2.22 – Break

Chapter tune: The Darkness – Love is only a feeling

A/N: Hello! What, you thought you’d never hear from me again? Mwahaha, you won’t get rid of me that easily! ๐Ÿ˜› Soooo… I’m really sorry for being kinda M.I.A. this whole 1+ month… the truth is, I was feeling so uninspired and unmotived to deal with my current generation… it has become too dark and too much of a pain in the butt, and honestly in my mind, I have already moved on to the next one, haha! But then, I don’t wanna rush it either – I’ll finish it, and I’ll try my best to do it right! ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, I’m back now and determined to move on at last! Oh, you’ll notice that there’s not much of Jesse or Skye in this chapter… well, this won’t be the case in future ones, promise! Aaand, that’s all I guess! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much for reading! โค

“Did you know that Jesse is sleeping with a celebrity? He won’t tell me who she is though. He’s so stubborn!”

To say that Calla was just excited to share the news with Dylan would be an understatement. That girl had a strange fixation on gossip sometimes, which never ceased to surprise the people who only knew her ambitious, success-driven self. Dylan, however, had stopped being surprised for a while now and rather enjoyed that more carefree side of her.

“Really? Well that’s… so not him. Not the stubborness, the other stuff. Who knows why… Anyway. My beautiful princess. I was thinking, since tomorrow is our second anniversary -”

“It’s not tomorrow though, dummy! It was about two months ago? I think.”

“Well, it will be two years since we officially started dating. And by that I mean since you stopped hiding our relationship from Jesse like your life depended on it. If he got mad, it was always my ass on the line – we all know that.”

Calla giggled in that soft, childish way that made him fall in love with her since the first day he heard it. “That’s true.”

“So, about tomorrow… I was thinking that we could go somewhere special maybe? Treat my girl to a nice night out in the city?”

“Oh bear, I’d really love that, but… I can’t. My company’s is having a big party tomorrow here at Bridgeport. You know, to celebrate – as if – that merger I was talking you about a couple of weeks ago. And I really have to go. That bitch Megan from accounting is gonna be there too and you know she’s chasing the same promotion as me. I have to be there Dylan!”

“I doubt she’ll ever be as good as you babe, but okay, no worries. We can have our own celebration there. So where is this party?”

“Oooh, it’s for company stuff only; no plus-ones… I guess they really need to cut expenses now with the merger and all. I’m so sorry bear… I really wish you could come along…”

“Wow…” Dylan muttered, barely able to conceal his disappointment “You’d think that a big ass company like the one you work for would allow plus-ones. Not random friends or whatever, but at least… you know, significant others. What a joke.”

“I’m so sorry bear…”

“Well it’s fine, whatever. Maybe I’ll meet your friends from work another time. Just… not after two more years I hope.”

“Are you kidding me? I don’t have friends from work anymore! Not girlfriends at least, that’s for sure.”

“Really? Why pumpkin?”

“First of all, please don’t call me that, ever again. And second, because Jesse slept with all of them, that’s why! And besides, I decided that work friendships – at least in the environment I’m currently employed – are a bad idea anyway.”

“Tsk tsk tsk, that guy…” Dylan smirked, trying to hide the fact that felt some kind of inexplicable urge to mentally pat his friend on the back.

“Listen…” Calla purred “I won’t be long. Just a couple of drinks with the co-workers and hopefully any of  the new managers and then I’m out. And guess what… I promise I’ll make it up for you when I get back… maybe even do that thing you like so much? What do you say?”

“Well in that case I say… ma’am, you just made me an offer that I can’t refuse” Dylan said, altering his voice and accent in a way that to Calla’s ears resembled the one of an old woman with no teeth.

She couldn’t help but burst out laughing. “And who exactly are you pretending to be?”

“Uh… the Godfather? Princess… you can’t be serious! You haven’t watched it? That’s it, we’re watching it before you leave for Sunset Valley – from now on I’m responsible for your movie education. Now come here… tomorrow seems so far away baby…”

The next afternoon Calla got ready for the party and found her brother downstairs cooking. She was still getting used to that recently developed sight, but didn’t contemplate it for too long – she reasoned that maybe he got sick of all the crappy food the band used to order nonstop for the past months. 

“Hey Jesse. Oh my, this smells… interesting. What are you making?”

