I knew you when – Chapter 8

I arrived at Henry’s place an hour later and there was beer and pizza waiting as I walked in.
“Pizza?” I said laughing.
“Heck yes. Just like old times.” He smiled.
He opened a bottle of beer and handed it to me. Taking a sip I sat down on the sofa.
“Bring the pizza over here, I am starving.”
Henry dropped the pizza box on the table in front of me and plopped down next to me.
Grabbing a slice of pizza I quickly devoured it.
“Holy you were not kidding about being hungry.” He laughed as he grabbed a slice.
“I feel like I have not eaten in a week!”
I didn’t mind pigging out around Henry, he was always impressed by a women who could not only hold her liquor but eat herself a good share of food.
I grabbed another slice and sipped my beer. They were both going down very well.
“I hated being on set today.” I said in between bites. “It was so frigging cold.”
“I know.” He said sipping his beer.
Turning sideways on the sofa Henry threw his legs over mine and leaned back.
“Comfortable?” I asked.
His smiled widened. “Of course.”
I ran my hands over his calf twirling his leg hair in my fingers.
“Chicken legs.” I laughed.
“Not funny.” He frowned.
“Yes funny.” I said with a chuckle.
“I have something I want to talk to you about.” He looked serious.
“Am I going to be happy about this talk?”
“Yes and no.”
“Ok what is it?”
“Before this role I auditioned for another movie. I got the part but was not allowed to talk about it as it was still in development. But then the director backed out of the project and I lost the roll.”
“What?” I said shocked. “Can they do that?”
“Yes sadly they can and I was devastated Nika. It was the ultimate role. The role that would have made my career.”
“What was it?”
“Superman.”
I spit beer across the table “WHAT???”
Still with his legs across mine he put his head down and I noticed he’d begun to tear up.
“I had it Nika. Now it’s gone.”
Pushing his legs off me I turned to look at him, his head still down a tear rolled down his cheek.
I didn’t know what to say to him. He’d always known I was a huge Superman fan and there was nothing more exciting than the thought of someone I loved so dearly playing the most iconic superhero in history.
I wiped the tear from his cheek, leaned in and kissed him.
“I don’t even know what to say Henry. I am so sorry.”
He kept his head down and took a sip of his beer.
“I just can’t believe I was that close.”
“If they get a new director can you be re cast?” I asked.
“That’s what’s awful. They already have one and he opted not to use me and chose another actor instead.”
“Who?”
“I don’t know yet.”
“How can they do that?” I asked my voice becoming angry.
“It’s the business Nika, they can do whatever they want.”
He chugged back his beer and stood up. “Going to grab another one you need one too?”
“Yes please.”
I suddenly felt sick. Not because of the food or beer but because of his sadness.
Feeling completely helpless was the worst feeling. Henry and I had both been working so hard and we’d earned a shot at making it and for him to get so close broke my heart.
“Don’t give up Henry.”
He sat back down next to me and handed me a beer.
“I won’t. Pass me another slice.” He smiled.

The rest of the night we  drank laughed and talked about everything from missing home to how he was enjoying playing Melot.
Looking at the clock I turned to Henry and said “Do you film tomorrow?”
Our scene together was to be filmed in two days and I had planned to take some time the next day to sight see around Prague.
“Yes.” He replied.
“What time?”
“I have to be on set for 9 am.”
“Uh Henry it’s past 3 in the morning we should head to bed.”
Henry jumped from the sofa. “Shit.”
Running past him I dove into the bed with such force I feel right off the other side.
I burst out laughing and could hear Henry was also in a full bout of loud laughter.
Through his laughing he asked “Are you ok?”
“Nailed it!” I squealed with laughter as tears rolled down my face.
“No really are you ok?”
“I am fine Henry. That was the most ridiculous thing that could have ever happened. How the heck did I actually manage to fly over the bed.” I could not stop laughing and felt like I might pee my pants.
“Shit, Help me up Henry I need to pee.”
He fell to the bed laughing even harder.
“Not funny!” I screamed
“Yes funny!” He laughed leaning his arm over the side of the bed to help me to my feet.
Getting up I quickly ran to the washroom to relieve my full bladder before it burst onto the floor.
When I returned to the room Henry was already under the covers his eyes droopy as he dosed.
I crawled under the covers with him and he immediately began to laugh.
“What?” I asked.
“I will never be able to un see that you know.”
I started laughing along with him. “I can’t believe that happened.”
“Flying Nika.”
“More like falling Nika.” I laughed. “That was an epic fail on my part.”
We laughed a bit longer and I could tell Henry was much more exhausted then myself.
I watched as he fell into slumber then cuddled up next to him in the hopes of joining him soon.

