Interlude: In the Moment (Part Two)

We get some lovely Zayne-tushy in this one. Fair warning 😛


Zayne’s eyes slowly fluttered open, staring up at the cracked white ceiling above his head. He lay there in silence for several long moments, fighting through the dense fog that seemed to cloud his mind. Last night still felt like such a blur — it was hard to figure out what parts had been real, and what was a dream.

At last, he slowly pulled himself upright, swinging his legs over the side of the bed with a heavy sigh. Behind him, he heard the soft rustling of someone adjusting the covers and shifting in their sleep. In that moment, Zayne became keenly aware of three things.

First, his head was pounding terribly.

Second, he was completely naked.

And third, for the first time in over a year, he had woken up beside the most beautiful woman in the entire world.

He stood there for a few moments, watching the gentle rise and fall of Hope’s breaths as she slept. Memories from the night before seemed to come rushing back to him as he watched her — every sound, every smell, every taste…

Zayne shook himself mentally, fighting back his arousal as he headed toward the bathroom. Not now, he told himself. Right now, what he needed to do was think.

But not about what he wanted to.

The heat from the shower helped to relax his muscles and soothe his hangover headache a bit… But did little to help clear the muddled and uncertain thoughts that seemed to clutter his brain.

Last night had given him so much to think about… He almost didn’t even know where to begin. It was overwhelming.

When Zayne finally emerged from the bathroom to get dressed, he found Hope still fast asleep. A small, smug part of himself wanted to think he was the sole reason for her exhaustion… But the more likely answer was that it was the lingering effects of her jetlag and busy schedule catching up with her.

Zayne still remembered when she’d sleep half the day away after she returned from one of her trips abroad. He’d let her sleep as long as she needed to, then surprise her with one of her favorite meals when she awoke. Hope never ceased to amaze him with how hard she worked… And now, with the way her career had been going, she was working even harder than ever before.

She’s incredible.

As he headed out to the kitchen to start breakfast, Zayne glanced over by the couch, where their piles of clothes still lay on the floor from the night before. They didn’t even make it to the bedroom… Not the first time, anyway. The moment Hope pressed her lips against his, something had taken over. It was electric. And it had felt so perfect, so right

Shit. We’ve gotta talk about this.

As though on cue, the sound of the opening bedroom door reached his ears. Hope stepped out with a soft smile on her face, looking as beautiful as ever — even wearing nothing but one of his old t-shirts. The sight sent a strange mixture of desire and sadness rushing through him.

“Hey.” She spoke at last, her smile widening a bit.

“Hey.” Zayne shut off the stove as he spoke, though he hadn’t even finished one batch of french toast. Breakfast could wait. “Sorry… I probably should have brought you your clothes.”

“It’s fine… It was kinda fun digging through your closet to find something to wear.” She teased, taking a seat at the counter. “I remember this shirt… I got it for you for Christmas, right?”

He nodded, laughing softly to himself. “Yup… Even though I’d never played Overwatch in my life.”

Hope’s bright, beautiful laughter quickly joined his. “In my defense, you play so many damn games that it’s hard to keep track… But I tried.”

“I know.” Zayne replied seriously as he took a seat beside her. “And that’s why I loved it anyway… And didn’t have the heart to tell you.” He added with a small smile. “It was pretty hysterical when Dom finally spilled the beans though. The look on your face was priceless!”

“I know… You reminded me about it for weeks!” She paused for a moment as her smile slowly vanished from her face. “God, I miss those days.” Hope admitted, her voice very small.

“Me too.”

She hesitated before speaking again. “Well… Maybe it’s not too late to get them back again? I mean, after last night…”

Zayne sighed softly. “I know. We’ve… we’ve really gotta talk about that.”

Hope nodded. “Yeah, we do.”

Neither of them said a word for a long time after that. Zayne was still struggling to find where to begin. Why does this have to be so HARD?

Thankfully, it was Hope who ended up breaking the silence at last. “I know we both had a little too much to drink last night… So maybe we weren’t completely thinking things through.” She shrugged. “But I don’t think it was a mistake. I think we really needed that.”

