Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Chapter 23

Sophia couldn’t believe her ears. Was it really Jon’s fault that her sister and Richie had split up? Why would he make up such a horrible lie? Was this the reason Richie went to rehab? Her head was spinning at the thoughts that raced through. She had to find Jon and confront him. Surely David had got it wrong. Jon wouldn’t do something like that. But did he? It’s a stunt she would have thought him more than capable of when she first met him. Had he been playing her along all this time just waiting to hurt her like he had with her sister? Sophia got up from the bench and said goodbye to Dave, interrupting him in the middle of a story she hadn’t been listening to. She found Jon in the kitchen and took him out the front of the house where it was quiet and they could be alone. Her anger started to build as she blurted out, “Are you the reason Richie and Victoria split up? Did you make up stories about her to get Richie to leave her and cause her so much pain?” Sophia said in a steady voice although she was trembling inside. Jon looked shocked at first, he paced the garden path before speaking, “Your sister is a nasty piece of work, she was taking him for a ride.”

Sophia looked angry at his words. He wasn’t going to lie to her, she would have to hear what kind of person her dear sister really was. “I heard her, Sophia. I was looking for you when I passed the room and heard her speaking. She must have been on the phone to some other little bitch because she blatantly came out and said she’s with him for his money and the fame it would bring or words to that effect. I’m sorry Sophia, she’s not as innocent as she’s made you believe,” Jon told her, moving in to take her hand until Sophia pulled hers away from his reach. “I had to tell Richie. He’s my best friend. Are you telling me that if the situation was reversed you wouldn’t have told Victoria?” Jon started pacing again. “I’m sorry to have to be the bad guy here and tell you what she’s really like, but it’s true.” Sophia turned towards him, “You know what I would have done Jon? I would have found out the whole story before I went spreading stories around and wrecking a great relationship.”

Jon looked amazed, “What do you mean the whole story? I heard her say they things, what more is there to find out?” Sophia took a deep breath, “I was the person she was talking to that day Jon. I was in that very room with her.” Jon shook his head, “You were part of the plan?” Sophia almost laughed, “The plan? There was no plan Jon. If you had heard the start of that conversation you would know that she was telling me how much she was in love with Richie. I made a stupid comment, like you know I always do and my sister replied with what you said. She was being sarcastic Jon. Can you see her looking for fame? I don’t think so. I can’t believe you broke them up over a silly comment. She’s never loved anyone the way she loved Richie. She was devastated when he said it was over and didn’t even give her a reason.” Jon was silent for a while. He was studying the floor when he finally spoke, “So it’s really my fault that my best friend ended up in rehab? I’m such an idiot. Please, Sophia, I’m so sorry about all of this. If I had just known or you had said something then none of this would have happened.” Sophia was unsure what to do. He looked so sad and blamed himself for what Richie went through but Sophia was still angry about the pain he had caused her sister. “We couldn’t say anything because no-one told us why he suddenly wanted to split up and sent her packing from the house,” she moved closer to him and tilted his chin so he was facing her. “You have to tell Richie what really happened.”
“I can’t do that, he would go mad. His best friend landed him in rehab, he’ll never speak to me again!” Jon blurted.

Sophia couldn’t believe what she was hearing, he really didn’t want to tell Richie the truth. “Are you really too proud to admit your wrong for a change?” Sophia almost shouted. “Two people have gone through hell because of you and you won’t even go to the effort of telling them and giving them the chance to make it right. They could still be together! But you would rather see them suffer than admit your mistake. Well Jon, sorry but I thought you were better than that.” Jon reached out to touch her again but she moved away. “It’s not like that Sophia, you don’t know Richie, you don’t know what this has already done to him. It could make him worse if he finds out it was all for nothing.” Sophia studied him for a moment, watching him fight back the tears that welled in his blue eyes. “Goodbye Jon, your not the person I thought you were if you’ll let pride stand in the way of love,” Sophia said as she fought back tears of her own and walked away.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Chapter 22

