As we walked towards the restaurant Jared asked me some questions about my country. I was positively surprised by his interest, but I was glad that the walk to the restaurant was short just because I didn’t really had a lot of things about my country to tell him. I mean, not that I don’t love my country, but people there are too superficial. That environment is quite different compared to what I want, and all in all, we are all different so my personal opinion does not present any great significance, right? Everyone have the image of that one special ideal location to live in.. it is an individual thing .. but I am someone who likes big, noisy, dirty cities, tall buildings, rude people and crowded streets. I imagine myself in a big city like that, and so I am really pleased that I am now in Los Angeles. It is true that it’s all a little strange for me, but in a positive way. I am euphoric, and can not wait to see what this town will bring me .. And I had a really good start.
Jared opened the door to the restaurant for me.
- ”After you, miss ..”
- ”Oh, a gentleman ..”
At the entrance, I realized that the restaurant was elegant, but very intimate and not too noisy.
A man, who happened to be the restaurant owner, greeted us and then said to Jared that his brother is already here.
- ”And the others?” - Jared asked while taking off his jacket and gave it to a young boy who was standing near the door, and then turned around and helped me take off my coat. We smiled at each other.
- ”Oh, Tomo and his fiance, Vicki, if I remember well, they were here, but left only a few minutes ago .. ”explained the owner of the restaurant, and offered to take us to where Shannon is. We nodded, and followed him. I assumed that they are frequent guests in this restaurant, because Jared was greeted by several waiters while we were walking on our way to the table. Finally, we came to the table in the corner of the restaurant, the most intimate part, and there was sitting Shannon Leto, in all of his glory, watching us suprised. Watching me, precisely. ”There you go, sit here” - said the owner while he was laying the cutlery on the table, and then while he was leaving he added “just call me when something is needed.” Jared just smiled at him, and then grabbed my hand and turned his attention towards Shannon, who was just silently sitting there, staring at me.Suddenly I felt very self-conscious, and uncomfortable. Jared then spoked, breaking the silence that last a few moment. “Shannon, this is Helena, I hope you don’t mind that she came with me ..” he said, in somehow too angry tone, I noticed. Shannon then took off his glasses and stood up, I offered him my hand to shake hands, and he gently took my hand in his and kissed it, while looking me straight in the eye. - “Of course I don’t mind that you brought this beautiful girl with you, brother.” He said nonchalantly at the same time too seductive. Jared started to say something, but I was quicker - “Well, thank you for the compliment.” I said to Shannon, using my most flirtatious voice. A few short moments Shannon and I just stared at each other without a word, but then Jared stoped between the two of us and took out a chair for me to sit down. – ”Here you go Helena” and then he turned to Shannon, “It’s not polite to stare, dear brother, ” Shannon just laughed half aloud, and then sat down opposite of me, while Jared took a place beside me. - ”Well then, where did you two meet?” - asked Shannon.
And then Jared explained our meeting at the club, then we started talking about my country (again!), language, and then Shannon mentioned too that their friend Tomo speaks my native language (on that Jared said “I told her already. “), shortly after I changed the topic to something I was comfortable to talk about. Later we were talking about their band, and that conversation lead into a story about music, about favorite books, movies, and then when we ordered and received food I mentioned that I am a vegetarian, Jared was thrilled when I said that, because he himself is a vegan. We talked a lot and about everything. It was very easy to talk with two of them on any subject, I felt as I know them for many years, and I laughed as I didn’t laughed for a long time. I didn’t even noticed when the three hours flew, and when I already started to yawn Jared suggested that we should take a check.- “We better go before you fall asleep here” - he said with a laugh. The waiter came in a second, and gave us the bill, and when I reached for a bag to take the wallet, Shannon grabbed me by the hand (a little harder than he should, but I didn’t said anything) - “You did not think that we are going to let you you pay, right? “ - “Yes, I thought that you will let me I pay, because I don’t like to owe anything to anybody” Shannon was still holding my hand when Jared turned to me - “Well, it seems that you will owe us, because I already paid. “- he smiled mischievously, and then got up. He noticed that Shannon is holding me by the hand and the two exchanged a look, I could not estimate the meaning of it, but Shannon let go of my hand immediately. Then we got our jackets, and went outside, to the empty L.A. street.
— “Well, thank you for dinner ..” - I started, but I was interrupted by Jared who was putting his arms around my shoulders while saying, “You did not think that we are going to let you go home alone, right?” I just laughed sarcastically, and moved his hand off of my shoulders. Jared gave me mischievously look, and then turned to Shannon - “Did you came by the car, bro?” - ”No, by the bike .. but it’s no problem to drive her home .. ” he said to Jared and then turned to me “if you’re not scared of riding with me on my motorcycle of course..” I hit him lightly on the arm. - “I’m not afraid, of course,”
Jared acted like he did not liked that I would go home alone with Shannon, but he said it was okay, and that he would go home by taxi. - “Can I at least get a goodbye hug?” he asked me, smiling. - “Oh, yes, I think you can, consider that you paid for dinner ..” - I said, laughing. Then we hugged.
- “Helena, one more thing, can I have your number .. I mean, we spent a nice evening, so .. ” Jared asked -” Yes, of course” - I stopped and told him my number and he wrote it down in his blackberry. I looked at Shannon and realized that he probably feels outdated, so he said he was going to get the bike. After half a minute he appeared on the engine, and I exchanged greetings with Jared, and tried to climb on a motorcycle, which was not an easy task, if we take into account that I was in a dress. When I finally reached the engine, I hugged Shannon around the waist, then he started the engine, and I waved at Jared, who waved back and now was looking after us, with an expression of jealousy on his face. I had no idea why he was jealous, so I guess that I just imagined it. And also the tension that existed between the two brothers. And the way they were exchanging glances. “Yes, I probably imagined it all ”- I thought as the engine went out on the main road.
I was not aware of how the things that I thought my imagination made were actually true.