“On The Run” Soundtrack & Author’s Commentary

DISCLAIMER: On The Run is not a real motion picture nor does it have a soundtrack coming out. This is just me living in my fictional happy writer’s world. Where I pretend and where I run the show. Haha. Back in college whenever I would hand in a script or be working with already written material/feature film scenes, my professor would ask me who I would have play the characters, where would it take place, what location? And so I think that kind of stuck with me, because as I write this story series I want to include those aspects and give you a visual experience. Mysterious Attraction was my first shot at it, then came A Broken Heart For Christmas, and Love Conflicted. Along the way there have been little one shots, or shorts including a few parts as well. But that distinction is not always clear, I don’t always know how long a story is going to take to tell. As a kid I used to say “Make Pretend” all the time. Make Pretend you’re a princess who slays dragons. Make pretend you’re a ballerina who bull rides. Make pretend you’re writing a screenplay and you get to pick the actors, and release a soundtrack and commentary that people have been anxiously awaiting. The options could be endless. So let’s “Make Pretend.” Enjoy!

New Cast Promotional Photo:

New poster

On The Run Soundtrack Album Artwork:

so damn good

Track list:

  1. “Make Me”- Britney Spears
  2. “Treat You Better”- Shawn Mendes
  3. “Scared of Happy”- Fifth Harmony
  4. “Home”- Rhodes
  5. “Not a Bad Thing”- Justin Timberlake
  6. “Dangerous Woman”- Ariana Grande
  7. “Pillow Talk”- Zayn Malik
  8. “Open Arms”- Journey
  9. “I Miss You”- Adele
  10. “Water Under the Bridge” – Adele
  11. “Things I’ll Never Say”- Avril Lavigne
  12. “I Run To You”- Lady Antebellum
  13. “Save You”- Matthew Perryman Jones
  14. “I See Fire”- Ed Sheeran
  15. “How to Save a Life”-The Fray
  16. “I Had Me A Girl”- The Civil Wars

 

Author’s Commentary-

Background:

On The Run is a short story series featured here on Michelle Leigh Writes. The story premiered on March 7, 2016 and ran pretty consistently all the way up until May 12, 2016. For the duration of a little more than 2 months, On The Run was my focal point. Then came a May/June slump. Posting resumed in July and the series wrapped in August. So over the span of about 6 months (give or take) On The Run was formulated here on this blog, for you to read.

Notes/Likes/Questions:

So often I dissect and pull apart my stories, which I think helps me to become a better writer. But I do want to shed some light on what I felt did work in this story.

I love the idea of Charlie and Sage having a connection they can’t explain. I love the mystery behind both of these characters, more specifically Sage’s character.

Charlie is this trusting, forgiving man who is stuck on believing the goodness in people deserving of it. He experiences this strange sense of human instinct to protect Sage. And because of that nature, Sage feels a strange sense of comfort when with him.

Sage is simple, beautiful and strong. A strength like no other. A selfless-ness like no other.

The relationship between these two characters evolves over time. Sage’s resistance is clear. And while we are tricked to believe that Charlie is the hero of the story, we soon realize that Sage is the heroine. She is determined to protect her family and friends at any cost, no matter the consequence or the effect it will have on her life. I enjoy how in such a short amount of time, Charlie to some extent has got Sage figured out, it’s a combination of his police training, and just being a really perceptive good judge of character. But one minute he thinks he knows her, but the next he’s left completely confused and bewildered. She certainly keeps him on his toes.

I love that Sage’s character ends up blurring the lines between right and wrong for a good cause. And that choice, in turn lands her into Charlie’s storyline of trying to save those who would otherwise go unjustified.

Match made in heaven, don’t you think?

In this story, you see a different side to law enforcement. That some cops and detectives will go out of their way, will go the extra mile.

I enjoy how the story unfolds of what happened that night of the murder. The glimpses we get through flashbacks. I wonder if the fact that it ended being Megan was a shock to any readers.

I also wonder how readers may view Sage/Charlie’s relationship.

Do you think it was believable? Did they fall too quickly?

Their relationship evolved quickly over a short amount of time- a few weeks at best.

Did you trust Charlie? Did you trust Sage?

When Sage found Charlie’s Detective Card did you see it coming?

Or did you feel as betrayed as Sage did?

Were you worried he was working against her, and just helping her to gather information?

Or were you rooting for Sage and Charlie to kick start a romance?

I personally like how for the most part this is a 2 character centric story. It felt nice to be able to have special moments/awkward tensions, emotions between just these two characters.

Most of the communication between these two is based upon their eye contact, their looks, their glares and stares. When those moment become too heavy, often times Sage will blush, while Charlie will chuckle and look away. Sage has been known to need to break their eye contact often two as she fidgets under his stare. He often looks her over, in a way that makes her nervous, her heart flutters and she doesn’t mind.

In the moments when they do touch, at first it’s just instinct. The need for Sage to feel close to someone, to feel guarded. But then that instinct becomes natural for both of them and blossoms into a different kind of need, a need to feel the touch of the person they are falling in love with.

Charlie is only scared of pushing Sage away or losing her. He’s not afraid of his feelings. While, Sage is afraid on many different levels, even though she too feels the spark ignited between she and Charlie.

Relationships are hard/complicated/contradictory. Sometimes feelings can change so rapidly, that we don’t always know how or why or what to do with them.

The playful flirtation between the two are my favorite moments. You see the real Sage in those moments. You see the sassy, sweet, funny, sexy girl she was before this all happened. You see they are both letting loose with each other and it’s a contrast to the darkness of the murder mystery plot which drives the bulk on the story.

Dream Casting:

“Sage Renly”- Shay Mitchell

Just fit the earthy, beautiful, vibes of Sage

“Charlie Steinfeld”- Max Thieriot

Just fit the rugged, kind, loyal vibes of Charlie.

*Both characters are simple life livers looking for love before all this drama unfolds.

Love scenes:

One of these days, I won’t blush while writing a love scene. I won’t hide in a corner shielding my computer screen from curious eyes. I won’t feel ashamed of what I’m writing. I find that when I write a love scene, I continuously edit myself. What if a family member of mine reads this? Oh my god what will they think? The people in my life have a certain perspective of me. I’m a pretty reserved personality, and so writing these scenes would be something they wouldn’t even think I do, or can do. So there’s a barrier there for sure and I feel like I need to work on being more free and not so constrained and worried about what people will think. If anything hopefully they can just realize that what I’m trying to do by writing these scenes, is to craft a beautiful love story.

Hiatus Drama:

WHY???? Why does this ALWAYS happen to me. I can’t shake it. I’m consistent for a good duration and then my focus shifts. Slump? Lack of story direction? Editing is a tall order, and then editing and finding images too, I can be there for hours working on one post- Laziness? Boredom? Lack of time? Blog feeling oversaturated in one topic? Need for change up? Excuses? I’ve tried on all of them. And quite frankly they all suck. I do hope to stick to a more permanent, more consistent schedule next time. I can’t promise that the hiatus won’t ever happen again. Because it will. I know it will. But I can promise you that I will continue to write short stories and I will continue to finish them, no matter how long they may take me to do so. I know my style of writing and posting is probably a factor in this too. I do like the formula, it gives me the freedom to take my stories a lot of different ways, but sometime it created the freedom to stop writing, which is where things get murky. But the way I see it is, if I waited to write a whole series before posting, nothing would get posted.

Themes:

Justice vs. Injustice

Love vs. Lust

Right vs. Wrong

Head vs. Heart

Trusting strangers

Trust Issues

Friendship

Love

Loyalty

Fear

Running Away *from love, and from the law (hence…the title…On The Run)

Supporting Characters:

The Black Family- Megan, Daniel, and Simon

Even though we don’t see every detail about the Blacks, they fuel the greater story and main characters need friends, they need people to enhance their character and their story.

Tim Malloy- Represents Justice and is Charlie’s light in the justice system.

The Ending:

I have a tendency to do the quick wrap up ending. Everything all wrapped up in a bow. There’s a pressure (especially after a long hiatus) I put on myself to finish and so I feel like I resolve things quickly. Like all the Hallmark movies I complain about. I don’t not like the ending, I just think maybe it could have been better. I always think everything I write can be better. Nothing is ever perfect, because if it was there’d be no room to learn more.

The ending I chose wasn’t what I intended. There were ideas of having Sage get pregnant. There was another idea of having Charlie ask Sage to marry him. There was also an idea where Sage and Charlie were going to marry to not have to testify against each other in court.

However, I always end my stories with marriage and babies. For this particular story that ending just didn’t seem fitting. These two characters love each other, but still need to get to know each other.

Often times we worry that stories aren’t believable, could two people really fall in love in such a short amount of time. It’s so unrealistic. Is it? If we all trusted our hearts a little more, we’d probably let ourselves fall in love a lot sooner. Why waste time.

