Chapter 5.22

Lexie

“This is going to be so much fun, James,” I said, emphasizing “James” so Silas would get the hint that this-dude-is-really-a-dude-so-stop-messing-with me. I didn’t know how I was going to pay back Jenny for allowing me to meet Charlie, but at this point, I was just soaking in the good luck rays.

Jenny whispered to me on the way over that she’d texted her brother to ditch. He was already out, so no worries. I felt kind of bad that I couldn’t meet him. Believe it or not, by now, I was a little curious. How was he next to Jenny–especially as himself? Ha! He had to have been a little cool to be good with what we were doing tonight. I had to give him props for that. Maybe Jenny could talk me into a date.

Oh what was I saying? No way in hell!

“Now let me lead once we get in there,” Jenny said. “The guys can get a little…skittish…with new people.”

I grinned. I couldn’t see Charlie as skittish. “Don’t worry, babe. We’ll hold back until you tell us.” I liked being able to call Jenny “babe”. It seemed to fit her.

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My insides felt like I’d been riding on a lazy carousel. That was until we walked into the room.

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I saw all of the Heartthrobs playing video games in this palatial area and…Charlie!

GULP!

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It was as if the carousel had turned into a spindle top going out of control. My stomach flipped.

“Guys…I think I’m going to be sick.”

“Hey!” Silas said. “That dude really is James Sanderson. What the fuck?”

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“No…don’t mind me. I’m just going to puke right here,” I said, holding my stomach as it turned itself inside out. The Heartthrobs were walking over to us!

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“So, guys, this is my girlfriend, Lexie Day, and these are her…um…friends. Silvan and…”

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*****

Charlie

Girlfriend?

James had never had a date let alone girlfriend the whole time I’d known him.

And she was the girl who’d freaked out at our last concert.

“Hello, again,” I said. “It’s nice to meet you, Lexie.”

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“Your idol just said hi to you, Lex,” one dude whispered in her ear. “Say hello.”

Her eyes popped and her mouth moved but nothing came out.

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Finally, she squeaked, “I…gotta pee.” Then she bolted.

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James wrapped his arm around me. “She’s kind of a Chucker.”

I was pissed. We’d talked about that girl and he called her anyway. Selfish bastard. Why was I surprised? James always thought of himself first, but this was pretty low, even for him.

“Of course she is,” Maddox complained, raising both hands and kissing the air. “Would it hurt if someone could be a Madd Hatter for once?”

“Dude, you’re just not that special,” Kaluha joked.

Nathan struck a pose. “No, guys, she’s crazy for the big N!”

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Not in the mood for their peacocking, I pulled James into the kitchen to talk.

“What’s up, Charlie?” James asked once we were alone.

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“You know what’s up. I thought we had an agreement.”

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He laughed like that would make things better. “It just happened, dude. I didn’t mean for her to fall for me.”

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“So…you just bumped into her, hearts flew, and she became your girlfriend?”

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He gestured for me to sit down. I had to at least hear his excuses.

When Lexie’s friend had given us her phone number, we’d agreed not to call her since we both were attracted. It was James’ idea. He thought dating a fan wouldn’t work out and besides, we didn’t want to compete. So, I threw the number away. He obviously lied and called her anyway.

“It was purely coincidental,” he explained. “She happens to be the girl who is my roommate for the summer. I didn’t plan it.”

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“So…a Throbber is your roommate? And you didn’t plan it? What kind of stupid asshole do you take me for?”

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He giggled nervously. “Look…remember the WooTube act I put on as my ‘sister’ Jenny? I wanted a break from all the fans and shit, so I dressed as her and became this girls’ roommate not knowing it was…her. Seriously, bro. You’ve got to believe me.”

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“So…she’s cool with you acting as Jenny and rooming with her when you’re a dude?”

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“Um…she kind of doesn’t know.”

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I shook my head. “What?”

He then told me a hard to believe story about how he’s bff’s with her as Jenny and in order to do her a favor, he’s “pretending” to be himself as her boyfriend for the evening. It was so bizarre it had to be true.

I thought this through. “Then you wouldn’t mind if I called her since you’re not technically dating her.”

Suddenly, a crash erupted from the bathroom.

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James went for the bathroom door, but I figured Lexie must have tried to break out the only way in that room–through the window.

“Going somewhere?” I asked, trying to hide a smile. She was so busted it was cute.

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‘I…uh…it…um…” she gulped. “I’m sorry about the window. Are you going to call the cops?”

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“Not if you give me your phone number.”

