City Lounge: New York (Book Two, Chapter Three: Tough, Old Broad)

Chapter Three: Tough, Old Broad:

Her name is Lily Thatcher. And she doesn’t take shit from anybody. She’s seen New York in 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. In her 70’s, Lily is proud that she stopped giving a shit over the little things long ago.

Maybe that ‘s why Naomi admires her so much.

Today, Lily sat on couch, smoking a cigarette. Maggie and Naomi sat across the room.

“So,” Naomi said. “How have you been?”

“Good, honey,” Lily said. She stuffed her thin cigarette between her thin lips. It was going to be another hot day around the city. Lily had the air conditioner blasting overhead. More

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City Lounge: London (Book Two, Chapter Fourteen: Camera Love)

Chapter Fourteen: Camera Love:

-Sophie-

When was the last time I held a camera? I sat in my room and stared at my first camera. It was like one of those toys that made the clicking noise, but took no pictures. Dad gave it to me for my fourth birthday. I don’t remember a day where that plastic red and yellow camera wasn’t with me. Mum would try and hide from me when I had it pointed at her. When I got older, the equipment got more advanced.

I had always loved taking pictures from when I was a little girl. Those cameras felt so good in my hands. A cell phone can’t match the feel of a classic camera. I don’t understand where that love went. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Two, Chapter Fifteen: New World)

Chapter Fifteen: New World:

I feel like it’s a new era for me.

When I got up this morning, it felt like the sun was shining on me. Despite the calls for rain today, I could still feel warm all over. I probably could’ve gotten lost in that movie, Singing in the Rain, if it did rain. I walked into work, smiling.

“Good morning,” I said to the receptionist. The small blonde woman looked up at me while she was on the phone and waved. I waved back before heading to the elevator. For once, I didn’t mind the old German music playing on the way up. I even felt like dancing to it. Who cares if the cameras were watching or not? More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Two, Chapter Twelve: Pushing the Limit II)

Chapter Twelve: Pushing the Limit II:

I am not getting satisfaction. I don’t know why I’m pushing it either. We’ve only been on a few dates. It shouldn’t be serious, right? We’re in a stable relationship now. There’s nothing wrong with taking it slow. People still do that, you know? But I do like kissing him. I did promise him to be my first. Plus, Stephanie keeps asking when are we going to do it.

“We could’ve last night,” I said.

“Then what happened?” she asked. I dropped my shoulders and sighed.

“We fell asleep,” I said. My crazy friend frowned.

“That’s it?” she asked.

“Yeah.” More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Two, Chapter Ten: Couple Celebration)

Chapter Ten: Couple Celebration:

That same evening, Stephanie learned the news that Sebastian and I became a couple again. She clapped her hands together and grinned.

“Wow! I’m so happy for you!” she said.

“Thanks,” I said. We already told you this and you went back to sleep! Stephanie jumped to her feet.

“Let’s celebrate!” she said. I gave her a blank stare.

“You were too bored to do anything a couple of hours ago,” I pointed out. My crazy friend raised her arms in the air.

“I’m awake now,” she said. “It’s time to celebrate the happy couple!” Stephanie marched over to my door. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Two, Chapter Eight: Sweet City in Berlin)

Chapter Eight: Sweet City in Berlin:

Sebastian and I have been on three dates now. He’s a really sweet guy. His wild nature kind of scared me at first. But, I am coming to accept that as part of who he is. Sebastian is really good to me. He doesn’t try to push me to be something that I am not. He’s even as patient with me. Everything has been going great. (I’m not sure when is the right time to call him my boyfriend or if he wants that yet.) Stephanie is also cheering us on.

“You two are so cute together,” she told me last week. I sat there at the table blushing. More

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:

-Emily-

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:

-Brooklyn-

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

“Yeah,” Maggie said.

“Work again?”

“Yeah.”

“Bummer.”

“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?”

“Yes!”

“How much?”

“Really?”

“How much did you make?”

Naomi dropped her shoulders and groaned. “Fifty!”

Maggie nodded. “Okay then.” More

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