Three Months Later

Jon couldn’t help but smile when he thought of how well things were going between him and Sophia. They were almost inseparable these days and she stayed over at his place most nights. They had also been lucky with the media as no-one had noticed they were dating yet which was really a bonus in Jon’s eyes. He liked having privacy when the band wasn’t touring or felt the need for publicity. He also had the advantage of Richie being the more popular media man at the moment after his spell in rehab the press went mad jumping to all sorts of conclusions. Some of the stories Jon and Richie read together and were in hysterics for a long time afterwards wondering where these people had got their stories from and what planet their sources lived on. He was however, grateful that he wasn’t in his best friends shoes, he had been going through a rough time while Jon seemed to be having the time of his life. He still didn’t have the guts to bring Richie over to meet her again since they had been dating as she seemed to go cold whenever he spoke about him to her, he assumed it was her loyalty to her sister that was the reason behind it. He really wanted her to get to know him and hopefully get along with him like they once had as Richie was his best friend and there was no way he was ever giving that up. Jon came up with an idea that would allow them to meet in a situation where they wouldn’t get under each others skin so he could slowly get them to talk to each other. He was planning to visit his mother and father back in New Jersey and attend the famous Bon Jovi BBQ with his family and friends. He wanted Sophia to go with him and introduce her to them all.

Sophia stood at the airport door. The nerves had finally kicked in. She was a short drive away from meeting all of Jon’s family and had no idea how she was going to cope with it. As much as she loved Jon, this experience was one she could do without. She had no idea what she would say to people. How would they react to her? What were they expecting? “What’s up with you?” Jon asked her after realising he was walking by himself. “I’m stuck,” she told him, the only words that presented themselves. Jon realised she was nervous and went back to take her hand and reassure her that his family weren’t going to eat her. They walked hand in hand to the taxi and eventually she managed to fight back some of the nerves. When they reached the house there was no sign of anyone around until they went out the back garden to see lots of people standing around enjoying themselves. Jon’s mother wrapped her arms around him within seconds of him arriving. “Welcome home son! I’ve missed you!” She then introduced herself to Sophia and pulled her in for a hug, followed by Jon’s dad. One by one she was introduced to everyone who was there. The experience was much less terrifying than she was expecting, she actually found she was enjoying herself with them and they were all really easy to get along with.

Jon couldn’t stop smiling all day, he loved watching Sophia and the way she was getting on with his family. He hadn’t been successful in getting her and Richie to speak but at least they had been civil which was suitable for now. He got a fright when his mother tapped him on the shoulder bringing him away from his thoughts.
“It’s great to see you son,” she said patting him on the shoulder. “It’s not often you visit anymore, we usually only have David, Tico and Richie at these BBQ’s now, it’s good to see the four of you together again.” Jon didn’t know what to say to her, he had been avoiding coming home for a long time. The last time he saw his parents they had argued over how much fame had changed him and he could see now that they were right. He apologised to his mother and gave her a big hug while his mother told him not to be silly. He really missed this place and the people here. “Can I just ask what changed your mind about coming here today?” she asked him, already knowing the answer. Jon blushed a little and looked uncomfortable with the conversation. “It’s okay, I know it’s her. She’s a good one Jon, I hope you hang on to her. Any woman who brings me back my son is welcome in this family.” Jon smiled at his mother, “I’m glad you like her.”

Sophia seemed to be the main attraction of the night with Jon’s family. It was late by the time she got a quiet minute to herself. Pouring herself a drink she sat on a bench in the garden enjoying the night breeze. She wasn’t alone for long before Dave sat down beside her. “Hey, my turn now I guess. Been waiting for you all night but the queue just kept getting longer,” Dave introduced himself. They talked for a long time and joked together, they had a similar sense of humour. “Well, I must say I’m impressed. I was expecting another bimbo up and coming actress/model/designer, you know his usual choice, I’m glad your not.” Sophia laughed, she liked Dave instantly, his sense of humour and honesty appealed to her. They continued to talk together. “You’ve got a good guy in Jon, you know. He’s landed on his feet with you too, I’m actually jealous of him! You’ve brought back the real Jon, we ain’t seen him like that in years, it’s brilliant! You must be out of this world in bed to make him that happy,” Dave joked and they laughed together while Sophia blushed. Turning more serious Dave said, “He really is a good guy. 100% loyal. He stopped his best mate, Richie over there, from marrying a gold digger. Yeah, he was all set to propose and Jon overheard her bitching away on the phone. Poor guy, he really thought he’d hit the jackpot.”

