Astaroth and Lahash left Naberious in Egypt and returned to Salem to find that Raina went with Derek to meet Amelia and Brian for the getaway weekend.
Amelia and Brian arrived earlier at his parent’s vacation home less than two hours from Salem. It was morning, and the sun barely surfaced over the horizon. Amelia squinted her eyes from the sun that shown through the window, and she rolled over to see that Brian was asleep.
She wrapped her around him as he slept and listened to his deep breaths. With a smile she nuzzled her face into his back and took a deep breath. Brian stirred, and slid his hand on top of hers while they lay together.
Brian said, “Are you hungry?”
Amelia slid out of bed and put on her robe and pulled on Brian’s arms, nudging him toward the kitchen. In moments, the happy couple went into the kitchen.
Amelia said, “Brian, there is something I have wanted to talk to you about, but with such a wonderful time we’ve had, I didn’t want to ruin our weekend. I know that Raina and Derek will be here soon, so it would be best we sit down and talk now.”
Amelia hypnotized him; he seemed too busy and distracted, looking at her morning hair and her clean face that did not have an ounce of makeup on it. Amelia fidgeted with her coffee cup and struggled to put together what she wanted to say.
“Brian, before we left for our weekend getaway Raina and I had an argument.” His hypnotic eyes changed, and his lips pursed together.
“I don’t know how to say this to you except to just say it as awkward as it may sound. Raina and I did not have an argument about something simple like best friends do. It involves Raina with some questionable things, and I think they are very troublesome for her. I struggle to understand a lot of her behavior, and I just want to feel secure enough between you and me that no matter what she does or what we find out about Raina, it will not affect our relationship.”
Brian held her hand and said, “Amelia, there isn’t anything that anyone could ever do or say that would make me feel less for you. I don’t care about who she is or what she’s involved with. All I care about is you and our relationship. Whatever she’s done, or you feel is so terrible don’t let that worry you. I’m here for you and if there’s something you need to tell me, or you need help with don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to come to me. That’s what I’m here for.”
Amelia sighed with relief, slumped back in her chair, and rested her head on the back of the chair and stared at the ceiling. With a slight smirk, she said, “You have no idea just how dark it goes with Raina.” Amelia brought herself forward again, and she laid her elbows on the table. “I hope you mean what you said because I think it is just a matter of time before you and I both find out just how dark Raina is.”
Brian shrugged his shoulders and said, “How would all of this affect Derek? Do you think she’s that bad? I have an urge to convince Derek to continue seeing her right now because I thought she would be good for him. You know? Something different not like his typical blonde-headed homecoming queen girlfriend. Do you think Raina is not good for my friend?”
Amelia put her face into her hands. “I can’t believe that I will say this about my best friend, but I don’t think she’s the best person for Derek, in fact, I worry about what will happen if they continue to date and his ex-girlfriend doesn’t stay out of the picture.”
Amelia lifted her face from her hands revealed a small tear coming out of her eye. “She had a very troubled background like me, she was in foster care. I was in foster care a lot longer than her, but her family life was a lot worse than mine might have been. All she had was her father, and Raina doesn’t speak of him a lot, but I know that she feels very abandoned by him. I believe she thinks all men will leave, or she can’t trust them to stick around. It’s like if the guy pulls away just like some men will do in a relationship, she takes that as a threat, or she sees it as them leaving her. With Derek having just got out of a relationship if Raina comes on too strong, and he pulls away, I am worried what that would bring to us all.”
Before Amelia and Brian could continue their conversation, a car pulled into the driveway. Brian got up from his chair and walked over to the large picture window in the kitchen. “Well speak of the devil, they’re already here.”
Brian collected the plates and the silverware from the table. “We can finish this conversation later, but know this, there’s nothing that she’s going to do or say that’s going to make me feel different about you. I think the best thing that we can do right now is to forget about everything, don’t worry about his ex-girlfriend, and just focus on something fun and positive. Maybe Raina will lighten up. Maybe the guys she’s been with in the past were just not the right ones. I promise we’ll talk about this later.”
Raina jumped out of Derek’s car; she had a smile across her face that Amelia was not accustomed to seeing often. Amelia stood in front of the window, watching her get her bags.
Their light voices were audible from the other side of the door. Raina was giggling, and Derek was laughing about something that they had been talking about.
Brian was quick to meet them, shake his best friend’s hand and offered him something to drink. As the three toggled through the small hallway that led into the large kitchen, Raina’s giggles settled down. Amelia had a smile on her face, but her eyes did not exhibit happiness. Putting her game face on she reached her arms out to Raina without saying a word and gave her rigid embrace.
“It’s good to see you,” Amelia said and turned to get a glass of water for herself avoiding eye contact.
Raina stood hesitantly as she watched Amelia gulping down her large glass of water. “Amelia are you okay?”
