Chapter sixty four.
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“Morning beautiful” Louis murmurs as I roll over to face him.
His hands pull my body even closer and hold me in a way that makes me feel safe.
“Morning” I reply softly before leaning over to kiss his lips gently.
Morning kisses are often the nicest, the softest, the ones filled with meaning and comfort. The same can be said for early morning sex, that’s always much more relaxed and meaningful. It’s less about lust and passion when the suns rising.
I find myself on top of his my hands running through Louis hair as our kisses continue, remaining in a sense of innocence.
My phone rings abruptly breaking us apart.
“I better get this, its Gemma” I mumble after noticing the caller ID.
“It might be about Ivy or Harry or something important” I ramble as I climb out of bed and answer the phone walking over to Louis bedroom window.
“Hey Gemma” I answer in a positive tone although my mind is filled with worry.
“Hiya Alisa, is everything ok? Did you arrive safely?” She says quickly, thankfully her tone sounds positive too.
“Yeah I’m fine, Louis picked me up from the airport and the entire journey way fine” I reply smiling fondly at the memory of arriving back into Louis’ arms.
“That’s great! Is everything good with you two then?” She said with humour in her tone, I can pretty much tell she’s wiggling her eyebrows right now.
I feel I know her much better than I probably actually do because of how well I know Harry. Gemma and Harry share a lot of characteristics.
“Yeah things are really good, better than that even” I grin to myself, memories of last night flowing through my mind.
“Ooh did something cheeky happen?” Gemma giggles.
“Sssh” I laugh back.
“Oh don’t worry you can spill all the details another time. I will get them out of you though” She says with a playful but serious tone in her voice.
“So anyways I called to check that you were going to stick to our plan?” Gemma asks.
“Oh becoming a new person? Yeah sure” I nod.
“Great I think a haircut is in order. Then maybe clothes shopping” Gemma suggests or should I say demands.
“Yeah that sounds like a good idea Gem”
“Great get started then. I wanna see a new you! Send me a pic later” She says cheerfully.
“Ok ok, I promise” I laugh.
“Great. See you later Alisa, love you sweetie” Gemma says.
“Love you too Gem, thank you so so much” I say before the line goes dead.
“So is everything alright? That sounded like quite an upbeat chat” Louis smiles as he climbs out of bed towards me.
Wearing no clothes might I add, not that I am either.
“Yeah everything was fine, Gemma was just checking up on me” I smile as he opens his arms for me.
“That’s great” Louis says kissing my shoulder tenderly.
“So um I’m gonna shower then I’ll be heading out. I’ve got some stuff to do. I might stop by work later too” I ramble as I pull myself out of Louis hold and walk towards the bathroom.
“Oh ok then” Louis mumbles as I walk away.
I step into the shower feeling the warm water cascading over every inch of my body.
I can’t help but feel dirty, not physically but mentally. Like I’ve cheated on Harry.
Which is insane I know because Harry and I are not together, but that kiss we shared. It had to mean something for us.
He said his heart is with someone else, meaning me. Surely that’s a way of saying he loves me? Or not maybe I’m making it out to be more than it actually is.
I wash my hair and step out of the shower, shutting off the water and shutting off my thoughts.
With a towel around my body I walk back into Louis’ bedroom and through into the living room to grab my bag.
“Want some breakfast? Or maybe a coffee?” Louis asks.
“No um I’m in a rush. I’ll grab a to-go coffee from the shop across the road” I ramble as I turn around going back into his bathroom to apply my makeup and dry my hair.
Once that’s done I get dressed into a baggy grey t-shirt and a pair of black legging adding a pair of flat black shoes to the outfit.
I’m not dressing nicely because I want to find myself a whole new look today.
Step one being my hair.
I grab my hand bag and shove my phone into it.
“I’ve got to go, I’ll call you later” I say kissing Louis on the cheek and then quickly on the lips before heading for the door, waiving as I shut it behind me.
I stop by a coffee shop on my way as I look up good hair salons in the area on my phone.
Eventually I find a salon with excellent review that’s just a few blocks away so I make my way through the busy streets dodging all the people that don’t seem to acknowledge my existence and sipping my coffee at the same time. Which I might add isn’t the easiest task.
One thing I do like about this city is how it’s never empty, always full of life.
“Hello Miss, good morning” the girl at the reception says smiling sweetly.
“Hi, I’m sure you probably have to book here so when’s the soonest I can get an appointment?” I ask.
“Well we actually have a cancelation this morning so in about five minutes” The girl laughs.
“Seriously” I grin.
“Yes, what exactly is it you want doing” She asks.
“Umm actually I’m not sure, something very different. I’ve just moved here permanently after being here a month or so on a work visit. So I’m wanting a new start, new me” I ramble.
“Ah the new me thing. Yeah there’s probably more to it than moving away. Perhaps the reason you moved away is the answer? Ah never mind me I’m being a little nosey I’m sorry” She says stopping herself with a slight smile.
“Yeah it’s all so new, I can’t really talk about it yet I don’t think” I shrug.
“Ah right that’s perfectly understandable. Here let me take your bag. Anita will be ready for you in a moment, she’s the head stylist here” The receptionist smiles as she hangs my bag on the rack and helps me into a robe.
Within a matter of minutes Anita has me sat in front of a large mirror as she runs her fingers through my hair with furrowed eyebrows.
“Alisa, when was the last time you got your hair done professionally?” Anita asks.
“Umm years ago, I just let it grow I guess” I say feeling a little embarrassed
“So I thought. The ends of your hair are dead and split” She says examining my hair more so.
“Well do you have any ideas of what will suit me?” I ask.