“We did.” He agreed. “I don’t regret it either, I just…” It seemed impossible to find the right words. “I dunno.”

“Look, I need to be honest with you. I wanted to move on after I left, but the truth is, I couldn’t…” Hope admitted. “I still love you, Zayne.” Despite everything, he felt his heart skip a beat at her words. “I never stopped. And you didn’t either, did you?”

He shook his head. “Never.”

“And you said it yourself last night… You’ve changed. And so have I.” Her lips curled into a slight smile. “We’re both in a better place than we used to be. And, well…” Hope paused for a moment. “Maybe we should try again?”

Zayne took a deep breath. He’d been agonizing about what to do ever since he’d woken up that morning… But everything seemed so clear now. And her question was so much easier to answer than he’d thought it would be.

“No, we shouldn’t.” He said at last. “We can’t.”

As he’d feared, her face fell instantly at his words. “B-but why not?” Hope seemed to be struggling to find her voice. “Last night…”

“Was amazing.” Zayne finished for her. “It really was. But we can’t just jump back into this… One night of hot sex isn’t enough to fix everything, no matter how much we want it to. That was part of our problem in the first place, remember?”

“I do…” Hope replied softly.

“I’d love to be with you again. More than anything… ” Zayne’s voice was pained. “But I just don’t think we can do this right now.”

“Okay, you’re right. We shouldn’t just jump back in and expect everything to go back to the way it used to be…” She agreed. “But why can’t we try taking it slow?”

“With you back in San Myshuno?” He shook his head. “We tried that whole long distance thing before… And it sucked ass.” The corner of his mouth twitched into a smile.

“Okay, it did.” For a moment, Hope almost laughed. “And… I guess moving wouldn’t be a great idea for either one of us right now.” She admitted. “Unless you’re looking to open that new restaurant in San Myshuno?” It was impossible to tell whether or not she was joking.

“Tempting.” Zayne was only half-joking himself. “But… Here in Windenburg is where it’s gonna happen for me. I can feel it.” He paused. “And I’d never stand a chance starting a business in the big city anyway… You know how cutthroat things can be out there.”

This time, Hope actually let out a small laugh. “True. It’s pretty brutal, I guess.”

“And honestly, I feel like I’ve still got a lot of work to do on myself before I’m ready to be with anybody… Especially you. I don’t think I’m ‘there’ yet, y’know? If we got back together, I’d want to do things right this time. I don’t want to make the same mistakes and end up hurting you again.”

He paused, waiting for Hope to reply. But she didn’t, so he continued. “We’d have a lot of shit to figure out if we really wanted to try to make this work again. Mostly me.” He admitted. “But we’d need to be able to work together and give one hundred percent, know what I mean?”

At last, she nodded. “And I guess neither one of us would be able to do that… Not right now, at least. We’ve got too much other shit going going on…” Hope shook her head slowly. “I guess maybe this really isn’t a good idea, huh?”


“Well… shit.”

The sound of their laughter quickly filled the air and echoed around the tiny apartment. The past twelve hours had been such a rollercoaster of emotion for both of them… And yet somehow, they’d ended up exactly back where they’d begun. What else could they do now but laugh?

As painful as it had been, Zayne knew they were making the right decision. He’d been so sure he wanted to get back together with Hope — and part of him still did. But not now, he’d realized. And not like this. They simply weren’t ready to be together again, no matter how much they wanted it. Especially not him. And as long as he kept clinging to the past, he never would be.

It was strange how suddenly the realization had hit him… Hope had him trapped in a strange sort of paradox — If Zayne ever wanted to be with her again someday, he needed to learn to let her go first.

At last, their laughter slowly died away and the air between them was tense and still once more. But not for long.

“Just so we’re clear,” Zayne began uncertainly, “I really don’t regret last night. And I still love you… I think I always will.” He shrugged slightly. “And someday, if it is the right time, I’m all for giving this thing another chance. Actually… I’d really, really love for that to happen.”

