Riley hosted the show with perfection. She was very poised and professional during the entire show; if you hadn’t known any better than you would’ve thought that she’s been doing it forever. Everyone one praised her on a job well done.
After talking with everyone Riley made her way out to the parking lot that was now emptying out quickly. She walked over to her silver Mustang GT that now looked oh so lonely in the large grey lot. She was grateful that there was no snow yet, saving her a lot of time. Finally she had some peace, in that whole ten or so minutes of bliss. That is until some jerk on his cell but her off. It was then where the aggressiveness kicked in.
Once inside her warm home, Riley took out a pad of paper and began to create design plans for the two spare bedrooms that she currently used for storage. She had taken some courses before on how to design properly. At first she had taken them for fun, now she was happy that she did take them.
She had come up with the idea that the room would have light coloured hardwood floors and dark maroon walls. The room had a good amount of windows so she decided to take advantage of it. All in all, the room design looked like this:
Satisfied with the design, Riley put the pad of paper down on the table just as Kaylan walked in while hollering, “I got pizza!” Riley jumped up from the couch nearly falling because her left leg had fallen asleep. “I love you!” Riley shouted when Kaylan came in with the box of hot pizza. “Oh, only because I have food, right?” she said as she took a pillow off of the couch and sat on it on the floor.
“So what’s going with you and Sid?” Kaylan asked out of the blue.
“We’re just going through a rough patch in our relationship,” Riley answered.
“I’m not the media; tell me the truth, what’s going on?” she asked sincerely.
“I don’t know,” Riley said with a sigh. “Everything was going fine, and then everything went wrong, you know?”
“Well, when did it start going wrong?” Kaylan asked.
“It’s nothing, really. We’ll get over it eventually. You don’t need to worry about it,” Riley said shaking her head but avoiding eye contact with Kaylan.
“Rye, just tell me. I’m like your best friend; I worry about you and not seeing Sid come around for a while now really makes me worry,” she said sweetly.
“Thank you. That means a lot to me,” Riley started. “It all started when I lost my job, then Cooper wrote about Sid and me dating, I couldn’t find a job, and then the guys started losing games and Sid…” she said as tears began to well up in her eyes after the last part.
“Sid what…?” Kaylan asked looking quite concerned.
“He… he would get really angry and I’d tell him to calm down and that they’d get better, he would eventually cool down but one time he didn’t,” Riley said as more and more tears formed. Kaylan swallowed hard and motioned for her to continue. “And he pushed me, not too hard or anything but when I approached him again he said hurtful things and when I tried to kick him out he didn’t go so I threw a shoe at him.” Riley choked out as Kaylan got up and pulled her into a comforting hug.
“Was that the last time you two spoke?” Kaylan asked, still holding Riley in a tight hug.
“You need to talk to him, pronto.” Kaylan said seriously.
The next day Riley woke up, her eyes still a little red and puffy, her make-up and hair was a complete mess. “Ugh, crying sucks big time,” she groaned as she got up out of bed and stumbled into the bathroom. Coming out fresh and clean from her hot shower Riley put on light make-up and plastered a smile on her face.
She got to the TV studio and started talking to some of the cameramen. They always had such a great sense of humour. Once more and more people arrived Riley was met by Cheryl asking her if she had a moment. She did so she walked off with Cheryl to a quieter place.
"You were amazing yesterday,” Cheryl started the conversation off with.
“Thank you, I’ve been observing since I started,” Riley said with a smile.
“I was wondering, would you like to be Kristen’s full time replacement?”
“Oh my God, yes I totally would!” Riley exclaimed joyfully.
“Great, if you do as good as you did yesterday then we might have a similar position for you when Kristen comes back.” Cheryl said, watching the smile on Riley’s face grow even bigger.
"Thank you, so much.” Riley said as she searched for words.
Riley got on with her day, she was in and out of the station all day long but this was her daily routine. She loved the job that she had, she loved the adventures that she got to take [okay they weren’t extreme but she had fun] and most importantly she loved meeting new people and dealing with different people every day.
She was sitting in a comfy executive looking chair walking to some people when she heard some high-pitched squeals. Riley turned around to see Sidney standing there with the most confused and frightened expression she had ever seen. She giggled slightly and then got up and walked over towards him. Some of her female coworkers who were surrounding him looked at her with wide eyes. She motioned for him to follow her to wherever she was heading.
Riley pulled him into an empty office room and closed the door behind them. They stood there awkwardly for a few moments. A thousand thoughts ran through her mind wondering what he was doing her and how he knew she would be at a TV station.
“Hi,” he managed to get out.
“Hey,” Riley replied quietly.
“How’ve you been?” he asked.
“Good, you?” she replied.
“Good. So, you work here?” he asked desperately trying to ease the tension.
“Yep for a couple weeks now,” she replied simply.
“Ah, I see. Uh… I missed you,” he said with sincerity and fear in his eyes.
‘Uh I missed you?!’ Riley screamed in her head. ‘Way to word that properly, buddy.’ She
criticized mentally. “I missed you too,” she replied as a wave of relief flew through Sidney’s eyes.
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did. I should’ve talked about it instead but I didn’t and this is all my fault,” he said, his eyes pleading for forgiveness.
“No it’s not. I’m partially to blame for this as well. I wasn’t exactly been the easiest person to deal with after I lost my job… and I’m sorry for it,” she said as he walked closer to her.
“In a sense but we need to work something out. You need to learn that I have my own life that involves my career, I need you to be able to accept that and take it seriously. I have to be independent and I need to learn that your life can be quite stressful.” Riley said seriously.
“We can work this out, I know we can. We belong together and these past three or so weeks have been so hard without you. Riley I use you for strength and most of all my sanity.” Sidney said as he looked deeply into her eyes.
“It’s going to take some work but I’m willing to try,” Riley said as Sidney smiled and pulled her into a hug.
“We’re going to make it work, no matter what.” Sidney said, still holding Riley close.
Riley tilted her head up to look at Sidney while still enveloped in Sidney’s huge hug. He leaned down and their lips collided in a kiss that was filled with fireworks. They didn’t want the moment to end but eventually it had to so Riley pulled away. Instead of walking out of the room she surprised him but hugging him tightly, he wrapped his arms around her and rested his head on hers.