City Lounge: New York (Book Two, Chapter Thirteen: Izzie’s Future)

Chapter Thirteen: Izzie’s Future:

-Soho, Manhattan-

Kris looked up at Izzie on her laptop. “Have you thought about what you want for your future?”

Izzie didn’t look up from her screen. “Sometimes.”

“What do you plan to do when your writing career is over?”

“It won’t be over.”

“How can you be so sure about that?”

“It’s all that I can do.” Izzie glanced over at Kris as he sat on her futon. He had his arms behind his head. She raised her eyebrow.

“What about you?” Izzie asked.

“Become officer,” Kris said. “Retire at an old age, get married, and have children.”

“Have children?” she asked. Her boyfriend shrugged and nodded.

“Why not?” he asked. “I would love to see my family go on. Don’t you want children?”

“Not really,” Izzie said.

“Not really?”

“Babe, can you really see me raising any children? Think about that now.”

Kris frowned at the thought. “No…”


“But wouldn’t you want a child to call your own one day?”


“So, you’re just going to keep on writing until you die?”


Kris rubbed his forehead. “Anything else?”

“Maybe move to Japan.”

“What? Do you even have the money?”

“I’ve been saving up.”

“How much?”

“I don’t know.” Izzie raised her eyebrow when Kris threw back his head, groaning. “What?”

“You’re not taking this seriously,” he complained.

“I am!” she said. “Back. I want to keep writing in the future, even into old age. Plus, I always wanted to live in Japan ever since I was a little girl.”

“But do you have a plan to get to Japan?” Kris asked. “And what about Dianne and I?”

“I am working on getting Japan,” Izzie said. “You and Dianne have are always in my future. I’ve never been in a relationship this long before. It really mean something to me.”

“Will there be other people too?” he asked.

“Of course,” she said. “That’s just how it is with me. I told you that up front. I won’t ever lie and cheat on you and her.”

“But will we ever be enough?”

“Why are you asking me this now? Did those jerks on the base say something to you again? I keep telling you they are just a bunch of assholes who don’t get it.”

Kris shook his head. “It’s not that.”

“Did your mother say something to you?”

“Sort of…”

Izzie rolled her chair over to him. “What did she say? Don’t lie to me.” Her boyfriend lowered his eyes.

“She just keeps asking when you and I are getting married,” he admitted.

“Did you tell her that I don’t want to get married?” the author asked.

“Mom won’t listen,” Kris said. Izzie threw back her head and groaned.

“Seriously?” she asked.

“She wants to be a grandmother too.”

“Damn it.” Izzie buried her face in her hands. She peeked between the cracks of her fingers. “What do you want?”

“Excuse me?”

His girlfriend lowered her hands. “Do you want to get married and have children?”

“Yes,” he said.

“Is that really what you want?” Izzie asked. Kris pulled her into his arms.

“You,” he said. “I just really want you.” She gave him a quick kiss on the lips.

“In any way?” the author asked.

“Yes,” Kris said. Izzie kissed him again.

“I don’t think we should talk about the future right now,” she said. “At least, not without Dianne too, okay?” Kris patted her on the lower back.

“Okay,” he said. Izzie gave him one more kiss before she slipped out of his grip. She rolled her chair back to her laptop and resumed work. Kris smiled and shook his head to himself. He guessed that he would have to hold off on trying to marry her and having children to appease his mother desperate for grandchild.

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