7.30: The Best

A small groan passed Phoenix’s lips as his eyes fluttered open. His mind still felt so foggy… it was like he’d barely even slept at all.

He swung his legs over the side of the bed as his eyes took in the unfamiliar surroundings. Where am I? He wondered for a moment. He certainly wasn’t back at his apartment. Or at his mother’s house. Or his father’s either…

“Hey, baby.” Gigi’s voice broke through the confused and muddled thoughts that clouded his mind. “Feeling better?”

She was standing beside the dresser, where she appeared to be folding up some of their clothes and putting them away.

It was then that it finally hit him. Holy shit… We’re in Brindleton Bay!

The past day still felt like such a blur…

Saying their tearful goodbyes to their families at the airport. The seven-hour flight across the Atlantic (which neither of them managed to sleep through). Their long and boring layover in New York…

And finally arriving in Brindleton Bay.

They’d met up with their new landlord as soon as they’d arrived to collect the keys to the small rental home they’d be staying in. It was a beautiful and cozy vacation house, really meant for beach-goers. But Phoenix knew it would be much more comfortable than any of the apartments around campus. Especially for poor Gigi, who’d be sitting at home all day while he was in class.

Nearly the moment they’d stepped through the front door of their new home, the two of them practically collapsed into bed. The jet lag was so much worse than Phoenix had imagined it would be. As excited as he was to finally be there, he had wanted nothing more than to get some sleep.

And thankfully, he’d been able to. But how much, he wondered?

“What time is it?” He asked his wife through a heavy yawn.

“Around six, I think. We were out for a few hours… I just got up a little bit ago to get changed and put some stuff away.” She explained.

Phoenix pulled his phone from his pocket to see if she was right about the time. Oh shit. His eyes widened as he glanced down at the screen.

Five text messages and three missed calls… All but one of them from his mother.

“Damn it… we forgot to let everyone know we made it here okay, didn’t we?”

Gigi bit her lip guiltily as she took a seat beside him on the bed. “Whoops…”

“I’ll just text them.” Phoenix assured her. “We can call in the morning.” It was already midnight back home… much too late to give anyone a call.

Damn. Time zones suck. Yet another thing they’d be forced to get used to.

Gigi nodded in agreement. “They’ll understand that you didn’t get a chance tonight… Especially since they know how excited you are to be here! Can you believe it, baby? We’re here! Just like you dreamed of.”

Phoenix’s lips curled into a smile. “Mmm… And with my beautiful wife too… Can’t get much better than that.” He leaned forward to brush his lips against hers.

“So now that we’re finally here, what do you wanna do?” She asked.

He shrugged in reply. “I figured we’d lay low tonight, maybe go do a little exploring tomorrow?” He still had a couple weeks before classes began. Lots of time to get to know the area… And, with any luck, maybe some of the people too.

His wife let out a small sigh. “Phoenix, come on! We’re in the US for the first time ever! We’re living out your big dream… and you just wanna sit around at home?”

“We’ve got the next two years to get to know this place… I’m tired.” Phoenix laughed softly.

“And you’ve got all night to rest up! And besides, if you wanna get used to the new time zone, you need to get on a normal sleep schedule, right?”

“I guess, but…”

“Plus, I’m so hungry, and we don’t have any food here yet… Can’t we at least go get some dinner?” She batted her eyelashes as she spoke.

Phoenix knew there was no way he could win. There never was. “And I’m sure you’d come up with some kind of excuse why we can’t just order delivery, right?” He laughed softly.

Gigi nodded, a playful smile on her lips. “Bingo.”

He sighed softly. “I guess finding dinner wouldn’t hurt.” He replied at last. He was pretty hungry. They hadn’t eaten anything since their layover in New York that morning. “And maybe exploring the area could be kinda fun…”

“Yay!” Gigi giggled and gave him a soft kiss on the cheek. “I already laid out some clothes for you… Just in case.”

