8.43: Romeo and Juliet

So… I don’t think I ever actually got around to mentioning this before. But the new production we’re getting ready for down at the theater? It’s Romeo and Juliet (aka the most cliche choice of play in the entire world, but whatever).

And anyway, Charlotte’s been going on and on about how it’s a “classic” and bragging about all the different productions of it that she’s worked on over the years. “And I expect this one to be the best yet”, she told us (except instead of inspiring, it came across almost as a threat, really).

But no matter how hard I’ve tried, I haven’t really been able to come up with any good designs. I haven’t really found much inspiration, I guess.

But now?

Hoooo boy.

I’m still reeling from all this, so bear with me while I try and calm down enough to write it all out. I’m still kinda struggling to even BREATHE right now, so writing isn’t exactly easy. But I know I’ve gotta get this all out somehow, before my head explodes or something. Ugh.

So, I got a call from Xander a little while ago. Not a Skype call, not a text, but an actual phone call. And that literally NEVER happens. He’ll always text me or message me and ask if I wanna get on Skype so we can talk. But not this time. He wanted to talk to me right away, so he picked up the phone and did things the old fashioned way.

Yeah, the second I saw his name show up on the screen, I knew there was no way it could be good. And I was right.

Apparently, he finally told his mom about me. He said she was a little unsure at first because of the whole ‘long distance’ thing, and was all worried about what’s gonna happen when he goes back home (As if we haven’t already worried about that enough).

But it sounds like she was still kinda open to it, in the end. Xander says he got the whole “Whatever makes you happy” speech. So far so good, right?

But then he told her my name. And apparently all hell broke loose.

I have never, EVER in my life heard Xander call his mom a ‘bitch’ before. I don’t even think he’d ever dream of doing it… Until now. And that’s how I knew it was bad.

He says she did a complete one-eighty the second she heard “Rosebrook”. Started freaking out and telling him we can’t be together. Crying and panicking. Saying she “can’t allow it” but that she “can’t explain why over the phone”. “You just have to trust me,” she told him. 

According to Xander, it sounded like she was having some kind of… episode, or something. Like, a breakdown. He told me he’s never heard her like that before. Ever.

But as worried as Xander was about his mom, he was still absolutely pissed at her. Angrier at her than he’s ever felt in his life, he told me. And I can’t really blame him. Seriously… what the fuck is wrong with this woman?! She always sounded so fun and sweet every time Xander told me about her. But apparently she’s some kind of psycho.

Xander told her she isn’t invited to visit anymore. He told her he doesn’t want her here if she’s gonna act all crazy without giving any kind of explanation.

And do you know what her answer was?

Not only is she coming anyway, but she’s changing her flights. She’ll be here next week because they “need to talk”.

What. The. Fuck.

Xander and I talked about it for a long time, and there’s only one thing we can come up with.

Remember how we met each other way back when we were kids? At that wedding? Neither of us had really thought about the details very much, until now. But my parents were acting so strange that night. I can still remember how Mama was in this awful, sour mood, and Papa was so sad the entire night…

And… God, it’s so hard to remember now. We were both so busy playing together. But Xander says he thinks he saw our parents talking. And that it didn’t look pretty.

All those weird comments I didn’t understand when I was little, about “ghosts” and “bad memories”… It had to be Lola. That HAS to be it. 

For whatever reason, our parents hate each other. And now Lola’s trying to let that ruin things for me and Xander.

I just wish we understood why. What the hell could have happened to make them hate each other THAT much? Since Lola’s not talking, Xander said maybe I should ask my parents about it… Yeah, right.

No way am I ever telling them about Xander now. I know my parents, and I wouldn’t put it past them to try and pull something like what his mom’s doing — especially Mama. I love her to death, but this is exactly the type of overdramatic crap she likes to pull when she’s mad at Papa.

There’s no way we can risk telling them. Having to deal with Lola is already bad enough. What the hell is she expecting to do once she gets here? How does she think that’s gonna change anything? Does she seriously think there’s anything she can say to convince us not to be together?

We love each other! Maybe neither of us has said it yet, but I know it’s true. And we aren’t gonna let some stupid, decades-old feud between our parents change that.

Sorry for going on and on, I just… can’t believe it. You know, I’d gone through SO many stupid scenarios in my head, imagining ways things between me and Xander could get fucked up.

But this “Romeo and Juliet” garbage definitely wasn’t one of them.

