Chapter 5.39

Lexie

I was on my third glass of punch and feeling woozy. I wasn’t sure if it was my anti anxiety meds kicking in or this stuff was spiked. At the moment, I didn’t care. Charlie was supposed to talk to a “few” people and then we were going to leave. But it’d been over an hour. He basically forgot about me.

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I looked around, searching for my boyfriend. Nathan and Brooke were making X-rated eyes at each other. Wow. I thought that was reserved for Elara and Lord Bloodmoon. Well, if it was them, they’d already be doing it on the dance floor in front of everyone. So, I was thankful they were in tame-character-mode at the moment.

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Case Addison was still chatting up the guy who played Tam.

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And looking at that Tam dude’s face, I had to wonder if they were a thing.

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I spied a guy I knew growing up. He was Archer Ellis-Crowley. My dad used to baby sit him and his twin sister before I was born. Archer would always pull my hair whenever he’d come over for one of my grandpa’s barbecues when we’d visit (because Grandpa and Grandma were bff’s with his fathers). Such an annoying brat. I’d heard he’d gotten his big break in acting when he tried out for a bit part in the ongoing psychological drama, No Stars Over Uptown. And since then he’d played in all sorts of things, landing the lead role in a new movie, The Good Doctor. I’d read he was dating Saylor Twift, too. The rags were all betting how long it was going to last.

Archer was sitting next to Micky Mirage and arguing with Saylor right now. Well, at least she was talking to her boyfriend even if it was a fight.

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Craning my neck, I finally found Charlie. He was soooo busted. I mean, how long was he going to take? I get that Moono Bars was THE hottest singer, but it wasn’t like they were best buddies. I could see him talking a lot with Christian Romano of the Heffners–they were friends. But maybe Charlie was a bit starstruck and instead of running away like I did, he had to chat.

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I sighed. Looked like I’d have to camp out here for a while.

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Before I could drown my sorrows in fruit punch, I heard a squeaky, “Hey, beautiful.” Was that a chipmunk? Sure sounded like it.

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Oh, God. It was an annoying anklebiter. What the hell? Did I have a sign over my head that said, “YO! Any kid under the age of twelve, please come and piss the hell out of me”? I wanted to order some child-be-gone spray or maybe an evil talisman to ward them off.

“What do you want?” I snapped.

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“I merely came over to bid you a kind bonjour since you looked lonely,” the rugrat huffed. “And this is the gratitude I receive?”

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A likely story. No kid ever wanted to do something nice for me. The few times I met up with one since I’d been dating Charlie, one threw spit wads at me, one chunked mud in my face, and one even kicked me because she said I “hurt James’ feelings”.

I glared. “Thanks. Now leave.”

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The irritating urchin narrowed his eyes. “I have some business to discuss with you, Alexis Bianca Day.”

“Business? What the hell kind of business could you possibly have?”

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Then he whipped off his sweater and shirt and wiggled like a one of those inflatable tubemen you see at used car lots. “Blargh! I’m a Flamer!”

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“Oh. That explains it.” I reached for my drink. “Okay, let me have it. You hate me because I dared to date James, the god of the Heartthrobs. I’ve heard it all before. So, what do you want? My eye? My foot? My first born child? At this point, I don’t even care anymore. Have at it.”

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Lurching his head back, he answered, “You mistake me, Miss Day. I believe you are making a grave mistake with your romantic endeavors.”

I lifted the side of my mouth. Couldn’t argue with him there. Where the hell WAS my boyfriend? “Heh. I’m listening.”

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“My name is Prince Bana. You may have heard of me.”

I shook my head. “I don’t watch Simsolodeon Jr. Sorry.”

He sighed emphatically. “I’m one of the best bowlers on the hit reality tv show, STRIKE! But what people don’t know is that I’m also a part of The Society of Genius Flamers. As their club president, I’ve been tasked at finding you and giving you a proposition.

“You see, we’ve uncovered scads of footage from survelliance cameras, researched the many articles about your dealings with James, as well as interviewed tons sources close to the people close to the friends close to the relatives of the both of you. Therefore, we’ve uncovered startling evidence, detailing your history as the best friend of none other than James’ sister, Jenny.”

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I arched an eyebrow. “And?”

“And…we know that Jenny and James are one and the same person. We also know that you two are in love with each other.”

Now I’d heard everything. Flamers were the weirdest freaky fandom on the planet. “Oh my God, kid. You’ve got to be kidding me. Can you go and massively annoy someone else because honestly, I really don’t feel like hearing any more of this crap. You don’t know shit.”

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“Then tell me, Alexis, why James is on the other side of this room, dancing alone?”

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He went on, “And when I was frolicking beside him earlier, he wore the same forlorn face as you are right now.

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“The Society believes you two are denying what your innermost being knows to be true. Keeping yourselves away from each other will do nothing but damage your essence or what we in the group call, your SS or Sacred Self.”

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I cocked my head. “Let me get this straight. You think I should dump Charlie and go out with James. Is that it?”

