Chapter 6.44


Dr. D texted, saying he had a surprise for me. When I arrived at an apartment complex that was gated with high metal bars, a friendly security guard, and a fountain that looked like it belonged at the Bellagio, I knew I wasn’t going to like what he was about to tell me. I’m like, really? When I got my body back, I wouldn’t be able to make rent. And then what? I’d be kicked to the streets with nothing. I did have a great deal, living at the Hacienda. Sure there may have been working girls hanging out there from time to time, but seriously, Ms. Fantasia was a really nice land lady. If I didn’t have rent right on time, she’d just pat my hand and tell me to get it to her when I could.

But before I went all kicking and screaming toddler on him, I decided to hear him out.

He waved his arms and said proudly, “Well, what do you think? I know it’s kind of small but you really don’t need much, and at your income, I believe you’ll be able to swing it once we’re back to normal.”

I shook my head. The stone walls alone looked like they belonged to a bazillionare. And it had floor to ceiling windows with a view. The cockroaches at my normal digs had better views than I ever did. “I don’t know, Dr. Day…I mean, you do realize I’m a poor girl. Growing up, I’d been tossed around in foster care until I was 18. I’ve never had money. There’s no way I’ll be able to afford this.”

“It’s okay, Charlene. I’ve realized this and I’ve got a great plan. I’ll float you the expense until next year when I can take you on as a TA. You wouldn’t make a lot but I’m willing to pay the difference of what you can afford. It’s worth it to get you out of that slum.”

“I don’t want your money, Dr. Day. Seriously. And YOUR TA? Are you kidding? You hate me. I wouldn’t last a week let alone the three years until I graduate.”

But he wouldn’t listen to me. He just pulled me into the bedroom and said, “Look, if you think the genie wants us to improve each others lives, think of this as part of the solution. It’s a gift. A blessing from the genie.”

“I don’t know…” I gaped at all the stuff. Scads of expensive clothes and the shoes! I was going to have a heart attack just looking at it all.

My own dressing table!

And when I saw the bedroom, how he put together my stuff with the colors and all my favorite things, I couldn’t help it.

The water works started in my eyes.

“Why are you crying, Charlene? You really don’t like it that much?”

I tried to hold it in because I didn’t want to do this in front of him. Not cold, Dr. Day. I’d built a wall around myself and never let even my friends in on my wounds.

Dropping to the floor, I covered my face.

He sat next to me. “What’s the matter? I’ll redo it if it’s that bad. Really. I don’t mind.”

Sniffing, I said, “It’s not that…

“I’ve just been alone almost my whole life. No one has ever really cared for me like this before. And I know you’re doing it because you have to but…I don’t know…it feels overwhelming. I’m not used to it.” That was as far as I’d go. I couldn’t tell him why I was in foster care. Why I had to scrape my way out of the trash heap. Scholarships were the only thing that kept me sane. I wasn’t about to allow my sperm and egg donor define me. Hell, I never really knew anything about them other than “Mom” was an addict and I was living like a feral child when I was found.

“Wow…I…um…didn’t know. I’m sorry.”


Hearing about Charlene’s hard life blew me away. I felt like shit for a lot of the things I’d thought about her. I truly surmised by the way she acted, she’d been coddled and spoiled all her life. But a person who had nothing and who had gone through foster care to come out of that with a full ride to The Archaeological University master’s program? She was a phenom in my eyes.

I needed to change the atmosphere, though. Pulling her to her feet, I said, “Have you ever watched College Cram?”

“Oh God, you’re kidding me, right? Isn’t that like a bunch of dirty lame jokes and awful acting?”

“I’ve heard it’s funny. Let’s watch it.”

Actually, the ratings were horrible, but I figured it would lighten this mood. I hated seeing Charlene so upset. I couldn’t imagine the life she’s led. I, at least, had my parents, for the most part. Both of them loved me even though they had their own lives after Brandy died. My suffering was nothing next to being shuffled around as a kid. Unloved.


After the movie was over, I said, “That wasn’t so bad was it?”

“If you like hormone-induced mascots running around woohooing in each other’s locker rooms. Okay. Yeah.”

“Oh, come on…I saw you laugh through the whole thing! That streaking scene alone. Come on!”

“Okay, I’ll have to admit, seeing Ham Tolland’s ass was a plus.”

“And what about when they duct taped that naked guy to the laundry cart? You can’t say that wasn’t epic.”

She snorted. “Oh my God that was so BAD!”

I laughed along with her. It was the worst show I’d ever seen.

“And…hee hee…the spit wars…” I added through laughs. “It was…so…STUPID!”

“GOD! Will you stop? I’m about to pee my pants right now.”

“You owe me one for making me watch that crap,” she said when she got back from the bathroom.

“Okay. You get to torture me with a horrible movie of your choice next time.”


The following morning, I arrived at the university at 6 am. I hoped I could get there before anyone else. I needed to get caught up on some work and that couldn’t happen with the staff watching.

But I was surprised by Todd’s voice. “You’re here awfully early, Charlie. Can I help you with something?”

For some reason, seeing Todd made my heart climb into my throat. “Um…just going to the library, Dr. Monteira.”

Before I could sidestep him, he pushed me to the wall. What the hell? Did he always jump on women students when no one was around? I would have pushed him away but remembered how much Charlene wanted a date.

