City Lounge: Berlin (Book Two, Chapter Five: Girls’ Night In)

Chapter Five: Girls’ Night In:

Sebastian had to work tonight. I felt a little sad when I got the text. I stared at my phone as I sighed. Stephanie grabbed me by the shoulders.

“What’cha doing?” she asked. My friend saw Sebastian’s text. “Oh.”  Stephanie took my phone out of my hand.

“Hey!” I shouted.

“”Forget about him right now,” she said. “This is our night.” My dear friend threw my friend across the room. I looked up at her. Stephanie broke into a big grin.

“Now with that out of the way,” she said. “What shall we do first?” I stared blankly. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Two, Chapter Four: Girls at Lunch)

Chapter Four: Girls at Lunch:

Stephanie invited me out to lunch today.

“Please?” she asked.

“I won’t have a long time with you,” I pointed.

“That’s fine with me,” Stephanie insisted. “I only get to see you on the weekends anyway. Where do you want to meet up?” She’s got that weird why of persuading me. I pressed my lips together as I tried to think. Uh… Um…

“Would you like to go to the deli?” I asked. “It’s fifteen minutes from where I work.”

“That will work,” she said.

“Good, I’ll send you the directions.” I got onto Google maps and sent it off to her via text. “Did you get them?”

“Yeah,” Stephanie said. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Two, Chapter One: Strange Guests)

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Two)

Chapter One: Strange Guests:


Ever since my day off, my friends won’t leave. Every weekend, Stephanie and Sebastian come over to my apartment and just hang around. They tend to forget how to go home. Another thing I can’t understand is how Sebastian found my place.

“I gave him your address,” Stephanie told me three weeks ago. She sounded so nonchalant about it too. I about died screaming.

“You did what? !” I cried.  Stephanine gave me a puzzled look.

“I thought you would be thrilled, ” she said.

“Yeah,  but you don’t have permission to give out other people’s addresses! ” I complained. More

City Lounge: New York (Book One, Chapter Eleven: Walking the Streets)

Chapter Eleven: Walking the Streets:


“You busy this Saturday?” Naomi asked as they walked through the streets of their Brooklyn neighborhood.

“Yeah,” Maggie said.

“Work again?”



“Some of have to work.”

Naomi put up her hands in a shrug. “Hey, I work too.”

“When was the last time you worked any photography job?”

“Last week.”

“Did you see any money from it?”

Naomi wrinkled her nose. “What are you, my mother?”

“Did you see any money from it?”


“How much?”


“How much did you make?”

Naomi dropped her shoulders and groaned. “Fifty!”

Maggie nodded. “Okay then.” More

City Lounge: New York (Book One, Chapter Six: Hook-Up Fail)

Chapter Six: Hook-Up Fail:


Naomi raced into the Chinese restaurant. She closed the door behind her, panting.

“Naomi?” the old lady behind the counter asked. “What’s the matter?” The woman with the poofy blonde hair looked around the restaurant until she spotted Maggie at their usual table.

“Naomi?” the old lady asked as she ran off. Maggie looked up to see her friends charging towards her.

“Naomi?” she asked. “What’s the matter? You act like you were being chased by the cops.” The other woman sat down, panting. Maggie slid her a glass of water across the table.

“Drink this,” she said. Naomi downed the whole glass and panted. Maggie gave her a strange look as tilted her head. More

City Lounge: New York (Book One, Chapter Four: The Comic Girl)

Chapter Four: The Comic Girl:


Hayley looked through her big olive green shoulder bag. Pencils, eraser, drafts, pens, drawing pad, colored ink, iPod, snacks, and her water. She adjusted the strap on her shoulder.

“I’m leaving now,” she said.

“Okay!” her mom shouted from the kitchen. Her father sat in his recliner watching TV. Hayley walked out the door. It always felt welcome to step out of that apartment. Her parents made her feel like she was chocking, but she couldn’t afford her own place at the moment. So, Hayley would lock herself in her room after work for the most part. More

City Lounge: New York (Book One, Chapter Two: Starbucks Line)

Chapter Two: Starbucks Line:


A black woman with frizzy black hair crossed the crowded street. She looked out in front of the Starbucks store as she stood on her tip-toes. Finally, she spotted a white woman with puffy hair pacing around with her cell phone out. It was in that instance the black woman’s phone buzzed. She took it out of her bag and looked at the screen.

“Where you at?” the text read. The woman typed her own response.

“Look up.”

The black woman looked up to see the white woman looking back at her. She raced over to the woman with phone in her hand. The other woman folded her arms across her chest and frowned. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book One, Chapter Fifteen: Sebastian + Emily)

Chapter Fifteen: Sebastian + Emily:

“Talk to me,” Sebastian said.

“About what?” I asked.

“Anything. Tell me anything about yourself. Engage me.”

“Okay… Uh… I love Germany.”


“My grandparents. They were from here.”

“Is that right?”

“Yes.” It felt like I was interviewed for a job. It didn’t help that he had his eyes locked on me. I felt like I was shrinking. “Why are you so interested in me?”

“Why not?”

I gave him a strange look. “Is that all?”

“Did you expect more?” I didn’t know whether to scream or grit my teeth at his smirk. Why did he have to be so good-looking? More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book One, Chapter Fourteen: House Party)

Chapter Fourteen: House Party:

Sebastian ended up taking us to this house party further into Kreuzburg. We stopped in front of a nice-looking house. Sebastian turned to us with his arms out.

“Welcome, to the first party of a life together!” he said. I had to admit, the house looked rather upscale, something I would see out of a magazine. The white bricks stood out in contrast to the darker-looking buildings. In fact, the lights from the inside shined brighter than the ones along the street.

“Who lives here?” Stephanie asked.

“My friend, Donna,” he said. “She’s a really good coworker of mine.” That beautiful man walked up to the door and knocked. He stepped back when it opened a crack. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book One, Chapter Thirteen: Night Wandering)

Chapter Thirteen: Night Wandering:

“So where are we going now?” Stephanie asked. Sebastian walked in front of us, chuckling.

“It’s a surprise,” he said.

“Can’t you give us a hint?” she asked.


Stephanie pouted. “You’re not fun!”

“It wouldn’t be fun to spoil the surprise.”

I stared at his back as we walked. Who was this beautiful man? Why was he so interested in us? We just met up this afternoon in the park and he hadn’t stopped following use around since. For some reason, most of his focus seems to be directed to me. Sebastian had told me a little bit about himself, but I still couldn’t figure him out. More

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