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“Well…I wouldn’t use those crass terms, but in a nutshell…” he wiggled his fingers, “yes.”

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If only it was that easy. My heart wanted Charlie. I loved him. But where was he? Would James leave me to rot on this barstool, swilling spiked punch and feeling all depressed?

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I didn’t say anything for a while. I felt as if a blanket of sad feelings swept through me. “Thanks, kid, for the advice. I’ll keep it in mind.”

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“Alexis?” he added. “If you need anything, just give me a call. I’m a licensed psychologist in couple and family relations. I also dabble in sex therapy.” He handed me his card. Then he nodded. “The Society believes in you to make our wonderboy happy. Good luck. ”

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With that, the pint-sized prodigy jumped off the barstool, saluted me, then sauntered away.

I shook my head. “Kids. I’ll never get used to them.”

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Slurping down my juice, I wished this night was over already.

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44 thoughts on “Chapter 5.39”

  1. Man I’m sad that Prince is likely just a cameo appearance now. Lexie needs the bluntness of a child to set her straight…I’d question his sex therapy credentials, but he’s probably getting paid and respected better than Archer as he enters as an emergency casting on a waning Uptown season. Poor kid but the lights gotta stay on somehow!

    I think we all know James’ desperation but no progress is gonna be made until we can get the two of them into couple’s therapy (not-yet-a-couple’s therapy?) But Prince wouldn’t offer his services otherwise I suppose. 😛

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    1. We might see Prince Bana in the future! 😀 (But he will be older…)

      Archer is a star now because of Uptown. It was his gateway show. He is starring in his own movie, The Good Doctor. 😀

      James is all alone. Will Lexie ever catch a clue? Well, we all know it isn’t that easy.

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      1. LOL!!! Um…heh…well… *wipes sweat off face* That’s an intersting thought but…no. Prince is too young for Lexie. But he’ll always be up for giving out advice. (Cuz Lex might need it in the future.)

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  2. LMAO at Prince’s appearance 😂 Who knew Lexie and James had secret support alongside the hate 😛 and OMG all those credentials he has 😂 Lexie might need some therapy after all this is over, I fear 😬

    Totally not cool of Charlie to leave Lexie like that 😦 And it’s so telling that she is actually considering what Prince had to say… deep down, she knows what her heart wants, I think! But I guess we’ll see…

    Loved the glimpse of Brooke and Nathan ❤️ And LOL I approve of Case and… hmm. What would we name the actor who plays Tam? 🤔

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    1. Ikr? The Society is a small group of radical Flamers. Most of the fandom HATES the thought of James EVER having a girlfriend. Somehow, their thoughts will need to change if Lexie even dreams about joining up with James. His fans are the worst. Way worse than Chuckers.

      Charlie made a boneheaded move–that’s for sure. But did he do it on purpose? Hmm…

      Deep down, maybe Lexie knows she feels something for James but Charlie is her boyfriend. She loves him. She really DOES! And she doesn’t even think of James like that at all right now.

      Brooke and Nathan. My favorite ship next to Shadowmoon…hee! They’re a dream to shoot because I don’t have to set them up. They just love all over each other all the time! 😉

      I would love to know what Tam’s actor’s name is!

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      1. Also, I totally dream of Lexie’s friends there having some super bizarre children with multiple personalities in gen 6 😂😂😂

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  3. Bahahaha! Prince!!! 😂😂😂I must remember his credentials for the next matchup 😀

    Douche move by Charlie, taking his time by talking to everyone in earshot, knowing how Lexie feels. Wise move by James, keeping his distance even though he’s probably spotted what is going on with Charlie – the last thing Lexie needs is the tabloids claiming that she’s causing a rift between the two after both were seen wooing her at the same event! 😀

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    1. LOL! That would be funny if Prince Bana’s services were ever needed in a future STRIKE! episode. The kid’s a trip! (And perfect for this scene.)

      Yeah…Charlie is in hot water right now. But did he do it on purpose? Lots of guys are clueless until their women tell them how insensitive they are!

      You’re right…it’s best James keeps his distance here (plus, he wants Lexie out of his mind–he’s in avoidance mode).

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  4. “Kids. I’ll never get used to them.” SAME

    OMG PRINCE BANA, he is Cement’s best creation, I’m pretty sure. So glad he made an appearance, Lexie’s 😐 face the whole time they talked was great. He’s a weird kid, but an entertaining one.

    It’s so funny to see a James fan actually root for her to be with him instead of trying to tear them apart. Poor James makes a pretty sad figure all alone…

    Also man I hate being at a social gathering with another person and you’re so done with it but they’re off talking to everyoneeeeeeeeeeeeeeee promising they’ll be ready to go soon. (This is me at every social gathering though, where I’m ready to gtfo the moment I arrive.)

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    1. LOL! You and Lexie would be bff’s in real life, I bet! 😉

      Prince Bana was so perfect for this scene. Cement always creates funny (or GORGEOUS) characters. Glad he entertained. He sure is interesting, if nothing else!

