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****5 years later******
"Why can't time just stop?" Serena screamed as she jumped out the bus and quickly ran to the chapel, she was running late as it is, five minutes was alright but almost forty-five minutes late was simply unacceptable. She ran across the road, ignoring the angry honks and made a mad dash across down the block. Just a few more steps and she would be at the chapel; hopefully the groom won't be upset. Serena shook her head at the silly thought as she saw the large, white chapel just up ahead. She ran into the church as the various guests turned their heads at her entrance.
"You're late." Serena glared at her 'assistant' who giggled in her tea.
"Shut up." Serena pinned her long blonde hair into a messy bun as she dashed towards the groom's rooms. She burst into the room and the men stopped their chatter and turned their heads towards her entrance.
"You're late." One of them teased as she stuck her tongue out immaturely at the man, who just so happen to be her brother. He shook his head and pointed to the bathroom wear the man of the hour was waiting.
"How is he?" She asked however she received various answers ranging from "Oh he's fine" to "He's a mess." She rolled her eyes at their lack of answers and barged into the bathroom. The groom looked startled at first, but relaxed when he realized who it was and that he wasn't naked.
"What's the excuse?" He asked still staring at his reflection in the mirror while Serena rummaged through her bag for the bowtie.
"Bus broke down, had to wait for another and you couldn't have just be careful." Serena complained as he took off his stained tie and took the pretty white one from her. He, as usual, resembled an angel from heaven only there was a human like quality to him today. He was nervous.
"What if she says I don't?" Serena rolled her eyes at his cold feet and forced him to turn around so she could fix his tie.
"She said yes when you asked her for her hand, she said yes when you asked her out. Why would she say no? Colin you worry more than the bride." Serena smiled at her old friend's appearance and pushed him out the door. The men turned to him as he ran a hand through his hair.
"Come on man, it's time." Sammy turned out the door as Serena pushed Colin to his position in the front. She took her seat and waited for the bride as the music began to play. She stood as she watched the woman, Grace, nervously walked towards her soon to be husband. Colin was in absolute awe of her as she awkwardly smiled and almost tripped over her heels if it wasn't for her father holding on to her. Serena smiled brightly as the nerves of the two passed as the vows finished and shared their first kiss as husband and wife. This was why she loved her job so much, that look a couple shared and it was of pure, simple love. She left the chapel quickly just in time to help the wedding planner with setting up the reception, only this time, she would 'borrow' one of the limos.
Five years she had moved to one of the biggest cities in the world and she hadn't regretted it. She had graduated three years ago with a degree in business and management, which was essential to her matchmaking. She had a longer list of clients than ever, not just the youngsters anymore, but bitter senior citizens who have been lonely for so long had found happiness with her. Just a month ago, she had helped wedded a young thirty year old woman with a ten year old son marry a fifty six year old man with two grown children. She smiled as the couple entered the reception hall and their eyes lit up at the décor and extravagance.
"First thank you so much for being able to attend our special day and allowing us to share it with you. So a lot of you all have been asking us how we met because it's not really romantic per say. Actually I have tried so hard to be romantic and it never happens." Colin began, but Grace snatched the microphone from him.
"I was in selling hot dogs as a part time job on one of those vendors and Serena just walked up to me, I didn't know her, and she asked if she could set me up with my soul mate. I thought she was joking but she was completely serious and after a few disastrous dates later, I met Colin. It was the most awkward and absurd date I had ever gone out with, we didn't talk, I tried to engage but he just muttered into his water. I was shocked myself when I agreed to a second date then another and another and well here we are so thank you." Grace quickly finished and downed the champagne in her hand as she pulled him to a seat. Serena laughed at the couple as she watched Grace scold him, but he was still smiling. They really were perfect. Her old crush had become one of her closest friends.
Serena hugged them both and watched as they got into their car for their honeymoon. She checked her phone and mentally cursed at the clock, and took off her red heels and took off running. She was late, only these companions wouldn't be as friendly as Colin had been. She raced into the taxi and yelled the address for the hotel she was meeting these clients.
"You're late." Serena turned to the voice to see her best friend, Mina, grinning widely at her as she pulled her into a hug.
""Seems to be a common theme for me today, how's France?" Mina had graduated with Serena and immediately got an internship at Vogue France, which she finished a couple months earlier. Serena allowed herself to be pulled to the booth in the back, reserved for their outing.
