1.2 Me And My Big Mouth

I felt as if I was floating, over a town that I did not recognize at first, due to disorientation. Only when I started to rapidly descend did I recognize Sunset Valley. Bracing myself for the long-awaited impact of smacking my falling body against asphalt, I closed my eyes, until I stopped abruptly.

When I opened them, the scene had changed, and I was standing in a living room, staring at a couple, lying on the floor. Motionless, while blood flowed from underneath their bodies.

I desperately wanted to run, but my body was not corresponding with my brain, and I took a step closer. When suddenly, the man’s eyes opened, and it seemed as if everything around us disappeared from my line of vision, and all I could see were his evil, obsidian eyes, and his sadistic smirk.

This is all your fault! Was the thought that kept coming into my mind, louder and louder, as the man began to cackle maniacally until my head felt like it was going to explode. Falling to the floor, I clutched my head and cried out.

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“Noo!!!” I yelled, as I shot up.

It was only a dream. I thought. A dream that I had been having for a long time. I stretched, and rubbed my eyes to wake myself up fully, when a girl came out of the bathroom.

She screamed, and before I could do anything, she ran to the alarm, and pulled the lever. In a state of panic I scooped my clothes off of the floor, slid down the pole, and ran out of the fire station only in my underpants.

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Two weeks later:

 I had the dream again last night, and I woke up screaming and sweating profusely. I’ve got to shake this off. I thought as I got ready for my last day of being watched, if I pass today with flying colors, then I’m home free! So far Stella Striker, my other boss, said that I had been doing a satisfactory enough job. But I still remember what Sugar had said about being fired if I made any mistakes, so I need to give my all today.

“Alright Stella, who do you have set up for me today?” I asked her after signing in. Stella is an awesome boss, and she lives near me with her husband, the famous soccer star Richie Striker, and her 1 year-old son Sebastian. Rumor has it that she only married her husband for his money, and his celebrity status, but Stella has never been one to listen to rumors, and she tells me that it makes life more exciting proving the paparazzi wrong.

“Your first client for today is Odine Perry, age 18.” She replied, pointing to a young lady standing in the corner of the salon , looking thoroughly uncomfortable. “She is the live-in nanny for Reuben and Renee Littler. She wants a full make-over. Hair, wardrobe, the works. Don’t let me down!” She then turned to speak to the client that she had been taking care of.

I pranced over to Odine, and introduced myself, telling her basically what I planned on doing. She seemed overly nervous telling me that this had not been her idea, and that her boss, Renee Littler, decided to do this for Odine’s birthday. I reassured her that it was alright to be nervous, and that I had done this plenty of times as I led her to the mirrors.

“Alright now, spin around slowly and let me get a good look at you.” I told her. “Oh this is gonna be fun! Lala!” I called my assistant, telling her what clothes to get me, while I took Odine to a chair to cut her hair.

 When I was done with her make over, I led her back to the mirror and removed my hands from in front of her eyes, only to quickly cover my ears from her exceptionally high-pitched shriek.

“OH MY GOD! Is that really me?” she asked.

 “Nope, its our trick mirrors, designed to over exaggerate the beauty of our clients.” She gave me a look, which caused me to laugh.

 “I look amazing! Thank you so much!” she repeated over and over. I told her it was my pleasure, and felt like I was on top of the world, until Sugar walked by, muttering something about incompetent schmoozers. I frowned, knowing that its better to ignore whatever Sugar says. When I turned back to Odine, she was holding a wad of cash, gesturing that I take it. She had given me $100 more than what was required. Before I could object, saying that I couldn’t take all of the cash, she hugged me, thanking me again, and rushed out the door.

I took care of more clients, and though their pleased faces made me smile, I couldn’t get Odine out of my head.

When I finished work, I timidly approached Stella, asking if I had a permanent job. She looked at me quizzically and stated “Yeah, you had a permanent job here from the start, not to mention that you are one of the best stylists we have ever had, save for Sugar and I.”

