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Plus One Privileges


Back in NYC, Cleo preps for her first red carpet event -- too bad Brady has a little too good of a memory on his nanny's past promises.




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We need better markerse from his usualplace at the counter, amid the war zone of construction paper, Brady, caps ofred magic marker and lobs it across the room straight into the trash. I shock,Koby that these are the only markers left with Thanksgiving just a few shortweeks away, I'm leaning heavily on Pintrist for seasonally appropriateentertainment. We completely dried out all the smelly markers on a pilgrim hatproject earlier this week, so today we're making do with what we've got:Who'se colbe sweet summer child. How do I put this in Brady language? MHE was like a movie star, but forbasketball. I guess that cut it, because he doesn'task any further questions. Instead, he directs his attention back to tracinghis hand in a sheet of Brown construction paper, laying thegroundwork for what will soon become a hand. Turkey the day, this kid loses interest incrafts. Lord help me Brady Squinte at his project withdisapproval. These don't really look like feathers. They s lik more, likespikes. How about I read the craft closet for feathers, then you can gloomon. He gives me a touble thumbs up. I can make one jerke up: they'll gonand another one at Indian native American. I correcte him over my shoulder as Ihead toward the craft closet. This kid is a lot of things, but I'm not lettingracially andsensitive be one of them native a Ma again. He parats the wordsback to me then dramatically smacks the heel of his hand against his forehead.The delay I bite my cheek barely holding back my laugh as I disappearinto the Walkin. What a little PC DEVA!...

I can't wait to tell Dean about thatlater. Yes, I'm still talking to Dean, we've been texting on and off the lasttwo months, mostly on, as in almost every day. What can I say, he startedhitting me with those cute good morning, gorgeous texts on his commute, and Iwas totally suckered in plus it's nice to have someone other than Ingrd toshare brady stories. With last week, when the Little Goblin tied all of hisspaghetti, noodles together to create one giant super noodle as Tallas Him, Imanaged to snap a picture for Dean and clean up the Marinera off the tile justseconds before Helen got home anyway, he seems to enjoy the updates as muchas I enjoy having someone to share them with someone who genuinely cares aboutboth me and my second grade best friend I never had that before. But I guess there are a lot of thingsabout dean that I've never had before a lot of really appealing things thatI've been trying not to think about too much. It takes a little splunking, but Imanaged to dig up half a bag of craft feathers and a bottle of Elmer's gluefrom the closet. With enough additional craft supplies,I might be able to stretch out this activity until Helen gets back. Afterdropping my findings in front of Brady, I head back into the living room totake a second pass at the craft closet, but before I can take another deep diveinto the bins of sequence and scissors, something catches. My eye it's apicture over the Mantel. I barely noticed in passing before a picture of you guessed it teen. I halt my heart,squeezing in my chest, as I lock eyes, with a much younger version of afamiliar face, a young handsome early twenty something in full college.Graduation, Regalia, standing next to his extremely pregnant mother, who'segrinning with pride, my lips curled into a smile at the hintof frosted tips, peeking out from...

...underneath his Grad Cap, God, what anawful fad he was Acuti, then no doubt, butdefinitely still shaking off his fratboy residue. I'm so glad I met himlater. Rather than sooner freshly graduated Dean would have been a safebet of a left swipe for me, even for my far less discerning twenty year oldself, I would have written him off his frat trash and he might have thought Iwas. I don't even want to go there, glancing back toward the kitchen. I seeBradye's pretty engrossed in applying glue to the ends of feathers, so Ipulled the brush gold frame off the Mantel for a closer look. I wonder who took this maybe Helen's.First Husband, Aka Dean, an Bradi's dad they would have still been together atthis point. It wasn't until Brady was a toddler that they separated a prettynormal side effect of your husband, fucking, the nanny. I guess my stomach twists, remembering the lookin Dean's eyes when we pieced together the unfortunate connection between thetwo of us, the fear and frustration when herealized he slept with bradie's nanny. The same way his dad did, but he's not like his dad he's loyal the man deleted tinder after he met mefor Christ's sake. How insane is that? Well almost as insane as the fact thatI did the exact same thing, but that's neither here nor there.That's! My brother Brady snaps me out of my days I swivel around to find himstaring at me with light suspicion. Oh Nice, I return the picture to its place,aiming for ambivalence in my tone. As I wander back to the kitchen whens the last time, you saw him he scrunches his nose and thoughttapping one glue covered finger against his Chin last Easter and before that Christmas,and before that Easter twice a year,...

