Is it what she thinks it is?
Is this man interested in her?
Or is he just being polite for the sake of Umniya?
Guess, we will find out.
Maoliosa shrugged with a small chuckle. "Well, you already know, I'm a professor at University of New York. Which most people find difficult to believe, because you know, apparently, I don't look like one."
Horatio nodded with a smile. "Well, as far as I know. You are the most capable Professor. I'm sure, Ten will agree with me, here."
Ten laughed out loud nodding. "Oh, she is more than capable, Alright."
Maoliosa smiled gratefully. "That's very polite of you, Mr. Savoia."
Horatio shook his head with a small smile of his own. "Umniya believes you are the best Professor and I beleive her. Moreover, please call me Horatio."
Maoliosa shrugged. " Well, Sure. And, the food really tastes amazing."
"I wanted it to be the best." Horatio maintained his smile.
Maoliosa nodded maintaining her smile. "Oh, it is."
Whistle, Maoliosa and Horatio made small talk, Ten was busy stuffing his face with food. Paying the least attention to the people in the room.
They, finished their dinner, bid farewells and Maoliosa left with a quite drunk Ten.
On their way back to their homes, the car ride was mostly quite. Unlike, their ride from their homes to the Club.
"Well, I think, you should give him a shot. He seemed like he likes you." Ten spoke up as he sat on the passenger's sear with his legs on the dashboard and eyes gazing out from the window.
Maoliosa sighed from the driver's seat, her eyes on the road as she was driving. "Saelac. You know, how it is. I think, I'm not over Sigwalt, yet. It may take me time."
Saelac rubbed his face, sat up straighter and turned towards Maoliosa. "It's been over 2 years, Mao. You cannot waste your whole life away for a person who is not here anymore."
Maoliosa sighed heavily, a little annoyed. "I'm not wasting my life away. I'm just taking my time to get over him."
Saelac sighed too, as he rubbed his face again with his palms, to remove the traces of intoxication. "Mao. I just hope, you don't take too long to get over him."
Maoliosa nodded as she looked at him for a moment before turning her eyes back on the road. "I won't, Lac. I won't."
After few moments, she spoke up again. "By the way. I thought, you didn't meet your clients casually."
Saelac chuckled. "I don't. This wasn't a casual meet up."
Maoliosa gave Saelac a brief look through her lashes. Non-verbally asking him to elaborate.
Saelac chuckled knowingly. "Well, he asked me to do a background check on you. I thought, may be you got yourself in trouble, again. But, he explained he wanted to thank you, personally.
"Mm hmm." Was all Maoliosa uttered.
"But, you know what?"
"I think, he didn't wanted to meet you personally, to thank you. I think, he likes you." Maoliosa didn't need to see Saelac to know that he has a cocky smirk on his face.
Maoliosa just rolled her eyes. "It doesn't matter, what you think."
"I know you think the same, Mao." Saelac pulled Maoliosa's cheek.
Maoliosa just grunted and chose to ignore him.
She stopped the car at his house and groaned. "Get out, already."
Saelac chuckled, kissed her cheek and left the car. But, not before shouting. "I love you too, Mao."
Maoliosa rolled her eyes and dove back home.
She was too tired to change and clean her self. But, she managed to do it and collapsed on her bed.
Her weekend went by pretty normal.
She slept till Saturday noon, then she met her colleague, Faryal Ashaz for brunch. The one who ditched her on Friday and told her about the encounter.
Faryal took a deep breath, her eyes fixed on Maoliosa with a smirk on her face. "So, what you are telling me is. Umniya Savoia's brother invited you on a dinner to thank you for the moral support you gave her during their grandmother's death? I say that's bullshit. I say, he has the hots for you."
Maoliosa rolled her eyes. " I don't think so. If he was really interested in me. He would have asked me out. Which he didn't."
Faryal was quick to ask. "Do you want him to ask you out?"
Maoliosa looked down at her glass and shrugged. "I don't know. I mean, I don't know the man at all."
Faryal burst out laughing. But, calmed herself down when she saw Maoliosa's straight face. "And, the only way to find out more about this guy is to go out with him. Right?"
Maoliosa bit her lip and sighed. "You might be right."
"I'm always right." Faryal raised her eyebrows with a cocky smirk.
Maoliosa spent Saturday evening doing laundry and deep cleaning her apartment.
Sunday she re-organised her bed room and rested.
She was now ready for Monday.
And, just like that. Monday rolled in.