Chapter 2.17 – Dannie

05-14-18_7-52-00 PMCole woke to the sound of his phone buzzing on the bedside table. He picked it up. Laney had texted over and over. He picked up the phone and started deleting them. He knew talking to her wouldn’t help. He was done. His phone rang while he was still deleting the texts. Laney. Reluctantly, he answered. She wasn’t going to stop.

05-14-18_7-58-05 PM.png“Laney, I told you not to call me. We’re through,” he said before she could speak.

“Cole…you have to give me another chance, I’m so sorry,” begged Laney. He could tell she was crying as she continued. “I know I messed up. I’m so sorry. It was stupid.”

Hearing her voice made him both angry and sad, and he wanted it to stop. “I don’t have to do anything. And neither did you. Go find Ryker, I’m sure he will keep you company. I gotta go.”

“I’m sorry, nothing happened Cole,” she choked out, “Was it Nicky? Did she tell you?”

05-14-18_7-59-44 PM.pngThat gave him pause. He didn’t have any idea who put the note on his locker or why, but surely Nicky wouldn’t have done that, would she? “No,” he said, “And something DID happen. You. Kissed. Him,” he said, angry now.

“Who told you? Dannie?” she asked again.

05-14-18_8-02-08 PM.png“Does it really matter?” he asked, “Bye Laney. Don’t call me anymore,” he added, not waiting for answer, he disconnected the call.

05-14-18_8-08-04 PM.pngHe felt like crying again and his hands were shaking. But then he remembered, he had a friend lunch date with Dannie in a couple of days. He barely even knew Dannie so why would she put the pictures there. Unless it was to break them up. And why did Laney keep asking it if it was Nicky? Now Laney got him wondering who did and why. The date with Dannie made him nervous now. But the fact that this was the last week of school before summer break cheered him a little. He wouldn’t be forced to try and avoid Laney everyday.

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It was Saturday and school was blessedly out for the summer.  Cole left Doc’s and headed across the street to the coffee shop for his friend date with Dannie.

05-14-18_8-21-04 PM.pngAs he sat and waited for Dannie he reflected on the past few weeks. It had been an emotional roller coaster. He was on top of the world before it almost came crashing down around him just a few days ago. He and Laney were together and couldn’t get enough of each other. He had been sure she was the one. Then, the one time he wasn’t available, she had turned to someone better, and pretended like it never happened.

Finding out about his test had been bittersweet. He had wanted to share it with Laney.  He knew she would have been excited for him and they would have celebrated.  Now he didn’t have anyone except his family and Doc that cared.

05-14-18_8-36-33 PM.png“Hi Cole,” said Dannie brightly, “have you been waiting long?”

05-15-18_5-23-31 PM.pngWhen he looked up and saw Dannie, he couldn’t help the smile that took over his face.  “Hi. No, only a few minutes. Have a seat and I’ll order for us. My treat, remember. What would you like?”

“Oh yes. Thanks,” said Dannie as she pulled out the chair across from him and sat down. “I think a caramel macchiato would be awesome.”

Cole got up and ordered then brought the drinks back to the table.

05-15-18_5-26-38 PM.png“So, how are you really?” asked Dannie, with a sympathetic smile. “I would imagine not too good.”

“Well, a little better now,” he said and smiled, “I actually got some really good news this week.”

She cocked her head. “You and Laney made up?” she asked.

05-15-18_10-06-21 PM.pngCole almost spit out his drink.  “No…in fact she called me the next morning, begging for another chance…” His earlier smile vanished and his voice faltered as he thought about the sound of Laney’s voice. “But, I told her no. Dannie, she was all over him on the dance floor.”

Dannie looked sad now. He had forgotten Ryker was her ex. “I know,” she said.

“How? Did you see the pic…” then he realized she must have been there and saw first hand and amended his statement, “…you saw them?”

05-15-18_10-04-34 PM.png“Yeah,” she said, looking at her coffee.

05-15-18_10-22-39 PM.pngCole reached out and put his hands over hers. “I’m sorry. That must have been hard to watch.”

“Yeah, a little, but it’s okay. We had already broken up, but still, it was hard to see him forget about me so quickly.  I should have known better.”  She looked up at Cole and the smile was back, “But now I am sitting here with you, and it’s much nicer.”

