They enter the restaurant, and Tony looks around the entrance. It isn’t flashy at all, not decorated ostentatiously, but also not drab and dull. It’s a nice place, all in all, but not the type of place one would expect a King to frequent.
Jarvis takes the lead, moving to the hostess and asking, “We are here for the-”
“Mr. Carbonell,” a familiar voice calls, and they turn to see one of the Dora Milaje, Okoye, striding toward them. She nods to Tony, and then to Jarvis, who holds out a hand and says, “I’m Edwin Jarvis, Mr. Carbonell’s caretaker.”
Okoye reaches out to take his hand, and asks, “Will Ms. Carbonell be attending?”
Jarvis shakes his head. “Ms. Carbonell sends her apologies, as there was an unforeseen problem that required her immediate attention.”
Okoye nods, glances at Tony, and asks, “How are you today?”
“Good,” Tony says, giving her a tight-lipped smile. She looks to Jarvis, who says them same, then gestures toward the hall behind her and asks, “Shall we?”
Michael Imagine: You are the Most Talked About Couple but Break Up
Being a musician was something you had aspired to achievefrom a young age. You daydreamed of writing your own songs, performing in front
of people who know your lyrics, and inspiring others with your music. When you did become a musician, it was nothing
like you’d imagined.
Yes, you got to write songs and perform in front of fans who
loved you, but you also found out that being famous wasn’t what you were
expecting it to be.
You didn’t expect to travel the world, play with artists you’d
listened to for years, or even fall in love.
Your relationship with Michael Clifford was the most talked
about since before you two even got together. Pictures of the two of you seen
out – when you were talking about a collaboration – made to seem like you were
being a couple made web article headlines.
You denied all the rumors, ashamed at the media for stooping
so low to get a story.
That was until, of course, you fell in love with him, and he
fell in love with you.
It was somewhere between the late night Skype calls,
discussing music that eventually became sleep-deprived conversations and the
little things about Michael that made you fall in love with him.
And he would say the same for you.
Coming out with your relationship was a scary thing to do.
Not only did you already deny rumors of your relationship before, but you knew
the nature of fans and how they would react to their favorite idol dating
With enough reassurance from Michael, you two eventually
publicly announced your relationship with a tweet and a date out together –
with a few kisses mixed in that weren’t originally part of the plan.
And you were right – everything changed. You got slightly
more popular, but not for the right reason.
Fans were attacking you – but not Michael. You knew it was
going to happen – in fact, you would’ve done the same a few years ago – but it
still hurt to see the rude things people were saying about you.
Michael was the only person who could keep you sane during
the relationship. He helped you calm down when you were upset over rumors,
insults, anything that people conjured up to break the two of you apart.
And you were grateful for it – he handled it all extremely well
and you had a feeling that if it were anybody else, you wouldn’t feel as
comforted – but you still couldn’t deny the fact that knowing people out there actually
hated you because of your
relationship brought a sick feeling to your stomach.
You don’t know when Michael stopped being a comfort for you.
All you know is how scared and utterly miserable you were when you fell into
bed wrapped in his arms, and found that you no longer felt that all of the
stuff online would be whisked away by his reassuring words.
You just couldn’t do it anymore, not with so many people
making up cheating rumors and fighting with all their might to break the two of
You remember how it felt to say goodbye to him. His desperate
pleas, promising the two of you could work through it, begging you not to go
because oh god he can’t lose you, you’re
the love of his life.
You remember leaving him there, tears breaking from his eyes
as he pleaded one last time, only to be replied with the answer of the door
closing. You remember sleeping in your own bed, feeling alone, but also feeling
relieved. Relieved that you didn’t have to worry about your relationship anymore.
The relief didn’t mask the pain – for the two of you still
cried for weeks afterward at night, when you missed each other most.
Being a musician was nothing like you expected.
Eventually, the hurt dimmed down, and you and Michael agreed
to be friends, but that might’ve been because the two of you both released
albums that involved pain, hurt, and love.
It didn’t take a detective to see that you both wrote about
the pain and love you felt from the relationship, and for some reason, hearing
his pain and him hearing yours made both of you realize that you couldn’t be
separated from each other anymore.
Even if you weren’t dating, he meant something special to
you. He was still the one you needed and wanted to talk to when you needed
help. You were the one he loved to talk to because every conversation promised
Who said you couldn’t be friends with your exes, anyway? Because
the two of you mended your relationship so easily, it’s like you were meant to be in each other’s lives one
way or another.
You got your best friend back, and so did he, and there was
no more pain or worrying about what the media thought. It was calm, peaceful,
and above all, relieving.
Maybe being an artist wasn’t like you imagined it, because
in some ways, it was much better.