Azra Kononovich and her two best friends are about to have the ultimate experience in New York City. They're going to spread their wings and live like the wild girls they dream to be. Now all they have to do is just say yes to everything: new adventures, new jobs, and probably new sweethearts. Easy, right? Wrong. Little did they know that being an adult takes more than just being one. It takes experiences and talent. But where do they get the experience without having experienced it? And none of them have any talents. That's the problem. To top it all, they fall for the same girl. So what is going to happen next to the three musketeers?View More
Of course, we didn't get the rent-free deal with Celie. We still had to pay her every month, but she did give us a 30% discount and offer me a job as a pastry chef in her deli.Karmen was promoted to a manager, who would have to manage three new staff in total. Even it was just a title, she seemed pretty pleased about it. I personally promoted Clarice to my own sales rep. She was very persuasive and good at introducing my dessert menu to the people. She could still do a side modeling if she wanted to. Elise also held a part-time position as my social media agent. She set up an Instagram profile dedicated to my dessert making. It became a hit among all the young baker-wannabes.Soon news reporters came to our place and asked to film me. My fame began to soar up, and then people started calling me 'Dessert Princess' on th
The restaurant critic wrote about us. The review was a rave. I had it framed on my wall, and I told everyone I wanted to be buried with it. It said the desserts were— "surprisingly delicious and creative," the decor- "charmingly underrated," the service—"satisfactory," and the entertainment —"unparalleled in its energy which brought back childhood joy and pure comic appeal. Anyone who doesn't pay a visit for the sweets and the lovely atmosphere is a shame."I was so pleased.Then Karmen and Elise went to the hospital to check on Celie and make sure she wouldn't see the review and freak out to death.I knew we were going to get a crowd the next few days based on this, but nothing could have prepared me for what showed up on Saturday. The Gourmet Week a
Business continued to bomb and by early next week, I was totally exhausted. There was no way I could continue to be a cook, dessert chef, and landlady for a going concern like a clogged pipe. Besides, Ms. McHugh could only cover for the morning shift. Now, the deli was making more than enough money to spring for another staff member, especially since I was working for nothing more than tips and glory.The Help Wanted sign spent about forty-five minutes in our window before I had to interview my first applicant. Guess who?"I love what you've done with the place," Clarice raved. "Do you know that the whole neighborhoods have been known to turn on one or two little renovations like this?""Do you have any restaurant experience?" I asked, figuring I would go through the m
"Tell me," I said to Clarice. "When did you start to notice I exist?""Hmmm, is that a tone of sarcasm I hear?" she said.I pursed my lips."Well, this was the girl who went out of her way to date everybody I knewexceptme!""Azra, I can't believe you're still mad about it even now we're in bed?" she said with a disapproving look. "Can we talk about it in the morning? We have other important things to do."She went to kiss my lips and collarbones again. We hadn't even turned on the light yet, and we were both in Clarice's apartment. I had to take a moment to soak it up. Actually, I had to take a lot of moments to soak it up. After we left the fash
The fight that never happened before happened. I would cut all the crazy parts and fast forward to us sitting at a table together during the after-party.The fashion show had ended in the weirdest way possible. I kind of expected to find security guards to come and escort us out of the place, but nothing happened.After being on the receiving end of Karmen's bewilderment and Elise's strange stoicism, Clarice insisted we all sit down and be civilized adults. Little did she know that being adults were our less favorite thing in the world.But I still thought it was a clever move since Karmen couldn't yell at me for stealing her girl in front of people, and Elise didn't want to be seen as the melodramatic one, so she remained calm and collected. Clarice was safe from bein
The former deli lay in readiness for tomorrow night's big opening. But today, I was getting ready for the fashion show with Clarice Kingsley. Both Karmen and Elise wanted to come along, but I insisted that the deli had to be looked after."Besides, Clarice could get only one VIP pass to the event," I said. "And we don't want to risk coming back to a pile of wreckage in our deli again."The police still hadn't found any lead to the crime yet, so we had to be on high alert. And if Karmen couldn't come along, Elise was not allowed to come either, even she was officially invited."It's only fair that you stay behind too," Karmen said. "You already had all the fun.""Remember, this is business," I said. "I'm not going ther
Iracked my brains all day yesterday trying to figure out how to pay off the rest of the deli refurbishing, plus our rent. Elise suggested she should just go to the ATM and withdraw from our parents' account, but I strongly protested the idea."We're not gonna depend on our parents' help, remember?" I said. "We have to make it on our own."Karmen and I realized we were going to have to do this a different way to make our entrance into the business world.I figured we could just create flyers and put them in every mailbox in our neighborhood. All we needed was some cool description and graphic art to get us started. I did some math, and it would cost us at least a couple hundred bucks to make enough flyers for the whole block alone. But we had no choice.
In the movies, the hero jumps off a burning boat before the bomb blows up in a couple minutes, and gets to swim to the shore in safety, but in reality, I feel like I jump off a burning boat and get to float in triumph for a few seconds before I see the alligator.That's life for you.Before we came to America, we thought we had our goals figured out. Everything was clear and straight. But look at us now, going down detours and dead-ends while trying to beat the odds.Clarice and Elise both took the day off work to help me. Although Karmen was unemployed, she still insisted that it was also her day off from her day offs. And with Ms. McHugh, we completely emptied the deli.The sooner we got the work done, the less chan
Ihad only a week to gather up the cash before the end of the month, or I could guarantee that the three of us would be homeless for real. I was hoping for Elise's modeling money to save the day, but she came at four in the morning and was greeted by two very light sleepers. One was ready to start another round of bickering while the other just waited to prevent it.Elise was carrying a big box of the Orion SkyQuest Classic Telescope. It looked expensive. It looked like the April rent. I was too frazzled for tact."You have to return it!""I couldn't do that," said Elise. "This is the last model and the company won't make another one like this again. Besides, it's already a little broken.""Are you serious?" Karm
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