There’s a quote from one of my favorite movies that comes to mind-

“I barely know you. I don’t know your dad’s first name, I don’t know if you ever wore braces or contacts or glasses. I have no idea how you came to be a wedding planner. But I know the curves of your face and I know every fleck of gold in your eyes…” –Steve, The Wedding Planner

*Written By: Pamela Falk, Michael Ellis

This right there is why you don’t need any explanation. The spark. It happens. In my stories it happens. Love happens. And I will always defend it, no matter how early, or unrealistic it may seem.

Missing Links:

Should Sage/Charlie’s back stories have been more in-depth/showcase throughout the story?

Family? Job? Home? $? Past relationships?

I kind of liked how both Sage and Charlie had this intense attraction and pull toward each other, but they were strangers who had to just figure each other out quickly. I like how they had kind of hidden identities up until the end where they decide starting over would be a good thing, and they offer their back grounds, upfront. I think that worked. Thoughts?

Should there have been more about Megan/Simon/Daniel?

Colors:

Blacks, Browns, Greens, Grays in clothing- camouflage to blend in.

Whites, yellows- in the hotel to show purity and simplicity, safety, security.

Red- blood, fear.

Final Comments:

With each short series I experiment writing, I learn something new. Each short story series is its own learning experience. And although there are many parallels and common themes that span across all of my short story series, featured here on this blog, I have also realized I’m growing my own style of writing and storytelling. I’m crafting my writer’s voice. Romance and a little bit of mystery seems to be my thing. And this series specifically is a murder mystery with a twist, not only in who committed the crime, but in the fact that a love blossomed during such a tragic time. Unconventional, unpredictable love. Also each story is a lesson in descriptive writing, were the scenes written well enough that you can picture them in your head. BE MORE DESCRIPTIVE- definitely something I need to work on for the next one.

So thank you for reading this commentary and for reading On The Run.

Until next time… (I already have some ideas for my next series…Stay Tuned!)

Catch up on “On The Run” from the beginning HERE

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*I do not take credit for any images used in my edits, or video clips used.*

 -<3-

Mysterious Attraction Soundtrack

What makes a scene even better than good dialogue and good actors, is GOOD music. Music can instantly inflict emotion on its audience and make them feel. I love music and I love how involved it has become in television and film. As I continued to write the Mysterious Attraction series, I was listening to artists like The Civil Wars, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. These types of songs and this style of musicmusic notes is what I could envision hearing upon watching scenes from Mysterious Attraction. That hiss of a voice and the heartbreaking words would have perfectly mirrored Lexie’s struggle to let love win. So with that being said, I thought it’d be pretty fun, to share some soundtrack options with you. Quick Disclaimer: this is all pretend. Mysterious Attraction is not a motion picture nor does it have a soundtrack coming out. This is just me being silly and having fun and dreaming big. I do hope you enjoy.

I had a little too much fun with the mock soundtrack album artwork….

but I do have to say this one is my favorite.

Soundtrack 4

Mysterious Attraction Soundtrack Track List:

  1. Give Me Love– Ed Sheeran 2. Poison & Wine– The Civil Wars 3. A Shadow & A Dancer– The Fray 4. Let It Be Me– Ray LaMontagne 5. You Got It On– Justin Timberlake 6. Style– Taylor Swift 7. I Just Can’t Take My Eyes Off You– Lady Antebellum 8. Slow It Down– The Lumineers 9. Do What You Have To Do– Sarah McLachlan 10. Go On My Child– Michelle Featherstone 11. Make It To Me– Sam Smith 12. Say Something– A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera 13. Say You Love Me– Jesse Ware 14. One and Only– Adele 15. Gravity– Sara Bareilles 16. In Case– Demi Lovato

Check out these alternate album cover ideas…

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As mentioned in my Mysterious Attraction Commentary Post…I mentioned how one of the re-occurring theme is the color RED, and in my imagery I use a lot of Reds, Blacks & Whites. These are the colors I envision in this story. Which reminds me of a poem I wrote a while ago here on michelleleighwrites called Black, White & RED Love. Thinking about it makes me think of Carter & Lexie and their love story. Take a read! 🙂

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Happy Listening!

Catch up on Mysterious Attraction HERE

*I take no credit for the images used in my edits, nor do I take any credit for any music used*

-<3-

Mysterious Attraction Commentary

AS PROMISED…my Mysterious Attraction  overview and not so brief writing experience journal. This took me a few weeks to put together, because I wanted to reread the series and take notes. So let’s get into it!

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I love dialogue. I love putting words together to create a feeling, a raw emotion of hidden truths that are seldom spoken. But sometimes all can be said with a look, a glance, a glare, a stare. It’s all in the eyes. And that was the concept of this story.

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im watching you gif

Reading the story back, I read it as a reader. Instead of writing as a writer. And the story is ultimately a love story. I’d categorize this in the soap opera esque meets drama genre.

The main character Lexie is a heroine in some ways and a villain in others. The same could be said about Reeves and Carter. Everyone has their moments of destruction and then they get a clear epiphany of self-discovery and true heart. There is a constant theme of struggle between Right & Wrong, Law & Crime, Love & Lust, and Marriage & Infidelity. There’s a lot of Blurred lines and Gray areas. There are explosions, high emotions, guns, fights, big revelations at every turn. It’s a story that will keep you guessing while people fall in love in the hidden shadows of a dangerous life of revenge.

I put together this collage when I first started writing this series, it kind of acted as my visual storyboard. * I take no credit for the photos used*

I put together this collage when I first started writing this series, it kind of acted as my visual storyboard. * I take no credit for the photos used*

In a way this story is also about coming home…in the form of Roxy coming home after years of traveling and constantly finding reasons to stay away. In the form of Lexie coming into who she is flaws and all. A story with some twists and turns for fun entertaining measure.

Mysterious Attraction Dream Cast:

Mysterious Attraction's newest attempt at a movie poster! * I take no credit for the photos used*

Mysterious Attraction’s newest attempt at a movie poster! * I take no credit for the photos used*

Main Cast:

Lexie: Sophia Bush

*the powerhouse

The decision to surround Lexie with male characters was to emphasize the fact that she was the lead, she was the one to beat. She was the woman scorned, the powerhouse, the woman who can take care of herself no matter how many men were surrounding her. I love when stories have strong independent women in them. (yes she was a mobster but that’s besides the point, haha.) Lexie was a femme fatale with a heart of gold once you washed away the pain and fear. It’s a story about knowing she can stand on her own, but learning that she didn’t have to. A story about falling in love and still remaining a strong independent woman who believes in feminism. [for more examples of this check out my post *In Love & Feminism*]

Carter: Ryan Gosling

*the love/the confidant

Reeves: Maurice Benard

*the mob boss/the fixer

Joe: Jensen Ackles

*the past that haunts

Joe is an unusual character. He seems like a careless hardass who just wants to ruin Lexie’s happiness. But after he helps save Lexie’s life we start to see the playfulness of their past. We see that they were once very close, but just weren’t meant to be. Joe has been holding a torch for Lexie for years and has been bitter about her relationship with Carter. But as Lexie realizes how truly he cares for her they get to talk it out and really have a heart to heart, getting them to a place of peace with each other.

Brice: Wilson Bethel

*the voice of reason/the mediator

Kelly: Julie Marie Berman

*the threat/the other woman reversed

Basically what that means is that technically Lexie is helping Carter to cheat on his wife, she is the other woman. But Carter reveals that his marriage has been long since over before Lexie even came into the picture. Making Lexie feel like his real wife, essentially deeming Kelly as the other woman. The story paints Carter and Lexie as an epic/very unconventional love story. But the passion and the love they have for each other is a way for the audience to disregard the fact that Carter is committing adultery and you end up just rooting for them. Besides in a big twist, we also understand why Carter and Kelly haven’t been happy…***cough cough*** Kelly cheated first.

Roxy: Demi Lovato

*the happiness, the light, the fellow woman Lexie needs in her life

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I had an idea to introduce another female character for quite some time, but I wasn’t sure how. I didn’t really want her to be involved in the mob too, because I felt like this was Lexie’s story and it was her struggle. So I decided I would bring in someone brand new, but yet who still had history with Lexie and who still knew her and her past and her present. Someone she confided in behind the storyline that was playing out in front of you. Someone who maybe wasn’t as heavy as the life Lexie had immersed herself in. Someone who could shed some new perspective into Lexie’s dark world. Someone who was fun loving and likes to joke around. Someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously, but also someone who equally mirrors Lexie’s spice and powerhouse vibe. Unlike Kelly’s, Roxy’s introduction was a positive one.

Skully: David Morrissey

*the true villain

Infamously spoken of for chapters until they come face to face again and this time the battle has finally come to a head.

