Chapter 5.20

Lexie

I had to have a major talk with Jenny after the Sisterhood basically went into meltdown mode with her. Luckily, Dom had a heart and rescued her from Elara’s clutches. But according to Jenny, Dom had put Elara up to it. An unlikely scenario since Dom hated Elara’s evil guts. But still. Jenny must have really insulted them for everyone to be on Elara’s side.

I called a meeting and soothed over all hurt feelings. Honestly, I was surprised Jenny didn’t bolt. But I guessed she was still happy with our arrangement (she only had about two weeks left until she was going to move into her penthouse all the way on the other side of San Myshuno. This made me crazy and sad all at the same time! I was soooo going to miss her!)

I got up early to go into work. God, I loved my job.

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The atmosphere encouraged creativity and I really liked my co-workers.

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“Hey, Noah,” I said to the guy next to me. He was my best friend at work. I could always count on him to have my back.

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“Hi, Lexie. Ready for the big meeting today?”

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“I think so. Just a few more animations left to go over.”

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But when I opened the file I’d been working on, I noticed none of my latest work had been saved. “What the hell?”

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“Noah, did I happen to send you the animations I was working on yesterday? My file didn’t save for some reason.”

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Oh shit. My boss was coming over no doubt to check up on me.

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“Sorry, Lexie, you usually don’t until you finish.”

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Unbe-FREAKING-lievable! I was sunk.

My boss, although amazingly talented, could be as nice as Mary Poppins or as mean as Cruella DeVil. And if I didn’t have my shit together, Cruella would show her very beautiful but very terrifying face.

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“So, Lexie, let’s see what you have so far. I’m hoping to knock my boss’ ass off with this.”

My stomach gripped tight.

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I clicked on something older from last week which was dreadfully undeveloped.

“Is this all you have?”

“Uh…” my mouth froze. I hated confrontation–especially with uppermanagement.

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“How am I supposed to present this? What the hell have you been working on all week?”

“I-I’m sorry…I guess it didn’t save?”

“You better have something else to show by our 1 o’clock or a head will roll and it won’t be mine.”

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She pushed away from my desk as my face lit up on fire. I tried to hold back tears and went straight to work. It shouldn’t be as hard to fix since I already knew how to approach the motions, but with all animation, things took time.

Before I could get into a groove of manipulating models, Silas Moon, the one person from Brindleton Bay who worked here, came over. He’d just gotten a job with Chicken Tooth Animation only a few months ago. We were childhood friends since my parents were friends with his. He was like a brother to me. Too bad from the minute he’d walked into the office, he’d flirted with me constantly. I’d tried to tell him in every way possible that I saw him as a friend only, but he seriously thought I should grovel at his feet. He’d been popular in high school and I was…well…not. And since we were now adults, he felt I was worthy of his manly presence.

Huge eyeroll.

“I see you’re in deep shit with the boss,” he said, sitting on my desk. “Want to shoot me part of your work and I’ll help you?”

That wasn’t a bad idea.

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“Um…uh…sure, Silas. That would be great. Thanks!” Maybe I’d been too harsh on the guy.

He leaned in and said, “And then you’ll need to take me out tonight.”

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I took that back. “Is this…extortion?” I didn’t look up from the screen.

“Call it one coworker helping out another. Seriously, Lexie, taking me out to dinner for saving your ass is not too much to ask.”

He wouldn’t leave me alone and I hated it. “No. That’s okay. I’ll die at that meeting first.” His middle name must have been pig. Or asshole. Or both.

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Rubbing my arm, he said, “Aw…don’t be like that. We’ve been friends for so long. And we’re both single, so it makes sense we should at least go out once. What would it hurt?”

My skin felt as if someone was grating it like cheese.

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What I should have done was told him how far to stick it up his ass, but instead I said, “I’m not single.”

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“What do you mean? You’ve got a boyfriend? This is news!”

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When I didn’t say anything, he said, “Really, Lexie, why play hardball? I want to do you a favor, and in return, I promise to show you a good time. I know you’re not dating anyone. Why do you have to lie like that? It hurts.”

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Looking straight at him, I blurted, “Fine. You don’t know about him because we’ve had to keep it a secret. He’s…f-famous. Okay?”

Smirking, he asked, “Who is it?”

“James Sanderson, if you must know.”

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Eyes widening, he said, “Of the Heartthrobs? You’ve got to be kidding me. Come on, Lexie, you can do better than that.”

“It’s true!” I screeched, sounding like the liar I was.

He looked as if he was rolling this unlikely fact in his mind. Then he said, arching an eyebrow, “Okay…how about this–I’ll help you with your animations and you and your famous boyfriend meet up with me tonight. Anywhere you like. If what you say is true, we’re cool. I won’t bug you anymore. But if not…you have to take me out. Deal?”

“Silas…” I stared into his blue eyes. He wasn’t going to give up. I knew it. It almost felt like Jenny wanting me to date her brother only she was terribly sweet about it. He was…just a  dick. “Fine. We’ll meet at Heroes Nightclub. At 7. Don’t be late.”

