“You what?!? Idiot! Dumb-ass! ....Idiot! How could you--!?!” Ren growled at his older brother after hearing the ‘news’. “What in the hell would possess you to do this without telling me....?!?” Ren attempted to ease himself, but he couldn’t find a speck of tranquility within right now. No. Not after what his inconsiderate brother had just done. As if shielding himself from the wrathful younger brother, Teneel held his open palms out in front of him. “Calm down already! You should be thanking me for this! After all, your love life is like a lifeless pit filled with nothingness!” Teneel countered, evading the basketball Ren had just hurled at him. He was pondering about when he’d throw it. His little brother recently arrived home from basketball practice, and it had only been a matter of time before he freed the ball from his grasp. “Hey! No need to be so god-damn violent! Come on, think about it for a good long while. When was the last time you had a date? Or a girlfriend for that matter....?” Teneel queried with an arched brow. Astonishingly, Ren paused; the anger from his features temporarily vanished as he genuinely stopped everything to think about his question. “........I’ve had....plenty of dates, asshole....” the 18 year-old muttered out reluctantly, looking away. “Oh really? Well, according to your journal that doesn’t appear to be the case~!” Teneel smirked. Ren glared prior to regaining his irritation. “Okay, look--that’s not the point! The point is that you went behind my back and arranged this even after I told you that I wasn’t interested. On top of that, you shouldn’t be reading my journal!” Ren replied, eyes narrowing at his brother with a murderous intent. Ignoring the journal topic, Teneel proceeded with the original subject. “Alright, alright... I know I shouldn’t have gone behind your back. It was wrong of me, and I’m sorry.” Teneel said with an insincere tone. “Please don’t apologize. You don’t really mean it anyway.” Ren grumbled flatly, trudging into the kitchen. Sighing heavily, the young lad opened the fridge. And in the intervening time, Teneel walked up beside him. “I really am sorry Ren. Really! Look, I did this for a reason and not just because you need to open up to a love-life...” Teneel trailed off, just as Ren glanced up from the open fridge with a twinge of curiosity in his maroon irises. “And that reason is...?” Ren highly doubted that it would be a plausible reason, but he chose to humor his brother nonetheless. “It’s because...I need your help Ren. You of course know how the business that I own works, right? In terms of ownership? The heir to my company must be blood-related to me in some way, and alas, I can’t have children of my own. You do remember that my wife’s unable to have children...?” Teneel observed Ren as he lowered his head momentarily. “Yeah, I remember you telling me that....but what does that have to do with the arranged marriage that you set me up with?” Ren questioned. “Ren. I wanted you to get married....and have children of your own....so that one day, one of them can become the owner of my company.” Teneel finished, watching as Ren’s optics dilated to twice their normal size. “You want me to have kids....? Now?!?” Ren queried through gritted teeth. What was his brother thinking? He had not even finished high school yet! Well, he’d be done in about a week, but still... “No, no! That’s not what I meant! I mean, it’s not like I’m terminally ill so there’s no rush. However, I arranged this meeting for you because I wanted to introduce you to the concept of having a relationship. And then, you can decide on what you want to do from there. You don’t necessarily have to marry her if you don’t like her. I’ve arranged the two of you to stay together at a vacation house in about a week, when school’s out. To get to know each other first...” Teneel added, eyeing his brother for any signs of resentment. Surprisingly, Ren simply averted his eyes in silence. His features possessed uncertainty, as if currently reflecting on the notion. “Is that a ‘yes’?” Teneel urged, smirking faintly “...Fine Ten, I’ll do it. I’ll play along, but if I don’t like her, you can forget about me marrying her...or getting married for a very long time at that!” Ren stated with folded arms and a frown. Eh. Who knows. Perhaps the situation would turn out well on his part. He could be missing an opportunity to meet someone that he’d really like... At least, that was he persuaded himself with as he agreed to Teneel’s plan. For a moment, Ren wondered if Teneel truly did all of this to have a potential heir to his company. Of course it appeared to be a stable reason, but in actuality, Teneel was probably using that as a flimsy excuse. An excuse to merely play ‘match-maker’ to ease his insatiable craving for it. Ren wasn’t sure if it was a legit mental disorder or not, but there was definitely an obsession with Teneel and match-making for someone that hadn’t had a lover in awhile. And that ‘someone’ was apparently him. “Oh I think you’ll like her a lot. She’s gorgeous and she has a lovely personality~! I promise you won’t regret this.” Teneel grinned; Ren shuddered. Why did he get the feeling that he was going to regret this?? A week later, around noon, Ren found himself on a desolated road with his brother for about an hour thus far. Oh, how he despised excruciatingly long car rides. It always forced him to feel a tad antsy being confined in a restricted space for such a lengthy interval. Fortunately, the ride had only lasted for about two hours in total. “Wow....” With a dazed expression, Ren gawked up at the superior vacation home. It effortlessly resembled the finest mini-mansion he had ever laid his eyes on. He couldn’t imagine how it’d appear on the interior. Would it be even more elaborate? “Impressed huh?” Teneel smirked and stepped out of the car. “I stocked the place up with about two month’s worth of food and other supplied you’ll need although you two will be here for a month, but I have a good feeling that you’ll be begging to stay longer~.” Teneel claimed with confidence. “Heh, don’t count on it...” Ren replied dully, stretching as he removed himself from the car seat. He headed towards the trunk to release his rolling black suitcase from it. “Oh, it looks like she’s here already. Come on.” Up ahead, a young woman that looked to be around his age of 18 stood by the entrance of the large house with a suitcase of her own. “Hello lovely, I hope we didn’t have you waiting for too long.” Teneel greeted her with a bright smile. Coincidentally, she had been dropped off only several minutes ago. “I’d like you to meet who you’ll be living with for the next month or so. This is Ren. Ren, this is _________.” Teneel introduced briefly prior to glancing over to his brother. All this time, Ren had been staring a little at the young woman. He was certainly rendered as taken aback. Perhaps he merely wasn’t expecting to her to be ‘this’ beautiful, but in an attempt to shake off his surprise, he stepped forward upon realizing that his brother was introducing them. “Um, hi.” Ren greeted politely, but somewhat awkwardly. Above all, he was certainly distracted by another notion. For some reason, he simply couldn’t shake off the feeling that he’d...seen or met her somewhere before. Maybe it was just his imagination...? Or maybe not.