Michelle Leigh Writes- Short Story Series Collection

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since I last posted consistently and on schedule. But I’ve been trying to think of something really cool to post and everything I think of just falls flat. But I recently had a cool idea. I’ve featured quite a few Short Story Series on this blog and I thought I’d do one big post including little summaries of each and the links to read them! In case you feel like diving into some dramatic love stories. So please, read at your leisure. 🙂

Mysterious Attraction (12 Chapters-3 parts each)

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Start the series from the beginning- HERE

Summary: Lexie is a power house, a femme fatale with a rather dangerous job description. She is soon forced to balance her need for control with her ever cryptic view on love and happiness. As an overly intense affair comes to light with a handsome yet kind man named Carter. Their attraction and pull strong. Lexie is forced to face some harsh realities about who she is and what she really wants her life to be. Her feelings are growing and it isn’t something she expected. Falling from lust to love with a married man was not part of her plan. What scares her even more…he’s falling back.

A Broken Heart For Christmas (6 Chapters)

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Start the series from the beginning- HERE

Summary: Dean Sanders broke Lucy Michaelson’s heart years ago back in their home town of Oakland Valley, Minnesota. And since then she’s moved on- moved to New York, started her dream career. And so has he, or so they both thought. Everyone knew their story, knew their love was lost. But little does everyone know…there was always more to their story, more than Lucy ever let on. Follow their journey through awkward run ins and past memories- both good and bad. 

Love Conflicted (12 Chapters)

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Start the series from the beginning- HERE

Summary: Maggie is the crisp, clean, girl next door. Always playing it safe, always doing the right thing, risk is not a word she would use in her everyday vocabulary. But when she falls in love with Ricky- a man in the mob, she realizes that life is not always black and white. As danger creeps in, emotions heighten in this thrilling, yet sweet love story.

On The Run (10 Chapters)

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Start the series from the beginning- HERE

Summary: When Sage Renly finds herself running for her life, a mysterious stranger shows up in just the nick of time- Charlie Steinfeld. He becomes her ally and confident against her better judgement. It seems like their connection is unexplainable-almost as if it’s out of their hands.  This is more than your typical two strangers finding each other by chance and falling in love, story. There are dark secrets hidden in the eyes of these characters, and as every mystery goes- there’s always more than what meets the eye.

*Welcome Home (9 Chapters)

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Start the series from the beginning- HERE

Summary: Melanie Evans was so close to having it all, and then tragedy struck. Something that years later she still can’t overcome. There is only one person in the world who can help, who can understand her-Oliver King, her college sweetheart. And yet he is miles away- both literally and figuratively. When Melanie returns to her hometown, old memories stir up old feelings. So many different feelings. Will she be able to get out of her own way to achieve the happiness she’s dreamed of all along? Or will she stay in isolation and despair unable to let go of her painful past.

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Also I am attempting to dive into a new short story series….I’m still working on the title (I have a bunch of variations that I can’t decide on) but here’s a quick little sneak peek at the summary-

Liam Whitmore is a wealthy business executive who goes through the motions of working in his corporate world day after lousy day, making deals and kicking ass at it. However he often feels uninspired, and unable to do what he really loves. Until one day he meets a younger woman named Aria Lenz, struggling to become a dancer. Her simplistic yet driven nature strikes up a spark of inspiration in him, and he makes it his mission to get to know her. Little does he know, it’ll be the hardest “transaction” he’s ever had to make. They’re worlds apart- will he finally get through to her, or will his fire fizzle?

*I do not take credit for any images used in my edits.*

*All short stories are of my own written content.*

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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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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:

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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.)

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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

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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.)

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 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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 Favorite Scenes:

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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.

Click HERE to read.

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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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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.

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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.

nurseryA night light comes on and we see a pink and yellow nursery.

Lexie walks in…she peers into the crib.

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

largeLexie picks her up and sits in her rocking chair near the window. Feeding her, her middle of the night bottle as she carefully rocks back and forth. A mixture of sleep depravity and happiness spread across the new mom’s face.

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…

BvdLexie stands in a small chapel room, dressed in a wedding dress.

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.

locketLexie opens the box to find a silver locket engraved with the name Elena.

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.

Roxy: Ok. (she wipes away her own tears and then some of Lexie’s) Let’s do thi789225_1312039234159_fulls.

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

63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - "Certified Copy" PremiereCarter sees Lexie for the first time and smiles brightly.

Roxy walks Lexie down the aisle.brooke-davis-wedding-hair

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.

Carter smiles: My turn? (the priest nods)FRANCE-ENTERTAINMENT-CANNES-FILM-FESTIVAL-BLACK-WHITE

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.

wedding ringsJohn hands the priest the rings.

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.

she and he wedding wedding kiss Carter smiles and cups Lexie’s face.

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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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 😉

Previously on Mysterious Attraction

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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.

Carter: Hey you. You ok?Nobody-Taught-Us-to-Quit-8x05-Screencaps-brooke-davis-16264311-1280-720

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.

Carter: Yes. This is going to be amazing babe, I promise. (he kisses her cheek) You ready?tumblr_mfm9bgvezR1r8w1d3o3_r1_250[1]71689_1316207020145_full

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.

Lexie: Thank you.Interview_The_Ides_March_Ryan_Gosling_1317952201

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.

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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.

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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.

Lexie: Love you.20130107015122!Brooke_and_Julian

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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Mysterious Attraction- Chapter 11 Part 2

Previously on Mysterious Attraction…

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Carter and Lexie walk into their apartment to find papers, magazines, sketches and plans covering the floor and a hardworking Roxy in the midst of it all.brathan - Copy

Lexie: What is all this?

Roxy: Hi! (jumps up) How was prison?

Carter looks at Lexie and cracks a laugh.

Lexie: Better than expected.

Roxy: (folding her arms) Reeves doin’ ok?

Lexie: Yea he was happy to hear he’s getting a granddaughter. Again…what is all this? (laughs stepping over papers to get to the chair in the living room.)

Carter stands and eyes some of the papers.

tumblr_inline_mxemc39DOo1rnwwx0[1]Roxy: Oh this….glad you asked. This you pregnant bride to be… is your wedding planned in full!

Lexie: You planned our entire wedding in less than 3 hours?

Roxy: Um I do this shit for a living. So yea.

Carter: You’re an event planner?