He lifted the side of his mouth. “Oh…I won’t. Send me your stuff. I’ll get right to work.”

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He sauntered over to his desk as I face palmed.

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“What the fuck have I done?”

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35 thoughts on “Chapter 5.20”

  1. Ohh hmm, I wonder if Silas was responsible for Lexie’s missing work or if she really didn’t save… 🤔 Either way, he seems pretty sleazy. Hopefully Lexie’s quick thinking saves her from his advances in the future…!

    If she can get James to go out with her, of course. (LOL, like that’ll be hard. Jenny would be delighted to help her roomie out. 😉 )

    Eeee, can’t wait to see their “date”! James is going to be so excited, rofl.

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    1. Silas is pretty sleazy. I wouldn’t put it past him. Especially since he pounced at the right time.

      James IS going to be sooo excited, but it might not turn out the way he’d hoped. 😈

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  2. Man Lexie, I feel you whenever I save my poses without setting locrot first (they’ll snap back to the last thing you locrot’d to).

    Will James regret not being able to wear the sexy club ensemble he picked out for Jenny? He must have a few now. 😛

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  3. Ha! Jenny is going to be thrilled with this development 😂 Poor Lexie…

    I wanna smack Silas. What a total sleazeball! Could he have sabotaged her work on purpose to use it as an excuse to ask her out? 🤔 Hmmm…

    I don’t blame Lexie for lying to him (and I know she was super desperate given the awful situation with her work) but… what a freaking mess this is gonna be (and I love it 😈)

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    1. Jenny will be so happy, but will it turn out as she wants?

      Silas. Mr. Douche. He might have sabatoged for this opportunity.

      And lots can happen from this! Hee!

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  4. Oh man, yeah, I’ll echo those who came before me and say that it definitely seems like Silas could have sabotaged Lexie on purpose!
    Or maybe not.
    Either way YASQUEEN.

    I’m thinking Jenny WILL be pretty stoked by this development (eee); THIS IS UR CHANCE JAMES DON’T FUCK IT UP OK

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    1. Uh huh…you could be right about creepy Silas.

      Jenny will be happy! But…we’ll, let’s just say things are t going to go that smoothly like James would hope.

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  5. Dark WitcHazard: Come on Lexie just stone Wall this dude with a threat of going to HR then be on your merry way! Although this does give James the upperhand in his plan, but I’m sure he’ll choke!

    Lover WitcHazard: Creep Alert! 🚨

    Shipper WitcHazard: No offense Lexie but wouldn’t it have been easier to say you have a girlfriend and asks Jenny to help you won’t be situation!

    Anti Shipper Sign: This will not end well!

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    1. Dark: That would be an idea but he IS a friend of the family’s (and she has Jenny up her sleeve.)

      Lover: YUP!

      Shipper: That WOULD have been easier (and might be her plan all along..shhhhh…)

      Anti: Ya think?

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  6. The incest baby turned out pretty handsome and very goal oriented. 😀 I was excited for some nice rivaling between Silas and James, but I guess that’s out of question with how Silas is written. Oh well. She will eventually hate both of them equally anyway, when the Jenny act is over. Can’t wait to see how the dinner goes.

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    1. Incest baby looks EXACTLY like Tony with red hair. Too bad he’s a douche. Sorry. 😉

      There’s always hope with a redemption arc? Maybe? lol…

      And sure…could be that she’ll hate them both equally. We shall see…

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      1. I would say more Ethan than Tony. 😉 Redemption arc you say? Not every character needs to be redeemed. I’m fine with whatever you come up. 🙂

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      2. He’s an exact replica of Ethan but a bit bigger like Tony used to be. And Ethan looks quite a bit like Tony. More so than Chris, imo….ita…not every character should be redeemed.

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  7. Well isn’t he a bit like his father times 10? I think I like Ethan more than I like his son. lol

    Oh, this “date” is going to be fun. Pretend to be James’s girlfriend then fall for him after the required kiss to prove they are dating. lol I see a Hallmark movie playing out here.

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  8. What a mess BAHAHAH
    I am under the impression that this meeting will result in Lexie having both guys following her around like lovesick puppies afterwards…Silas won’t buy up her story and James/Jenny will push for more ~dates~…LOL

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  9. Jenny’s gonna be over the moon! I wondered what might happen to hook them up! And I think Brooke might want to get a little of the Heartthrob action herself.

    I just figured out that Silas is the incest baby from reading the comments…. Oh man. Yes, he looks like Tony/Ethan but with red hair….\

    Can’t wait for the date. 🙂

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    1. Ita, he does look a lot like Tony/Ethan…well, that’s to be expected since Tony was the parents’ father.

      Jenny will be happy…we shall see if it’ll be what she wanted.

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      1. I can see Lexie begging Jenny to come with and she will be running I. And out of the bathroom changing clothes….😂😂😂

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  10. Eeeehehehehe, James will be over the moon hearing that… He will of course seize the opportunity, and probably be recognized and chased away by a screaming crowd of fangirls and they will end up in a public closet together, or something similar, um, endearing. And have a ton of time to talk and confess

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