Chapter 58: Daisy

I was soooo surprised when I got home from a food truck taste-testing circuit and saw my roommate tossing things into a suitcase. Trash and Garbage’s crates were on the floor too, which meant she was taking them with her…

“Oh,” she said when she heard my squeak of shock. “Guess now is as good a time as any to tell you–I’m moving out.”

I slowly walked up to her, as if walking realllly slow and quiet would stop her from running from me.

“But why?” I asked softly. “Don’t you like it here?”

“It’s fine. But I’m an actress now and actresses need to live in big fancy houses. Alone. Nothing personal.”

My eyes wandered to the floor, where Trash and Garbage were. I couldn’t imagine the apartment without them–or Galatea either…

Who else could I talk about Rhys Straud to, or ask to taste-test new recipes? Bas just wasn’t the same…

“What if we never see each other again?”

She laughed, but it didn’t sound like she meant it. “Doubt it. If we don’t arrange it, my dad or brother probably will.”

So she knew…was that why she was leaving? “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to lie to you…I just wanted you to have a good time and have a nice place to stay and I really, really do like you and Trash and Garbage and you’re my favorite roommate ever and–”

“I know, Daisy. It’s not your fault at all. It’s mine, for being an idiot. I’m just not meant to be around other people.” She paused. “But you can visit whenever, since Trash and Garbage will miss you.”

I tried to help her pack her things after that, but I didn’t feel very useful.

Was there anything I could say to change her mind? I didn’t want to make her mad, or make her feel obligated to stay…and so for once, I kept my mouth shut.

Watching her go didn’t feel real. I thought we’d gotten sooo close in the past few months, like we’d be friends forever.

Maybe she was moving in with Bas and was too embarrassed to say anything…? Did people move in after one date?

But she didn’t even talk to me about the date either. All she said was that “the food sucked,” but she told me she got a salad when I kept asking about it, and of course the place Bas took her to wasn’t known for its salads…

Luckily, Bas called me right after I was thinking about calling him.

“I can’t believe she moved out,” I finally said, even though it was the first thing I wanted to talk about. “I wanted to be roommates forever and ever. Do you think Trash and Garbage will get homesick, or can you not get homesick when you get a new home? It’s probably really, really nice, and Galatea said I can visit them whenever I want…”

Bas’s “What?” sounded like he meant it, not like when Mom asked him or Dad if they left the toilet seat up or left their dirty underwear on the floor and they pretended they didn’t hear the first time.

So maybe she really was moving into a fancy actress house…alone, except for Trash and Garbage. It sounded so lonely.

The next day, I passed Finn in the hall between the coffee shop and the convenience store right below our apartments.

“I’m sooo sorry,” I said. “I should’ve tried harder to make her want to stay.”

“You’re not the one to blame,” he said. “It was my fault.”

It would’ve been funny that both Galatea and her big brother blamed themselves for her moving out, if it wasn’t so sad…

“Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m going to try to keep being her friend. No matter what.”

“I’m glad.” His next words were softer. “I’m sorry for getting you involved, but I’m grateful it was you.”

Even work felt lonelier after that. Rhys Straud was so busy with shooting that he didn’t come home much, but I kept practicing recipes for him anyway. Dru was gone too, though I wasn’t sure if she was with him or not.

But Leo was always nearby, and I was grateful. I wasn’t sure if he was being silly or doing special butler exercises, but it was nice to see him around the the house.

Sometimes it felt like he was in every room I was in…

But I tried really hard not to disturb him.

I didn’t mind when he watched me in the kitchen now–maybe I just got so used to him, or maybe I missed Galatea and Trash and Garbage way too much–but I was surprised when he actually talked to me.

“Miss Strider?”

“Ohmigosh, Leo, you can call me Daisy! We’re close enough for that now, aren’t we?”

“I…I suppose so. Ah, I’ve received word that my parents are discussing a possible visit to Starlight Shores, to visit the set of my sister’s show…”

“I didn’t know you had a sister. I always wanted one, even though I looove my big brother.”

“A younger sister–and a twin brother as well. Ahem–I was hoping you might like to meet my parents, should they visit…?”

“Oh, I’d love to!” I could recommend all the best restaurants in town, or maybe even cook for them… I wished Leo would try my recipes, but he was totally, completely sure that he didn’t want to, no matter what I made.

“I’m certain they’ll be delighted to meet you. Perhaps my mother will be marginally less delighted, but if I properly explain the circumstances beforehand…”

I carried on with my cooking. When Rhys Straud was home, he complained about the “abominable” options at craft services and swore he gained two ounces and was suffering from a “sensitive stomach,” so I wanted to be ready.

Leo watched me the whole time. It was funny how I bonded with someone I never expected to, even if I couldn’t bond with the person I tried my hardest with…

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21 thoughts on “Chapter 58: Daisy

  1. Haha can’t wait to see how the visit complicates things even further 😂 Gotta love the classic Fangs misunderstandings.

