City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Nine: The Chill Out Lounge)

Chapter Nine: The Chill Out Lounge:

There is a small space above a bar in the West Village. Only a small amount of people go up the stairs to hang out. Today, Shane, Hayley, Naomi, and Maggie sat on a stuffy purple couch. Maggie held her juice to her chest.

“Is it okay for us to be up here?” she asked.

“Of course!” Hayley said. “We’re always up here all the time.” She stretched out her legs, turning her ankles.

“Cute toenails,” Naomi said. Hayley looked down at her light purple toenails.

“Thanks,” she said. “I had them done when mom and I went to visit grandma last weekend.” More

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City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Seven: Good Friends)

Chapter Seven: Good Friends:

Maggie’s shift didn’t begin until eleven. She and Naomi walked through the city. Naomi leaned on her shoulder. Maggie pushed her off.

“Get off,” she said. Naomi looked up at her, pouting.

“Don’t be mean,” she complained.

“You are too old to be acting like this,” Maggie said. “We aren’t kids anymore.

“Hussy,” Naomi said. She stuck her tongue out at her. Maggie rolled her eyes and groaned. It’s always been like this since they were kids.

“So what are you doing today?” Naomi asked.

“Work,” Maggie said. “And you?” The photographer broke into a huge grin. More

City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Six: Elle)

Chapter Six: Elle:

She’s her own woman. Elle knows what she wants and loves who she loves. She had been dating Grace for about three years now.  Now that gay marriage was legal in America. Maybe it was time to settle down officially.

But first came the prep work. Enter Dianne.

“Have you thought about marrying Izzie?” Elle asked her Scottish friend in the jewelry store.

“No,” Dianne said as she looked at the diamonds under the glass. Elle looked up at her.

“Are you serious?” she asked. The journalist shrugged.

“Does she want to marry Kris?” Elle asked.

“No,” Dianne said. The actress looked up at her. More

City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Five: Dancing Queen)

Chapter Five: Dancing Queen:

Hayley always had one place to go on Saturdays. Last year, she convinced her friend, Miko, to come to New York from Japan.

“You’ll have a greater chance of becoming a hip hop dancer in the States than in Japan,” Hayley said over the phone. “Think of it as branching out your studio.”

“I’m not sure…” she said.

“Just try it out for a few months and if you don’t like it, you can go back to Japan,” Hayley said.

“I’ll take about it,” Miko said. One year later, Hayley stood in front of the glass doors of Studio Idol Dragon. More

City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Two: Baby Please Come Back)

Chapter Two: Baby Please Come Back:

Maggie awoke to her cell phone ringing. She grumbled as she reached around for it.

“What the hell? Who the hell is calling me this early?” She put the phone to her ear. “Hello?”

“Baby?” a man’s voice. Maggie wrinkled her nose.

“Ronnie?” she asked. “What do you want?”

“I miss you,” he said.

“I don’t. It’s one in the morning. What do you want?”

“I miss you and I want you back.”

Maggie snorted. “I am not doing this shit again.”

“Baby.”

“Don.t Just don’t!”

“But why?”

“We are over.”

“But why? We can try again, can’t we?” 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

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Three, Chapter Thirteen: Dividing and Cleaning)

Chapter Thirteen: Dividing and Cleaning:

I didn’t have hopes on the acting troupe to clean up Stephanie’s apartment. But, they were helpful will clearing out everything she had been hoarding. I didn’t expect them to come over right away. I looked up when I heard the doorbell ring.

“I’ll get it!” Stephanie said. She leapt up and hurried over to the door. I looked up in time to see her opening the door to her acting troupe. My jaw dropped.

“Hello, Garth!” she said.

“Hey,” he said. “How’s it been?”

“Oh, we’re just cleaning up my flat here,” Stephanie said. I came around just in time to see Garth give her an odd look. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Three, Chapter Twelve: Cleaning House)

Chapter Twelve: Cleaning House:

Stephanie led us back to her apartment. I wouldn’t let her stall. She kept looking over her shoulder at Sebastian and me. He had his hands stuffed into his pockets. I had my hands on my hips.

“Don’t try to pull anything on us,” I said. “Take us straight to your apartment.”

“Yeah, yeah,” she said, brushing me off.

“I mean it!” I said.

“I know!” Stephanie said back. We finally made it to her front door. She turned to Sebastian.

“Welcome to my flat of doom,” she said. “Em’s already been here today.”

“It’s a mess,” I said. Stephanie frowned at me. More

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. More

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