Roxy: (she shrugs) Convenient huh?  I’m so glad my best friend has told you absolutely nothing about her best friend…aka yours truly. (She looks at Lexie.)

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Carter: Don’t feel bad Roxy…Lexie has issues sharing with me.

Roxy: Hmmm and yet there’s a baby…ie your baby growing inside of her….sounds like a whole lot of sharing to me.

Lexie: You know what he means Roxy.

Roxy: Oh are you referring to her inability to let people in…and by people I mean manly people. Manly people who want to love and care for her. Oh yea that’s old news when it comes to the Lexie drama, I’m well versed. She’s not so good with the non sexual part of intimacy.

Carter: Nope. Not at all.

One-Tree-Hill-8-21-Flightless-Bird-American-Mouth-brooke-davis-22115393-1280-720Lexie: Hello standing right here.

Roxy: Yea and…what’s your point?

Lexie: (laughs in mock shock) Hey, I’ve been getting better…Carter knows a lot more about me then he used to.

Carter: She has gotten better.

Roxy: I believe it. Hence the fact that you’re actually engaged and having a baby. P.S. sick job on stealing a married man away from his wife Lex. Now that’s even more ballsy then that time I helped our hot young T.A. cheat on his wife.

Carter looks at Lexie.

Lexie: She’s joking.

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Carter: Is she?

Lexie: Yes.

Roxy laughs.

Lexie: So…what’s our wedding look like?

Roxy: Well…I have everything laid out and ready to go, it’s just a matter of a few calls. But I need you to answer one very important question. Do you want to get married before…or after the baby is born?

Lexie and Carter look at each other.

Lexie: What do you think?

Carter: I honestly don’t mind either way. Whichever you’re more comfortable with.

Roxy: Hmmm, you’ve trained him well.

crazystupidlovetrlr01videostill480Carter gives her a look and laughs.

Lexie laughs.

Lexie: I’m thinking after may be better, right? I mean I know it’s not exactly how it’s supposed to be done…but like we said we’re anything but conventional.

Roxy: What she really means is she doesn’t want to have swollen ankles and the waddle of a penguin on her wedding day… or night.

Lexie: Yea that too.

Carter: (laughs) You do realize that doesn’t matter to me right. I think you look beautiful.

Roxy: Oh gag me with a spoon. Where did you get this guy, Lex? He’s too cute for his own good. (laughs) No but seriously you’re adorable. Stay that way. She deserves it. He’s definitely a giant step up from that Joe character. (She whispers)

Carter laughs.

Lexie: (covers her face) Oh god.

Roxy: So after the baby is born? Do we all agree?

c2630d25a060be6c09e777e265d9e617Carter and Lexie nod and smiles at each other.carter smile

Roxy: Ok so we have a few months then. Which gives me plenty of time to pull this wedding off in spectacular fashion. Take a look at everything and let me know what you both think?

Lexie: Um no I’m good. I trust you.

Carter looks at Lexie in shock.

Carter: Aren’t women usually really picky and specific about their wedding day?

Lexie: Yea well you forget I’m not exactly your typical woman.

Carter: Ha you can say that again.

Lexie hits Carter in the arm.

Roxy: Hey are you serious? Because you know I tend to get a little carried away with weddings. You sure you don’t wanna take a quick glance?

Lexie: Nope apart from my wedding dress…which I can design myself…I completely leave this wedding in your hands. I know you know me well. I trust you.

Roxy: Ok. This is gonna be fun (places her hands on her hips and nods excitedly smiling brightly).

Lexie: Besides as long as I get to marry you, I don’t care where, when or how it happens. (hugs Carter).

0 Carter: Same here. (he kisses her)

Roxy: Oh boy. You guys make me want to barf. It’s a gorgeous thing. I’m happy for you both. (she winks at Lexie).

Lexie smiles still hugging Carter.

Carter: In the meantime, while Roxy takes care of our wedding…maybe we can go forth with our plans for the fashion line…the space we want is finally free, I put a bid in this morning, and looks like we got it.

Lexie: Are you serious?

Carter: Yup.

happy-brooke[1]Lexie: Oh my god that’s amazing! Why didn’t you tell me?

Carter: I wanted to make sure we got it, before getting your hopes up for no reason. But we got it. So hope all you want….this is happening. (he smiles).

Lexie: So now we can pull all the inventory from the old store in and then I can send out the rest of my designs to the seamstresses to fill the rest of the shelves.ryan-gosling-320

Carter: Already done.

Lexie: Well you move fast.

Carter: I wanna make this happen for you. I know it’s your dream.

Lexie: Just one of them.

Carter smiles.

tumblr_inline_mtsds2LjDE1r84y6b[1]Roxy makes a gagging noise from her wedding planning space on the floor. She smiles and winks at them.

Lexie: Oh that reminds me…I have to give the staff a call…I think Brice may have reached out recently. I missed a call from him the other day. I really hope he takes my offer to come work for us.

Carter: I’m sure he will. I mean with your dad wanting to take the wrap for everything, his one condition was that we all get out. Brice and Joe aren’t looking to get back into the mob business.

Lexie: Yea.

Roxy: Hey…who’s this Brice character you keep talking about? Is he hot?

Lexie: I don’t really know how to answer that question.

She looks at Carter.crazy-stupid-love-ryan-gosling-emma-stone

Carter: Oh what…because of me…like you haven’t thought about it before? You were around him everyday for years, even before I came along.

Roxy: Yea, I mean little do you know, Brice could have been Lexie’s sex pet and conquest long before you.

Carter: Oh god, please don’t go there, there’s an image forming in my mind…it’s not a good one.

The-Space-Inbetween-8x03-Screencaps-brooke-davis-15927800-1280-720Lexie:  Roxy! Oh my god. No Carter. Brice and I were always professional. Brice is a very respectful guy. He just did his job and kept to himself. But I guess he is…somewhat…attractive.

Carter: Oh really?

Roxy: Ha! I knew it…how attractive are we talking?

tumblr_mco1hfhgFn1r84y6b[1]Lexie pulls her cell phone out and shows her a picture of him.Wilson-bethel-hart-of-dixie

Roxy: Holy Grail! Wow I would not mind, destroying him for all future relationships. (stares at the picture.)

Carter: Do you both have some kind of hand book you follow, (he says looking from Lexie to Roxy and back at Lexie.)

Lexie: We’re a lot alike.

Carter: I can tell. By the way…why do you have a picture of Brice on your phone?