Great. Just when I was actually starting to get EXCITED about his mom coming to visit, about maybe even meeting her, now I’m dreading it more than I dread a freaking dress rehearsal with Charlotte (which is saying something, trust me).

Xander’s hoping she’ll calm down and change her mind about coming. He thinks maybe she just needs some to like, “process”, or whatever? I don’t know. But I really, really hope so, and I know he does too.

Because if not…

Well, on the bright side, I guess now I finally have some inspiration for those costumes. Nothing more inspiring than real life, right?


43 thoughts on “8.43: Romeo and Juliet

    1. Haha sorry for ramping up the suspense 😛 I do promise there will be more answers to come about why Lola is reacting so strongly! And hopefully it’s not what you think 😬😱

      Thank you so much for reading, as always! ❤️


  1. My theory is that she doesn’t know! Maybe after Phoenix rejected her she was lonely, one thing led to another very quickly and obviously she let Jorden (and herself) believe that Xander is his child cos that’s way easier…and she’s put that uncertainty aside all these years, only to have it blow right up in her face!

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  2. The sharks are getting closer and closer! Those poor kids! I hope this is wrong and Lola was banging someone else too. I don’t think so though!!!! Or maybe she did go out after Phee left and do a drunk hook up. Augh. Gotta be an explanation other than what I think is coming….the suspense is terrible!

    It’s like watching a train wreck through your fingers. You wanna see but you don’t. 💔💔💔

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    1. There are a few different possibilities here! It might not be as bad as you think???? 😬 We still don’t know the full story, but I promise we will soon!

      And LMAO the train wreck moments are always the most fun, aren’t they? 😈

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  3. Hooo boy.Things are going to get real nasty from now on. I mean, let’s look at the two scenarios:

    Lola knows that Xander is actually Phoenix’s kid, and she doesn’t want her son dating his half-sister, if that’s the case, unless they wanna have some weird kid with like, hum, a third ear, they would most likely breack up, and just have to deal with that. They’d have the whole society telling then to break up. A true forbidden romance.(I hope that ain’t the case. Morals aside, their kid could had a higher chance of being born with some kind very rare disases that could even prevent them to survive.)

    Second scenario:Lola doesn’t know who the father actually is. She thought she would never had to deal with Phoenix again, and not wanting to exactly ”lie” to her husband, she decided not to know, also, if she asked him for some genetic material, her fist husband would think something was up. I bet the’ll do some kind of testing, and everyone will be very scared of the results.

    Either way, they’ll be treated as relativs for some amount of time, and the moment Phoenix just sees Lola, iGigi goes full ”witch” mode, and this is the final shot that will thankfully tear them apart, since his married life is miserable and the woman he loved is right back at him.

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    1. Both scenarios you’ve laid out are very possible… and either one is super awkward and awful, but I guess option one takes the cake 😬😬😬

      The next few chapters will answer some questions! I wish I could say more than that 😛 Thank you for your great comment!

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  4. Ugh! All of our worries are coming true! So…ahhhh! Xander is Emberlynn’s blood bro! Say it isn’t so! 😱😱😱😱

    What are they going to do when Lola spills the beans? Are they going to split because of it or, we’ll, they’re just half siblings so maybe it’s not total invest? Eek! 😲

    What a mess! 😭😭😭

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    1. It’s very possible that this is what’s making Lola so worried 😬 And if it is… 😱 Who knows what they’d do!

      We’ll just have to wait and see…

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  5. I think the big secret reveal is that they are indeed half-siblings or at the very least there’s a possibility pending a paternity test which will make for a tough couple of weeks for all parties involved as they wait for the results. Another idea I had was that maybe Phoenix and Lola continued having an affair throughout the years behind everyone’s back and having their respective kids dating makes it too weird (just like Mark and Jocelyne was too weird for Hazel and Lucas)? I don’t know. I like Xander for Emberlynn so I don’t really want them to be brother and sister, even though Xander is basically a darker version of Phoenix in my opinion so odds are in favour of him being a Rosebrook. Regardless of what the truth is, it’s going to put a strain on if not end the SS Xanberlynn’s maiden voyage. :/

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    1. Ooh, now that’s a very interesting backup theory 🤔😈 And also possible!

      I think everyone is probably right (lol I say like I don’t know 😂) that there’s *something* going on beyond “Oh no, he’s dating the daughter of the married guy I had a fling with over 20 years ago”… but what could it be, exactly? 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️

      We will know more soon! And you’re probably right about the next couple weeks being rough… 😬 But hopefully it won’t be quite as devastating for this ship as you think!