I'm starting to get why dean loves theBrady Updates. So much are you guys, friends? He looks at me like I'm, absolutelyinsane he's not my friend Heis, my brother right of course, but do you Tok get along? He thinks over it for a moment, thennods yeah. I, like Dane his really funny ant.He mixed really good chicken nuggets. There's no holding back my eye. Roll Yeah you've mentioned that before anyway, look he grabs his constructionpaper beaming with pride, as he shows off his hand, Turkey complete with arainbow of glued on feathers, although it looks like he got more glue on hishands than on the paper. Oh well, very nice. Now, let's get you washed upbefore your mom comes home, all right to lay a familiar voice, calls from theFoyer Helen God. It's like. She knows the exact time to come home just whenthings are at their messiest. Her stilettos click against the tile as sheenters the kitchen pulling her son into an awkwardly distant sidehug. Not Too close love bug, don't get glueon Mummy Shadow. She gives me a half a smile as if to say, kids am I right,because, obviously I know all about keeping a child's grimy hands off mydesigner suits. While Brady shows off his creation, Ipack up the craft supplies and return them to the hall closet before runninga Clarox wipe across the white marble countertop anything to score a few extra browningpoints before asking for time off yet again before I head out. Is it all right? IfI take the whole day off on Friday, the eighteent? I have a premier that Night Helen Arches, a perfectly manicuredbrow at me,...

Fer mere for your Niagara Show. Yeah Webflix is hosting a Premier Party atthe theater in Chelsea Brady Lights, up his Brown eyes nearlydoubling in size. Is it going to be a red carpet, suresort of he punches two glouy fists into the air?Well, I can't blame. I'm Goinna get to the go. Jor Red, cart, Woo. So yourrole there be the only place. You're going is straight to the sank, to washyour hands. I knoded down the hall toward theBathroom Happy Birthday two times and you sop big guy folding his arms overhis chest. He shoots me a look, that's downright offended, but you promisedwhat are you talking about sucking in a deep breath, the rascalandleashs, the power of my own words on me at double speed? You promised youlet make Om no recorer with you, but you on my pas and I did it. Oh, maybeso place place. Please you Gott! Let me go helen tilts her head at me, but I'mjust as confused as she is. Okay, wait! It's coming back to me! Thechicken nugget fight the peas shit. I did feed him some line about bringinghim to a red carpet back when I was still waiting to hear from casting thefirst place. I should have known he would take thatto Heart Brady. I ISI tightening the SHAMBRA shirt nodtedaround my waist. How do I phrease this? I was only kidding, it'll be pastourbedtime and Bradie Judts, his lower lip at me andhits me with a big old set of puppy dog guys. What is it about these mcdanielboys ind their big brown eyes that always let them get their way? Well, let's ask your mom, I nod toward my boss. I have no problemturning her into the bad guy here. Please please PLASE MOMMY! Please can Igo.

