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Chapter 9: Greece- the morning after

After the event the whole group split up and went their separate ways. Mia felt so light so free, after so long. She didn’t know if it was because of the alcohol or because of the amazing time she had with her recently made friends, but she wanted to enjoy the feeling and just get lost in it. She was afraid if she said something or did something wrong it would just vanish so she wanted to hold on to it as long as she could. Enzo and Mia were walking in silence for a short time before he spoke up.

“Where do you live, Chérie? Or are we walking the streets aimlessly so we can spend more time together?” he said giving Mia a side glance. She looked at him and he had that sexy smirk on his lips. All that was going through her head was that he looked really handsome and that smirk made his eyes light up.

“Drakontos, that’s the name of the street I live in” she replied. As they were walking through the narrow streets of Kavala Enzo started to hum a tune. It was a tune Mia recognized, cheap thrills by Sia, and she started singing to it. Once Enzo wiped of his amused expression he joined in and they both sang their way through the narrow streets. Somewhere along the way they started dancing when Mia’s heel got stuck and broke off, making her fall down. Enzo noticed Mia had stopped singing and looked back. When he saw she was sitting on the street he rushed over to her.

“Are you okay?” he asked while kneeling down beside her. She looked sadly at him.

“Yeah but I can’t say the same for my shoe.” They both looked at her shoes, the heel of the left one was broken.

“Come here, let me help you.” Enzo turned around and signaled Mia to wrap her arms around his neck, when he stood up she wrapped her legs around his waist. His hands rested above her knees for support. He started walking with her on his back. Mia smiled and rested her head against his shoulder. After some time they reached Mia’s street. “Chérie which of these houses is yours?”

“Uhm it’s a little further. It’s a white and tall building.” They finally reached Mia’s house. She fished out the keys from her purse and handed it to him to open door. He walked in and put her down. Mia lost her balance from the sudden movement so he snaked his hands around her waist so she wouldn’t fall down. “Thank you so much, Enzo.” Mia was smiling like an idiot.

He looked so intensely at her. They couldn’t take their eyes off each other. Their faces were so close to each other she could feel his breaths against her cheek. The whole atmosphere around them changed, it started getting hot. His eyes traveled from her eyes to her lips. She gulped bracing herself for what’s coming next. She started breathing faster, he leaned in and kissed her. The wind was knocked out of her lungs from the intense kiss. She didn’t back away from the kiss, instead she pulled him closer to her, blaming it on the confidence due to the alcohol. He picked her up and her legs were around his waist and his hands were on her thighs. Without breaking the kiss he closed the door with one hand and pressed her against the door. His lips left hers and he stared into her eyes with an intense gaze before he started kissing her neck. Mia moved her head to give him more access to her neck, she could feel him smile against her skin. He trailed kissed up and down her throat till he ended on her lips again.

“Where is the bedroom, Chérie?” he asked in such a sexy voice. She pointed in the direction of the bedroom unable to talk. The night just got steamier from there.

The next morning Mia was blinded by the sun rays coming through her room window. She closed her eyes again and groaned as she turned around. Her head was pounding and she asked herself why she drank so much last night. Her hand landed on something that was not a pillow. She freaked and let out a scream. Apparently not loud enough to wake the sleeping naked man on her bed. That’s when she noticed her clothes were scattered around the room, along with his. His back was so muscular Mia stared for a second. But then her panic started rising up again. She took her clothes and ran to the bathroom as fast and quiet as she could. She freshened up really quickly and looked at herself in the mirror.

“What the hell happened last night? What did I do?” and then the events of last night started to resurface.Aria introducing me to her friends. Them having a good time, dancing and getting wasted. And then? What happened after that? Think Mia think. Enzo! I come home with him. Shit!! What have I done? Mia said to herself. She mentally face palmed myself.

She started to calm myself down by taking a couple of deep breaths. She decided to go out and talk to him like the mature adult she’s supposed to be. When she walked out the bathroom she saw him, sitting on her bed, staring at her. He was wearing that signature smirk of his.

“Bonjour Chérie” he said smiling.

“Hi” Mia said awkwardly. “Listen Enzo about last night. It was--”

“Mind blowing, awesome, the best sex you ever had?” he cut her off before she could continue.

’All of the above’ Mia wanted to say.

“Uuhmm” Mia was so confused she didn’t know what to say now. She looked like a deer who’s caught by headlights.

“What’s wrong Chérie?” he asked changing his smirk expression to a worried one.

“Uhm so this is the first time something like this has happened to me” Mia said very quietly.

“You were a virgin?” he looked confused.

“No. Not a virgin. I mean a drunk one night stand.” She finally said meeting his gaze. He busted out in laughs.

“Are you serious?” he asked when he noticed her serious expression and she nodded.

“Listen Chérie you don’t have to worry, things like this happen all the time. Why are you so worried?”

She sighed and sat down on the bed beside him. “I don’t know, okay. It’s just scary. And I just met you guys I don’t want to screw it up already. I don’t want to lose a potential friendship because of sex.”

He laughed and hugged her and she felt herself calming down a little. “Okay look at me. You don’t have to worry about that. You can pretend it never happened when you’re around them. They’ll never know. It will only be as awkward as you make it. So simply don’t make it awkward. The more you think about the bigger the issue will get. So don’t see is as a mistake or anything. So friends?” she let out a small relieved smile.

“Thank you. Yes we’re friends.” She said while hugging him

“Did you at least enjoy it?” he asked and she couldn’t hold her laughter in anymore.

