first for Aria. Everyone was always so damn eager to gush about their days on the job that it almost seemed like a mundane custom; it was a little refreshing to be conversing with someone who, like Aria, felt that work should be left at work at the end of the day.
"How have I been? I've been good!" Thankfully, the blonde's life was never overly-dramatic which was something she had always been grateful for. "I've been spending a bit of time with my sister while she's between jobs; she's trying to dip into modelling..." Something Aria couldn't fathom for herself, but was ever-proud of her twin sister for doing. "Other than that, the most exciting thing my week's seen - aside from you - was me breaking into my own house..."
Aria knew that that story would need to be elaborated on a touch more; the last thing she wanted, after all, was a police officer thinking that breaking and entering was something she did for fun in her spare time.
"I locked myself out of the house and decided to try and get in via the basement. Great in theory, chaotic in practice. I tripped half-way down the stairs and landed on my step-father's table of plants, shattering just about everything... He thought it was pretty amusing, but I look like I've been hit with a car with my clothes off."
Thankfully, neither of the men her mother found herself in relationships with ever really got upset with Aria; she knew it was always a handful stepping into a family and trying to create one of your own with said family members... but they were doing an amazing job, one way or another.
"What about you? What all have you been up to?"
PERMALINK // POSTED ON: May 12 2018, 06:42 PM
A small smile cracked across Aria's face as Levi decided that her life seemed far less boring than his allegedly was, shaking her head gently in refusal of that statement. "Trust me; that's about as entertaining as my life gets these days! My brother and sister are a bit more social and a bit more outgoing than I am; I'm mostly just at work or at home binge-watching The Office on Netflix..."
To some, it might have been a little sad that Aria didn't find much pleasure in putting herself as "out there" as possible for a young woman her age, but it just wasn't something she found herself overly dedicated to doing. Ayla was so much more social and had a knack for showing off her beauty in ways that benefited her bank account. She was stunning, and while the two were identical twins, it was Ayla's personality that intensified her physical beauty by far.
Aiden was a bit more socially awkward, but he still put himself out there, at the very least. He just tried a little too hard sometimes and was definitely struggling to find his footing in the world. Maybe it was harder for him to see one of his younger sisters paving her way in such a driven career before he, their older sibling, had done so for himself... but Aria preferred supporting Ayla rather than feeling inferior to her success.
"At least we have that in common, right?! Not that I had ever surfed or snowboarded a day in her life, but I've always wanted to try!" Okay, maybe part of that "wanting to" was because both skiing and surfing made amazing and aesthetically pleasing Instagram pictures, but a few hobbies wouldn't kill her, especially if they got her out on the water or playing in the snow.
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