Chapter 21

Saturday arrived and Jon had woken up before his alarm clock. He had trouble sleeping while his mind raced through thoughts of how he wanted today to go. He got out of bed and got washed and dressed while thinking about all that had to be done before he arranged for Sophia to be picked up and brought to their destination. He wasn’t sure if she’d like the boat but it was a place he loved and wanted to spend some time with her there. It was a place he could hide away from all things showbiz and be himself - the perfect place for today. He made his way down to the boat to make sure he had everything he wanted as he wasn’t planning on stopping off again until it was time to take Sophia home. He had given the staff the day off except for the captain and the chef who was preparing a meal beforehand so that he could leave on Sophia’s arrival and they would only have to stick it in the oven. Jon spent his time tidying up in an obsessive compulsive manner before he called his driver to pick up Sophia and make the journey to the boat.

Sophia was watching from her apartment window for Jon’s arrival. When the car pulled up and Jon wasn’t there she felt a little disappointed but it only made her more curious as to what he had planned. She was quiet for most of the journey as her mind ran through all the possibilities until the car turned towards a long line of boats. She immediately noticed Jon standing in front of a very luxurious boat smiling at her and she felt her heart flutter. This wasn’t one of the things she had been expecting but her surprised was overshadowed by seeing Jon waiting there for her, he looked so good as the sun emphasized his muscular frame. She almost felt wobbly as she made her way towards him and he greeted her with a polite yet hungry kiss and helped her onto the boat. Sophia was amazed at the beauty of the boat during the day and was fascinated by the scenery they witnessed as they sailed but nothing could have prepared her for the beauty of the whole setting by the time the sun had gone down. They had got on so well the whole day just enjoying each others company and had a laugh trying to cook the dinner the chef had left them. As they sat eating the meal Sophia couldn’t keep her eyes from wandering. The boat looked magical on the dark sea, as the sunlight had disappeared romantic lights placed all over the boat had taken their place, there was music playing and best of all Jon was sitting opposite her enjoying himself as much as she was. Dinner ended and they talked for a long time while enjoying some fabulous wine together until Jon asked her to dance. She was more than happy to accept and they slow danced to the music that had been playing. Three songs later Sophia recognised the tune of the song starting and laughed, “We’re kinda haunted by that song. But I suppose “When Love and Hate Collides” it is quite appropriate for us.”
“Love? I knew you hated me Sophia but I’m more than flattered that you love me,” Jon replied teasingly. Sophia flushed red and stopped dancing as she realised what she had just said and started to protest. Jon pulled her close to him and gently lifted her chin up so she was looking him in the eye. “I’m falling in love with you too Sophia Tallarico,” he said before leaning in to touch his lips to hers in a passion filled kiss.

Her mouth met his, hungry and demanding and both intoxicated by the taste of each other. Her hands caressed his body as Jon’s hands found the zipper on the back of her dress and let it fall at her feet. He allowed his hands to wander and take in every inch of her body as she reached to undress him. They made their way to a room where Jon lay her on the bed before joining her and leaving a trail of kisses down her body and then focused on her neck. He whispered low and seductively in her ear, “A whisper is such a powerful thing, it forces the person your talking with to whisper back and it heightens the senses as you have to focus to hear it,” he said while continuing to kiss her neck. “What are you talking about?” Sophia whispered back to him. Jon let a quiet chuckle escape and the feel of his breath on her body sent shivers through her. “You just proved my point about the whisper,” he said quietly, bringing his mouth back to hers more passionately this time. His hands traced her body, cupping her breasts then moving further down they trailed her thighs and finally found the warmth between her legs. She quickly stopped him, forcing him to turn over as she manoeuvred to position herself on top of him. “My turn,” she said as she teasingly trailed her tongue down his muscular chest and stomach. He knew exactly where she was headed so she took her time to reach her destination, kissing him all around his erect cock before finally allowing him to feel the warmth and wetness of her mouth closing around him and he groaned. She let her tongue dance around him as he enjoyed the sensation and his breathing became heavy. He forced himself to stop her and decided he was taking charge. He held her by the wrists as he turned her over so that she was under him again. He teased her with kisses all over her body, allowing himself to take in her scent. Finding the wetness between her legs he slipped a finger inside her as his mouth took hers. Finally he lowered his mouth and let himself taste her, slowly and expertly, letting her moans guide him. His hands traced her body and her back arched in delight. She wrapped her arms around him, she needed him inside her now and he was more than ready to oblige. Both their hearts were pounding with desire as he entered her and they began to move slowly together. Soon the pace quickened as they gave in to their desire, allowing the pleasure to intoxicate them. They felt the sweet pressure build and build until they were both reached an intense orgasmic peak and they collapsed on the bed. Jon held Sophia close as they lay together on the bed with their hearts continuing to pound.

