Living in the same house as Charlie was like living with your boyfriend as a teenager with your mother hanging around.
Make that five mothers.
“Uh…Lexie?” Charlie said. “We have company.”
So I called a meeting of the Sisterhood. The boys were kind enough to let us have an area for it outside on the deck of the penthouse.
“What gives, guys?” I asked. “You don’t like Charlie or something?”
Copper arched an eyebrow. “It’s not that we don’t like him, Lexie…”
Dom cut in, “But do you think it’s wise to get tangled up with a Heartthrob? Look what happened with James. And the Chuckers might be fewer but they are way more hardcore. We’re worried for your life here.”
I flipped my hands, not believing this. “But we’re living under their protection. Nothing can happen to me.”
“Beware the ides of March for doom is coming to us all,” Elara intoned in her weird voice. Sometimes I really missed my friend Brooke. She rarely came out now that Elara and Lord Bloodmoon were a thing. “And my dear, Alexis, you must be careful in these deadly times. Young maidens hide knives in their boots and poison in their lockets.”
“Look, Charlie and I have discussed this. We’ll be careful, okay? You’ve got nothing to worry about. ”
But the Sisterhood would not let me leave until I promised I would tone things down with Charlie.
So that left me and Charlie one avenue: sneakiness. What the Sisterhood didn’t know wouldn’t hurt them.
I walked in on the Heartthrobs during one of their practices.
Waving, I said, “Hey, guys, um…Charlie has this…um…phone call. Yeah. His mother called. It’s urgent.”
“He can call her later,” James’ angry voice blared out. “We’re in the middle of rehearsing. Don’t bother us.”
But everyone stopped instantly, chatting as Charlie beamed at me.
“What the fuck?” James snarled.”Where are you going, Tsui? We’re not done.”
But Charlie didn’t even glance back. He knew what I was up to. I thought we’d go off and get something to eat, but instead he took me to the library closet.
We had dessert before lunch. Can someone say, YUM?
We spent the best thirty minutes of my life in that closet, but when we came out all sweaty and out of breath, unfortunately, the Sisterhood was waiting for us.
Damn James. He’d tattled.
Charlie was fed up with the Sisterhood and the Heartthrobs. So, he decided to make it official. We were going on an actual date. To hell with the Chuckers. To hell with the world!
I’d been with Lexie for several weeks now but we hadn’t gone on a real date. I thought it high time I told her how I felt about her, too. The Sisterhood was making Lexie crazy with their overbearing mother routine and James sulked around like he’d made claim to her and she’d kicked him in the balls. Well, maybe that last part was true. I certainly wasn’t trying to flaunt our relationship in front of him. I just naturally wanted to kiss her. All the time.
When I entered her room, she took my breath away. She was so strikingly gorgeous. “Are you ready?” I asked as she dusted her cheeks with a pink tone.
“There. All done,” she said, brightly.
She bounced up in her usual awkward way and asked, “Where are you taking me? To the Ritz? The Broadmore? The Glamo-glam-glam?”
I chuckled. “It’s actually called The Star Club. I made sure to get a private room.”
Before I could say anything else, she pulled me in for a sudden kiss. She never ceased to surprise me.
Entangled in her warm tongue, I wanted more. “Are you sure you want to go out tonight? Your room is cozy right now. And that bed is calling.”
She pulled back and hit me. “You’re not getting out of this, Mister. We’re going on an actual date. I don’t care if we have to fight off a thousand Chuckers to do it. Got it?”
I was actually outside! With THE Charlie Tsui! And no Chuckers to stop us.
Well, there WERE a few paps and Chuckers with phones lighting up the social media highway. Thank GOD for the two bodyguards that followed us around everywhere. I soooo was not used to that. But they were a necessary evil.
“So, what kind of a joint is this ‘Star Club’? Does it have paper napkins and plastic forks? Or am I going to have to get out my ‘Ladies Book of Etiquette’ which, by the way, I’ve never read.”
He patted my hand. “Don’t be nervous, Lexie. No one will even be where we’re at, so you could take off your shoes and put them on the table and no one would care.”
I lurched my head back. “I wouldn’t do that! I’m not that uncouth. But yeah…that makes me feel better.”
The Star Club rose up like a beacon in the middle of the city. Flutters flew around my stomach. This was sooo not my style, but hey, it was one date. And Charlie was making it special which I appreciated.
Pictures of old starlets covered the fancy walls and the stoic maitre d ushered us to a cozy table in front of a piano. My back straightened from being in the cold seats. Uncomfortable much?
“What do you want to order, Lexie?” Charlie asked. “You haven’t even looked at the menu.”
I wasn’t used to all the swank. Give me franks and beans and a picnic blanket and I’d have been so fine. Charlie was raised by his very wealthy parents in Uptown of San Myshuno. His mother put him in ballet when he was just a tot and he even performed with the San Myshuno dance company in the Nutcracker when he was only thirteen, so he was accustomed to the finer things. He was so graceful with everything he did which kind of made me feel nervous. Even worse than when I was just some Chucker fangirl.
I only forgot our differences when he kissed me. Which was a lot. I blushed just thinking about it.
After we ate a bunch of things which had names I couldn’t pronounce (I had Charlie order it since I had no clue), dessert was served. “Oh my God!” I cried. “It’s got chocolate chunks on top of chocolate pudding. I think I want to marry it. Would you mind, Charlie?”
He winced. “So now I have to be jealous of our dessert? You hurt me, Lexie.”
But then he thrust his fork into the luscious pie. “How about we make this a three way relationship? I’ll marry it, too.”
The sweet wine blended well with the bitterness of the chocolate and I welcomed a tiny buzz of the alcohol. It made me relax.
After we’d finished dinner, somehow, the bodyguards snuck us in the back of a movie theater so we wouldn’t cause a stir. I felt like I was breaking about a hundred laws. Charlie assured me he’d gotten permission and our entrance was free. It was so weird. The bigger the star you were, the more money you made, but you didn’t need money at all because everyone and their uncle wanted you to come to their place so they gave you stuff for free. It sort of wasn’t fair, but I wasn’t going to complain.
I just focused on Charlie’s cute face, stuffing it with popcorn.
And he concentrated on distracting me. Mmmm…
Best movie ever! And I couldn’t tell you what in the hell happened in it.
Thank you to RABOOSKI for her Star Club. It’s so beautiful inside!!! Perfect for date night!