Chapter 5.33


I put on my Lexie-will-not-melt-under-Charlie-Tsui’s-glorious-smile face and braced myself for an over-wattaged onslaught.

“Welcome, ladies…Lexie,” Charlie said, arms outstretched as if he thought I was actually going to hug him.


When I didn’t move forward, he put his arms down and said, “Listen, I hope you’ll accept all of our apologies for what happened…you know…with…um…uh…”


“Jenny?” I finished for him with as much malice behind my voice as I could muster.


He coughed then said, “Look, I won’t give you excuses for my behavior where that’s involved. I just hope you’ll forgive me and move on. It’ll make living here a little less awkward.”


I lurched my head back. “Oh, so you want me to be the big girl and forget that the guy who I thought was interested in me allowed me to go out with a big fat fraud, is that it? And furthermore, that guy knew I would get blindsided by the fraudulent asshole because his plan was to tell me about Jenny that night. Hmm? And then when I fell apart, you’d be there with your arms wide open, ready to catch? Um no. So, if you’ll just show us to our rooms, we’ll get settled. ”


“Heh, well, okay then!” Charlie exclaimed, laughing nervously. “Your rooms are just up the elevator. I-If you’ll follow me…”


Elara let Lord Bloodmoon have it. He begged for hours.


Until, finally, Elara relented as he was pretty dang good on the piano.


Oh did I mean playing the piano? I meant ON the piano. Yeah…those two left little to the imagination. Dom yelled at them to “retire” to their chambers already.


The Heartthrobs had to delay their tour a bit because someone decided to punch out James. (Thanks, Dad!) It was pretty awkward for me because I was not going to talk to either Charlie or James, but they hung out a ton with everyone. That left me in my room for the most part.


But everyone else got so chummy that each decided to go with the boys on tour! Copper was done with her semester, Reese asked to take a leave of absense from her company, Dom could set her own hours at any time, Kate was between jobs and Elara…well…Elara ruled the world (in Larp-land). I guessed they were all certified Throbbers by now.


So, I had that huge penthouse to myself for six weeks.

I found the boys’ private library and read.




During that time, I decided I had to get out of there. It was like a guilded golden prison. I figured I needed to save up enough money to rent a small apartment with high security. The rabid Flamers still wanted to slit my throat. Word got out that my father hurt James’ pretty face so I was teen bubblegum target number one on their shit list.

So, I took a second job on the weekends as a hotdog at the flea market to pad my funds. No one would recognize me in that getup.

It was soooo humiliating. Luckily, I didn’t see a soul I knew.


And it was boring as watching cement dry. But it paid well.


To pass the time, I did a bit of people watching. There were five gorgeous guys who caught my eye.

Then my stomach plunged.


Oh. My. GOD! Did I see whom I thought I saw?


I walked over to the group quietly, trying to peek at them without them knowing I was peeking.


Then I saw his face.

Without thinking, (cuz that’s what I do) I bolted toward him. “CORY?” I yelled.

“Huh?” he said as he slowly turned around.


And I pounced on him like the mad clown hotdog I was. “Cory, it’s me! Lexi!”


“Lexi?” he asked, shock peppering his voice.

I couldn’t help myself. I thought I’d lost him all these years. Once I moved to San Myshuno, we lost touch. He didn’t have a simbook (I looked) and so I tossed it out as fate that we weren’t meant to see each other ever again and now…there was a party going on in my brain. My Cory was here in San Myshuno!


He stroked my face. “Lexi, is it really you?”

“Yes, you moron. I might look like a hotdog, but I’m still the same girl. Oh my God, I’m so glad to see you!”

“Me, too,” he whispered. I could tell he was still shocked.


I jumped down to see him better. He’d grown about a foot taller. I had to gaze up at him now and he was covered in some sort of surfer dude tattoos. Not a bad look at all. “What are you doing here?” I asked.


“Oh, I’m in a band…remember Wyatt?” He pointed at his tall bff from high school, Wyatt Roth. The guy got thicker, but he’d always been King Kong giant. I remember he wasn’t very good at skateboarding.

I wiggled my fingers at him and Wyatt said, “Hey.” Guy wasn’t much in the words department.

“SO…you’re living your dream then, huh?” I asked.

Cory nodded, smiling that million dollar grin of his. Oh my God, pinch me, I’d missed it so much. “Yeah, well, I don’t know about living the dream.” He laughed sheepishly. “We mostly play a bunch of cheap dive bars, but we’ll see. We’re here meeting with a producer. Want to get a drink and catch up? I’ve got a few minutes before we have to go.”


I soooo wanted to ditch this outfit and job for a few minutes with Cory, but…where would I find another one that hid my face so well? “I…can’t. I’m working. Maybe after your meeting?”


“Yeah, well, we have to fly back to Brindleton Bay right afterwards. Look, I’ll be in town again, I’m sure. I’ll give you a call. Okay?”


The way he said he’d call me filled me with gloom, but I kept a smile on my face. What was I thinking? I hadn’t seen the guy in years, jumped him in a hotdog suit, and I expected to pick up where we left off? Was I totally without brain cells or what? “Yeah…sure…we’ll catch up then.”


He wrapped me up in a bro hug and slapped my back. “Good seeing you again, Lex,” he said.

My throat thickened because I felt like we were saying good-bye forever all over again. “Yeah, good seeing you, too.”


After work, I looked him up online. He was in a retro surfer type band.


