"It makes me happy to hear you say that," she told her honestly. It was good to know that Alexi really and deeply cared for Jasey. Nice to see that there was more to her son than just a murderous sociopath. Eleanor quirked an eyebrow at her. "Are you honestly surprised, sweetheart? Alexi is an excellent manipulator. It’s a family trait, really." One she had happily passed onto him, though she though he didn’t use it much. It was nice to know that sometimes he did, even if she didn’t like the reasons he was using it. "Hades is managing the store and doing what he can to keep Alexi alive. I’m sure you know what a challenge than can be."
"I am surprised, just not by him. I can’t believe I fell for it is all. I thought I was smarter than all that, but I guess not." She sighed, running a hand through her hair. This was ridiculous; the whole damn thing. It was always a game with him, wasn’t it? It was so exhausting. She took a sip of her drink. "It’s definitely a challenge. I almost died last time it was my job to do that." She sighed. "I know this is hard on him, it hasn’t been easy on me, but I made it very clear that if I left, I wasn’t going back. I don’t think I can go back on my word. If he comes to me, I won’t turn him away. But I’m not going to him. I need to have a backbone for once."
"I don’t care about any plans you had for the day because they are no longer your plans, Sarah dear. You and I are goin’ shoppin’. And then, we’re gonna go get ice cream because we’re cute and we deserve it."
"I would hope so. I’m not doing my job right if I don’t have at least some type of effect on you," he grinned, shrugging a little. At least it wasn’t completely one sided. He’d hate himself just a little if he just followed her around like a puppy. Well, he kind of did, but he couldn’t be bothered by it. Kyle opened his laptop, doing a quick search. "Aha! We may be just in luck. No Good Deed is out. Do you wanna go see that?" he asked, looking up at her. He had actually really wanted to go see that and he hoped Jasey would be down for it. "It has Idris Elba so I know you wanna go see it at least a little bit."
"Well then, I’d say you’re doing a great job. You should talk to your boss about getting a raise or something." Jasey joked with a smile. She wasn’t afraid of making cheesy jokes around him because she knew he’d laugh even if it sucked. At least he usually did. Sometimes he just snorted or rolled his eyes. "You had me at Idris Elba." She told him with a grin. "He’s so hot. It’s unfair how hot he is. No one man should be that attractive. Don’t you think so? And don’t even give me any of that I don’t think dude’s are hot bullshit."
Kyle smiled. Fuck, she was the prettiest damn girl in the world. And sometimes it was when she wasn’t even trying to be. He’d do anything for this girl, and the thought scared him. His feelings for Jasey Parker ran a lot deeper than he was ready to admit. Kyle chuckled at her reaction, stretching forward to grab her hand. He kissed her knuckles. “Nothing to be sorry about, Jase. You just have a really big effect on me, even when it’s simple touches like that. It’s a me problem.” He turned her hand to kiss her palm. “I’ll go grab my laptop so we can look up what’s playing,” he told her, standing to do just that. He returned a few minutes later, ready to look. “We agree on not going to a shitty romance, right?”
Jasey grinned when he took her hand and the grin only grew when he kissed her knuckles. He could be so sweet sometimes. If any other guy did that, she would’ve thought it was lame. But not when Kyle did it, then it was nice and sweet. “Well you have a pretty big effect on me too, Kyle.” She admitted, though it wasn’t the same kind of effect. She had a physical effect on him and he had an emotional one on her. He didn’t need to know the difference though. “Sounds good.” She nodded, watching as he left the room. She let out a quiet sigh. She wished every day could be like this, just hanging out with Kyle and without a care in the world. “No shitty romances. Something funny or something with explosions or something with both if that’s possible.”
"Thanks, Jase. It’s dumb. We’re having a really great day. I don’t wanna ruin it with my bullshit problems." She was so sweet and he loved that about her. Kyle chuckled. At least they were on the same side when it came to burning in the downtown. It sounded completely unpleasant. Kyle finished most of his bowl, glad to have something to distract him from how good her hand felt on his thigh. "Well, we’re both pretty smart. We could figure something out," he agreed, his voice deeper. Kyle cleared his throat. "You’re killing me Jasey. Why don’t we finish up and then decide what movie to go see?" he suggested, covering her hand with his. He couldn’t think with her touching him like that.
"Of course, Kyle. Anything for you." She promised with a soft smile. "I doubt they’re bullshit." She tacked on, shaking her head a bit. As long as he was okay though, she wouldn’t press the issue too much. She finished up her food, happy that he had cooked for her because it was delicious. She chuckled at his comment. "Oh shit, sorry. I wasn’t…I wasn’t trying to do anything with that hand, I just…I dunno, it felt weird to not be…nevermind, forget it." She said quickly, pulling her hand away. She couldn’t bring herself to say out loud, it was embarrassing. And confusing. Why did she care that they weren’t touching for once? "Let’s just decide what we’re gonna go see." She nodded, avoiding his gaze.
"I’m sorry that you fell for my son. As sorry as I am that Miguel fell for me." But if things had worked out for her and her husband, surely things could work out for Jasey and Alexi. "Oh, sweetie, it’s London in the late 1880s all over again. Hades says there’s no room left in the fridge for body parts, which was quite the graphic and disturbing image for him to provide me with. He’s clearly upset and he’s dealing with his emotions the only way he knows how. With murder. Which isn’t healthy and is bad for everyone involved." The waiter arrived and set their salads on the table. Eleanor dismissed him quickly, wanting to continue her conversation with Jasey.
"I’m not sorry. It hasn’t been the best, but at least for a little while there, things were pretty good. And I got to know what it feels like to be with somebody that really cares about you. Some people never get that. So yeah, it hurts, but I don’t regret it or wish it never happened." It was weird to say that out loud. She frowned, waiting for the waiter to leave so she could reply to Eleanor. "Oh…I honestly thought he’d be fine. He is the one who pushed me out after all. I really thought…I can’t believe he could play me like that." Stupid fucking Alexi. "So Hades is running the shop then?"