“But Sugar said…” I stopped talking when she started laughing. “Oh Conrad, don’t worry about her, she wasn’t serious, she just doesn’t like you.” Well that’s comforting I thought. Shrugging my shoulders, I said goodbye to Stella, and ran outside to catch a taxicab to the True Modern Art Gallery. It’s strange how out of everywhere I could be in Bridgeport, the art gallery is where I feel the most comfortable. Once I walk into there, everything seems to make sense.

“Ms. Perry!” I called when I noticed Odine leaning forward and squinting at one of the paintings. She turned, and when she recognized me, a smile spread across her face. I walked up to stand beside her, and asked “Beautiful, isn’t it?”

“Sure” She replied, “I don’t quite get it though.”

“Its pretty obvious,” I stated, “you can really see the emotional torment that the artist was going through, I think he killed himself shortly after.”

“Really?” She asked her eyes getting big.

“Nope, I don’t even know who this guy is. OW!” I yelped when she punched my arm.

Our small talk continued like this for a while, until I had her clutching her stomach from laughing. When she was able to breathe again, she sighed and changed the subject, stating “Well, all the art in here is beautiful.”

“True, but not as beautiful as you.” Whoa, where did that come from? Sure I had been thinking it, but I hadn’t planned on saying it. I panicked when I saw the smile drop from Odine’s face, and a tear fall from one of her eyes. Clearing my throat, I stammered “Odine, I-I’m so sorry, I…”

“Its okay.” She said, trying to regain her composure. “Look, I think I’m going to go home, if that’s okay with you.” Before I could respond, she hightailed it out of the gallery. Way to go Lee I berated myself.

Ring ring* “Hello?” It was Stella, letting me know who she had set me up with tomorrow, and to remind me that after tomorrow, I would have to get my own clients. When she asked what I was doing, I told her about what happened at the gallery with Odine.

“Umm, Conrad? I hate to tell you this, and I don’t usually listen to rumors, but I’m saying this to warn you. Word around town is that she is having an affair with her boss Reuben, and uhh… she’s the town floozy.”

“What?”

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Author’s Note

I’m back!!! MWAHAHA!!! Sorry if this chapter seems rushed near the end, or if it was cut off or something. I had been in a hurry considering that it was passed 11, and I had to get up at 6 for the 1/2 hour drive to school. But I really wanted to post, and I figured this chapter should have come out a while ago. It may take a while for another post since I’m not to far ahead after this chapter in my game playing (if that made sense).

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  1. Awwww! I hope the rumours are false, they really seem to be getting along… And Conrad’s getting along great – making friends, making folks all stylish and getting by on his own. I really love getting to see your makeovers, it’s just too bad about the nightmares 😦

    Welcome back! I’m glad you didn’t give up on your story, your writing is great 😀

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    • Thanks! It feels good to receive encouraging comments like this. Conrad did get pretty lucky, he has a job he likes, and at least one good boss. It does stink about the nightmares, hopefully I can post more soon.

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  2. It was so good! I love how we get to see him work! I think you jumped over your writing wall quite well. 🙂 I cannot wait to see if the rumors are true or not, and I also cant wait to see how he is going to get his own clients!
    Michelle

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    • Haha. Thank you! The truth behind the rumors will be revealed soon enough. I would say a retarded comment about pole vaulting and jumping over walls, but I think I will keep my mouth shut about that. Hopefully more soon. (If life doesn’t overwhelm me)

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  3. Sianystar

     /  December 16, 2011

    Lovely chapter! Lee’s dream seems pretty awful, although I can’t wait to see what’s behind the recurring nightmare. I loved seeing him at work too, his makeovers were brilliant and Stella seems far nicer than smelly old Sugar!

    I hope the gossip about Odine isn’t true too, she and Lee seemed to be getting along well there! Fingers crossed.

    Can’t wait for the next chapter 🙂

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    • Thanks! The dreams are pretty bad, I decided to put them to show that there is some connection between Conrad, and what happened in SV (even though its kind of obvious in the prologue. hehe). Stella is far nicer than Suger, is it strange that when I picture Sugar’s voice in my head, I hear her talking with a Russian accent? and I got lucky with the makeovers, I was worried that the clients would hate it. Though the girls usually love the makeovers and the guys usually hate it. Update hopefully soon!

