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They had made a promise... to each other... But they soon forgot that promise were meant to be kept...

Promise me girls, you will always be there for me, no matter what.
I promise. I'll always be there for you, Kerri. In my heart, always. Best friends, forever. They didn't know what such promise meant, and soon would be able to realize... 4 Years Later... Meredith never got tired of receiving constant praise and appreciation from all the aspiring stylist who worshipped her.

She spent most of her life building her own Saloon; The "Meredith Green Salon", and working there everyday was her pride and joy.
" Mrs Green, your " Just for Men" collection is one of a kind! I am looking forward to the launching of that new collection!

Meredith: of course you are, everybody is.. She said. Glad you like it!
Starlight Shores never had a female stylist as brilliant as you, Mrs Greene! And all of this will be re-emphasized when you launch your new collection " Just for Men"! I can't wait! " How enthusiastic, Mr... I don't know your name but I am really happy that you are waiting for it as much as I am!

Soon the Joy she derived from her fans praises was quickly transformed into bitterness and anger when she realized something. She groaned inwardly: that stupid intern failed to fold the clothes as I instructed her too! Marriana! She shouted.

Why is she always smiling like a total idiot? Meredith wondered.

Marriana approached Meredith, with a big nice smile.

Marriana: Mrs Greene, I heard you calling? What can I do for you? By the way, you look very beautiful today, as usual!
Meredith: of course I do, I am the best stylist in Starlight Shores! Unlike you who can barely put up a style together, despite everything I try to teach you! And why didn't you fold the clothes properly as I instructed you to?

Marriana: I am so sorry Mrs Green, I was working on the report you ask me to prepare for you for this morning, and I didn't see the time passing by so fast..

Meredith: this is no excuse for slacking off! Listen to me: you better watch that time properly, otherwise you won't realize how short your time here is getting day by day, with every stupid mistake you make! And where are you with that so-called report? Should I ask for it too?
Marriana: that won't be necessary, Mrs Green! I put it on your desk upstairs, in your office...

Meredith: I hope it is well written and typed, with no mistake! Now get back to work!
If only she could be nice to me, just for a day.. ( Marriana sighed...) Meredith Went upstairs to read the report Marriana had submitted to her. She was skeptical, hoping it wouldn't be the bad news she had feared.

She finally took the courage to look at the report on her desk...
Oh my Gosh.. She silently exclaimed.

I can't believe this, this is true.
She needed a moment. A moment alone. She left her desk and went to sit on her sofa.

" I am going to loose the salon." She realized.
2 months had passed since Ryan had been deployed to Appalosa Plains, and Gisele hadn't heard from him since...

Gisele: Not an email, not a text, not a call, I hope he is okay... If only I could hear his voice to re-assure me...

Unfortunately at that moment, the only voice she heard was her grumpy boss yelling at her and interrupting her thoughts.
I hope I am not interrupting, really I do! You seriously expect these pizzas to bake themselves! This is not a dreaming place, it's a business place! Now give these windows a break with your puppy eyes, and go back to the oven where you are the most useful! I am so sorry Sir, I... I...I promise I won't do that ever again!

Boss: you better not, young lady, you better not! Watch out!
She turned around, and saw her colleague in a much worse situation:

Stardust: he yelled at me again, Gigi, he yelled at me... I can't take this anymore..

Gisele: it's okay, stardust, but you have to remain strong, until all of this is over, until you reach your goal!

Stardust: how can you remain so positive, Gigi? After everything we endure in this stupid pizzeria everyday?
Gisele: Because I know things are going to turn around, for you and for me... They always do. Here, take five minutes, you really need a break. I will continue your chores for you. On that note she went washing the dishes that the previous set of customers had used. She repeated to herself: " things will turn around, they always do". One day at a time. One more day, Gisele. One more day, to do what I do best. The reason I was born for... ....To save lives.. Cherry said, as she reached the hospital, yawning. She had barely slept that night. Dr Prescott! Nurse Bellot greeted. Why are you here, you are not on call tonight, and you seem tired! Maybe you should get some sleep! Or do you want me to get you a cup of coffee! Oh wait.. I know the best coffee house in Starlight shores, you should..

Cherry quickly interrupted: Thank you, Nurse Bellot, but I am fine. I just came to check up on my patient in room 13.

What Cherry loved the most about Pharma Private Hospital was the fact that everybody there was friendly.. Well, everybody, except...
Dr Chad Luke: he was not friendly, he was extremely flirty. He wouldn't miss an opportunity to flirt with her at any time! it was extremely annoying to her, given her personality, butl she soon learned she had to cope with it: a nice smile and indifference.

Oh my gosh.. what is he coming with this time, she wondered, as Dr Chad approached her.

Dr Chad: Even when you lack sleep, you still look beautiful, Dr Cherry! Why don't we go for a cup of coffee so you can explain to me why you are here this morning even though you are not on call?

With a nice smile, Cherry replied:
Cherry: It's Dr Prescott, and I am just here to check on my patient.

Dr Chad: well, Dr C..Prescott, we can have the coffee after you check on your patient, right?

Cherry: uhm.. I really don't have time today..

Dr Chad: Come on, it's only 4 Am in the morning, besides there is a cafeteria right here in the hospital we don't have to go anywhere..Please, Dr Prescott.. He begged.
She felt bad for turning him down even after he had begged her, but she had to! It was one of her toughest principles, and she wasn't going to break it for anyone: no dating at work. Besides, she had an image to preserve. And for someone who fooled around with a couple of colleagues, she wasn't going to take any ridiculous risk.