05-15-18_10-15-32 PM.pngWith her smile back in place, Cole relaxed. Then he realized he was still touching her hand and abruptly pulled it back and grabbed his cup. “I haven’t told you my good news yet. I don’t know if you know why I didn’t go to the Prom with Laney. We weren’t fighting, well we weren’t fighting before I told her I couldn’t go.

05-15-18_10-40-52 PM.png“Actually I was studying for a placement test that was early on Saturday morning. I got in the top 3% and Doc is going to write a letter of recommendation so I can go straight to Vet School. I actually started interning with him this summer. Before I only observed. Now I will start learning to diagnose the animals, give vaccinations, take X-rays, just doing a whole lot more hands on to get even more experience.”

“Wow…where will you go to school?”

“Brindleton Bay. They have one of the best Veterinary schools in the country. I am really excited. It will be like a new beginning for me, it will be good to get out of Willow Creek.”  Brindleton Bay was halfway across the country. Before he was sad because he would be so far from Laney.  Now he had nothing at all keeping him in Willow Creek.

05-15-18_10-23-11 PM.png“That’s awesome Cole. You should be so proud. A new beginning sounds so romantic.” She sighed softly before continuing,  “I will probably be stuck going to San Myshuno Community College. I doubt I can get into a four year school. My grades aren’t great. Too many extracurricular activities. Plus, I can’t afford to live far away. My sister and her husband live in San Myshuno. They said I could live with them.”

“Hey, if you do well at SMCC, then you can get into a University. What do you want to do?”

“Promise you won’t laugh?”

“Promise.”

05-15-18_10-28-39 PM“I love to write. Maybe I will start out writing a column in a newspaper or something just to have a job, but what I really want to do is write books. And here’s the laughable part – I want to write romance novels.”

Cole couldn’t help the laugh that rolled out of him. It felt good to laugh. But when Dannie started laughing too, he laughed even harder. Her sweet laugh was infectious.

05-15-18_10-29-22 PM.png“I’m so sorry,” he said when he recovered, “I was just imagining you as a closet steamy romance novelist and it just seemed funny for some reason. You are so sweet. I guess it makes a little sense for you though. You know lots of people and they open up to you so easily. You must have a lot of material to draw from for your characters. Oh god, I can see Ryker being one of those shirtless guys with six-pack abs on the cover of your first book.”

05-15-18_10-17-33 PM.pngShe put her hands over her face to hold back the laugh. “Stop it! He would totally be the villain. And our hero – the mild mannered, sexy, blue-eyed veterinarian – would save the heroine from him and win her heart.” She put her hands over her heart and fluttered her eyelashes at him.

05-15-18_10-18-32 PM.pngEven though she was teasing, Cole felt the blood rush to his face. “I don’t think I’ve ever been described quite like that. I’m sorry I laughed. I really think that’s a great dream.”

05-15-18_10-45-13 PM.png“Well, I think that’s my problem, I spend too much time daydreaming about plots and stories and not enough time studying. But when I get a story in my head I just can’t help it.”

“Hey, it’s your passion, I get it. Sadly, my passion cost me a relationship.”

Dannie gave him a warm smile. “And I gained a great new friend in the process.”

“Yeah. Me too.” he said. He found he really liked Dannie. She was sweet and easy going, sort of like Nicky, but with a self-confidence Nicky didn’t have, and she wasn’t at all pushy like Laney.  She was so easy to talk to. And neither of them were looking for a relationship. It might just be a nice summer after all.

05-15-18_10-56-08 PM.png“They’re setting up a big outdoor screen this weekend at the park,” said Cole, “wanna go? I mean, just as friends.” Cole waggled his eyebrows. “Maybe you can get ideas for your first romance novel.”

05-15-18_10-51-14 PMDannie giggled… “Cole, don’t you dare tell anyone about that! That’s our secret.”

Cole laughed again remembering Noah making him pinky swear when the old hermit literally scared the piss out of him. He wondered if there was an expiration on pinky swears and decided there wasn’t.

“Why are you laughing,” she said a little worried.

05-15-18_9-41-21 PM.png“Maybe one day I will tell you. But don’t worry Dannie. It’s our secret.” Then he grinned at her. “If you want, we can pinky swear.”

05-15-18_9-36-27 PMShe crossed her arms in front of her and cocked an eyebrow at Cole who had already stuck his pinky out.  “Okay. Pinky swear and I will go to the movies with you.”

