Chapter 6.12

Lexie

I didn’t know what to say to my own husband. We just stood there awkwardly. He came home as a surprise but it wasn’t going to change my mind. No way in HELL was I going to move and if he wanted to do his own shit, he could without me. I was done.

“Lexie…why won’t you say anything to me? Are you really that upset?”

That he even had to ask that question showed how messed up we were as a couple. Before, he’d protected me from paps and all the awful shit fame did to us but now? He craved it. He didn’t care what it did to me. To our kids.

I shook my head as tears stung the back of my eyes.

“What’s going on in your head? Talk to me, baby doll. Please.”

Staring at him, I said, “Why did you go ahead with this movie deal without telling me? I had to find out all the details from a fucking rag! Did you see what they said about me? And you don’t care.”

Raising his hands, he said, “What do you mean? I have no power over what the magazines get. I told my press agent to keep it quiet but I guess it got leaked.”

“And why don’t you think that’s a problem? They’ve been stalking me. They got a shot from our backyard! Next it’ll be little Brandy and Zack and Liam. God! Why is your fame more important than your own family?”

He sighed loudly, rubbing his temple.

He couldn’t answer that because it would incriminate him. I was watching the death of our marriage and I didn’t care. I didn’t FUCKING care anymore!

I walked closer to him, wanting to punch him for what he’d put us through the past few years as he chased the stars. I would have never married him if I thought he’d ever want to become an actor. Movie stars had a fandom that was way worse than we’d ever suffered back when he was a pop idol. It meant the whole world put you on a pedastal. I wouldn’t have it.

“Get this straight, James. I will NOT support you in this crazy dream of yours. If you want superstardom, go ahead. Become this Robotron. You know exactly what it’ll mean. According to that magazine, you’ll be contracted for at least seven movies. SEVEN! More than any of the other characters. That’ll guarantee paparazzi, body guards, and constant unwanted attention. It’s not worth it. I’ve thought about this for a long time but never wanted to face it. We are too different and I’m tired of it. I want a divorce.”

James’ face looked like I’d slapped him. Having the words out there crushed me, too. I didn’t want a divorce but what choice did I have? I wouldn’t go through that again. And he didn’t care what I wanted.

Shaking his head, he said, “You don’t mean that, Lex. You’re not thinking straight.”

Tears streamed down my face as my heart raced. I hated him. I wanted him gone. “I do mean it, you asshole!” I pushed him, but he held me back. “I do! Get the hell out of our lives. You don’t care about us.”

“Lexie…stop it! I won’t take the part, if it means that much to you. I promise.”

Stunned, I whispered, “What?”

“I won’t take it, sweetheart.”

And just like that all my anger fled, melting me into a puddle of goo. He kissed me with a passion that’d gone out of our lives for so many years.

Oh, God! I’d missed him so much. I didn’t realize how far apart we’d drifted. At that moment, I didn’t care about our problems or the consequences of me killing his dream.

A moment ago, I’d prepared myself to leave him, but now…more than anything, I just wanted us.

*****

Ginny

When my bff, Destiny Hoff, told me Liam Sanderson-Day was free from the claws of biotch-extreme Mala Murdock, I totally didn’t believe it. Until I found myself on top of him.

LMAO!

Who-da-thunk it? Not me!

And he was totally putting me in swoon-city afterwards. Even my butterflies had butterflies.

Then SHE crashed the party and cried “Lee Lee” and messed up my dream world. Gag. I was going to barf right in the pool. Who talks like that to their boyfriend anyway? But she had a body like that rich star, Sim Sardashian, and she didn’t even fake her boobs or that fat ass! Okay, so I totally coveted her big curves and huge tits. Is that a crime?

Liam seemed to like it.

But what he didn’t know was that Mala used her body to get what she wanted. All. The. Damn. Time. Seriously. I’d seen her flirt and show her big gazoongas even to our teachers!

And Destiny further told me that Mala had cheated on Liam with that douchebag, Oliver Treadstone. He’d gone through every cheerleader as well as the whole volleyball team. The guy was a real life manwhore.

