Chapter 5.4

Briar

August asked me to go on a walk with him by the beach so we could talk about Lexie. Our little girl had been acting strange lately, suddenly crying one moment and then locking herself in our room the next. She wouldn’t tell me what was wrong. When I approached August about it, he asked to speak to me by ourselves.

As we ambled down the hill, he said, “God, I’ve missed this part of Brindleton Bay. I never get tired of walking near the ocean.”

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The waves roared as they tumbled over the rocks near the sand dunes. Skittering over the beach, seabirds zipped out of our way as we neared the shore.

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“So, you say Lexie hasn’t been herself lately?” he asked.

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“I’ve never seen her so out of sorts, August,” I answered. “It’s making me worried. Even her teacher called to say she hasn’t been playing with her friends at school. She just sits on a bench by herself during recess.”

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He nodded then said, “I guess she told Beau you were crying about me a while ago. Is that true?”

My insides flipped as my cheeks warmed. I’d explained to Lexie I was happy for August and Beau and not to think about my silliness. But reasoning with a nine year old wasn’t the best idea. I should have spoken with August myself.

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“I…um…God, this is so embarrassing.” I shuddered inside having to tell him about that night. “I had a weak moment after we went to Simseyland. I…I guess I’ve just been feeling lonely lately, and she caught me crying. I tried to talk to her, but you know how she is…”

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“Are you really that lonely, Briar?” he asked.

I did not want to talk to him about this. “Well…you know…I’ve been on my own with Lexie this whole time, always working and making sure she’s cared for. I just haven’t had time to…” I shrugged, not able to finish that sentence.

“Date?” he asked.

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“Yes,” I said, letting out a breath. Why was it so hard talking to him about my love life? I needed to get over him. My head knew this, but my heart?

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“You know…” he said, “I’m sorry the way things turned out…I mean, for you, Briar.” He glanced at me sheepishly. “I…um…would have liked to have been there for you from the beginning. You know that, right?”

I stopped him there. I didn’t need his pity. “No, please, August. Don’t. I’ve thought through it all, too. I mean, I was the one who broke up with you before I knew I was pregnant…I’m not upset with you or Beau or even with the way things have turned out. Believe me. I was just…” I had no words left for the way I’d been feeling. I had no right to them. August and Beau were meant to be. Probably from the beginning. I’d even felt it when we were teens.

“Yeah…um…” he scratched his head and went on, “I’ve been talking with Beau about this situation.” He lifted the side of his mouth. “Lexie has made it very clear how she feels. Beau isn’t happy either.”

When I heard that, my heart leaped. “Oh, no. He’s not freaking out is he?” My brother always jumped to the most negative scenarios. Many times I’d have to talk him down off ledges.

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August laughed. “Oh, he did have a few freak out moments, but I calmed him down. I got a little angry, too, but we’re okay, so don’t worry.”

Relieved, I asked, “So, what can we do about our little monster? She’s never going to give up this plot of getting us together.”

“Yeah, well, Beau wants to relocate to Starlight Shores. He already has a few contacts ย who really want him to bring a Mane Event there. Brindleton Bay is not exactly a good area for his salon. At least that’s what he says.”

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My stomach sank. “So…you’re going to be leaving? Lexie will be crushed.”

He waved his hand. “No, no…I’ll be staying here. I’ll commute until Lexie is older. She can’t handle change right now. We understand that. We’re hoping you’ll relocate with us in a few years once Lexie gets used to the idea of Beau and I together. We figure when she’s a teenager, she’ll be more receptive to the idea.”

“You want us to…move?” The thought sounded incredulous. But not altogether implausible.

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“What do you have here, Briar? Starlight Shores would have more opportunities for work. We also wanted to offer up something, too, in the meantime. Beau and I’d like you two to move in with us so Lexie isn’t shuffled around so much. She can have the same bedroom and wouldn’t go between houses anymore. We found a house that has an apartment in the basement where you could have your privacy, but then we could spend time together as a family. It was Beau’s idea. I thought it sounded ideal. And a way better environment than that catlady’s house.”

Everything was coming at me so fast, I couldn’t even think straight. I’d been dying to get out of that filthy house for a while now, but I just couldn’t afford it on my own. And I’d always lived with my brother before. But it would just be me and August with Lexie most of the time. I didn’t know how I felt about that.

Casting my eyes downward, I said, “Well…that’s a surprising offer. I…um…will have to think about it, August.”

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He put his hands in his pockets and pierced me with his green eyes. “I’d really like to be with Lexie a lot more, Briar. And it would help you out, too. You wouldn’t need to pay for rent. We’ll explain everything to Lexie so she understands what’s going on. I think just having us together under one roof would give her stability.”

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It did all make sense even if it was rather unconventional. And I’d make an effort to really start dating. That way, I wouldn’t have those moments when I’d wish I was the one with August.

Before I talked myself out of it, I said, “Okay….I think that could work.”

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Lexie

Daddy, Mommy, and Uncle Beau had a family meeting with me. They wore their scary eyebrows, and I knew I was in trouble.

I blinked away tears, trying to read my book. But it wasn’t going so good.

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They told me Uncle Beau was moving away. I knew it was all my fault.

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I didn’t want my uncle to move to that movie star place. Who was going to do my hair for me? He was the best hair-doer on the planet. And he always picked out my clothes. Daddy was an ignoramous when it came to that, and Mommy was always so busy working.

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Mommy and Daddy weren’t going to get married either and it’s just going to feel so empty without Uncle Beau.

Oh, why did I have to open my big mouth?

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20 thoughts on “Chapter 5.4”

  1. Aww, poor Lexie! ๐Ÿ˜ญ
    She takes way too much upon herself already (lol, scary eyebrows); I wish she would tell them what she’s thinking so they didn’t have to guess!

