Day 99: Tales Of Housing Problems And Relationship Lies
Day 99 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 breathed a sigh of relief when I woke up and I was in my own bedroom.
My walls, albeit strange at times, now James was my roommate.
At least it wasn’t Taylor’s apartment, in secrecy, in shame. I wished the stale taste of champagne would disappear though. For some reason, I couldn’t shake this hangover.
Perhaps it was because my mind was stuck at the weekend.
Why did Taylor help me? Why did he come to my rescue? And why didn’t he tell GG about this?
I know I had his reason. But in this world of powerful men and equally dominating women, this slice of Melbourne wasn’t always truthful. I was lying.
I never told anyone about my brief affair with Alex, waking up at Taylor’s, or that I knew almost everything (I hoped) about my business’s takeover. If Taylor was trying to sell me on the idea he was helping me out by lying, it was foolish of me to believe him.
He was a Gallo, after all, too.
Lounging in bed, I saw GG’s name appear on my phone. A message. Brief, to the point.
‘Love, can you get James’ spare keys for my house and check in on it? I’m worried about the rain we just had. Ta. Kisses.’
The rain? I hadn’t even noticed. The weather had everyone else in a spin, but I couldn’t let something I couldn’t control dominate my waking thoughts.
Lucky GG, I thought. My kingdom for her predicament. If only the weather was my only problem.
‘Sure can. Catch up soon?’
No response, something I sadly anticipated, as I dug through the key bowl to find James’ spare set. He once stayed there for a week, some years ago, and took my copy for her house.
James never returned them, and it wasn’t like GG was insisting I had them back, either.
Opening the door to GG’s home, 5 Lovelock Drive, I could smell the mustiness of an older home.
It was clear she hadn’t been here recently, or aired it out. That was the charm of this older suburb; the houses had a story.
Yet, if you weren’t there enough, you could smell it. Not that her home was greatly affected by it. It was considerably empty compared to the last time I saw it. Her closet was almost cleared, furniture was no longer in its usual spots.
And there wasn’t anything in her pantry or fridge. GG didn’t live there anymore. Why she was keeping the home was surging through my mind.
I looked around and wondered. Were GG and Taylor about to make their relationship official?
Taylor hadn’t mentioned it, but would he, to me?
There were enough secrets surrounding our little world, what was one more?
You’re reading The Andie Chronicles, the 2023 romance-fiction series from the 1 Lovelock Drive (1LD) universe.
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