05-15-18_9-31-10 PM.pngCole laughed. It was a total dare. “Deal,” he said and they hooked pinky’s. “I swear on the sacredness of all pinky swears, it’s our secret.”

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53 thoughts on “Chapter 2.17 – Dannie

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  2. Man, I think Dannie is my favorite of all three for now… that is if she isn’t the one who put those photos on the locker of course! But she’s beautiful and cool, and I love her dream career too, lol (I bet most of us here will)! ❤
    I'm very curious to see how their relationship will develop! And I hope they'll be more than friends soon ❤
    Oh, and I so look forward to see Cole living in Brindleton Bay (I think that's my favorite of the TS4 worlds)! 😄

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    • Ha ha. I didn’t even think of anyone liking her dream. Of course everyone would identify. Haha. Anyway, glad you like her. We will see how it goes, if they move beyond friendship and if she was the one or not. ❤️. The next few chapters will focus on who dunnit. 😄

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  3. Cole is showing just how far he has grown. Last time he was in a relationship that did not work he went straight into another relationship. It looks like he has mature some in the fact that he wants to be friends with Dannie and not lovers.
    I Dannie like, however I don’t know if I will still like her if I find out she is the one who left the photos on his locker.

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    • Yes. He’s trying very hard not to rush into another relationship. I think they are both a little gun shy right now about relationships. But maybe they can become friends….unless she did the pictures…then all bets are off where Dannie is concerned.

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  4. Dannie could be working much more embarrassing things. Like erotic fanfiction (though you also have to have no shame for that)

    Cole is so cute in his scrubs! Our baby’s growing up. 😭😛

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  5. Dannie practically told him she left the pictures when she said she knew about Laney cheating. I felt Cole was a bit forward holding her hand when he doesn’t even know her that well. Of course, the conniving Dannie didn’t mind. This one really reminds me of Winter. Boy…Cole attracts some manipulative girls. And he’s so clueless! Lol! 😝

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    • Cole takes everyone at face value. He wears his heart on his sleeve, so yes, he’s probably very easy to manipulate! Dannie didn’t seem to mind at all that he took her hands. Maybe a little Winterish for sure. We will get to know her better though in the next few chapters.

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  6. Title drop!

    I like Dannie, but I still wouldn’t be surprised if she were the one to drop the note so that the “sexy, blue-eyed librarian” would come make her life perfect again… but I may just be reading too much into it. Oh teenagers, they’re best when they grow up.

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    • Haha! I am actually so ready to be done with the teen years! But we still have several few more chapters left. There is so much more planned! A lot of people think she did it. We will find out. I promise. 😂

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      • I can imagine – I’m trying to speed through the teen arc of my story right now because otherwise it goes on for SO LONG!

        I’m excited to see what happens, and to find out who actually left the note. Hopefully it’s some rando background character who has secretly been stalking Cole because he/she wants to grow up and become a crazy catperson.

        But otherwise I’m going with Dannie.

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  7. I like Dannie, I mean Nicky is still my favorite but Dannie is cool, and she is sort of a happy medium between the two, the pinky swear is a cute kinda romantic thing, I can so see that becoming their thing.

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  8. I see a summer lovin’ coming. Dannie is too obviously into him that I still can’t rule out the option it was her who planted those photos. When he finds out it could be a reason for him to break up with her. Even though I usually root for sly and manipulative characters, I liked Laney too much to move on so easily. Maybe if I could peek into Danni’s head and see how deliciously corrupt and evil she is, I might have find it in me to like her? Tell me she at least has a secret drawer where she puts erotic horror stories involving cthulu-like creatures she writes. No? Oh well. Still not a fan.

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    • We will see if there is any summer lovin’ between these two. That totally made me think of Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in Grease… that song immediately popped into my head.

      Dannie does like Cole for sure, but they both just came off of tough break ups, so that could push them together or keep them apart. They may still be pining for their lost loved. We shall see if she corrupt and evil enough for your liking! Who knows…😂😂😂

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  9. I’m not sure how much I like Dannie…I’m not sure about the pictures but I think I agree with Pammie.

    In regards to the pictures, it would be a little too obvious for it to be Dannie, methinks. Or is this a double bluff?

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    • Hehehe….maybe a double triple bluff…. 😂😂😂 It seems everyone is split on Dannie. We will see if you grow to like her or hate her…we will see a bit more of her in the next few chapters.