"Of course you'll make us wait." Serena glared playfully at Rei's patronizing tone. Rei had quit modeling and pursued her interests in law. She was now in law school and was in the top ten percentile of her class.
"The number of times we had to wait for you to get ready Pyro." Lita finished culinary school and because of her years spent at Go Lucky Kitchen, she was now their top chef and assistant manager to one of the esteemed restaurants.
"Serena, one of these days, you should invest in a watch." Ami suggested playfully, she had completed medical school just two years before, one of the youngest students and was beginning her residency already making a name for herself.
"Shut up, we're not in high school anymore." Serena fumed as she plopped down next to Lita.
"Got a reason?" Serena thanked the waiter for her strawberry daiquiri as she drank a large sip.
"Colin got married." Serena smiled as some of her friends' eyes widened and the others seemed puzzled.
"To Marie, that stuck up wannabe actress?"
"No, to Grace, the girl that didn't give him the time of day, the one who is quite clinical in her understanding of the world, the one that believed Colin was more of a nifty experiment than an actual human being." Serena stressed.
"It was odd, you know how it is recommended to get a mentor, and well today I met mine, Kael Pierce." Rei explained while sipped her martini; however, it caused Mina to choke on her mojito, Lita handed her friend a napkin and patted her back.
"Kael?" Mina questioned while Ami and Serena smiled sympathetically.
"Yeah, he opened his own firm a couple years back, pretty successful, Mina please tell me you're not still pining over him." Rei groaned, this was them every week, love lives completely none existent. Serena's last boyfriend was in high school then she became busy finding love for others and not herself, Ami came close with another med-student, Greg, a couple years back before the two split, Lita devoted her entire time to managing the restaurant and stopped dating almost entirely when she graduated culinary school, Mina and herself dated many men over the years from male models to the average student, never went into anything deeper besides a night. Let it be one night stands or failed dates.
"Of course not, just surprised is all." None of them believed her, but no one pushed.
"Men suck." Lita complained as she called the waiter for another margarita, tequila, or vodka.
"What happened?" Serena questioned, out of habit as she listened to her friend rant and complain at the state of men in the universe.
"You see Nate all the time, he's your boss." Ami pointed out as Lita glared at her empty glass.
"He's just so…ahhhh…and..bleh…and I don't know." Lita sighed, demanding more alcohol to stop thinking altogether; she took her shot and turned to Ami, "I heard from Nate, Zane is going to be working at your hospital."
Ami was startled at first before going back to her calm façade and stared at her friend, "Why on Earth, will that affect me? He was a colleague of mine, no infatuations or fake occasionally real boyfriend drama." Ami retorted as she continued to sip her first and only drink of the night.
Rei glared at Ami as she turned off her phone as 'Lord WhatsHisName' continued to pester her, maybe even all night but that didn't mean Rei had to respond. Serena examined her friends with slight sadness because this applied to her as well. They may be successful and happy even, but they all came home to empty houses in the end of the night, well most of the time.
"Oh my god, Jerry again?" Mina shrieked as Rei rolled her eyes.
"Seriously, what are you guys?" Lita questioned, seemingly calmer after she finished her drink.
"You two have been involved for five years. Maybe it's time you know, what's that word, talk?" Mina lectured while Rei glared at the blonde; however, the shorter one was surprisingly quiet.
"Serena, why no words?" Serena smiled contently at her friends. She knew Jerry had feelings for Rei, but Rei had too many walls built up around her, she couldn't trust. She saw her friend genuinely smile because of a man four years ago when they thought they were alone in London together, luckily for Serena she had business to tend to in the same city and she saw Jerry wrap his arms around her as he pretended to feed her fish and chips and she jokingly tried to back away from him. He kissed her unsuspectingly and he received her smile. She saw their glow right away, but in the past few years, she realized patience is virtue; especially when it came to her best friend.
Jerry chuckled as his 'Fire Princess' failed to return any of his texts. He didn't really understand the exact label between them, well what do you call the woman you occasionally sleep with, comfort, but mostly scream at? He asked Rei once and she simply just pulled him back into his bedroom and he never asked again. What was this? He hasn't seen any other girl since she had waltzed into his life, but he knew she had seen other guys. All of those guys never worked out and he was the only one remaining in her life. What were they?