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  4. Just found your legacy. It’s great! I love the backstory and can’t wait to see where it goes.

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  5. Can’t wait to find out what happens next! 🙂

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  6. Jedidiah

     /  January 14, 2012

    Hi there!
    Well I had a chance to read your legacy so far…and so far I’m very intrigued. I’m already guessing if Conrad is actually Marshal, but has pushed that part of himself way out of his memory. *mhm…ponders*
    Basically, if you play according to the official legacy rules, you can’t help but start with buy a plot, find job, boy furniture… but if you were worried about that part of your legacy being boring, it wasn’t. 😀

    Am curious to see where this may lead.
    -Jed

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  7. Rumors are usually 5% truth with 95% lies to make it more spicy. 😉 I hope they aren’t true though, Conrad seems to really like Odine. I liked this chapter a lot, it already reads more smoothly. Great job 🙂

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  8. swimlilfishey

     /  April 7, 2012

    LOL love the fact that there’s a town floozy!! Good way to make it interesting, also I love her new look!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see how the murder-y back story comes into it all but hopefully it will be great! 🙂

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  9. Very interesting start. I am intrigued as why Conrad is having nightmares about the murders. There is so much I can speculate that I am itching already to know the truth. XD I think Ill survive though..Ive read Zoxell’s mysterious legacy and somehow not exploded from the brilliant suspense he keeps feeding me. :}

    Hm….Sugar….Ive got my eye on her.. @.o
    As for Odine, she was adorable and so shy during the make over…I too am on team in hoping that the rumors are not real. I thought Conrad was adorable in his blundering approach in trying to flirt. XD But most important they both seemed to enjoy each other company! They are constantly laughing and talking with such ease, it makes for great chemistry. ;}

    Another fab chapter! xo

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  10. I bet those rumors aren’t true, but Odine thought Conrad knew about them and was trying to…erm…’get in her pants.’

    I really like this so far, by the way!

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  11. OH Odine! Conrad you better not pick her up! I hope those rumors aren’t true. Great chapter I am liking it! 🙂

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  12. Okay. So how would Conrad know about that couples death unless he was their son and he MURDERED them! I hope something reveals that he was Marshall. That poor Firefighter lady, she could have gotten a heart attack you know!

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  13. Okay, if the first chapter didn’t have me hooked then this one definitely does! Your writing style is seriously awesome. I need to know what that dream was all about. And even if Odine is a floozy, my gosh, she’s so cute and I’m totally still rooting for her and Conrad. 😀

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  14. Heh, I like Conrad’s sarcastic sense of humor. Those dream sequences lead me to believe that he may have some insider knowledge about the murders.

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    • Heh, thanks! He has the good sense of humor trait, and I guess the best way for me to manifest it was for him to be really sarcastic. You shall eventually find out what’s going with the murders…

      Thanks for reading Zoxell!

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  15. I like how you’re using most of the Bridgeport premades – you don’t really see them used that often in stories :]

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  16. Bahaha, I got a crack out of Conrad pretending to have insight on that work on art. He really had Odine going for a second there!

    She seems really sweet…makes you wonder about these rumors! :O

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    • Haha! Thanks! He has the good sense of humor trait, which sort of manifested itself to me as being extremely sarcastic!

      You’ll find out the truth behind the rumors soon enough! Thanks for reading!

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  17. Odine is part of quite the scandal. But, I think that there’s more to it than that. Hmm, Conrad has to be more careful!

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    • There is definitely more to her situation than meets the eye. You’ll just have to go along for the ride to find out.

      Thanks for reading!

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  18. It is said that rumours do often have an element of truth in them, so it could be a friendly outing with a friend who looked like her boss turned into it being she’s cheating with her boss kinda deal. She seems like a nice person though so y’know. Rumours are only rumours

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