He folds his glue covered handstogether, like he's, praying to his Shanel, clad God, Helen frowns, smoothing Brady's wildblond, hair with her hand, Honei Cleo doesn't want to bring alittle kid to her fancy event. Anne she'll be too busy taking picturesto look after you anyway, Mommy can't let you go on supervise like that, then you can coe to and watch me or dador or or his eyes, Dart from me to the pictureon the Mantel Ordine Hellen flinches and I'm not exactlyplaying it. Cool myself, Dean her eyes follow Bradie's to the pictureabove the fireplace. What makes you mention him. She pivotsback towards me ready for an explanation, but before I can get aword in Brady beats me to it. Clao was staring at his picture earlier and shewanted to know all this stuff about him. I love this kid. I swear. I love thiskid, but right now I could squatsh him like a bug. I had just never noticed that picturebefore I saw it on my way to the craft closet and you have a crush on myoldest son Cleo. Maybe I'm not as good of an improviser as I think thequestion is so matter of fact. It nearly knocks me over it's an old picture, smooth cleo real smooth, but I can savethis. I've never even met the guy. I just itcaught my attention. I don't know much about your other son. She directs herattention more on her French manicure than me. I don't either any more. Heworks in Sustainability for mcdaniel, decent guy hard worker Brady seems tolike him. That's for sure her lips, barely hint at a smile beforefalling back into their usual, frown to bad. He got saddled with half hisfathers Janes.

I nod along as if this is all newinformation to me then ask a question. I already know the answer to. Does he live in the City Brooklyn? Ithink wrong. Huh! Well, I'd love to meet himsometime, like at the red, carbit Brady, bustsout the puppy dog eys. Once again, please mom can I go. She turns to me as if to give me thelast word on the matter. Shit. Am I really about to show up to my firstever premier with a second grader Anto. The only thing worse would be to letthe little man down I mean I did promise Brady breaks into a full on happy dance,busting out some weird moves that he could have only gotten from ticktock.It earns him a generous eyeroll from his mom. Who then turns my way and says just bring an extra set of hands tolook after Im. All right, I don't care who anyone responsible as long as we'reon the subject of my plus one and her first son, I guess there's no bettertime to go, for it is. What's his name Dave, Damn Responsible Dean More Responsible Than His dad? Althoughthat's not saying much, I can send you as contact if you really want, ifthat's not too weird, I don't mean to be setting you up again or anything. Ifthat's not what you want. Clearly, I'm not half the actress. Ithink I am because Helen is reading me like a copy of cranes. I gulped own thenerves, building up in my throat I mean it's just to supervise Bradyright right, whatever you sayi a suspicious gleam flickers in her eyesas she reaches for her phone, her crilics fly across the screen anmoments later my pocket buzzes with one... message from Helen containing aphone number. I already have he's your problem. Now she pushes herhands together through the air as if slihding an invisible burden. My wayhave at it. Okay, so maybe it's not a seal of approval, but at the very leastit's a signed permission slip to see Deane again, not just see him either tohave him by my side on one of the biggest knights of my career and hey. Ialready know he has a great suit to wear the second, I'm ount the door. I openup my text thread with Dean firing off the message I've been dying to sendsince they first announced the premier, Hey what you do in the eighteen. His response is almost immediate. I get the feeling you're about to tellme that alone is enough to smack a big,stupid smile on my face. I can just picture it his arm, looped through mineon the red carpet or whatever makeshift version of it. They have planned mebasking in my own performance and wearing. Well, I don't know what I'm wearing yetsomething red, something lazy, something hot for shirt, and it won'tjust be me in my element: it'll be us together, oh and Brady. Can't forget, Brady Hookup State of mind is written byBecka, Morgan and Amelia. J Rose produced by consensual, creading,steamy feminist first romance for riot girls, special thanks to baby money andthe down payments for the use of our theme: Song, O boy streamable, onspotify, head sound engineer, John Mc Nel, studio recording by John mcnealand same silver. Moodlighting engineer, mixing by spiral like creative andmastering by aiding ofvoura. This episode was performed by NadiapelitierBiyanka Shaw, Stephanie, Lewis and...

Daniel Jordan tune in next Monday for aspecial bonus episode. Where Ingrid says you can use his name. Cleo you'veonly mentioned dean. The last four times we talked an.

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