Day 98: Tales Of Waking Up In Strange Places And Saviour Brothers
Day 98 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.
I opened my eyes and I have no clue where I am.
The walls are familiar, and the vibe of the room isn’t completely strange. But for the post-champagne-blurred life of me, I have no idea how I ended up here.
Slipping my feet out of bed and onto the plush floor, I pull the silk sheets off the bed and wrapped them around me. I’m still wearing my dress, but I feel completely naked.
Opening the door of the bedroom I venture into an apartment that I know well.
I see the dining room in the distance, the table set with an assortment of pancakes, eggs, fruit and three pots of coffee. The owner of the apartment is sitting at the head of the table. It doesn’t matter his back to me. I know that body.
“Taylor, why am I here?”
The birthday boy turned around and watched me descend the hallway. I anticipated finding GG at the table too.
She was his girlfriend and she practically lived in his penthouse. Alas, there he was, alone.
Only him and me.
“Good morning. I take it you don’t remember much of last night?”
I shook my head. It hurt to do, resulting in me collapsing into the first dining room chair I could find.
“I’m lost from about eleven onwards.”
Taylor pushed a cup of coffee towards me.
“It was a few hours after that. I found you in the laneway around the corner from Gimlet, trying to call someone. An Alex?”
Oh shit, I thought. Not Alex.
The poor guy didn’t need more of my drama. “Did I get onto him?”
“No, I don’t think so. But once you saw me, you sort of collapsed in my arms. I called for my driver and put you to bed.”
“Oh my, you did that for me?”
I was surprised.
It wasn’t like any of my friends were by my side during this moment. They knew things had been hard. James said so when he moved in, even if it was only a half-truth as to why he choose to be my roommate.
Yet, where I was in my life now, it didn’t feel like any would literally scoop me off the ground and save me when I needed them.
“Of course.” His sympathetic yet charming smile temporarily soothed my aching body.
“Where is GG?”
“She went home with James. He asked her to be with him. I didn’t really get all the details.”
I sipped the coffee and then put it down in horror. “Does GG know I’m here? Does anyone know I’m here?”
The thought of my friends having more proof of my incompetence, my suffering was too much to bear.
Taylor hesitated a little before straightening himself.
“No, she doesn’t. It’s not a secret.”
He took another sip of coffee. “But let’s be real. If she knows, then everyone will know. And you don’t need that right now. Neither do I.”
Finally, someone who gets it, I thought.
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