Lexie: It’s from the company’s database, our list of employees; the roster, everyone’s on it.

Carter: Oh… I thought you’d deleted that by now.

Lexie: I just kept it so I could reach out to everyone. They were all hard workers that just got stuck in a bad way. They could be better off working at the store, earning an honest living.

Roxy: Oh you mean your legit fashion store, and not the front you put up to house your organized crime.

Lexie: Exactly.

Roxy: Ah. Yes it all makes sense to me now. And um I will be stopping by several times a day, on account of the fact that I’m hot and Brice needs to become infatuated with me enough for me to reel him into my lair.

Carter: Well considering you’re a lot like Lexie, one look should be enough.

Roxy: Is that all it took?

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Carter and Lexie exchange glances.

Roxy: (noticing) Guess so. (purses her lips and raises her eyebrows).tumblr_n8bdxiydir1rk0e3jo2_250[1]

Carter: Seriously though do Brice a favor, go easy on him. That poor guy, has no idea what he’s in for. Hell I had a warning from Lexie’s favorite bartender (he gives Lexie a glance) and I still had no clue what I was walking into.

Roxy: Oh no worries. I’m a lover, not a fighter.

Lexie: (laughs) He’s a good one Rox…. Brice. When you get him. Which we all know you will. Don’t be stubborn like me. Let him in.

Roxy: Oh I plan to. (she smirks)

ryangosling[1]Carter: Innuendo number…

Roxy: 15 to 20 baby, (she winks).

They all laugh.

-<3-

Mysterious Attraction- Chapter 10 Part 3

So I’ve kind of been MIA as you may have noticed, but I have once again had to battle with my computer so I finally had to buckle down and purchase a new one. So now we should be good to go. And once again I can post more frequently as I have missed it so much! So as promised, let’s get to it as we round out Chapter 10 of Mysterious Attraction.

Thanks for your patience 😉

This is just the story that will never end.

Previously on Mysterious Attraction

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One month later…

tumblr_lekw6uTrwl1qg18zoo1_500Lexie is home recuperating and Carter is waiting on her hand and foot.

Carter: Here babe…(he hands her a glass of water and her prenatal vitamins.)

Lexie: Thank you. (she takes the pills and sips her water)

Carter: Drink the whole glass…water is very important when you’re pregnant.

Lexie: I know that.

Carter: So drink it, come on.

Lexie gulps her glass down.

Lexie: Happy?

Carter: Very (he smiles) So how you feeling…(he sits next to her on the couch.)New-Photoshoot-by-Roberta-Scroft-Crazy-Stupid-Love-2011-ryan-gosling-26987198-420-535

Lexie: Good.

Carter: Any pain?

Lexie: Just a little. But not unbearable. The doctor did say the wound is healing nicely though.

Carter nods.

Carter: And what about this little one? (He puts his hand on her growing baby bump.)

Lexie: Getting stronger every day, (she smiles.)

Carter: I’m so glad you’re both ok, I don’t know what I would have done if…

Lexie: Well lucky for you, you don’t have to find out. Because I will be around for a longggg time, continuing to do all the annoying things that drive you crazy. (she smiles brightly and bats her eyelashes.)

Carter: (laughs) I wouldn’t have it any other way…. I love you, you know that…

Brooke_Scott_Gif4Lexie: I do. I love you too. (she strokes his face)

Carter: Do you know how much I love you?

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Lexie: Well…I wouldn’t mind hearing it all over again. (she smiles and laughs as he kisses her)

Carter: You know while you were in the hospital the only thing I kept thinking about was the fact that you never got the see this.

He pulls out a small blue velvet ring box and opens it, showing off a sparkly diamond ring.

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Lexie gasps and looks up at him.

tumblr_lpitbyIZTk1qffj5lo1_500[1]Lexie: Are you serious?

Carter: Yes. The day that you got taken was the day I went to get this. I went out to pick up dinner just so I could pick this up. The call I got wasn’t about the divorce it was from the jeweler saying this was ready. I just wanted you to be surprised. We’ve been through so much over the past year, that I just really wanted this moment to be perfect for you. I didn’t want you to suspect anything. And then when I can home and I saw you weren’t here I-

Lexie: We don’t have to talk about that.

Carter: I should have been here.

Lexie: Carter, stop it. Do not blame yourself. I won’t have it.

ryan-gosling-gifs-18Carter: I just…I want you to know that I can protect you. And I know that you hate when I say that, but the truth is we are a couple, and there are gonna be times when you’re gonna need to let yourself lean on me. Now I realize I haven’t exactly done the best job of protecting you so far, but-

Lexie: Shut up, would you? (she laughs) Skully was a tyrant ok, even my father couldn’t predict what was going to happen, and he’s been dealing with Skully’s mind games for years. I’m ok. The baby is ok. We’re ok. Besides I’ve never felt safer than I do when I’m with you. (Carter smiles at her) So… you were saying…(she gestures to the ring with a big smile.)

Carter: I realize that this isn’t any girl’s ideal proposal, and in my head this planned to be a lot more romantic…

Lexie: So you’ve been planning this for a while?

Carter: You could say that.

Lexie: It’s perfect.

Carter: Not really. I would have preferred to give you a longer recovery time, but if I wait any longer to do this, I think I’m gonna go insane…so…

Lexie: Shut up and ask me already. (she smiles)

Carter smirks and kneels down on one knee.

Carter: Will you marry me?

656237_1299363468257_fullLexie: Absolutely. (she smiles as he slides the ring on her finger and kisses her)

Carter: Did you ever think we’d get here?

Lexie: Where…barefoot, pregnant and engaged?

Carter: Well yea…but I mean…happy?

Lexie: So happy. (she smiles and leans up to kiss him)

Carter: So did you think we’d ever get here?

Lexie: That depends. I definitely hoped for it…but given how we started…back then it was difficult to see this actually playing out. But like everything in our relationship, it’s all unconventional.

20130107015122!Brooke_and_JulianCarter: Ha, that’s an understatement. Yea we definitely don’t fit the typical restraints of a love story. The way we started…my god…do you remember the night that we met?

Lexie: (laughs) How could I forget it?

*Flashback* (A few years ago)

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A bar

Music playing

Drinks clinking

People socializing

lulu-dress-569Carter sits at the bar drinking and brooding over his nearly failed marriage,  lookingmac-dep-nhu-ryan-gosling-trong-crazy-stupid-love at an old crinkled photo of his wife Kelly on their wedding day, that he keeps in his wallet.

