Chapter 5.28


It was the night of our date. THE date with James. For some reason I had knots on top of knots forming in my stomach. I had no clue why I was so nervous. He wasn’t going to be the man of my dreams like everyone on the stinking planet seemed to think. And poor Charlie. I died ten thousand deaths when I had to tell him about my date. But he took it so well, my heart melted. I was determined this would be the last of Jenny pleading with me to go out with her brother and the Sisterhood would be proven wrong, too.

Then Charlie and I could sail off into a Heartthrob sunset.

Domina gave me some last minute advice. “Make sure to take mace with you because I’ve heard his fans will hunt down any girl he’s with.”

Rolling my eyes and laughing, I said, “Gee, thanks, Dom. Way to make me feel gushy about this date.”

“Always happy to help.”


“I hope you have fun tonight, Lex,” Kate said. “You deserve to be happy.”


“Hey, thanks. But guys, this is just one date. It’s not going anywhere. I like Charlie, remember?”


Reese and Copper started giggling with each other.

“Do you think we should name our first child after James, babe?” Reese asked Copper.

“I do! James if its a boy and James Ann is it’s a girl.”



I shook my head. Flamers.



Normally, dating a girl was no big deal. Before the Heartthrobs, I had a few girlfriends. Well, more than a few. But fast forward to superstardom and my only choices were to date bubbleheaded golddiggers, conceited narcissistic actresses, or crazy groupies. In order to deal, I gave up the scene and hid. Meeting Lexie changed my world.

When she answered the door, I lost my breath. “Hi,” I said, clumsily, getting caught in her eyes. She was absolutely stunning. And tonight, I could finally be myself.


“Hello, um…so, you’re James?” she asked with a twinkle in her eye.

I nodded, so shell shocked I couldn’t find my words.

She waved. “I’m Lexie.” Her cheeks turned a nice shade of pink that rippled down her neck. I felt a twinge of awkwardness.

Glancing at the china rose I’d bought at Tiffany’s on the way over, she asked, “Oh, is that a flower?”


I raised it and said, “Um, yeah…it’s for you. I thought you might want something that didn’t die in a few days.”


“That’s…different. But nice! Thank you.”


She stood there, her plump and perfect lips twisting in that coy way I’d grown to love.

Blinking, she asked, “Um…are you…going to give it to me? Or do you want to keep it as a pretty accessory? The red does enhance the blue of your eyes.”


“Oh…shit…um…sorry.” I pushed the rose into her hands, my face burning. Damn, I was out of practice.



James seemed so nervous, he made me nervous. It was totally weird. Like I was on a date with Jenny only cut the hair, get rid of the gobs of makeup, and deepen the voice. But Jenny was always so relaxed around me. And fun. James was way more distant. Sort of how you’d think a superstar might act. It wasn’t as if he was snobby, but…he didn’t talk much. I must have started a conversation five times, and he’d just stare and give me short answers. Sooo wasn’t looking forward to him meeting my family. My father was going to eat this poor guy alive. And Uncle Beau? Oh my god…it was going to be a cringefest. My cheeks were red just thinking about it.

Because James would get mobbed if we went out normally, he’d rented out Rainbow Park. Had no clue anyone COULD rent out a park, but there you go. I guessed if you were James Sanderson, it was possible.


“S-So, do you want some coffee?” he asked as we wandered around and found what usually was the coffeehouse but it was like a ghosttown with no employees.

“Yeah, I guess. Do you know how to use an espresso machine?”

He shook his head. “My assistants usually get coffee for me.”


“Yeah. Kind of figured that.” I chewed on my thumb, trying to think back to my college days when I learned how to become a barista for a day at Geek Con. It was years ago, so I had to rinse off the cobwebs in order to remember. “I could take a stab at it, I guess. I’m dying to eat one of those pastries with some coffee. Just don’t tell my grandfather because he wants me to try his barbecue tofu.”


“Barbecue tofu? You mean, we’re not eating chicken or steak?”

“Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this. You’re vegan.”


“Uh…I don’t remember ever being vegan,” he said, brushing his hands over his face.

“Well, you are. Hope you don’t mind.”

“No…not a strange order at all…I guess I’m vegan then.”

I laughed. He had a subtle sense of humor. I liked it.




I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. For some reason my mouth wouldn’t work like it was supposed to. All I wanted to do was stare at how beautiful Lexie was tonight. She went out of her way to dress just for me. It was so cute. I knew she hated wearing a lot of make up and styling her hair like that bothered her because strands of hair would get stuck to her lip gloss.

