Chapter Ten

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The next few weeks were hell. I missed Mandy, but I had to do all of the work myself and the stress was building on top of me. Gracie would sit in front of that room she slept in once and never stopped whining. I kept getting upset at Gracie for reminding me that Mandy wasn't here.

After she slammed the door on me, Holly asked me what it was all about and I told her. Holly didn't say anything afterwards. I kept knocking on Mandy's door, but after a while, I heard her crying and then it was silent. God, that broke me. I sat at her door crying with her. It takes a lot to admit that.

Gracie curled up next to me and all I could do was curse at TMZ for this. I looked down at Gracies collar, noticing that something was added to it. It was a bandana. It was tradition, but black. Taking it off, I examined it to find Mandy's name stitched onto it. She had given it to Gracie.

"Gracie, do I have to get Mandy back?"

Gracie started wagging her tail and getting excited. I guess that was a yes.

Mandy POV

The next day, I felt entirely empty. I wanted to watch Bram Stokers Dracula, but Zak watches that religiously. After I fell asleep, I had woken up to crying at my door. I wanted to open it, but I didn't want to. It sounded like it was Zak, but I couldn't have been sure.

Opening the door, an old lady was passing me when she told me about my boyfriend at my door crying. She said that whatever I did, she now didn't like me for it. I shrugged it off.

I decided to go down and get some breakfast and return to my room. I didn't want to be around people who would stare at me. When I got back, Zak and Gracie were at my door. She ran towards me, wagging her tail happily.

"Hey, babe," I whispered to her. "Here to steal my breakfast?"
"She missed you," Zak told me softly. "I missed you."
"Well, I don't watch TMZ and it seemed pretty real to me."
"Holly doesn't talk to me! She doesn't have time to balance a healthy relationship with her ex husband for her two kids and a new boyfriend! She's got enough on her hands, Mandy! Why would I be with her when I have the most beautiful girl in the world already?"

Zak got closer to me, touching my face to gently rub my cheek.

"You are already my world. I connect with you better than anyone I have ever been with. I can't let you go. Please, Mandy? Gracie misses you!"

Zak stood there copying Gracies eyes when she begs with his hands together as if he was praying. His lip was pushed out, quivering as he kept staring.

"Baby, let me eat first, okay?" I whispered to him, kissing his cheek.
"Are we okay?"
"We're okay. I'm sorry," I apologized.

Zak smiled greatly and followed me in the hotel room.

"Were you crying outside my door?"
"Yeah. Hearing you crying was breaking me. I couldn't go anywhere knowing that you were probably crying yourself to sleep because of me."

As I sat at the small table, Gracie hoped up in the bed and relaxed herself there. Zak sat across from me.

"Zak, I was upset. Can you blame me?"
"Honestly, no," he replied.
"How was a night without me?"
"Baby, a second without you is a nightmare."

Zak smiles as I returned the favor. I felt so bad for what I did. I should've known better than to trust TMZ, but then again, how was I to know?

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