Lexie sits a few people over drinking some red wine with some friends.

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Carter’s eyes fall on her and she’s talking to someone; laughing and smiling.

Carter stares and watches.

Everything about her electrified his curiosity. He wanted to be near her. And yet he didn’t even know her.

images381J6OUYPlaying with his wedding ring Carter takes it off and spins it on the bar top next to the photograph.

Bartender Bill: Can I get you another?imagesCOQOPUWT

Carter: Yea…keep em comin’.

Lexie calls out…

Lexie: Hey Billy boy, how bout another round….when you get a chance.

Bartender Bill: Right away Ms. Lexie.

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Lexie smiles, and looks at Carter. Their glares are shared for a brief second before Carter looks away.

Bartender Bill: Here ya go.

Brooke-and-Julian-6x11-We-Three-My-Echo-My-Shadow-And-Me-brooke-and-julian-14197290-1280-720Lexie: Thanks baby.

She hands the drinks to her friends.

Bartender Bill notices Carter’s eyes on Lexie.

Bartender Bill: Intoxicating huh?

Carter: What?

Bartender Bill: Lexie…she’s intoxicating.

Carter: I wouldn’t know. I’m a married man. (he puts his ring back on)

Bartender Bill: Oh. It’s just the way you were looking at her, I thought maybe-…my mistake.

Carter: Nah that’s ok. (he shrugs and shakes his head) Why… what’s her story?

He tries to sound disinterested when he actually is more than interested.

Bartender Bill: Let’s just say you don’t wanna get on her bad side, she comes from a pretty well known family, her Dad isn’t exactly on the right side of the law. And she’s a pretty tough chick to try and get one over on, but that hasn’t stopped many a men from trying.

ryan-gosling-in-gangster-squadCarter glances over at Lexie again, she notices and smiles, biting her fire cracker red glossy bottom lip.

Oh dear god. Carter thinks.Brooke-Davis-brooke-davis-10279556-200-320

Carter looks away again.

Bartender Bill: I’ll tell ya something though; those red lips, high heels and skin tight dresses are only the surface….she’ll ruin a nice guy like you for sure. Just saying word of advice, keep your distance… married or not, you’ve been warned. (he laughs)

He turns and takes the next person’s order.

An hour or so goes by and the bar begins to empty. Lexie looks over at Carter and he’s staring at her again.

She smiles and stares back.

tumblr_mg107eOA3j1rbg05io4_250Lexie: Hasn’t your mother ever told you…it’s not polite to stare?

Carter: Girl like you makes it pretty hard not to. (Carter surprises himself by how forward he is)

Must be the liquid courage he thinks.

Lexie gets up and starts to walk over toward him.

Lexie: Oh hunny, I’m not a girl…I’m a woman. And there’s a big difference. (she purs through red lips and white perfect teeth.)

Carter: Is there now? (he turns in his chair to face her)

What are you doing, don’t engage. Carter thinks.

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Carter: Carter.

Lexie: Sexy. (she smiles) Well Carter, I’m Lexie, but something tells me you already knew that. (she leans closer to him, strokes his chest and stares him in the eyes)

I’m going to hell. Carter thinks.

Lexie: Carter you seem like a sweet guy, so I’m gonna let you in on a little secret the male society has yet to learn.

Carter: What’s that? (he says unable to stop from playing along)

I’m a moth, she’s the flame. This is not going to end well. He thinks.

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

tumblr_mkra31YoOK1qdq710o5_250She pulls him in and kisses him.

Lexie: We take what we want. No questions asked.

Skip to…

Carter and Lexie kissing in the back of the bar…

Carter: I shouldn’t be doing this. I’m married.

images4QIKULJ1Shut up you idiot. Carter thinks.

Lexie looks at him.

Lexie: You wouldn’t have been staring at me…(as his eyes wander over her)… like that… for the past 3 hours if you didn’t want this to happen.

Carter: I…

I’m speechless. I literally have lost my ability to speak words. Who is this woman? Carter thinks.

Lexie: Now something tells me you married a girl and you’re in the market for a woman… but if that’s not the case then speak now, because I don’t like wasting my time. Nor will you deserve to experience what’s about to happen. And it will be amazing, I can promise you that. (She smirks)

Holy shit. Where did she come from? Carter thinks.

Lexie: Your call.

Fuck it. Carter thinks.

Carter cups her face and kisses her.tumblr_m05xzjJQ5W1rq4lc6o1_500

Lexie: There may be some hope for you yet, (she smirks seductively and kisses him back.)

*End of flashback*

Lexie: Whoa whoa, was I really that forward?

Carter: Oh Yea…and it was hot as hell. (he kisses her)

Lexie: You do realize you started it all though right? I mean I realize I was a bit more forthcoming in the physical aspect when we first met but…I just got the ball rolling when you were too scared too. But you stared me down first…the entire time.

Carter: Yea but alls I did was stare. I never touched… until you did.

Lexie: Staring is almost more of a tease.

crazy-stupid-love-ryan-gosling-emma-stoneCarter: What? How do you figure?

Lexie: Because that’s the mystery. The mystery of what that person smells like, feels like…

Carter: kisses like, (he says smiling and kissing her)

Lexie: 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.

Carter: Funny that’s exactly what I was going for. (he laughs)

Brooke-Julian-one-tree-hill-couples-27153854-500-281Lexie: Oh please, you had no idea, I was about to wreck you for all future women.

Carter: Yea you’re right. I had absolutely no clue. But one look and I was pretty much a goner, so I can’t really blame you for playing the part.

Lexie: I’m sorry I played it for so long.

Carter: Don’t be, we both messed with each other, we were just scared to let each other in. Our track records haven’t exactly left us unscathed from love’s brutal wrath. But we were put through the ringer and we made it. And now, we don’t have to worry about anything…besides I knew you secretly loved me.brooke-and-julian_46727_1

Lexie: Oh did you now?

Carter: Yea… (he cups her face and kisses her) it was all in this- (he gestures as he kisses her again.)

Lexie smiles and kisses him back.

Chapter 11 is next!

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Mysterious Attraction- Chapter 10 Part 2

Previously on Mysterious Attraction.

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julian-essaye-de-ranimer-brooke-davis-alors-image-403979-article-ajust_930paramedicParamedics arrive and are bringing Lexie into the ambulance on a stretcher. Carter and the others are close behind.

