City Lounge: Paris (Book Four, Chapter Three: Dumb Complaining)

Chapter Three: Dumb Complaining:

I am happy not to be at work today. Lately, things have gotten dumb. The boss was fine but my coworkers were not so much. Why has everyone decided to drop their problems on me all of a sudden? I am not the head of the complaint department. Last time I checked, I was not moved to HR.

But they are still coming to me. Yesterday alone brought five people over to me with their little problems. I just sat there and listened and nodded as they talked to me. What else could I do? They wouldn’t go away. More


City Lounge: Paris (Book Four, Chapter Two: Simone and the Family)

Chapter Two: Simone and the Family:

Marie invited us to lunch with the family. Simone told me when she got out of the shower.

“Oh,” she said. “Mama wants us to stop by her place for lunch today.” I sat up with a confused look on my face.

“Huh?” I asked.

“Is something wrong?” Simone asked. I quickly shook my head.

“No,” I said. “No, no!” I climbed out of my bed. “It was just so sudden.”

“Yeah, Mama likes to be with the family on All Saints’ Day,” she said.

“I did not know that,” I said. I walked over to the bathroom. Okay, I didn’t expect this. I wanted it to be just her and me today. Oh well, I guess. More

City Lounge: Paris (Book Four, Chapter One: Sinking into Bliss)

City Lounge: Paris: Book Four

Chapter One: Sinking into Bliss:


I keep falling down the blissful rabbit hole. Simone crawled up on top of me and kissed me on the lips. I chuckled as I kissed her back. I looked deep into her eyes.

“You’re pretty frisky this morning, aren’t you?” she asked. She giggled and caressed me on the cheek. We had just finished Halloween and the love was still going strong.

“Are you doing anything today?” I asked.

“No,” she said. I could still smell that baby powder on her body. Little specks of glitter still stuck to her skin. I couldn’t help but smile. More

City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Fifteen: All of the Girls of New York)

Chapter Fifteen: All of the Girls of New York:

The girls all sat in Lily’s living room. Izzie took a sip of her raspberry tea.

“Got my manuscript turned in on time,” she said. Diane gave her some side-eye.

“After Kathy had to chase you do the street,” she said. Her girlfriend gave her a goofy smile as she shrugged.

“Why do you keep doing that to her?” Hayley asked.

“It’s fun?” Izzie asked. Everyone threw back their heads and groaned.

“What?” the author asked with an innocent look on her face. Diane rubbed her forehead.

“You can’t keep doing this to her, you know?” she asked.

“You’re sounding like Kris,” Izzie said. She took another sip of her tea. More

City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Fourteen: Little Moments)

Chapter Fourteen: Little Moments:

Kris sat on the couch with a small smile on his face. Izzie sat on his lap and giggled.

“I thought he would never leave,” she said.

“Why do you keep paying him attention?” Kris asked. His girlfriend shrugged.

“I don’t know anymore,” she said. “I don’t want to talk about him. Can we talk about anything else?” Kris gave her an odd look.

“Like what?” he asked.

“Anything, really,” Izzie said. She playfully tapped him on the nose.

“Boop. Boop. Boop,” the author said as she did it again and again. Kris swatted her hand away. More

City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Thirteen: Carmen on the Hunt)

Chapter Thirteen: Carmen on the Hunt:

Carmen’s looking for another love again. Or least some fun in bed. Summer Friday nights were the best time to get laid. Tonight was going to be no exception.

She went all out to look drop-dead gorgeous. Carmen felt like going out for gold and red tonight. Her bright red top showed off her midriff. The gold and white skirt flowed to her ankles. Carmen admired her deep red toenails. She was so happy to wear her little silver toe rings as well. After adding her rings, necklace, earrings, make-up, and a little perfume, she was ready to go.

So out the door she went. More

City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Twelve: Cut Ties in the City)

Chapter Twelve: Cut Ties in the City:

Why was she even out here? This was just like the same moment that she and Sabrina broke up. Izzie rubbed her forehead. She did manage to get rid of Jermone when he wasn’t looking about twenty minutes ago. She just saw her opportunity and took off running. Izzie grinned to herself as she did so. The author didn’t even take a look around her to see who was watching.

Sadly, that joy was shortlived as she got another call on her phone.

At first, Izzie thought it was Dianne or Kris calling to ask where she was. She smiled as she picked up her phone. But then, her heart dropped. More

City Lounge: New York (Book Three, Chapter Eight: Kris + Izzie II)

Chapter Eight: Kris + Izzie II:

She drives him crazy and she won’t marry him. But, why won’t he leave her? His close friend, Katie, doesn’t understand it.

“She’s clearly pushing you to your wit’s end,” she said as she climbed into his car.

“I know,” Kris said. She gave him a strange look after buckling up her seat belt.

“So… why do you stay?” she asked. He shrugged his shoulders as they took off, driving. At this point, Kris felt like he would be repeating himself. Katie didn’t seem to get it. She had reservations about their relationship when she first met Izzie. More

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

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