“Maybe we cut it short, just about shoulder length. A choppy cut with rough layers. Perhaps a soft fringe which can be parted when you fancy a change. As for the colour, maybe a rich brown. I feel like you need some warmth in your hair as your skin is quite pale isn’t it” Anita says.
“Do it” I nod.
“Are you sure, it’s a big change. Perhaps you’d like to book an appointment in a few days or so and think it over” Anita asks.
“No I’m sure” I nod firmly.
“Ok, here goes nothing” Anita says with a smile as she picks up the scissors.
“What do you think?” Anita asks three hours after she began cutting and sniping.
“Wow I look so different” I gasp.
Gone were the waist length slightly limp looking black locks. It was a change I liked. Loved even.
“Yeah, you look lovely though” Anita smiles sweetly.
“I love it. Thank you” I grin.
I pay, book an appointment for in a months’ time as Anita recommended regular appointments to keep the style perfect and keep my hair in good condition.
Next stop the beauty counter in a department store.
Elliot who works at the counter is very helpful in matching foundation, concealer and powder to my skin type and shade. He then picks out some eye shadow pallets, mascara, eyeliner, lipsticks, blushes and teaches me how to contour properly with bronzer. He then directs me to the skin care counter where his colleague Maria helps me find everything I need.
They recommend me visiting a beauty salon so I can get my eye brows tined to match my new hair, they give me an address of a salon they recommend.
Two hours later I’ve had my eyebrows shaped and tinted and my nails done at the salon Elliot and Maria had recommended and I’m now shopping for clothes.
Layla who works in the shop as a personal shopper asks my sizes and leaves me in a sitting room while she goes off to pick things for me.
She comes back around twenty minutes later with a rail full of clothes shoes and a basket full of accessories.
“I’ll leave you to try these on, now is there any other things you need like underwear, nightwear, swimwear, gym wear?” Layla asks with a polite smile.
“Actually I could do with some underwear and maybe some gym stuff. Yeah I think I’m going to join a gym” I say with a smile.
Layla nods before disappearing once again as I try on all the stuff she’s chosen me.
The colours are all fairly nuteral, blacks, whites, greys, nudes, creams, soft pastel shades here and there and a few patterned pieces. Layla had also chosen lots of work wear things too as I’d mentioned that I’d need more work clothes.
In the end I decide I want everything other than about five things that just didn’t feel very me.
I also get the underwear and gym clothes Layla picked and the bill comes to a rather staggering amount.
It doesn’t matter though because I’ve barely being spending any of my wages or living expenses from Alan. Plus I’m getting a pay rise now I’m acting manager.
As I leave the shop I successfully manage to get a taxi in less than two minutes and ask the driver to take me to work.
Whilst I’m in the car I look up the number for a gym and call them, I book a induction for tomorrow evening at six o’clock. The gym is twenty minutes in a taxi from work.
I enter the building and all eyes fall on me.
“Alisa?” one of the newly employed members of staff asks me.
“Yeah I look a little different I know” I laugh.
“Here let’s put your bags to aside and we can chat” He smiles.
“I’m Alex by the way” he introduces himself with a handshake and cute smile. Cute? Really Alisa?
We walk through the entire building discussing what’s being happening since I’ve been gone and chatting to employees.
“I need an assistant don’t I?” I say as we pass my old office and enter my new one which was Alan’s previously. All my things have already being moved into here, I guess to make me feel more relaxed when I returned.
“Yeah I guess you do” Alex nods leading against the desk.
“What’s your job here Alex? I don’t mean to sound rude but I’ve being away and don’t have a clue what everyone’s roles are yet” I smile.
“Oh um I’m just a secretary. And don’t worry it’s not rude at all” He says with a smile.
“Oh well how about you become my assistant. You’ve being so helpful and welcoming, I was only a secretary for Alan a few months ago and now I’m the manager” I laugh.
“Really?” he asks.
“Yes, I can have a contract sorted for you by tomorrow” I smile.
“Thank you so so much” He grins.
“You’re welcome. Tell you what I’m going to send off an announcement that everyone can go home and we’ll get right back on track tomorrow morning when I arrive properly” I say walking over to the microphone used to make announcements.
“Everyone this is Alisa speaking. You’re all free to leave early today. I’ll see you all tomorrow. An email will be sent to you all in the morning explaining changes and expectations. Thank you” I say before shutting off the microphone.
“Right I’m going home. See you tomorrow Alex” I say waiving him good bye as I leave my office.
Several people say goodbye and thank me for letting them leave early as I walk through the building.
I gather my bags and get another taxi back to my hotel.
I go straight to reception as I no longer have a key card for my room.
“Alisa?” Louis says in shock as I walk up to the desk.
“Oh I look different I know” I laugh.
“You look stunning” He smiles.
I ask for a new key card and talk about my day as I wait.
“I’ll call you after work tomorrow ok?” I say after Louis hands me the key card.
“Sure” Louis nods biting his lip as he looks me over once more.
When I arrive back in the penthouse everything feels so odd, I feel quite at home.
I change into one of my new outfits and post in front of the mirror snapping a picture which I then send to Gemma.
I feel different, I hope this difference makes me happier.
That’s how long.
That’s how long you’ve being gone.
It feels like more,
And hurts more than before.
I miss you,
I know I’ve said that far too much.
But I can’t stress the truth.
Having you in my arms,
Oh that’d be the dream.
My heart it hurts,
Without you it’s ripping at the seam.
Authors note —- Thank you all so much for reading, lots of love.
Ooh this updates longer and more regular! Knew I’d do it. Well just as I promised more frequent updates I have to mention that the next update wont be until Tuesday, maybe Monday (depends if I go to a family thing or not) because I’m at work. Updates will NEVER be on a Saturday or Sunday because I always work on weekends from now on with the odd extra shift like tomorrow.
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