Cherry: I am sorry, Dr Chad. I really don't have time!

Dr Chad: tell me what to do, Dr Prescott! All I want is to just have coffee with you!
Cherry: Nothing, Dr Luke. There is nothing to do, because I am not having coffee with you.

She said leaving him as she was walking towards her patient's room

Dr Chad: I am not giving up on you, Dr Cherry...he whispered.
Cherry entered her patient's room, Mr Stiles. he was awake, the light was already on. He was lying on his bed, and looking around aimless ly.

Cherry sat on the chair next to him, and elevated his pillow.

Mr Stiles: Thank you; he mumbled. You did not have to come, Dr Cherry, my days are getting shorter.

Cherry: don't speak like that, Mr Stiles, you should have hope! Hope is what keeps us going. everyday!
And you, do you have hope? He questioned.

She failed to reply.There was a brief moment of silence.

Mr Stiles: Inoperable brain tumor. What else should I hope for?

Cherry: Mr Stiles, I am doing some research on it, I have contacted hospitals around Simland who had similar cases, and I am telling you we are going to find a way. I am not giving up on you, Mr Stiles.

He smiled.

Mr Stiles: Ah, Dr Cherry.. I dearly appreciate your enthusiasm, you really are one of a kind. I wish I had a daughter like you.

Cherry looked at the framed picture that was on Mr Stiles' end table.

Cherry: Is that your daughter? She questioned.
Mr Stiles: She got married two years ago, and since then I haven't heard from her. She never came to visit me.

Cherry: I am so sorry, Mr Stiles...

Mr Stiles: it's okay. Now let's stop whining about my pathetic and miserable life. How about you? I have seen this other Doctor, the goodlooking guy looking at you so many times... And I have also seen you looking back, when no one is looking, What's the deal?
She blushed...

Cherry: Oh, it's just.. Dr Chad, a colleague of mine. There really is nothing..

Mr Stiles: there surely is, I know a sign when I see one, young lady.At least this is something I learned all the years of my life. I know what you are thinking, Dr Cherry, but you should give him a chance. Sometimes what we look for is right in front of our eyes and we just don't see it.

Cherry: ( she thought): if only you knew, Mr Stiles. If only you knew...
Wow, this guy really is as good as they say! Malika exclaimed. I was right to come here, this is a place for real artists! i hope the proprietor will be willing to give me a chance.

Malika walked towards Mr Peters, who was having a discussion with his wife.
Mr Peters! I am sorry to interrupt, but just hear me out! I am Malika Rochelle, and I would like to audition for a performance here. I am sure I have what it takes to succeed here, I just need a chance!

Mr Peters: And I am sure you do, young lady. Unfortunately the auditions are closed for this season, and the competition has already started.

Malika fiercely retaliated, with enthusiasm: well what about next season? I can probably take a chance for next season!

Mr Peters: it's still too early to tell, we might not have enough space. Come back in 6 months.
Hum, I have been getting a lot of this lately...but I am staying strong.. 6 months is not so far.. it's only half a year, and I know I can make it. I will do everything to reach my dream, to become a singer. For now, let's try somewhere else. I heard the Rodeo is having something tonight, let me check it out! I am sorry young lady, you definitely don't have what it takes! You see the young girl there on stage? Looking towards some blonde... Her name is Keisha, and she is " Our star" here! She brings a lot of money here to the company, so we can't replace her. Try somewhere else. Why does it seem so difficult for me to have what I want? I am asking only for one thing... just for a chance to try.. is it so much to ask?

All these years, I have looked for just a chance to do what I was born to do, and all I get is a series of rejections... If only I could be given one shot, I know I would succeed, because I have what it takes to be a great singer.

But I keep hope, because hope keeps me strong...

She walked back home
She starter preparing dinner. She loved cooking. It was her favorite hobby, it relaxed her.She wished Ryan would ring the bell of their house at that specific time and say: Baby I am home, what's for dinner?"

But not, it would be her alone, as it had been for the last 2 months.
As she had promised Mr Stiles, she kept doing some research on his inoperable brain tumor. She knew something could be done, she knew there was hope. She could feel it. She even went online and read files of old patients who had the similar condition Tired and frustrated about having to think of new ways and concepts to save her saloon, Meredith decided to indulge into one episode of Project Runway Starlight shores Edition, her favourite TV Show.

However, as she browsed through the news channel....
What she saw as the News Headlines made her blood run cold... Then they all had a mysterious phone call: the time for the reunion had come.

To be continued...

Thanks for reading.

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#1rollover51Apr 14, 2012

Omg, I love this story, so mysterious!! Each character has a story to tell, and it seems like they are all connected! I wonder what happened to the bride who disappeared on her wedding day, and why would the police re-open the investigation only 4 years later? Why wait so long, why not now! And who gave them all a call at the end? All of these girls look like they have something to hide. Good job, can't wait for more!

#2rollover51Apr 14, 2012

And I wonder why Cherry doesn't want to go out with the Doctor, I think he is cute!

#3rosenoire87Apr 16, 2012

Absolutely loved this! Can't wait for chapter 2 to find out what happens. For some reason Malika's situation tugs at my heartstrings the most, it sucks when people just brush you off without giving you a chance to prove your worth \;\) Thanks for the great read.

#4are-himeApr 18, 2012

Omg! I love it, a lot! you deserved the 5 stars, really!

#5shellbersApr 19, 2012

I did not expect that at the end, good ending. It'll really keep your readers reading. Can't wait for more. Please submit another one soon \:wub\:

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