As Amelia gulped her water down, she nodded. She caught her breath. “Yes, I just wasn’t feeling well when I woke up this morning. I hope that I’m not coming down with something.”
Raina scratched her head, and her face furrowed. “Are you sure? I am deeply sorry about the argument that we had, and I want us to talk about it.”
“Sure, you are right we should talk. But I think Brian has some plans for us to go out on his family’s boat.”
“His family owns a boat?”
Amelia flashed her eyebrows and said, “Yep. His family owns a rather large boat. He knows how to sail it, and he has been looking forward to taking it all out today. Afterwards he wanted as to go out for dinner and a little of fun on the town. I thought you would enjoy that.”
Raina said, “Sure, that sounds great, are you sure that you’re up to it, or do you want to talk first?”
Amelia said, “Yes, I think we can talk. Let’s go upstairs and let’s visit and clear the air.”
They ran upstairs, leaving their boyfriends downstairs to visit. Amelia took Raina down the long hallway to a room on the other end from where she and Brian were staying. She opened the door to a bright yellow room, with big windows that overlooked the driveway. Raina looked out of the large window, down where Brian and Derek were outside talking next to Derek’s jeep. She smiled as she watched them.
“Whose room is this? Does Brian have a sister?” Raina looked around.
Amelia sat down next to Raina and watched her smile as she gazed at the brightly decorated room. Raina wore a different color other than black. Under her black sweater, she had on a dark blue blouse with matching blue Toms. “You look different, you seem happy.”
Raina shrugged her shoulders and nodded. “Yes, I guess I am.”
“You are smiling at least,” Amelia said, and then she got up and walked to the window. “So, about our fight, I don’t want to waste a lot of time talking about it. I won’t play games with you, Raina. I do not want my relationship tainted with Brain. I think I am falling in love. He is a junior in college, pre-med and is serious about his career. Brian has mentioned he will go off to medical school, probably Harvard. I want nothing to stand in the way of us or his focus on school.”
Raina crossed her arms. “Why are you saying this? What does that have to do with me?”
“Raina, I know what you are up to, and he doesn’t know about Pandora. If he finds out what we have discovered or have gotten involved with, I don’t think he would stay. I do not want to be involved.”
“Oh, Amelia, but you are involved, you helped me open the box. You will suffer any fate I do, whatever that may be. You shouldn’t be so afraid of this. We are witches and there is nothing wrong with what we are. I think she would help us with anything should we need it.”
Amelia yelled, “What is wrong with you!? I don’t care, I am not to be involved with this. Now look, I let Brian invite you here to be nice, don’t make me regret it. You leave in the morning.”
Amelia walked out and slammed the door behind her. She walked downstairs and went outside to Brian. Raina stood watching the couple from the window, and within a few moments, Derek came up.
“Hey, I wondered if you would come down.” Derek walked up behind Raina and wrapped his arms around her. Raina broke her stare and embraced Derek. She opened her mouth and gave him a deep kiss and pulled him over to the bed and pulled his pants down.
“Man Raina, we went at it all night, I don’t know if I have any left.” Derek snorted.
She ignored him and pulled his pants down, giving him no other option but to join her. They stayed upstairs for about twenty minutes for their quickie before joining Brian and Amelia.
Brian just hung up the phone and stuck his head in the fridge and said, “We have a table reserved, and we can go out clubbing after. I think it would take the entire day to go boating, so we can do it another time. Sound okay?”
As he shut the door, Raina stood there. “Sure.”
Startled, Brian said, “Oh, I thought you were Amelia.”
Raina smirked as she pushed Brian out of the way and looked in the fridge for something to drink. “She is outside talking to Derek.”
Brian flashed his eye, brows, “Really. About what?”
Raina shrugged, “I don’t know. He said he wanted to visit with her about something.”
Brian looked around as if he didn’t believe her, and he heard them while they were walking in laughing. Amelia said, “Oh sorry, Brian, I was making sure Derek would be okay with going out after dinner. I was not sure what his work schedule was. He said that he had the day off. So, we are good to go.” Amelia wrapped her arms around Brian.
“Sure, oh, yeah, okay.”
Derek fished his phone out of his pocket and held it for a moment before putting it back. “Yeah man, work is cool if I don’t come in. So, when do we leave?”
“Well it is a bit of a drive; it is toward the city. We need to get going.”
Amelia went upstairs to get changed, and Raina took Derek by the hand and said, “Yeah, let’s get around to go.”
She pulled Derek back upstairs into their room. Derek jumped into the shower, and Raina took her clothes off to join him. As Derek rinsed his hair, his eyes were closed while the shampoo suds ran down his face.
Raina stood in front of him, and after a few seconds of watching him rinse his hair, she smiled and ran her hand up and down his chest.
