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Pieces of Me: Chapter 12
Published Sep 21, 2010


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The following morning I awoke to the beautiful melody of the birds, to a gentle warm breeze lingering in the air, and to the soft lips that I had longed for. It was definitely the start to a very beautiful and peaceful day.

“What was that dreaded noise?” Ari asked.

“That would be my stomach begging me to feed it, I’m starved and we don’t have any more food.” I replied.

“Then we shall catch breakfast.” He said.

“Catch?” I asked inquisitively.

“Have you never been for a morning fish after camping?” he said to me. I shook my head no.

“I have had many a great breakfasts after camping, but never fish, I tend to have dinner for dinner.” I said to him.

“Fish is great in the morning!” he exclaimed.

“Come on there’s a pond just up the hill, its time I teach you the right way to do camping.” He said as he laughed. He grabbed his fishing pole and tackle box in one hand and grabbed my hand in his other and led me up the hill to the pond. It was a long exhausting walk, my stomach growing hungrier with every passing moment. When we finally arrived I let out a slight gasp and stopped in my tracks.
“Is something wrong?” Ari asked with a concerned look on his face. I could tell he had heard my gasp and seen the displeasure on my face.

“No, this place is beautiful.” I lied. Well I lied a little, the pond truly was beautiful, but it was also the same place where Rene and I had first devoted ourselves to one another and shared our first kiss, I know I shouldn’t be thinking of things like that while I am with the most amazing man in the world, but sometimes you can’t help it, things just get triggered. I dealt with it momentarily and then pushed it to the back of my mind and put a smile on my face and carried on.

I watched Ari vigilantly place a lure on the line.

“Now I’m going to teach you how to properly cast a fishing pole.” He said to me raising one eyebrow.
“Your fishing pole milady.” He said as he handed me the pole. I grabbed the fishing pole, swung it behind me and thrust it forward nearly falling into the pond. “Whoa, whoa, whoa, you’re gonna take someone out with that thing!” he said to me.

“It pleases me that you are so eager to learn, but I would like to keep my flesh in the process, thank you.” He said with a chuckle.

“Sorry.” I said batting my eyelashes and joining in with a chuckle of my own. He took the pole from me and positioned himself at the edge of the pond next to me.
“First thing first, you want to make sure you have a good solid stance, so that you don’t fall into the pond.” He laughed. I playfully punched him in the arm.

“Make sure your feet and shoulders are square to where you want to throw your line, and have your line parallel to the ground.” He said. I observed his position and nodded.

“Next raise your pole upwards, do not swing it behind you, you’re liable to maim someone.” He said adding another chuckle. I gave him a sarcastic smirk.
“Raise it slowly and place your thumb on the button of the reel, and raise it bending your elbow until your hand is level with your shoulder and the tip of the rod is just slightly behind you.” He went on. I continued to observe his position, but was slightly distracted by his muscular arms.

“Dani, Dani…” I could hear him saying but was in a daze. I quickly snapped out of it.

“Welcome back to Earth.” He said laughing.

“Uh huh, I got it, raise slowly, thumb on reel, bend elbow of muscular arms, hand and shoulder level, rod behind you.” I said to him.
“Good now that were on the same page, finally push down on the button of the reel and with one swift movement thrust it forward until it is parallel with the ground again, making sure to slightly flick your wrist.“ he finished up.

“And that is how you properly cast a fishing pole, without going for a morning swim with your breakfast.” He said sarcastically.

“Very informative, thank you expert fisherman.” I retorted.

“Your turn.” He said to me as he reeled in the line and handed the pole to me. I planted my feet firmly in the ground and followed his instructions step by step.

“Quick learner you are.” He said to me pleased at his teaching skills. Suddenly I felt a strong tug at the pole.
“Um…what do you do when you catch one?” I asked frantically as I tried to hold my own with the pole. Ari stood there observing for a moment, watching me struggle and laughing. “Reel it in!!” he exclaimed. I gave him a blank stare. He smiled at me and positioned himself behind me and showed me how to reel it in. And finally I had caught breakfast. I had to admit it was exciting. I looked over at Ari and I could see the exhilaration on his face.

“Looks like I have taught you well. Now back to camp! I won’t teach you the messy part of preparing the fish.” He said to me.