“Me too.” Hope agreed. “And maybe it will… Remember what happened the first time we met, back when we were kids? The timing wasn’t right then either… And look at where we ended up.” She smiled warmly at him. “The universe brought us back together for a while. Maybe it’ll do it again.”

“Maybe.” Zayne returned her smile. “But… in case it doesn’t… I think we need to stop waiting for each other. ” His smile faltered slightly for a moment. It was so hard to say it, but Zayne knew he had to. “All it’s gonna do is hold us back. We shouldn’t be afraid to see other people.”

She sighed softly in resignation. “You’re right. If it’s really meant to be, then it’ll work out someday. And if it’s not…”

“Gotta have a backup plan, right?” Zayne teased, trying to lighten the mood. “Can’t have you turning into a crazy old cat lady.”

“Ugh, cats? Are you kidding?!” Hope giggled, shaking her head. “Maybe a crazy dog lady though…”

“Mmm, or what about guinea pigs? Those are kinda cute, right?”

“So… what does this mean for us?” Hope asked uncertainly after their laughter had died away once more. “Where does this leave us now?”

Zayne shrugged. “I dunno.” He admitted. “But… maybe in a better place than we were before?”

She smiled softly. “I think you’re right.”


It feels like I have so many songs for this ship… And here is yet another that I think fits them today ❤


71 thoughts on “Interlude: In the Moment (Part Two)

  1. Zayne looks older somehow. Less like a boy and more like a mature man…Not sure why that is. His face seems more angular and less soft. I like it. Maybe because he is older.

    But man, this chapter showed so much growth. It seemed freeing for him, maybe her too. They can move on with their lives. See where life takes them. She will forever be unattainable because of her career. I honestly hope there isn’t a little Rosebrook growing inside of Hope after their drunken sex party. They aren’t ready for that. But it would be so Rosebrook for it to happen.

    It’s time for Zayne to find someone else.

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    1. I think it’s the beard, maybe! 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the growth in this chapter. 🙂 Zayne has made a very big leap here haha and yes, it was most definitely freeing for both of them! They are so in love and want nothing more than a second chance… but with the current state of things career-wise, it’s definitely not possible. And yes, hopefully she’s not pregnant! If they ever did get back together for real down the road, it’d be kinda sad if they were forced into it with a baby, instead of it happening naturally…

      But I’m also evil, so…. 😈 Possible! 😉 As is Zayne moving on and finding someone else… Time will tell 😛

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    1. Hahaha they definitely left things open, so who knows what could happen in the future for them 🙂 But now was definitely not the right time, and it was such a huge step for Zayne to acknowledge that. 🙂 I’m a proud sim-mama! 😛

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  2. oh, how nice! Zayne is fianlly growing, and letting himself do the right thing…Well, you learn from your mistakes, and Zayne made a lot of then! XD Really thought,is good to finally seem they growing…Is just like what I readed about love the other day: ”Love is liking someone, and wanting that someone to be happy, being with you, or not.” Totally fits the situation! And about noobo’s….Okay, i think this could go like: a) Hope is preganat’, one day, Zayne is with his girlfriend, and Hopes knocks the door and is like “Zayne, here’s your daugther.” orrr….b) Other type of drama, Zayne marry’s, and has childrem with another woman, and has problems, as he loves this woman, but loves and want’s to be with Hope more…

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    1. Very interesting predictions! And both are definitely possible… We’ll have to wait and see! 🙂

      I really like that quote about love, by the way! Totally applies to this situation 🙂

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    1. Thanks, July — this was definitely a huge moment of growth for him! 🙂 The future is wide open now, so time will tell whether or not they find their way back to each other someday, or find happiness elsewhere. We’ll see!

