Twelve // Really Not Fine At All

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My phone starts ringing as soon as I wake up.

"Hello?" I answer groggily.

"Caroline? It's Cheryl from PH."

"Oh, yes. Hi."

"I booked two tickets on a private jet for you and Ronaldo to stay in New York next week. Pearl wants to meet with you. What do you say?"

Holy shit.

"Uh, yes. Definitely. Yes. Thank you."

She laughs a little.

"I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday." She hangs up.

I run out of my room and bang on Peggy's door.

"I'm in the kitchen, dipshit!" She yells.

I walk into the kitchen and sit down.

"Me and Ron are going to New York to talk to Pearl!"

"Hansen?" She asks.

I nod.

She squeals.

"Holy shit. This is crazy. But- are you gonna be okay flying?"

I shake my head.

"I don't know. I didn't think about it."

"You'll be fine, Caro."

-

I walk into Westgate at lunch time.

Kate is standing at the podium.

"Hey, Caroline. You're not working today..." She says.

"I know. I had to come in and let you know that I'll be out next week. Pearl Hansen wants to see me in New York."

She smiles.

"I'm so happy for you. I understand that your career is taking off really fast. You know, it's okay if you feel that you can't balance both jobs at once. You've been our best employee for 3 years."

I nod.

"Thanks, Kate. That means a lot."

I look around the restaurant, and my heart drops.

He didn't see me.

But I saw him.

With another girl.

I hurry outside and smack into Casey.

"Hey, are you alright?" She asks me.

I nod.

"Yeah, sorry."

"I was gonna stop by to let you know that uh, we lost the baby."

Oh shit.

"Casey, oh my god, I'm so sorry." I hug her.

"It's fine, really. How about dinner tonight at Bev's?" She asks.

I nod.

"Sounds perfect. I'll see you." I say as I cross the street.

-

I get a call from Ash as I'm about to go to sleep.

"Why is Calum mad?"

I groan.

"I'm trying to sleep, Ash."

"What did you tell him?"

"Cal doesn't need me right now. He needs to figure himself out. He has some issues, Ash."

"You act like I don't know that. But you can't just abandon him like that. He does need you, whether you realize it or not."

A/N: that was really short but also important asf so ya ❤️❤️

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