I laughed.


She gave me a sidelong glance. “What’s so funny?”

I couldn’t tell her I could see some of those strands caught on her lips right now. “Nothing.”

“Come on…out with it. You’re just like your sister. She’d always laugh at me, too. What’s up? Do I have a panty line showing? Spinach on my teeth? Toilet paper hanging out of my pants?”


I came over and pulled the strands from her lips, tucking her hair behind an ear. “There. Is that better?” I asked.

“God, thank you. I was too embarrassed to touch my face while I was making this stuff. I hate long hair. I think I’m going to cut it all off.”

I shrugged. “You’d look good in any hair style. You should wear it how you like.”

Handing me a cup, she grinned. “That’s not what Jenny says. She told me your dates are ‘sophisticated’.” She put a hand up in air quotes.

I sat down. I hated when she’d reference “my sister”. It underscored how fucked up this all was and how I’d dug my grave with her. I could only pray she’d take the truth well. I planned on telling her at the end of the night or when the time was right. Whichever came first.

“Maybe you shouldn’t listen to Jenny and do what you want,” I said.

She wobbled her head in amazement. “Wow. You’re nothing like I thought you’d be.”


I sipped on the delicious nutty coffee then asked, “How’d you think I’d be?”


“To be honest, I thought you were going to be some stuck up diva with a stick up his ass. No offense.”


“And you don’t think that now?”


Shrugging, she threw on a teasing grin. “The jury’s still out on that one, but it’s looking good you’re just a normal guy.”

“Normal?” I sipped my coffee then said, “I’m anything but.”

She laughed at my joke.









Next chapter Wednesday, August 1st

(Sorry for the delay…the next chapter is a bit long and I didn’t have time to finish.) 

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30 thoughts on “Chapter 5.28”

  1. “James if it’s a boy and James Ann is it’s a girl.” LOL! I love the Sisterhood. ❤

    Tongue-tied, shy James was adorable, OMG. Awww, he's so into her. And I loved Lexie's comparison to Jenny…oh, honey. ROFL.

    Rainbow Park was so pretty! Poor vegan James though…ahh, love is sacrifice.

    "She laughed at my joke." IS IT a joke when you string a poor girl along for weeks and live with her as another person? Aaaaa. He should've come clean already! I have such a bad feeling about this…

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    1. LOL! I love writing the Sisterhood. Many more laughs in store with them. 😉

      Shy James…would have ever thunk it after Jenny? But he’s smitten and doesn’t want to screw things up at this point. Gotta savor what he can because he’s not sure how Lexie will take the truth, but knowing Lexie (and he does well), it won’t be good. Eeek!

      I loved Rainbow Park. Too bad it was raining and ruined the picnic James had planned. 😥 I don’t know how to cheat the system. I tried but it didn’t work and stormed instead. UGH! I did get some cute shots in the rain with them, but that will be next chapter.

      Joke? Yeah…I think the irony in that statement rings louder than the thunder on that night. 😉 James didn’t want to come clean in the beginning of the date because he was so worried about her reaction. He wanted to see if they would have fun together as just James and Lexie without the knowledge of Jenny…um…wonder how that will work out for him. :#

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  2. “I hated when she’d reference “my sister”. It underscored how fucked up this all was and how I’d dug my grave with her.” You said it, dude 😬

    It was very sweet to see how nervous/awkward James was on their date. It’s obvious he really care about her a lot… but on the flip side, it’s so uncomfortable to see poor Lexie having absolutely no clue what’s up. Gahhhh, the lies!

    This is going to end so horrifically. I am still hiding behind my fingers 😂

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    1. Fucked up indeed. Poor James. I’m even hiding behind my fingers. LOL!

      Aww…James just cares so much for Lexie, I think his shyness surprised himself. And yeah…so uncomfortable for Lexie. We’re all cringing for her because…yeah…the elephant in the room is SO BIG!!!

      Horrifically? You might be right. *hides*

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  3. Ohhhh. I like them together and it’s gonna go down hard! She’s gonna hate him…he said it and knows it. And she looks just like Briar in this chapter! So very pretty. I’m surprised Charlie took it well. Probably because he knows it’s gonna crash and burn when the truth come out and he’s just sitting there waiting for the fallout and plans on picking up the pieces. 😮🤦‍♀️

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    1. I like them together, too! Too bad James has messed everything up. They could have been a cute couple. Ah well..we shall see how Lexie takes it because by the end of the date, he’s determined to tell her.