Paramedic 1: There’s only room for one family member to come with us. The rest can follow us to the hospital.

Carter looks at Reeves.brooke-davis-va-a-l-hopital-image-403978-article-ajust_930

Reeves: Go. We’ll be right behind you.

Carter: Thank you.

Carter rushes in after Lexie.

Reeves: We’re right behind you Lexie, Princess hang on.

wilsonbetheleditiedReeves and the guys rush to their car to follow.

Paramedic 2: Is there anything we should know about your wife sir? Any pre-existing conditions? Any allergies to any medication?

Carter looks up at the paramedic.

Carter: She’s pregnant.

The paramedic looks up at him.

Paramedic 2: How far along?

Carter: Can’t be too far, 2 months at most? I just found out.

Paramedic 1: Ok well don’t worry we’re gonna get her to the hospital and do the best we can to save your wife and your baby.

The ambulance drives off in a hurry

As Carter can be seen through the small rear window clinging onto Lexie’s hand.julian-au-chevet-de-sa-fiancee-brooke-davis-image-403980-article-ajust_930

The paramedics rush Lexie into the hospital and Carter rushes in behind. What really sounded like the paramedics relaying her condition to the doctors on staff was all muffled and blurred as Carter saw everything around him in slow motion, unable to comprehend what was actually happening.

Ides-of-March-From-the-Red-Carpet-4Reeves and the others rush in.

Reeves: Carter, where is she?20100129_MBenard_Solo_559x445

Carter snaps out of it quickly.

Carter: They took her into surgery….Reeves…there’s something I need to tell you…

11367_1_64038Reeves looks at him worried.

Carter: Lexie’s pregnant.

Reeves stares at him in shock and then looks away.

Carter: I just found out tonight.

Wilson+Bethel+Hart+Dixie+Season+1+Episode+ILTRu8cV03UlBrice looks on shocked too.

Carter: She’s not that far along… 2 months maybe, she can’t… she can’t lose that baby… not again, it’ll ruin her.

Joe looks away.Dean-Winchester-7x08-Season-Seven-Time-For-A-Wedding-dean-winchester-26813001-1280-720

Carter notices.

Carter: You don’t seem surprised?

Joe: I knew. Lexie told me just before the explosion. She told me so that I could tell you, that if anything were to happen to her…that you should focus on the baby.

Carter: What?

Joe: She wanted me to tell you to save the baby, over saving her.

ryan-gosling-ides-of-marchCarter: She said the same thing to me before she passed out. But I don’t understand that doesn’t make sense. The baby isn’t even fully developed, I mean how could I-

Joe: It makes sense to Lexie. Look I know you know our history. She’s miscarried before. Children are all she’s ever wanted, a family is all she’s ever wanted. So she wanted me to tell you…so I did. I get that it doesn’t make sense, but it’s what she wanted.

Carter: Yea I get it. Thanks.

Joe nods.Season-5-Episode-8-Changing-Channels-dean-winchester-9023954-1280-720

Brice: Look they’re working on Lexie right now. There’s no reason to assume the worst, we just need to hope and pray that both Lexie and the baby come out of this on top.

Brice tries to keep things calm and be the voice of reason.

Drive_2Carter’s tears roll down his cheeks.

Carter: She has to, they both have too.

Reeves: They will. (he pats Carter on the back) Lexie’s a fighter. She usually gets what she wants. And she wants a life with you.

Carter nods wiping his tear ridden face.

ultram-tramadol-before-takingA female doctor approaches them.

Doctor: Are you all here for Lexie?

Reeves: Yes, I’m her father, this is her….husband.

Carter: (Carter slightly smiles at Reeves’ gesture) How is she? How’s the baby?

Doctor: Lexie’s stable.

They all sigh out of relief.

Doctor: But she’s not out of the woods just yet. There was no exit wound, so we had to operate to remove the bullet which we were able to do, and stitch her up which is good. But she’s lost a lot of blood so she needs a transfusion. So we’ll be doing that shortly.

Carter: And the baby?

Doctor: We had to concentrate on Lexie first. Given the fact that Lexie is only 2 months pregnant, the best chance that baby has of survival is based on how well Lexie recovers. As of right now the only thing I can tell you is that Lexie is doing well. The position of the gun shot being on her upper shoulder was in her favor, anything closer to the abdomen would have caused serious damage. So it’s quite possible the baby is just fine. But it’s still a very traumatic experience for Lexie’s body to go through while pregnant. So once we do the transfusion, and she’s able to rest more, we’ll proceed with an ultrasound and check on the baby. From that point on we’ll be able to find out what’s going on with the baby. But right now I need to get back to your wife. Hang in there.

Drive_2Carter: Doctor? Please save my baby. Please. It’ll wreck my wife, if she loses it.

Doctor: We’re gonna do everything in our power to make sure she doesn’t.

Carter: Can I be there… when you do the ultrasound….please?

Doctor: Of course. I’ll have a nurse come and get you when it’s time.

Carter: Thank you.

The hospital room is bright and white Lexie’s eyes flutter open to be met by blurred faces hovering over her and random noises she doesn’t understand. Her vision clears and the noises take shape in the form of medical machinery. A feeling of panic sweeps over her.

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Doctor: Well hello, look who decided to join the party?ultram-tramadol-before-taking

Lexie: Where am I?

Doctor: The hospital. You were shot in the shoulder.

Lexie: Oh my god, no, no. (she grabs her stomach)

Doctor: Just relax ok, Lexie. Relax. We fixed you up, and you’re gonna be good as new in no time.

Lexie: What about my baby? How’s my baby?

Doctor: We’re just about to find out.

A nurse brings Carter in.

Carter: Lexie?

250px-822BrookeafterbirthLexie: Carter. (she starts crying)

Carter: Thank god you’re ok.

He kisses her614-00775

Lexie: Carter, the baby…I may have lost the baby…

Carter: We don’t know that. (he grabs her hand.) It’s ok. I’m right here. It’s gonna be ok. We just have to have a little faith. Your mom’s up there, I think she has a bit of pull with the big guy upstairs right? (he smiles)

Lexie nods and smiles faintly.

Doctor: Ok… are we ready?

Carter kisses Lexie

brulian_daily_002Carter: (he cups her face) You ready?

