Chapter 5: Ice Cream & Rain
We walked into the ice cream and frozen yogurt place and I was surprised Hunter even knew it existed.
"I didn't expect this place." I said as we got in line behind a girl who was ordering.
"What? Do you not like it here?" Hunter asked.
"I like, no, I love it here. I've come here since I can remember. But not many people know it's here, most people need to be introduced to it."
"I stumbled across the place once say when I had nothing to do. I've been coming around for...a year now." I nodded and we stepped in front of the counter, the girl having already gotten what she'd come for.
"So, what so you want?" I looked at the choices behin the glass and decided.
"Chocolate chip ice cream." I said and Hunter turned to the women behind the counter.
"Two chocolate chip in medium cups." Hunter said.
The women got us our ice cream which-after a small argument that I lost-Hunter paid for. We walked to a two person table and sat across from each other.
"You should've let me paid for mine..." I muttered as I ate a spoon full of ice cream.
"What kind of man would that make me? Making a lady pay, that's unheard of." Hunter joked and I laughed.
"Whatever you say Hunter. Whatever you say."
Our time there went on. We talked, laughed, and joked around.
"You know what, Hunter? I don't think I've ever had this much fun." I said as our laughter calmed down.
"You mean that?" Hunter asked. His hand was on the table so I placed my hand in his. Hunter gave my hand a squeeze and I looked him in the eyes when I spoke.
"Yes. I honestly, swear to the gods, mean that."
"And I mean it when I say you're the best girl I've ever met." I felt myself blush. "And you look better that everyone when you blush." Hunter laughed and I sent him a playful glare.
"Don't give me that look. Just eat your ice cream before it melts." Hunter said in a mock ordering voice.
"Make me." I stuck my tounge out at Hunter and was surpised when a spoon full of ice cream invaded my mouth. I felt my eyes widen and looked at Hunter who made sure to leave the ice cream in my mouth before pulling the spoon out of my mouth and sticking it back in his ice cream.
"There." Hunter smirked. "I just made you eat a spoonful of your ice cream with my spoon." I found my cheeks heating up and looked away. Damn Hunter. "Awww...Are you mad at me?"
"Hey, I could have some fun with this..." I thought and nodded.
"Aw, don't be mad Pipes. I'll do anythng to make you h-" As fast a lightning, I took some of Hunter's ice cream on my spoon and stuffed it into his mouth, leaving my spoon in his mouth as I pulled my hand away.
I laughed at the surprised look on Hunter's face.
"Piper!" He said in an accusing tone when he pulled my spoon out of his mouth and pointed a finger at me.
"Careful Hunter." I said as I looked at how close his finger was to my face. "I bite." Hunter immediatly pulled his finger away and I smiled.
"I thought you said you didn't bite..." Hunter muttered and I looked at him.
"Did I Hunter? Did I really say that?" Hunter thought it over and sighed in defeat.
"No...you never did say you didn't bite."
"Exactly!" I said and stood up, moving over to Hunter's side of the table. I gave him a peck on the lips, but let it linger for a bit longer than necisary before pulling away.
"It's not nice to tease." Hunter scolded and I giggled.
"Daughter of Aphrodite, here. What did you expect?" I sat back in my chair and smiled at Hunter.
Hunter smiled back at me, but something behind me caught his attention and he frowned.
"What is it?"
"Piper, whatever you do, do not turn around. Don't do anything that'd bring attention to you." Of course, me being me, I turned around.
"J-Jason?" There was a sigh in Hunter's direction and I turned back to see him lean back in his chair.
"I told you not to look..." Hunter smriked at me and I glared, for real this time. "Just stay quiet. He's with a girl with long black hair and we're in the farthest point of the place from where they are. You'd have to be cursed for Jason to recognize you from behind and so far away.
I relaxed a bit at Hunter's words. I took another spooful of ice cream and Hunter did the same.
"You know...Now that I think about it...I've never been on a date this...what's the word..." I mused after a silence.
"Boring? Unadventures? Cheap?" Hunter offered the words and I gave him a 'what-the-hell-are-you-talking-about?' look.
"Stop being so negastive! But I can't think of the word..."