Everyone KNEW Mala did it with him. And Liam took her back?

Sigh…He was SUCH a nice guy. Too nice. And nice guys always finished last. It wasn’t fair.

I’d sat on the sidelines long enough watching this train wreck because no doubt, she was going to hurt him. And although I didn’t like manipulation or playing games, I knew she was bad news. I was going to do this for his own good.

I got to our math class a bit early so I could talk with Mr. Walker.

“Of course, Ginny, you may sit in the front row.”

He motioned to the two seats near him. One belonged to Liam and the other, the THOT. I took “her” seat. Plan A worked like a charm. Thank you, bad eyesight, for helping me out.

Okay, so I lied a little and told Mr. Walker that my contacts were taking longer than we thought to come in, but I’d never lied before AND was an exceptional student. Why wouldn’t he believe me? Muahahhaaaa!

When Liam walked in, he beamed at me and said, “Hey, Ginny. What’s up?” He didn’t even ask what I was doing there.

And the look on the THOT’s face was…well…let’s just say “satisfying” didn’t cut it.

“That’s MY seat, Ginny.” Mala’s eyes bugged out along with her pinched face.

But before I could defend myself, Mr. Walker did it for me. “Ginny can’t see well today, Ms. Murdock. You may take her seat in the back.”

I grinned like I’d just won Olympic gold in the marathon. Marathon of LOVE! Bahahaaaa!

After we finished a quiz, Liam said, “So…I had fun the other day. Didn’t know you were so crazy strong. Do you work out or something?” He winked.

Was Liam FLIRTING with me? (Note to self: Write this in your journal with hearts and happy emojis. Don’t forget!)

“Naw…but I do a bit of rock climbing.”

He nodded. “That sounds fun. Where do you go?”

Shrugging, I thought of all the places I’d traveled to in the past year–Strangerville, Windenburg, Al Simhara, Sulani…my mom and dad were archeologists.

We were THAT close to moving to Selvadorado, but they wanted to settle down until I got out of high school. So, we took “working” vacations from time to time while they taught at the local Brindleton Bay college.

“I dunno,” I answered. “Around.”

I didn’t want to overwhelm the poor guy. Usually, when I told people who didn’t know me where I’ve gone, they think my family is stinking rich which is SOOOO not the case. Professors made jack squat. Instead of hotels, we’d camp out in mountains, or beaches, or jungles.

Off grid living. I liked it. I definitely wanted to follow in their footsteps. I’d hoped to get accepted into Sale University and become a puzzle chaser just like them.

A crazy idea formed in my head. Arching my eyebrow, I asked, “You want to go?”

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17 thoughts on “Chapter 6.12”

  1. Ohhhh. I hope James means it and doesn’t become bitter for passing on the opportunity of a lifetime … he obviously wants it. He certainly took the fight out of Lexie though. She needs him badly. She tries, but she’s miserable without him there with her and her anxiety over the paps, it’ll send her over the edge. By the way. I meant to say earlier, Brandy is adorable. And I bet Zack’s gonna be a hottie too.

    And wow, Mala is a piece of work … how can he Liam not see how she is. But he’s a teenage boy and she has curves and uses them. But then, Ginny is working it too. Maybe not in the same way over the top way, but she’s luring him in and he’s probably going to bite.

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    1. You’re right. Lexie wants her husband home with her desperately. Let’s hope James will be satisfied with staying home. He loves acting so he’s going to need a compromise.

      And yes! Both Brandy and Zack are gorgeous. I’ve peeked! Brandy looks a lot like Lexie and Zack takes after James. 😉

      Let’s hope Liam sees through Mala, but he’s blind. And in love! Teen love is over the top. I wonder if Ginny’s schemes will work or backfire? Or go nowhere…hmm…

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  2. Go James!!! So glad he’s putting aside his career in favor of his family. I can understand why Lexie wants to protect her kids from the paparazzi so badly and leave fame behind–and why she wants the father of her kids to be around for them.

