Chapter 5.5





If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Dad was going to pop the question right now. It only took fifteen years and loads of prayers, but hey, I’d take what I could get.


Mom and Dad grinned at each other, not saying anything. Had no clue what the hell was going on, but it had to be something amazing. Right?


Earlier, we’d taken a family selfie. I was definitely going to frame it because, man, they STILL had that annoying family portrait in our living room of Dad, Mom, Uncle Beau and my goofy anklebiter self. I mean, hello, that was six years ago, people. Time to update. I’m like a giant now. (Kind of don’t like how I inherited all of Dad’s uggo traits like his huge Pongan size and lips to match. I mean, who wants to tower over the boys? Not me.)


I remembered like it was yesterday when Uncle Beau moved out. I kind of freaked because I truly loved him and was upset he was leaving. But after a little while, I liked it. We’d always go on walks right outside our house. We lived by the docks on the bay side. Way cooler than that catlady’s house or the bachelor pad my Dad and Uncle Beau used to live in.


I could tell Mom and Dad were getting close even then, and I wished every night they’d get together one day. Like married together.


Uncle Beau visited for a while from time to time (still did), but things had changed. He wasn’t draping himself over Dad anymore. They didn’t even kiss. Nothing. So yeah.

And then he’d leave and we’d go back to being that typical American family. Okay, well, almost typical. Parents didn’t have rings on their fingers and yeah, they never, like, held hands or anything, but it felt great. Something I needed back then.


And now they were just giggling about something. A secret between the two of them. I figured they’d clue me in sooner or later. Parents lived for making their kid’s dreams come true.

I could wait.



“Oh my God…don’t look now, but your awkward nightmare boyfriend is about to stroll over here,” my bestie, Gabby Cook, said.

Slurping down my delicious rainbow splizz, I mumbled, “He’s not my boyfriend, Gabs.” And he was no nightmare. If you cross pollinated a cinnamon roll with cutie pie actor Ham Tolland, you got Cory Clavane. But I didn’t want to say that to Gabby. She was in her hater phase at the moment. She always got like this after a big break up. Unlike me, she had guys zinging around her like flies. But I get one fly and she was ready to swat him into a pile of guts.


Okay, so I let it slip two years ago what happened in computers. We were Freshman. How did I know goofy Cory who sat by me was going to turn into handsome Cory two years later? I about died one million deaths when our twenty-something teacher proclaimed us “Ship Cexie”.


“Don’t believe me?” he crooned. “All my ships sail. Haven’t lost one yet.”


I whispered to the girl next to me, “Poke a needle in my eye if I ever date someone like Cory Clavane.”

Not a pretty moment in my past. I admit. But what do you expect from a dumb Freshman?


That whole Freshman year, Cory and I got to know each other and became friends. Fast forward to last week, we were hanging out. I liked him a lot because he had a strange family like I did (his mom basically banged a hot boy band guy–forget his name because that was like a gazillion years ago–and took off pregnant with Cory. So he didn’t know his father. I, on the other hand, had parents coming out of my ears. We laughed a lot about it.) And he shared my obsession with anime. I mean, that was like such a game changer. Most guys would never touch it. Too girly? But we both got into this one that was about a class full of superheros. Kind of cliche but it had some kick ass fight scenes.

“So, did you see last night’s episode?” I asked him, pulling up my Anime app. “I like watched it five times.”


Trying to find the latest episode of Your Hero School, I felt a buzz on my skin. You know, when someone was staring at you, it’s like your whole body was set on fire.


But before I could process what was happening, Cory kissed my cheek!


Shocked, I jerked my head up. “You did not just kiss me,” I said without thinking.


God, I was always saying stuff first before my brain could catch up.

“Sorry,” he said, wincing and turning his head away from me.

I was dying inside. My face felt like I’d put it into a fire pit and I couldn’t say anything to make him feel better. It was like I was made of ice. Great. Just call me the Ice Witch of Brindleton Bay. How the hell was I ever going to start dating if I ran off every guy who thought my face wasn’t too horsy not to kiss?


That night was ruined. We didn’t talk about it later either.


Suddenly, my chest squeezed painfully from Gabby hugging the shit out of me. “Oh my God. Is that Wyatt Roth?”

Nudging my glasses up the bridge of my nose, I said, “Uh…yeah. They’re like best buds or something. How do you not know this?”


Gabby whispered, “Let me take it from here, babe. I do NOT want this fish to get away.”


So much for the hater phase. She was now in Hottie Hooking mode. Wyatt Roth, you were about to get snagged. Boy didn’t have a prayer.

She put on her best cute-girl smile and waved. “Hey, guys!”


They both went into some acapella rap about being our best baby boyfriend or some weirdness. They didn’t sound half bad either.


I snorted, laughing. They looked so funny.


Cory said, “What? No standing ovation? We’ve been practicing for the last five minutes.”

“We want to audition for Teen Idol,” Wyatt added. “This shit doesn’t get any better, ladies.”


“Shit is right,” I said, looking them up and down. Could not let it get to their heads. I liked my sweet Cory the way he was–not full of himself like the rest of the male population.

“If you two held a concert, I’d buy tickets,” Gabby gushed.

I rolled my eyes. She was laying it on thick and Wyatt was happily lapping it up.


Cory pulled me away from them and said, “Want to go skateboarding with me, Lexie?”

My stomach did a strange flip flop. And it got worse when I noticed all the cute little freckles peppering his nose.


This Ice Witch just melted. “Yeah,” I said. “Okay.”


When we got to the park, I hopped on his skateboard and was about to go ride when he wrapped his arms around my waist.

I gave him a look. “What ARE you doing?”

“Uh, um…helping you? Wouldn’t want you to fall or anything.”

