Private A Surprise Housewarming

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Taking advantage of the launch of her boyfriend's album, and the fact that he was not at his apartment as often, Zora had sneaked in Harmonia Proxentias, Celeste's sister-in-law and one of Manta Carlos most popular interior designers. The Olympian goddess was, despite her flamboyant ways and bold attitude, especially good at capturing the essence of a person and designing a living space that suited them and their needs.

The once sparsely finished apartment was going to be a comfortable oasis of warm neutral colours with comfortable furniture, curtains, floor lamps, throw rugs, and a few key items placed around the apartment. Some of which were items Zora had purposefully gone to ask Stefan's mother's advice about like a couple of framed pictures of a younger Stefan with his mother and the Valkyries along with his first guitar which was going to be placed on a stand in one corner of the living room.

And so, needing a few hours to pull everything together and add those personal finishing touches, Zora invited Stefan to go with her on an afternoon of shopping and dinner at the House of Volkov so that Harmonia's team could do their magic and decorate Stefan's apartment.

"Do you know when your next concert is?" Zora asked curiously as she looked warmly across the table at her boyfriend as they waited for their food to arrive. Their shopping bags stashed comfortably under the table of the booth they were sitting at.


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images (11).jpegIt was true that Stefan had been extremely busy lately. Trying to wrap up loose ends and make sure everything was in place for his album release. When it finally dropped, he was busy talking with newspapers and online columnist.​
That was why when Zoraida asked him to spend the day together, Stefan couldn't accept fast enough. He didn't even care what they did, just spending the time with her was what he needed.​
After a bit of shopping, Zora brought him to the House of Volkov for dinner. After ordering, Stefan let out a sigh of relief. He was happy to finally have her alone in semi-private.​
"I don't know actually. Haven't considered it, but that would be a good idea to keep the buzz going a bit."​
 

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Zora just nodded in response and took a sip of her vodka cocktail as she thought about what Stefan had just told her.

"I'm pretty sure Shiloh's PR team probably has something lined up for you soon. They are probably just waiting til one or two of your other songs hit the airwaves so that they can keep the hype going," she said as she put her drink down just as the food arrived at the table.

Waiting until the waiter had placed their food in front of them, Zora smiled and then winked at Stefan as the young man explained their meal choices to them before taking his leave.

"Who knew that soup could be such a complicated thing?" the witch laughed good-naturedly as she looked at her boyfriend before she checked out her bowl of steaming borscht, the bread, butter, and other obligate accompaniments that came with the hearty Russian soup.
 

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That made a lot of sense. Stefan had been so wrapped up in trying to make sure things went smoothly he hadn't even considered that Wonderville likely had an entire team devoted to handling that.​
"You're right. I've just been so worried about this I've missed the easy things."​
He took a breath and held it for a moment before exhaling slowly. It might have only been a second but the action felt like it took weeks of stress off his shoulders. The waiter came and began explaining everything with a smile. Stefan couldn't help but get a little excited for it with how it was explained.​
"I never would have thought either. But then again, you've seen what I grew up with."​
His lopsided grin came out as he finally took his aviators off and sat them on the table, looking back up to his love after shopping so.​
"Thank you for dragging me out."​
 

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"Thank you for letting me drag you around," Zora grinned in reply. "Although, I almost thought that for a moment there I might have to kidnap you or something," she explained laughingly, although not at all upset that Stefan had been so busy. She understood the business and how things worked. Moreover, Zora was truly happy for her boyfriend that everything was starting to take off.

"Besides you deserve a moment to just enjoy everything you've accomplished," she said as she took a piece of bread and put some butter on it.

"Also, I may also just have a little surprise for you afterward," she added, her tone teasing as she hinted at the surprise she had waiting for him later at home.
 

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Stefan smiled to his girlfriend as she mentioned having a surprise for him. Zora really was too good for him. Not that he was going to complain, but with everything she had going on, and had happened, she still found a way to care about others more than herself.​
"What did you do..."​
His tone was light and playful as he sipped a bit of his soup, enjoying the flavors that accompanied it. She had a knack for knowing the best places around the island. Stefan looked back up to Zora with his lopsided grin and couldn't help but take a moment to just take her in.​
"You always spoil me. I dunno what I did to deserve you."​
 

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"You didn't do anything," Zora admitted as she looked over at Stefan and met his icy blue gaze. "I just felt like spoiling the man I love," she told him unabashedly.

"Besides, you've been working so hard lately I figured that you really needed ... well, you'll soon find out," Zora said with a grin, deliberately playing coy now as she took a sip of her hearty soup.

"I don't want to spoil the surprise, but let's just say I kinda benefit from it this much as you do," she said as she took a sip of her drink, giving him a very small hint of what it might be.
 

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Stefan couldn't help but smile when their gazes met. He loved looking into her emerald eyes and getting lost in them. The world seemed to melt away anytime he did. The escape was a welcome one, especially after all the work he had been doing.​
"I don't know how you do this. Work non-stop. Be an amazing caring girlfriend and mother. Then STILL make time to come up with surprises."​
Stefan chuckled a bit as he continued to eat his soup with a little bread. Her comment only confused him more than he already was about the surprise.​
"I'm excited to find out about it though. Anything from you is always amazing."​
 

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Zora just smiled and blushed lightly at her boyfriend's over-the-top compliments about her seemingly amazing multitasking skills.

"I will let you in on a little secret," she started, clearly enjoying herself, as she finished off her bowl of borscht. "I hate to disappoint you, but I am not all that great at multi-tasking, I just have lots of capable staff who help keep me as seemingly as awesome as I am," she confessed laughingly.

"The reality is without them, I'd be lost ... or drowning somewhere under a pile of unsigned contracts," she admitted as she pushed her bowl to the side and out of the way.

"Besides, you are one to talk. You have been super busy lately and you have always found a moment to message me or keep me updated about things," she pointed out as she remembered the many times he had sent her a late night text just to keep her updated on his busy schedule.
 

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"Don't you dare give me that much credit. I needed those moments just to hear from you to keep me from losing my mind. Even if I did have all these little worker bees helping me, I don't know if I could even organize all of them. I just had a couple occasionally ask me questions and I felt over my head."​
It was true. Stefan had found time to message or call Zoraida throughout his work on the album, but it was almost for selfish reasons. He needed the break. More than that, he just wanted to hear from her. She kept him grounded in the crazy new world he was entering.​
"So what's next?"​
Finishing up his bowl of soup, the demi god moved it to the side and munched on a piece of bread. He had to admit it was pretty good. It wasn't home, but it still had an nice light and fluffy interior.​
 

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