Until the End: Chapter 1

Book: Red Carpet Diaries (Choices)

Pairing: Thomas Hunt x MC (Delphine Reyes)

Summary: Delphine has a near-death experience. What does this hold for her and Thomas Hunt’s future? 

Rating: Teen+ (adult themes, angst)

Word Count: 718

Notes: This was based on the preview description for RCD Book 3.

Preview


Run

The early evening had a crisp breeze that added to the chill in the air. Delphine stood in the lobby of her apartment complex waiting for her car to arrive. She was wearing black skinny jeans with a tailored red turtleneck. For extra warmth, she completed her attire with a black leather jacket and black ankle boots. She was dressed for a night out. She was on her way to meet her friends at a new club opening. It was their first get together after everyone’s busy schedules for the past month.

Her car arrived, and the driver stepped around to the back passenger side and opened the door. “Good evening, Ms. Reyes.”

“Good evening, Charles. You know, you can just call me Delphine.” She smiled at him. 

When she entered the car, she immediately texted her friends in their group chat: I’m on my way. Can’t wait to see you all!

Charles turned towards the highway. Delphine relaxed and stared out the window. 

“How’s your day been?” Delphine asked.

“Nothing out of the ordinary. I did take Mr. Chadley Fortnum to some fitness convention downtown this morning.” Charles looked back at her through his rearview window. 

“That makes sense.” Delphine giggled. “I didn’t know you drove Chad around, too.”

“Sometimes. He is one of my regular passengers.” Charles continued looking back in his rearview mirror, but not at Delphine. Something else had caught his eye. He at first didn’t think much of it. “You and Mr. Hunt have some big plans tonight?”

“We’re going to meet up with our friends tonight. It’s been a while since we’ve all been together.” 

“I think that’s great! How is Mr. Hunt doing? I haven’t seen him in a few weeks.”

“He’s really good. He’s in mid-production of his new film. He’s going to meet up with us later.”

“I can’t wait to see it. He’s one of my all-time favorite directors.”

“I’m sure he’d be happy to hear you say that.”

“My husband loves his films, too. He gets so jealous when I tell him ‘I just drove Thomas Hunt and Delphine Reyes today!’”

Delphine laughed and Charles joined her. 

“You know, I would really love to meet your husband.”

“Really?”

“Of course! You’re my friend, Charles, not just my driver.”

Charles’ cheeks flushed, but as he glanced again in the mirror, his brow wrinkled in concern. He noticed a car following them. Its brights began flashing on and off. 


Thomas was focused on the final scene for the day. Cassandra Leigh and Ryan Summers were starring in his new film. But he bit his lip in response to the actors’ performances. They would have to redo this scene until it was correct. He decided no one was leaving tonight until it was to his standards. He may show up much later than he anticipated to the club.

He ignored the vibration of his phone in his jacket pocket. Then it vibrated again. Someone was trying to call him, but he continued to ignore it. However, his phone continued going off. He rolled his eyes in annoyance. 

“Cut. Break for ten.” 

When he looked at his phone, he first saw a text from Delphine from earlier in the evening. A small smile creeped across the edges of his mouth. Then, he saw mulitple missed calls and voicemails from Chazz. 

Holly approached Thomas as he was listening to the voicemails. “So about Cassandra’s last line of the scene, I think we should change it to say…” She stopped as she noticed a horrified expression on Thomas’ face. “Thomas? Is everything all right?” His eyes were wide open as if he were in a daze. She noticed his trembling hand trying to maintain a grip on his phone.

She rushed up closer to him. Thomas immediately grasped Holly’s arm, almost in desperation.

“Shut it down for today,” Thomas choked. He could barely get the words out.

“Thomas, what’s going on?” She tried to get Thomas to look at her. “Thomas?” She had never seen him with such a strong expression of emotion on his face. Something wasn’t right.

Without another word, Thomas darted past Holly without any further acknowledgement and out of the studio. 

Everyone stood around the set silent and perplexed as they watched their director run out without any explanation.

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