“Messy?” I asked. He gave me a funny stare.

“You know gutting it.” He said.

“Oh yeah that’s all you.” I said to him, last thing I wanted to see was the insides of something I was getting ready to put inside of me, I’d be afraid to lose my appetite. He strung the fish on the line of the pole and gathered his tackle box. He led me back to the camp, once again hand in hand.
When we got back to camp I started a fire and roasted a few veggies we had found on our travels back to go with our morning fish. We sat around the campfire most of the morning making small talk. As the afternoon finally came we readied ourselves to return home. I put out the fire while Ari packed up the tent. When our things were all gathered he pulled me in close.

“I had a wonderful time Dani, and I hope that we can do this again in the future.” He said to me. I nodded. My knees began to weaken again at the thought that he wanted to spend more time with me. I wondered exactly what could be blossoming between us, but didn’t give it much more thought than that, as I felt his lips against my skin.

“Well let’s get you back home.” He said to me as he kissed me on the forehead.
When we got back to my place he pulled me in for a soft kiss. His lips were generous with warmth as they moved over mine with ease.

“You wanna come up for a little while?” I asked him.

“I wish I could, but I have some affairs I need to handle, but I will call you later, is that ok?” he said.

“Oh, of course, not a problem, I will talk to you later then.” I said to him trying to sound as chipper as possible, but truly disappointed inside. I couldn’t help but to feel slightly rejected, though I knew that wasn’t the case. I wasn’t ready to part with him just yet, after all the time that we have waited to get to this point;I didn’t want to lose any more time with him.
I glumly walked up the stairs and into my apartment, I threw my keys carelessly on the coffee table, they skidded across the table loudly clanking into the vase. I plopped down on the couch and sat there quietly. I was lost in a daze when I felt a vibration under the couch cushion. I jumped up, startled, and dug around in the couch until I pulled out my phone. I looked at the caller ID it was Ella, I sighed, I wasn’t really in the mood for talking, but I couldn’t ignore her. “Hey Ella, how goes it.” I said to her.

“It goes, just finished up with supper at the parent’s house.” She said.

“Say, have you heard from Ari yet? His plane was supposed to come in this morning, yet I haven’t heard a peep from him.” She asked.

“Actually yes he just left my apartment.” I replied.

“So wait…he’s still in Paris? I swear I’m gonna…” she said annoyed.

“It’s been one hell of a weekend Ella…” I said to her.

“Go on I’m all ears…” she said to me. So we talked on the phone for nearly two hours as I told her about the events that unfolded over the past 2 days. And of course with her bizarre sense of humor our stint in the slammer amused her the most. I don’t think Ari or I will ever live that down. . I didn’t tell her about how Ari and I had finally mustered up the never to tell each other how we felt or, the numerous make out sessions, after all we weren’t really boyfriend and girlfriend yet, we hadn’t even discussed it, I didn’t want to make it seem like something it wasn’t, so with Ella the best thing was to say nothing at all.
After I talked with Ella I dragged myself into the bathroom for a shower, I couldn’t believe how appalling I smelled. I reeked of campfire, saltwater and old aftershave. Though, I didn’t mind so much the old smell of Ari’s aftershave. The mix of the three wasn’t so appealing to the senses. I finished up brushing my teeth and headed to my bed to get in a quick nap. As I exited the bathroom I heard a knock on the door. My heart skipped a beat, that didn’t take Ari long at all! I walked swiftly over to the door ready to greet Ari with open arms, when I opened the door and I saw Rene there my mood quickly shifted. I knew I was in one of those uncomfortable situations instantly.

“Mademoiselle, I have missed you, it’s been a while.” Rene said as he was holding his arms out for an embrace. I jumped back quickly to avoid his embrace, but not to quickly as to offend him.

“What is wrong darling, aren’t you happy to see me?” he asked. I gave him a half hearted smile.

“So tell me that you have been thinking about me as much as I have about you.” He said to me.

“Rene, please come in and sit down so we can talk.” I said to him closing the door behind him and motioning him to sit on the couch.
As we sat on the couch I looked at him briefly, trying to figure out the best and least insensitive way to say what I needed to say to him.

“Yes Rene I have been thinking, a lot I might add.” I started. I could see his smile widen as he clapped his hands together joyfully, I think he was getting the wrong idea about what I was trying to say.

