>>463>10 Minutes Later.
>Aiden sits on the couch in his office, with Mariah sitting on top of him. Mariah's eyes are closed and she's smiling as she whispers to Aiden:
"Felt good, right? I'm guessing you needed a hit anyways."
>Aiden remains silent, his cheeks still flushing red. Mariah then continues:
"I'll keep my promise. I won't send the picture out, just as long as you continue to make me happy."
>Muttering to himself, Aiden then says:
"….So what exactly do you want from me again? You had
me just now. What else could you want?"
>Mariah looks up at Aiden, with genuine affection in her eyes.
"….What do you think
a girl wants from the guy she loves?"
>Aiden then sighs as he replies.
>Mariah nods quickly and enthusiastically.
"I don't want it now - but after a few years….."
>Aiden then groans and says:
"Why not just tell
me the normal way, Mariah? You don't need to use subterfuge."
>Mariah then sits up, fixing her shorts onto her body as she buttons her shirt up again.
"Because I needed the competition out of the way - to make sure they wouldn't cause problems."
>Mariah looks at Aiden, with legitimate jealousy in her eyes.
"Andrea Stewart. Hiyuki Hoyokazi. The only women who could
have a chance with you without
a little bit of "subterfuge" Aiden. Is it really that hard to understand?"
>Aiden then sits up, still red in the face as he rubs his eyelids.
"You still didn't need to go about it this way. I would've said yes."
>Hesitating, Mariah looks away, saying:
"….I don't talk to my family anymore because my work got in the way. All
of my work, infiltration and all, as Arachne. I lost my relationships with them, because I wanted a stronger one with you
>Mariah says, tearing up somewhat as she wipes away her tears with her fingers.
"You don't understand. I had to claw away at everything I had growing up, It wasn't easy - and it wasn't fun either. So much stealing and fighting and punching."
>Aiden is silent for another moment, before saying:
"…..Then why even test it with me? You know how powerful I am. You know I could've stopped you at any moment."
>Mariah then turns towards Aiden again, smiling at him.
"And you didn't
. Not even once. You could've phased your hand through the webbing on the door."
>Aiden looks away, red in the cheeks still.
"You could've wiped my memory even. Right then and there. Right now even."
"You could've done anything to get yourself out
of a tough spot - like Marek does. But you're not like him. You chose
to roll with the punches, and you chose
to accept the situation - like a real man."
>Mariah then grabs onto Aiden's head with her hands, bringing him in for another kiss briefly.
"That's why I love you Aiden. For all of your power, you've never
given in to it. Most people would cave after a day. But not you."
>Aiden looks down at the ground for a moment as Mariah rises to her feet - fully buttoning up her shirt again.
"I'll be seeing you around, very, very
>Mariah then blows Aiden a kiss, winking as she then walks out of the office, shutting the door behind her.
>Aiden then sits down, looking up at the ceiling, saying out loud:
"…..What does that make me then? If I just chose to accept this?"