Chapter 5.23

James

Why did I have to show off to that moron, Silvan, and allow Lexie to meet Charlie? I wanted to upchuck the contents of my dinner just thinking about Lexie getting her Chucker fantasy. The moment Charlie swept her off her feet (and out of the bathroom) sealed my fate in the friendzone.

After we’d finished dressing for bed, Lex cornered me in the bathroom and gushed, “Jenny…I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you. I mean. GOD! THE Charlie Tsui is texting me! I can’t believe I’m living out one of the Heartthrob’s songs: Smush Me, Baby.”

Man, I knew our cheesy ass lines would come back to haunt me.

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“Yeah, well…I’m happy for you, dollface.” My voice didn’t sound sincere. Hell, I was in a war with Charlie Tsui for this girl and it was like he was armed with nukes and I only carried rocks. It wasn’t freaking fair.

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Her eyebrows rose in pity. “Oh…I’m sorry about your brother. And honestly, I was actually thinking about caving…”

This shocked me. “You were?”

“Yeah, but…now Charlie is actually going to ask me out. How would that be fair to James?”

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“He wouldn’t care. If you would just give him a chance. He’s a lonely guy.”

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She rubbed my arms and lifted the side of her mouth. “I’m sure there are a bazillion girls that would salivate at the chance to date him if he’s even a tiny bit like you. Now come on, babe. Could you play with my hair tonight and style it a bit more like me, but…what did you call it? Sophisticated? I want to use a new style for my date with Charlie. Well…when he asks me.”

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I shrugged and sighed, following her to my vanity table.

Sifting my fingers through her hair, I gazed at her gorgeous green eyes. If only I’d told her who I was when we’d first met…maybe things would have been different?

“What’s wrong, Jenny?” she asked. “It’s a wreck, isn’t it? I’ve never been able to do much with it. That’s why I pull it up most of the time.”

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“No…it’s…um…manageable. I’ll just lift some of it up and see how that looks.”

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Twisting it into a tight knot in the back, I brushed her hair until all the tangles came out. “There, sweetheart. How’s that?”

She threaded her fingers through some strands and said, “Wow. You’re a genius. I love it.”

“You do?”

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“I really do. I love you, babe.” Lifting her cheek to mine, she gave me a kiss.

She started calling me “babe” on our date tonight and she hadn’t stopped since. It was all I could do not to tell her who I really was, pull her close to me and give her a real kiss. But I knew that wouldn’t end well.

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Guilt crashed down on me until panic beat on my chest. I had to tell her. I couldn’t keep doing this one more night. How could I explain it to her?

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I couldn’t.

I was hosed.

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*****

Man…why did I open my big mouth? When I first started rooming with Lexie, I’d offered my whole closet to her, but it didn’t matter because she wouldn’t touch any of of my stuff. Said it wasn’t her style. Fast forward to her date with Charlie and now she wouldn’t wear anything else.

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I didn’t realize the cut of some of my dresses were…

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…revealing as holy hell.

They sure didn’t look like that on me. I guess it helped to have a real rack.

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I kept thinking about how Charlie was going to get to be with her tonight. In a sexy dress with her sparkling green eyes mesmerising his.

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“So, you’re not going to leave me alone, okay?” Lexie asked, breaking me out of my thoughts.

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I sat on the bed and she followed. “You think I want to leave you alone with Chucker the…”

“Hey! No insults!” she cut me off. “I thought you’d at least be happy for me.”

“I am, sweetness. I just don’t trust him. He’s a man. They’re animals. All of them.” I should know.

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Her eyes grew. “Is he…like a manwhore or something?”

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“No…” Damn. Why couldn’t I lie? I’d been doing such a great job at it up to this point. One more lie wouldn’t make a difference.

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“Then what’s all the ‘he’s-a-freaking-animal’ bit? It’s not like we’re going to sleep together the first night.”

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“What about the second?”

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“Jenny…come on. If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re acting like…”

“Like what?”

“Like my overprotective dad. Seriously, I can take care of myself. I just need you to be my wingman. Okay? I know I’ll get nervous when I first see him and I really can’t take being alone with him. Not until I’ve gotten to know him better. Is that okay with you? You won’t want to be alone with your date that much, right?”

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Damn straight. My date was my best friend, pop star, Colin Atwood-Baek. (Although his pop star name was simply CAB). He was even more famous than I was…well, I always joked that I had more merch, but he had the fanbase of a few more years. He was discovered on WooTube when he was seventeen, taken on by one of the famous rappers, Gold Tooth, and then he sold out at one of the biggest venues in San Myshuno the following year. They say his star was waning as he’s almost 23 now, but he still had tons of fans. And they weren’t as creepy as mine since many of them were in their twenties.

One thing his fandom didn’t know was the guy was gay. He wouldn’t mind pretending to be my date. And since we were friends, he’d have my back with the whole Jenny act.

I wasn’t looking forward to it, though. But I’d do exactly as Lexie asked. I’d be on her like our bosoms were glued together. She could count on it.

*****

Charlie

Believe it or not, I was nervous for this date. Lexie was very charming in our texts, but in person, she was a bit of a nervous nutcase. I’d hoped she could get control and be herself around me. Otherwise, our relationship was going to end tonight.

She’d asked that we meet up at her house and insisted on a group date. I actually was going to suggest this as it’d take the pressure off both of us. But since my bros were also Heartthrobs (plus a hugely famous pop star, CAB), we’d draw a crowd in seconds anywhere we went. I had to rent out a roller skating rink and wanted to surprise her. She’d told me she was very clumsy, and I thought it might be romantic catching her and holding her stable as we skated around.

When we arrived, James ushered us in. I tried to say hello when Lexie squeaked, “Oh. My. God. I’m gonna puke.”