Morning had arrived and Jon and Sophia woke up to the sound of birds high above them. They stayed in the bed for a long time without saying a word to each other, they were totally at peace in the moment and still caught up in their thoughts about last night. Jon held Sophia close with her head resting on his chest as his head touched hers. Jon couldn’t believe how well yesterday had gone, he wasn’t sure if they would be able to get along when they had nothing to do never mind have her stay the night. He knew now that he was going to continue seeing Sophia no matter what the consequences may be. He had become so used to living his life in the spotlight that he didn’t think he would find anyone who liked him as himself and to find someone who could bring out the person he used to be was a real bonus. Since the band became big he just assumed he would only date famous women since that seemed to be the way things go. There was no chance he was going to let Sophia sneak away, famous or not, he was certain he was falling in love with her even more so after last night. He finally made a move to get out of bed and went to find something for them to eat for breakfast. After spending 10 minutes staring blankly at the fridge, Sophia joined him and helped him make the breakfast that they enjoyed in the morning sun on the top of the boat.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Chapter 20

Sophia woke up on Wednesday morning still buzzing from the day before. She couldn’t believe Jon had arranged for them to go into the enclosure with the lions, she didn’t think he would even remember her mentioning wanting to do it. The experience was unbelievable after she got over her initial fear and she was astounded at how well Jon handled the experience. He had been so terrified at first but together they calmed each other down and he even managed to touch one of the lions. She had a sneaky suspicion that he only done it to impress her as she didn’t think he cared much for animals but the fact that he was willing to share this experience with her said a lot and Sophia felt her feelings for Jon grow stronger the more time she spent with him. She quickly got washed and dressed before heading to work where the time passed quickly thanks to her over-excited re-telling of the date to Rachel who had heard the story so many times now she was close to brain-dead. As soon as her shift finished she was home and preparing for Jon to pick her up for their trip to the concert Jon had planned. On the way to the gig Jon told her all about the band that was playing, they were some local guys that Jon thought of as extremely talented. He spoke with such enthusiasm that Sophia could have sworn he was just as buzzed about the day before as she had been all day. The concert was great and both of them enjoyed the music. It was a really laid back atmosphere that allowed them to relax and talk while they listened to the band. Sophia loved watching Jon, she could tell that music was his passion. He really let his guard down and had a good time, it was a side of Jon she hadn’t seen before but a side that she would love to encounter again.

Jon couldn’t help but laugh at Sophia’s less than enthusiastic attitude towards the fishing trip they were heading on. She had done nothing but complain about how smelly fish were since she got into his car. They were almost at the lake now and Jon was determined to get her to enjoy the trip. He enjoyed these little disagreements they had, they seemed to add to the day in a positive way rather than the pointless arguments they had when they first met each other. The thought made Jon laugh, he was sitting beside a woman who, not so long ago could easily have strangled and now he felt he was falling for her. Admitting it to himself had come as a shock to Jon but it helped him make up his mind - Saturday was definitely going to happen. All doubts were gone for the moment as he enjoyed the rest of his playful bickering with Sophia. The day passed quickly and Jon began to feel that after a rough start Sophia had finally got the hang of it and was enjoying fishing. She had managed to achieve what Jon would have considered impossible when they first arrived. She cast out her rod and smashed up her float on the only tiny rock on the surface of the whole lake. Once Jon got over his amazement at what had happened he spent half the day laughing over it, especially the look on Sophia’s face as the float exploded.
“Oh shit, I’ve got something Jon. What do I do? Here have the stick, you do it!” Sophia shouted as she almost threw the rod at Jon. He took the rod and brought the fish in so he could scoop it up with his net.
“You need to find a rock or big stick,” Jon told Sophia as he lifted the fish from the net. Sophia didn’t need to open her mouth as Jon read her expression. “It’s to kill the fish with, we can have it for dinner tomorrow, one of my dads recipes are great for these fish.”
“You want me to throw a rock at a fish?” Sophia asked incredulously. “Can’t we just throw the fish at the rocks? Then it could be classed as some sort of accident and I wouldn’t feel like I murdered a poor defenceless fish.” Jon gave in and told her to watch the fish as he went to find something to kill it with. On his return he found an empty handed Sophia who had let the fish go back into the water. Jon couldn’t help but laugh, “You felt that strongly about dinner?” he teased.