“Nothing, just some old plain mac ‘n’ cheese. I replaced the cheddar though, for some reason I really had an appettite for blue cheese tonight.”

“Oh well, then let’s just say I’m glad I’ll get to eat salmon canapรฉs at my company’s party tonight.”

“Bitch.” Jesse smirked at his sister.

“Don’t worry bud” Dylan chimed in “I’ll have some of your moldy mac ‘n’ cheese. Cause there’s nothing old man Dylan here won’t try! …whoa babe, you look so hot… are you sure you wanna go to that party? We could just stay here and well, you know the drill.”

“You’re insatiable!” Calla giggled.

These kind of statements never failed to make Jesse roll his eyes with disgust. “Hey, stop it you two! …oh wait… shit, Calla, is your company’s party tonight? I completely forgot! If you see Megan, can you tell her I’m not gonna make it? I bumped into her the other day and she invited me… I guess now that I’m on tv sometimes, I’m not a complete moron anymore – her words, not mine!”

Calla froze at her brother’s words, while Dylan gave both of them a confused look. “Wait…” he muttered “that chick invited Jesse? Jesse… a complete stranger to her? And yet you…”

“Well, we’re not exactly strangers… if you know what I mean” Jesse interrupted him.

“Hey, bear” Calla said, her voice more high pitched than usually “can I talk to you in our room… alone?”

“Yeah, so discreet sister! You better get a room!” Jesse laughed as they were walking up the stairs, having completely missed the point of his sister’s need to have a private conversation.

As they entered the bedroom, Dylan was fuming.

“So you lied to me.”

“Well yeah… but I swear, I only did it because I didn’t wanna hurt your feelings.”

“Hurt my feelings?! Well how do you think I’m feeling now that I find out my girlfriend doesn’t want me around her co-workers and that she had to lie about it?”

“Well I’m sorry bear, but to be honest, I think you’re just upset for the first one. Which is exactly why I didn’t wanna tell you in the first place.”

“You’re unbelievable. You’re not even sorry! Just think, how would it feel if I did the same?”

“Hey, if you must know, I was thinking about you too. All everyone is going to be talking tonight is about work, politics, and then work again. You would be bored out of your mind.”

“Oh don’t even pretend you did it for me Calla. If you cared so much, you would at least be honest.”

“But what could you even talk about with these people? I have to be there for a very specific reason, and I couldn’t babysit you all night!”

“You think I can’t make small talk with a bunch of white collars? Wow, this is… you always underestimated me, but I never expected that you were ashamed of me. Because this is what’s happening, admit it!”

“Dylan, I…”

“Well, let me make this very easy on you. You don’t have to feel embarassed for having me in your life anymore. From now on I’m out and you’re finally free.”

“What? Dylan, don’t do this…”

But Dylan had already grabbed the doorknob, making his way out of there. “I can’t do this Calla… maybe we should take a break. Just… think things through for a while.”

“Oh. So you’re leaving? Fine! But if you leave, don’t come back here! You’re right, I can do a thousand times better than you! We’re done!” 

As Calla was finally left alone with no words, she tried hard to proceed what just happened. She always thought her boyfriend’s love and patience was a given, even before they became an item. She never really thought what would happen if that constant in her life disappeared without giving her any choice. But that feeling of uneasiness that suddenly consumed her was certainly not a good sign.

Jesse hadn’t abandoned his search for Sinbad – and a plan, for that matter. For the last few nights he would disguise himself as much as he could and go to the seedy part of Bridgeport, the place where all the criminals, junkies and whatnot were hanging out. He was careful not to be too forward when asking around, for he had immediately realized that those people were not joking.

One of those nights, a skinny, tired looking fellow finally gave him directions which did not sound like complete garbage. He pointed him to the south side of old Bridgepot, a gritty, unwelcoming place, where even the baddest of the criminals visited only when completely necessary.

Wait there, and you’ll be given new directions, the man had said to Jesse. And so he did.

As time passed, Jesse felt a cold breeze moving through his spine. It was maybe the first time he was feeling afraid, the first time he questioned the cleverness of his actions. Maybe another plan would be better, safer for both him and Skye.

When he tossed his cigarette on the ground, his mind was made up. He turned to quickly flee the scene, but a strong hit at the back of his head made his knees break and his vision blur. And then, everything went black.

