"Good morning Vincent, " I say once he bent to kiss my hand the way he did in our first meeting. It gave me the same tingling-in-my-skin, blushing-in-my cheeks effect.
"Good morning darling, " he said once he straightened, shooting me a handsome smile. I could definitely compare him to anime shows where bishounen's beamed a smile with roses in their backgrounds.
After acknowledging Suri's presence with a gentle nod, he turned his attention back at me. "How are you feeling now?"
I clasped my hands near my abdomen. "I'm good, thanks to Suri's care."
He arched a brown then, one that was pretty obvious.
"Just Suri?" he said, sounding confused.
I was taken aback. "Uhmm, why? Is there anyone else I missed out?"
I maybe unconscious last night but I'm pretty sure Suri took care of me all by herself. So, the credit goes all to her.
Vincent produced a grin and shook his head. "Nahh, forget it, " he said, then turned towards the open door. "Come inside the studio. I want to introduce you to my students and the other club members before the class starts."
Once we were inside, I was quickly guided by Vincent into a small stage where there were soft spotlights in every direction and a single Victorian sofa in the center. I didn't sit on it though since I am still to introduce myself to everybody inside whose eyes were riveted on me the moment I stepped in.
"Good morning everyone, " greeted Vincent initially. "As you may very well know, today we have a special guest." He looked at my way and gave me a playful wink. I returned a nervous smile at him. "She is our life class model in this day only. She is the daughter of Mr. Magnus and Evlin Rosecraft, the owner of the Rosecraft Weddings and Events Concepts. She headed the recently-concluded, extravagant wedding of Mr. Aaron and Mrs. Elaine Mckenzie-Roslin. Let us welcome, the beautiful and talented, Ms. Daniella Rosecraft."
I didn't think that an applause for me was warranted in an elite class like this but they all clapped their hands, smiling towards my way.
"Uh, good morning everyone." I waved a hand shyly and bowed my head low.
"We only have seven attendees now so I think it is convenient to name them one by one, " informed Vincent.
"Nice to meet you."
"Good morning, Senorita."
Were the greetings I received when Vincent introduced each of them.
A short wave, a nod and a cheerful smile from Suri greeted me thereafter. I was all smiles to them in response. Vincent told me that three of them were his outside students — all from respectable families — while the other four were elite members of the club. Karl Eisengard was the Webmaster of the Club, Enrique Valiencoso was the Head of Security and Amano was — well... just a member as what Suri told me and Vincent backed it up.
"Well, now. Since we have established a connection with our model, let us all begin, " Vincent stated changing from his prince charming demeanor to a strict Arts professor.
He held my hand and guided me to the sofa. "Daniella, please sit here, " he said as he glanced on the furniture.
"Thanks." I sat down with my legs drawn together and my hands clasped on my lap. It is ironic that I am sitting now as a model when two years ago I was one of those people with an easel and a canvas in front, and a paint brush on hand.
"All you need to do is to sit down like a statue. You can move anytime you want, but you can't change your position. Is that okay with you?"
"Yup, not a problem at all, " I nodded my understanding whilst awed by his gentle, accommodating personality.
"Good." He produced a slight grin. "Tell me if you need a break and I will give it."
"Yeah, I will. Thanks Vincent." I took a deep breath and readied myself on the three-hour painting session.
"Anytime darling, " and with that he turned around to face the awaiting people. "Let's start, " he said to them and pressed the timer in his wrist watch. Immediately, the outside students and the club members focused their eyes on me — eyes that are now trained to study the contours of my face.
The whole time of the painting session, I just sat poised and unmoving. I tried training my mind to think of other things — a beautiful scenery, my untidy apartment back home, my Persian cat I left with Mrs. Sofia my family governess, or any other memories that I could conjure up just so my thoughts would be diverted to what was in front of me now.
I don't know if it is just me or because of the situation I was in, but I feel like a queen right now. Vincent and Enrique made me feel that way... or at least that's what I think with the way they looked at me the whole session.