Lexie nods and grabs his hand tighter

Doctor: Ok we’re gonna do a sonogram to find out what’s going on with that baby of yours…hqdefault

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The doctor lifts Lexie’s gown up and pours some gel onto her stomach; she rubs the machine onto Lexie’s stomach. Lexie shuts her eyes, nervous to face what’s happening.

Carter looks at her and kisses her forehead.

Doctor: Ok…so you’re only 2 months, so what we’re looking for is basically a little dot…ah…Right. About. There. (She points to the screen.) And as long as there’s a heartbeat, we’re in good shape.

imagesThe silence is deafening and Lexie’s tears stream down her face. Carter hugs her close.92017_1318847701940_full

All of a sudden the small rhythmic thumping is heard.

Bub bumb. bub bumb. bub bumb

Lexie’s eyes shoot open.

Carter looks at the screen.

Doctor: Well look at that…we’ve got a fighter…must take after its mom. (she smiles)

Lexie and Carter kiss and he hugs her tightly.

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 Lexie: Thanks mom. (she whispers looking up).

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Mysterious Attraction – Chapter 10 Part 1

This is just the story that will never end.

But we’re back…with what will be the last three chapters (3 parts each) of

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Skully: And what could you possibly know about my family, boy?

showdownCarter: Not much…thankfully. Remind me to thank my mother Joan…although you may know her as Joan Langston.

Skully looks at him.

Carter: Ring any bells?

Lexie: Carter stop.

Carter: Why… like the man said…it’s a family affair. Right dad?

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walking-dead-david-morrisseySkully laughs a wicked laugh

Skully: You mean to tell me, you think you’re my kid?

Carter: Believe me I wish I wasn’t.

Skully: (laughs) Oh please, there’s no way you’re my kid, you’re too much of a sissy.

Carter: Really?

Carter raises his gun to Skully’s face.Ryan-Gosling-Gangster-Squad2

The armed men around inch closer, guns raised at Carter.

Joe, Brice, and Reeves raise their guns against the men.

Lexie: (nervously grabs him) Carter.

Carter pushes Lexie behind him, shielding her.

Skully: (laughs) Alright. Ballsy. I’ll give ya that. 

david-morrissey-the-walking-dead-made-to-suffer-01-1280×720Skully raises his hands in mock surrender.

Armed Man: Boss, you say the word and I’ll blow his head off.

Skully: Easy, easy. The fun’s just getting started. No need to end it so quickly.

Lexie: You’re sick.

Skully: Get used to it baby. After all lexie angrywe’re in-laws.

Skully winks and laughs wickedly.

Carter glares at him.

ryan and sophiaSkully: You wouldn’t kill dear old dad would you?

Carter: (laughs) I wouldn’t be so sure. After all, the apple may not fall far from the tree. I think I’ve got a bit of ruthless left in me. You wanna test me and find out?

Skully puts his gun in his belt, and gestures his men to lower their weapons.

Skully: Ok, ok. I hear ya. Let’s just talk this out, huh? No need for bloodshed between family.

Lexie: (whispers) Carter, don’t trust him.

Skully: See… now she may be a problem, son?

400px-SC-SIG-S-P230bSkully draws his gun quickly without warning and shoots at Lexie.

Carter reacts quickly shooting at Skully.Ryan-Gosling-Gangster-Squad2

Skully falls to the ground.

 

 

 

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Reeves, Joe and Brice shoot out the armed men before they have the chance toWilson+Bethel+Tops+Sweatshirt+g3ftaTJ8ETQx

respond, as the shootout becomes a loud explosion of

nerve breaking sound. Shell casings fall simultaneously

to the floor echoing slightly. The fight that was years in

the making had finally come to the surface in nothing less than an expectant bloodbath.jensen_ackles_16brooke-davis-choquee-image-403977-article-ajust_930Carter turns to Lexieryan-gosling-in-the-gangster-squad-2012-movie-image-2

Carter: Lexie! Hey, are you ok?

Lexie doubles over, her hand over her shoulder.

Lexie: Carter.

She moves her hand and there’s blood all over her.

Carter: Lexie! No! No!

Carter grabs her as she leans on him for support.

Reeves rushes over.

Reeves: Lexie, Princess. Hold on, hold on.

Brice rips his cell phone from his pocket.

If Tomorrow Never Comes911 Operator: 9-1-1 what’s your emergency?

Brice: There have been shots fired at a warehouse a fear miles off the highway, multiple deaths and a woman in need of medical attention, she’s suffering a gun shot wound to her right shoulder. We need an ambulance now!

911 Operator: An ambulance is on its way.

Carter: Lexie. Lexie… stay with me baby. Stay with me.

Carter’s eyes begin to fill with tears, he holds onto Lexie, wanting to protect her. But it’s a little too late.

Reeves pulls his jacket off quickly and hands it to Carter.

Carter applies it to Lexie’s wound to try to stop the bleeding.momo

One_Tree_Hill_S08E11_HDTV_XviD-FEVER_avi1849Lexie: Carter.

Carter: You’re gonna be ok. They’re gonna come, we’re gonna get you to the hospital, you’re gonna be ok.

Lexie: Carter. (her breathing shallow, she motions for him to move close to her, he bends his ear to her lips) The baby. Take care of the baby.

Lexie whispers in his ear. And her eyes close.

Carter: Lexie! Lexie! No. Wake up, baby. Wake up!Brulian-julian-baker-23700275-500-282

Reeves: (stutters in fear) Carter is she…

Carter’s tears are unfiltered at this point as they spill onto his cheeks.

Carter: (chokes out) I don’t…I don’t know.

Joe rushes over and feels Lexie’s pulse.

Dean-6x07-Family-Matters-dean-winchester-16828438-1280-720Joe: She’s still with us, she just passed out from the pain, but her pulse is weak…where’s that damn ambulance!

Skully lies on the ground bleeding out from a gun shot wound to his chest. Unable to move. Surrounded by his defeated army. A once fierce, ruthless man, now helpless and left at the mercy of the people he despised for so long. A victim to the battle he started.

Reeves looks over at him and notices him still breathing. His eyes narrow and the pure hate is evident. He gets up and walks over to where Skully lies.