Supporting Cast:

Dylan: Sterling Knight

*the youth-the future

Joan: Catherine Hicks

*Carter’s mother

John: George Clooney

*Carter’s dad

Elena: (mentioned) *Lexie’s late mother/Reeves’ Wife

Baby Elena (pictured randomly and not always the same, no actress credit): *Carter and Lexie’s daughter

*Why I didn’t include last names…???*

In my head I just didn’t see the need. There are a lot of nicknames though. I feel like that’s more realistic in life. And more of a mob stereotype. Reeves calls Lexie “princess” as a term of endearment. Carter and Lexie often refer to each other as “babe.” Joe calls Lexie “Lex,” which is to signify the fact that they know each other well and have a history. Although as Carter and Lexie’s story unfolds you will see he too at times will refer to her as Lex. Brice refers to Lexie as “Ms. Lexie” and Carter as “Mr. Carter,” to showcase his level of respect and the fact that he is professional. Elena is introduced later in the story as Carter and Lexie’s baby girl and we soon after find out that Elena was in fact Lexie’s mother’s name. In honor she names her child after her mother. Elena Lexie’s mother is kind of the hidden driving force for everything that has shaped this storyline. Her death was the driving force for Lexie and Reeves’ revenge toward Skully, Elena’s support and influence was Lexie’s driving force to start her own fashion empire, and her advice and love was what ultimately let Lexie pull down her walls and let Carter in.

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 How the writing process started:

I first got the idea from Joseph Gordon Levitt’s independent company Hit RECord…I spoke more on that in Mysterious Attraction’s  first post…Click HERE to read.

It initially was just Dialogue. But the challenge was basically to write dialogue without names or actions.

The initial setting is an Office. A conflict between two people…eventually you realize it’s a quarrel between a man and a woman who have some sort of twisted history. As the story evolves so do the settings and we get to see these characters and how they relate to each other outside the walls of this office.

 Reoccurring Themes:

Ruthlessness- It’s a story that revolves around a mob business. Lexie and Reeves are instilled with a certain level of ruthlessness. And Carter displays his own versions of this as well. Most characters will embody this at some point in their character evolution, however they each have different definitions of it.

Power Struggle- Every character in some form goes through this with themselves as well as with another character or characters. It’s evident in Lexie and Carter’s relationship at the very beginning. It’s evident in Skully and Reeves and the mob war they created. It’s evident in Roxy’s playful conquest with Brice. It’s evident in the spats between the men in Lexie’s life…Reeves and Carter, Carter and Joe, and Reeves and Joe.

Fear- Despite the fears that come along with that of a dangerous mob life, Lexie has a severe fear of love failing.

Femme Fatale- Lexie and Roxy are both categorized as such for their obvious charm.

Temptation- The fight to engage further in an affair with Lexie while he’s still married is a constant temptation for Carter. Lexie’s temptation comes in the form of fighting the fear to fall in love.

Courage- Carter steps forward in courage when he confesses his feelings to Lexie and doesn’t let her push him away. Lexie steps forward in courage by allowing Carter in and removing herself from the life she always knew.

Pain/Broken hearts– This is probably one of THE most centric themes. It seems every character has suffered a broken heart. Lexie and Joe broke each other’s hearts years ago. Carter and Lexie are breaking Kelly’s heart now. Kelly broke Carter’s heart years ago. And Reeves and Lexie were brokenhearted from the minute Skully took Elena away from them. So in a way Lexie’s heart was never full…until she met Carter and it started to heal. (too mushy? ok moving on.) Roxy had her heart broken time and time again, but still manages to joke around and keep things light, she never gives up on love.

Destiny- Kelly wasn’t meant for Carter. And Joe wasn’t meant for Lexie. It was just a path they each had to go through to get to each other. Lexie and Carter were destined. You know that saying that says “what do you do when you finally meet the love of your life but you’re already married?” (#oliviapope… President Grant….Shout out to Scandal that show kills!) Or something like that. Pretty morbid concept if you ask me. But it makes for one hell of a story. That’s why we call it FICTION.

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Irony- Carter has a type. Both Kelly and Lexie are similar in the sense that they test him, in many ways. Seems he likes a challenge.

Regret- Reeves regrets the life he’s made and by extension made for his daughter. Lexie regrets playing games with Carter. Kelly regrets cheating on Carter, but also not checking in on herself and her health. Skully has no regrets at all, which is why he is the true villain of this story.

Revenge- Is probably the most prominent driving theme. The story is set in a life where revenge is what keeps the story growing and moving and evolving. It’s what drives the explosions, the fights, the guns, the love, the lust.

The color RED: The color of a bright shade of lipstick. A pop of color in a dark world. It draws you in. A femme fatale’s main accessory. It’s also the color or blood. Blood baths. Blood coursing through veins rapidly during high emotions.

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These are a lot of examples, but there are plenty more I’m sure of it!

 Introduction of Images and Why?

Because I wasn’t using stage directions, or character names or actions, I relied on the images to give you guys a little insight as to what was going on with these characters. I was able to focus on the dialogue and just leave the rest up for interpretation and imagination. In hindsight I was slowly learning more myself; more about the characters, about what their relationships were, what they meant to each other, who they are, and how they feel. It was really fun, just winging it and not over thinking it too much, but then I felt like I saw a longer length in store for this series. So I decided to avoid any confusion I would start adding in names and character actions and more description.

How the story went on for so long and Why?

I thought it’d be 5 chapters at most. Well how wrong I was. I just kept going, and as long as I kept thinking of new ideas, and new twists and turns, I thought hey let’s keep this up. So I kind of just let it run its course till I felt Lexie and all the other characters had reached their destination. I didn’t want to just wrap it up because I felt it getting too long. I wanted to finish each character’s story the right way.

 Character Point of Views and Voice Overs

Writing Character thoughts and Voiceovers are probably one of my favorite things to write. I just feel like we get to see the character’s true feelings and what’s going through their heads. It’s my way of showing the truth while the characters try to find out how to be who they truly are. Carter and Lexie were the only characters who had P.OV.’s and voiceovers. This was a story based on the evolution from toxic affair to full on can’t eat, can’t sleep love story.

Character P.O.V examples

(The hearing of a character’s thoughts at the moment.)

there’s a pullYou‚Äôve Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It

an urgency between the two of us

how can being with someone you love seem so wrong

but feel so right

I guess that’s the wrath of mysterious attraction…

-Lexie

ryan_gosling_black_n_white_by_kalianalyticaldevine-d4cepbsBut being with her, in some strange way…

has always felt right

Is that just the attraction talking…

or could it really be love?

Am I still in love with her?

-Carter

Voiceover example

(Off camera commentary …a specific character’s narration….it’s a relatable voice from beyond.)

tumblr_lmnj9szpwD1qzb7cdo1_500“Back then, that’s all I knew of it. That we were a family and that you fight for the ones you love. But like I said before, they never tell you what it’s going to be like. And as I grew older, I began to see that same fearful side of my father in myself. The more and more I became invested in this so called business, the more I felt obligated to use my ability to instantly instill fear in someone. That’s when I knew I had to change it. And that change came in the face of one man. And although I may not be able to truly have him, I know that he’s worth fighting for, and so with everything in me I vow to protect him, and I vow to save her.” -Lexie

 The Evolution of core characters

At first Lexie is a powerhouse, and not good at opening up to people. You can tell by the way she distances herself from her staff that she has been hurt and has many secrets.

Carter over time evolves in terms of ruthlessness and Lexie’s ruthlessness will digress, as she realizes her father’s battle isn’t her own.

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We see Carter becomes ruthless when it comes to Lexie and loving her. He won’t let anything stand in his way.

Reeves is ruthless when it comes to his family, he won’t stand for anyone hurting his them. He will take action to protect them, no matter how drastic those actions may be. But we also see him sacrifice himself to save the rest of this family. It’s that whole mobster with a heart of gold storyline. You can’t help but secretly love him.

Lexie and Carter’s relationship is a stressful one at first. It’s driven by sex and high tension, and Lexie’s need to hold her power over him. However, as feelings start to arise, you start to see Lexie thaw and you notice that maybe she wasn’t always this way. Carter even makes mention to loving her genuine smiles, her yoga pants and when she lets down her hair and tries being herself. We find out that Carter and Lexie have more of a relationship then just an affair to remember. (Haha see what I did there?) The friendship is there. When Carter’s wife Kelly goes missing Lexie is right there to dive in a help him, even going as far as risking her own life to save her.

There is always an underlying respect, love, friendship, bond there…flirtation and fun….they belong together. Even when Lexie is using her power over him, in work related situations and other situations 😉 we later find out that Carter has always felt attracted to Lexie’s bossy ways. It was all part of their game. The passion, the tension, the back and forth bickering, the looks, the slight touches, the close quarters. The need to be with each other, it’s always been there, and all that drama just made it more interesting for them to fall in love. Ultimately they are there for each other, they support each other.