    Wow, Ginny isn’t playing around. LOL. I wonder if she’s right about Mala or if it’s jealousy/envy. Either way, Liam might be too nice–we’ll see if that bites him in the ass later.

    Was that Sulani in your last couple of screenshots? I still have to play around there! LOL.

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    1. James finally understood how important NOT being famous is to Lexie. But that opportunity doesn’t grow on trees. Ugh. He won’t give up acting but maybe he’ll figure out a compromise.

      Ginny—she’s calling it like she sees it whether her view is skewed, we’ll find out. But she’s gunning for Liam. Will that hurt him with Mala? Hmm…

      Yes! That was the off grid lot in Sulani. I haven’t explored enough in it either.

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  3. He won’t take the part? That’s too big a sacrifice, because it would be a career booster for him. It may take a while before he gets another chance for such a big role. He’s a creative person, he needs to work on something or he won’t feel whole. We know he was the one who was coming up with most ideas for the Hearthrobs. Acting doesn’t work well with his marriage, so he either needs to find an alternative to channel his creativity or the marriage won’t work anyway. He can’t be happy sitting at home doing nothing for long and Lexie will eventually blame herself for killing his dream. They need to come up with long term solution.
    Cheering for Ginny, although it’s nice to have a curvy character in a story. I would cheer for her if she wasn’t a mean cheater. Liam is likeable and doesn’t deserve that. I wonder why Mala even wants to be with him.

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    1. You’re right about James. He’ll have to do something creative but beyond that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We’ll see if he can really walk away.

      I guess we haven’t seen enough of Mala and Liam’s relationship for you to know why she loves him/why she’s attached. (There’s another curvy character coming to the story, so stay tuned–although not until he’s older.)

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  4. Anti Shipper: Glad James chose this route! He’ll come off as a hero who’s slowly dying on the inside! I love sinking ships who chose the band aid effect instead of ending it for legitimate reasons!

    Shipper WitcHazard:: Lexie I know this is what you really want but this doesn’t solve your problems! Your so called marriage has put you in he position where you love your kids but don’t lie being a mother so much so you forget they are in the same house. You’ve stolen a part of your sons childhood and your dates with Cory probably came out of time you could have spent with your kids. And James the fact he was aware of this bug still made this career choice is ridiculous. I’m more concerned about what will happen when Liam leaves who will take care of the little ones then. I’m all got grandpas coming in and taking them. But will see where this goes.

    Dark WitcHazard: Live how Liam attracts girls with brains a beauty only time will tell whose better at manipulating! Oh Liam it sucks to be you!

    Lover WitcHazard: A battle of wits for a young boys heart I better get my popcorn!

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    1. Anti: LOL! Sinking dying ship? Could be…

      Shipper: So true…Lexie isn’t fixing anything. Hopefully, something will change for the better for these two. James is to blame as well…chasing his dream instead of thinking of his family first. Liam will leave the house for college. What then?

      Dark: LOL! Why does Liam attract manipulators? That’s the question.

      Lover: I’ll get the butter! 🍿

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    1. You like Ginny? Liam might as well. 😉

      James and Lexie’s relationship is still kind of at a wait and see stage. 😀

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  5. Hmm why do I feel like James not taking the role won’t 100% solve all their issues here? I hope he doesn’t grow to resent Lexie for being the reason he gave up on that opportunity 😬 Still so much potential for messiness!

    And speaking of messiness… my goodness, teenage drama and cattyness abound 😂 I love it! I’m still not sure what to make of Ginny… but despite what she thinks of Mala, she definitely seems to be pretty manipulative in her own way. Pot calling the kettle black!

    Liam needs to watch out with these two! 😂

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    1. You’re right. Ginny IS being manipulative here.She’s super hypocritical at this point. 😉

      Catfight! We’ll see… 😉

      Yeah, there’s so many things that could go wrong with James and Lexie. Unfortunately! 😦

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