City Lounge: Berlin (Book Three, Chapter Eleven: The New Emily)

Chapter Eleven: The New Emily:

Already with my new hair I felt like a new person. I couldn’t stop looking at myself in the mirror. Stephanie had to tap me on the shoulder and clear my throat.

“I know you’re pretty,” she said. “But we’re not done.” I turned with a curious look on my face.

“Oh?” I asked.

“Wait here,” she said. Stephanie disappeared down the hall to the living room. When she came back, she had the bag in her hand.

“We just need to add the final touches,” she said. I found myself smiling.

“Yes ma’am,” I said. I sat down on the toilet and waited. Stephanie got right to work.

“You really don’t need that much,” she said. “That’s why I didn’t go overboard for you.”

“Then why did you get a big bag of cosmetics?” I asked.

“Those are for me!” she said.

“Figures,” I said. She didn’t really use that much make-up on me as she said. I think only my lips and eyes were done up.

“Your freckles are so cute,” Stephanie said. “They really don’t need much done to them.”

“If you say so,” I said.

“I know so,” she said. “And I mean it. Now keep still.” My friend resumed her work. I could only think about looking at myself in the mirror again.

———

My look wasn’t complete until I made it home. Once I changed clothes, I was ready to model it off. I called up Stephanie and Sebastian.

“There is something I have to show you,” I typed in a text. I smiled as I hit send. Knowing them, it will take them close to an hour to get here. I looked at the clock in the kitchen. I guess I have a little time to get ready. I turned to the TV and turned on some swing music. I could already see how to would turn out.

———

Around six o’clock, the doorbell buzzed.

“Coming!” I shouted. I raced over to the door and peeked out the peephole. My friends stood outside waiting.

“Oh good, you made it,” I said.

“What did you want to show us?” Sebastian asked. I smiled as I chuckled.

“I’m going to unlock the door now,” I said. “You all just wait in the living room, okay?” I could hear Stephanie giggling from outside.

“Alright, I guess…” Sebastian said. I smiled and unlocked the door. I was able to get away just in time. I made my way down the hall. My friends walked into the living room as I freshened myself up.

“One moment, please!” I shouted. I smiled at one last look. I turned and walked down the hall. I managed to play a trumpet sound from my phone. I cleared my throat.

“Ladies and gentlemen!” I shouted. “I give you… the New Emily Crawford!” I giggled and started strutting out. I had on my black capri pants and dark red tube top. My lips were dark red while I had on light white eye shadow. My hair finished off the look. I twirled around.

“Well? What do you think?” I asked. Stephanie smiled and winked. Sebastian whistled.

“What brought about this change?” he asked.

“I just wanted it,” I said. “Stephanie helped me out.” My best friend smiled and nodded.

“I like it,” Sebastian said. I walked over and kissed him on the cheek. He pulled into his lap.

“I personally want to keep this look for a while,” I said.

“I can help you with your clothes too,” Stephanie said. I turned my head.

“You serious?” I asked.

“Yeah,” she said.

“Nice,” I said. “Maybe I can help you unpack.” Stephanie gave me a strange look.

“Huh?” she asked.

“You know, all of those boxes in your apartment,” I said. “You still haven’t finished unpacking, have you?” She shrugged and rubbed her forehead.

“Been too busy, I guess,” she said.

“It’s about to be fall,” I said. “You’ve had all summer.”

“Well, you know…” Stephanie said. I sighed and rolled my eyes.

“That settles it,” I said. I turned to my boyfriend. “Are you busy for the rest of the day?”

“No,” he said. I slapped my thighs and stood up.

“That settles it!” I said. “We’re going over to your place and cleaning it up!” Stephanie had a confused look on her face.

“Huh?” she asked.

“Come on, Stephanie,” I said. “You can’t be fine with just the bathroom and kitchen being clean in your apartment. We’ll help you unpack and maybe throw some things out.”

“Wait, what?!” she shouted. “We don’t have to do that now!”

“We must!” I said. “You haven’t been doing a good job of that beside yourself. Sebastian and I are going to help you rectify the situation.”

“But what about your look?” my best friend asked. I smiled like a cat.

“It will be fine,” I said. “It’s not like I’ve painted my nails or anything. I can do that tomorrow.” I didn’t know what it was, but I just had this sudden energy to take charge, be the one in control. I put my hands on my hips. My face said that I was going to be playing around with this. Stephanie had a sheepish look on her face.

“Do we have to throw anything out?” she asked. “Can’t I keep some things?”

“That will depend what they are,” I said. “Ooo! We can have snacks and drinks while we unpack.”

“I like how that sounds,” Sebastian said. I clapped my hands as I jumped.

“That’s settled then,” I said. “We will go and get to work right now!” I turned and walked down the hall. Once I grabbed my purse out of my room, I came back into the living room.

“Ready to go?” I asked. Stephanie gave me a blank stare.

“You mean now?” she asked.

“Yes, now,” I said.

“Oh, you were serious,” my friend said.

“Yes,” I said again. “Get up and get going! Come on, let’s go!” I practically had to push my friends out the door to get moving along on my new mission.

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