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 New Character Alerts

I did this so that it would be easier to follow and to put face to name. It was a visual thing. And it was kind of like a fun little promo thing to do to introduce a new face.

Favorite Quotes

“They say the devil was an angel… I guess the devil was also a dark haired, red lipped, high heeled, tightly dressed siren too.”- Carter

“I’m always ok.”- Lexie

“You guard your heart from the world like you’re waging war.”- Carter

“Everyone has their pasts, things they’ve done that they’re not proud of, things that have broken their heart, things they’re afraid of, things that they wish could be different.”-Carter

“Dad stop! If you walk out that door…I swear to you…I won’t be around to watch as they haul you off to prison, but I will make sure that they do.” -Lexie

*Indirect Foreshadowing in a way of Reeves fate*

“Carter, don’t handle me…ok? You know I hate that. If I’m pissed at you, I have a right to be no matter how irrational you may think that it is.” -Lexie

“Rule number one…never turn your back to your hostage. Rookie mistake.”- Lexie *Lexie’s mob rules for when faced with an enemy*

“Chinese or pizza?”- Carter

*to signify the level of normalcy Lexie & Carter’s relationship finally hit*

“See Carter, in this business when you want something, you don’t ask for it, you just take it.” –Skully

“Rule number 1 always come prepared, rule number 2, learn who you can trust.”- Lexie *Lexie’s mob rules for being kidnapped*

“The only time a woman is helpless is when her nail polish is drying.”- Lexie

“You know what they say, you can take the girl out of the mob, but ya can’t take the mob out of the girl.”- Lexie

“See, girls wait for the guy to come to them. Women go in for the kill.”- Lexie

*Kill is a play on the fact that she’s a mob princess*

“We take what we want. No questions asked.”- Lexie

“Nothing reels a man in better than a sexy red lip and a smile.”-Lexie (quoting her mom.)

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“Some hearts are just born with the intent to love.”- Roxy

“I like to make ‘em squirm. It’s more fun that way.”-Roxy

“Exactly. That’s the definition of mysterious attraction. A look reveals everything and nothing at the same time. A look sets the stage…it shows that the want is there and that lets your mind wonder to all kinds of crazy places. But when you look away, it takes it all back, revealing nothing.” -Lexie

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Lexie: What?

Carter: There’s my smile.

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Lexie: You didn’t even know me.

Carter: No. But that didn’t matter, because I wanted to. And you weren’t some kind of payback, I swear. I just saw something in myself that I hadn’t in a long time. I felt alive, just watching you….  And that’s why I hated myself for it, because all the pain Kelly put me through had caused me to become numb and you changed all that with one small glance across a crowded room and then you smiled and I was a goner.

Lexie: You got all of that from one look and a smile?

Carter: It was a hell of a smile.

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The flashback scene of when Carter and Lexie first meet is my favorite complete scene.

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Holes I found In my story/General Notes:

Lexie and Carter’s Affair: I have to admit in my head this was much more sensual and sexual very physical relationship that builds into an epic love story. Which is still essentially what I think I created here. However, I think it is alluded to in the way they carry themselves while they are around each other, as well as in their body language and how they speak to each other. I think I toned it down for personal reasons. I don’t want my writing to be built upon a stigma which mirrors the heaviness of 50 Shades of Grey. I think there are ways to enhance this aspect of a story with how you film and how you direct your actors. Unfortunately Ryan Gosling and Sophia Bush are busy and haven’t returned my calls. So the movie version will have to wait. 😉

Timeline…I fast forward a lot to show case how long it’s been and sometimes as I did that I would lose track of my timeline, especially with Lexie’s pregnancy. That was difficult to keep track of. Also Lexie’s past could have been a little more specific. How old was Lexie when her mother died? How old was she when she entered the business? I feel like these questions could be answered through context clues, but maybe I should have been more specific. For instance we find out that Lexie’s past with Joe is a colorful one. Lexie got pregnant at 16 and lost her baby. I would say that Lexie lost her mom long before that, I’d say she lost her when she was a kid around 8 or 9 or so. And by 16 Lexie’s life turned upside down and she didn’t have her mother there to help her through and her father was still grieving and helped the best way he knew how. So Lexie sought revenge as a way to stifle her pain of losing not only her mother, but her child and her chance at a normal carefree college life. She was changed. I also mention that Roxy was an old boarding school friend. One who knew her life story, and one who also knew Joe personally and knew the whole thing that happened. So basically all of this is mentioned when Roxy is introduced. Which I felt was fitting.

Elena (the mom) should have been pictured. Reeves makes mention to how much Lexie looks like her and how much she reminds him of her, and Lexie tells Reeves in her letter to him how baby Elena looks like her mom so they named her after her. Also in the locket Roxy gives Lexie on her wedding day, there are pictures of both her daughter and her mom. I imagine visually the camera would close up on the locket and the pictures, I just failed to pick an actress to play the roll. Maybe that’s part of the mystery. The story is driven my a face unknown. In a way gathering from Lexie and her daughter’s appearance you can get a visual of Lexie’s mom in your mind.

The mob storyline could have been further explained. The drama and the fear was there but I just felt like Lexie was supposed to be portrayed as her dad’s successor but maybe it didn’t come off so well. Never the less I did so in a way because ultimately Lexie never wanted this to be her life, Lexie and Carter as all those who work for her father, are not cut out for that life. Their hearts are good. Brice is a perfect example of a guy who just needed a job to survive and got wrapped up in the wrong one. I think alluding to the lifestyle and Skully and Reeves’ ongoing war was enough to get the audience to understand the danger of it all. After all we do finally get to meet skully and there are kidnappings and explosions and shootings so I think there’s definitely enough mob drama displayed, now that I think about it!

Joan and Carter should have had a conversation about Joan’s choice to keep Carter from Skully. And also how Joan and Skully conceived a child. Were they in love back when Skully wasn’t so ruthless? I’d say Skully was always pretty ruthless, but Joan realized a little too late. The heart wanted what it wanted.

Who was John really??? A friend, a relative of Skully’s who decided to step in? I never really said. But I think that in Carter’s mind, it just didn’t matter, John was his dad, the man who raised him. The man who taught him how to be a man, and that’s all Carter needed to know. I did however allude to Carter and Joan having a conversation and that John and Carter are closer than ever in Lexie’s letter to Reeves at the end. That was kind of my way of summing up everyone’s storyline and showing you how this is a new start for everyone.

The clothing store front should have been more played out. In every mob story I’ve seen there’s the business which is the life of crime and all the illegal mumbo jumbo and then there’s the “legitimate” side where they import coffee or sell baked goods. It’s basically a front to gain a living while you continue on your quest of crime and illegal antics. I felt like I failed to carry the fact that Lexie was working in a fashion front. I feel like I through that detail in too late. It should have been introduced sooner, and I could have been more descriptive about Lexie’s office and the business surroundings.

I neglected to inform the audience that Kelly was a photographer. When she was captured. Carter mentions she had been traveling for a job. That she got a location and was rerouted to the warehouse. In my head she was a photographer who was traveling to a shoot. It’s difficult to keep little details like that in order when you are writing it, while your mind is thinking visually how you would orchestrate a scene and how you would shoot it, and how you would tell each character’s story. I lost sight of the fact that what I write is what the audience will know. So by not writing it, I missed a piece of the puzzle. Just because I see it, doesn’t mean the audience does. I have to be more careful of that. Check yo self, Michelle!

Lexie’s never killed anyone outside fatherly orders and self-defense…this was mentioned in conversation but we don’t get to hear the full story. It was more strategic, I suppose. Lexie has alot in her past. And I allude to the fact that Carter and Lexie have had multiple conversations about their pasts. Some are even played out in their scenes together.

What was Carter doing before he met Lexie and joined her in the mob? I definitely failed to answer this question. Obviously Lexie and Carter’s affair has been going on for a year or two, so this has been his job. But when they met what was he doing? In my head I guess he was a businessman of sorts….but I guess I just didn’t feel the need to go there. Ultimately this was a story about Carter coming into Lexie’s life, and changing her forever.

Kelly is quick with the comebacks like Lexie is. Carter has a type.

Lexie and Kelly mirror similar traits at times. The difference is Lexie and Carter share true love.

Irony that Carter just wants Lexie to open up to him and lean on him, while all Kelly did was lean on him and not do for herself. It’s the opposite, but there’s a deeper level of commitment and love in Lexie’s affection for Carter. Kelly may have loved Carter but Lexie is in love with him. Kelly and Lexie character swap a bit.

All in all, each character has an arc. But in the end, Justice is served where it’s due. Skully dies, Reeves goes to prison. Lexie matures so much and realizes that life has so much more to offer. And all of the rest of the characters get a fresh start.