Waking the next morning I looked to see that Henry had already left.
My head was pounding. Beer hangover. Not fun.
I dragged myself out of bed and shuffled out to the kitchen. Coffee was already made and there was a note from Henry.
“Didn’t want to wake you flying Nika, Text me when you’re up. xxx Hen”
Smiling I shook my head and knew I was never going to live down last night’s unfortunate bed incident.
Pouring myself some coffee I suddenly realized I had no key to lock up when I was to leave I was trapped in his apartment.
Grabbing my phone I messaged Henry “Babe I got no key to lock the door now I can’t get back to my hotel to change and go sightseeing.”
An hour later I had still not heard back from Henry. I was growing bored with each passing minute.
I’d found his aspirin in the bathroom and was finally ridding my throbbing head of my beer hangover.
“Ding” I heard my phone go off.
“Sorry sweetheart I completely forgot. Sending someone with the key now.”
I looked over to the clock and noticed it was going on 2pm my day almost completely wasted.
Have to see what I can get in still. I said to myself.
Within a few moments I heard a knock at the door.
A young fellow standing there will a smile on face greeted me as I opened the door.
“Hi Nika, I am Henry’s assistant Mark. Here’s the key. He said he will message you when he’s done filming and you both can meet up so he can get them back.”
“Thanks Mark.” I said smiling.
“No problem. Have fun sightseeing. Might I recommend the Klementinum, it’s a fantastic and beautiful sight.”
“Wow thanks Mark.”
“No problem. Have a great time.”
I closed the door and grabbed my phone to message Henry.
“Got the keys, talk to you later xxx”
I grabbed my purse and headed out the door back to my hotel.
On route I googled The Klementinum which to be far and honest I could not even pronounce.
But Mark was right it looked amazing so I was making sure I made my way there today.

Sitting in a cafe watching the people of Prague walk past I realized how lucky I was.
Lucky in a sense that I had a job that I loved, that I was following my dreams and to have people in my life that made me a better women. I was blessed and my heart was happy.
“Ding” my phone went off. It was Henry.
“Hey sweets, I’m finished. Been a long day. Where are you?”
I messaged him back letting him know the cafe I was at and that I had just ordered something to eat so I would be there for awhile longer.
“I’ll see you in a bit then. I am not far from the cafe. Order me a beer.”
As the waitress passed I stopped her to ask for Henry’s beer she smiled and nodded.
A few moments later I watched as Henry walked up the walkway to the cafe and entered.
Searching the room for me I couldn’t help but chuckle as he looked a little lost.
Spotting me he walked over to the table and slumped down into the chair with a sigh.
“What’s wrong?”
“Nothing, Just had a long day.”
“You’re a horrible liar Henry. So stop it.”
“Working with him is a pain in the ass.” He said sternly.
“With who? Fanco?”
“Yes.”
“Don’t give him another thought.” I suggested.
“Kind of hard Nika, I am in almost every scene with him.”
“Good point.” I said nodding.
“It’s just.” He paused “He walks around acting like he is better than everyone else. Like he’s the big star and we should all be honored to be working with him.”
“I’m not even going to touch that one.”
“I tried talking with him. Told him about the Superman gig and he basically blew me off. As if I had no right to have such a role.”
“Henry.” I said placing my hand over his. “Take a sip of beer and listen to me ok.”
Henry arched his eyebrow up and took a sip from his Corona “ok”
“You are a terrific actor and I just know one day the whole world is going to know that. Just as I see you now they too will all get to know and love you.”
He smiled bashfully. “Thank you lovely. You always say the loveliest of things to me.”
“It’s true Henry. You just wait. One day I will be able to say ha ha I knew him when!”
Henry began to laugh. “Yeah right.”
“My only concern is you getting a big head.”
“Me? Big head? Never.”
“Best not or I will seriously kick your ass.”
“I know you would.” He laughed.
“Oh and having to beat all the women off with sticks is going to be a real hassle. It however will be great cardio and I should have an excellent looking body.”
Henry almost spit out his beer with laughter. “You already have a nice body.”
“Well guess what? Beating all the hoards of women off of you will make it even better. You watch.” I laughed.

The next day both Henry and I were on set for our scene. I had gotten to come in later then Henry as he had an additional scene he had filmed throughout the day.
It was already dark when I arrived and headed to makeup and wardrobe before joining the cast on set.
The scene was a simple party scene and I was really only required to sit on Henry’s lap, kiss him and talk to him as though he were the most appealing person in the room.
James and Henry were sat next to one another at the table as I walked up to take my spot.
James gave me a once over and smirked. In that moment I wanted to smack the smirk off his face.
Henry placed his arm around me and opened his legs so I could sit on one leg with my legs in between his.
I took one last look over to James and shot him a dirty look which seemed to amuse him.
Sitting on Henry’s lap the director asked me to place my arm around his neck.
I was to have conversations in his ear while loud music blared within the room and the chatter exploded between all the butch men.
During our “conversation” Henry was to kiss me. This was nothing new to either of us and we’d be able to pull it off easily.
Take after taken Henry and I continued to make out as I joked in his ear about wondering if the director actually knew about us.
Between each takes Henry and I would walk the grounds of the set and chat with other members of the cast. It seemed Henry got along with everyone but James Franco. James mostly kept to himself in his trailer or would go off speaking to the director about his performance.