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  10. Yeah, so I officially don’t like Dannie. Her subtle flirting with Cole seems weird as she is said to be the sad girl after a break up. And she sounds like she’d just achieved her goal – that is getting Cole and Laney to break up so she can get him herself. And asking if they got together? Just a demonstration of fake concern to know her ground. Even if I love her dream and can relate to her, I just can’t bring myself to trust her yet.

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    • Clearly her seeming fakeness is rubbing you the wrong way! Maybe she did want them back together so she could get back with Ryker. Or maybe she is doing exactly what you said, feeling out Cole to know her competition! When we find out who the locker rat is, that may change everything. 👿

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  11. Oh man.. was that Nicky in the background there at the coffee shop? And I wonder who gave the pics. I don’t think it was Nicky that did the photos since she was IN one. It could have been Dannie, hoping to swoop in… but I mean it could just as easily have been one of Cole’s friends not wanting him to be clueless about what she did at prom. I mean, when you’re in a committed relationship, making out with someone else is NOT the same as “nothing happened.” I’m proud of him for standing his ground where that’s concerned.

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    • Haha! No it wasn’t Nicky…actuallybit was Ben’s stepmother! She is a redhead too. Since she had her back turned I let her photobomb my screenshots. Lol…I never thought about her being mistaken for Nicky. 😂😂😂.

      Good sleuthing there. Nicky was in one of them! Still, she could have gotten it from someone else….maybe that’s why it took so long for her to put them there IF she did it. Haha…And your right, it could have been anyone that was there, including a friend or Dannie wanting to swoop in and get Cole for herself.

      More to come on the case of the “Locker Rat”….

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  12. I’m still rooting for Nicky. I like a person who chooses the tough path of waiting for marriage. Now if only she could gain the strength and courage to be able to communicate her convictions !

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  13. “It will be like a new beginning for me” HEHEHE

    Awwww I loved this. Of course, I’m super biased because Dannie’s my baby, but I think these two are super sweet together… even if it’s just as friends. They were definitely very flirty in this one, but it all felt pretty light and in good fun. I think they’re both really lonely right now and could definitely use someone to lean on a bit!

    Hoping it wasn’t her who was behind the pictures though… Eek!

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    • Ahhhh… you got the New Beginning that I stuck in there… 🙂 hehe.

      And of course you are biased! But they do have a little chemistry…we will see if it holds up. They are both very lonely right now and need a friend.

      But….dun dun dunnnn…if she did it! All bets are off! Cole will NOT be happy.

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  14. Hum..hummmmmmm! I think Dannie is…nice enought, but! I hope Cole does not start dating girl after girl for non emotional reasons like his father.For now, is all fun and love, but, in the future things could change. I wonder if Dannie was the one behind the pictures. If she was the one that did that, than we have a big problemo!

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    • Definitely a big problem if it was Dannie! She does seem nice enough on the surface…but is she really? Hmmmm. El problemo for sure!

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  16. Still rooting for Laney :c

    And Cole can’t help it, I guess… his wall won’t stay blank for too long.
    He seems to fall too easy for any not-too-ugly girl that’s nice to him xD

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  17. “Well, I think that’s my problem, I spend too much time daydreaming about plots and stories and not enough time studying. But when I get a story in my head I just can’t help it.”

    Are you sure Dannie isn’t me? 😛 Ha, ha, I like her! She’s probably better for Cole than a pushy dancer. Though he seems kind of determined to be just friend (don’t think that’ll last for long, though).

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  18. Well Dannie seems like a nice girl! However, she is beautiful and very captivating just like Laney (Grrrr… feeling the venom in my veins again at the thought of that harlot! 😡🤢 heh heh)

    Things seem great so far, but just be careful, Cole. Take things slow and don’t jump under the covers with her! 😁

    *PS* in the photo above where Cole said “They’re setting up a big outdoor screen this weekend at the park,” I believe I caught a particular audience in the background, wearing a sweater. Do i recognize this red head from somewhere? Hmmmm… 🤔

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  19. “OUR hero” – wow, that progressed fast! 😮 “the mild mannered, sexy, blue-eyed veterinarian” Um… Now if THAT isn’t flirting… Dannie, Dannie… I think (and really hope) it wasn’t Nicky who has put the post-it into Cole’s locker. That would make her very unlikeable in my opinion.

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