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  3. I’m all for them getting back together, this we know. BUT this is the smart thing and I’m so glad Zayne saw this. Just this chapter you can tell he’s growing up and he’s so much more mature than he was 10 chapters ago. My little man is growing up! *sniffles* Great chapter, as always. I’ll just be commenting on everything now. 😋

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    1. Aw, I love your comments 😀 I’m glad you weren’t disappointed by this one… I was a little worried after how happy you were yesterday! Haha

      They definitely love each other and WANT to get back together (they agree with you 😉 haha), but Zayne just realized that this timing was not good for them. I’m very proud of this growth for him, and I’m really happy you are too! 😀

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  4. Shipper: Yes you see they said not right now as long as they didn’t jinx it by saying someday cause we all know there is no such thing as Someday on a calendar! So not right now! Zayne is going to be the oldest Rosebrook to start having kids! Haha I love it!

    Anti Shipper: Not right now may. It be as bad as Someday but they decided to stop holding eachother from seeing other people! Which means now they’re opening themselves up to one of them potentially finding someone better and less complicated! It’s all about who finds someone first which will determine Zayne’s mental state thought

    Shipper: True I mean let’s not pretend that Hope isn’t a hot super model who probably has been turning people down left and right waiting for Zayne! My guesss is she might meet someone and it gets publicly announced before she tells him and that might sting but it won’t kill him!

    Anti Shipper: All I’m saying is when you add two more people into this relationship it’s just going to get messy even if they agreed to it now there’s a difference in saying you’re okay with it then actually seeing it before your eyes and still be okay with it! Some people can’t always get it right like us! Love you!(Kisses Shipper on the cheek and she blushes)

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    1. Hahaha I had a feeling Shipper and Anti-Shipper would have a lot to say about this one 😉 I think they both bring up really valid points here… Time will tell how things actually go for these two! We’ll see 😉

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  5. I can only echo what everyone else says. As much as Zayne and Hope love each other this is probably for the best. And it shows such growth in Zayne that despite that fact they love each other and despite the fact Hope wants it, it’s not the right time.

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    1. Thank you, Rae ^_^ I’m proud of Zayne right now. He has come so far… This whole situation with Greg and the restaurant really ended up helping to transform him!

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  6. I’m expecting something to happen, whether good or bad I don’t know yet, because I was curious so I went back a generation to see what everyone was doing around Chapter 60. One generation before was not a happy time, hopefully Zayne will get some luck in this generation and you won’t give him anymore grief.

    Also, I expect your proud of him in this chapter. He has definitely changed from the moaning teenager complaining about his aunt treating him like a kid. Are you sure he didn’t get abducted by aliens and swapped with a robot? 😉 It’s possible, there was a time jump.

    I was a little disappointed but I can see where he is coming from with the waiting.

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    1. Hahaha hopefully Zayne will not have bad things in his future after this one… But… well, it’s me writing this, so… 😛

      I am definitely proud of him! But I promise this is not a robot! 😉 Just a maturing young man ❤


  7. Bravo, Brat Prince! That was a grown up thing to do. As much as it would be cool to see them back together, I think it would be even cooler if they didn’t…in a weird kind of way. I would love to see him continue to work through his issues, take what he learned from this experience, and apply it in a relationship far greater than Hozay. It would be great if he could look back on his relationship with Hope and smile about it, acknowledging that while it was awesome and seemingly the best thing at the time, what he has with [future Ms. Amazing] is outstanding and exactly what he needs. However, if Hozay is meant to be, that would rock too! LOL We definitely can’t have her becoming a crazy cat lady. Please, no. Thank you.

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    1. I’m glad you’re so proud of Zayne hehe This was a huge, huge moment for him. He and Hope never fully got the closure they both needed to move on, and he’s realized that it’s something they both needed to do in order to be happy 🙂

      I like your hopes for Zayne’s future/moving on! It’s a big possibility for him right now, and so is getting back with Hope someday haha The future is wide open now that he can move forward (and Hope can too!). I like that you are cool with both options… But we’ll have to wait and see whether either of them happens, or if there’s a third option you didn’t think of 😉

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    1. Sawwy 😦 They love each other and they WANT to be together, but it’s not the right time, and they need to move on with their lives 😥 But the future is wide open for them. The ship is still afloat! It’s just been sent back to the dock indefinitely haha

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      1. I love your optimism! (And I think poor OPB could use some of that right now haha) We will see in time if you’re right 😀


  8. Wow. This was an amazing chapter, Citizen! I think this is the best option, and they should definitely try to see other people. But, am I sensing something that will hold them back? I think I am. 😉😄

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    1. Thanks, Onyx! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one so much! I have a feeling I know what your prediction might be haha We’ll see what ends up happening for the two of them from here 🙂


  9. Haven’t commented here in a while but I definitely agree with @audreyfld … Hope is sooo pregnant, I mean realistically, @CitizenErased14 could never resist such a golden opportunity!