Reeves: You know you should sit here and rot in pain until your last breath for everything you’ve done, for what you just did. But some may call leaving here you suffer inhumane. Of course the ambulance is on it’s way, you may have a fighting chance. I on the other hand have the ability to take you out of your misery right now. Hell the truth is I need to see you dead. With my own eyes, I need to see it. I told you, you wouldn’t make it out of this alive…and I don’t like to go back on my word. Besides, you’re right we are carved from the same stone. The only difference is I don’t get joy out of ending a life. But I will now. In fact I’ll be proud to say I have your blood on my hands, you sick psycho pathetic bastard. No one hurts my family and gets away with it. Your time is up Skully. Rot in hell.

general-hospital-spoliers-shootoutReeves raises his gun and shoots Skully in the head, as his body lies there lifeless. Reeves walks away with no regret and the cold hearted shell of a protector he is, is finally shown.bloody skully Family is worth risking it for. In Reeves’ eyes, hurting Lexie was Skully’s final act and it was what caused his death.

 

The ambulance is heard in the near distance, and Carter lies in the debris with Lexie in his arms.8_mhg9A

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Mysterious Attraction- Ch. 9 Part 3

No I haven’t forgotten.

Finish what you start Michelle…

Love conquers more than these two think...

Love conquers more than you think…

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warehouseLexie steps up on the table nearby  and peers out the small basement window. She sees Carter and Reeves get out of the car.

Lexie: They’re here.

She gets down from the table.

Just then another set of tires are heard.

Lexie looks up at Joe.

Lexie: Are you expecting someone else?

Joe: Not that I know of.

Shots are heard outside.

Lexie: Oh my god! No!

Lexie goes running.

runningJoe: LEXIE! (he goes running after her, leaving Skully on the floor.)

Lexie runs outside and sees a body on the floor.

She scans the scene quickly.

Reeves reloads his gun and he and Carter walk toward the warehouse.

Lexie is about to run toward them, but she’s grabbed from behind and a hand covers her mouth.

Lexie: Mmm mmm

Lexie tries fighting the strong grip.

Joe: Shhh shhh, it’s me.

joandlexieLexie turns around angrily to face him.

Lexie: Are you crazy?

Joe: Are you? This is a trap. You see the guy on the floor by that car over there… That’s Skully’s number one guard. He’s been on “vacation.” And by that I gather he’s the one who’s been keeping tabs on you and your family. If the gun shot didn’t instantly cause a reaction, then Skully saw it coming, he has other plans.

Lexie: Exactly. So I have to warn them? They need to know I’m ok.

Joe: No. Lexie? Lexie. You need to trust me. The longer they take to find you the better they have a chance of getting out of here alive. Skully’s guards are supposed to kill at first glance if they suspect you’ve been released without your father’s debt collected.

Lexie: That’s never going to happen. Skully and my father are never going to stop hating each other. And I can’t blame my father. My mother lost her life because of Skully. And I’m not losing Carter because of him either.

Joe: And you won’t, but the best thing to do is to see this play out. Like you said, let Skully think he’s won. That way it’ll be easier to beat him at his own game, because he won’t see it coming.

Lexie: Either way this isn’t ending well. Someone’s not making it out of here alive.

Joe: Well let’s make sure our side wins. Put an end to this once and for all.

Joe goes to walk away.

Lexie: Joe. If anything happens to me. There’s something I need you to tell Carter.

Joe: He knows you love him. Besides nothing is happening to you.

tumblr_ma9gaxOXn51qbgmzlo5_500Lexie: I know, but just in case…I need you to tell him…that in the event of anything…choose the baby.

Joe looks at her in shock.

Joe: You’re pregnant?

Lexie nods.

Joe sighs heavily.

Joe: Wow…my god. How far along are you?

Lexie: 2 months.

Joe looks at her and then at her stomach, he smiles.

Joe: Congratulations.

Lexie: Thank you.

Joe: So Carter doesn’t know?

Lexie shakes her head.

Lexie: It’s just been a really crazy time. I just never got a chance to tell him.

Joe: Well I think he’ll be thrilled.

Lexie: You think?

Joe: He’d be a fool not to be.

Lexie smiles.

Lexie: I’m sorry to throw that at you. I know with our history, it’s probably not an easy thing to hear.

Joe: It’s ok. If anything I’m one of the few people who understands it, right? I get why you’re nervous. I get why you’re planning for the worst case scenario. But you won’t have to. You’re gonna be fine. And you’ll finally have the family and life you’ve always dreamed of.

Lexie: Thank you, that means a lot…. So no one’s been down to check on me since Dylan.

Joe: You forget they think I’m down here, harboring you against your will.

Lexie: Oh right. Wow you really had them convinced. I guess Skully and his men are losing their stride.

Joe: Yea well don’t let your guard down just yet.

Lexie: I never do.

They hear a noise.

Reeves and Carter round the corner and approach the door way, which Lexie and Joe are standing by.

Joe grabs Lexie and they hide in the shadowy darkness.

Joe: Shhh (he puts a finger to his lips).

guns highCarter: This is the place right?

Reeves: Trust me, this is it. This warehouse is an exact replica of the one where we lost her mother. Skully’s playing games.

Carter: That’s sick.

Reeves: Skully’s a sick man.

Carter: Shhh….did you hear that?

Lexie and Joe exchange glances.

Reeves: Yea. You head that way…I’ll start this way….we’ll meet up in the back.

Carter nods. Both men carry on in opposite directions, guns poised.

Reeves: And Carter…be careful.

Carter: You too.

Carter passes Lexie and Joe by.

Joe ushers Lexie back into the basement.

Lexie: I can’t just let them walk into a trap, Joe.

Joe: They know what they’re walking into, they’ll be cautious. This isn’t their first run at this.

Lexie: But what am I supposed to do, sit here and twiddle my fingers?

joandlexieLexie notices Skully’s gone.

Lexie: Where’s Skully?

Joe looks around.

Joe: Shit…I didn’t have time to worry about that I ran after you when you heard the shots were fired.

Lexie: There’s something not right here…

Joe: What do you mean?

Lexie: Well Skully wouldn’t run, and he hasn’t passed us…which means he’s got something up his sleeve…. Where are you you piece of shit? Come on out. What do you want? Huh? What else do you wanna take from my family?

She’s moving, kicking and throwing things around the basement.

Lexie: You’re a coward, (she screams).

Joe: Lexie. Shut up! You’re gonna blow this.

3134523384_1_2_BPP7iryLLexie: No I’m tired of this. This man ruined my life and I will be damned if he tries to hurt anyone else I love. Come on out Skully. Be a man about it.

Joe: Lexie. It’s not just you anymore. Remember that.

Lexie looks at him knowingly, she glances at her stomach.

