City Lounge: New York (Book One, Chapter One: Izzie’s World)

Chapter One: Izzie’s World:

-Soho, Manhattan-

A curvaceous black woman stood on the balcony of her apartment and raised her arms in the air.

“Hell yes, New York!” she shouted. “Good fucking morning! Yeah! Heck yeah, baby! Yahoo!” The woman broke into loud laughter over her neighborhood with hands on her hips.

“What are you doing, Izzie?” a man asked behind her. The woman turned to see a muscled white man standing in the doorway with short brown curly hair and no shirt. She gave him a goofy smile.

“Oh good morning, honey,” she said sounding angelic. The man rolled his eyes and sighed.

“You have to stop doing things like this,” he said.


“Because you’re just acting weird again.”

Izzie tilted her head at the man as she tried to keep her eyes on his face. “How long have you known me, Kris?”

The man frowned. “That’s still no excuse to go out and shout at your neighborhood morning after morning. Now get back inside. Everyone can see that you aren’t wearing panties under your gown.”

Izzie gave him a little pout. “I thought you liked that about me last night.”

“Get back inside.”

She puffed up her cheeks.”Fine, fine.” Izzie headed back into the apartment, but not before kissing him on the cheek. Kris smiled and followed her into the apartment.


The couple found a white woman with brown hair to her shoulders sitting at the kitchen table, reading a newspaper. Izzie’s face lit up as she came around to the woman’s side.

“Good morning, Diane!” she said. She leaned over and kissed the woman on the cheek. Diane glanced up from her newspaper at Izzie still in her nightgown.

“You’re still not dressed?” she asked.

“No?” Izzie said.

“I have been up since five today. I got up, walked the dog, got coffee, returned my books-on-tape, and came back here. What have you been doing?”

Izzie was too lost in that Scottish accent to listen. “I’m sorry, what?” Diane rolled her eyes.

“Whatever,” she mumbled.

The three lovers sat at the table, eating breakfast.

“So, what’s everyone doing today?” Izzie asked.

“I have training this morning,” Kris said.

“How long will that last?”

He did a quick count on his hand. “I think about six weeks.”


“I don’t mind it. It’s nice to get out Soho once in a while.”

Izzie turned her attention to Diane. “And what are you doing today?”

“I have to work today.”

“Any interesting stories you’re working on?”

“Just the typical stories around the city.”

“No juicy scandals?”


Izzie sat back and pouted. “That sounds boring.”

“And what are you doing today?” Diane asked. The dark-skinned woman raised her arms above her head.

“Writing,” she said.

“You still working on that book?” Kris asked.

“I’m just about finished.” Izzie took another drink of her hot chocolate. “Kathy’s coming over to check on my progress today.” Diane and Kris frowned and groaned.

“What?” their girlfriend asked.

“Please don’t do anything weird with that woman,” Diane said. Izzie tried to look all sweet and innocent.

“I don’t know what you are talking about,” she said.

“You always give that poor lady hell,” Kris said. “Why do you do that?” Izzie smiled and shook her head as she shrugged. Diane pressed her hand to her forehead as she sighed.

“Are we going to eat together today or am I going to be eating alone again?” Izzie asked.

“I’ll shoot you a text,” Diane said.

“Same,” Kris said.

“And this weekend?” Izzie asked.

“I’m going to be training the whole day on Saturday,” Kris said.

“I have church in Sunday morning,” Diane said. “But I’m freed after that.” Izzie put down her cup.

“Okay, that’s settled,” she said. “Let’s all have lunch and dinner together on Sunday,” she said. Her lovers didn’t say a word. Diane happened to glance over at the microwave over her toasted cherry pastry.

“Oh, I have to go,” she said. She shoved the rest of her pastry and stood up. Izzie cleared her throat. Diane froze and saw her girlfriend tapping her lips. She swallowed her pastry and gave her a quick kiss on the lips.

“See you this evening,” Izzie said. Diane grabbed her bag and headed out the door. Izzie turned to Kris.

“When do you head for training?” she asked.

“Ten this morning,” he said.

“Are you coming back today?”

“Probably not, but I will stop in on Wednesday.”

“Are you staying the night?”


“So a short stay then?”


Izzie pressed her lips together as she nodded. “Okay.” She finished her breakfast and cleaned up after herself and Diane’s place at the table.

“Starting the work day?” Kris asked.

“Yep,” Izzie said. “Wish me luck.” Kris gave her a little salute.

“Good luck,” he said. His girlfriend flashed him a V-sign and walked back to her office. Kris finished his coffee as he heard the door close.

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