They called themselves, Surf’s UP. Totally fit him.


And then I thought back on our meeting and my cheeks warmed with embarrassment. He was in the industry. He had to have seen all the turmoil I’d been in with the Heartthrobs. Hell, the whole world did. God. According to the press, I was this total whore who went between Charlie and James at will and was living with them as they’d take pictures of me constantly coming out of their penthouse.

Tears flooded my eyes. No wonder Cory didn’t want to have anything to do with me.






















24 thoughts on “Chapter 5.33”


    Omg. That reunion with Cory was so awkward. But maybe the awkwardness was mostly in her head…? Maybe? *coughs*

    God, the tabloid gossip about her is so horrendous. I would’ve chosen to live with my parents over a boy band’s penthouse if I was subjected to that. And maybe even if I wasn’t, because damn, these dudes screwed her over at every turn.

    The stuff with Elara and Lord Bloodmoon made me laugh though!

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    1. Lol! Yes…very awkward reunion. Heh. But that’s our awkward Lexie for ya! Don’t you think Cory knows this about her? I doubt he thinks much about her strange ways. (But who knows? Years have passed and people change.)

      She would have chosen her parents but that doesn’t come with bodyguards which she needs. At least, for now.

      Shadowmoon ship is always good for a laugh, eh? More on that score later..😏

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  2. CORY!!!!!!!!! I don’t care how kinda-uncomfortable that reunion was, I was so glad. I still ship it! So much less drama with him than those Heartthrob boys, I bet!

    I was really happy Lexie overcame her fangirling to give Charlie a piece of her mind. Can’t let these boys manipulate you! I think them going away on tour and giving her alone time might be good for her to calm down and re-evaluate the situation… Hopefully!

    And OMG Shadowmoon ❤ ❤ ❤ I love them so much! LMAO

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    1. Lol? Awkward is Lexie’s middle name! There would be less drama with him. He’s not famous. Lol!

      Lexie does need the time alone and away from them. Maybe she’ll be able to move forward when they get back.

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  3. Fury is an excellent dampener for Charlie awe! (Looking good chuckles! <3)
    Omg, that poor piano!! :O

    The Sisterhood goes on tour?? Whoa, I mean, I guess that would be a pretty cool travelling experience O.O

    Lexie-dog! LOL, Lexie, wut? THIS GIRL… she never ceases to amaze!

    Oh man, no matter what this poor girl does, she just can't get away from musical men (unless she went with sneaky ginger co-worker?)

    Aww, Lexie, I'm about 100% Cexie-dogs sure that Cory wants lots to do with you! (kekekeke) ❤

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    1. Awww…Cexie-dog sure…Cory didn’t look upset, did he? (He was just busy…yeah, that’s it!)

      It’s good for Charlie not to get his way with Lexie. She was such a FANGIRL that maybe both of them needed this to put reality between them. (and he DID look good, huh? Da boy is VERY photogenic.)

      The Sisterhood said, “Why not?” when the boys asked them. (All but Lex…they knew her answer.)

      Cory wasn’t expecting a hot dog to tackle him, but then, idk…I’m sure it put a smile on his face later. That girl! Who could forget her? 😀

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  4. Ohhh. So much going on. Everyone just fell in with them like they were all besties, except poor Lexie. 😢

    That hot dog costume cracked me up! 😂 Especially when she tackled Cory. Should have known he wasn’t gone forevs and would be back to recapture her heart. Now there is a three way chase for Lexie. Whom will she pick?

    And I noticed your banner. Lexie looks pissed and has totally changed her look! Serious man eater there.

    And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the little wickedness going on with Elara and Lord Bloodmoon! ❤️😱❤️ Love it! Shadowmoon.

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    1. Incoming Lexie-dog! Splat! Cory didn’t know what hit him! 😜 Yes, three way Chase? Who will get her in the end? 🧐

      Lexie’s look will change and yes…and fairly soon.

      I adore Ship Shadowmoon. ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. She’s right to be mad at the rest of the band too. They all knew. I feel sorry for her being the only one who is not having fun. I don’t think it was a good idea to move in with them, especially when everything is still fresh and raw.
    Mmm, she could help Cory and his band, if she asked James to pull some strings. Help them to meet the right people in the music business. James could do it as a form of an apology. It would fit Lexie’s character too. She would forgive James/agree to talk to him for her friend’s benefit.

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    1. That WOULD be a nice gesture! James…if you want to get in her good graces, help her ex boyfriend get a leg up!

      I like the way you think! 😎

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  6. First off, Lexie dressed as a hot dog made me laugh. xD

    I’m so glad Lexie and Cory reunited!! I still ship these two together, meaning less drama. Cexie FTW. I love Cory’s new look and I’m pleased to see that he started a band!

    I feel for Lexie after that horrific gossip spread like crazy. Since the Sisterhood will go on tour with the band, let’s give her some time to calm down and think about the situation.

    Elara and Lord Bloodmoon are totally amazing together! Loved them to bits!

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  7. Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener .
    That is what I really wanna be.
    Cause if I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener
    Everyone would be in love with me.

    Nope. Sorry, Lexie. Doesn’t seem like everybody loves them.

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  8. “Teen bubblegum target”? Yeah, one could call her that… lol.
    Cory does look like that hot beach boy from some teen movie! Stuff for many girl dreams but I seem to be out of the age already. Almost a pity because he should really know about Lexie by now but his reaction was smooth – could have been a LOT worse and more impolite!

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