Once done filming I headed to the “extras” trailer and got changed. Henry was waiting for me outside still all dirty but in his plain clothes.
“Want to come back to my place?” He asked.
“Yep.” I said smiling. “Got beer?”
“Yes but I am not sure you should be drinking any more beer, you like to take flying leaps across beds when you’ve had too many.” He laughed.
“Fuck you.” I said slapping his arm.
He placed his arm around my neck and we walked off to fetch the car.
“I’m starving.” I said.
“No more pizza either, maybe that’s what did it.” He laughed.
“Your cruising for a bruising Henry!” I slapped out at him again but he managed to duck away.
He began to jog ahead of me and started to laugh.
“Why are you laughing?”
“Just thinking of you falling on your ass. It’s hysterical. Hence why I am running” He continued to laugh.
“HENRY!” I began to run after him. “I’m going to beat you!”
“Catch me if you can.” He yelled.
“What are we 5?” I yelled back to him.
Just then he stopped dead in his tracks placed his thumbs to his cheeks and stuck out his tongue.
“Na na na na” he said wiggling his fingers.
“You ass.” I laughed as I caught up to him and punched him in the arm.
“Come on love you have to admit just thinking about it makes you want to pee your pants laughing.”
I glared up to him trying not to laugh.
“Pun intended love.” He winked.
We got in the car and headed back to his place where we ordered pizza. Extra large with ham, bacon and double cheese.
“This is heaven.” I said as I sipped a beer and ate my slice.
“Pizza and beer is heaven is it?”
“No, Pizza, Beer and Henry. In no particular order either.”
“See there you go again with the sweetheart stuff. How am I ever to compete with that?”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Just saying.” He smiled.
“Buy me flowers.” I suggested.
“Flowers?” He laughed “Want a big teddy bear and a box of chocolates with that?”
“Actually now that you mention it.” I began to laugh along with him.
“When do you leave?” he asked.
“In 2 days. So I am going to do some more sightseeing tomorrow.”
“Wish I could join you but I am working for the next 6 days.”
“It’s ok we can meet up after.”
He hugged me. “Glad your here.”
“Thanks Hen, It’s been fun working with you again. We have to do this more often.”
“Yes. We work well together.”
“That we do.”
We both grabbed another slice of pizza and sat back on the sofa and listened to tunes occasionally breaking out in song.
“You should do a musical Nika, your voice is fantastic.”
“Maybe one day. Nothing seems to have come across like that.”
“What about hitting a recording studio and making an album?”
“Oh heck no. The music industry is so sad these days. They take people and transform them burn them up then drop them when they fail and so many musicians fade into obscurity.”
“I think you’d be able to make it.”
“Thanks, but I really don’t think it’s something I would be interested in.” I laughed “However you know this acting thing isn’t going as planned so maybe I should consider it as a back up.”
“I think you should.”
“Your one to talk Henry, You can sing as well and yet you never do.”
“Hey I humm’d in Hellraiser.” He laughed.
“That does not count.”
“That’s all they are getting.”
“Why?”
“Cause it’s not my thing. It’s yours.”
“Whatever.” I laughed.
Snuggling close we ate our pizza and drank a few more beers before heading to bed.
This time I was glad I got into the bed in one piece and managed to stay there instead of landing on the floor again.

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I knew you when – Chapter 7

A few weeks later I arrived in Prague and met up with Henry at the hotel suit they had set him up in.
Knocking on the door I felt butterflies in my stomach.
“Damn you Henry.” I thought to myself.
Henry opened the door with a wide grin that showed off all his perfect imperfect teeth.
I jumped into his arms and kissed his cheek.
“Hey dick, Miss me?” I laughed.
“Dick? since when am I a dick?” He laughed as he set me to the ground.
“I’m just playing sweetness.”
“Where do they have you set up?” He asked.
“Not here!” I laughed “I’m not the star so I get shit for lodgings.”
“You can always crash here with me you know?”
“I just might take you up on that offer, Til you piss me off and I need my own room.”
“And when have I ever pissed you off?”
“Don’t get me started Henry.” I smiled.

He showed me around his place and the set up was minimal but cozy.
Henry and I were use to living cheap and with just the basics so this was actually a step up for both him and myself.
“When do you arrive on set?” He asked.
“Tomorrow for a few hours, Then our scene together is to be filmed the next day.”
“Yes I saw that in my script I was just not sure if you’d be there before hand.”
“Yes. I am doing a background scene with everyone.”
“You’ll get there you know Nika. Some day I might be the background to you.”
“Uh, ok.” I laughed “I’m just happy to be working really.”
Henry walked over to me and hugged me.
“Let’s go out. I’ve found a really nice club we can hang out at. The people are very nice here.”
“Sounds like fun.” I smiled.