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I gotta admit, I have a soft spot for Brice & Roxy…p.s. how cute of a couple would Demi Lovato & Wilson Bethel make on screen!

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****There is always going to be holes and questions. I think all in all, the story holds up. There are a lot of references to each of these holes and if you have an imagination I think they are easy to figure out. I mean think about all the shows you watch or the movies you love, don’t you walk away with questions. I know I do and yes it can be frustrating, but what’s a good story without a little room for audience interpretation and imagination. ;)****

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Stay Tuned for what would happen if Mysterious Attraction  had a soundtrack 😉

I know I know, the story is over Michelle, let’s move on. But I’ve spent the past year developing these characters and their stories and I’d like to stay in this world for just a tad bit longer.

Hope you don’t mind 😉

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Mysterious Attraction- Chapter 12 Part 3

We’ve reached the end of the road, it’s been a long journey, but the end is here!  Hope you have enjoyed the ride. With that being said, Lexie, Carter and the gang bid you goodbye in Mysterious Attraction’s final Chapter!

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Previously on Mysterious Attraction…

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A few weeks later…

Brooke-Davis-S09-one-tree-hill-style-30302353-400-266Lexie sits at her desk in her home office. She’s writing a letter. Carter walks in with a sleeping Elena in his arms.

Carter: Hey babe, I was gonna order some dinner…Chinese or Pizza?

Lexie finishes up her letter and seals it in an envelope. She gets up and walks over to him.

carter and elenaLexie: You know what, I’m feeling like we’re in need of a change…(she smiles) Let’s do Chinese.

Carter smiles and kisses Lexie as she then leans down and kisses Elena on the cheek.

Lexie: Sweet dreams angel. Mommy and daddy love you.

Carter places Elena in her crib. Lexie grabs the baby monitor  as they walk into their kitchen, Carter hands her a menu.images2O8FOBFE

 

 

Lexie: I got it, (she smiles and grabs the telephone from him.)

Lexie: Hi, can I place a delivery order.

Meanwhile….Cut To:

sonnyReeves sits in a cell laying on his bed, starring up at the ceiling.

A guard comes to the cell.

Guard: Reeves. Mail. (hands him a letter.)

Reeves gets up slowly and looks at it.

He smiles and opens it.

He sits down as he begins to read it.

Dear Daddy,

Carter and I are doing wonderfully. We are adjusting nicely to newly wed life and parent life. Carter is such a good man. The store had an amazing first few weeks and sales have been great. The team is really doing well and getting along well. Not surprisingly Roxy has stolen Brice’s heart. Surprisingly, Joe has fallen quite smitten for Kelly. Yes Kelly. Carter’s ex-wife. Crazy huh? But thankfully all that drama is over with, and we’ve reached the point where we can genuinely except change and just be happy for each other. And Carter and his parents have long since gotten over the Skully debacle. John and Carter are closer than ever. Everyone is so grateful to have a new start and a new perspective thanks to your selflessness. The most exciting news yet… Our baby girl was born about a month and a half ago, 10 fingers, 10 toes, 8lbs, 10 oz. and a perfect shade of rosey pink. She looks so much like mom, I thought it only fitting she share her name as well. I’ve sent along some pictures …Meet your granddaughter Elena. I love you daddy, thank you for being so strong, thank you for your guidance, for your protection and most importantly your love. Carter and I have been telling Elena all about her grandpa. She seems to smile, every time we mention your name. Keep that in a safe place anytime you feel like things get too overwhelming. Carter and I have scheduled a visit up there next weekend; Elena can’t wait to meet you. See you soon.

With all my love,

Your Princess, Lexie ❤

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Carter, Lexie, Elena and company all sit around in their living room laughing and talking.

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Lexie, Carter & baby Elena

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Roxy & Brice…still going strong

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Kelly & Joe…new beginnings

Lexie Voice Over:

tumblr_m4icu53Dwx1rpta58Sometimes fear can take over. It can cause you to miss things. Chances. Once in a life time opportunities. Love. But once you let go of that fear, your perception changes. When you let people into your heart, they can surprise you. They will surprise you. We all have good in our hearts. It’s our job to bring out the best in each other. Let yourself experience love. Let yourself take that risk. Because a mysterious glance from a strangerred lips could be so much more than just that initial attraction. It can be the start of your forever. If you just dive in. So pull down your walls, let your guard down a bit. And love will find you. I promise, it’s all hidden in the eyes. And if it doesn’t work the first few times, keep at it. Sooner or later you’ll learn how to distinguish between the one shot glance guys, and the guys worth a second one. You’ll get the hang of it. And ladies remember, red may be your color… work it, and smile. Good Luck. And may you find your Carter and your happy ending.

*Quick Flashback*

An exchange of smiles when Lexie and Carter first meet.

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Current Lexie and Carter who sit with their baby girl in their home surrounded by family and friends. Carter leans over and kisses a very happy, brightly smiling Lexie.

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*The End.*

So there you have it “Mysterious Attraction”  says goodbye…I hope this series has entertained your days a bit!

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Stay Tuned for an overview and brief writing experience journal… Coming Soon!

*I take no credit for the initial images used alone, or in my crappy edits #INEEDPHOTOSHOP…haha*

Thanks For Reading!

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Mysterious Attraction- Chapter 12 Part 2

Previously on Mysterious Attraction…

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Joan; Carter’s Mom

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John; Carter’s Dad

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*Time Jump*

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A small cry is heard.

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Lexie walks in…she peers into the crib.

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Lexie: Hey baby girl…time for your next bottle huh, sweet heart?

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Carter: (leaning against the door frame) Hey…you want me to take over? You should get some rest.Drive9_GQ_14Sep11_320

Lexie: No. That’s ok.

Carter: How ya feeling?

Lexie: Happy. (she smiles) This is…perfect.

imagesA4XRRLLACarter smiles, and walks into the room. As he does the sign hanging on the baby’s door is put into clear focus. The name reads Elena. Carter bends down and kisses the babies forehead, and then kisses Lexie. She smiles.

A few weeks later…

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She looks in the mirror and smiles.

Roxy, and Joan (Carter’s mother) are seen smiling behind her.

Lexie: So…what do you think?

Roxy: You look amazing! Seriously it doesn’t even look like you had a baby 3 weeks ago.imagesCJJR149E

Joan is holding Elena and smiles.

Joan: Honey you look perfect. Carter is going to be speechless.

Lexie: Really?

Joan: Yup.

Lexie: And what about you angel? How do you think mommy looks…you think daddy will like it?

Elena cooes a bit

Lexie kisses her cheek

Roxy: I think daddy’s going to like it so much, he may just get mommy knocked up again.

Joan goes a shade of crimson red.

Lexie: Oh my god, Roxy! Really?

Roxy: Oh I’m sorry. I didn’t give you my warning. I’m Roxy, I’ll make you incredibly uncomfortable, with my blunt sense of humor. Just ask your son, it didn’t take me more then 5 minutes to mortify him.

Joan laughs

Joan: Well as long as Carter is happy, I’m happy. And you Lexie and this little peanut here, seem to make him happier than he’s ever been. (she smiles) It’s really all a mother can ask for.joan 2

Lexie: Thank You Joan. You and John have raised such an incredible man.

Joan: Thank you sweet heart, you look beautiful and today is going to be a perfect day. Should I let the men know we’re ready?

Lexie nods.

Joan: Ok.

She puts the baby in her carriage and wheels her out.

Roxy turns to Lexie.

imagesCJJR149ERoxy: So… you ready for this?

Lexie: Yea…it’s been a long time coming. You know I thought I’d be nervous but, I’m not. I can’t wait to be his wife. I just wish my mom were here to be with me through this ya know….I kinda wish my dad were here too…to walk me down the aisle.

Roxy: Well you were born into this world alone, you can handle a walk down a measley aisle 789225_1312039234159_fullalone… Or you know I could walk you? It’d save me a trip down the aisle alone too. Maid of honor duties are lonely…seriously what is up with that?

Lexie: (she laughs) I’d love that, if you’d walk with me.

Roxy: Yea? Cool. Oh by the way…. I’m gonna get really serious for just a second…

Lexie: Uh oh…

Roxy: Just a sec.

Lexie: Ok.

Roxy: I got you something.

She hands her a long skinny box.

Lexie: Oh you didn’t have to do that-

Roxy: Uh…shh. My best friend is getting married. I wanted to.

Lexie: Ok.

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Lexie: Oh Rox- it’s beautiful.

Roxy: Open it.

Lexie carefully opens the locket to find on one side a picture of her daughter and the other side a picture of her mother.

Lexie starts to tear.

Roxy: I knew you’d want her here with you today…this way she can be.

Lexie: Thank You so much, this means so much to me. You have no idea.

