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After a few hours or talking with Kayla and Marie and decided to head home and get a decent night’s sleep before working the next day. I was thankful for a later shift, especially since I was tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep. I couldn’t believe Jeff kissed me. I couldn’t believe I didn’t want it. After nearly two hours laying in bed, unable to sleep, I had an epiphany.

I grabbed my phone to text Kayla and Marie.

I figured it out!

What? Kayla responds a few minutes later.

What bothered me so much about Jeff. I respond, hoping it wasn’t too late to be texting them.

Marie responds with a Huh?

His compliments!

Since when are compliments bad? Marie texts.

I figure out how to best explain myself and type in with my thumbs It’s not that he was complimenting me, it’s more with how much. It was excessive! And each one seemed to be oozing with too much charm. It felt really inauthentic.

Oh… Kayla responds.

I hoped I was clear, but to help out a little I finish my thought, I wish I could explain it better or had seen it while it was happening. But in hindsight I see it blatantly. It’s almost as if he was acting. It was too much, like he was trying too hard.

Like he had an angle? Marie asks.

Relieved that at least one of them understood Yes! Exactly!

Oh, okay, I get it. Kayla adds.

Okay gals, thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Talk more tomorrow? Maybe I can finally get a few hours of sleep before work tomorrow…

Goodnight they both chime off.

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Despite my newfound clarity, I still was having trouble sleeping. I decided to check my email since I hadn’t all day. I deleted all the subscriptions and saw a few about my schedule the following week. There was also one titled “Songwriting with P&P?” I opened it and scanned through. It was from the manager of Poets & Problems from the night before. They were going to be in town a few more days before heading back to Los Angeles and wanted to write with me. Finally, something to take my mind off of the crazy night I had. I emailed him back with some open time slots I had and put my laptop away.

Sadly, all it did was get my mind racing even more. This week had turned into a whirlwind. I went from being single with zero prospects to having two (at least, I hoped Mark liked me back – and wouldn’t be appalled by the fact that Jeff kissed me). Also, I went from playing open mics and writer’s rounds to having my first official show. That show then led to a writing session with a great band! It’s like my life went from “pause” to “fast forward” without me even picking up the remote.

 

HELP ME SHAPE THE STORY FURTHER:

Answer the following questions or leave any other input or suggestions in the comments. Check back in 2 weeks to see if I’ve incorporated any of your ideas in the next installment!

How does Mark find out about the kiss? Jeff or Heidi?
Do you think Heidi still has a chance with Mark despite the kiss with Jeff?
What should Heidi and Problems and Poets write a song about? Does the session go well?
What else would you like to see happen?

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