Tue. Feb 13th, 2024

Episode 33

 

Jill Malik P.O.V

 

“I told you!” Reina yelled as she jumped off the counter and hit the table with her hips. I could hear the loud thud, but she didn’t even flinch. Instead she ran towards me squealing like a mad woman. Her bright orange dress was stuck between the crack of her butt and she didn’t even bother to pull it out. “Oh god! I can’t believe this world is so small!”

 

When I arrived home yesterday, Reina knew exactly what had happened the night before. Not that I was hiding it or anything. First of all I was walking limp and my neck was showered with hickeys. Second of all, I was wearing Flynn’s clothes, just because It was painful and exhausting to wiggle into a pair of jeans. She immediately asked me to spill everything, but I told her to wait until tonight, because I was just worn out. I needed a warm bath and at least twenty hours of sleep.

 

“Can you please calm down.” I pushed her away from me as I held the hot spatula as my weapon to defend myself from her. “There’s no need to act crazy.”

 

“Really?!” She yelled out totally out of breath. “You found the guy you had a one night stand with. And he happened to be your boyfriend ! That’s a miracle !”

 

“It’s not. I told you already, Flynn knew about it all along.” I turned around to the stove and continue frying the chicken. The spatula didn’t really help to turn the chicken around since it wasn’t the right kitchen tool to do it, but I was too lazy to search for the right one, so I might as well make this work. It was midnight and I was already in bed when I was craving homemade fries with fried chicken.

 

I placed the fries and chicken on a plate and walked to the fridge to get ketchup and mayonnaise when my phone suddenly vibrated in my back pocket. I quickly placed the ketchup and mayonnaise on the counter and grabbed my phone out of my pocket. I opened the message and a smile crept on my face.

 

My day has been hectic, it’s been non stop meetings and I never got to see you. It was hard but the thought of falling asleep without saying goodnight to you was unbearable. Goodnight, sleep tight, I can’t wait until the next time I see you pudding.

“It’s not. I told you already, Flynn knew about it all along.” I turned around to the stove and continue frying the chicken. The spatula didn’t really help to turn the chicken around since it wasn’t the right kitchen tool to do it, but I was too lazy to search for the right one, so I might as well make this work. It was midnight and I was already in bed when I was craving homemade fries with fried chicken.

 

I placed the fries and chicken on a plate and walked to the fridge to get ketchup and mayonnaise when my phone suddenly vibrated in my back pocket. I quickly placed the ketchup and mayonnaise on the counter and grabbed my phone out of my pocket. I opened the message and a smile crept on my face.

 

My day has been hectic, it’s been non stop meetings and I never got to see you. It was hard but the thought of falling asleep without saying goodnight to you was unbearable. Goodnight, sleep tight, I can’t wait until the next time I see you pudding.

 

I smiled as I typed a reply back. He could be so adorably sweet sometimes. Best part? I’m the only one he shows that side of him.

 

You’re in my heart tonight, tomorrow and forever. Sweet dreams, Vasilios.

 

And I could also be really cheesy and lovey-dovey.

 

I placed my phone back in my pocket and sighed dreamily at the thought of him. Early this morning he had texted me that he would be busy all day, because he would have investors from Dubai and Japan over at his office.

 

“You’re so in love, I actually want to vomit.” Reina walked into the kitchen and snapped her fingers in my face. “Are we still going to watch riverdale?”

 

I rolled my eyes at her and grabbed my food and drink. “Yes, let’s go.” I walked passed her to the living room and plopped down on the couch. I saw that Reina had put the episode on pause. “You watched half of it without me?” I shouted at her. I heard her walking out of the kitchen.

 

“Yes.” She replied as she sat down next to me with a huge bag of doritos. “You were so long in the kitchen, staring dreamily at the kitchen sink.”

 

“I was not!”

 

“Of course not.” she replied sarcastically and pressed the play button.

 

“No!” I yelled out, grabbing the remote from her. “Let’s watch it from the beginning.”

 

“What?” she exclaimed, trying to steal the remote from me. “No, I’ll fill you in what had happened.”

