Maddox sat in a room waiting as the contestants got ready, unsure of how things would go. Today, he’d be able to have a few moments with each contestant and get to know them as much as he could within the time frame. It seemed fun, but he hoped he wouldn’t waste any time or make things awkward. As he thought of questions for each one, he soon was distracted by the sight of Kyra walking in.
“Hey!” Kyra chirped as she sat down in the chair beside Maddox’s, the brunet smiling at her.
“Nice to see you again, Kyra. So, why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?” Maddox started off with, a smile still present on his face.
“Oh, sure! Well, I just graduated from university and would like to use my degree after this and start as a Code Monkey, but until then, I’ve started posting videos on Simtube.” She began, Maddox nodding to show he was listening. “I also have a roommate, who tried to get into the competition as well. His name is Jagger.”
Maddox chuckled softly and relaxed in his seat, finding it a bit easier than it seemed. “Well, I’d love to see some of the videos you post, someday. And, you know, maybe I’ll still meet Jagger someday.”
Kyra grinned at that and nodded. “I’m sure he’d love to meet you.” Their time was up after that, and the next contestant was sent in.
“Mads,” The blond waved as he walked over to take his seat, Maddox smiling at the nickname. “Nice to see you.”
“It’s nice to see you too. Tell me a bit about yourself,”
“Huh, well.. I like to garden.” Maddox rose a brow at that and chuckled, clearly not expecting a man like Emerson to have such a hobby, but he liked it about him nonetheless. “It’s one of my hobbies, at least. It’s nice to get your hands dirty sometimes ..and to see something as small as a seed grow and blossom into something big and beautiful. It shows me that hard work does pay off, you know?”
Maddox nodded in agreement and smiled at Emerson’s enthusiasm, finding it charming. “Yeah, I get what you mean. Well, you’re more than welcome to plant some things around here. It would liven the place up a bit.” The blond nodded in agreement before their time was up, and now it was Serena’s turn.
Just as when they met, Maddox couldn’t help but look at Serena’s bright blue hair. “Hey,” She said as she walked in, Maddox waving.
“It’s nice to see you again.” Serena smiled at that and sat down, Maddox continuing. “Alright, do you mind telling me a bit about yourself?” She shook her head and smiled, getting comfortable in her chair.
“Well.. I love the outdoors and art. I’d prefer going camping than going out somewhere in the city.” The brunet nodded at that and let her continue. “And I love going out to the woods and maybe painting or drawing.. those two things are my passion. I don’t like being in the city for very long since it wears me out..but I try to not let it bring me down. My brother lives there, and I wouldn’t want to be far away from him. Did you know he tried getting on the show as well?” Maddox shook his head and chuckled faintly.
“No, I had no idea. I only know about the seven of you living here. Maybe I’ll meet him someday,” Serena smiled at that before being told that it was time for the next contestant and she said goodbye to Maddox.
“Maddie!” The redhead grinned as she walked in, causing Maddox to smile just as big.
“Nice to see you too, Harper.” He chuckled, gesturing to the seat. “Come, sit down.” Once she did, Maddox smiled. “I actually have a different question for you than I asked the others. So, if you don’t mind me asking..do your tattoos have any meaning behind them? I see they’re all ocean-themed.” Harper couldn’t help but to appreciate his kindness and curiosity, nodding.
“I don’t mind at all. Actually, they’re for my parents.. you see, when I was nineteen, they died in an accident. They were great parents. We spent a lot of time together at the beach since it was my favorite place.. I joined a swim team when I was a child and won a lot of competitions. Instead of sulking over my parents’ death, I wanted to get something that would always remind me of them. These tattoos have things inspired from the beach, as you mentioned, and my parents’ favorite flowers. I know they wouldn’t want me to be sad for the rest of my life, so it reminds me to keep my head up and keep doing what I love.”
Maddox smiled faintly at that and leaned over to give Harper a hug as he noticed the tears in her eyes, pulling away once she had composed herself. “They’re stunning tattoos. I’m sure your parents are very proud of you, Harper.” The redhead smiled widely at that, a bit disappointed as she was told it was time for the next contestant.
“Hi!!” A high pitched voice rang out upon stepping in, and Maddox quickly realized it must of been Christin. She didn’t exactly have an inside voice, and she tended to be playful from what Maddox had noticed. He didn’t mind it though.
“Hello, Christin.” As she took a seat, he smiled and looked at her. “Tell me about yourself.”
The young blond nodded and shrugged. “Well, I have two older brothers. Charles was chosen as the heir, so that means I got kicked out.” She laughed softly. “So, I moved in with my other brother, Cooper! He’s actually the reason I’m on the show. He convinced me to sign up. At first, I wasn’t sure. I mean, I’m still young and all! I wanna have fun, you know? But then I figured, why the hell not! Falling in love can be fun, right?”
Maddox simply laughed after a moment, finding her high-energy and out-look on life somewhat childish. It was cute. “Yeah, I suppose it can be. I’m not sure. That’s why we’re both here,” He chuckled, shrugging. Christin got up now, as it was time for the next contestant.
“Maddox, what’s up?” Skye asked as she took a seat, The Bachelor shrugging and laughing gently. “Nothing much. How do you feel about your brother being on the show with you? You know, I never would’ve guessed that you were siblings.” Skye smiled at that and nodded.
“We get that a lot. We don’t really look alike because we have different mothers.” Maddox nodded after, now understanding. “I like him being on the show, though. I don’t like being away from him. We really have each other until I was fifteen, so I don’t want to lose him again by being away from him. Though, I know only one of us can win.. so I hope everything works out for the best.” Maddox smiled, finding their relationship endearing.
“I’m glad you have him as well, then. If anything, I think this competition will only bring you guys closer together.” Maddox responded, Skye nodding in agreement before she left so her brother could now join.
“Hey Maddox!” The final contestant of the day spoke as he walked in.
“Stefan, nice seeing you! I hope you didn’t mind the wait.” Stefan shook his head and smiled.
“It wasn’t too bad.” Maddox smiled at that, nodding.
“That’s good. Why don’t you tell me about yourself? And how do you feel about your sister being on the show?” Stefan nodded at that and placed his hands on his lap, leaning back in his chair.
“I’ll tell you now that I love food. I could eat it all day. I’m also a business man, and I work at a company where I hope to someday be a CEO. “And I like to think of myself as outgoing and confident.” Stefan smiled, causing Maddox to chuckle softly. “As for my sister.. at first, our relationship was very rocky. My parents divorced when I was ten years old, since my father had an affair, which caused Skye to be born. I was upset with her, since I was young and didn’t realize it wasn’t her fault. She came to my house one day about five years ago, her mother had died and she had no one. So, I let her move in, and we’ve been close ever since.” As Stefan finished, Maddox smiled a bit and nodded.
“It’s nice that you two could work things out and be there for one another when you needed each other most. I’m sure you’re glad you did. Skye seems like a great person, and I’m sure she got it from you.” Maddox said, causing Stefan to blush and smile, nodding in agreement after.
Since Stefan had been the last speed date, Maddox enjoyed dinner with all of the contestants before he went off to his room in order to enjoy some alone time. As much as he enjoyed talking to them sometimes, doesn’t everyone need time alone? As he went to bed, Maddox decided just who he’d take on the group date for the next day.
Author’s Note: Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed. Here are the relationship points after today. (In case you are wondering, I did 2 “Get to Know,” for the friendly actions. For romantic, I did 1 “Ask if Single” action and 1 “Flirt” action with every single contestant. The rest of the points are from them being on free-will after the speed dates.