After six months in Rome, Ray White was happy to come home to Los Angeles. Of course, he knew the Italian city very well as he had spent the greatest part of his childhood there. Rome was different from the United States. There was a way of living that was typically European, and he certainly enjoyed it. After his first years at an American school there, he had spent time in the United States getting a degree in international relations. He then was attracted to Italy again thanks to Lara, an Italian student he ironically met in LA but who was born and raised in the suburbs of Rome. They could never have met in Rome at the time, as Ray was the son of a diplomat living close to the embassy on the chic Via Veneto, close to the Villa Borghese, while Lara was part of a modest family struggling to make ends meet.
But in LA, as students with the same courses and both fluent in Italian, they rapidly became close friends before falling for each other. They had moved back to Rome when Ray managed to get a position at the US consulate
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