Day 91: Tales Of Covert Operations And Ex-Boyfriend Pondering
Day 91 Of How To Move On From A Man — 1LD
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I’m Andie and my ex, Douglas, dumped me. This is my break-up, so to speak. Douglas is a power player in Melbourne, worth more than I could ever comprehend.
I have no idea why we broke up.
I work and live at 1 Lovelock Drive. There, my best friend James and I are building Highway, our unisex clothing line. Our two other best friends, GG and Sophia, are investors.
GG is dating Douglas’ brother. Awkward.
My friends have been acting strange since the breakup. Since things have changed, I’ve found papers in James’ briefcase outlining plans for an expensive office space for our business.
Walking through the beautiful shops that lined Camberwell, I came across the most exquisite paper shop.
The window display was filled with rolls of coloured wrapping paper made of thick embossed material. They suspended the rolls from the top of the window.
Alongside the paper, collections of notebooks and candles adorned the window in the same print.
Everything about the shop was exquisite and just what I needed. If you’re going to get fed single puzzle pieces, one at a time, about the complete decimation of the business you built, it’s best to do it in style.
I had to write everything down.
I couldn’t use the fogged-up shower screen anymore, nor the whiteboard in the office that James could see. And the notebook I used for work was also in the sight of the person I was hiding this so-called investigation from.
If I picked something that looked like a diary, that I could pass off as a pocketbook in my handbag, no one would be any the wiser.
Looking through the racks in the store, I found a dated diary, decorated in bold pink and purple illustrated hearts, that would do the job perfectly.
Having things ready to write down, I purchased a matching floral pen to go with it. As soon as I stepped out of the store and onto the street, I marked down everything Sophia “could tell me”.
Granted she didn’t tell me much.
Her sense of what was right to do in a friendship was at an all-time high. At least I had something big to go off.
The deal with David Jones.
The name is the same.
My name remains connected to the business. A potential business space at 120 Collins Street.
I had something.
It was undeniable now; my friends were screwing me over. They were undercutting my participation in the business I came up with. They were making moves without me.
And everything happening was behind my back.
Why? I had no idea.
The businesswoman in me didn’t care why, though. A logical justification wouldn’t make it any better. Yet, the friend in me was dying to know.
How could you hurt me like this?
How could you call me a friend but cut me out, too?
In this situation, I wondered what Douglas would do. Probably put on a sexy power suit and storm their offices and demand answers. Or fuck the answers and go straight for the jugular. I didn’t quite know how to do that.
Should I ask him?
Should I call my ex and tell him all about the people screwing me over my life, adding their names to him? Should he know how badly my life was crumbling down after he dumped me?
You’re reading The Andie Chronicles, the 2023 romance-fiction series from the 1 Lovelock Drive (1LD) universe.
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