"You look cute when you're thinking, you know that?" I blushed at the newest compliment.
"Stop it, Hunter." Hunter's face grew into one of confusion.
"Why? Did I say something wrong?"
"No, it's not that. It's just...on a date...no one has ever complimented me so much." Not even Jason, I added mentally and imediatly pushed the thought away.
"And that's another reason why I do it so much. I must make up for all those lost opportunities other people weren't smart enough to take."
"You're so full of it." I rolled my eyes and was about to take another spoonful of ice cream into my mouth when the lovely date was ruined.
"Piper?" Jason's voice came from behind and my eyes instantly met Hunter's. He seemed to know that I wanted to bolt out of the place and shook his head.
"That's my name..." I said as I turned to face Jason, taking the spoon of ice cream into my mouth before sticking it back into my ice cream. "Hello Jason. Hey Reyna." I gave Reyna a slight warmer greeting since I wasn't as mad as her as I was with Jason. "I heard the news. Congrats."
"Hi Piper. What are you doing here? And who's that with you?" Reyna said when Jason failed to say anything.
"I'm on a date with Hunter, my boyfriend." I said. I scooted my chair a bit to the side so Reyna could see Hunter clearly. "Hunter, this is Reyna. Reyna, this is Hunter."
There was a silence while Hunter and Reyna seemed to size up one another before nodding at one another.
"Wait. Boyfriend?" Jason asked as he snapped out of his trance-like state.
"Yes, I am Piper's boyfriend. Is there a problem?" Hunter spoke up and Jason looked away from me to look at Hunter. Jason gave Hunter a hard glare and looked at me.
"That guy is your new boyfriend?" I nodded, suddenly feeling like I had to defened Hunter.
"Yeah. Got a problem with it?" I demanded.
"Yeah, I kinda do!"
"Well get the hell over it! We're not together anymore. You have a girlfriend. You have a baby on the way. I think I'm allowed to have a boyfriend since you have all of that."
"Pipes, calm down." Hunter said and I shook my head.
"I'm not letting him ruin this, Hunter...it...it's not fair." I said, bowing my head to hide my face with my hair. Tears were welling up in my eyes. "W-why won't you just leave me alone Jason? I leave you alone to be happy with Reyna, but can't you just let me be happy? Now, now I have Hunter and you have Reyna and a baby on the way so please, just leave me alone. J-just go be happy with Reyna and leave me the hell alone!"
I stood up and ran out of the place, not wanting to be there any longer. I ran out the door, not really caring where I ended up.
"Piper!" I could hear Jason calling after me, but I ignored him. The sound of someone running after me filled my ears and I ran a bit faster, thinking it might be Jason.
"Piper." Hunter said as his hand wrapped around my wrist. He spun me around and pulled me to him. "Stop running."
"I'm sorry...I don't know why I did that. I'm sorry I ruined our date, Hunter. I'm sorry that you have to deal with me and all the problems I come with..." I said and Hunter pulled me into a hug.
"Shut up Piper." I was surprised as how emotionless Hunter's voice was. He must be really bad at me. I looked up at him to see his emotionless face. After a second or two, Hunter grinned and patted my head. "Now, Pipes, that wasn't very good. Good ice cream was put to waste, you should be vey ashamed."
"Jeez, you scared me! I thought you were actually mad at me."
"I give you an answer if you answer my question. Piper, can you honestly stay mad at me?"
"No, I can't. But you've never made me mad enough to-"
"And there's your answer. You can't stay mad at me, and I can't stay mad at you." I leaned my head on Hunter chest.
"Thanks Hunter. I-What was that?" Something small and wet had landed on my eye. I looked up to see the once blue sky was now gray with rain clouds. Another drop of what I now realized was water landed on my arm, soon followed by more.
"Crap, rain." Hunter said as he saw the clouds.
"That's weird...in the movies the ain always falls before the boy finds the girl..." I mused.
"What...oh. I guess you're right."
"A certain someone must be throwing a hissy fit..." Thunder was instantly heard. I looked up at the sky. "You know it's true! I hope you know your son got a girl pregnant! He must take after his daddy." I snapped and Hunter put a finger to my lips.
