Imperfect Strangers

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“Delivery for Oaklynn Turner?”

A courier guy stood at my desk with a bored look as he handed me a clipboard to sign.

“Thank you. Have a great day!” I beamed at him as I took the envelope from him.

“Yeah, sure,” he grunted in response as he shuffled away.

I tore the envelope open and screamed as my eyes feasted on the contents. “OMG! OMG! Aaaahhhh!” I shrieked in excitement.

“What is it??!” Mel asked as she dashed into our work station.

With shaking hands, I handed over the envelope to her. You know how the saying goes; seeing is believing and all of that. Pulling the contents out, she shrieked.

Mel’s hands dropped the package on the desk as her hands flew to her mouth. “Oh my gosh!How did you pull this off??!” A rush of excitement sent color to her cheeks, and she tore her gaze from the envelope, focusing her attention on me.

“Is there a note or something?” I reached out and dug my hand back into the manila envelope.

To My Kinkiest Kitty-kat

I hope you have a blast at the concert babe.

Your equally perverted Textmate,

Commander Ren. xx

PS: You had better not take a guy with you because...

I laughed and handed the note to Mel.

“Told you he was well connected,” she said with a smug look on her face. “I just had a hunch.”

I was feeling some type of way and it was all because of my mystery man. “I never thought he’d come through. We just discussed this in passing last night-”

“We have to tell Madison! Come on!” She dragged me by the hand down the passageway to Madison’s lair.


The supreme editor was awestruck and at a loss for words. “Not only do you have first-class plane tickets to LA and five-star hotel accommodation... but you have VIP tickets for four consecutive nights, backstage passes, a seat on his tour bus; a meet-and-greet before the concert and a table-actually a seat at his table, at the after-party and a photo session... Just-wow!” She stared at me and Mel questioningly and perplexed. “I’m not going to ask how you did it, but...good work girls,” she surveyed it all with appreciative eyes. “Now go home, pack, and bring me my scoop.”

“But it’s Wednesday, the concert is on Friday night?” Mel pointed out.

“I need you guys to get an early start, so get out of here,” she shooed us out.

Mel and I could hardly contain our excited giggles as we clambered into the taxi and made our way to the airport.

LA here we come!!


There was a limo waiting for us as soon as we landed at the airport and we were driven to The Ritz- Carlton, where we were booked for four nights-all expenses paid. The hotel was within the L.A. Live entertainment complex, the posh hotel was a 5-minute walk from the Staples Center, where the concert was on that weekend.

The hotel was everything we hoped it would be and so much more...

Mel and I had adjoining rooms, tastefully furnished and decorated with commissioned artwork. Featherbeds dressed in goose down duvets. Soundproof windows offering natural light and city views. Carrara marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and glass-enclosed showers. HD LCD TVs with Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, and other streaming services. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a well-stocked minibar and 24-hour room service. What more could a girl want or possibly wish for? This was like a dream come true, matter of fact it was.

As soon as we walked through the room I took a quick shower and threw myself onto the comfortable bed and Mel did the same.

“You should thank your mystery guy for me,” she mumbled against the pillow.

I sat up and slapped myself on my forehead as I reach for my phone. “I knew I was forgetting something.”

In all the excitement I had forgotten to text Ren to thank him for going above and beyond. I could only imagine what he thinks of me now.

“You haven’t thanked him yet? Lynn!” she exclaimed. “He must think you’re such an ungrateful, little b-brat,” she said, chiding me with a waggish forefinger.

“I know...” I groaned and as I was just about to type a message another came through.

“I’m going to have a long bath. Have fun,” Mel winked.

COMMANDER REN: Hey oaktree, hope you had a good flight and have settled in. Sorry, haven’t been in coms have been kinda busy.

LYNN: So it’s oaktree today huh? Thanks for the five-star treatment btw. I don’t think I will ever be able to thank you enough for everything that you’ve done.

COMMANDER REN: Think nothing of it, babe. Something came up so I wasn’t able to go. Couldn’t let the tickets go to waste now.

LYNN: That doesn’t make me any less grateful. Thank you, really.

COMMANDER REN: Oh staahp! You’re making me uncomfortable. For your own sake, I hope you're rooming with a chick.

LYNN: Or what commander? You will order my execution?

COMMANDER REN: I’m definitely the jealous type sweetheart so be warned...

LYNN: Scared.. *shaking*

COMMANDER REN: I’d love to see you shake it babe...but not with fear. I have other plans in mind. Plans that are more pleasurable...

LYNN: And there he is ladies and gentlemen...

COMMANDER REN: Oh admit it kit-kat. You love it when I talk dirty.

LYNN: Okay, okay... you got me.

COMMANDER REN: Is that sarcasm I detect kitten?

LYNN: Maybe...

COMMANDER REN: Did I mention the package includes a spa day and a shopping voucher worth 10k at the boutiques around the hotel?

LYNN: ghlgkh;lhk;j’khjkj;lk;’k;y2#$@

COMMANDER REN: Hahahaa! I wish I could see your face right now. Is my kitten speechless? That’s a first and probably last.

LYNN: How did you get such a good deal commander?

COMMANDER REN: Ask no questions and I’ll tell you no lies my lady.

LYNN: If you say so, Your Highness.

COMMANDER REN: Oh I love the sound of that... Would you call me that in the heat of the moment? It would be such a turn on...

LYNN: Ren King you are such a pervert.

COMMANDER REN: I’m glad I haven’t lost my touch then. I’m gonna let you catch a few winks-will wake you up in time for dinner, yeah?

LYNN: I have a feeling I’m going to regret this but-okay...

COMMANDER REN: Sweet dreams oaktree xx

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