Roxy: Good. I’m glad you like it.  (she shrugs)

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Lexie: Will you help me put it on?

Roxy: Of course.

Roxy fastens the necklace onto Lexie’s neck.

Lexie: It’s perfect.

Roxy: Ok no more tears. Stop. We have a man to marry. Right?

Lexie shakes it off and smiles.

Lexie: Absolutely.

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Lexie nods.

Lexie: Hey Rox?

Roxy: Yea?

Lexie: Promise me you’ll stick around, at least for a little while. I really love having you here.

imagesCJJR149ERoxy: Honey, I plan on sticking around till you get sick of me.

Joan walks Elena down the aisle in a white lace old fashioned carriage.Joan

Lexie smiles and links her arm with her best friend, as they walk out into the church.Wedding_brooke

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Roxy smiles at Brice who sits in the audience near Joe, Kelly, Dylan, and Joan and baby Elena.

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weddingCarter meets Lexie at the altar steps, kisses Roxy on the cheek, takes Lexie’s hand and helps her up to the alter. They join hands. As Roxy takes her place beside Lexie, we see Carter’s dad John standing next to Carter as his best man. john dad 2The organ playing stops and the priest smiles at the couple.

The priest: Please be seated everyone. We are gathered here today to join Lexie and Carter in holy matrimony. I’ve been told that this is a rather unconventional love story. But I know true love when I see it.

Cut to the vows.

Brulian-s-Wedding-brooke-and-julian-18941348-500-268[1]Lexie: I’ve always envisioned love as this unattainable thing. I was so caught up in the negative aspects of life that I never took the time to realize that I was actually capable of falling in love with someone who would love me for the real me, and not be duped by the façade I put on for the world to see. Someone who would be there unconditionally… Someone to walk through life with. When I met you I did everything I could to try and convince myself that you weren’t the one. That what I was feeling was just fleeting. I pushed you away and kept pushing. But you stayed, I don’t know why (she laughs) But you did. And you made me realize that being afraid was ok, that as long as you let someone in on the fears you have that they may share those fears but help you overcome them at the same time, together as a unit. You made me happy to look forward to a future full of love and children and happiness. You changed my out look on love and you made me able to feel it and experience it in the best possible, most truest of ways. And I will forever love you for that and for being the incredible man that you are.

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Carter: Falling for you wasn’t easy. Loving you was the easiest thing in the world. But falling for you wasn’t…allowing myself to get to the point of falling in love with you was really difficult. When we met, I was really broken; I didn’t know what my life was or where it was heading. You lit a fire in me that I thought had died a long time ago. Something that I thought I’d never get back. And I’ve never been more excited for the future in my entire life. I’ve never been more excited to experience new adventures that I am sure we will have as a newly married couple and new parents to our beautiful baby girl. You’ve made me happier than I have ever been, and you’ve made me a better man simply by loving me. A few years ago, it may not have seemed like we would ever get here, but in my heart I always knew that it was a possibility. If I could just get you to see in us what I saw in you. I knew it, because I knew your heart, it’s a lot like mine, a little broken, but somehow half of my broken heart fit perfectly with half of yours and I think it’s safe to say, we’re stronger together, then we ever were apart. You’re an amazing woman…Strong, Stubborn, Smart, Beautiful, and I’m going to spend the rest of my life making sure that you know that. Because you’re worth it. That’s why I stayed.

Lexie and Carter smile brightly at eachother.

Priest: Do you Lexie take Carter to be your husband, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better for worse, til death do you part?

Lexie: I do.

Priest: And Carter do you take Lexie to be your wife, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better for worse, til death do you part?

Carter: Absolutely. (he looks at Lexie with wide eyed excitement as she laughs excitedly)

Priest: Let us proceed with the rings.

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Priest: Carter repeat after me…with this ring, I thee wed.

Carter: With this ring, I thee wed.

He slides the ring onto Lexie’s finger.

Priest: Lexie repeat after me…with this ring, I thee wed.

Lexie: With this ring I thee wed.

Priest: By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride.

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Carter: About Time.

He kisses her.

The crowd claps.

The photographer snaps a picture and Lexie gestures for Joan to bring up Elena.

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FINAL segment next week!

Thanks for reading!

*I do not take any credit for any images used*

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Mysterious Attraction- Chapter 12

We made it…the last chapter….(in 3 parts of course you know the drill)

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Lexie’s Excited 😉

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Days pass on by and the fashion store comes together nicely, as everyone pitches in.

It is opening night and Lexie is a ball of nerves.

She sits in the middle of her store, scanning it over for the thousandth time, waiting to find something wrong.

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Carter walks in from the back.

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Lexie: Am I crazy to think that this is actually going to work? I mean are people actually going to take this seriously, take me seriously. Because tomorrow’s headline can easily read… “Mobster Father in Prison, Daughter monopolizes press with new Fashion line.” This isn’t going to work.

tumblr_mqj5c96ovd1rluckbo2_1280Carter: Yes it is. People like you Lexie. As much as they hate to admit it.

Lexie: Gee Thanks.

Carter: You know what I mean. You yourself know you can sometimes have a strong intimidating personality. (lexie makes a knowing face) But they like you. You’re likeable. You draw people in and they can’t help but like you. This is going to work. I promise. And I’m gonna be here every step of the way. We need to move on from what people think they know about you, about us, about our family. This is our new start.

Lexie: (sighs of relief) I know. You’re right. But I’m just so nervous. I really need this to work.

Carter: I know. It’ll be ok. (he helps her up off the floor).

Demi-Lovato-Platinum-Blonde-HairRoxy walks in.

Roxy: It’s time.

Lexie: (looks at her watch) Already?

Roxy: Yup…you have quite the audience awaiting your brilliance.

Lexie peaks through the window and sees a huge line of people outside the store on the side walk.

Lexie: (smiles) Oh. See but why does that make me more nervous? I should be happy right?

Carter rubs her shoulder and smiles.

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Lexie: (takes a deep breath) Yea. Let’s do this team…

Roxy: That’s our girl!

Brice, Dylan, Roxy, and Joe all smile and follow Carter and Lexie as they lead the way outside.

We see a grand opening sign hanging on the store front…near the name of the store “Mysterious Attraction.”

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A red ribbon is tied across the front door

Lexie steps up to the podium.

550w_ustv_one_tree_hill_0805_4Lexie: Hello everyone. Thank you all so much for being here. It means the world to me that you’d give me a chance to prove what I’m actually capable of. Ever since I was a young girl I was fascinated by fashion. I would play dress up with my mother’s clothes and try on her makeup and pearl necklaces when I thought she wasn’t looking. Even though I’m pretty sure she secretly knew. She loved to get all dolled up, and by extension I think I’ve taken on that love affair as well. In fact my mother always said “Nothing reels a man in better than a sexy red lip and a smile.” And I think she was right, Carter blushes.

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Roxy smiles a red lipped smile and glances at Brice who glances by and smiles then looks away nervously.

Lexie: My mother will always be with me. And she’s been the driving force for almost everything I’ve ever done in my life. Before she passed, she was also my biggest inspiration and support. She taught me things in the few years I was fortunate to have with her, things that will last til the end of time. Things I will pass onto my daughter. (Carter smiles as her gaze meets his)This has always been a dream of mine. To be able to creatively express the relationship between women and the clothes they wear, their style, what makes us feel good. A way to express the relationship between women and men, fashion and flirtation. Love and lust. So I hope you enjoy and I hope you find something that speaks to you.

Reporter: Excuse me…could you explain the name you chose…why “Mysterious Attraction.” What does it mean?

Lexie: (smiles)tumblr_m4icu53Dwx1rpta58 Come in and find out. Without further or do…Mysterious Attraction in now open for business!

Lexie excitedly cuts the red ribbon with a pair of big scissors friends, employees, and future customers clap and file in accordingly.

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The store is crowded with people picking up and buzzing about the clothes, the makeup, the accessories. There’s a small bar section, where some people gather for glasses of wine.

Displayed on the main wall across from the main entrance is a video playing in the background. A masked man and woman in a dark room. Subtle eye glances are their only communication. The words *Mysterious Attraction* are written in cursive smokey letters.

People clap after watching.

Demi-Lovato-Platinum-Blonde-HairRoxy: Who the hell would have thought how you too started would actually be one hell of an interesting love story. People are eating this up. Very strategically planned my business mogul friend.

Nobody-Taught-Us-to-Quit-8x05-Screencaps-brooke-davis-16264568-1280-720Lexie: It wasn’t a ploy. It’s a fact. Men and women are attracted to each other based on what they’re wearing. It may sound shallow at first, but it’s what gets you to look in the first place. It’s the truth. And people can relate to it. Me and Carter. You and Brice. Case in point. Nice lipstick by the way. (smiles and walks away.)

