City Lounge: Berlin (Book Three, Chapter One: Living Wild)

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Three)

Chapter One: Living Wild:

-Emily-

Stephanie was the one to push things further. She turned to me one day while sitting on the couch.

“Is this all you do all day?” she asked. I lifted my head from my book.

“Huh?” I asked.

“Do you just read when you have days off?” Stephanie asked.

“Not always,” I said. “You and Sebastian always try to drag me out everywhere.”

“And when we don’t?”

I tilted my head, thinking. “I do clean the house with the TV on in the background.” She pretended to yawn.

“What?” I asked.

“It all sounds so boring,” Stephanie said.

“I’m not a real party person,” I said.

“You don’t have to be,” she said. “You could just go outside once in a while.”

“But I don’t feel like it.”

“And that’s the problem.”

“Huh?”

Stephanie leaned in closer with a cat-like grin on her face. “Let’s go up to the roof.” I blinked at her.

“Why?” I asked. She grabbed onto my arm.

“Let’s go,” she whispered. My best friend dragged me out of my living room before I had a chance to speak up. Stephanie broke out laughing as we ran faster.

———-

The weekend said that it was going to windy. It wasn’t so bad this morning. The sun hid weakened in the sky. Stephanie and my bright red hair blew through the wind on the roof. I could hear the traffic below. My friend held out her arms and threw back her head.

“Ah!” she said. “This is much better.” I narrowed my eyes.

“Why are we up here?” I asked. Stephanie looked at me.

“No offense, Em, but the walls of your living room were boring me,” she said. “I can’t stand staying in one room for too long.” Stephanie walked over to the edge and leaned over.

“You need to out more, girl,” she said.

“So, you say,” I muttered. I walked over to her and leaned over the edge next to her. Stephanie turned to me, smiling.

“How are things going with Sebastian?” she asked.

“Good,” I said, nodding. “Really good.”

“Oh? How good?”

My cheeks turned bright pink. “I can’t tell you that!” Stephanie pouted at me.

“Aw, don’t be like that!” she said.

“I don’t like to kiss and tell when it is this early.”

“Okay, fair enough.”

“What about you?”

“What about me?”

“Have you found someone yourself?”

Stephanie pushed back her bangs from her forehead. “No, I’m not really looking though.” I tilted my head.

“Why is that?” I asked.

“I don’t really know,” she said. “I have been busying with the acting troupe and you.” I blinked with a puzzled look on my face.

“Me?” I asked. “Why would I be stopping you from finding somebody?” Stephanie put her arm around my shoulders and rubbed on them.

“You have to get out of your shell sometime,” she said.

“Stephanie…”

“Come on! This is Berlin! You need to get out and live a little!”

“But I don’t like to party.”

“You don’t have to do that. You can go to the libraries, the movies, museums, or even the park. Heck, go to the beach if you have to!”

I frowned as I furrowed my brow. “But it’s only October.”

“So?” Stephanie shrugged. “Why should that stop you?”

“It’s too cold to go swimming.”

“Swimming? You can do that in the pools in the gym. You can just walk around with Sebastian on the beach and enjoy the scenery.” My cheeks turned pink again.

“True…” I said.  I turned my head. Stephanie pulled me in closer. I could feel her chin on top of my head.

“Uh… what are you doing?” I asked.

“I’ve got a little challenge for you,” she whispered. I glanced up at her, wrinkling my nose.

“Why?” I asked.

“Hear me out,” she said. “I want you to take next Saturday and do something that you normally wouldn’t do.” I opened my mouth.

“Don’t talk,” she said. “Just listen. Close your mouth and listen.” Feeling like I didn’t have a choice, I closed my mouth.

“Good,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be so big. You could like just go out to a new cafe for lunch or something. Get tea instead of coffee. Or go see a movie. Just anything that would be different than what you would normally do out of your Saturday.”

“Why are you telling me this?” I asked. Stephanie let go out me and looked onto the Saturday morning view.

“It just kills me to see you waste away in that apartment all day,” she said. “If Sebastian and I never came along, you would never leave, would you?” I pressed my lips together as my eyes shifted away.

“Uh… well…” I mumbled. Stephanie slapped me on the back.

“Exactly!” she said.

“Ow,” I said under my breath. She turned around with a huge smile on her face.

“I’ll help you out, in fact,” my best friend said. “I will take you along with my troupe. Some of them are a bit weird, but they are good people.” I frowned as I wrinkled my nose.

“No good?” Stephanie asked. “How about if you went with Sebastian instead?” I looked down at my hands as I started to play with them above my chest.

“Maybe…” I said. My best friend turned around and clapped her hands.

“Alright, I found the way!” she said. “Sebastian will help you get out more on some days and I will cover the other days! This will be perfect! We will both have you out in Berlin living life to the fullest before you know!” The whole time, I stood there with a blank expression on my face. What is she talking about? She turned back to the scenery over the roof once more. I just stood there, trying to figure her out again.

“Lovely day, isn’t it?” she asked.

“Yeah…” I said looking out at the view with her.

I had no idea how this project of hers was going to end up changing me in the end.

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