Leaning in, he said in a sweet voice, “I’ve noticed how much you’ve changed, Charlie. New hair. New clothes. I must say…I like what I see.”

Searching for a way out, I battled with myself. Did the genie really want me to fulfill every wish Charlene made? Todd was way out of line. But maybe I could salvage it a little. “H-How about we could go for coffee after class today, professor. I-If you wish.”

“How about YOU come with me to the lab room and we can identify…stuff.”

Okay. That crossed a line.

Pushing him away, I punched him with all I had (which wasn’t much). Thankfully, I’d gained a little muscle from recent workouts.

Best friend or not, I was going to report his ass to the dean asap.

When I stormed off, I heard him say, “Pretty good punch there…Liam.”

The sound of my name stopped me cold.

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16 thoughts on “Chapter 6.44”

  1. Ohhhhhh! So much going on in this chapter! They are actually becoming friends. And we found out more about Charlie’s past and why she pushes people away and doesn’t think a lot of herself.

    And then to know that Todd figured it out….. I thought his brother would be the first. But maybe he’ll tell him and they’ll regroup? Hmmmm. Interesting turn of events.

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    1. Yes…finally we get to know Charlie a bit more. These details are necessary for Liam to treat her better!
      We’ll find out more with Todd next chapter.

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  2. OH EXCUSE ME WHAT NOW?! 😱 😱 😱

    Next time they watch a movie, eh? OH I SEE. 😏
    Seems like they’re at least getting more comfortable with one another. Idk, is making each other’s wishes come true really what the genie wanted I wonder? Hmm…
    Maybe not in the way they’re supposing.
    But then again, it could be they’re right on schedule with the stuff they don’t MEAN to do right, ehehehehe

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  3. Awww, watching movies together! They’re really getting along better. And it’s almost kind of date-y! If you don’t mind dating yourself.

    I had no idea Charlie was a foster kid who aged out of the system! Poor thing. I hope Liam doesn’t put too much financial strain on her–even with a TA job, it really doesn’t seem like the type of place she’d rent on her own.

    And GASP! I was all set to hate Dr. Monteira, and then you surprised us! 😲

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    1. They are getting closer! And hee! Yeah sorta like dating yourself but not? Liam will make sure she’s fine and wouldn’t make her even pay for the place until she’s stable.

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  4. 😱 omg the jig is up
    Will Todd take advantage of it or help them out? 🤔 with the surprise of Charlie being a foster kid, I won’t be surprised if he takes advantage 😱
    most girls don’t do as well as Charlie when they’re shuffled around in the system 😲 be nicer, Liam, treat her like how you would’ve treated your (dead) babby sister 😤

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  5. Oh me oh my! Lots of interesting things happened! I’m impressed these two are getting along nicely. Okay, Mr. Genie. Is that what you want? If so, please take the liberty to revert them back to their own bodies and minds.

    I had no idea that Charlie’s a foster child! Poor soul. Yes, that apartment is very nice and upscale, but it doesn’t seem to fit Charlie’s taste. At least Charlie will make the best of the apartment once she’s back to her original self. Loved that movie moment between Liam and Charlie. I laughed at this: “You get to torture me with a horrible movie of your choice next time.” I know if that were to happen, Charlie will find a great movie that will leave Liam disgusted.

    Plot twist!! Todd?? How does he know it’s Liam in Charlie’s body??? 😱😱😱

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    1. Mr. Genie, please help these two out!

      Lol! Glad you liked that line. She’s going to make him watch a DUMB rom com. 😛

      We’ll find out about how Todd figures it out next chapter.

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  6. Oh no. Todd figured it out. Just when it was getting so exciting. He made the pass at Charlie/Liam because he knew! Damn. But maybe he’ll be able to help them somehow if he knows. Something tells me he might know more about the curse than the two of them were able to find out so far.
    And nice choice of shirt, Charlie, btw.😉

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    1. Yup. Todd wouldn’t hit on a student like that. He knew and wanted to watch Liam squirm. And he might know about curses and the genie. Not sure if he’ll be much help.


  7. Wait a minute. When Todd said: “How about YOU come with me to the lab room and we can identify…stuff” he actually meant it, because he was talking to Liam not the supposed Charlie as dirty as it sounded, lol. Nothing was wrong about the whole situation, because he wasn’t testing his theory about Liam being in Charlie’s body. He obviously has zero doubts and was teasing his friend and he still needs his help with the identification that the real Charlie wasn’t able to provide in previous chapter. Todd is innocent! LOL. There must be a reason he knows about the curse and I’m curious to know what it is.

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    1. Yes! He was asking Liam to help him. Lol! Because Charlie wasn’t any help at all! 😛 You’ll find out next chapter how Todd figured it out!


  8. Oooh, I wonder how Todd knew! 🤔 Perhaps he’s tangled with the genie before… or researched it, at least… which could mean he’s their ticket out, if he knows something!

    I love seeing Liam and Charlie continuing to bond ❤️ So sad to learn of her difficult beginnings though 😦 she’s come such a long way, and I’m glad Liam can see that and appreciate her more now ❤️

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    1. Yes, Todd had some prior knowledge about curses. We’ll find out more on Wednesday.

      Yeah…this was a good moment of bonding for both of them. 🥰

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