City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Eight: I am My Own Woman)

Chapter Eight: I am My Own Woman:

-Sophie-

A thought crossed my mind as I sat in my living room, watching telly. Why does everyone keep trying to control me? I will be thirty soon. I can take care of myself. Mum has tried to plan out my life for herself. And looks where it got me. I’m just happy I got out before I was thirty. I couldn’t stand any of them. My mates have been asking me questions all afternoon now. I’m tempted to turn off my phone to ignore them, but then I would miss Paul’s texts.

I rubbed my forehead. More

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City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Seven: My Mate, Jay)

Chapter Seven: My Mate, Jay:

-Paul-

I was supposed to be going home. But then, Jay came along. Oh, boy. Whenever he comes along, all of my plans end up going out the window. He always manages to find me somehow. How did he find me this time? Let me tell you.

I was trying to go home when I had the idea to take my usual shortcut because I was just that lazy. It was supposed to be simple. Just walk down the alley, cross the street, walk past the old sandwich shop, and make it back to the flat.

It started out that way. But then, my mobile buzzed. More

City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Six: Old Times in Love)

Chapter Six: Old Times in Love:

-Sophie-

As I slept in my bed, I began to dream about the days Paul and I were dating. I will never get tired of bringing it up. He was the love of my life. I still don’t know we broke up. He doesn’t know the answer either. It makes me sad, really.

Enough about that. Onto happier thoughts.

College was the best of our years. Sometimes, we didn’t spend that much time with our mates. Why would we need to? We had our own little world to dwell in. We pulled each other closer in each day. I basked in every minute of it. More

City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Five: Street Performance)

Chapter Five: Street Performance:

-Paul-

I turned down the corner of the street when I heard loud music blaring further down. Hm? Is there a parade today or something? Curious, I followed the sound. I noticed two other people were following the sound as well. The music sounded like 90’s hip-hop from America. I couldn’t remember the artist off of the top of my head, but I know the song. I noticed a woman walking by with a baby stroller.

“Excuse me,” I spoke up. She turned her head.

“What’s going on today?” I asked. “Is there like a parade or something?” The woman shook her head and walked on. Okay then… More

City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Four: Free on Her Own)

Chapter Four: Free on Her Own:

-Sophie-

I’m free. I’m free! I felt like running around London. I was finally free! But now what? I didn’t think about that at the moment. I was too busy enjoying being free. No stupid ass boss to ruin my life. No annoying coworkers to put up with. No soul-crushing work that mean nothing. No stuffy walls around me. I was free!

I made it to the park and flopped down onto the grass. The sky looked so blue today. It’s always looked grey to me until now. I reached up as if to grab a cloud. What could I do with my time now? More

City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Three: Out on the Streets)

Chapter Three: Out on the Streets:

-Paul-

I think I might have created a monster. Sophie wrote to me saying that she was going to quit her job today. I didn’t know how to reply to that. I just gave her a thumbs up and hit send. I do not have a good feeling about this.

I walked over to my nightstand and opened the drawer. Aw, damn. I’m out of fags. When did that happen? I frowned to myself. Do I really have to go out today? I threw back head and groaned.

Then, my mobile buzzed.

I picked it up and there was Sophie again. She’s probably texting me with the results of her mission. Either she’s gone through with it or changed her mind. More

City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Two: Goodbye to Summer)

Chapter Two: Goodbye to Summer:

-Sophie-

Autumn will begin tomorrow. I still have to work today. I don’t know why my boss has to pick me to do it. I still think she hates me. I stared in front of the ladies’ room mirror. Why am I really here? The work I come to work, the more I start to hate myself. I am starting to think that the money is not worth it anymore.

My phone buzzed in my purse. I took it out and looked at the screen. Oh wow, Paul did text back. My heart began to pound against my chest.

I just had to open it. More

City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter One: Happy New Day)

City Lounge: London: Book Three

Chapter One: Happy New Day:

-Paul-

The sun slipping through my blinds, waking me up. I grumbled and rolled over onto my side. I am not a morning person. I think it should be illegal to be forced to get up so early in the morning. I pressed my pillow over my head. Mornings like this are what remind me of my life growing up.

Even back then I didn’t want to get up for school. My mum would come into my room and start singing. She would do it so loudly. I would cover my head with the pillow until I surrendered. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Three, Chapter Fifteen: Mr. Smooth)

Chapter Fifteen: Mr. Smooth:

Sunday night rolled around. We were going to meet Sugar Bear Brown at the club. We all waited outside of Club Crisis. To my surprise, there was a long line. I hadn’t expected the clubs to fill up on a Sunday. Does anyone in Berlin ever sleep?

“Pretty full night, isn’t it?” I whispered to Meg.

“Yeah,” she said. “That’s Berlin’s nightlife for you.”

“You don’t say,” I said. Surprisingly, the line started moving along really fast. Pretty soon, we were in the front. Stephanie managed to charm her way for us to get in. The bouncer didn’t say a word as he left us in. I nodded my head as I walked by. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Three, Chapter Fourteen: Stephanie’s Boyfriend)

Chapter Fourteen: Stephanie’s Boyfriend:

As we were cleaning and diving up Stephanie’s junk, I hear her phone ringing.

“Stephanie!” I shouted from her room. “Your phone’s ringing!”

“Okay!” she said. I looked at her phone charging on the nightstand. When I caught a glimpse of the name I got puzzled. Who’s Sugar Bear Brown? I looked up when Stephanie burst through the door. I stepped aside as she picked up her phone.

“Hello?” she asked. “Babe! How have you been?” I watched as she moved around in the spot where she had her phone charging. Wait… Does Stephanie have a boyfriend now? When did this happen? Who was he? Why hadn’t she said anything? Did her troupe know? More

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