Just then Lexie hears something beeping.

Lexie: What is that?

Joe: What?

Lexie: That beeping?

Joe: I don’t hear anything.

Lexie: Listen harder.

Joe: It’s coming from over there.

They both walk over to the corner of the basement. A low beeping sound is coming from a pile of blankets in a box.

Joe stops her.

Joe: Lex.

Lexie steps away.

Joe walks over and carefully lifts the blankets, in the box lies a bomb…with a clock ticking down quickly.

Lexie and Joe exchange glances.brice

Just then the back door cracks open.

Lexie looks and sees a familiar face.

flamesBrice: Lexie!

Lexie: Brice… Run!

Lexie and Joe run toward the door, with Brice.

They make it outside just as the entire basement and warehouse explodes.

explosionThey all fall to the floor from the blow.

Lexie: Ahhhh! Oh my god!

Lexie screams, running toward the flames.

Brice grabs her away from the warehouse and Joe holds her back.

Lexie: No. No! Carter! Dad!

Lexie’s eyes spill tears as they streak down her face.jexie

Lexie: I have to go. I have to find them.

Joe: Lexie stop.

Lexie forces his grip off her and goes running.

Joe: Lexie!

Lexie: Carter!… Dad! Carter!… Dad!

Lexie is running around the debris, crying hysterically.

lexie tearsOut of the corner of his eye Brice sees pieces of wood being lifted.

Brice: Over there.

Lexie looks.

Joe holds up his gun.

Brice rushes over.

Carter emerges and helps Reeves to his feet.

Lexie: Carter!ryan-gosling

Carter hears her and looks up at her.

Reeves’ head shoots up.

Carter: Lexie!

Lexie runs to him.

Carter rushes over.

Carter: Oh my god! Oh my god, you’re ok!reunited

He hugs her tightly.

Lexie: Yea I’m fine. Are you hurt?

Carter: No. Just a few bumps and bruises. (he smiles looking at her). The beam kind of saved of our lives. We heard a beeping and we had just enough time to duck for cover.

Lexie: Thank god.

Carter: Are you hurt?

Lexie: No no, Brice found us and we made it out before it fell.

Carter: You don’t know how beautiful you look to me right now. (he smiles)

Lexie laughs.

Carter: I’m so glad that you’re ok. I was losing my mind not knowing where you were. I was so scared that…

Lexie: Shh. It’s ok. We don’t have to talk about that. I’m ok.

Carter: I love you.

Lexie: I love you.cup face reunion

Carter cups her face and kisses her.

Reeves salutes Brice.

Brice nods in Reeves direction.

Carter notices Joe205928_1237406032641_full.

Carter: What the hell is he doing he?

Lexie: He works for Skully…

Carter looks at him with malice in his eyes and starts to walk toward him.

Reeves: You son of a bitch!

guns highCarter: I’ll kill you.

Lexie stops them both

Lexie: Stop! Stop! It’s not what you think. Joe’s been helping me.

Carter looks at her.

Reeves: Helping you?

Joe: Yes. When you fired me, I came to Skully for a job, but when I realized what he was planning I thought it’d be nice if you guys had a man on the inside.

Carter: Or you could have just warned us and avoided this entire thing…but no…Joe wanted to play hero.

Lexie: Carter stop it. Joe’s the reason why I am standing here right now. Skully was going to get to me no matter what. Joe did what he thought was best. And he was right.

Carter: He wasn’t part of this? You swear?

Lexie: I’m alive aren’t I?

Carter: Thank god. (he hugs her and kisses her forehead)

Lexie: We’re both alive, we’re both ok. That’s all that matters, right?

baby newsCarter: Yea. But we should probably get you to a hospital, you know …to check the baby. (he whispers and smiles.)

Lexie looks up at him in shock.

Carter: I know.

Lexie: How?

Carter: I found the prenatal vitamins and everything in your purse when I took the car keys.

Lexie: Oh.

Carter: Why didn’t you tell me?

Lexie: I wanted to, I just-

skully returnsJust then Skully comes staggering out of the rubble.

Carter’s eyes shoot up and everyone else’s follow.

Skully: Oh this is rich…family’s all here.

Carter pushes Lexie behind him.

Reeves walks past the couple and faces his enemy.

Brice and Joe raise their guns.

Reeves: There’s no way out of this for you, that doesn’t end with you in a body bag.

Skully: That’s where you’re wrong…

armed men skullysA horde of armed men surround them at every turn.

Skully: What?….where did all these man come from. Gasp. Skully pulls through yet again. (he smirks devilishly). And you thought I was losing it.

Lexie: Why are you doing this? (she steps out from behind Carter.)

Carter: Lexie, (he grabs her hand.)

Skully: I do it because I can.

Lexie: What do you get out of torturing people?

Skully: Ask your father…he and I aren’t all that different.

Reeves: I’m nothing like you.

Skully: Really. How many people’s blood are on your hands? You think you’re so much better than me. More moral. More noble. Look at you all. Guns don’t kill. People do. And you’re living proof.

Lexie: So are you.

Skully looks at Lexie.

Skully: You really are a bratty little bitch.

Carter: You piece of shit.

Lexie: Carter stop. (she pulls him to her.)

Skully: Yea Carter, listen to your mistress.

Lexie looks away struck by hatred for the man who robbed her of a childhood and took away her chance of growing up with a mother.

Reeves: If you think you’re gonna get away with this, you’re in for a rude awakening. You’re not making it out of here, alive. Mark my words.

Skully: Look the hell around Reeves, I think it’s clear who’s finally gonna win this war.

reeves gunReeves glares at him.

Skully: Oh come on, don’t look so sullen. I mean we’re all carved from the same stone. We both demand respect. We both fight for family. It’ll be an interesting fight no? Let’s have some fun with it, shall we?

Carter laughs.

Skully: Something funny boy?

Carter: Yea…you. “We both fight for family.” That’s hysterical. I know we fight for family, (he gestures to Lexie and his group). My family is right here. But you…something tells me you have family you don’t even know about.

Reeves and Lexie exchange glances.

Lexie: Carter, don’t.

Skully: And what could you possibly know about my family, boy?

Carter: Not much…thankfully. Remind me to thank my mother Joan…although you may know her as Joan Langston.

Skully looks at him.showdown

Carter: Ring any bells?

Lexie: Carter stop.

Carter: Why… like the man said…it’s a family affair. Right dad?

 

 

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