Oh my God, could he get ANY cuter????


But still…I had to give him shit about it. “You know this isn’t my first rodeo. I do know how to use a skateboard.”


“Oh…okay…” he said awkwardly, pulling away.


But like the spaz I was, as soon as he let go, I slipped, falling backward. “Oh shiiiiiiiit!”


He caught me mid-flail and our eyes locked.


He pulled me upright and asked, “Are you okay?”

My mind went right into that yoga place of zen. Or maybe it was teen euphoria. Whatever it was, I was trapped in a sea of freckles and brown eyes.


He must have felt it, too, because he closed his eyes and inched toward me.

This was it! A real kiss. Not that off guard, awkward peck he laid on me the other day.


But then when he went for it, our classes clinked.


“Oh, God, I’m sorry,” he said, freaking out. “Did I hurt you? Geeze.”

I shook my head, not believing my luck. Awkward kiss number two. Ship Cexie was destined to stay docked forever at this rate.


But then I thought, “Screw it,” and I went for it anyway, laying one on him like I’d been practicing on my pillow for the past three years.


And you know what I’d decided after my first kiss ever?


I liked it.


I liked it a hella lot.















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15 thoughts on “Chapter 5.5”

  1. HELL YEAH LEXIE, GET YOU SOME. ❤ ❤ I love her already!!! She has such a distinct voice too, it's great.

    Her boyfriend is adorable–and what a contrast from her playboy father at her age! LOL. She's so sweet. So exciting to hit the teen years.

    I see she still hasn't given up hope of a traditional family–poor Lexie. Somehow, I can't imagine August giving up Beau, even for the daughter her loves–and the mother of the daughter he cares about too.

    Can't wait to see more of this gen!

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    1. She is very much different from her father. She is soooo awkward. And although she does have confidence, she’s riddled with insecurity.

      Aww…I’m glad you think she’s sweet. She IS! Almost too naive for her own good, too. She sort of lives in her own world. And yeah…she sees what she wants to when it comes to her family. ❤

      So glad you can't wait to see more. This has been fun to write already!

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  2. Awww yay teen Lexie! She’s so sweet and awkward (well, with guys at least 😉 ) I loved all the scenes between her and Cory. So cute! 😍❤️

    Even though I’m a Brigust shipper, I really don’t know what to make of the family situation right now… I think Lexie is getting her hopes up way too high right now. And I am also certain we haven’t seen the last of Beau, so that will probably make things interesting too 😛

    Awesome start to the teen arc!

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    1. Awww…yes, sweet and awkward. That sums her up. She’s a very awkward person except with her besties. Cory is a cutie–I love them together!

      So you’re not sure about Brigust? (You could be right about Lexie getting her hopes up too high.) And as she said, Beau comes into town — she didn’t say how much. You’ll find out, though.

      Thank you! ❤ Glad you liked this start of her teen years (it'll be fairly short, though…gotta get to the meat of the story.)

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      1. I will say that, since Lexie seems to be making her own conclusions right now about the family situation, it’s making me feel like they haven’t really been effectively communicating to her what the deal is. If so… bad! Did they go to the Rosebrook school of communication? 😛

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  3. Well, we’ll see if what Lexie says is correct. Whatever happened, yes, it’s not ideal for Beaugust. And it wasn’t all Lexie at the time from her words (Beau hated Brindleton Bay)…and you don’t know the real deal…not yet.

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  4. Lexie is absolutely adorable… so in her own head all the time…glasses clinking, practicing on the pillow! Sooo cute.

    Ahhh, but she may have the whole, Mommy-Daddy thing completely wrong. Or at least partially.

    When I look at Brigust there together and the attraction that they both have for each other, I don’t see how something isn’t going to happen. And it will force August to move out because he loves Beau. But in this case, absence doesn’t necessarily make the heart grow fonder. Not when there is an almost perfect someone else sitting right there playing house in all ways but one.

    Something will happen and they are gonna kiss….I can feel it. That may be all they do but it will force August to make a hard decision. And Lexie is a teen so he may well leave.

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    1. I’m glad you think she’s adorable. I love writing her voice. And these two nerds don’t know what they’re doing but they’ll get there somehow.

      Lexie “might” have the Mommy-Daddy thing all wrong. (She’s got things stuck in her head and blinders on for sure.)

      You think Brigust will have a kiss? Hmmm…

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  5. Like so many commenters before me, yeah, I’m not *quite* sure things on the home front are exactly as Lexie sees them, but then, like you said, she kind of lives in her own Lexie world.

    Lexie World is awesome though! I love her already (squee) I want to put her in my pocket and just carry her around.
    I love that she sort of just let’s stuff pop out of her mouth, and Cory is ADORABLE, and I that kiss was the cutest thing ever (I only regret I didn’t have a stuffed animal nearby to squeeze while I went “eee!”)

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  6. Weeee! Off we go to the teen years!! I totally love Lexie and her personality! Yeah, I totally ship her and Cory together! Cexie sounds cool for a ship name. Those scenes of them together are so adorable!

    I can sense she still wants a traditional family. Her hopes are a bit too high and I know August won’t give up Beau.!We haven’t seen the last of Beau. He’s bound to return some day!

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    1. Thank you! I ship Cexie, too, along with that teacher.

      Lexie will always wish for her mom and Dad together..but hopefully she’ll come to terms of maybe a different arrangement.


  7. Lexie is such a cutie, I like her a lot already. The secret her parents are keeping, what could it be? hmmm 🙂
    LOL at that first kiss! So weird and romantic and funny.

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    1. Oh…I’m so glad you like her! ❤️ That helps make me want to keep writing!

      You will find out aboit the secret soon!


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