      And so true…the Society is a fringe fandom, definitely outside of the mainstream who HATES anyone who even THINKS about dating James. He’s THEIRS! And yeah…poor James (he’s beautiful when he pouts.)

      I’m exactly like you and Lex. I want out of any social gathering that’s not made up of close friends! I’m married to someone like Charlie, so I have to grab him when I’ve had enough. He understands but it took a while to “train” him. I wonder if this would work on Charlie. The dude just doesn’t know how Lexie is yet…or how much it hurts her to sit around and dream about leaving as soon as she says hi to people.

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  5. LMAO IT’S PRINCE
    I bet he actually got lost again and ended up there, then decided to spontaneously lecture Lexie once he recognized her

    That aside, it’s nice to see that not all the flamers are so angry towards Lexie (and otherwise ship her with James)
    It does give me hope she’ll actually be able to live on “the outside” once things sorta die down, but then again… Crazy fan culture 😭

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    1. Your BOY is soooo funny (and cute!)

      Did he get lost or was this his mission to get an invite to that posh party. He IS a star on a reality show after all… 😉

      Yes…just a small fringe pocket of Flamers are in support of Lexie and James. But this is a small group. Most Flamers will torch anyone who even dares to think they’re good enough to date THEIR boy. After all, they plan on naming their first child after him. No woman deserves him or will ever measure up!

      But could the Society actually help James’ cause with Lexie and turn the fandom’s heart toward her? Especially if she makes him happy? Time will tell…

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  6. Listen to him Lexie! You know what they say… out of the mouths of babes…. James wouldn’t have never left you alone. Prince was right. Tam was looking fine! And I loved seeing Brooke and Nathan making X-rated eyes at each other even in their tamer forms…

    Think about Lexie…. Charlie might be gorgeous but I think Charlie’s out for Charlie. James is in love with you.

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    1. Yup! Lexie would do well to listen to him…maybe?

      You’re right. James understands Lexie more than any other boyfriend could. He lived with her and was her bff– they shared many secrets!

      Tam…oh, didn’t he look SMITTEN?

      And Brooke and Nathan never disappoint. I love screenshotting them. They are a breeze and fun to watch.

      Charlie could be misunderstood. The guy might just be clueless as to how Lexie is in a social situation. Guess he’ll have to learn, huh?

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  7. That was a good advice from the little prince. I have one for Lexie too. Dump Charlie and James and hook up with Christian Romano. As far as I know he’s still single and needs a nice girl like you to love him. Although the two of you raising up kids could be a catastrophe. 😀

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    1. LOL! Christian is available and very hunky. He already thinks Lexie is beautiful. He’s famous but not “too” famous. Their babies would be gorgeous, too. Hmm…

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  8. OMG PRINCE BANA!! :O
    HA. I love it, dying!!
    (and Ahh! Tam and Case ❤ ❤ ❤ I ship it, kekeke)
    "Flamers were the weirdest freaky fandom on the planet."
    True that. But weirdest means best; errybody knows ok ❤

    “Alexis?” he added. “If you need anything, just give me a call. I’m a licensed psychologist in couple and family relations. I also dabble in sex therapy.” He handed me his card.
    I love this SO HARD RN.
    You have no idea.
    Best kid ever.

    Is there hope for my poor ship yet? O.O

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    1. Prince Bana was the best to talk to Lex about her “romance troubles”.

      But right? Weird is GOOD! Lexie should know this better than anyone! 😮

      LOL! I’m glad you liked Prince’s credential…heh…he’s a great kid.

      And your ship is…James? Maaaaaybe so! 😉

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    1. Not sure if Lexie can hear you. She LOVES Charlie!!!

      Charlie cares, I think, it’s just he’s not used to 1. a girlfriend at parties and 2. Lexie being so socially inept.

      Guess he’s going to find out, huh? 😉

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  9. Prince! So nice that he made an appearance!! He’s definitely the highlight of this chapter! I’m so surprised to learn that he’s a Flamer!! :O I’m beginning to sense that Charlie’s revealing his true colors and he doesn’t really truly love her. I mean if he truly cared, he wouldn’t left her alone. Lexie, if I were you, I’d listen to Prince’s advice. Just dump Charlie and go hook up with James because he really LOVES you.

    “I wanted to order some child-be-gone spray or maybe an evil talisman to ward them off.” Lexie and her children hating lines entertain me. xD

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    1. Hee hee! Glad Lexie made you smile…not sure what she’ll do if she ever has kids! 😮

      And we shall hear from Charlie on Wednesday. He just might have been a little clueless–not out of not loving Lex but just not being as thoughtful as he should have been. He screwed up!!! Let’s see how he reacts to…his mistake. 😉

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  10. Charlie you don’t ignore your date unless you want her to find someone else.
    At first, I thought Prince had a crush on Lexie. He was only giving her advice. He is hilarious.

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    1. He was…although I wouldn’t put it past him to flirt with her (st least in the beginning he was being all kinds of forward! 😝)

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  11. Oh my goodness. This Prince Bana sounded like the “Societey” was a cult. Until the last sentence with the psychologist license. That was just right away creepy

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