So… I’m breaking the mold a little and going a different way. I’m writing a beginning today. Two actually because I missed my deadline yesterday! I’m recovering from a wicked sinus infection and well, life. I’d love your feedback after you’ve finished reading today’s beginning. Was it too… weird?
The bright lights usually mad Axel feel energized but tonight they only made him feel weary, and stifled. He felt like he was choking in front of thousands of people and no one moved to help him. They all just stood there and cheered, their eyes scanning his family, one by one. Tonight was Axel’s father’s official bid for the state Senate seat. After tonight everything was going to change, and not, in Axel’s opinion, in a good way.
Just before coming on stage Axel’s dad dropped a bomb on Axel. He wanted Axel to play the political game. He wanted Axel to find a good girl to date publicly. If he couldn’t do that then Axel wasn’t going to get access to his trust fund in six months. And he needed that money so he could finally move away somewhere where he wasn’t known and settle into a normal life. He’d been planning on it and dreaming of it since he was sixteen.
Axel’s thoughts came back to the present when his mother’s arm moved around his shoulder and drew him in close to her. He plastered on his fake smile. His gut was churning and he was sure he wasn’t going to be able to pull this off. Nothing in his life had ever been normal. Normal for Axel was his parent’s huge house in the heart of LA.
He felt his phone vibrating in his pants pocket and itched to pull it out and look at it. While he’d been waiting for his parents to pick him up from his beach condo, he’d texted Sadie, his on again off again fling, and demanded she come over that evening. Sadie never denied Axel anything, he was a rock star’s son, after all, with access to lots of spending money, drugs and connections.
With a wave he and his parents evacuated the stage amidst a round of deafening applause. The turn-out had been good. He wasn’t sure if he was relieved or annoyed.
“Thanks for being here, son,” his father said quickly as they all walked towards the waiting town car.
As if I had a choice, he thought. Instead he replied, “You bet, Dad.”
Just as quickly as their conversation had started, it had ended. His father and mother climbed into the back seat while Axel got into the front. Immediately he pulled out his phone.
You look so sad up there.
He frowned at the unknown number though somewhere inside him he was relieved that someone in the crowd had seen through his facade. He wondered if it were his friend, Bash, playing a game with him. It wouldn’t be the first time.
Who is this?
No one you know. Yet.
Libby watched as the town car carrying her father and half-brother pulled away from the curb. She had recently lost everything that was important to her and now she was on a mission to make sure her deadbeat dad would lose everything that was important to him. Step one… she’d make sure her daddy lost his senate race. It wasn’t going to be easy but she was determined and she had nothing and no one to distract her from her goal.
Turning Ethan Rush’s phone into a recorder hadn’t been difficult and she’d already discovered how she was going to get her revenge. She’d put herself in Axel’s way and make him fall for her. And once the secret came out that she was his half-sister her father’s political career would be over.