    Hopefully Gal will stay true to her word and let Daisy visit her from time to time. 😦 She needs SOMEBODY. Well, besides her cats, I mean 😛

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  2. Rofl…I’d forgotten Daisy and Leo were “engaged”. She has absolutely no clue. I wonder when she’ll figure it out.

    That whole scene with Gal was sad. 😭😭😭

    And Trash and Garbage looked like they didn’t want to go. I wonder where she’s headed. Sounds like she’s too mad at her family.

    Poor Daisy and Bas. Innocents in all of this! 😭

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    1. Daisy has to figure it out eventually…! I think.

      Sorry about the bummer of a Gal scene. 😦

      She’s definitely not staying with Finn or Graham, that’s for sure. Maybe Rhys? (Nah. 😉 ) But Daisy and Bas are definitely suffering for this. 😦

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  3. Ohhh Trash and Garbage didn’t want to leave. 💔 That look was great on that hairless thang’s face…can’t remember which is which…when she was making them get in the crate.

    Poor Daisy in all of her finest Daisy wear. I was looking at some cc and there was a dress with Daisies anchoring the straps to the dress….I should have saved it and sent it to you. If I see it again I will.

    Interesting that she observed that both Finn and Gal blamed themselves. I wonder if she is moving into Finns mansion. And I was surprised she said she could visit. She has to know Bas will find her. She secretly wants him to come rescue her. Her knight covered in glorious hair.

    Leo following Daisy around and looking at her ass or up her dress, not sure which, was funny and that she felt bonded to him was great! Can’t wait to see Lysander and Bianca coming to meet his betrothed. 😂😂😂 Misunderstandings abound.

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    1. LOL, “hairless thang.” 😂 That’d be Garbage. 😉 And he was not a happy camper.

      Ooooh, lemme know if you find that daisy stress again! I just found another daisy bra and downloaded it immediately. LOL.

      Well, Finn’s mansion is empty (except for Miles and Benny). And OMG, knight in glorious hair. ROFL. Bas is a private eye–she knows he can find her if he tries.

      Leo would never look up a lady’s dress…! He was trying to propose, but he’s about as good at that as airing his grievances. LOL

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  4. Omggggggg
    You know I’d love this; Daisy is MY GURL.

    Sad to see Galatea running, and even sadder to see poor Daisy all upset over it! 😭
    I’m so curious to see where she’s going though!

    Leo following her around trying to propose had me in grinning like a fool, and Daisy just walking around, totally oblivious LOL 😂

    EEE, what will Bianca think of Miss Daisy Strider? 😬

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    1. ❤ ❤ I thought you might like this chapter, yes. 😉

      LOL, now I wish I made Gal go somewhere interesting, like a cat-based cult or a cave. But her leaving really hurt Daisy a lot more than she knew. 😦

      Leo should've cleared his throat pointedly to prepare her for a proposal, duh.

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  5. There was so much to love in this chapter, and not just because it featured my girl Galateeea.

    Firstly, something that stood out to me was how Daisy said “… keep her from running from me.” I’m not sure why that struck me, but I think it might come from a more personal thing (I tend to run from stuff too, Gal, it’s okay). It’s just interesting to me that Daisy used that phrase and seemed to note that with Gal.

    Secondly, GAL. She was actually pretty -nice- to Daisy here! That’s so big to me, like, it actually felt like she already kind of regrets leaving. Then again, we’re seeing this through Daisy’s eyes, soooo.

    Thirdly, I only just realized there’s a big ass painting of food on the wall, 10/10.

    Finally, LEO YOU POOR BOY! Oh I can’t wait for things to all come together in a big chaotic mess. I so look forward to seeing how Daisy takes all of this that she’s completely unaware of!

    Ahhh that last phrase… Right in the feelings.
    Daisy really is such a wonderful character. She’s the best friend I need in my life!

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    1. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Thank youuuu!

      Daisy could see exactly what Gal was doing, even if she didn't understand why. 😦 Or who exactly she was running from.

      But Gal was definitely nice, well, in her standoffish way. She doesn't seem like she really wants to leave–more like she has to.

      LOL, Daisy's room is full of food pictures–and knives. And colorful collectibles.

      Daisy would gladly be your best friend. ❤

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  6. Oh my gosh, Leo following Daisy around struggling to propose ahahaha

    Okay, so I LOVE Daisy. And Leo’s the butt end of my “Tell a Joke about Vampires” Joke. But they’re both kind of… oblivious… aren’t they? I don’t know if that’s something to base a relationship on, but it’s something and it’s funny!

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    1. He tried so hard…!

      And Daisy has her own fan club, it’s great. (I’m serious, there’s been discussions about t-shirts on my thread and someone made a cc Daisy shirt, which cracks me up.) Glad you’re a club member too. ❤

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