"Shhh! I don't want you being killed by lightning so shut up." I stuck out my tounge and blinked when another drop of water fell in my eye. The rain was starting to pour. "We need to get out of the rain. Come on, let's get to the car."
Hunter took my hand in his and we ran to the car. Hunter almost slipped ten times and I almost slipped around twenty times. By the time we reached the awning of a store in front of the car, we were dripping wet and laughing.
"Hey, aren't we suppose to dance in the rain?" Hunter asked.
"What?" I was confused by what he said about dancing. Dancing in the rain?
"You know, it aways rains after the guy finds the girl and then they dance in the rain." The meaning of Hunter's words dawned on me and I smiled.
"How do you know so much about those kind of movies?" Hunter smiled sheepishly.
"Rememer that I was raised by my single mom? She-and my step sisters when she remarried-loved those sappy romance books and movies so some if not most of it rubbed off on me." I laughd and wrapped my arms around Ryo, and looked towards the street.
"Well, the streets empty. So what the hell, lead the way." I said and let Hunter lead me into the abandoned street. Gods, what the hell were we doing?
Our 'dancing in the rain' wasn't really much dancing. It was mainly a mix of Hunter spinning me around, what I think was a beginner's waltz (for both of us), and both of us fooling around.
The dancing was fun and I realized that in movies, no matter how corny the scene was, it was pretty fun and a bit romantic. But soon, Hunter pulled the dancing to a stop, and leaned in so his lips were next to my ear.
"We should really get out of the rain. I don't want you getting sick." Hunter whispered before pulling away.
"You're right. And don't you have a shift at the bar today?" Hunter thought it over before nodding.
"Yeah, but you're going with me." Hunter said and I agreed.
We hurried into the car and got in since Hunter wasn't really worried about the seats getting wet since they had been covered in something that he could just take off when they got wet. Thank gods I'd parked my car in the covered part of the driveway.
"I'll need to change clothes..." I muttered as I examined my wet situation.
"We'll stop by your house on the was to the club." Hunter offered and I shook my head, remembering the bag I always had in my car.
"No, I just need to grab a bag from my car. As a daughter of Aphrodite, I'm always prepared for a problem like this." I said and Hunter laughed.
"I thought you said you didn't like being a daughter of Aphrodite. When you were younger and now."
"But that doesn't mean she doesn't have some kind of influence on me." I pointed out. "I remem when I first got to camp. She made a big show of claiming me by changing my clothes, hair, and everything. Not to mention how low the v-neck of the dress was so low I was so embaressed. I didn't even own a dress at the time."
"I can imagine since you said you were more of a tomboy and didn't even own a dress at the time. But I bet you looked beautiful." That one word alone brought back an unwanted memory.
"Beautiful," Jason had exclaimed. "Piper, you...you're a knock out." I shoved the memory aside.
"No. Don't remember Piper. Forget everything he ever did to make you love him." I told myself. "Hunter's a hundred times better. Just forget Jason."
"Thanks." I told Hunter for his compliment. "But everyone had stared at me like I was a freak."
"Hmmm...maybe they were just shocked at how good you looked?"
"That, or the fact that the girl Drew-my cruel, bitchy half sister-had called Dumpster girl was actually a daughter of the goddess of beauty. Thus, her half sister. The feelings of hate for each other were mutual, so I didn't really care if she insulted me. I was the daughter of a movie star, what was she gonna do? I'd have lawyers on her ass in minutes!"
"Remind me to not mess with you, Pipes." Hunter chuckled.
"We'll see. Maybe I'll choose to not remind you." I smirked and Hunter rolled his eyes, smiling.
Soon, we reached Hunters house. Once I was changed we headed to the club, the rain having calmed down for the most part. Since I didn't feel like dancing, I jumped behind the counter and helped Hunter until his shift was over, remembering that he had classes tomorrow. Since he wanted to be a homocide detective-which I found pretty cool-he had to work to pay for school.
Hunter worked here at the bar some nights and Tuesday, and, Thursday morning till around two he worked at a restaurant.
After a kiss goodbye, I drove home and was asleep the second my head hit the pillow.