Roxy puts her hands on her hips and huffs

ryangosling-300x225Carter looks at Roxy and raises his eyebrows.

Roxy: Well look who’s a little bit sassy.

Carter: Hey you had to learn it from somewhere, right?

Roxy: Ha! Make no mistake, I work alone. Lexie and I may have similarities but I’m way more ruthless when it comes to men.

Carter: Just know when there’s a cause for your ruthlessness. Because sometimes there’s no need to be. Besides I’m pretty sure this is all an act. After all you’re a lover not a fighter right?

Roxy: That’s right baby. I mean I may be crazy, but I shoot for love not just for mindless annihilation. Contrary to my previous antics.

Carter: Tired of playing the game?

Roxy: Ah, I was never a frequent player, I’ve gotten played for sure, but the few times I tried my hand at being the all around douche in the relationship, well I couldn’t stomach it. Some hearts are just born pure with the intent to love.

Carter: So then what’s with you messing with Brice?

Roxy: I’m still quirky, I’m still a woman. I don’t believe in emotional torture, but I do believe that a guy should work for it. Hey I believe in the mystery of the attraction. (She laughs making fun of everything.) Maybe I wanna play that game, the flirty game for a little while. No shame in waiting, to see if there’s actually something there, before throwing myself all in too quick. I like to make ’em squirm. It’s more fun that way. (She laughs.)

Carter: So what you’re saying is your not diabolical in destroying men, but you are into messing with their minds for a brief time…just long enough for them to realize their in love with you?

Roxy: Yup.tumblr_mfm9bgvezR1r8w1d3o3_r1_250[1]

Carter: But doesn’t that kind of defeat the point. I mean if you keep him at arms length, and mess with him, even if it is just innocent fun, he’s not gonna fall in love with the real you? But for the conjured up version of you.

Roxy: Oh no. This is me. I do this shit all the time. I like to joke around. I like to keep light of things. Life is too damn serious all the time.

Carter: You are crazy. But right.

Roxy nods knowingly.

Carter: So you’re completely set on falling in love with him then too?

Roxy: If all goes well…it’d be nice to love one of the good guys for once. And have him love me back.

brice checks her outCarter: Well judging by the fact that Brice hasn’t been able to take his eyes off you, I’d say you’re on the right track.

Roxy looks at Brice and smiles happily. A genuine smile.

Roxy: You think so? (she turns back to Carter)

Carter: Yea…but don’t take my word for it, go and find out. (He nudges her toward Brice.)

Roxy: (smiles) Lexie was right about you. You’re a good one. She’s lucky to have you.

Carter: We’re all lucky to have each other. So don’t go running off any time soon, world traveler. You’ve got people who need you to stick around here.

Roxy: Don’t you worry, I’m not going anywhere.

Roxy smiles, winks and walks off toward Brice.

demi-lovato-mtv-vmas-2012Roxy: Hi.

Brice: Hi.

Roxy: So…how are you?Walkin' After Midnight

Brice: Good, you?

Roxy: Good. (she looks away nervously.)

Brice: Would you wanna… maybe go out…with me…sometime?

Roxy: Yea. That’d be nice. I’d love to.

They exchange smiles.

Lexie walks over to Carter and hugs him.

MAGGIE GRACE VIVA MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2011 HOLIDAY ISSUELexie: It’s going well isn’t it?

Carter: Yea it really is. Your speech was beautiful your mom would20130107015122!Brooke_and_Julian have been really proud.

Lexie: Thanks babe. (She kisses him) So…what’s going on over there?

Carter: Oh you know just another love story in the making. Although there’s may be a bit more conventional then ours.

Lexie: Ah. Yea. Roxy talks a good game. But I was far more damaged then her. She’s just a girl looking for love. She wears her heart on her sleeve, but sometimes it gets covered by her over dramatized antics.

Carter: You’re not damaged Lexie. As much as we think we both were, I think it’s just a shell of a tumblr_mqj5c96ovd1rluckbo2_1280story we put in our heads. People go through shit. Tough shit. It changes you. I feel like we somehow romanticized our story into this dramatic tragedy. That we some how wrecked each other. Broke each other down.

Lexie: Didn’t we?

Carter: No. We just fell in love…at the worst possible time in our lives. (he laughs) I guess what I’m trying to say is….we didn’t break each other down; we broke down walls that were in our way. That were preventing us from truly loving each other. We may have had a tough start, but we were meant to find each other…this is the way things are supposed to be.

Lexie: So we wrecked each other, for the better.

Carter: (laughs) Sure. If that’s how you wanna put it.

He pulls her into his side and hugs her, as they laugh, he kisses her forehead.

GHLuluA familiar blonde walks into the store.

Carter notices.

Carter: Kelly?

Kelly: Hey Carter. Hi Lexie.

She’s nervous and fidgeting. They can both tell it’s difficult for her to be here.

Kelly: Congratulations on the store…it looks great, and on the engagement (noticing the ring) and the baby, apparently…wow! (she notices Lexie’s baby bump as well.)

Lexie and Carter exchange looks.

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Carter: What are you doing here?

Kelly: I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I’m sorry for everything. I realize that this isn’t the time or place to discuss our past, but I figured it was the safest place. What with it being a public event. I didn’t want to invade your personal space by stopping by or anything.

Carter: yea that probably wouldn’t have been the best idea.

I-Can-t-See-You-But-I-Know-You-re-There-8x02-Screencaps-brooke-davis-15788104-1280-720Lexie: We appreciate you coming here. But there really is no need for apologies. There was a reason for why you acted the way you did. You didn’t know you were sick.

Kelly: Maybe not, but there were a few red flags that I should have paid attention to. Like my constant switch in moods for example. But I want you to know how sorry I am. Really? I realize now how crazy and out of line and dangerous my actions were and I never meant to put you through that, either of you.

Lexie: I imagine it wasn’t an easy thing for you to come to terms with…seeing your husband with someone else. I’m sorry we hurt you.6a00d83451b72b69e2011570735f05970b-320wi

Kelly: Don’t be. Carter was bound to find someone else. After all I wasn’t always faithful either, it’s amazing he stuck around at all after that.

Carter looks at her. And then at Lexie as he pulls her closer.

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Kelly: Carter I know that you may never forgive me, and I understand why…completely. But I did love you, please don’t think that I never did. But you were right, we weren’t meant to end up together….at least not forever. I realize none of this matters much now. We’ve both become different people then when we got married and we’ve both moved on from our marriage, but I hope that I left you with some decent memories. And not just the painful ones.

Carter: Kelly I’ll always have good memories of you. But it’s difficult to process what went down…I sympathize, I do. But the fact that you could become so violent, was really scary.steve-carell-and-ryan-gosling-in-crazy-stupid-love1

Kelly: I know and I’m sorry. But we all have things we’ve done that we’re not proud of right?

Carter looks away.

Lexie: We do. We all do. Carter and I aren’t perfect. We’ve had our fair share of run-ins with the law and built a once toxic relationship on organized crime. So we all have our faults. None of us are guilt free here. So I think we can all agree that we can try and make the best of a weird crazy situation and just be at peace with it and move on. There doesn’t have to be any bad blood here.

Kelly: I’d really like that. If we could all just put everything behind us.

Carter: I’d like that too.

imagesRN9NZ3IBKelly and Carter exchange smiles.

Carter squeezes Lexie’s hand.

Carter: So how are you? How’s treatment going…I imagine well if you’re out?

Kelly: Yes very well actually I finished my aggressive lulu-johnny1stage, so now it’s just a matter of out patient therapy once a weak and monitoring my meds. Which has definitely improved my moods and over life dramatically. So you have no need to worry, I won’t be unleashing any surprises on you ever again.

Carter: Well that’s good to hear.

They all share a small laugh.

Carter: I’m really happy for you Kel…It’s good to see you back on your feet. I would never wish ill of you. Ever.

Kelly: I know. Thank you. I really wish you both, well you three (she laughs) all the best. Truly.

Lexie: That means a lot. Thank you.

Carters nods.

Kelly: And I really am sorry. (she looks at Carter)

Carter: I’m sorry too. Let’s just say the past is in the past. Good luck with everything.

Dean+3Kelly: Thank you.

They share a smile and an understanding.

Lexie glances over at the crowded store, she notices Joe sitting in the corner by himself.

Lexie: Hey Kelly, why don’t you take a look around. If you find something you like, first item’s on me.

Kelly: Oh no that’s ok. I didn’t mean to intrude. I just wanted to stop by and talk to you both.

Lexie: Nonsense please stay…it’ll be part of a fresh start for all of us.

Kelly and Carter exchange awkward glances.

Lexie: Ok look I’m not saying that we all have to be best friends, that’s obviously not going to happen here, for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be cordial right?

Carter: You’re right.

