Chapter Three

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Thanks to everyone who read chapter two, and as always, thanks to Hubby for the edit.

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I woke up the next morning in a bed that wasn't my own, with Maria's purple painted toes sticking in my face. I sat up and looked around, noticing some kind soul had left painkillers and two bottles of water on the bedside table. I was in Chloe's spare room, and assumed the four of us had gone home together; I couldn't quite remember.

"Ugh," I groaned, reaching for the water. "What time is it?"

Maria pulled her phone out from under the pillow and checked. "Just after eight. Thank God none of us are on the early shifts."

"Right? Though I don't fancy being in the studio until midnight with a hangover like the one we're going to have today."

Maria sat up and I handed her the painkillers and the other bottle of water.

"God damn Mike and his stupid ladies drink free." She winced as she lifted the bottle to her lips and took a long gulp.

"Could have been worse. At least we didn't spend all night being groped by Jon, like Chloe did. Is she really into him?"

It boggled my mind. Chloe was stunning. Almost six foot, lithe and, slender, with long golden blonde hair. She could have had any man she wanted, and while Jon was good looking, he knew it, and had a reputation to match his ego. I couldn't understand what she saw in him.

"Nah. I just think she's lonely. And horny."

"Sex is one thing, but how can she be lonely? She has a new boyfriend almost every month." I pulled the pillow from behind me and hugged it to my chest.

I'd been working for the GEM network for almost five years, and had known Chloe for three of them, and in all that time, she'd had a string of admirers and boyfriends.

"Yeah, but none of them are for real, are they?" At the other end of the bed, Maria mirrored me, hugging her own pillow to her. "It's like you said to Kelly last night about this dinner date, she needs to be careful he's not just interested because of who she is. The same goes for Chloe. At least with Jon she knows what she's getting."

"I suppose so. And they are both consenting adults. As long as neither is getting hurt, I guess they're free to do whatever they want."

"Exactly. She seems happy enough, so I'm not going to get involved. Unless he hurts her, then I'll chop his balls off."

I laughed and nodded my head. "You take the left and I'll take the right?" When we'd finished giggling I asked, "So, you and Rich?"

Maria leaned forwards, her gaze fixed on mine. "He seriously said he likes me? He wasn't joking around?"

"He seriously said he likes you. But he's going to kill me if he finds out I told you. He said he didn't want me trying to set the two of you up, and that he didn't want you agreeing to anything because I'd put you up to it."

"Aww. He actually said that?"

"Yeah, pretty much word for word. Why, are you interested?"

Red blazed across Maria's cheeks, and she looked away. She nodded sheepishly.

"OH MY GOD! You have to let me tell him!"

Maria threw her pillow at me. "Shush, you'll wake the others."

"Shut up, you're just trying to distract me from you liking Rich. This is huge."

"Yes, it is. We've know each other for three years, and we work together. I don't want to screw this up. That's why I never said anything until you said he liked me too."

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