"You okay man?" Jerry looked up to see his best friend staring up at him. He had his hand clenched around his phone, Jerry relaxed his hand and shoved it back into his pocket and gave them his a thousand-watt smile.
"Why wouldn't I be, we're all together at last."
"If you start singing, I'll murder you and have Kael here help me avoid prison." Nate threatened while Kael looked up from his desk at his friends' antics, rolled his eyes, and went back on to the computer. Nate had taken over one of his family's restaurants to get a feel of the business. He accepted his path laid out for him, but Nate still took various detours that drove his mother up the wall.
"Why are you all in my office? I failed to get the invite where our next meeting was and apparently it's here." Kael said sarcastically, closing the documents and returning his attention to his guests.
"Because last time, you all showed up in my bedroom… at 3 am." Darien answered smirking as Kael rolled his eyes.
"I heard you were an absolute angel at night and had to check it out." Jerry mocked as he petted Darien's head in an exaggerated, motherly way. Darien swatted his hand away and quickly stole the phone from his friend's pocket.
"Seriously still?" Darien looked up in shock as Jerry grabbed his phone back and held it as tight as earlier.
"What?" Zane was collapsed on the couch from exhaustion and had missed their antics due to a power nap.
"Rei, is she your girlfriend?" Nate teased, trying to make trash bin shots from his seat.
"She is not my girlfriend; she's my…well…my…friend…buddy…something." Jerry finished awkwardly as he listened to his friends' groans and moans about how 'unhealthy' and 'weird' it was.
"Jerry, you haven't seen another girl for the past five years so she's not your friends with benefits, you take her out and comfort her when she's sad, you two have strange as fuck nicknames on your phones, what do you call that?" Zane yelled as his friends stared at him with wonder.
"You all try not sleeping for four days straight."
"Look what Dr. Cranky is trying to say is all you two do is use each other for companionship. Also you seem to care about her if you can hold off on all of the other girls you used to have." Darien expressed, five years ago they pretended to date, after Serena left there was no reason for them to talk to each other, but they stayed in contact. He watched his best friend fall hard for Rei Hino, he realized it three years ago when Jerry dropped his family's biggest event of the year because Rei was crying after a call from her father. Since then, he has dropped the world for this girl. He was on his way to taking control of his family's company especially with the contributions he helped create with improving the weight loss tea his family created.
Darien moved out of his grandparents' grand estate a few years ago. He lived in a penthouse that was right across from work and practically lived there. His assistant made it quite known the number of times Darien called him to work in the middle of the night. Madeline was modeling more in the city now, which made their relationship easier, but something was missing in their relationship after the heart to hearts he had with Serena a few years ago. He expressed to Madeline about his need to be a father, which resulted in another argument. He was still content about his life.
"Ruka and Michi's wedding?" Kael switched the subject after a few minutes of silence from the group, the big brother still in the group still.
"In two days." Darien smiled at the thought of those two. His sister's husband would be flying in tomorrow. It was true Kael had accepted the turn of events after his last breakdown about the girl and said girl had comforted him that night until the early morning hours. Trista would always own a piece of his heart, but he let her go five years ago and was happy to see her smile.
"Finally I mean yeah with Michi's big violin career and Ruka's racing career, not to mention they were in completely different continents for the longest time ever, it's time." Jerry smiled as Nate groaned and threw his ringing cell phone on the floor.
"Mother dearest again?" Darien questioned while Zane moved into a sitting position on the couch and picked up the phone between his feet.
"Try Daddy dearest." Zane tossed the phone back to Nate, who moved to check the messages, voicemails, even short emails his father managed to send in those seconds.
"Time to leave, dearies." Nate announced as he got up from the chair and began to straighten out his suit.
So overall nothing really changed for Darien and his friends, besides the fact that they all became more successful than ever before. Darien opened the door to his penthouse seeing his girlfriend sitting on the windowsill while drinking wine. Her red hair had gotten even longer over the years as well as darker, which her agent said "was the perfect combination of softness from her skin and harshness from her hair."
"Didn't I at least deserve a call?" Maddie turned her dark green eyes to him as he moved his way towards the bathroom.
"You've been late before and I have never berated you." Darien froze as he felt himself being turned around. Madeline hugged him tightly and felt happy when he wrapped his arms around her instinctively.
"I'm sorry about what I said this morning, you're right. We should talk about it." Darien didn't say anything as he stalked into the bathroom, once Maddie let him go. He entered the shower ran his hands through his wet hair in aggravation.
