Going out with Daniel turned out to be just the thing that I needed to unwind after a stressful day at work. Daniel took me to see The Conjuring. That was typical of him and this wasn't the only time that I went on a date with him and it seemed like horror movies was the only thing that he wanted to take me to. And the fact that it was a drive in movie overlooking LA meant one thing. Yep he wanted to make out instead of watching the movie. My point was proven when he started kissing me on my neck. I was annoyed and I pushed him away. I was so not in the mood for a make out session. But Daniel didn't get the message so he tried again, figuring that I was playing hard to get. I glared at him.
"Oh come on Arianna why you acting like that?" he stated in a annoyed tone. "You didn't have a problem with kissing me before. So why you tripping now?"
I looked at him a long moment. He was cute. I could not deny that. He was tall and skinny with low hair cut, brown, caramel complexion, and a stylish dresser. He had swag which I liked. But what I didn't like was the fact that he was being pushy and I hoped that he got the message that his attitude was a major turn off. "Because I just told you that I want to watch the movie." I said with attitude "And you act like you can't understand that."
"Girl you are tripping." he said "Nobody comes to the drive thru to watch the movie and I know that you knew what was up when I brought you here."
I cut my eyes at him. "Yeah and now guess what you can take me home because this date is over."
"Arianna come on" he said. "Look I'm sorry ok? Can we start over please?"
"No. I want to go home. Besides I have to get up early tomorrow for work." I said
Daniel sighed. "Fine I'll take you home." He started the car and drove out of the parkling lot.
The ride home was a quiet one. I knew that he was disappointed and annoyed. But I didn't care. I was tired and I wanted to go home. I stared out of the window and Daniel turned on the radio to fill the silence.Usually when i would go out with him; I'd have a good time. and I would not mind kissing him. He was a good kisser. And I knew that he wanted us to have a serious relationship. But I weren't interested in doing that. I was young and I wanted to play the field. I guess that makes me sound like a player right? Daniel knew what to expect before we started dating as I laid everything out on the line. But that doesn't mean that he didn't pressure me into changing my mind. Relationships were a lot of work and I weren't into having a committed relationship. Now don't get me wrong I used to want love and romance but that was before my ex Brandon Walker cheated on me with my ex best friend Samantha Morgan. Yep I caught them having sex on his bed. So I was done with trying to find Mr. Right and I was all about finding Mr. Right Now. My motto was to kick guys to the curb before they could hurt me or started wanting more than I wanted to give them like Daniel.
When he pulled up in my driveway, I opened the door to get out but he stopped me. "Maybe we can go out another time. How about tomorrow night?" he stated with hope in his voice
"I don't think so. In fact I don't think that we should see each other again." I said abruptly. Then I walked inside of my apartment before he could say another word.
"Hi Arianna.Michael called. He said to remind you to come work an hour early." said Yazmine, who laying on the sofa as I walked in the door.
i groaned and threw my keys on the counter. Michael was driving me insane. I could not believe that he had called me. Like I was going to forget to show up at work.
"What's your problem?" she asked
"Michael Jackson. He's so annoying and gets on my damn nerves. I hate him." I complained
Yazmine rolled her eyes as she was used to me complaining about Michael daily. She thought he was so sexy and would go on and on about what she would do if she ever met him. "Your always complaining about him. Don't you realize how lucky you are? Do you know how many people would kill just to have your job?" she said
"I don't have a clue." I said sarcastically "And Michael is not as sweet as you think that he is."
"Yeah you always say that. But I think that your wrong."
"Well maybe one day you will get to meet him and then you'll see what I'm talking about. I'm going to bed. Good night." I walked upstairs and took a bubble bath to soothe my nerves. I put the rag over my face and almost fell asleep in the tub. I finished my bath.Then i got out and dryed myself and brushed my teeth. I put on a gown I went in my room and walked to the closet. I moved the clothes around as I looked for something to wear. i finally settled on a black and white pantsuit with a hat. I grabbed a pair of black heels to complete the outfit. I set the outfit and shoes on a chair. I then put on a white nightgown and got in the bed. Before I went to sleep, I set my alarm for 6.
When my alarm went off, I groaned because I didn't want to get up. I was so tempted to stay in bed and sleep for another hour. But I forced myself to get up. As I got dressed I cursed because I had stubbed my toe. I brushed my teeth and did my hair and makeup. I decided to skip breakfast and Yazmine fussed at me , saying that I would be hungry later. But I ignored and walked out of the door to my blue Honda Civic.
Traffic in LA is always crazy. Everybody is in a rush. I was grateful that I arrived to work on time. Of course I was the only one there. I gritted my teeth and got out of the car. i walked to building and unlocked the door and walked inside. Well at least I would have the satifsfaction of knowing that I was on time. Ha! Take that Michael. I thought and smiled. I better get to work.
Time passed by quickly and the rest of my co- workers arrived at work. Frank and Quincy walked in the building at 8. As for my boss, he didn't show up until after 9 and he wasn't alone. His older sister La Toya was with him. She was very pretty and I had spoke to her a few times on the phone. But I had never met her or any of the Jackson family in person before. Michael and La Toya talked animatedly among themselves. I wondered what was going on and it weren't long before my curiousity was satisfied because there was going to be an audition that for The Way That You Make Me Feel.because they had already had a director, Joe Pytka. And that meant a long day of work for me and I weren't looking forward to that. I had heard Michael while he was recording the song one day and it amazed me how talented that he was. I know that this will probably sound weird but I felt like he was singing to me. Maybe because he was looking at me as he sang, which was weird.
Michael smiled when he saw me. "Arianna I want you to meet my sister La Toya." he stated
"Hi Arianna. Its nice to meet you." said La Toya "I've heard a lot about you."
I looked at Michael. I was shocked that he talked about me to his family. I bet that he didn't have anything nice to say. I thought And if he did then I would be shocked. "Its nice to meet you." I said with a smile I knew that he was playing nice because his sister was here. It was so typical of him. "Well I better get back to work." I stated and walked out of the room
"Arianna, wait." said Michael
I stopped in my tracks and looked at him.
"I just wanted to say thank you for coming in early and i hope that you don't mind working late." he said. "Unless you have plans." he added harshly as he stared at Daniel, who had walked around the corner
"No I don't have any plans." I said quietly.
"Good because I don't pay you to flirt with every guy that you see. You can do that on your only time. Do you understand me?"
"Yes and I'm sorry Michael."
"Arianna I don't want to have this conversation with you again. You are dismissed."
And that was the Michael that I knew and loathed. I knew that the only reason that he was being nice to me was because his sister was there. So course he was going to front to impress her. Oh god this was going to be a long day.