”I lost count.” Her voice kept to only where he could hear her. ”I went to my first society party, thrown by my mother, when I was nine. She, usually, held three a year and I was expected to be at all of them.” Minus the themes; not much had changed at the parties, over the years, except she was older and more was expected of her. Nodding to his comment about the people here being fake. ”It’s a little strange; how fake they became. I’ve known some of these people since preschool or my first year of boarding school and most of them grew into the way they our now.” Maybe, that was the reason she never really felt like she fit in at one of these events; she didn’t care to associate much with fake people.
”You’ll probably be introduced to him before the night is over. He’s actually really nice but it’s hard to get a moment with him at one of these parties.” Which was understandable giving it was his job. There was really only one person that might be here that she wanted Adrian to meet and Rose hadn’t spotted him or his fiancé yet but she was really hoping he had come. However, Jackson was certainly not that person.
Rose had no interest in Jackson besides she was here with who she really wanted to be here with though part of her did wonder if Adrian would ever want to come to one of these again once the night was over. She couldn’t believe how rude Jackson was being to really everyo0ne at the table but especially Grace.
Rose smiled at Adrian’s comment about the chalet; looking over at the other woman at the table even Grace’s lips seemed to twitch a little. However, Jackson did not look amused and even less so when Adrian went on to talk about possible future plans with Rose.
It was as if a small hole had been poked into Jackson’s ego; he wasn’t deflating quickly but there was a little bit with every word that Adrian spoke. Jackson had no claims on Rose but it was as if a contract had been broken by Rose coming with someone else, not just to him but to her parents as well and Rose was aware that was why Jackson had been seated here, to let her know, to remind her that she was obligated to come with him. Rose, however, was tired of obligations and had certainly not wanted to come with Jackson no matter what anyone thought. ”That sounds like a great idea, we should look into that.” Rose could play along with Adrian’s talk of future trips.
If Jackson didn’t like the fact that Rose and Adrian were here together; then he liked even less Adrian talking to his date. It didn’t matter that Jackson had pretty much ignored Grace since they had come to the table. Jackson said nothing though and Grace responded. ”Oh, our families have known each other for years. We even played together when we small children. We just figured we would go to this party together.”
Rose had known Grace and Jackson for years and she could never understand why Grace was friends with him. Jackson was now glancing around, looking for an out, the man was the jealous type and even for a date between friends he didn’t want someone else paying attention to the date he was ignoring. Odd but Jackson was like that.
”Jackson, Grace…” A friendly voice arrived at the table in the form of a man, mid 20’s , dark black hair, about 6’1 or so with an athletic build. ”Grace your parents were wondering if the two of you could be persuaded to join them at their table, they seem to be short a couple.”
Jackson took no time at all before he was standing and offering Grace his hand. ”It was nice meeting you.” The words coming from Grace towards Adrian. ”It was nice seeing you again, Rose.” Rose responded with similar words of nice seeing Grace again as well. Jackson just nodded at Rose and Adrian and with that the two of them were gone from the table.
Rose let out a breath, looked up at the man who was now grinning and holding out a hand to Adrian. ”I’m Thomas and you must be Adrian. It’s nice to meet you.” He paused and looked around. ”If you don’t mind, I’m going to go fetch my fiancé and we can finish with the introductions then.”
Thomas wandered off and Rose turned to Adrian. ”Thomas was my brother’s best friend. His fiancée is Jane.” Thomas was real and nice and gave a good indication of how Rose’s brother had been. ”I’m sorry I didn’t warn you about Jackson. My mother keeps setting us up. I was really hoping he wouldn’t be here but I should have known better.”