She finally wanted to talk about it.
"Hey." Rei turned around quickly, relaxing as she realized she knew the intruder.
"How the hell did you get in my apartment?" Rei demanded as Jerry chuckled at the question.
"You keep a spare key taped under your door. You told me that two years ago when I had to pick up your drunken ass after that New Year's Eve party." Jerry explained patronizingly. Rei gave him a tight lipped smile as she threw her purse on the couch and joined him in her balcony.
"What do you want?" Rei allowed the cold wind to surround her as she approached her intruder. Jerry smirked down at her, his height made prominent when she had no heels on, which was a very rare feat.
"What are we?" Rei looked shocked at the question he asked the first time four years ago.
"Excuse me?" Jerry leaned against the balcony and looked up at her expression.
"What are we? Status, label, what is it?" Rei contemplated answering, but she didn't have an answer and usually tried to steer clear of it.
"Don't play dumb, stop making excuses, and don't try to persuade me with sex. What are we?" Jerry demanded while Rei looked everywhere but at him.
"What do I call a girl I sleep with, drive, bring breakfast, lunch and dinner to, take on dates, drop everything for, comfort, talk to what the hell do I call you Rei? I haven't been with another girl since I got involved with you. What are we?" Jerry yelled, but Rei was still silent.
"I never asked you to do any of that." Jerry got up and yelled at the sky at the answer. Rei looked down at her bare feet and at the man before her.
"Okay because obviously this question is just too complicated for your pretty little head to comprehend, let me ask you a question, am I allowed to do whatever I want with whomever I want? In other words, am I allowed to get involved with others?" Jerry commanded waiting for her answer and a small part of him hoping for the answer he wanted.
"I'm not your girlfriend, lover etc., maybe we're friends, but you don't need my permission." Rei answered, but some part of her hurt for saying that. Parts of her were screaming why she said it in the first place, but what's done is done. Jerry nodded at the answer, it wasn't what he wanted but it was what she wanted and as usual he always did what she wanted.
"Thank you." Jerry placed his joking facade back on and went into her apartment, beginning to take his jacket off.
"What are you doing?" Rei questioned as she tried to forget what she had done and go back to their original arrangement.
"I never leave your apartment without getting something out of it and I don't plan on that starting." Jerry didn't allow her time to answer or reject him as he pressed his lips against hers as they both tried to forget the beginning of their long night.
Rei woke up to an empty bed, which hasn't happened since the beginning of their arrangement. He wasn't in the kitchen trying to cook because there were no loud swear words being projected in the air, he wasn't in the bathroom because he always belted off key to any random song that was in his mind. He was just gone. Rei shook her head, feeling used. He never left until she commanded it while throwing various objects at his direction or when he had to leave early for work in which he wakes her up to announce it to her and the rest of the world. She picked up her phone and noticed a message.
Still my date for Saturday?
She laughed at the message until she realized it was one of the ones he sent when she was with her friends. He sent a lot, but she had never responded. What has she done when she practically gave him full reign in bedding the next girl he set his sights on? There that sliver of pain was back as she thought of him in a passionate tryst with some other girl right at that moment. She picked up her phone, hesitating as her thumb hovered over the send key for a couple minutes before she quickly made up her mind and sent it. Hopefully it wouldn't back fire in her face.
Jerry was getting ready for work, straightening his tie out while he heard his phone vibrate. He walked over expecting it to be one of his friends or his grandfather suggesting a new plan for the company and was dying to share it with him. It wasn't from any of them other than 'her highness'. He was considering ignoring the message all together, but he had always been too curious for his own good. He expected an angry text about how she wasn't a prostitute and he was not going to be treating her like one, but it wasn't. Never in their entire 'arrangement' had she ever told him something like this. He smiled and left for work.
There is no label for what we're doing, so I made one. We're just the Princess and the Lord.
"Why are you so happy?" Serena asked her friend as they walked towards their jobs, which happened to be in the same general area.
"Just excited about Saturday, wedding of the century." Rei smiled and looked down at her phone.
As you wish your highness. –Lord WhatsHisName
Serena smiled at her friend and nodded knowingly as she snuck a quick peek from her friend's phone. Yes Saturday would be to die for.
So no Serena and Darien, I am simply reintroducing everyone because of the fast forward. Thanks again and I love you guys and hope you enjoy.