City Lounge: New York (Book Two, Chapter Four: Alone Down Time)

Chapter Four: Alone Down Time:

Izzie barely gets days like this anymore. In the beginning of her adult life, she lived alone. Some of her lovers spent the night with her, but they never live with her. Izzie enjoyed being alone. That all changed when Kris and Dianne entered the picture.

It started out subtle. Her current lovers would leave small items in the spare rooms. Occasionally, Izzie would notice. She call up Kris or Dianne let them know that they left a watch or a pen between.

“Oh,” they would say. “I’ll come by a pick it up later.” That later almost never really came. Then, more and more things of theirs stayed to never leave her apartment. Izzie took notice as she looked around.

“Where did all of this come from?” she asked.

“Home,” Kris and Dianne said.

“Why?” their girlfriend asked. She didn’t remember getting a straight answer from them.

“Your apartment’s so much nicer,” Dianne said. “So big and quiet.”

“Yeah, it’s a nice change from being surrounded by other men in the barracks,” Kris said. Izzie raised her eyebrow.

“Okay…” she said. “But that doesn’t explain why your stuff is here.”

“Well…” Dianne said.

“We just thought it would look better at your place,” Kris said. The journalist was quick to nod along with him. Izzie gave up on asking why again. They would just avoid the question with more lame reasoning. If they wanted to move in, why couldn’t they have just asked. The writer rubbed her forehead.

I don’t need this!

To be fair, Kris and Dianne didn’t really live with Izzie. But they might as well have. Ever since they practically started living in the apartment, the writer barely had any alone time.

Days like today were welcomed with open arms. Izzie sat down at her computer and smiled. Sure, she had her new book to work on, but why dive into that right now?  There was no one to ride her ass about it. Kathy was out on vacation at the moment and a deadline wasn’t even set up. Dianne would be having a long day at work while Kris had his training. Izzie looked around her and giggled.

“You know?” she said to herself. “This feels like a good day to play Sims 4!” She logged into her Origin account and fired up her game. The writer looked around and found herself cell phone. On tap on the screen to YouTube and she was all set to waste away her me time.


Two hours in, her phone rang. Izzie sighed when she was it was Dianne calling her. She took out her earbuds and swiped the call button on the screen.

“Hello?” she asked.

“Hey, Babes,” Dianne said.

“How are you doing?”

“I’m good. I’m calling to see how you are doing.”

Izzie all but laughed. “Why would you need to check on me? I’m not a child. I will be twenty-six next year, you know.”

“So you are working on your book and not wasting time playing Sims 4?”

“Of course I am! Why wouldn’t I be? I’m fishing for new ideas right now!”

“You’re not lying to me, are you?”

“Why would I do that?”

“I don’t trust you sometimes.”

Izzie slumped back into her chair. “Why do you have to be so harsh like that?”

“Because I know how you are.”

“But I am working so hard today!” The writer almost started whimpering.

“Okay, okay,” Dianne said. “I believe you.”

“Thank you, Izzie said. “How long are you going to be at work tonight?”

“I think about one or two in the morning.”

“That long?”

“Yeah, I have to train the newbies again. And I have to cover the shift of another girl who collapsed this morning.”

“Oh! What happened?”

“We don’t know yet. She’s in the hospital at the moment and another coworker and I had to cover her work. I don’t know how long that will be. I hope that it won’t be too long.”

“Ooo, good luck, my love.”


“Hey, when the work tone down for you and Kris, can we all eat out at the new Thai restaurant?”

“Sure. I have to get off now and get back to work.”

“Okay, love you.”

“I love you too. Work hard on your book.”

“Yeah, yeah. Bye-bye.”

“Bye.” After they hung up, Izzie dove straight back into Sims 4. She had a good feeling that Kris would call and check in on her this evening. Best to get in her Sims play before he too called her and reminded her that she still had a book to work on.

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