Phoenix couldn’t help but laugh. She’d known exactly how the conversation would end, just as he had. “Alright, let me hop in the shower and we can go.”


The sharp, salty sea air tickled Phoenix’s nose as he and Gigi made their way down onto the docks. So much for finding dinner… Still, he knew the detour would be worth it. The light of the slowly setting sun glistened off the surface of the water, and there wasn’t a single cloud in the beautiful blue sky. It was perfect.

“Woah.” He muttered softly as his eyes took in the breathtaking view before them. “This is amazing.”

“It is.” Gigi agreed. “It’s gorgeous. So different from back home too…”

Phoenix nodded. “Still can’t compare to the Bluffs though… Not that anything ever could.”

His wife smiled. “Never. I might be a little biased though… That is where my amazing husband and I had our first date, so…”

“Are you sure it was the Bluffs?” Phoenix teased. “I thought it was in the closet at Ansel Wickens’ party…”

Gigi smacked his arm playfully. “Hey! I thought we both agreed to never speak of that again.”

He just shrugged. “Well, we had to start somewhere, didn’t we?”

“Guess so…” Gigi laughed softly. “It’s so crazy to think that we might not be standing here right now if I hadn’t bribed Alyson into pairing us up for that stupid game.”

Phoenix’s eyes widened as a small laugh of surprise passed his lips. “Wait, wait, wait… You’re the reason we ended up in that closet together?!”

“Surprise?” Gigi smiled almost guiltily. “I was a drunk, horny teenager with a huge crush on you. What did you expect?”

“I dunno… I guess I always thought it was ‘fate’ or something, y’know?” He admitted. “Destiny, or whatever.”

She laughed brightly. “I don’t believe in any of that crap.”

“You don’t?”

Gigi shook her head. “Not really… I guess I believe in making your own ‘fate’ though? There’s no magical force out there that’s gonna make these kinds of things happen for you. Once you find what you want, it’s your job to reach out and grab it and make it happen.” She reached out one of her hands, brushing it along the rough surface of his cheek. “And once you have it, you never let it go. Ever.”

“Well, when you put it like that…” Phoenix replied, smiling softly. “I guess I get what you mean.”

She finally lowered her hand from his cheek, reaching into the pocket of her jeans. “Phoenix, there’s something I’ve been meaning to give you…” She said quietly as she took his large hands in hers. “Here.”

Phoenix felt the cool touch of metal against his left ring finger.

“We’ve already been married almost four months… Might as well make it official.” Gigi smiled.

He looked down for a moment at the simple gold band on his finger as a wave of warmth washed over him. “It’s perfect.”

“You really think so?”

Phoenix nodded as he pulled her in for a quick kiss. “I do.”

“Everything was so crazy with the move, I decided to wait til we got here.” Gigi explained as they broke apart. “It felt right.”

“It does.” He agreed. “And I’ve been wanting to get one for you too… But like you said, things were just so crazy. Plus, I figured I’d wait til we could pick something out together… I really wanna make sure it’s something you’d like. Whatever ring you want, we’ll make it happen.” He promised

“How did I know you’d say that?” Gigi asked with a giggle.

“Because you know me better than anybody?” Phoenix asked, smirking slightly. “Just like how I know you totally have a secret folder on your computer full of ring pictures you’ve been dying to show me…”

“Oh my God, you peeked!”

“Nah, I’m just that good.” Phoenix insisted, still smiling.

“You are.” Gigi agreed, standing on her tiptoes to press her lips against his once more. “The best.”

51 thoughts on “7.30: The Best

    1. Hahaha yeah I love that Skyrim shirt and I had to bring it back! Maybe it’s a family heirloom 😂

      Thank you so much for reading! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. LOL! The drama is never too far off when it comes to this story. So don’t worry 😉 Hehehehehe

      Glad you enjoyed the sweetness a bit in the meantime though 😛 Thank you for reading!


  1. Awww….so sweet. For now…..and just like most marriages, once the hubs learn the wife is always right, things go really well. I don’t think Phoenix is there yet. That sounds terrible! Let me qualify that….being right is not the same as being manipulative.

