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  1. #21
    Lorenzo Martinelli

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    Lorenzo really hoped Jasmine would never learn what his real business was. Well, his restaurant was a real business, but it worked more as a cover. So, she could very well know about this one. As for the rest... it was best kept to himself for many reasons. Lorenzo was sure that Jasmine wouldn't approve of his criminal activities. He didn't want to share them with her, as she might report him. She wasn't the kind of person to cover up for a criminal, after all. And he didn't want her to be at risk by association. So, it was for the best that she thought of him as a guy who had opened his own business and made money with it.

    "Have a great one yourself. See you tomorrow!", Lorenzo told Jasmine before ending the conversation. He had to admit he was really looking forward to seeing her again. It had been way too long.

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    The next day, Lorenzo did what he usually did daily. Woke up late, as he always spent the nights up taking care of business, had lunch with his mother, and spent the day taking care of his honest business. While he didn't spend too much time in the restaurant, he still cared about it, and made sure to keep the place with a good quality of food and good service. After making a few phone calls to his suppliers, Lorenzo spent a few hours in the gym he had at home. It was good for business to keep active and fit. That, and he was feeling a bit anxious about seeing Jasmine. Working out would help.

    When the clock hit four in the afternoon, Lorenzo hit the showers, told his mother he would be out to pick up Jasmine, before giving her a kiss and going to the garage where he kept his cars. He had chosen dress pants and a blue button-up shirt. It was pretty casual for his usual style, but Lorenzo didn't want to look too formal. Choosing a basic popular car, he went out to his old neighborhood, stopping where he had parked the last time and stepping out of the car. Walking into his old street brought back memories, but Lorenzo sucked them up and went to Jasmine's door - he still remembered where she lived.

    After another look around, he knocked on the door and waited.

  2. #22
    Jasmine David



    Jasmine had been very excited about her dinner with Lorenzo and his mother. So, much so, she was at risk of looking like a fool. It wasn't like they were going on a date. But it almost felt like one. She told herself to be careful. She risked acting like a little girl. When she was younger, she did have a small crush on Enzo, but she never acted on it. They had been friends and...She didn't want to risk their friendship if he didn't return her feelings. Especially when he was good looking enough he could have had his pick of any girl he wanted. Why would he have wanted her? When he could have the blonde captain of the cheer leading squad?

    It was just a dinner, after all. Nothing more would come of it. Just a chance to catch up with an old friend. When she heard the knock on the door, she had to stop herself from running to answer. 'Fool,' she told herself. 'Act like an adult.' She told herself she would. She opened the door and smiled at Lorenzo.

    "Hi."

    She told him and Rajah came up next to her. He looked up at Enzo and meowed at him.

    "This is Rajah, the little asshole who tried to jump you the other night."

    She told her old friend with a smile.

  3. #23
    Lorenzo Martinelli



    Lorenzo was very excited to have dinner with Jasmine as well. His mother was also very excited, as Mrs. Martinelli had always secretly hoped her son would get together with Jasmine. She was such a lovely girl - pretty, had come from a good family, and was always kind to Enzo. She seemed to see the best in him, while other people only saw the aggressive immigrant boy who was hard to deal with. Sadly, it hadn't happened, and Lorenzo had never really settled with any of the girls he had dated as he grew old enough to have girlfriends.

    While his mother, at home, put the final touches on dinner, Lorenzo had come to pick up Jasmine to take her to his house.

    When he saw her, Enzo showed his old broad smile. "Hey", he greeted, genuinely happy to see his old friend again.

    Seeing the cat, Lorenzo laughed and leaned forward. "Oh, so that was you, wasn't it", he said, offering the cat an ear-scratch, but paying attention to see whether ot not Rajah would be receptive to it.

  4. #24
    Jasmine David



    Jasmine was truly happy to see Lorenzo again. Life had taken them different directions, but she did think of him from time to time. Always hoping that he and his mother were doing well. When Lorenzo offered his hand to Rajah, he went up him. First sniffing his hand and then allowing the man to scratch him behind the ear. Purring that he liked it. Jasmine smiled.

    "Yes, he likes to sneak out."

    Although she was glad that Rajah had. It would be nice to see her old friend again. She added.

    "Shall we go?"

    She had always been taught it was rude to be late for dinner.