“Yes, are you happy to hear that?” Mia said while she gave him a slap on his arm.

“I always aim to please. I am also very honored to be your first drunk sexcapade. Let’s have breakfast together?” He suggested.

“Yeah, sure. You can freshen up while I make something.” she showed him the bathroom and then went into the kitchen to make something to eat. She screened the cabinets and saw she had enough ingredients to make pancakes so she started on the batter. When Enzo stepped into the kitchen she was half way done.

“That smells amazing. Here let me help you.” He said while he took the spatula and started flipping the pancakes.

“You can cook?” she asked while taking out the plates, maple syrup and juice.

“Why do you sound confused. Of course I can cook. I enjoy making myself a healthy meal. How do you think I maintain this body?” He said. She laughed. He knows exactly how to make people feel comfortable.

They sat down in the balcony and had breakfast together enjoying the morning sun, the nice breeze and the beautiful view.

“So tell me a little about yourself.” she asked while they were eating.

“Well I am 26, an engineer. I’m French which you’ve already guessed. I’ve been working a year now and I try to spend as much of my vacation as I can in foreign countries. I love my friends very much. I like spending time in the gym. But I still enjoy a good meal. I haven’t dated much after my last serious relationship. Still waiting for the right one I guess. That’s about it I think. Your turn.” He said. How can he say so much in one breath? Mia asked herself.

Mia started to think about what she should say. “Uhm so you already know I’m 24, just graduated as an architect. I’m an only child and my parents spend most of their time abroad or in the office.” she started and he listened attentively.

“It must get lonely from time to time.” He said.

“Yeah, it kinda did. But I had my best friends and my nanny who was also our maid and very close to me.”

“Had?”

“Uhm yeah my friends and I had a falling out recently.” she got sad thinking about it. Mia could hear her voice from the nightmare. “You don’t deserve to be loved.” She shrugged those thoughts off as soon as they came, she didn’t want it to ruin the rest of her day.

“I’m sorry to hear that. But if it helps real friends don’t leave your side so fast. If your friendship with her really meant something to her she will try to reconnect.” He said while holding her hand.

“Thanks. You’re the first person I talked to about this except for theía Lara.”

“Hey. We’re friends now. And I take my friendships really seriously.” He said while hugging her. Something about the way he said it made her believe in his words.

“Thanks.” Her heart felt a little lighter after talking to him. Maybe she just needed someone who would listen to her.

“So Aria mentioned your bucket list last night. How far are you with it?”

“I just started with one so I don’t have much. Do you want to see it?” he nodded, she stood up and walked in and brought it from her room. He went through it fast because it is so short.

“Well you’re off to a good start. Can I have a pen?” she handed him one as she looked very curious at him while he scribbled something in her notebook. When he handed it back she looked at it. Her eyes widened at the first thing he wrote and crossed off and she started laughing loudly.

“Epic sexcapade with Enzo? Are you serious?” her stomach hurt from laughing and her eyes started to water. It has been a long time since Mia laughed this openly.

“It deserves to be on that list.” He said with a wink.

She looked further down the list. He wrote:

·visit the Eiffel tower

·camel riding in the deserts

·deep sea diving

·skydiving

·bungee jumping

·wild life safari in Africa

·holi festival in India

·underwater temple in Mauritius

“These are some of the things I have already done. And believe me it’s totally worth it.”

“Thanks. For the recommendations. So what’s on you bucket list?”

“A lot actually. I want to visit the Maldives. Also Disneyworld in Hong Kong. I want to climb Mount Everest. Swim with dolphins, pet alligators….” His list continued for quite a while

She stared at him with an open mouth when he finally stopped talking. “Wow. But why alligators?”

“I don’t know. I just want to try it once. Don’t judge. So you wanted to see some places in Kavala. Why don’t we go together?”

“Sure”

Enzo left to get changed in more comfortable clothes and Mia cleaned everything up at here. They decided to meet each other at the aqueduct and go further from there.

They visited:

The Kamares aqueduct it was built in 1550 by Suleiman the Magnificent, this imposing structure dominating the city center used to supply the city with water. Spanning over 280 meters and including its 60 arches. Mia was amazed with the architectural design of the whole thing. She talked Enzo’s ear off about everything that amazed her and he didn’t even complain. He enjoyed her company as much as her blabbering random facts about the buildings.

The Castle of Kavala, 15th-century castle ruins with a round tower from where there is an amazing view over the whole city. A large part of the castle is used for open air concerts. There was also a cafeteria, where Mia and Enzo had lunch. Mia was blown away by the beauty and the design of the castle. It amazed her and as an architect she could see the brilliance used to build such a thing.

The Imaret was built in 1817 by Mohamed Ali Pasha to serve as an educational center. It operated as a religious school and later as a charity foundation. Later renovated, it now operates as a luxury hotel offering breathtaking views of Kavala and the sea. They didn’t stay here too long because it started getting dark and they still had a long way to go back.

After having visited these places Enzo took her to the Wood & Rock. They had a drink and ate something before they left, after that Enzo walked Mia to her house.

“I really enjoyed today.” Mia said.

“I’m glad I could be of your service. So I’ll see you soon.” He gave her a hug and left. Mia walked to the railing of her balcony and watched him walk away. She had a smile on her lips and she thanked her new friend for that in her mind. She felt content in a way and after a long time she was okay with the way she was feeling.

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