 

“No, I want to see it.” I pressed the backwards button and Reina groaned and threw a pillow at me.

 

“Ugh Mrs. Vasilios, you’re so annoying.”

 

I grinned and nudged her from the side. “I’m not married yet, Rei.”

 

“Oh, but soon you will be.” she wiggled her eyebrows at me and winked.

 

I just rolled my eyes at her and chuckled. I focused my attention back on the tv while eating fries.

 

“Bytheway, I’m going to Italy.” Reina suddenly said.

 

“Really?!” I was so happy for her that she will finally meet the rest of Luca’s family. She was talking about it a lot for the past few days. “Is it to meet his family?”

She shook her head and bit her bottom lip. “Actually no. I’m…I’m going to school there.”

 

“School?” I asked surprised. I thought she said she was done with school.

 

“Yes, uhm I will study Italian at the Dante alighieri Siena school. It’s a multinational learning center of Language, Culture and Gastronomy which offers Italian courses.”

 

“Wow.” I breathed out unbelievably. “You’re actually going to school again?”

 

She chuckled lightly and nodded her head in confirmation. “It’s hard to believe, I know. But on the other hand, I would like to learn more about my boyfriend’s language and culture.”

 

“That’s basically relationship goals.”

 

“I know right!” Reina laughed. “He takes online portuguese lessons. It’s so funny to watch him struggle.”

 

“So if you’re going to move to Italy, that means you’re going to move out from here forever?” I asked panicky. To pay the rent of this apartment alone would be hard for me. It was a very expensive apartment and even though Reina and I split the rent it still was a lot of money.

 

“Yes, but don’t worry. I don’t think I will move out until December. You will have all the time to find a new apartment.” she assured me.

 

“Oh great, because I was already panicking. Anyway, are you going to live with Luca?”

 

“Yeah.” She replied smiling. “The school is in Siena, Tuscany. Luckily Luca has a penthouse there where we are going to stay.”

 

“That’s amazing Rei, I’m so happy for you.” I gave her a side hug. “Hey!” I yelled out as I catched her sneakily grabbing a handful of fries of my plate.

 

“Ouch!” She yelled and threw the fries on her pajama pants. “It’s so hot!”

 

“That’s what you get when you’re stealing my fries.” I snickered.

 

She glared at me as she rubbed her hands together. She then picked up the fries from her pajama pants and ate them.

 

I turned my attention back towards the TV and saw that I forgot to press pause when I was talking to Reina.

 

Now I still haven’t seen the first part of the episode. I sighed and pressed the backwards button again.

 

“Hey!” Reina shouted knocking the remote out of my hand. It fell with a loud thud on the floor and the TV went black.

 

“Look what you did.” I said accusatory looking at the broken remote on the floor. “Now we can’t even finish the episode.”

 

……….

 

Flynn Vasilios

 

I closed my laptop and sighed tiredly. Last night I stayed up till midnight to finish a powerpoint I needed to present to investors from Dubai and Japan. I had brought my work to the yacht, but I couldn’t focus since there was a major distraction there. And by major distraction I mean Jill.

She was literally walking around in skimpy lace dresses or my shirts that were twice her size. She wasn’t giving Flynn Jr. rest, but not that I was complaining. I was so happy that I could finally got the long kept secret off my chest. I was so surprised that she didn’t run away or threw a tantrum. In fact she handled it so calm even though I could see that she was freaking the f**k out.

 

My office door opened and Rodrigo sauntered in with his jacket over his shoulder followed by his PA, Meghan. “Good morning Mr. Vasilios.” Meghan greeted politely.

 

I nodded at her and looked over at Rodrigo who was making himself comfortable on the chair. He turned around to dismiss his PA and then looked back at me. “Have you read the email I send you?”

 

“Yes, it’s interesting but risky.” I said, looking at him from head to toe. His hair was disheveled and some buttons on his white shirt were missing. Someone got laid. I wonder who the lucky girl was.

 

“It is, but the profit you will make will be insane.”