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      1. Hey! I don’t comment here often because I don’t usually bring something new to the comment section. But don’t ever think that I stop reading your story, because I LOVE IT! ❤

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  10. You know how I’ve talked​ about seeing layers in things? I think I just realized I’m really sad they decided not to get back together.

    Like, yay for growth and everything, and if I’m using my head, it makes perfect sense and yadda yadda yadda.

    But… They love each other, and when they’re good, they’re great, you know? This was hard to read for my heart, even if my head agrees with newly-mature Zayne that this is the right decision.

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    1. This is very much how I felt while writing this too. I love them together… but it just doesn’t work right now for them 😦 But the future is wide open. Who knows??

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  11. Haha I guess Zayne-tushy-shot counts as one steamy shot! And I think I really liked his hairstyle without it being tied back! He just looks so yummy like that!

    And like many of the comments before mine, I’m so proud of Zayne for showing such maturity and growth in this situation! I had to double back and re-read the part when he said no to a second try with Hope, I was in such shock lol!

    I can’t wait to see what’s in store for their future now, both individually and together *i really really hope there’s a “together”*

    And lastly, I love that last screenshot of Zayne in his apartment and we can see Hope walking away in the far distance! It’s amazing *awed clapping* and adds so much to the story on its own!

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    1. Thank you, Lia! This was definitely huge for Zayne. He’s really come such a long way ^_^ Time will tell what the future holds for these two (whether individually or together or both! The future is wide open for them right now)

      And I’m happy you liked that shot! It was really hard to get! Took forever 😂 But it felt like a good way to end the chapter ^_^


  12. I think they made the right choice. They are definitely not ready to jump back into the relationship. I was a bit worried they would do it, because i was afraid that then it would end up being the same as last time, even though they have changed. Zayne needs a lot more of therapy, and starting up his restaurant. I’m actually not sure what Hope needs at this point tbh to be ready.

    I hope they will get together at some point in the future so i’m rooting for them ❤

    Loved the song. Gonna check out more OneRepublic songs on Spotify 😀

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    1. Ooh yay! I love OneRepublic! They’re so good!

      Glad you approve of this decision! It wasn’t easy for them, but it was really what was best at this time. As for Hope, she just needs time to focus on her career in San Myshuno, and maybe just a little bit more growing up of her own ^_^

      Thank you for reading!


  13. Wow, I can’t believe how mature Zayne just was, but I’m so happy about how much he’s grown. Given this, I hope Hope (haha) is not pregnant as a result of this, because a baby ( or two, given this family’s track record) would not be helpful for their relationship or careers right now. But on the other hand, I’m very impatient for generation six.

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    1. Yeah, Zayne has grown a lot recently! I think that whole situation with Greg really got him thinking a lot about his life… so it turned into a positive!

      I agree that a baby would NOT be good for them right now… But we’ll see what happens 😉 Thank you so much for reading!


  14. Yay, you are back!!! The last two chapters were excellent, but I especially love how mature Zayne has become!!! I must admit I was surprised when he said no to Hope but then the points he made were so spot on!! I think I love him more than ever!!! And until Hope is ready to settle down, she has this career which is so important to her, then I don’t think they could work together. “We need to work together and give one hundred percent.” So telling! And Zayne is still in the same boat, which he realizes, showing how much he has grown up as a character. Giving 100% can’t happen with Hope flying all over the world. I’m sure there will come a time though when she would have had enough of it and maybe find some other job she’ll felt content to settle with it. You can only be a model for so long!
    I can’t wait to see where you take this!! Hanging out for the next chapter!! I get the feeling there will be a bit of a time jump, maybe? After these interludes.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you loved these interludes. I really loved writing them, even though it was a bit painful. Zayne has grown SO much and I am so incredibly proud of him! We will see what the future has in store for these two, whether together or apart!