  5. #25
    Lorenzo Martinelli



    Lorenzo had to admit it felt good to see Jasmine. And she had grown into a beautiful woman. With a sigh, Lorenzo tried to push this thought away from his mind and focused on the cat, giving him an ear-scratch and smiling when Rajah purred. "Now you like me", he joked, turning his attention to Jasmine when she said the cat liked to sneak out.

    "That's cats for you. Always getting into places they shouldn't be in, or sneaking out when they shouldn't", he joked, shaking his head.

    When Jasmine asked if they should go, Lorenzo nodded. "Yeah, we should get moving. Otherwise my mother will put us both on time out and leave us without dessert", he joked, waiting for Jasmine to get whatever she wanted and lock the door before leading her to his car.

    He had picked out a popular model to pick Jasmine up, as he felt she might feel awkward if he had brought a fancier model. Opening the door for her, Lorenzo waited for Jasmine to get in and closed it, walking to his side and starting the car. "Would you like some music? Or would you prefer to chat a little on the way?".

  6. #26
    Jasmine David



    It was good to see Lorenzo again, Jasmine couldn't even remember the last time she had seen him. It had been years. He had grown up to be a handsome man. She had no doubt he had very little trouble finding dates. She remember a lot of the girls in the neighborhood liking him. Some were jealous of her because of their friendship. Not that Jasmine ever truly understood it. They were friends, just friends. She assumed they would never be more. He had never shown a romantic interest in her. At least, as far as she knew. The only reason her parents approved of their friendship was because her father thought it would keep potential boyfriends away. He wanted her succeed in school and have a career. Not get 'shackled' to a man at an early age.

    Well, she achieved her father's goal, even if it left her with just Rajah to keep her company most nights. She laughed at Enzo.

    "He can be a moody bitch."

    She did love her little cat but he could be an asshole and a bitch at times. Sometimes he'd be your best friends, other days you looked at him wrong and he'd want to claw your eyes out.

    She nodded her head at what Enzo said about cats.

    "Yeah, I should probably get him neutered. Might calm his ass down."

    Rajah seemed to give her a dirty look for that as she scratched under his chin. Almost like he knew what she was saying. Jasmine shook her head at herself. She was already sounding like a crazy cat lady. She really needed to get out more often. She smiled at Lorenzo.

    "Well, we wouldn't want that. Dessert is the best part of any meal."

    She told him and locked her door behind them. Her mouth dropped looking at the car.

    "Your car is very nice."

    Jasmine thought it was, especially when she didn't even have a car. She thought of getting one, so she could travel outside the city but all she could afford were beat up old cars from about twenty years ago. A newer car, especially of a popular model, was way out of her price range. She thanked him for opening her door and said.

    "We can put the music on low and chat. It has been a long time."

    She suggested.

  7. #27
    Lorenzo Martinelli



    Seeing Jasmine again felt really good. Just being with her brought a lot of memories back. She had been one of the few people to be nice to him. He felt frustrated and angry, and envious of the other kids who had intact families and didn't have to be the man of the house too early for them to be considered more than boys. Sure, he had never really complained. Mamma didn't deserve to hear any complaints on his part. Still, deep down inside, he resented his father for leaving them to fend for themselves. And that only made young Lorenzo feel angrier and more stressed. Still, Jasmine has always been kind to him, as well has her parents, and he couldn't be more grateful.

    Jasmine's comment about the cat got a laugh out of Lorenzo. "Aren't all cats?", he asked, shaking his head.

    While he didn't really have cats, his mother loved them, and he tolerated her pets well enough. If they made her happy, who was he to deny her what she wanted? They could afford and house them safely, after all, and the cats kept her company when he wasn't around.

    "Mamma has a couple cats lying around the house at all times", he shrugged. "My only request is that we neuter them as soon as possible, to make sure they behave". He considered offering to get Jasmine's cat taken care of for her, but thought better. The last thing he wanted was to offend her, after all.

    When Jasmine commented on his car, Lorenzo scratched the back of his neck, looking a bit like the kid she had known years ago. "Yeah, I... life has treated me well", he stated, almost as if he wanted to apologize for having money. "I'm still the same guy, though", Lorenzo added before closing her door gently and going to the driver's side.

    He nodded and got the music on low just for ambient sound, before starting the car and getting his seat belt on. "Too long", he agreed with a long sigh. "I'm sorry for not getting in touch sooner, I just... I don't know. I thought you'd be married by now, a couple kids, and well... thought you might not wanna see me".

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