“I knew it! Dani, I knew it! We are meant for each other.” He exclaimed before I could even begin my next sentence.
He then leaned in to kiss me; I pushed him back and put my hand in between our faces.

“You’re getting the wrong idea here Rene, I’m really sorry I was trying to let you down easy, so now I’m just going to say it, I don’t want to be with you Rene.” I said brashly.

“I don’t understand, I thought there was something between us, you felt it too, don’t tell me you didn’t!” he said in a discontented tone.

“Yes we had something at one time, but that time has come and gone sadly. It’s time to move on Rene.” I said to him sternly. He got up and paced around before breaking down.
He began to sob openly.

“But Daniella, I love you so much, how can you not reciprocate these feelings for me, was it too much to ask.” He said.

“Please don’t cry, there is someone out there for you, it just isn’t me. I think you better go Rene.” I said to him.

“Very well then, if that is what you truly want.” He replied.

“It is Rene. Again I’m sorry.” I said to him again. He composed himself rather quickly for someone who had seemed to have his heart broken. I’m pretty sure it was all an act. He stood up straight and brushed himself off.

“Your loss Dani, your loss.” He mumbled.
As I walked him out the door I noticed Ari in the hallway and wondered just how long he had been there and what he had seen. Rene gave him a disgruntled looked as he brushed rudely passed him. Ari didn’t give me any time to talk or explain anything before he barreled through the door giving me a hug.

Hey you.” He said sweetly.

“Hey.” I said back to him slightly confused.
Me being the stupid girl I can be at times, never just let anything be, of course I had to open my mouth.

“So not even a question, like what was he doing here? What did he want…” I said to him as he cut me off.

“Relax Dani, I trust you, besides I seen everything, don’t mean to sound like a snoop, but when I got here and seen you two talking, I didn’t want to be rude and interrupt, I figured you had some things to settle.” He said back to me.

“So you heard everything?” I asked him nervously. He nodded.

“And seen everything?” I added, he nodded yet again.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t kiss him back you know.” I said jumping on the defensive.

“I know Dani, relax and just let it go and spend some time with me, we have a few things we need to talk about.” He said to me. Lines like “We have a few things we need to talk about” are always a worry, and I grew even more nervous.
We sat down on the couch; he pulled me in close to him wrapping his arm around me. I tried to hide the nervousness on my face with a smile.

“You need to relax more Dani, your body is so tense.” He said to me.

“I know, sorry.” I replied.

“Ok so like I said we need to discuss a few things, first and foremost, I’m not going to drag this out and wait last minute to tell you because it will only make matters worse, but you should know that I have to return to the states soon.” He said to me.

“Soon, how soon?” I asked sadly.

“I leave tomorrow night, I’m sorry Dani I did everything I could to extend my stay but I have work I need to get back to.” He replied.

“It’s ok, I understand.” I said back to him.
“Secondly, I thought we would enjoy our last day together in Paris doing something fun, I signed us up for some special art classes at the museum this afternoon.” He said to me

“Art classes? I don’t think I have an artistic bone in my body when it comes to all that stuff that was my mother’s niche, I just take photos.” I said to him reluctantly.

“That’s an art all its own, but you will never know if you don’t try Dani, your mother was very talented I’m sure some of that talent is in you whether you want to admit it or not, besides it will be fun, so what do you say?” he said to me batting his eyelashes.

“Oh, ok , but just so we are clear batting your eyelashes at me won’t work every time.” I said to him.

“Great! Now come here you.” He said to me.
He pulled me in for a long and sweet kiss. The kid of kisses that magically slowed down time in movies and triggered sappy love songs, the kind of kisses that made your heart pitter patter uncontrollably. Yep, it was certain, I was head over heels for Ari, and there was no turning back. Suddenly he grabbed my hand and leapt up off the couch. At that time I had seen a look on his face that I was not familiar with.

“Ok, one more thing.” He said.

“Yes?” I asked him, studying his face carefully. I had not of known better I would say that this was the look of nervousness, a look I have never seen on Ari’s face, he had always been so sure and confident. This was a pleasant surprise, he was human!

“Well, I was going to wait for a better time to do this but it just couldn’t wait…” he said. Then it got quiet for a moment.

