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From: The Dax Marshall
Re: What. Is. Happening.
Stuff is going on behind the scenes and Erin won’t tell me anything!
Grant’s not talking. Cam’s being surly. Ollie’s being…Ollie.
And then there’s Paige.
It’s driving me crazy and I have to spill to someone!
But first… Jane and I are great. I know you were wondering about us. Jane is amazing. She’s still at Hot Cakes. She’s never leaving that place, no matter how much money I make. But she’s not cleaning toilets anymore. Neither is Kelsey. I put my foot down with Cassie. I hired her a cleaning lady but I told her if she keeps pitting Kelsey and Aspen against each other, that help goes away. She really likes having a cleaning lady that someone else is paying for, so I feel pretty safe there. Cassie is actually easy to handle. If you don’t mind parting with a chunk of cash every so often. Don’t know what Jane’s dad sees in her but whatever I can do to make things go smooth for everyone is fine with me.
Erin said you’d want an update on Zoe and Aiden too. They’re good. Really good. They’re sickeningly in love actually. I’ve never seen Aiden like this. And it’s awesome. He’s never been this happy. We’re all over at Zoe’s mom’s house once a week for dinner and I swear, it’s my favorite night of the week.
Okay now, onto the other stuff! First up… Piper and Ollie. I can’t even talk to Piper about all of this! Because she has been flirting with Drew Ryan. You know him. He’s the guy Erin told you about when she was telling you about me and Jane. He’s one of the owners of the alpaca farm outside of town. Yeah, so he and Piper have been flirting and Ollie does not like that. He finds a reason to go along whenever Piper’s going out to the farm and he’s been a huge dick to Drew (who’s really a good guy). And honestly, Ollie’s never a dick. Absentminded and annoying, sure. But never a dick. Yes, I mentioned to him that maybe he didn’t like Drew because Drew obviously likes Piper, but Ollie said he just thinks a guy that is that into alpacas is weird. Sure.
Then there’s Cam. He’s coming to town next week because we’re trying to figure out next steps at Hot Cakes and how to make the most Kickass Snack Cakes Ever. Whitney doesn’t think we should use Kickass in our marketing. She’s probably right but we need something new. So we’re all meeting in person and Whitney is a big part of the team here. Which means she and Cam are going to be spending time together and, well, that should be…interesting. Aiden thinks that’s the wrong word, but I really think shit show is harsh.
And then, the other night at Maggie’s, something was going on with Josie and Grant. It was Grant’s first night at Maggie’s for dinner and everything was fun and laid-back like usual (plus, holy shit, I didn’t even know pork chops could be that good) but Josie was unusually quiet and every time I looked over at her, she was watching Grant. But she had this really weird expression on her face. Like he was completely confusing her. Look, Grant is a lot of things, but he’s not confusing. He’s one of the most straight-forward guys I know. So, anyway, suddenly Josie decides she needs to leave. Before dessert, you guys. Before lemon cake. Before Maggie McCaffery’s lemon cake. No one skips that. Seriously. That is instantly cause for concern. Josie said she wasn’t feeling well. Zoe and Jane clearly were not buying it, but they let her go—obviously planning to call her and grill her later. But then… Grant gets up and says he’s leaving too. Yep, they left together. Well, at the same time anyway. And neither of them was answering their phones later.
What is going on? Because Grant’s not talking and Jane said Josie isn’t spilling anything either! Those girls tell each other everything! Josie’s got a thing for Grant, but there is something else going on with them and no one seems to know what it is.
EXCEPT…I think Cam knows. But why would Grant tell Cam? Well, Cam’s our lawyer. So Ollie and I think Grant probably stole something and landed in jail and needed bail money and is way too embarrassed to tell me and Ollie because of all the shit he gives us about our shenanigans (not the word he uses). Okay, yeah, we don’t know how Josie figures in but what else could it be? I mean, maybe she was the one who talked him into the heist. Maybe she got him mixed up with a bad crowd. Maybe he had to steal something to get her out of some kind of trouble… Though Josie seems really sweet. Still, those are the ones you have to look out for, you know?
But Cam won’t tell and I can not get it out of Erin. And I’m her favorite! She says she’s going to tell us all about it on June 30th. Why June 30th? What’s so magical about that day? What is she waiting for? I want to know what she knows now.
And when she tells stories they take forever, am I right? She goes on and on for pages. I don’t need to know that someone went to yoga or what they were baking at the bakery the next morning or for her to tell us all about the meetings at Hot Cakes—I’m at those meetings! (of course, I totally understand you all wanting to hear about what I’m up to and the funny shit I say). I just want to get to the good stuff! What are Grant and Josie saying and thinking? What did they steal? How much was the bail anyway? And what were they doing with those whoopie pies?
So if any of you know anything or hear anything before the 30th let me know!
Oh, and I almost forgot about Paige! Paige is Josie’s sister (I think Erin mentioned her in my book—okay our book) and she has something going on too. (Frankly I’m exhausted keeping up with all of this!)
Apparently, she has a mystery man. She had a little fling and now she’s kind of hung up on him. But he’s from out of town. He’s someone I don’t know and have never met. But someone you all might know! Now I need to know who that might be?? Erin says she’s going to tell us that story too. Eventually. Seriously, she’s driving me a little nuts, but don’t tell her. She introduced me to Jane after all. I do owe her. But she kind of lets this “I’m in charge” thing go to her head, you know?
But who knew that tiny little Appleby could be so interesting?
So hey, since no one else is talking and telling me anything interesting, you all should! So… email me! Tell me what you think of everything! Did Josie and Grant go their separate ways after dinner? (no way). What did they steal? Was it Josie’s idea or Grant’s? What can I do to Cam to get him to spill? What’s going to happen when Cam and Whitney have to work together? Is Ollie ever going to pull his head out of his ass regarding Piper? And who the hell is Paige’s mystery guy? Or literally anything else. I’m bored.
Oh! If you email me, I might pick you for one of my super sweet gifts! I’ve got two gift boxes (Jane helped me pick them out and Kelsey approved them!) One has Confetti Cake Pop bath items from Bath and Body Works, a $10 Amazon gift card, a strawberry scented wax melt, AND a whoopie pie! The other has Strawberry Pound Cake bath items from Bath and Body Works, a $10 Amazon gift card, another strawberry scented wax melt and whoopie pie! (you know how I like strawberry stuff!)
Just shoot me a note to get entered! I’ll draw winners the morning of the 30th… I guess that’s some Big Important Day for some reason.
Lots of love and strawberry pie,