 

“True, but looking at how things are now, the project will probably take up to five or six years. And I’m already doing three different projects now.” I scratched my head. It was a really great opportunity, but priorities came first. “You can do it if you want.”

 

He shook his head. “I don’t think so. It’s not the kind of project I like to do.”

 

“Oh well, there will be someone somewhere who will be happy to do the project then.” I leaned back on my chair and swung my feet on the table. I looked at my watch and saw that I still have an hour left before the meeting starts.

 

“I heard you confessed.” Rodrigo smirked, looking at me amused.

 

“Actually I didn’t, she found the necklace in the library.”

 

Rodrigo eyes widened. “She didn’t!”

 

“Oh, she did.” I answered calmly.

 

“Why are you so calm about it?” He shouted. “Isn’t she like mad right now?”

 

I chuckled at his reaction. “Well, I thought she would go batshit crazy and dramatic, but to my surprise she was so f**king casual about it.”

 

“What?! You’re kidding me.”

 

“Nope.” I said laughing. “She was understanding. If I knew she would react like that, I would have told her much earlier.”

 

“I told you. She’s a keeper. I wonder what you did to dese—,” Rodrigo got interrupted when my office door opened again. I thought it was Meghan, but the person I saw there was the one I least expected.

 

Wasn’t she suppose to be in Russia?

 

“Zoe?”

 

“Hey Flynn, long time no see.” Zoe smiled, as she made her way towards me. “What’s your minion doing here?” She glared at Rodrigo, who on his turn let out a loud disapproving sound.

 

“What’s the bitch doing here?” Rodrigo asked mockingly. “Aren’t you supposed to be with your sugar daddy in Russia?”

“Rodrigo!” I warned and shifted my attention back to Zoe. “What brought you back here?”

 

“The meeting.” She replied and sat on my desk, her back facing Rodrigo.

 

“Meeting?” I asked, scrunching my eyebrows.

 

“Yes. My boyfriend Omar has a meeting with you. He decided to bring me along.” she clarified and smiled widely. “He’s such a sweetheart.”

 

I stared wide eyed at her. “What happened to the Russian?”

 

“Oh him? His wife found out.” She replied casually. “Bytheway I heard you have a girlfriend. That’s so unlike you.”

 

“Well unlike you I’m tired of f**king random people. It’s time I settle down.”

 

Zoe laughed loudly. “You’re kidding me right?”

 

I shook my head and I heard Rodrigo snicker from behind her. “Nope, I’m not joking.”

 

Zoe abruptly stopped laughing and her face turned sour. “Who’s she?”

 

“Her name is Jill.” Rodrigo answered smugly.

 

The look on Zoe’s face when Rodrigo said Jill’s name had me dying. She looked like she was about to explode. I could see the redness of her face through the thick layer of foundation she had on.

 

“You are with that bitch?!” She screeched and jumped off my desk. “I can’t believe you did that to me!”

 

The moment she called Jill a bitch, my whole body started to became rigid. No one is calling my pudding names, especially not females. I immediately stood up and angrily pressed my finger against her chest.

 

“One more bad word about my girlfriend and the deal with your so called boyfriend will be off.” I hissed furiously as I stared her right in her eyes. I can’t believe I had called her my best friend once.

 

Zoe’s eyes widened and she started to panick. “No, leave him alone !”

 

I smirked contentedly. “Now, get the hell out of my office. Your presence is not wanted here.”

 

She immediately turned around and walked out of my office, but before she closed the door behind her she looked back at me. There was no anger visible in her eyes, instead it was replaced with sadness. The sad look on her face had me worried for a split second, but it was replaced with anger the next minute. She called Jill names and no one calls my pudding names in front of me without knowing the consequences.

 

“I remember when we used to be best friends. Sometimes I wished that we didn’t had to become f**k buddies. But that’s just the closest I could get to you. Seeing you with others…I acted like it wasn’t a big deal, when really it was breaking my heart. But, I wish you all the best with that…that thing.” Zoe took a deep breath and closed the door , leaving me and Rodrigo astonished behind.

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