“Oh, wow, you are sneaky.” Derek grinned as he turned to cradle his hands under the water squinting his eyes.
“Yes, I am, so wanna go again?” She brushed her hands across his stomach.
He flashed a grin as he watched her toggle her fingers on his skin. “Well, I am already a little tired, you know from all of our rounds. I was thinking later?” He turned his back to her while he rinsed his face.
Raina rinsed off under the opposing shower head in the large shower stall for two. After she finished and walked over to the counter where Derek’s clothes la she searched his pocket where the keys to the jeep, and his cell phone were stowed.
With the fog in the bathroom and the moisture shield across the blurred glass surrounding the shower stall, she fished his phone out of his pocket to take a peek. As she looked through missed calls, she noticed that his phone was set on silent, and read a new text that he had not seen yet, and it was from the ex-girlfriend.
Raina’s breathing picked up, and her nostrils flared as she read.
“Cool, I always liked Brian’s parents’ getaway house. We had some good times there. Thanks for letting me know, maybe I can catch up with you later.”
Derek shut off the water, and Raina put his phone back, and she walked out to get dressed. He followed and only had a towel wrapped around his waist.
Raina did not regard him, she was busy getting her clothes on, and she dabbed a little makeup on to include the black lipstick that she had not worn in a while.
“Black lipstick?” Derek furrowed his brow. “I haven’t seen you wear that. Since when do you wear black lipstick?”
Raina shoved the tube back into her purse. “Since I feel like it.” She put her purse strap over her shoulder and headed toward the door.
Derek said, “What is wrong?”
“Nothing, I am going downstairs.”
Derek stared at her revealing outfit made up of a short skirt, chunky black heels, and a tight belly revealing button-down top that was all black.
“What?” she said, “You don’t like my outfit?” Raina walked out and slammed the door.
Derek collected himself and went downstairs to find Raina outside, talking to Amelia. Brian was on the phone, speaking to his father, and just ended his call.
“Hey man, what’s up? Raina stormed down here; she looks pissed off.” Brian nodded toward the window where the two best friends were visible outside.
Derek sighed, “I don’t know, man. I don’t get it. One minute she is all over me like there is no tomorrow and the next, she is pissed off. Times like this, my ex seems more reasonable.”
Brian opened a beer and handed it to Derek while he sipped on his own. “Well is it possible she knows you are still talking to her? After the incident at the café, I can see why she would be pissed.”
Derek looked over his shoulder and said nothing.
“Derek, I am not busting your balls here, I have been there. You break up, and the new girl seems good, then it goes bad, and you talk to the ex. I have been there, and not one good thing comes along with stringing women along.” Brian nudged Derek with a smirk. “You know, Raina doesn’t strike me as the type who takes shit off anyone, a guy playing games with her. Look, if you are just needing a break from your ex and you need to have a roll with Raina for a while, I get it. But do yourself a favor and get it all over with and end it.”
Derek turned from the window and crossed his arms. “That isn’t it. My ex texts me a lot. She keeps going on about how she wants me back, and then she guilts me with the stuff about her parents wanting us to be married and all.” Derek stretched his arms upward, exposing the lower part of his stomach above his hips, where his jean line set showing scratch marks.
Brian looked down, “What the hell? Not trying to be weird, but did Raina do that?”
Derek blushed and pulled his arms down, “Yeah, well she likes it kinky. My ex sure didn’t.”
Brian snorted, “Ah, I get it. You are slumming it with her, with plans to go back, huh?”
Derek smirked, “Well, that is the thing, yes and no. Raina kinda scares me. I like her. I want to like her more, and I have fun when she isn’t pissed off. Certainly not boring. I will tell you that. But there is something about her I can’t put my finger on, and it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It is the way she looks at me.”
Brian said, “Look, either way, I don’t care who you are with as long as you are happy. Raina is different. So is Amelia. Doesn’t make any difference.”
“Well, that’s the thing, Amelia. You two seem so happy. She doesn’t give me that vibe. I don’t know,” Derek scratched his head, “I guess that is why I hang out, trying to figure it out, and of course the sex is mind-blowing. I never have had a girl offer to bring another girl to bed.”
Brian choked on his beer and said, “What? Get outta here! You are lying.” He raised his eyebrow.
Derek shook his head, “No, I am telling you the truth. On the way up here, she told me she likes girls. But she obviously likes men too.”
“Well I would take advantage of that!” Brian gazed up at the tall ceiling in the well-lit kitchen, barely blinking.
“What the hell do you think about it?” Derek said.
“Oh no man, I imagine myself with two chicks!” Brian bent over laughing. “No, no, man, it’s cool. I think I am falling for Amelia, and I don’t take her for that type. Besides, I wouldn’t know what to do with two women. I stay stressed out, wondering if I am any good with just one woman, let alone two!”