      And you are very wise 😉 Time jump incoming! 😛 (It’s actually a weird time jump. The next chapter takes place several months after this one, and then the chapter after THAT takes place even later, to kinda bridge the gap haha so it’s a multi-chapter time jump. You’ll see 😀 )


        1. LOL! That seems to be a theory a few people have mentioned! Not entirely impossible, of course 😉 But we will see one way or another what goes down after these time jumps 😀


  15. Hope is back! Maybe? But also another chance at them having that baby they should get? Hehe the idea of that baby is too hard to resist. I’m glad that he is more mature now, and didn’t jump back into it with her. Real progress there, good job Zayne!

    And Amanda, I hope you know that you will always be love and encouragement when you need it. For every hater, there’s ten more lovers out there. I’m glad you got through your road block. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, especially for your kind and encouraging words ❤️

      Zayne has definitely made so much progress and I’m really proud of him 🙂 But does this also mean progress toward fatherhood? 😮 Stay tuned 😉


  16. Yay, Zayne! You’ve grown so much! *sheds a tear* It’s nice to see how far he’s come. Keep it up, kid, keep it up.

    I can’t help but wonder how the next gen is going to come in. In spite of all his impulsiveness and recklessness, Zayne’s been careful (or lucky?) and hasn’t had any kids. Then again, it could be because he’s always so focused on achieving his dream job and didn’t want to mess it up. Who knows? They might even be planned (unlike most generations, pfft.), or not. Rosebrooks are good at catching the Drama Disease, after all.

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    1. Zayne appreciates your words of encouragement ^_^ It was very sad to write this chapter, but I’m proud of him for making what he knew to be a mature decision that was best for both of them at that time. My little brat is growing up! 😀

      A lot of people have been wondering about that haha Zayne has been a combo of both lucky and careful in the baby making department 😉 He really isn’t ready for kids right now, so hopefully he can escape the curse and avoid the unexpected 😛

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  17. Zayne, I’m for once proud of you. Hopefully it’ll last. You were very mature. You’re growing on me, Zayne. Unless something bad happens.

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    1. Aw yay! I’m glad he’s growing on you a bit now. This one was so emotional for me, but I’m really proud of him


  18. All of these chapters are so uplifting. I really hope that nothing tragic is gonna happen.

    I’m worried that Hope’s gonna die or something. ;_;

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  19. Liked Zayne’s picture in front of the mirror.
    And this: “Hope had him trapped in a strange sort of paradox — If Zayne ever wanted to be with her again someday, he needed to learn to let her go first.”

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    1. Are you sure you didn’t like the mirror pictures because you could see his butt? 😛 (Kidding, kidding!) Glad you enjoyed that line ^_^


      1. I liked the one where we can see his face in the mirror. However, Zayne’s butt leaves me cold. I’ve seen other butts since your hiatus and let me tell you, those were some exquisite ones. 😛


  20. 1) Zayne has the most perfect ass 😍 (cough cough)
    2) For heaven sakes Zayne is working on me adoring him. As much as I want the HoZay to set sail for good, I can respect their (err, uh Zayne’s) decision to get themselves ready for it completely if it is to happen. He wants to be in a better head space and all around life space before they can commit to one another again.
    3) HoZay will sail again (I can feel it) but they both just need to grow and live a little more before it can happen

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    1. 1) He totally does OMG dat ass ❤
      2) I'm glad his work is paying off? Haha He can be hard to love, but he's working on it for sure! 😉
      3) Yay for optimism! 😀

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  21. Hnnnng I wanted it to work out now, but this at least gives HOPE that things will be better in the future. I just want cute Hope Zayne chapters okay and domestic fluffiness before you decide to kill someone or give them an alcohol problem you know XD

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