    So I am trying to figure out this couple. Gigi seems to love or at least be obsessed by the idea of loving Phoenix – as long as everything fits into her preconceived notion of how it should be. It’s like she romanticizes everything and isn’t grounded in reality where, believe it or not, I think Phoenix is, but he won’t voice his concerns to her. Damn journal. I blame the journal. Just sayin. But I do think he loves her but doesn’t communicate well. Rosebrook lack of communication gene + journal.. bad news.

    I hope they are able to adjust to all of these changes and Gigi doesn’t start feeling let down. Because that’s what I can see coming. Things aren’t going to perfect all the time and I know who will likely get the blame for that.

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    1. lol! I knew what you meant. What Gigi seems to like doing is different for sure.

      I like the way you describe Phoenix and Gigi. She’s very confident, headstrong, and determined/stubborn. It’s kinda like she said to Phoenix in this one — she believes that when you want something, you make it happen. And that’s her approach to a lot of things in her life (including their relationship). She wanted Phoenix, so she made sure they got to mess around in the closet together as kids. She wanted to marry Phoenix, so she made that happen too. And that’s not always a bad thing. But she definitely has a vision of the way SHE wants things. And she makes sure they happen the way she wants them too. To fit her idyllic/romanticized view of things, like you said!

      Now, all that being said… Gigi genuinely has zero malicious intent with any of this. She’s not a bad person. And she really loves Phoenix a lot. She just needs to be prepared for some compromises down the line, especially since they’re married now!

      Sorry, got carried away with my reply! Lol

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      1. I didn’t think any of it was malicious at all. Just like you said, idealistic. And maybe uncompromising. That’s just her. No doubt that she adores Phoenix or she wouldn’t have proposed!

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  2. They are so sweet. Gigi seems kind of pushy and want things her way all the time. Phoenix’s just goes along with what ever she wants to do. That just the way I see it maybe I not looking at the whole picture.

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  3. So sweet! I promise I’m going to stop guessing what brings about the downfall of this relationship. There’s so much potential right now, I think, like these two, I’m just going to enjoy the moment.

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  4. Still unsure but if things go badly, I reserve the right to say I told him so…

    Anyway, where was the warning for cute PheeGi moments on this chapter? There’s just too many! I don’t want things to go badly because they’re cute together. But you’re the author so things will happen… xD

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  5. Okay, I’m going to have to side with Gigi here. As a frequent traveler overseas, you can take a little nap once you arrive but then you MUST get up and explore! This will help acclimate yourself to the timezone better. And besides, who wants to order in when there’s so much beauty to see! Brindleton Bay is GORGEOUS! (I think it’s better than the bluffs, but that’s my opinion. I know they’re from Windenburg and it’s home. 😉 )

    I was a little sad to hear Phoenix already grouse that it’s her way or the highway. Already! OMG!!! And they haven’t been married for more than…what? A week? Two? Not sure the timeline. If he’s thinking these thoughts now, what will he be thinking five years from now? Ten? UGH!!!! Talk about resentment. I hope he tells her he doesn’t always want to do what she wants all the time and that he’d like a say in “something” even if it’s a little thing. Sigh…

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    1. Haha yes, they are quite biased 😛 (and I’m biased toward B.B. because it reminds me so much of my home in Maine!)

      It’s a quick line, but it was mentioned in the chapter that they’ve actually been married about four months at this point. They did things early for all the legal stuff and paperwork to be official! 🙂

      And don’t forget — Gigi’s been like this since before they got married. But I think in this case, he was actually thinking of it in a more lighthearted way, since he laughed about it. It’s definitely something he’s aware of though!