Fridays activity was to be car racing. Sophia woke up feeling excited about this one. She had enjoyed the fishing yesterday to her own surprise, well all except the fish part. She had no problem with eating the fish but didn’t want to kill it first. It’s like watching Bambi and then ordering up venison, she thought to herself as Jon teased her in the car on the way to the race track.The track looked exciting when they arrived and her enthusiasm seemed to be rubbing off on Jon who wasn’t quite as cheerful today. His mind seemed to be elsewhere for most of the morning but as soon as he was kitted out and being given advice by the instructor his mood brightened up dramatically and his competitive streak shown through. He was determined to win and Sophia was determined not to let him until they got into their cars. Jon was gone like lightening while Sophia struggled to drive at any slight speed on the gravel track. When she finally returned to the finish line she was greeted by Jon’s teasing comments about her driving. They finished the day off by taking a ride with the professionals that left Jon buzzing and Sophia white from fear but overall it had been a fun day.

As Jon dropped Sophia off at her apartment and headed home his thoughts turned back to his plan for tomorrow. He already felt exposed and the day hadn’t even arrived yet, although this was his plan. He wanted to feel exposed, he wanted to let down his guard and let her in, he just didn’t realise it would be so difficult. He had enjoyed the week with Sophia more than he thought was possible yet he was still unsure about taking things further. He had built his hopes up so much that she would enjoy tomorrow that he would be devastated if she didn’t. His father had always told him that a woman worth keeping was one who enjoys being with you even when there’s nothing to be done so he has devised his plan of spending an action-packed week and then top it off with a day that involved nothing but relaxing to see if they could get along without the help of any activities. He was already convinced he was falling for her, all he needed now was for the plan to be a success and if all goes well tomorrow he decided he was willing to take things with Sophia to a more serious level. It was all down to tomorrow.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Chapter 19

Mondays trip to the cinema was all going to plan. Jon was due to pick up Sophia soon so he got into his car and started driving, arriving at her apartment too early. He considered waiting in the car for her but his curiosity got the better of him and he made his way up the stairs looking for her apartment, pausing outside the door when he finally found it. He took a deep breath and then knocked, unsure if he would be welcome inside. In a couple of seconds the door opened to reveal Sophia standing in a short white dressing gown looking shocked to find Jon at her door so early.
“Oh, I’m sorry, I’ll go back to the car and wait,” Jon apologised while trying to take in as much of the view as he could manage without her noticing.
“Oh no Jon, come in. I’m almost ready, just need to get dressed. Grab a seat, I won’t be long,” Sophia insisted as she walked towards what Jon assumed was her bedroom. He set himself down on the chair and studied his surroundings. The apartment wasn’t what he was expecting at all. He had imagined a spotless modern place with the usual white and cream walls that he had become accustomed to. This was different, it was way more homely and he felt relaxed in it straight away. There were books scattered here and there and the place had a real cosy vibe to it, it reminded him of his home in New Jersey - a place he hadn’t been in a long time.

Jon was startled by Sophia’s voice as he didn’t notice her enter the room. “Sorry about that,” she said. “I tend to get ready in reverse and do my hair and make-up before I think about clothes.”
“Don’t apologise, it’s my fault I left too early,” Jon insisted. Sophia gathered her things together and started creating space in her bag for them.
“You didn’t tell me you were intelligent,” Jon said, playfully picking up the nearest book. Sophia laughed.
“Just because I like to read doesn’t mean that I’m intelligent Jon. Although I’m willing to bet my brain cells have more power than yours,” she teased. Jon approached her from behind while she continued to pack her bag and tickled her causing her to jump and both of them to tumble over the back of the sofa and Jon landed on top of her. They stayed still for a couple of seconds before Jon moved to press his lips to hers in a hungered kiss. “Wow, should I come back later?” Rachel said, standing at the open front door. Jon and Sophia jumped up from the sofa at the same time and looking embarrassed Sophia introduced Jon to her friend and colleague. Rachel apologised for interrupting and was about to leave when Jon insisted she stay and ordered a pizza for the three of them while they searched for a dvd to watch together. So much for the cinema, Jon thought, but at least I get to interrogate the friend now, he grinned to himself.

