Against better judgement

Kara-Lynne lives in New York City as a writer for People Magazine. Fresh out of college, writing for People has never been the job of her dreams. She's hardly given thought-provoking assignments and when Kara's given the task to publish a story on popular, pretty-boy and charming 'love expert' Ryan Barre, she expects it to be a simple assignment. However, she realises very quickly that things are far from simple with Ryan.


7. Attention, attention

The day of the photoshoot was a blur for Kara. She spent most of it working on her article while Ryan went through multiple wardrobe changes and touch-ups. Kara hadn't had much to eat till Vinnie, Ingrid and Ryan decided that they wanted to have dinner and invited her along. This time, they chose to patronise the Halal Guys.

"This is fantastic," Ryan gushed.

Vinnie started talking about how the Halal Guys was her go-to cheat meal while she was on her weight loss journey. Ingrid was listening in, complimenting her friend on how much she'd lost and how great she looked. Kara would occasionally add in an "oh, that's great!" or "yeah". The conversation changed topics but she couldn't keep track. Regardless of how hard she tried to pay attention, she eventually lost interest. That is, until Ingrid asked her "weren't you adopted?"


"Like Angelina Jolie's kids. Most of them were adopted, weren't they?" 

All of their eyes were on her, making her feel massively uncomfortable. "Yeah."

"So what was it like, growing up with your adopted parents?" Ingrid questioned.

Kara shifted in her seat. "It was great. I had a good childhood." She hoped neither of them would pester her with any more questions.

"Vinnie, I was curious as to how often you worked out during your weight loss journey. You look like you work out regularly."

"Thank you," Kara mouthed, the weight on her shoulders rolling off.

Eventually, they finished up dinner and split the bill. They decided to share cabs but had to split up. Vinnie and Ingrid lived close to each other while Kara lived much further away and the hotel where Ryan stayed was along the way.

He let Kara open her own door, knowing she'd shoot him a disapproving look if he insisted to do that for her. They had some small talk but he could sense that the woman who sat beside him wasn't in the mood for a chit-chat. He could hear a twinge of her Georgian accent which made him chuckle when she wasn't looking. Eventually, she fell asleep and he didn't push her away when her head fell on his shoulder. When she started sleep-whispering, he listened quietly. He almost woke her up as he laughed when she whisper-shouted "Cat! Fluffy, gimme." 

When he was sure that she was still asleep, he told the cab driver to drive to her destination first. Ryan even escorted her to her front door. This, he insisted on and he convinced her that it was the favour she owed her after the save earlier.

"Goodnight, Kara," he wished her while he stood at her doorway, his hands in his pockets. "Actually, I was wondering if you'd mind showing me as much of the city before I leave at the end of the week? I know it's beyond what Janine demands of you but surely my company can't be too terrible."

She laughed softly. "You're not too bad."

He grinned back. "Besides, making me listen to Vinnie talking about herself for as much as she did earns me so much more then letting me escort you from the taxi to your door."

Kara rolled her eyes. "Fine, I'll show you around more." 

"That's great. I'll see you tomorrow then?" 

She nodded. "Hey," she called as he was about to turn away. "Thank you for dinner." She was truly grateful that he changed the subject when he did.

"Anytime, Kara." 

Her name sounded good in his accent.


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