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James laughed and said in his ridiculous falsetto, “No you’re not, honey, just take a deep breath. Remember how we practiced?”

He was such an obviously manly girl, in my opinion. I didn’t understand how she couldn’t see through his mirage. And I felt put out by having to go along with his charade. What if she blamed me for knowing about it, too?

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Then some deranged looking girl said with a creepy look in her eye, “It is the Ides of March! Gather thy blades!”

What the hell?

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“Oh my god, oh-my-god…I can’t…I just…” Lexie looked as if she was going to hyperventilate.

Damn. She was losing it. I’d seen Chuckers cry, send me tearstained letters, but I never had one who had a “fear-of-Charlie” whenever I approached. It was so strange.

And disappointing.

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“The Ides of March!” Nathan hollered behind me. “From Game of Bones! I love that series!”

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“You do?” the deranged girl squealed. Well, at least someone made a match.

James looked thrilled that his girl was afraid of me.

“H-He’s right in front of me…Charlie Tsui…” Lexie went on.

Giggling, James said, “Yes, honey. And that terrifies you, doesn’t it? Well, we tried.”

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Glancing at his smug face lit a fire in my gut. I wasn’t about to give up.

“Hey, whoa, Lexie…it’s okay. Can we just sit down for a second? We don’t even have to leave if you don’t want to.”

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With a fearful nod, she took ten deep breaths and seemed to calm down.

And the look on James’ face put a grin on mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Chapter 5.23”

  1. Aww, poor James, having to help the girl he likes get with another guy. I was surprised he didn’t sabotage her by trying to give her a really ugly “avant-garde” hairstyle or something. He really should’ve told her the truth from the start–then again, they never would’ve gotten this close (and I wouldn’t have laughed so hard at his shenanigans).

    Charlie is so cute though, and I love how big of a Chucker Lexie is. ❤ And I can relate to being composed in text and a nervous wreck in person, LOL. It's so much easier to write and hide behind a screen…!

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    1. That would have been a good idea, but Lexie wouldn’t have approved it. She asked for something that was more her style as opposed to what he’d done before. Avante guard wouldn’t have flown. 😉

      And yeah…this whole mess could have been avoided IF he would have fessed up. But would Lexie have gone out with him? Highly doubtful. As it is, Lexie is contemplating, although she has Charlie now.

      Charlie is ADORBS! He looks great next chapter, too. ❤ LOL! I'm the same way. I'd rather chat in text than RL.

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  2. Poor James. I can see why Charlie would be ready to move on. Lol. She’s a nutcase around him. Now James is going to lose out. And so is Charlie. I really thought for a second he was going to tell her though. I suppose we will se more of this non-date date tomorrow and Charlie will have his hands all over her.

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    1. You think Charlie will lose out? Why?

      If he would have told her, a scene would have been caused and there’s no way his date would have happened. She’d be crying and if she did go out with Charlie, her thoughts would have been on James. It’s best to leave things alone until James implodes on himself. Then Charlie will be right there with open arms, already having a relationship established.

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      1. This is so true. If she could she would run away from James and right to Charlie. Hmmm….this is going to be interesting. I’m starting to feel bad for James even though the whole thing was a ridiculous idea.

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  3. Wow, what a train wreck 😂 I’m pumped to see how the rest of this date will go. Poor Charlie… it must be horrifically uncomfortable having a girl fangirling over you. Especially one you like and wanna get to know!

    Here’s hoping Lexie can chill out a little and enjoy the rest of the date! That would serve James right 😈 (sorry, still mad for all the lies! And missed opportunities to tell the truth…)

    Also LMAO I love that Elara seems to be joining Brooke on this outing 😂

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    1. Yeah…she’s got to get over the fangirl stuff and see Charlie as a real human being and potential boyfriend!

      Poor James. No love? He did get himself into this predicament, but it wasn’t mean spirited.

      Elara….she’s the best. And it seems she has a connection with Nathan! ❤

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  4. Silky nighty? Well…this IS fiction…

    Glad you approve of Colin’s look. His interactions with James/Jenny is funny…next chapter! And you made his name challenging on purpose??? You’re lucky I didn’t change it (but I made it work. 😉 )

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  5. OMG, I felt so sorry for James here! I mean, yeah, he’s tricking Lexie. Yeah, he’s a dirty rotten little liar (kekekekeke)… but he clearly does have some scruples, and he’s dug himself a pretty little hole to mope in.

    Oh boy Lexie, get your shit together girl! You can’t be terrified of your prospective boyfriend!

    This is such a wonderful mess. Man, I feel so bad for James. /wails

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    1. Aww…he is in a rotten pickle right now. But he has himself to blame! 😉

      And Lex better calm down or her dream guy will sail right out of her life!

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  6. Wow. This is really something for James, helping Lexie get ready for a date with Charlie. Guilt is crashing on him and he has the gut to tell her the truth, huh? Better do it soon or trouble will prevail. She should really calm down because Charlie is definitely one of her potential loves and I know she doesn’t want to ruin it.

    My senses tell me this date is going to be interesting, especially if Lexie is going to puke or pass out when Charlie kisses her.

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  7. If Heartthrob was real, I’d probably be into Charlie the most as well… But hopefully not puke so much :# Any excuse to see more of him is greatly welcomed. He’s so sweet as well ❤
    Ha! Nathan and Brooke have already found each other. Bet they won't need so much more company that evening, no doubt Nathan will enjoy being a nerd with someone for once. He probably doesn't get that chance so often with his fellow band members, they seem to be so different from one another.

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    1. You’re so right! All the band members ARE different from each other. We don’t know Kaluah and Maddox that well yet, but we will fairly soon.

      Nathan and Brooke crack me up. You’ll see! LOL!

      And Charlie IS a sweetie! ❤

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