Fresh Start Chapter 57

Emily Waterman dropped Alexis off at the main office a little after eight, two hours earlier than she was expected. Jirra arrived a few minutes later. She was wearing a pair of khaki shorts, sport sandals, and a floral blouse that looked like a Hawaiian shirt.

She slipped into her office and grabbed her spare name tag and pinned it on her blouse before walking into Judy's office.

Alexis was sitting across from Judy. She was wearing a sleeveless top that said UC Pepperdine on it and olive green shorts. She had on a pair of simple silver hoop earrings and a Timex sport watch. Her long blonde hair was pulled into a ponytail by a navy blue scrunchie. She was also wearing a pair of sport sandals. A pair of Wayfarer sunglasses was perched on top of her head. She looked like a normal college student and not the next big Hollywood star. Jirra instantly knew that she liked her.

"Jirra, that was fast. Alexis, this is Jirra; she'll be your liaison while you're here," explained Judy.

"Pleased to meet you, Alexis," Jirra greeted her. She had been told by Emily to be casual with Alexis.

"We finally meet! Emily spoke very highly of you," replied Alexis with a smile.

"Thank you," replied Jirra.

"Jirra, Alexis's luggage is being taken to her cottage. Why don't you show her around?" suggested Judy.

Alexis nodded and the two young women got up to explore the spa.

"So, I imagine everyone knows that I'm here," stated Alexis as they walked towards the main building. "Emily dropped me off early, so that I wouldn't have a big welcome committee."

"Judy talked to everyone yesterday," stated Jirra. "She reminded them not to bug you."

Alexis laughed. "You're new at this aren't you?"

Jirra nodded.

"Good. That means you'll be honest. I doubt if you were supposed to tell me that, but I don't mind. I picked this place because it was new, and I figured that they wouldn't be too prepared for celebrities."

"Hey, I'm winging this," replied Jirra with a grin.

Alexis laughed. "Cool. So tell me about yourself."

Jirra told her story as they walked the grounds. She did leave out the part about her gender change.

"Have you picked out a college yet?"

"I've applied to bunches of them! I'd like to go back to school in Philly, but I'll take the best school I can afford."

Alexis nodded. "I really wanted to attend Pepperdine. The only reason I did my initial audition was for the money. What do you want to do after college?"

"I'd like to be a reporter. I want to travel and see the world."

"Just promise you won't be an entertainment reporter! I love travelling too. I'm going to Crete next year for my next movie."

"Crete? That sounds wonderful."

"The producer is Richard Thorn, and he likes to shoot on location. However, I have it through a good connection that the main reason we're going there is that his daughter is working there on an archaeological dig."

Jirra cocked her head. "I remember a National Geographic article recently about some big discoveries there. I don't remember if any of the people working there was named Thorn."

Alexis nodded. "That's the place. Actually, I'm hoping that we get a chance to see the site. They're uncovered some very cool stuff about the Minoans."

"You like archaeology?"

"I love all science and history."

"Cool," replied Jirra.

They arrived outside the mud bath room. Jirra led Alexis in and introduced her to Cari. For the next twenty minutes, Cari explained the mud baths to Alexis.

Next they walked over to the mineral baths. Tara was waiting and she showed Alexis around.

Afterwards Jirra and Alexis walked towards the dining room.

"They both seem like nice women. They're a couple, right?" asked Alexis.

"How'd you know?" asked a shocked Jirra.

"They're wearing identical rings. Don't worry, I'm not shocked, Jirra. Remember, I do work in Hollywood!"

"They're both very cool. In fact, they're our neighbours," stated Jirra.

"How do you like living at a spa?"

"It's has its advantages. I love using the mineral baths."

"What about the mud baths?"

Jirra shrugged her shoulders. "They're okay, but I like the mineral baths better."

"Well, I'm going to use both," replied Alexis.

"You ready to eat? Brunch is still going on," stated Jirra.

"I'm famished."

"Do you want to eat in the dining room, or do you want to have it brought to your room?"

"I eat too many meals alone. I want human contact," replied Alexis.

Jirra smiled back. "Okay, but I must warn you that you'll need a good workout afterwards. Hannah is a great chef, and so is her daughter, Lindsey."

Alexis nodded. "Judging by the sense of pride in your voice, Lindsey is a friend."

"My best friend," replied Jirra.

Alexis smiled back. "Lead on, Jirra."

The initial rush for brunch was over, and only a few guests were left in the room. No one paid any attention to the two young women moving down the buffet.

"Those waffles look great, but I don't dare eat one," stated Alexis.

"You want to split one?" asked Jirra.

"Okay, that's a deal! I'll have strawberries on mine. Are those fresh?"

"Absolutely!" stated Lindsey as she walked up to Jirra and Alexis.

Jirra introduced Lindsey to Alexis.

After filling their plates, Jirra and Alexis sat down at an empty table.

"Everything looks so good," stated Alexis. In addition to the half of Belgian waffle, she had a selection of fresh fruit. "I may have to try one of the omelettes before I leave."

Jirra nodded. "I warned you it was dangerous in here."

Alexis laughed. "Noted!"

"After we eat, I'll show you our exercise facilities."

"Great. Emily said that you like to hike and bike."

Jirra nodded as she chewed on a piece of her waffle.

"Would Lindsey like to join us?"

"Yes, she would. We go hiking often. She also bikes with her boyfriend; his father runs the mountain bike tours here."

Alexis nodded. "So, Jirra, do you have a boyfriend?"

Jirra shook her head, hoping she didn't look silly.

"That's cool. I'm not seeing anyone right now myself," replied Alexis.

"Really? I read that you were dating that guy from that cop show."

Alexis shook her head. "We went out a few times, but it was never serious. He needed a beautiful woman to be seen with publicly."

Jirra looked confused.

Alexis leaned over and whispered. "He's gay."

"Oh. So you were there to...."

"Yes, exactly. I was his window-dressing. He's actually pretty cool. We joked about it on the way to the award shows."

"Maybe you should be the writer," stated Jirra.

"No, I couldn't do it justice," she replied with a wink.
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