It wasn’t the suffocating smell of piss and mold that woke Jesse up, nor the lingering smoke of a million cigarettes refusing to evacuate the room, but rather the sound of the harshest, most unpleasant voice he had ever heard in the course of his short life.

“So… I hear you’ve been looking for me.”

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  1. So great to have your story back โค ๐Ÿ˜€ I know the feeling of just being totally done with a gen. Thankfully, I'm not there right now, but I have been. Oh man, have I ever.
    Aaaand, Jesse did a dumb haha ๐Ÿ˜€ He just can't help but be silly, can he? Those are some really great pictures at the end there as well. Love that graffitied wall, and that last pictures is just awesome and creepy at the same time! Great chapter, I can't wait to have more!

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    1. Ah, it feels good to be back! โค (But how many times have I already said that lately? Lmao)
      I love those characters, I really do – but I love the future gen oh so much more! Oh well. The time will come for it, soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Haha, Jesse is such a goofball sometimes ๐Ÿ˜› He just can't keep his mouth shut! ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you so much! I just found whatever graffiti I had in my cc folder and just stuck it on that wall… it did the trick, lol! ๐Ÿ˜
      Thank you so much!! โค โค

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  2. Oh, I was wondering when you’d come back! Welcome back! Happy to see you! ๐Ÿ˜€ โ™ฅ
    How ironic to come back after a break and title the come-back chapter “break”. ๐Ÿ˜›
    “altering his voice and accent in a way that to Callaโ€™s ears resembled the one of an old woman with no teeth.” Lmao, doesn’t sound too romantic!
    Aww, I’m sorry that Calla’s relationship ended so abruptly. I totally didn’t expect it! I hope it’s not the last we see of her and Dylan as a couple.
    Oh, Jesse… that was dumb of him to have come alone. I agree with Louise that the pictures look really great with the graffiti and trashbags and all that. But Sinbad… no good news!

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    1. Oh, I’m so happy to finally be back! – I had really missed this and everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ โค
      Lolol, you're so right! I hadn't even thought of that! To be honest, I'm not super satisfied with the title but couldn't for the life of me find something else… oh well, it is what it is ๐Ÿ˜
      Hmmm yeah, those two are so different… it was a surprise that they got together and even more that they stayed together for so long. Let's just hope for a miracle at this point, haha!
      Thank you so much! โค Those are some of my favorites pictures as well, I was really looking forward to showing them, lol ๐Ÿ˜› Sinbad, yeah… definitely no good can come of him! ๐Ÿ˜•

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  3. I understand Calla’s reluctance to not want to invite Dylan to her company party, but she should have been honest about it. Lying to your SO never turns out well. It was surprising that they broke up over that one incident, but maybe things hadn’t been great for a while. I hope they reconcile eventually though. Perhaps they just need a bit of space.

    Oh no, Jesse…. Why don’t you ever let someone know where you’re going in case things like this happen? At least he’s found Sinbad, although I doubt it will end well for him. Agh

    Glad to see you back! โค

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    1. Yes, she totally should have been honest… at least explain to him that she would be busy schmoozing her way around all night, maybe then he wouldn’t even have wanted to be there in the first place :/ Let’s hope that’s not the end of those two!
      Jesse totally did a crazy thing there! It can’t possibly end up well for him… or can it? ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I am so glad to be back too, thank you so much for your comment! โค

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  4. Welcome back! And you came back with a bang! Jesse is captured and I am trying to recall. Does Calla know about Skye or are they not together. I need to go back and reread. Also… you break up Calla and Dylan! Nooo. Shame on you. But she should have known better. She took him for granted. I am so sure he was very hurt. I hope they can finally work it out.

    Shew….. I missed this story!

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    1. It’s so nice to be back at last! ๐Ÿ˜€ (And I plan on being more consistent on posting from now on!)
      Calla is completely in the dark about Skye right now, as is everyone except Jesse… But she might be forced to get out of the room now that Jesse won’t be there to take care of her. And who knows who she’s going to bump into!
      Yep, and Calla is supposed to be the smart one! That’s not the way to treat your bf missy! Ah, let’s hope it’s not the end of those two…
      Thank you so much for your comment, I really missed everyone too! โค

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  5. Welcome back! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I loooove Calla’s look here. Red lipstick is great on her.