    Man, I feel for Briar! Being a single mom with work doesn’t leave much time (or energy) for dating, it’s so true! But that doesn’t stop you from having those low moments ๐Ÿ™

    I can’t help but think this new living situation could easily lead to more trouble (Beau is *really* fine with leaving his sister to live alone with August most of the time ??), but on the other hand… I’m ebil and excited to see a little chaos (kekekekekeke) ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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    1. Beau doesn’t trust it but he can’t stay there either. He’s basically testing the relationship. We’ll see if August passes.

      (And you get that single mom thing… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

      This is the last in Lexie’s cute POV…I hope you like her teen voice! Next chapter!

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  2. Awww, now Lexie is going to feel completely at fault when maybe some distance was healthy anyway. Beau and August aren’t in an open relationship, so Briar being so close to the man she once loved may not be the best idea. Whether it’s residual feelings or loneliness or both, it’s only going to make the pain worse.

    I hope Briar finds a nice, hot (and completely single) dude for her. โค โค And I hope Lexie doesn't blame herself too much. She's such a cute kid, aaaa.

    I approve of Starlight Shores over Brindleton Bay though, after all the weird crap that went down in the latter last gen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Yeah…they need to get out of a place with so many awful memories. And Starlight Shores might be a great place to find…a boy band member?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I hope Briar can find a hot dude, too…we shall see!

      That’s right…August and Beau are NOT in an open relationship. And August loves Beau so much, he’s determined to make this arrangement work.

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  3. Omg. I can already tell that this arrangement is just going to make things worse ๐Ÿ˜‚ But if it does, Iโ€™m kind of looking forward to it? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    I feel for poor Lexie here , yet again! Iโ€™m really interested to see what sheโ€™s like as a teenager, and how her unorthodox family arrangement has effected her in the long term!

    Great chapter ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved seeing August and Briarโ€™s talk (Iโ€™ve always shipped those two ๐Ÿ˜ญ) I hope Briar can find some happiness and love. She totally deserves it!

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    1. I was wondering who you shipped. Brigust shipper. LOL…so sorry!

      This arrangement “might” make things worse for someone…

      Glad you liked the chapter (and the impending drama…) Teen years next AND the starting of a rom com mixed with DRAMA…I do not want to dwell on the drama because I cannot WAIT for the next part to start!

      Briar DOES deserve to be loved and happy. She’s such a nice person.

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  4. Oh no….Briar and August…be careful. I totally donโ€™t trust this situation. There will be a weak moment and things will happen that neither of them intended… *sigh* Briar has been so self sacrificing this whole time. And itโ€™s caught up with her. She loves that her brother is happy, but the man she loves is gorgeous and right there. Who could resist him?

    Canโ€™t wait for teen years and the move to Starlight Shores! And for the rom com drama! ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. We shall see if both Briar and August can resist temptation. Very soon, anyway…(and yeah…August in long hair seems very irresistible. Huh?)

      The move will be in a few chapters…

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  5. Uh, I don’t feel like this is the best idea, but then again…why not? Unconventional families are becoming the norm anymays. But I still feel like Beau just wants to test August with this arrangement…
    I mean I always shipped Briar with August, but Beau and August went through too much to change the ship now. Personally Beau is too whiney for me, too much of a drama queen, while Briar is always calm collected and has the biggest heart. But I guess Brigust would be the boring choice in the end. Hopefully she will find a great partner, she would truly deserve it.

    I can’t wait to see how Lexie will turn out though! Quick question, does her hair color change? I thought she was a black haired girl, but in the last two chapters she seems to have brown hair…?

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    1. Well, out of the twins, yes, Briar is the calm one…self sacrificing, but August and Beau have passion and August likes to help him, take care of him. He needs August more than Briar needs him, emotionally, anyway. I think that’s why August is so bonded to Beau. It’s been like that since they were kids. Briar needs August, too, but in a different way, I think.

      Beau might be testing August…you’re right. And if August passes? I think Beau will feel way more secure in their relationship and will want to move forward. Lexie is a consideration, too, as well as Briar. They will all have to come together for the move to happen.

      About Lexie’s hair–my game is borked and changes the kids’ hair color every time I go into CAS. I didn’t notice the change until too late. And I’m way too lazy to change it, so yeah. She’s supposed to have black hair. Sometimes her hair turned orange or yellow and I’d automatically change it, but the brown wasn’t different enough for me to notice it until too late. Lexie has Briar’s ebony hair. Thankfully, this isn’t happening to the teens or adults so no more hair color changes (hopefully).

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    1. ROFL! I think you’re right about those Pongan genes…now to convince Beau? Um…no (I think Briar would share, though! Ha!)

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  6. I’m pleased to see that Briar and August had this important talk. I know Briar will find a handsome guy that loves her. The move is bound to create some trouble for Beaugust, but it’s for the best if August wants to spend more time with Lexie.

    Good! It’s about time Lexie realized the fault in what she said. A sign that she’s growing up.

    I can’t wait for the teen years, Starlight Shores, and the rom com!!

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  7. I’m going to regret asking this, but will you refrain from sinking at least one of my ships? I mean its taken on some serious damage like all the others in Day and Knight. Gah! Beaugust needs to survive! I’ve been rooting for them from the get-go.

    Also, cannot wait to see teen Lexi and how (or if) she’s changed any about her parents. I feel for her, but I feel more for August and Beau, and the decisions they are making because of Lexi. I still am hoping for a Beaugust Wedding!!!

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    1. Keep hoping for that wedding!!! (I’m hoping, too! <3)

      FYI, in the next chapter, we get things from Lexie's viewpoint, so…things might not be as they seems. Keep the faith!

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