Kelly: Are you sure?

One-Tree-Hill-8-21-Flightless-Bird-American-Mouth-brooke-davis-22115393-1280-720Lexie: Yes…besides there’s someone I think you should meet.

Lexie grabs her hand and walks over to Joe.

Lexie: Hey Joe, what’s up?

Joe: Nothing, you’ve got me working in a women’s clothing store…not much fun for a guy like me.

Lexie: Really…a single guy trapped in a sea full of beautiful women. Hmmm yea I can see your struggle. Speaking of…This is Kelly…Joe Kelly, Kelly Joe. You’ve met before. Talk amongst joe smilesyourselves.

Lexie walks away.

Joe smiles.

Joe: Hi.

Kelly nervously smiles.

Kelly: Hi.

Joe: It’s nice to see you again.

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Lexie walks back over to Carter who watches from afar with a drink in hand. He smiles.

Lexie: (mouths to Carter) Are they talking?

Carter nods.

Lexie: Yes!

She gets to him and turns to watch.

Carter: That was really cool of you, Lex.kelly and joe

Lexie: Yea well there’s no reason why they can’t find comfort in one another. I mean there’s nothing like a fun little distraction.

Carter: Misery does love company.

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Lexie: Ain’t that the truth.

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Lexie smiles clinking her water bottle with his glass in cheers before taking a sip.

Carter: Our daughter is never dating…ever…she’ll be lucky if I ever let her leave our house.

They both laugh.

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Mysterious Attraction- Chapter 11 Part 3

So it occurred to me recently, that Mysterious Attraction is over a year old already! My goodness! I never intended this to be so long. But at the same time I didn’t rush it. I let it fall where it needed to. The first part of Chapter 1 was posted on October 4th, 2013. So in honor of this Anniversary I’m throwing out a second segment this week. It’s been a while since I’ve done that. Two in one week! Lucky you! 😉 The way that this story started was far different from where it is ending up. It started off with no name characters and simply just dialogue between two characters. In my head I had a storyline, an idea of what I wanted the story to be. And now it’s taken form and coming together, but we are nearing the end. FINALLY! It’s been a fun journey and I hope you’ve enjoyed. Happy Anniversary Mysterious Attraction, Happy Anniversary Lexie & Carter. Let’s finish this sucker up! Chapter 12 is up next and it’s the last and final chapter. When the story fully finishes I will do a much more in-depth analysis of the whole thing and the journey of writing it. Hope you stick around. 😀

tumblr_mg107eOA3j1rbg05io1_250Previously on Mysterious Attraction…

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The next few months play out like a happy montage.

As the plans to build a fashion empire are put to reality.

Employee after employee from Lexie’s roster join her new adventure. Happy to be away from the dangerous life of crime and surprisingly enough happy to have Lexie as a boss again. Carey Mulligan, Ryan Gosling379576

Brice and Carter are painting.

Lexie is doing inventory and talking with a seamstress and a young female assistant.

dylan workingA young male familiar face walks in with more boxes and Lexie smiles.

Lexie: Thank you Dylan. You’re doing a great job kid.

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Roxy walks in with coffees.demi-lovato-good-morning-america-interview-watch-now-01 - Copy

Lexie: (taking a cup) Ugh, you are a godsend.

Roxy: Don’t I know it.

Brice and Carter notice.

Carter: Coffee Break?

Brice: Sure.

tumblr_inline_mtphigXyG21rfmsq0Brice glances at Roxy.

Carter notices and laughs.

Carter: (whispers to Brice) Watch out for that one.

Brice looks at Carter and smiles.

Roxy hands Carter and Brice each a cup of coffee.

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Brice: Thanks. I’m Brice.

Roxy: Yes. you. are.

Brice: I’m sorry?

Roxy: No…but you will be.

Roxy smiles and walks away to where Lexie is working on hanging clothes on hangers and racks.

501OneTreeHill076[1]Lexie: (notices) You are relentless. (she shakes her head)

Roxy: Oh please after all the boys we had to suffer through in boarding school; we deserve to play with a few minds. Men think it’s their game… it’s been a women’s game for centuries. It’s a known fact we play them better than they could ever play us.

Lexie: So you plan on ruining that poor man?

Roxy: For every woman out there that’s ever dealt with a douche bag who says they don’t believe in love…and then ends up married with two kids… yes….or simply stays a douche bag hopping from girl to girl breaking hearts…yes.

Lexie: You do realize that not all men are like that, right? Brice certainly isn’t. Don’t break a good man, just to prove a general point.

Roxy: Why… you did?

Lexie: Yea and it was wrong. I was wrong. I got lucky that Carter stayed long enough for me to get out of my own way and  get over the fear. But he could have easily walked away. And then where would I be? Brice is a good man Rox, let him…. be.

Roxy: I don’t know if he’s a good man. That’s all hearsay at this point. So I guess that is for you to know and for me to figure out.

Lexie: Ok. Alls I’m saying is don’t give yourself something to regret.

Roxy: I don’t plan to.

Lexie: Ok good.Demi_Lovato_Visits_Late_Night_With_Jimmy_Fallon-600x450[1]

Roxy: Besides, I’m just gonna make him fall in love with me, that’s all.

Roxy winks and walks away. She turns back around…

Roxy: (whispers) Lover not a fighter.

Lexie shakes her head and laughs

Roxy goes off to where Brice stands painting.

d32b6a169f75d21786e3c49b057131e5A few minutes later Joe walks in.

Carter notices.

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Lexie: Joe. Hey.

Joe: Hey. Am I late?

Lexie: No just in time. You can help the guys paint.

Joe: Sure.

He walks over to Brice and they shake hands, Brice hands him a brush.

cute-jensen-ackles-68288_797_1200Joe: Roxy.

Roxy: Joseph.Demi-Lovato-Prank-665x385

Brice: You guys know each other?

Roxy: A little. Joe, Lexie and I have some history.

Joe: We all went to high school together.

Brice: Oh.452689

Roxy: (rolling her eyes) Ah the glory days.

Joe and Roxy exchange glances.

Carter walks over to Lexie.

Carter: Why didn’t you tell me you invited him?

Carey Mulligan, Ryan GoslingLexie: Because I knew it’d be a fight, and I didn’t care to deal with it. There’s too much to do, we need all the help we can get if we want to be up and running by next week.

Carter: Ok well you could have at least just told me that. So I wouldn’t be blindsided by the fact that my future wives’ ex husband is lurking around…once again.Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace

Lexie: Really? Don’t go there. We’ve moved past all that haven’t we?

Carter: I don’t like us having secrets Lex.

Lexie: Good. Because we don’t have any. Not anymore.

Carter: You sure about that?

Lexie: Yes. I’m sorry. I am. But there’s no reason to feel any certain kind of way. That part of my life that happened with Joe is over, and it was a long time ago. We’ve both moved on.

Carter: Oh I know you have. But has he?

Lexie: I think he has. Joe and I talked through a lot that day of the accident and he was nothing but kind to me and to us. You know that. Just let’s focus on this ok. We’re engaged, we’re having a baby. I think it’s safe to say I’m yours. (she smiles)

Carter: Ok. Good. Because I’m not sharing you.

Brooke-and-Julain-brooke-and-julian-24963952-500-281Lexie: Well you’re gonna have to share me with one other person…(she looks down at her belly)

Carter: (smiles and touches her belly bump) Oh well she’s the only one who gets a free pass.

Lexie leans into him and he accepts her kiss.

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Carter: Love you. (he kisses her again)

Carter nods in the direction of Brice and Roxy.

Roxy is being her charming self and Brice is putty in her hands as he laughs at a story she’s telling. She touches his arm. He smiles. There’s an instant connection.

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Lexie: (laughs) Oh gosh.

Carter: How do you girls do it?

Lexie: It’s a gift and a curse. And guys are easy. Pretty gullible.

Carter: Hey I put up a decent fight.

Lexie: Oh, you just keep telling yourself that. (She slaps his cheek in a playful manner…mocking him)

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Carter shakes his head and walks back to help paint.

Roxy walks toward them, and passes Carter.ryan-gosling-320

She raises her eyebrows at him and motions her head in Brice’s direction. Giving two a-ok signs. Mouthing the word “Hottie.”

Carter laughs.

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Roxy: Well jealous Carter is sexy, huh?

Lexie: Carter is always sexy.

Roxy: You know who else is sexy, (she smiles and stares at Brice who looks her way.)

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Something's happening here...will Roxy let the walls she built in her past run her future, or will she take Lexie and Carter's advice and let Brice in.

Something is happening here…will Roxy let the walls she built in her past run her future, or will she take Lexie and Carter’s advice and let Brice in long enough to see he’s a good guy.

*I take no credit for the images used*

Final Chapter coming up next week!

Catch up on the series from the beginning HERE!

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