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  6. I am going to be very upset if they’re siblings. I wonder about this the whole time. It is not their fault. Putting myself in their shoes I would be an emotional wreck and the parents would be catching balls of fire. That why you don’t keep secrets in a relationship and the reason Xander has so many dads.

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    1. Yeah, if they are siblings, it will NOT be pretty! We’ll have more answers in the coming chapters about what’s going on. Hopefully it won’t be so bad? 😬


      1. I don’t think you will let them be siblings because that would just be nasty. I think, the parents our going to cause a problem in their relationship

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  7. I have a feeling that Ember’s reluctance to tell her parents about Xander is gonna come back and bite her in the butt lol.

    Everyone else’s comments have pretty much summed up all the possible Lola predictions, so I’ll just say that I can’t wait for the big reveal!

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    1. Hehe interesting thought! Maybe telling them would actually be best after all… 🤔😬

      Glad you’re looking forward to what’s ahead! Whatever it is will be fun, I promise 😉 hehe (well, “fun” hehe)

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      1. Enjoying your writing as always! Congratulations on getting married! I hope that your married life is much more boring than any Rosebrook’s…

        Oh boo, the first link is broken. It *was* part of “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets” from D*mn Yankees.

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        1. Oh man, the comment got even better! 😂😂😂

          And thank you! So far, no Rosebrook-level drama… long as neither of us start keeping a journal maybe we’ll be safe! 😂

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  8. What if… Xander is Phoenix’es child, but Ember isn’t? 🤔 I know “we” saw a paternity test, but Gigi is both a capable person and a psycho for Phee. *brain boiling over*
    Oh well, I can’t wait to see what you have planned. I’m still silent because I’m literally too exhausted to type after work, but I’m always looking forward to new chapters ❤

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    1. Another juicy possibility! 😛 Time will tell what’s actually going on hehehe

      Don’t worry about being quiet! Though it’s always nice to hear from you ❤️❤️ Hope you’re well!


  9. I hope they’re not half-siblings or blood related in any way.. otherwise it’s gonna get messy, real quick. Otherwise, I do hope they can stay together and live happy lives uninterrupted by their parents’ drama. (I hope Lola, Gigi, and Phee can reconcile with each other and realize they should let their kids be happy too). 🙂 Sending hugs to Ember!

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    1. Yes, that would be the epitome of messy! 😬 So let’s hope not… I’m glad you’re rooting for a happy ending for everyone! And it might still be possible, depending on what the next several chapters bring… We shall see!

      Ember appreciates the hug, she could use it! ❤


  10. Well blast it I was hoping to know this chapter! I am anxiously waiting to find out if they are and man they would need serious therapy or something if it turns out they are siblings..this is why families should not keep dark secrets.

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    1. Lol sorry for dragging out the mystery! 😛 And you’re right — if your theory is true, copious amounts of therapy might be needed 😬😬😬


    1. Yeahhhhhhh it could be pretty damn traumatizing if that turns out to be the case 😬 So hopefully it won’t be… I’m glad you’re excited to see how it all plays out 😉 Thanks so much for reading! ❤


    1. Hehe glad you’re looking forward to what’s ahead! Should be interesting 😉 😛 Thank you so much for reading, as always!


  11. I mean obviously I want them to be siblings because that’ll really jerk Ember around, but they’ve already slept together and the incest thing is pretty squicky, so what my prediction is is that Lola will have secretly wondered if Xander is Phoenix’s kid but then they’ll do a test and it’ll turn out to be some other person’s.

    I mean, it could also be just that they hate each other, but I can’t see it being as simple as all that.

    Sorry I haven’t commented lately – I was still recovering from the end of the school year and then I headed off traveling. Currently in Berlin right now, so it felt fitting to log in and respond (and also I wanted to)

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    1. Hahaha I like that you’re rooting for total devastation 😂 well… we’ll see what’s going on within the next few chapters!

      Don’t worry about not commenting! I hope you’ve been enjoying your travels! And thank you so much for reading and sticking with my story, as always 🙂 ❤

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      1. Devastation is always more fun. What was it Tolstoy said? “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (I had to look it up)

        But basically it’s the soap opera principle. We want them to be happy, but if they are happy then they’re boring and we want something to happen to them. Might as well just get to the part where they’re all devastated, yeah?

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