Shopping was hell for Mariana, they first went a uniform store. Xander wanted to go do his own thing but Mason wouldn't let him in the end, mason was so fed up that he had Xander go collect their school books.Lexi was more than happy to spend her brothers money unlike Mariana who felt guilty.Lexi could fit into a small uniform but Mariana had trouble holding it up.Mason called the owners other and explained how Mariana didn't fit into the smallest size and so it would need to get altered.The owner called someone over to takemeasurements. Mason stepped closeras the worker took the measurements,Mason kept a close eye on the worker,watching every slight movement.Once the worker was done, Mariana and the worker took a deep breath of relief. Mariana because it was over and the worker because of mason.They then got school bags and stationary. After that it was lunch so they all headed to the food court, Xander had rejoined them unwillingly of course.As they ate lunch, Lexi talked
They got home a little before dinner time which Mariana wasn't to find of, it meant she had to eat and be sociable but all she wanted to do was sleep. She was still not used to doing so much and her body couldn't handle it. She forced herself to stay awake as she didn't want to fall asleep around them all, she would be too vunerable.Mason and Matteo carried her bags upstairs, Mariana tried to carry them but Mason just took them off her.Eventually she was finally alone, they had left her to unpack. She had so many clothes now, some she hadn't even seen and had no idea when Mason picked them up. She felt guilty for wasting all their money and fearful that Daren and Alexander wouldn't be happy.She expected them to come in calling her stupid for thinking they would give her new clothes. She shuddered at a memory that came to mind.(A young 10 year old had been left out in the cold. It was an odd sight. A woman across the street had noticed and took the child in. The child explained tha
Daren was confused by Lexis new behaviour, they had just had a lengthy discussion on which classes to take, she listened to Daren's advise and she gave her opinions. It was so different to how she acted the other day. She had thanked the maid, she had spoken with respect to all her brothers, her baby tone had gone and she seemed intelligent.Daren decided to give his sister the benefit of the doubt, and blame yesterday's behaviour on the fact they were new and not used to them all. He didn't stop her punishment though as her actions still needed consequences. "It's been lovely talking to you. Are you more clear on your decision now" Daren asked."Yes thank you so much Daren"Daren smiled "goodnight Lexi" he gave her a small hug.Lexi watched Daren leave, she smiled, her plan was working. She realised the only way to get Daren on her side was to focus on her academics and to show respect. She played her role well, Daren was starting to enjoy her company.Daren went straight to Mariana
It was now Monday morning and the house was chaos. Xander and Matteo over slept like they did every Monday so they were rushing to get ready, Mason and Daren had left for meetings but Mason had forgotten to get his files so they had to come back and to say Daren was pissed was an understatement and to make matters more stressful, Mason had no idea where he put the file.This led to alot of curses from Daren as they looked for the files.Mariana was shakely getting ready whils Lexi was covering her face in makeup.Throughout this, Alexander was sat calmly in the kitchen drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.It was a normal Monday apart from themissing file but he was used to Matteoand Xander running about and Darencursing them.Finally all his children came into the kitchen.Mariana was first, not wanting to be late "Good morning Mariana, what would yo like for breakfast" Alexander smiled a he put his newspaper away.This shocked Mariana. She didn't expect breakfast, she wasn't
Alexander took both his daughters to the principals office."Mr Russo, è bello vederti" the man spoke.Translation -it's good to see you"è bello vederti anche tu, spero che i miei ragazzi non ti stiano causando troppi problemi" Alexander saidIt's good to see you too, I hope my boys aren't causing too much trouble."così come mi restano solo due anni di voi Russos, me ne date altri due" The principal jokesjust as i have only got two years left of you Russos, you give me another twoBoth men shared a laugh for a few seconds."Anyway I'd like to introduce my girls, Alexia and Mariana" Alexander said switching back to English so the girls could understand."It's a pleasure to meet you both. I'm the principal here, Mr Acari We will have to get you both learning Italian as fast as possible though, luckily for you, this school teaches in English" the principal introduced. Long ago they had only taught in Italian but with more and more students coming from different countries they decided
It was almost end of lunch when Lexi decided she couldn't stand to see her sister being acknowledged as a person.It was too risky to mess with her though, especially with Xander on the other side of the cafeteria.She had a plan though, a cunning plan. Bianca had explained to her who the people to talk to and who to avoid.Luca was one of the ones she was told to avoid. He only sticks to his friend group, he hates everyone and Lexi had heard Mariana had a run in with him him first period, so she was already on his bad side.She got up and walked over to Luca' table. The whole cafeteria stopped and looked.There was a few unspoken rules in this school.Rule 1. Under no circumstances mess with the Russo brothers.Rule 2. Dont approach Luca and his friends.They weren't considered dangerous like the Russo brothers but they were not friendly.It caught Xander's eye and he knew he should stop his sister but he wanted to see Luca have a go at her.Matteo was about to stand to go stop his l
For the rest of the day all Mariana could think about was how vicious Xander was. He had no regard for Luca' life. What if Antonio was right?Lexi wasn't bothered when she saw Luca being thrown across the room because she saw how strong Xander was and she couldn't wait to get him on her side. He could easily take care of Mariana for her.The school day ended and Mariana was suprised that her new friends had gone ahead and put their numbers in her phone. Antonio saw her nervous she was when she looked at the car where her brothers stood talking to some girls. He wouldn't have said anything if he knew she was their sister, after all it was only rumours."Hey, it's only rumours, if they were then they would have been caught by now" Antonio reassured her.Mariana nodded.She quickly waved goodbye to her friends and left. She didn't want to keep her brothers waiting especially Xander.When she got to the car, Xander glared at her."Have you seen Lexi" Matteo asked. He wanted to get home."
That evening dinner was tense. No one spoke in fear of angering Daren.Xander couldn't even bring himself to look away from the food and Mariana was the first to notice this. She couldn't help wonder what had happened.Alexander had finally had enough of the tention. He knew what had happened and he was pissed at Xander but he understood where he was coming from."So girls, first day of school. How was it? Did you make friends? What are your classes like" Alexander asked.Lexi was the first to talk, she hadn't been effected by Daren's anger so she happily told Alexander about Bianca and her friends, then she talked about classes."No sarcastic insult to that" Mason whispered to Xander as Lexi spoke. It was unlike Xander to not have an insult ready for Lexi. Xander shook his head."It sounds like you had a great day Alexia" Alexander said once his daughter had finished.Lexi didn't say anything about how Alexander insisted on calling her by her full name."What about you Mariana, did y