Fresh Start Chapter 59

Jirra tried to hide her nervousness about lying out in her bathing suit by the pool. It helped that Alexis was so nice and that they got along so well.

"I'm surprised to see that you're not wearing a bikini. You definitely have the body for one," observed Alexis. She was wearing a floral bikini.

Jirra smiled back and tried to think of a way to shift the conversation.

"I'm looking forward to hiking tomorrow. I don't get a chance to do it nearly enough anymore," remarked Alexis.

"Why?"

"Too busy. When the show's in production, I'm working eighteen-hour days. Even when I have time off, it's hard; thanks to that stupid magazine, I can't go near the trails close to my condo."

Jirra nodded. "From what you've told me, it sounds like you're not totally happy with being in showbiz."

Alexis laughed. "There are things I love about it, but I hate the loss of privacy. Emily wasn't happy about my vacation decision. She wanted me to go to somewhere where I would be more visible."

"Why? That doesn't make sense," replied Jirra.

"For a normal person it wouldn't, but her job is to keep me in the public eye, in order to build up my image. I understand that, and she does care about me. It goes with the job. If the movie is a hit, it will get worse."

Jirra picked up her soda and made a toast. "Here's to a flop!"

Alexis laughed and returned the toast. "Wishful thinking, Jirra. Thorn has the magic touch. The good thing is that I get to make two smaller movies as part of my contract. Those won't be seen by most movie goers, but I can't wait to make them."

Alexis then told Jirra about the movies.

"They both sound very cool. I love going to the movies. Well, at least I did. The closest theatre is over forty minutes away from here. Thankfully, we have a DVD player."

"What sorts of movies do you like?" asked Alexis.

"All kinds, although I really love Alfred Hitchcock movies."

"Me too. What's your favourite?"

Jirra thought about it. "To Catch a Thief. It wasn't his scariest, but I loved the characters."

"I loved it too. Grace Kelly had class. I also admired how she was able to walk away from movies."

"She did marry into royalty," added Jirra.

"True, but I think she would have done it anyway," replied Alexis. "Do you like film noir?

Jirra nodded. "My dad used to watch those all the time; I guess I got my love for movies from him." Her voice faded off as she thought about her dad.

"It must be awful; you sound like you really miss him."

Jirra nodded.

"I'm lucky, I still have my parents. I can't image them not being in my life."

Jirra smiled back. To get the conversation off her life, she thought of a question. "What's your favourite Hitchcock movie?"

"Mine? I guess it was North by Northwest."

"Ahhh, another Cary Grant movie!"

"I love his movies; he was always so smooth, and he made it look so easy."

They spent the rest of the afternoon discussing movies. A few of the other guests gave Alexis a second look, but no one interrupted them.

At times, Jirra couldn't believe that she was sitting next to a celebrity. Alexis seemed so normal.

"Thank you, Jirra, for the great day. I guess I'd better let you go, it's getting late," noted Alexis, as she stood up.

Jirra followed suit and began to pick up her things. "Okay. So, are you going to the dining room for dinner, or are you going to eat in your cottage?"

"I haven't decided. I know Emily ordered that my cottage be fully stocked with food. I guess I'll check out what's there first."

Jirra turned to Alexis. "Why don't you come home with me? Mum loves company."

"I can't do that. You need time to yourself."

"Nonsense. We'd love to have you over."

Alexis nodded. "I haven't had a home cooked meal in ages. What time?"

"Six?"

"Sounds good. That will give me plenty of time to change."

Jirra gave her directions to her home. "See you at six."
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