Tuesday mornings alarm clock rang all too early for Sophia’s liking. She would have preferred to start off their date to the zoo later in the day but Jon was determined that first thing in the morning was best as they would be able to see all the feeding sessions. Pulling herself out of bed, she got washed and dressed, her mood gradually getting better as the time moved on. She was sorry they missed the trip to the cinema the night before but in the end thought the night had gone better just sitting around with Jon and Rachel as she got to know him a lot better. Jon had left a little later than Rachel so Sophia wasn’t surprised to find a number of missed calls on her cell and called her friend back.
“Finally! So what happened? And I’m so sorry for crashing last night, I didn’t know you were going out,” Rachel blurted excitedly.
“Calm down woman! Have you been up all night? Sounds like you’ve had way too much coffee,” Sophia joked.
“Well, get to it. Info please!” demanded Rachel.
“There’s nothing to tell, he left shortly after you,” Sophia answered.
“Nothing? You two looked pretty darn cosy when I walked in,” Rachel shot back. The horn sounding from outside caught Sophia’s attention. Jon was waiting for her. She said goodbye to Rachel and lifted her bag before bouncing down to Jon’s car.

The first couple of animals at the zoo didn’t hold Sophia’s attention - as far as she was concerned they were things she could have seen at any time of the day and so not worth getting out of bed early for. It wasn’t until they turned up at the lions that she started to brighten up. Jon had arranged for them to be taken into the area with the lions - something that Sophia had always wanted to do. “This just a perk of the job then?” Sophia asked as they were kitted up for the experience. “Lets just say I’m good at getting what I want,” Jon winked at her, causing her heart to flutter. They were soon ready to be taken into the enclosure. Sophia grabbed Jon’s hand tightly as the gates opened and whispered to him, “You know now that I’m here I’m not so sure this is a good idea. You better stay close to me.” Jon’s eyes widened. “Hell, I thought I’d have you for support - I’m shitting myself here.” Sophia gave a nervous laugh.
“Oh well, we’ll just become dinner together, unless I can run fast enough to escape,” she said, still squeezing his hand.
“Don’t be stupid, your never gonna outrun a lion,” Jon said stating the obvious.
“Yeah, I know. I just need to outrun you,” Sophia teased and burst into quiet laughter at the look on Jon’s face.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Chapter 18

Jon woke up early the next morning and quickly got washed and dressed before jumping into his car and driving down to see Richie again. He couldn’t keep his mind off Sophia as he made the journey. He had enjoyed spending time with her more than he thought was possible and the feelings she caused him to feel every time he saw her scared him and excited him at the same time, she was unlike anyone he had met before and yet he was unsure if he wanted to see her again. As soon as he seen Richie he told him every little detail about the date he went on.
“Hold on bud, I thought you just said she invited you in and you refused?” Richie looked confused as he asked Jon to repeat himself.
“Eh, yeah, that’s right. I don’t know why I didn’t, something just didn’t feel right,” Jon replied looking embarrassed. “She could be bad news for the band, the fans might not like her and what would we do about publicity if I was dating someone who isn’t famous? It wouldn’t have been worth it.”
“Wait up, I think I missed the bus! Your thinking long term about this girl?” Richie asked with a grin on his face.
“What? No, of course not. She’s just another girl, the same as the rest,” Jon protested.
“Yeah, that’s why you haven’t slept with her already,” Richie said sarcastically.
“Piss off Richie, she’s the same as the rest,” Jon was getting angry now.
“Hey, it’s not me you need to convince,” Richie replied still grinning at Jon.
“Okay Richie I really can’t be bothered with this today and wipe that stupid grin off your face, I’ll see you later,” Jon said as he got up to leave.
“Come back when you’ve got news about your next date with that chic, I’m interested to see what happens,” Richie shouted after him.
“Nothing’s going to happen because I won’t be seeing Sophia again,” Jon shouted back to him as he left the room.
“Oooh, Sophia! A little touchy are we Jon?” Richie teased and started laughing.
“Shut it Sambora! I won’t be seeing her!” Jon echoed down the hallway.
“Oh yes you will,” Richie said quietly to himself, still grinning away.

