Red Rose Thorn

How Could YOU!?!

Four days! Four long and boring days since Christine and I arrived at Raoul's mansion. I'm not complaining about the mansion at all. My mouth dropped wide open when I saw the mansion as the carriage pulled up. It was twice, no five times bigger than my house. The two places that I enjoy the most are the rose garden and the library. When it's not raining and it's nice out, I always take one of the books from the library and read it in the rose garden.

Another thing that I enjoy doing was horseback riding. Ever since I rode Caesar, my confidence in riding grew. The horse that I rode was a beautiful brown horse named Scarlet. She was so gentle and friendly. Raoul, Christine and I always ride together to go on a picnic or just ride for fun. The one place I love to ride to was to a little creek that was near and under a cherry blossom tree. While Scarlet was drinking at the creek, I'll just sat under the cherry blossom tree and enjoyed the nice view. Just listening to the flow of the water while little pink flowers fall out of the tree and land onto the ground was very soothing.

Even though I sometimes like staying at Raoul's place, I wish I was back in the 21st century. I mean, there's no electricity, no TV, no air condition, no cell phones, and no indoor plumbing… and let me tell you, that's the one thing I miss the most!

To make things worse… Phillipe. The first time I met Raoul's brother Phillipe was yesterday. Well, it was my first time meeting him, but "Christine's sister Brieanna" as known him since they were kids. I was sitting in the rose garden when I heard the sound of horse's hoofs galloping behind me. Since I was not expecting anyone, I jumped when I heard his horse galloping up. I looked up from my book to see Raoul greeting a young man. He looked like he was in his late twenties, early thirties, dark brown hair and a mustache. He looked older than Raoul, but he had a similar look as his. It was interesting, because he was not in the musical or the movie, but he was in the Phantom of the Opera book. I sighed before I turned to look back at my book. I mean don't get me wrong, he's cute, but he's not really my type.

"Brieanna!"

I looked up from my book to see it was Raoul who called me as he and Phillipe walked up to me. I slowly placed my book down and stood up.

"Brieanna, this is my brother Phillipe. I don't know if you remember him when we were kids," said Raoul.

I took a deep breathe, smiled and said, "I believe so, it's a pleasure to see you again Phillipe."

My eyes slightly widen when Phillipe softly grabbed my hand, raised it to his mouth and kissed it. "The pleasure is all mine Mademoiselle."

Ok, I had to admit, Phillipe was a charmer. Maybe I was jumping to conclusions. He does not seem like a jerk from all the stories I have read. I smiled slightly at him as he lowered my hand from his lips.

"Excuse me, Brie do you know where Christine is," asked Raoul.

"I think she's in the music room."

Raoul nodded his head before excusing himself to find Christine and left Phillipe and I alone. Phillipe and I decided to take a walk around the garden. It was a little awkward at first, but it was surprisingly nice.

"I do hope my brother was a very suitable host," said Phillipe.

"Oh, don't worry about that. Raoul was great taking care of Christine and me," I said with a small smile.

We continued to walk around the garden in silence. It was really hard not to make things awkward between us. Suddenly, Phillipe asked me a question.

"So Brieanna, I was wondering if you would like to accompany me to dinner tonight."

I was taken back from that question. Oh man, what do I say, what do I say!

"Umm… Phillipe, I would love to, but I'm not feeling so good today. Is it ok, if we have dinner maybe tomorrow… or the next day?"

Phillipe lowered his head and sighed, knowing he would be disappointed. After I said that, I was starting to regret it. I didn't want to hurt his feelings. I was just not ready to go out with him. I mean, we can hang out as friends, but I just didn't feel it today.

"I hope you're not mad at me. I just don't feel like it today… maybe later," I asked.

Phillipe sadly smiled at me and said to me, "I am not mad at you Brieanna. I shouldn't be so forward to you so quickly." I sighed before he asked, "Shall we go inside?"

I agreed and we walked back inside the mansion. As we went our separate ways, I found Christine and Raoul in the music room. I was smiling when I saw they were talking to each other and holding hands. I knocked on the door softly to get their attention. When they saw it was me, they immediately let go of their hands and stood up.

"So… what are you two doing," I asked with a sly smile on my face.

Christine looked down with a slight blush on her pink cheeks. Raoul smiled at me as he rubbed the back of his neck.

"I'll just go upstairs and get ready for supper," said Christine.

Before she exited the room, she walked over to me and smiled. She left me and Raoul alone in the music room.

"So how was your time with Phillipe?"

I looked up at Raoul in shock before answering, "Oh… it was good."

Raoul looked at me with a curious look. "Just good? That's it?"

"Yeah, why?"

"I thought since you two were out for so long-"

Ok, now I'm confused. "Raoul, what are you trying to say?"

Raoul slightly smiled at me as he said, "Well, I assumed you both would be spending more time together."

I sighed as I shook my head. I headed to the piano as I said, "I already talked to Phillipe, and we are in no way, involved with one another."

"I beg your pardon," I heard Raoul say.

I lightly touched the piano keys as I said, "I don't feel like going out with him. I postponed it to maybe later."

Raoul walked up to the piano and looked down at me. "Brieanna, Phillipe will be here for a few days! He's leaving to go back to London!"

My eyes widen with shock. This was news to me. I slowly stood up from the piano stool and said, "I didn't know that."

"Well, you should have! He's my brother and I believe you hurt him," he said disapprovingly.

"Raoul, I didn't-"

"You need to grow up Brieanna. Otherwise you won't meet anyone and you'll be alone!" My eyes widen with disbelieve. Ouch, I can't believe he said that. Even my own time, I couldn't have time to go out and have a boyfriend. I felt like a loser, but I keep telling myself that the right guy will come and I need to be patient. However, when Raoul said that, it really stabbed me in the heart for some reason. My eyes started to water up. Raoul's mouth opened up and his eyes widen when he realized what he has said to me. "Oh Brieanna… Brie…"

SLAP!

Raoul touched his red check before he turned back to me. I am really pissed off now.

"How could you say that," I screamed.

He shook his head and walked closer to me. "Brie, I didn't mean…"

I took a step back away from him. "Don't touch me! Just leave me alone!"

Before Raoul could say or do anything, I picked up the hem of my dress and I ran out of the room. I ran pass Christine as she walked down the stairs and passed Phillipe who was in the library. I wanted to be alone and get away from the mansion. I knew the only place I could be alone is at the creek. I ran to the stables, got on my horse Scarlet and galloped away to the creek, not knowing Christine, Phillipe, and Raoul were running out the mansion door to see me gallop away.


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