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32 thoughts on “Chapter 5.22”

  1. Ha! Omg that ending had me giggling. Poor, sweet, clumsy Lexie 😂

    The love triangle truly begins now! I didn’t realize the guys didn’t know he was pulling that whole Jenny-as-roommate act… maybe they can try and talk him out of it? (Not that he’s listen to Charlie, at this point. He’d just chalk it up to jealousy!)

    I’m so excited to get to see Lexie and Charlie interact at last! This should be both messy and fun 😈 Can’t wait!

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  2. Shipper WitcHazard: The war is on! Heheh I’m so excited!

    Dark WitcHazard: Wow I’m shock he’s comfortable with tell Charlie that he’s been living with a woman pretending to be a sister he doesn’t have! I guess getting him thrown in jail for identity fraud is out since if he goes so does the band! Also bad move on James part what’s to keep Charlie from blackmailing him to cease advances on Lexie!

    Lovet WitcHazard: Smooth Lexie real smooth!

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    1. Dark: Hmm…I think Charlie and James are friends, so he’s not going to call the cops on him. Blackmailing isn’t Charlie’s style, it’s James’ so he’s safe from that, at least.

      Lover: Lexie is her same, clumsy self! Ha!

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  3. And just when she was warming up to maybe having a date with James, Charlie goes for it. Lexie is so adorable. I think she just ran into the glass maybe? And accidentally broke it by walking right through it trying to go another route.

    And she is right Charlie is CUTE! ❤️❤️ He looked hot in this chapter! Yep, he’s gonna get him some Lexie if she can handle being in the same room with him!

    So James hadn’t told the guys anything before they got there. Dangerous.

    Can’t wait for Monday.

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    1. James didn’t tell the guys for fear that they’d somehow ruin things for him. And he was going as himself, so what could go wrong?

      Lexie WAS warming up to at least meeting James. And he got points for being okay with Jenny as James (so why not? But no…she’s too shy! And she loves Charlie!) The problem she has with Charlie is she bolts whenever she sees him. That’s got to somehow change. Heh.

      Charlie is dreamy in game. I understand Lex’s fascination. Ha!

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  4. OMG.
    I’m all a flutter… will I even survive this gen?

    CHARLIE, why did you have to be so awesome… you’re just complicating my feels!
    Gah, I know it’s STILL early days etc, but with his awesomeness (so far) and Lexie’s massive crush, how does James even stand a chance (especially since he been lyin’ to her for so long!)

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      1. Daw…crossdressing uncle. 😉 He would be FABULOUS as that!

        (Ugly crying…I’m crying for him already cuz when the jig is up, I believe both will be crying.)

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  5. Smooth, Charlie! Not so smooth: Lexie. I love her anxious fangirl self so much. ❤ ❤

    And hmm, was it a coincidence, James? 🤔 A likely story.

    Charlie is so cute!! I think I’m already turning into a Chucker myself. But wow, poor Lexie, stuck in the middle of those two boys. (I guess that’s a problem a lot of fans would like to have? Well, if she was a James fan too, LOL.)

    Good luck, darlin’. ❤

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    1. Lexie is in a conundrum. Fangirls would swoon at the chance, but Lex isn’t a typical fangirl. Little does she know she’s stuck in the middle of this war. She thinks she might have one…and it’s the one she’s always dreamed about.

      James raises his hand and says, “HONEST! I didn’t plan any of it!” (Like we’d believe him.)

      I love playing with Charlie in game. LOL! You’re a Chucker, too? Lol…join the growing membership!

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  6. *gasp*
    CHARLie you best scrub your teeth with your tide pods right this moment because mama ain’t having no potty mouth, even if you’re upsetti spaghetti!!11

    I had the vibe that James wasn’t as close with his bandmates, but it’s nice to know that I was wrong! Them being all close enough to be aware he openly cross dresses as ‘Jenny’ is heartwarming, really. LOL
    I wonder how Lexie will take this opportunity. All I can see for her future PoV chapter is her just screaming internally LOLOL

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    1. Hee hee! He’s been hanging around the gang for way too long (and James who has an even worse mouth than Charlie baby).

      James had to divulge his Jenny “act” or they’d have outed him when interviewed about her. “Jenny? James doesn’t have a sister. Just a brother who isn’t very close to him at all.” So, yeah. He was forced.

      Screaming internally? What about screaming outright? lol!

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  7. Baaaaaahahahaha! Both of them want her but James doesn’t have an excuse and probably thinks he must buy Charlie’s silence with telling him he can call Lexie. Her crush on him will not make things easier to believe for Silas, though. She’s James’ girlfriend but has never actually met the other band members? Okay, maybe. But how should she explain her immediate reaction? xD Oooh this is gonna be good!

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