Leonidas found Andrei sitting on a bench in the courtyard with his head down and his elbows resting on his knees.
Leon couldn't really explain why that picture made him sad but he knew he was because he'd never seen his father look so... desolate.
"Are you okay dad?". He asked standing beside the bench.
Andrei looked up at his son and smiled. "I'm fine."
"Are you sure?". He looked skeptical.
"I'm sure." Andrei assured him.
"Can I join you?".
"Sure." He nodded.
Leonidas sat down. "So have you talked to grandma and grandpa? What did they say?".
"They'd have loved for both of you to stay with them but they're going on a vacation. It's been long overdue." Andrei replied. "So she has to stay with us."
"How long will they be gone?".
The first thing Joni thought of before she woke up fully was how soft her makeshift bed was. The second was how clean the air in the storage room was. It wasn't stuffy or smelled like rat and lizard piss. The pillow was soft and so was her bed sheets.Maybe it was her imagination but she could swear on her mother's grave that she smelled roses.Was she dead then? Was she finally in heaven with the angels singing hallelujah or was she in a place that wasn't earth or heaven either?.One last thing, she could hear music playing somewhere in the room, it wasn't loud at all but the song was nice and her brows furrowed because she didn't own any sort of music player. Hell, she didn't even have a phone."Leon, you should go to bed." She heard a voice say. "Let the maids take care of her.""I'm not really sleepy mom." A voice that sounded very familiar replied. "I'm thinking she'll wake
Andreina was irritated all through breakfast as she watched her brothers stupidly focus their attention on Joni who was busy focusing on her food, focusing on not embarrassing herself since she didn't know how to use simple cutlery."Will you three stop staring at her as if she's some kind of celebrity?". Ina spat. "Especially you Leon, you're drooling." She pointed to the corner of her mouth."You're getting on my nerves Ina." He informed her. "Stay out of my business.""Don't start." Anna scolded. "We have a guest.""Whatever." Ina muttered."You're really better now Joni?". Andrei asked her."Yes Your Majesty. Um... Thank you for taking care of me. If there's anything I can do to...""Don't mention it. It was all Leon's idea." Andrei subtly winked at Leon.Joni glanced at him. "I'm forever in your debt then Your Hi
"Are you okay?". Leon knelt down beside Joni after they helped her out of the pool and she coughed out the water she'd swallowed. Jax removed the clip from her hair since it was hanging and used his fingers to straighten her hair but she pushed his hand away. "Don't touch me." She snarled glaring venomously at him. She removed her shoes and scrambled to her feet. "I want both of you to stay away from me." She walked away. "Are you happy now?". Jax demanded. "Don't talk like you're not the cause of it." Leon snapped. "Don't start acting like you care about her either." "And you do? You barely know her!". "I'm not having this conversation with you. Just stay away from her." Leon turned and walked away. Anna was talking to someone on the phone standing on the terrace when she saw Joni crossing the lawn holding her shoes in one
Two days laterJoni stopped in her tracks when she saw Leon standing by his locker or more like leaning against it and typing on his phone. Just as she'd seen him do on his iPad, his fingers flew over the screen of his phone with lightening speed that she wondered if he never got tired.She straightened her school skirt and jacket, cleared her throat silently and walked forward. She hoped he was going to ignore her like she planned to ignore him but she had no such luck as he looked up with the brightest smile on his gorgeous face."Good morning Joni." He greeted."Good morning Your Highness." She replied."You look better.""I
Joni let out a beleaguered sigh when she walked into the compound and found her stepmother sitting on a bench right in front of the door probably waiting for her. The woman never let an opportunity pass to torture her. It seemed that she lived for it. "Today was a good day." She thought and her subconscious seconded that. "It was, wasn't it? You got to spend so much time with sexy. You even skipped class." Her subconscious taunted her. "Stop it. Not now." She chided as she got closer to the house. "Good evening ma." She greeted Celestina. "And where are you coming from?". Tina eyed her disdainfully. "School." She replied. "Do you what time it is?". Tina demanded. "7:00 and your siblings have been back since three." Joni might have been shirking her responsibilities at home by staying so long in school. It was a day and board
Joni woke up to Leon reading. She couldn't exactly say if he was reading to her or to himself but his voice was like music to her ears. She'd never admit that to him though!. She stayed silent listening to him read until she suddenly sneezed and he stopped. "You're awake." He smiled. "How do you feel?". "Like I took a swim in the Arctic Ocean." She replied. Leon chuckled. "You saved me." It wasn't a question. "Yeah." "Why do you keep doing that?". She frowned. "I can't not save you Joni." He told her. "Should I have left you outside to catch pneumonia and die?". "I don't want you to keep saving me." She said. "Then don't put yourself in a situation that'd require me to save you." He said. "How about that?". <
Two days laterJoni spent two glorious days in the palace eating, drinking and watching lots of movies with Leon until Andrei returned from his trip and she knew she was about to be thrown out of paradise. Not necessarily by them but she'd throw herself out.She'd had enough of the death glares being sent her way by Prince Jaxon and his sister Andreina, the indirect insults from their baby brother Prince Andres and the indifferent attitude from Princess Annaliese."Did you get anything and everything for us from England dad?". Ina asked."Not this time." Andrei said. "Your mother specifically warned me not to.""Mom!". The girls cried in disbelief. "You two idiots know why I called you here, don't you?". Andrei glared at Joni's parents."Erm... I don't know Your Majesty." Celestina shook her head. "I've been meaning to come here and check on...""Hold it." Andrei snapped. "Don't provoke me."Celestina swallowed her tongue when she saw the fury in his eyes and she wondered what kind of potent charm Joni had cast on the King. He was extremely mad as hell and anything could set him off."I'm sorry." She apologized."You sent your step daughter out of the house so late at night to come here and get her father released because she's what? A judge?". He demanded. "Look, I should have both of you scourged for your negligence towards Joni but I won't.""Thank you Your Majesty." Celestina said. She didn't think she'd survive being whipped by those hefty guards."However, I'm going to do this
Till I Met You Chapter Twenty One
"You two idiots know why I called you here, don't you?". Andrei glared at Joni's parents."Erm... I don't know Your Majesty." Celestina shook her head. "I've been meaning to come here and check on...""Hold it." Andrei snapped. "Don't provoke me."Celestina swallowed her tongue when she saw the fury in his eyes and she wondered what kind of potent charm Joni had cast on the King. He was extremely mad as hell and anything could set him off."I'm sorry." She apologized."You sent your step daughter out of the house so late at night to come here and get her father released because she's what? A judge?". He demanded. "Look, I should have both of you scourged for your negligence towards Joni but I won't.""Thank you Your Majesty." Celestina said. She didn't think she'd survive being whipped by those hefty guards."However, I'm going to do this