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Chapter 22: France- Paris

Before Mia could understand what was happening the sexy man in front of her was kissing her, he had his eyes closed. Intoxicated by his fragrance and the sensations the kiss sent in her body she felt herself surrendering to his lips and closing her own eyes. One of his hands was still on her waist and the other rested on the back of her neck, Mia felt her arms go around his neck. Their lips started moving rhythmically, she felt his hot breaths against the side of her cheek. Mia never experienced kiss as sensual as this one in her entire life, sparks were sent up her neurons and her whole body felt like it was on fire. Her breaths started getting faster and she felt him breathe faster too. Suddenly it registered in her mind that she was kissing a complete stranger. Mia composed herself and pushed him off and yelled “Get off of me you psycho.” With the loss of contact of their lips she felt herself a little disappointed, the taste of him still lingered on her freshly kissed lips. She couldn’t find an explanation why she was feeling like that. She looked up to him and shock was written all over his face as well. His coffee colored eyes held confusion she could see he was also registering what just happened. Mia didn’t wait for him to react, she turned around immediately and stormed away. What the hell just happened? Her mind was swarming with a million questions, but she didn’t even look back and walked straight home.

As Mia walked in the house she was welcomed by an over enthusiastic Mickey. “Woa there calm down boy.” she started petting his head and scratching behind his ear. He wiggled his tail wanting more. That’s when Enzo came out of the kitchen.

“Bonjour Chérie. I was just thinking where you were. Cinnamon called me a while ago that you two had parted ways. I started to worry that you got lost.” He looked a little worried.

“No, I didn’t get lost. I wanted to look around a little bit more. And you won’t guess what just happened.” she was still confused and needed to get it out of her system.

“Do tell.” He said grinning.

“Let me change first then I’ll tell you.” Mia went into her room and put the shopping bags away. She put on some comfortable clothes after freshening up and walked out.

“You hungry?” Enzo asked coming out of the kitchen with a two glasses of wine.

“No, I just ate with Camille. I’m full.” He handed Mia a glass of wine, took one for himself and his food and they crashed on the couch in front of the TV. He enjoyed his meal in silence while Mia let the wine do its magic.

“So what happened today that bothered you so much? You were resembling a tomato when you walked in.”

“Ugh, where do I start? I was walking around a bit when this crazy guy walked up to me said something in French, at least I think it was French and started kissing me. I pushed him off and ran away from there. What kind of mad man walks up to complete strangers and kisses them.” Mia recalled the kiss and the sensations it left in her body, which made her lips curl up in a smile.

“You enjoyed the kiss didn’t you?” he asked with a smirk.

“What no.” Mia immediately denied, while a blush crept up her cheeks.

“Don’t lie to me and don’t deny it. I saw your face when you recalled the kiss, it lit up and when I just mentioned it you blushed.” He gave Mia a victorious smirk, she slouched back into the couch. He knew he was right. “Besides remember the dare on the plane? You did the exact same thing to someone. You’re being a hypocrite if you make too much out of this.”

“Can we not talk about it anymore?” she didn’t want to talk anymore about the memory that was already replaying in her mind on a loop.

“Sure. Whatever.” He shrugged. At that moment he received a call and Mia was left alone with her thoughts. That kiss kept replaying in her mind and she had a feeling it wouldn’t be stopping any time soon. She still couldn’t understand what she was feeling. After a while Enzo returned and they watched TV in silence. Somewhere during the movie she passed out.

These last weeks the idea of morning runs have been growing on Mia. The first days Enzo had to drag her from the bed but the last few days she had been looking forward to them herself. It was refreshing and it helped her sort her thoughts.

She also started attending the pole dancing lessons. Mia never knew how exciting it could be. Even though it is very heavy. Muscular endurance and coordination are very important, the two thing that she lacked, so she needed to work extra hard. After the first lesson she wanted to quit because all her muscles burned and her whole body ached, but Camille told her that it would take a while to get used to it. The more she attended the more she enjoyed it, she wasn’t perfect but she had fun with the whole group and knew it was an unforgettable experience.