      You’re so right about Charlie. He knows all too well what is going to go down on the date and he’s just one text message away. Why fight it anyway? He’s got the upper hand in this situation.

      (And you always are spot on with predictions. LOL…)

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  4. Someone turned up the volume on the Jaws theme.

    He is just digging himself in deeper. The longer he waits, the worse it is going to be. Now she is starting to like James, and it’s going to be bad when she finds out that James and Jenny are the same person.

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    1. It’s getting intense!!! (I can almost see that great white in the distance).

      You’re right…he needs to not put it off any longer, but he’s enjoying the moment. Stupid guy! Take your lumps and deal.

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  5. Man, it’s like he’s got all his eggs in the Lexie basket and now he has to walk down a dark hallway and try not to step on his Lexie basket… or something less weird, idek 👀

    The shyness! OMG, James ❤️
    I can smell the regret on him so hard “wtf have I done” by James Sanderson.

    He’s kinda blowing it, and I’m so sad! I still ship it so hard tho, god I love a quirky romance with Shakespeare vibes 😈
    This may legit kill me tho.
    I’ll send you my funerary costs 😘

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    1. LOL! I love that book title. WTF Have I Done. For sure, he’s the author of that title.

      Your analogy of him in a dark hallway trying not to step on any Lexie eggs…lol…so true, though! 😦

      Aww…I love that you ship these two so hard. They are very cute together…but…the inevitable. Gah!!! Well, this is kind of a long story, so, anything can happen even after the explosion.

      (Did you know I’m broke? So you can’t die. Not just yet. 😛 )

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  6. So exciting, but I feel like your Chapters get shorter and shorter. I wish I had more of that to enjoy. I think, even though it’s already way too messed up, by hiding it a little way longer, at least Lexie get’s the chance to meet James for who he really is. She will be mad anyway, this way she has something to think about when truth comes out. As long as he get’s the chance to tell her himself that is. If it’s Charlie or the Sisterhood, that would be the worst!
    Can’t wait for monday!

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    1. Sorry the chapter was a bit short. It felt that way to me, too, but I checked and it’s about average. I did have a loooong chapter a few chapters ago. Next one should be a bit longer. BUT I had to stop it here because I ran out of time and I figured you’d rather it be cut a tiny bit short than have to wait until Monday for a slightly longer chapter (seriously, it would have been four pictures and not much text.)

      Eek! More of the date to come. (It will span three chapters, sooo…)

      And yes, it’s good for her to experience the real James without Jenny, or the lie, or anything else getting in the way so she can think about it after she…well…I’ll leave that to your imagination on what might happen. 😉

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    1. WP deleted half my comment! 😦
      I meant to say:
      First, Reeper sighting! 🙂
      Next, I’m angry that James didn’t tell her. *angry face* Kinda deserves the awkwardness of her talking about his ‘sister’.

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      1. Yeah, he needs to tell her. He will. He’s just enjoying his last moments with her before…what he knows, will be crash and burn.

        REEPER! They’re so cute! I loved this little conversation they had. So them. ❤

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        1. He should have told her when he planned to, poor girl doesn’t know the situtation she’s in. If she falls for her before he tells her (and breaks her heart) then I reserve the right to hate him! Even if I don’t really right now, just dislike..

          It is definitely them. I wonder if they follow up with calling their kid James/James Anne. Would be hilarious if they did..

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  7. Reeper! I totally love them together! “James if its a boy and James Ann is it’s a girl.” LOVE THEM! 😦 If he won’t do it, then either the Sisterhood or Charlie will spill the truth to Lexie. Honestly, James and Lexie look great together and she likes him, but this will go down deeply once the truth is revealed. 😱


  8. “Oh, is that a flower?”
    “Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this. You’re vegan.”
    Love those lines. 🙂
    I like the awkwardness. James benefits from Jenny’s knowledge nicely, the part with hair caught in her lipgloss was sweet. It’s sad to know it won’t end well. They look cute together.

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    1. LOL! (James does benefit from his inside information. He’s at an advantage, but…the truth must prevail.) Aww…I think they look great together.

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  9. He will totally ask for a steak during the barbecue after he remembered to be vegan at first. But when he starts to settle in and enjoy the Days’ company, he will forget and- du-du-dummmmm. Family realizes Lexie hasn’t told the entire truth.

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