“I…” he said, and then shook his head.

“You… no, no, no, that’s not right either.” He said again.

“Um…yeah, it seems I would be a little tongue tied at the moment.” He said laughing at himself. I looked at him strangely and laughed as well.

“Dani, I am so beyond in love with you and I want to be with you, always.” He said trailing off his sentence.

“Yes.” I said to him motioning for him to continue.

“I guess what I am trying to say, rather ask is, will you, you know be with me too?” he said again shaking his head.

“Sorry this is coming out all wrong and not how I intended so I’m just going to say it, Dani, will you do me the utmost honor of being my girlfriend.” He said as his cheeks began to turn every shade of red possible.

“Always.” I said back to him.
He gave me another kiss even more passionate then the last. There was no doubt this man truly loved and cared for me I could feel it even more every time he looked at me, every time he touched me and even more so when he kissed me. I was floating on a cloud. “I need to get going now Dani, I have to pack my things tonight and get some rest for tomorrow.” He said to me. Suddenly the cloud disappeared as quickly as it had formed under me and I was grounded by reality.

“Would you spend the night with me?” I asked him. He looked at me for a moment.

“Dani, I would love nothing more than to spend the rest of the night with you, but I just can’t, I’m sorry, it’s not…” he said, but I knew what was coming next.

“I know it’s not how you do things Mr. Traditional, its ok.” I said to him slightly disappointed, but at the same time I admired him.

“Good night sweetheart and be ready at noon tomorrow.” He said kissing my forehead gently.

“Goodnight.” I said back to him closing the door.
After watching him leave, I placed my hand over my lips and smiled. I could still feel his kiss lingering on them, and was sure I would go to bed with sweet dreams throughout the night.

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#4martoeleSep 21, 2010

René is like his 'dear' mom. \:wacko\:  I'm pleased she told him that she didn't want him. Congratulations on the well deserved feature \:cool\: Nice pics as well. Is pic 21 photoshopped? It's great. \:rah\:  Love your writing style and it seems to me that you know what you write about while fishing. \:D  I rated a 5.0. Have a great week ~ Margo

#5urm0mSep 21, 2010

Aww Ari is a true gentleman \:D

#6maxi kingSep 22, 2010

\:wub\:Ari is so sweet!Dani should go with him!\:wub\:

#7MangioSep 22, 2010

What a wonderful chapter \:rah\: I can clearly feel Dani's teenage thoughts... Ari is such a gentlemen \:wub\: I love pic 21, Dani just says it all there \:wub\: I hate Rene, glad she finally got rid of him \:\) Can't wait for more

#8RatRaceRobSep 23, 2010

Love pic 21 also-- yet to see that one in my game and it's quite cool \:cool\: !  Good that Rene seems to be out of Dani's hair and Ari remains in the picture \;\) ... can't help wondering what might go wrong next lol, I look forward to finding out :P

#9mambaker13Sep 24, 2010

Ahhh, I'm finally all caught up now! What a wonderful story! I wonder if there is any more to it now that they are happily in love and have admitted it to each other! ^_^ \:wub\: This story is such a good one. It had me squealing with joy, cursing in frustration, giddy with antcipation, angry at the rudness and the stupidity, and stupidily happy at theall the parts where that's the emotion you were trying to conjour. Brilliant work! Looking forward to more writing from you! \:wub\: \:D

#10mazuzeSep 25, 2010

beutifull \:\)

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#12oldmember_gip-kOct 29, 2010

Aww, so adorable together. But really, I have got to save the rest of the story for tomorrow. With things going so well, I know that a ton of drama has to unfold to [temporarily] wreck everything, so I have my fingers crossed.
And the whole Ari being traditional thing reminds me of Edward Cullen- sorry I couldn't help it! It's no insult to your story. I don't think he's quite as freakishly and unrealistically obsessed over Dani that Edward is over Isabella...but yeah. ^.^; Just a flashback came to me.
Keep up the good work!
P.S. It's kinda funny how so many people thought that the story was over with chapter 11. Apparently it's just begun? Also- Rene is a jerk. I see it now. And the beard makes him look hilariously unbusinessmanlike.

#13Macduff77Apr 8, 2012

Amazing \:\)

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