    I was wondering if something would come up in Calla and Dylan’s relationship. And on their anniversary too! I agree with Dylan, she shouldn’t act ashamed of him, but I’m surprised he broke up with her. I hope Calla will appreciate what she had with him, because hopefully he’ll be back.

    Sinbad!!! Did not expect Jesse to find him so quickly. D:

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    1. Thank you so much, it’s so nice to be back! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I love red lipstick on Calla too, I think it’s totally her color!
      Yep, something was bound to happen eventually – hmm, he didn’t exactly break up, he suggested they take a break (maybe I should make this more clear in their conversation), but things don’t look too good!
      Maybe Sinbad wanted to be found in this case..! Who knows why ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! โค

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  6. “my beautiful princess” BARF. Hahah, pet names are so cute they’re gross sometimes.
    o fuq Jesse put his foot in it! Not his fault though, he didn’t know. Now Calla’s in the doghouse…
    Whoa, that seems like a very quick break up, especially for a guy who was super in love with her. Well, I guess it sucks to be with someone who is embarrassed of you.
    Haha, Jesse made me think of his father in that dingy bar!
    O SHIT. That’s quite a dramatic ending picture there! ;_;

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    1. Lolol, I totally agree about most of them! (“my beautiful princess” is sooo one of them, haha! Bleh ๐Ÿ˜›)
      Lmaooo I love when I find opportunities to make Jesse do silly stuff like that ๐Ÿ˜‚ Things are not looking good for Calla!
      Hmmm to be honest Dylan just wanted a break (maybe I should have written it in a better way), but he got even angrier when he saw she didn’t even get or regret what she did. That’s pretty serious in his book!
      Lol, ahhh… Jared. He will be linked with those crappy seedy bars for life ๐Ÿ˜‚ Can’t say it doesn’t serve him right, lol!
      Haha, that’s exactly what I was going for! ๐Ÿ˜
      Thank you so much for your comment! โค

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  7. Woah I never expected Calla and Dylan to break up for some reason. I can understand why Calla didnโ€™t want him to go as he isnโ€™t the most… mature of people, but I still feel really bad for him. It must suck to feel like your own girlfriend is embarrassed about you ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope they work things out, or at least find someone else who makes them happy!
    Ooh, so sinbad meets his future (Iโ€™m guessing) son-in-law. I wonder whatโ€™s gonna happen next!

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    1. I am so sorry for my late reply!!
      Hmmm maybe he realized that she kept underestimating him and decided that he won’t have it… you’re right that if your SO doesn’t appreciate you it totally sucks. Let’s hope that both of them will be happy eventually..!
      Hahaha, yep! In-laws can truly be a nightmare it seems, lmao!! Thank you so much for your comment! โค โค

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  8. Yay, welcome back!! I too have been MIA, and there is so much reading that I have to catch up on.
    It is so sweet to see the lengths that Jesse will go to to keep Skye safe.
    And I hope this is just a temporary fight, and not a break up for Dylan and Calla. They both have valid points, but Calla can either accept Dylan for who he is or move on. She can’t have it both ways.

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    1. It’s so nice to be back – and I’m so glad you’re back too! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค
      Jesse is very sweet deep down, just… immature. Let's see where his boldness lands him this time..! :/
      You are very right about Calla. She has to decide right now what she really wants, or she might lose Dylan forever!
      Thank you so much for your comment! โค โค

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  9. Oh my gosh! I totally read this a long time ago and didn’t realize I hadn’t commented! :O :O :O Put me on probation, officer!

    I’m dying to know what happens between Sinbad and Jesse! And I can understand why Dylan is upset but I really hope this isn’t the end of them.

