The next morning, Maddox woke up before the others in order to make breakfast for them all. Knowing that some of them were vegetarian, he made a simple fruit salad. One by one, the contestants made their way down, the Bachelor greeting them all with a smile.
“As you guys may or may not know, today is the group date.” Maddox spoke up once they were all seated, each of them looking up in anticipation. He chuckled at that, looking at them all before speaking. “Emmy, Harper, Skye, and Stefan. You guys are coming out with me today.” The four of them smiled, others a bit disappointed, but Maddox made sure to chat with each of them before leaving with the others.
Maddox decided on going to a lounge nearby, wanting to be able to chat with each of the contestants and get to know them better, rather than focusing on a specific activity. They all headed to the bar first and got some drinks, before heading off to wander around the place on their own.
“You know how to play?” Harper asked, leaning against the piano. Maddox nodded and smirked faintly, showing her a few tunes he could play.
“I’m not the greatest at it, but I try,” He chuckled. The redhead smiled as she heard that, listening to him play. After a moment, she went behind him and wrapped her arms around him, Maddox feeling his heart race a bit.
“Well, I think you did wonderfully.” Harper said softly as Maddox reached to rub along her thigh, enjoying the contact they had.
“I’ve been practicing since I was about.. ten years old.” The bachelor explained, turning his head slightly to gaze at the redhead.
“You’re really good. I’m glad you still play.. it’s nice to hear. I’d like to hear you play some more songs, sometime.” Maddox turned red at that, but nodded, showing a faint smile. He liked Harper. He wasn’t sure what it was, but he wanted to get to know her better. Though, he soon excused himself so he could talk with the other contestants, not wanting to be unfair and let things go too far before anyone else got a chance.
“Em!” Maddox called out before the blond could disappear, taking him over to a couch outside. The blond smiled as they sat together, gazing at the man beside him.
“Thanks for invitin’ me today.” The bachelor chuckled at that, finding it rather..well, adorable.
“No need to thank me. I enjoy being around you.” He said softly, causing Emerson to blush and laugh gently.
“Well gee, I enjoy being around you too.” Emerson replied, pausing, before he continued speaking. “My siblings would love you, y’know. I have two younger siblings.. I kinda helped my dad raise them. They’re great.” Maddox listened to him ramble on about his family and childhood, smiling through it all. “I missed school a lot, since I was always havin’ to help my dad. I’m not as bright as most people, it seems.”
“That’s not true. You can take care of yourself and others, you seem to be pretty good at gardening, and you love your family. You’re happy. You’ve done a helluva job, if I say so. I think you’re smarter than most people I’ve met… people that are unhappy and rude to others.” Maddox explained, shrugging.
“Ya really think so?” Emmy asked, Maddox nodding, not being able to help but smile as he saw how wide Emerson was grinning.
Soon enough, Stefan came over and asked Emerson if he could have his time with Maddox now. Of course, Emerson didn’t mind and headed off to where Skye and Harper were. “Sorry for the wait. I didn’t realize how long it’d been.” Maddox chuckled, Stefan nodding in understanding.
“It’s fine, happens to the best of us.” Maddox only smiled at that, thankful he wasn’t upset.
“Are you enjoying yourself so far?” Stefan nodded at that and shrugged.
“Yeah- I mean, it’s only been three days, but I’ve had fun so far. It’s kind of like a vacation for me, since I’m always working otherwise.” He chuckled, as did Maddox.
“Well, I’m glad you’re having fun. How are you doing with your sister? Are you guys still alright?”
“Oh yeah, definitely. If anything, I feel like this brought us closer.” Maddox rose a brow at that in confusion, causing Stefan to chuckle. “I know it sound weird, but I feel like we both know what we’re going into, especially if one of us ‘wins.’ We made an agreement in doing this that there wouldn’t be any hurt feelings. I just want one of us to finally be happy.”
The bachelor nodded slowly at that, smiling. “I get what you mean. I hope you both end up happy someday, one way or another.” With that, they all had dinner together, before Maddox headed outside to enjoy some time with Skye.
Maddox had a few drinks during dinner, and was clearly a bit more ‘let-loose’ than usual. He cracked some jokes with Skye that he may have not said otherwise, simply glad to hear her laugh. “I didn’t know you were such a jokester, Maddie.” The bachelor laughed at that and blushed, looking at her.
“I can be when I’m comfortable, I guess.” He said. Now it was Skye’s turn to blush, finding it nice that Maddox seemed comfortable around her.
“Is that why you chose me to go on the group date? Why did you chose the others as well?” Maddox nodded at the first question, though, shrugged at the second.
“I wanted to get to know them more, I guess. They intrigued me. I felt a connection with all of you.” He explained, Skye nodding at that and smiling faintly. There wasn’t much more to talk about, so they simply laid back on the couch together and looked up at the stars.
The group date was fun, and Maddox was glad he chose the group of people that he did. They were all fun to be around and get to know, and he knew he wanted to get to spend more time with each of them someday.
Thank you all for reading! Since the next chapter is the rose ceremony, I will display the relationship points after one person is eliminated. Since I had a lack of updates, I will try my very hardest to do the rose ceremony sometime this week! I hope you enjoyed this update. 🙂