At random times during a day she would get flashes of that hot kiss with the sexy stranger in her mind but she tried not to dwell on it too much. Somethings are better a mystery.

On her free days Mia started exploring France more.

Orsay myseum is a beautiful renovated former train station which holds the world-famous collection of Impressionist and Postimpressionist France’s national collection of art

Rodin museum

River cruise up the majestic Seine and see how Paris famous sites are revealed from a new perspective. From the water it is possible to see the bridges and monuments of Paris as you could never hope to from land. Spectacular and hidden views of this magnificent city

Arc de triomphe: One of the most popular attractions in Paris, it is located in the world’s largest traffic roundabout and is the biggest and tallest triumphal arch in the world.

Eiffel tower one of the must see in Paris. It was built by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel. He spent several years building the Eiffel Tower as a monument for the World Exhibition in 1889. Although today, it is without doubt one of the most recognizable monuments in Europe, one that can be compared to the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Big Ben is London and the Taj Mahal in India, it was not supposed to be permanent when it was first introduced. After the Eiffel Tower was built, it faced a lot of criticism from Paris artistic and literary elite. The fact is, that the tower was almost torn down sometime in 1909 while the only reason it was eventually kept was due to its ability to provide a perfect platform for transmitting antennas. Slowly, the Eiffel Tower became a permanent part of Paris view, settling in the hearts of Parisians as the symbol of Paris providing it with the most beautiful and famous skyline during the evening. It is possible to climb up the stairs as far as the third floor. Going up to the top though is possible only using the elevator. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris at 1,050 ft (320 meters) is very romantic, especially in the evening.

The Eiffel tower was their last stop for the day and the sun started to set by now too. Enzo and Camille were having a romantic moment so Mia took Mickey and gave them some privacy. As Mia was walking around soaking up all the beauty around her, her eyes locked with a pair of very familiar coffee brown eyes. Mia was shocked to see him. And once again he started walking towards her. Mia’s hands gripped Mickey’s leash tighter. He stopped in front of her and she was so shocked she couldn’t even move.

He spoke up and she got lost in his voice, it was so hypnotic she didn’t even hear what he was saying. “……… Tesoro?”

“Huh?” Mia finally snapped out of her thoughts. “Stay away from me or I’ll make my dog attack you.”

He laughed. “This sweet boy is practically harmless.” And he started petting Mickey. Ugh that traitorous dog. “Now, will you let me buy you a drink so I can explain my behavior?”

“Why should I trust you? You could be a serial killer or a rapist. You could drug me or something and have your way with me.” Mia said taking a step back.

“Oh Tesoro, a rapist wouldn’t just kiss you and believe me that kiss could turn anyone insane. And trust me if I want to have my way with you you’ll be asking for it willingly.” He winked with a perfect smirk on his lips. It made all her rational thoughts mute.

What is this man doing to me? She asked herself.

“I promise I won’t do anything without your consent, unless you want me to.” Mia glared at him angrily. “Okay sorry, it’s just one drink and I will bring you back to this exact spot after that okay?” Why am I still here listening to him? She wondered.

“No thanks” Why can’t I control myself when I am around him? Mia started to walk away from him.

“I’ll bother you till you say yes.” He said and she ignored him. But he walked beside her and kept bothering her after every few seconds.

“Okay fine one drink.” She grumbled hoping it would help her get rid of him. She was experiencing things she never did before thanks to him and she was afraid of those feeling. She didn’t know if it would be the best thing she ever experienced or the worst. But the one thing she knew for certain was that her heart nor her brain were capable of handling another disastrous break down.

“Yes thank you. I don’t like unfinished business.”

“Yeah me either.” Mia mumble under her breath.

“What kind of unfinished business do you have?” he asks with a raised eyebrow.

“Not slapping you that evening.”

“Ouch that hurts” he says while jokingly clutching his heart.

They walked over to a bar nearby.

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