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    1. Well put me on probation too because if not for Lila’s comment today, I wouldn’t have realized you commented at all! XD I’m so sorry! And don’t even worry about it โค I've been so out of it too, it's been two weeks since I commented – work has been hectic, but this weekend I'm finally gonna have some time on my hands to just sit around and catch up! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I'm hoping to have a new chapter too, so it won't be long until you find out what's gonna happen! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hmmm Dylan and Calla are so incompatible – I'm still not sure what to do with them, lol!
      Thank you so much for your comment! โค โค

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  10. Agreeing with Carys — ‘my beautiful princess’ made me choke LOL.
    Oh dear… this is quite the mess. To be honest, I see both Calla and Dylan’s points. I agree with Calla that a corporate party is the opposite of Dylan’s type of environment. And I’m not the biggest fan of him so I understand why Calla would not want him to come — I can see Dylan making a complete fool of himself and Calla. However, the way she went about was not tactful and I feel quite bad for Dylan, especially with the ending remarks she had there. I’m sure Dylan could have behaved himself if she just discussed this with him! These two are quite a conflicting couple and as Stephanie said, if Calla wants to stay with him she needs to accept his flaws and who he really is. She definitely took him for granted there.
    JESSE! What the hell, dude? That’s such a stupid plan! Now how is he going to get away from Sinbad… I would not put torture or murder past that horrible man ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    I’m missing your story! I hope real life isn’t being too hard on you!

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    1. Lmaooo, the truth is that as much as I love coming up with different nicknames for each couple, I so much hate them irl – so I totally understand your feeling! “My beautiful princess” is a whole other level of cringe worthy though, lol!
      That’s the main conflict with those two I guess – they’re so different, and each one can’t diverge from who they truly are, just to meet the other one’s expectations. I think we can agree that Calla should have been the mature one and just handle the situation more -as you put it – tactfully though! The truth is, I have no idea what to do with those two, lol! If it was real life, I doubt they would have even lasted that long! But, I might once again put my rose-colored glasses on and just find them a way out of this mess, lmao!
      Jesse is so impulsive and in this case it might prove too dangerous for him..! You’re so right that Sinbad is capable of anything – let’s just hope he realizes that Jesse is more useful to him alive :/
      Oh man, I’ve been so out of loop lately – life is fine really, but work has been hectic these past weeks! I have started reading chapters so many times with no time to actually finish them – although in your case that’s a little on you too lol, because I spent quite some time staring at your masterful opening diner picture (and I’m not saying this lightly, it was truly beautiful)! Now I’m finally having some time on my hands to catch up (yay!) and finish a new chapter *fingers crossed* Although I have an idea of how things will progress from now on, I’ve been trying to come up with the quickest way possible to wrap this gen up lol – I think the next one will be my favorite and I can’t wait to finally start with it!
      Thank you so much for your comment! โค โค

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      1. Calla and Dylan do sort of complement each other in that she’s very ambitious and he’s more chill, so he could be a good support. But I guess it would be difficult to understand each other since their goals and way of thinking are so different. It’s fiction though, so anything is possible!
        Aww thank you! I’m glad you can relax a bit now. I’m really looking forward to the next chapter and what you have planned for the exciting next generation ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. Ahh, what a way for me to return to the story by having it start out with one of my longtime and favorite ships ๐Ÿ˜ Anddd their cuteness lasted for about five seconds before Jesse made things awkward, haha. Yikes! I had to laugh at him being completely oblivious to what he said, lol. Calla looks super pretty by the way~ I get why Dylan is mad, he’s right. Calla should’ve just been upfront with it and he could’ve decided to not go if she explained herself. I don’t think – at least, I’m hoping – this break-up is long term. If anything, her lack of remorse just made him even angrier. Calla seems to be very logical and goal-oriented, so in her eyes what she did make sense and she probably didn’t realize why he’d be hurt about it.
    And Jesse… this boy has me facepalming any time he tries to handle situations, haha. I’m hoping what happens next isn’t too terrible. ๐Ÿ™ƒ Luckily I don’t have to wait to see what happens ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Aaaah, Amy! I’m so happy to see you back! I woke up to all your lovely comments and it felt like Christmas, lol :’) โค
      Haha, that Jesse is always making things awkward..! I think Dylan was right too; maybe Calla could have made her point in a more delicate way… But she's, like you said, very logical while Dylan is on the emotional side, so there should be some conflict there! Hmmm, let's hope this break isn't permanent! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And oh yeah, that wasn't the only stupid thing Jesse did in that chapter!! :/ That boy…
      Again, I'm so happy to see you back here! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! โค โค

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      1. Aww thatโ€™s sweet โ˜บ๏ธ I shall be popping in here and there until I catch up~
        Hmm, why donโ€™t I like the sound of that, you canโ€™t break them up, I shall lead a small angry mob if you do ๐Ÿ˜‡ Glad to be back โค๏ธ

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