Sophia was still agonising over what had or hadn’t happened with Jon the night before. She wasn’t sure if she was just making too much of a deal over nothing. She had spent the day moping around feeling sorry for herself and wondering if Jon would call her. When did you get so pathetic that your waiting on some guy calling when it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever hear from him again! She thought to herself. Although it was what she wanted, she still panicked when the phone finally rang and hesitated at answering it. She eventually plucked up the courage to pick up and felt butterflies in her stomach when she heard Jon’s voice on the other end. He didn’t sound as though he had a problem with her which confused Sophia further - why didn’t he come in last night? Her mind kept wandering back to it so much that she missed Jon asking her out again. “So how about it?” he asked into the seemingly dead phone.
“What?” Sophia asked, realising she had missed something she should have an answer to.
“Jesus woman! Am I that boring that your sleeping on me already, hell, I’ve only been on the line a couple of minutes,” Jon answered back.
“Sleeping on me?” How about why didn’t you sleep with me? Sophia thought to herself and rolled her eyes. She didn’t put herself out there often but she felt she had something with Jon last night and the situation seemed worse because she knew he was a rock star and turning down women wasn’t something they did often.
“Yeah, that’s cool,” Sophia answered unconsciously.
“Great! Well I can’t wait to see you. I’ll pick you up at 8,” Jon replied in a cheerful tone.
“What? Tonight?” Sophia almost shouted down the phone.
“Are you suffering from short term memory loss or a bump to the head darling?” Jon teased her. “Yeah, tonight and it’s bowling we’re going to do. If I pick you up and your dressed for snorkelling I’m going to be seriously worried and it’ll be a date to the doctors instead. And it’s bowling remember, I’ll spell it out for you, B-O-W-L-I-N-G.”
“Alright asshole, I got it,” Sophia said half laughing.

It finally reached 8pm and Jon arrived at Sophia's apartment just as she emerged from the door. He got out the car and opened the passengers door to let her in. He had opted for driving his own car tonight since Sophia wasn't impressed by the chauffeur driven car the previous night. The drive was quiet with Sophia being pre-occupied with her thoughts. It wasn't until they had parked the car that she snapped out of it and decided to make the most of the night.
“How did you manage to remember that it was 8pm I was picking you up?” Jon teased her as he sensed the change in her attitude. She shook her head and grinned as she pushed Jon towards the entrance. “Get in that door, I’m so gonna kick your ass tonight!”
“So your back then? The brain is with you? No more memory loss? That’s a shame cos I could have really taken advantage of that situation,” Jon grinned.
“Oh, what’s that Jon? I guess you were wanting me in my bikini dressed for snorkelling after all and then you would take me to your swimming pool and tell me to go cock diving or something similar, was that the plan?” Sophia walked over to him and patted his cheek while giving him the most seductive stare she could manage without laughing. Jon felt frozen to the spot, yet that stare and the smooth touch of her hand to his skin had him burning for her. He also had to admit he was impressed by the “plan” she had invented, it was much more creative than his own. This woman was something else and at that point he decided he wanted to see her again and came up with a plan of his own.

The first game of bowling flew in and Sophia won almost every throw making her the winner by a huge distance. She felt a lot more at ease with Jon now and allowed all previous thoughts about him to disappear and just enjoy the time with him. Not wanting to be defeated, Jon had arranged a second game for them that went in exactly the same manor as the first. Sophia won every shot yet again. “How the hell do you do that? What is it your doing when you throw that ball?” Jon asked her in amazement.
“It’s called bowling Jon, would you understand it better if I spelled it for you?” Sophia teased him and performed a little dance in celebration. She was taken by surprise when Jon appeared in front of her and wrapped his arms around her waist pulling her in close. He gently touched his lips to hers in a teasing kiss and then spun her around so that he was behind her and brushed her hair back to trace his lips down her neck, biting gently and leaving Sophia breathless. “Couldn’t have you being the only one having fun, I’ve been wanting to do that all night,” he whispered in her ear. Sophia felt dumbstruck, she had been totally in control of the situation and then he turned the tables on her in a matter of seconds with only a kiss? This man was unbelievable. The drive home went all too quickly, Jon had finally unveiled his plan during the journey. He wanted to take her out every night this week and had every day planned for them. He had decided it would be the cinema on Monday, the zoo on Tuesday, a concert for Wednesday, fishing on Thursday and car racing on Friday while leaving Saturday as a surprise. Although Sophia wasn’t very keen on some of the things he wanted to do, she couldn’t help but look forward to spending some more time with Jon.