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  6. It’s such a cute moment, but there definitely is a lot of conflict potential. Gigi is dragging Phoenix along so much, to everything she wants, without looking twice if he wants that too. He just lets himself get dragged without even complaining. She propably isn’t really aware of that, and Phoenix gives it a pass because he wants her to be happy. If that continues she won’t even have the chance to learn about when to cool down and to stop, because when Phoenix will be fed up, he might lash out in a way that comes completely unexpected and not understandable for her, maybe even filled with a lot of lingering complaints. They definitely need to learn how to make themselves understood.

    (Where is that cool nuclear winter shirt from? Must be one of his favourites if he wears it that often).

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    1. You’re very right about the dynamic between these two. Phoenix goes along with whatever Gigi wants. And you’re right — Gigi probably doesn’t even realize if she’s being pushy or controlling because it’s just kinda the way things are between them. But someday, Phoenix could easily snap! Hopefully not though… 😬

      And as for that shirt, I wish I knew where it came from! My friend who made Tam did his YA makeover for me and sent me a bunch of cc clothes for him. The Fallout/Game of Thrones Nuclear Winter shirt was one of the shirts she sent me (obviously Tam doesn’t wear it though! But it’s another design of that Homie Gandalf shirt Tam was wearing in the first YA chapter)


  7. Aw Phigi is so cute! I forgot to say this last chapter but omg Zane’s dead oh that poor redhead baby.😭 Although we know Phoenix is going to get his masters; what is Gigi or Gabriella Rosebrook gonna do? What’s her passion?

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    1. RIP Zayne 😦

      As for Gigi, it’s only been mentioned a few times in passing, but she’s a journalist 🙂 She worked for the school newspaper and majored in Journalism at school. She has a job writing for a digital/online magazine (which she will be doing remotely from Brindleton Bay!)


      1. While reading other comments, I forgot to mention how I got this weird feeling after gigi made the thing happen with Phoenix. I get going after what you want but why not do that in a more, for the lack of a better term, normal way. It seemed kinda manipulative especially her going after him is them hooking up. Why not just go up to him and said hey. And when she said you never let that thing you want go, I felt creeped out. Just because when she wants something she gets it whether the other person likes it or not. Hopefully she’s ready for the bumps in their marriage. Somehow and someday Phoenix is gonna find his voice and some things he’s gonna say she’s not gonna like. But his silence of expressing his feelings has been something he’s dealt with since childhood. Ready for this character evolving drama.

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    1. Ha! Yes, they are a very cute couple (and a sexy couple 😈) They have a lot of chemistry and look great together too!

      Hopefully no shit storm awaits them though? 😬 I know, I know. This is A2A. Everyone knows the drill by now 😂

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  8. This is really sweet, but that fact that Phoenix is okay with Gigi ”always getting what she wants” is a bit upseting to me…I wonder if she is conscientiously doing this, or if she just does it…naturally, either way, this is one of those things that’s cute in the beginning,but ,later on, will cause some problems.

    Soooo much potention for things to go wrong, and part of me is interresting to see how far can Gigi go to make sure things end up the end she hope it does.( not saying she’s some evil mastermind)Hope that before things reach a…dangerous level, Phoenix tells her his opinion on the matter.

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    1. Yeah he’s definitely eager to give her whatever she wants, which is one of those things that could certainly cause problems down the line!

      Hopefully Phoenix does learn how to speak up a little more! And as for Gigi, I think it’s mostly just the way she is. I don’t think she’s trying to be this way/doesn’t realize how she kinda comes across 😬

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  9. Aaw, how cute and exciting for them. Buuut she better not really be planning on just sitting at home while he’s in classes. If her visa does not allow her to work (it might at least part time?), she could volunteer, or join some form of a club at least… If he builds a life and she does not, and needs to rely on him for all aspects of her social life, their honeymoon phase will be very short-lived.

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    1. That’s a really great point! It’ll come up, but her visa doesn’t allow her a job in the US, however she’s been given permission from her employer in Windenburg to do some work remotely (she is a journalist, so at least a plus side is that she does have the ability to write her articles from far away!)

      Hopefully that’ll be enough to keep her happy for the next couple years!


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