Later that night Henry, myself and a few other cast members arrived at the club which was already in full steam with music so loud I thought I might go deaf.
Walking to the bar each of us grabbed a drink and Henry and his new cast friends lead me to their “regular” table.
“What is it reserved for you?” I asked.
“What?” Henry yelled.
“Is the table reserved for you guys?” I yelled back.
Henry began to laugh. “No it just seems to always be the table we take.”
“So what happens if it’s not available?”
“We go sit over there.” He said point to a table in the opposite corner.
I nodded my head allowing him to know that through all the boom boom of the music I actually heard what he had said.
“Let’s go dance.” He yelled.
“Ok!”
I loved to dance and thought of myself as a rather good dancer however on this night I slowly became away as to how different my moves were to all the other ladies.
Girls were grinding on themselves, one another and all the men around them and here I was pretending like I was Madonna.
Not that there is anything wrong with Madonna, She’s a pioneer in many many ways. But let’s just say her style of dance is way different from what I was seeing on the dance floor tonight.
Henry however was having to much of a blast to realize how funny he looked.
He has rhythm to a degree but some of his movements were what I called the “Cavill jerk and shake.”
As we danced a couple of girls approached us and one of the girls flung her arms around Henry and kissed his neck.
My mouth dropped open at around the same time his did.
When she backed up from him I stood still for a moment raising my eyebrow letting her know with a single look that I was not happy with what she had just done.
She shot be back a look of “Fuck you bitch” and I stepped forward ready to smack that look right off her face.
Henry stepped between us and looked over to me. “Just a friend Nika.”
“Looks like she wants to be more than just friends Henry.”
I don’t know why I was angry as I was. Henry and I never really ever said we were boyfriend and girlfriend. I did not own him. Part of me though really felt as though he was my boyfriend. We’d been through so much over the years and stuck it out with each other. Our relationship was more than just hugs and handshakes. We’d been intimate we’d said those three important “I love you” words.
He was more to me then just a friend and I thought I was more to him then just a friend with benefits.
I turned and walked to the bar ordering a couple of shots and another drink I chugged back the shots and began to sip my drink.
Henry walked up behind me. “Nika she is just a friend!”
“Why the hell did you bring me here Henry? You had to know some of your so-called friends would take it upon themselves to do something like that right in front of me.”
“I brought you here to have a good time. I had no idea Rawan was going to be here. She’s friendly and lovely but nothing has happened between us.”
“Has? You mean you wouldn’t mind if it did?”
“NIKA” He yelled and grabbed my arms. “Stop this.”
I saw anger in his face a look I rarely ever seen in him. He may be a Taurus the bull but he very rarely ever allowed that emotion to surface. I knew then I had fucked up.
I finished my drink and took his hand. Kissing him on the cheek I whispered in his ear.
“I’m sorry I ruined your evening. I am going to head back to my hotel and will see you likely tomorrow.”
“You don’t have to leave Nika.”
“Yes I do Henry. I don’t know what it is but when I am with you my emotions get all out of sort.”
“What do you mean?”
“I wish you loved me the way I love you Henry.”
“What are you talking about Nika? I do love you. You know that.”
“Not the same way I love you.”
I kissed him again “See you tomorrow.”
Running my hand down his cheek to his arm I walked away and out the door and headed back to my hotel.
So filled with anger and sadness I could not stop the tears from falling.
I glanced back half hoping he would be racing after me telling me to come back.
He was nowhere to be seen.

I arrived on set and entered make up and hair to get ready to shoot.
My mind raced. “How was Henry going to react today. Were we going to be weird around one another?”
Costume was an ugly smock of a gown and it itched something fierce. I was already hating it here.
While my makeup was being applied I heard a knock at the door. I was not alone in the trailer and each of us looked at one another wondering who says “come in?”
Finally the make up artist herself spoke up. “Come on in.”
Henry walked in and smiled. “Hello everyone.”
I glanced over and smiled. “Hi” I said softly.
He looked wonderful with the long hair and mucky and dirty face. The dimple on his chin predominate though the scruff he’d grown.
They’d added a braid to the one side of his hair and even that didn’t seem to take away from his handsome face.
He walked over to me and stood behind me. I looked into the mirror and watched as he placed his hands on my shoulders.
“How are you?” He asked looking at me in the mirror.
“Good.” I said putting my head down.
The others in the trailer were now watching and I shifted in my seat uncomfortably.
He leaned down on my left side still looking at me in the mirror.
“No matter what Nika, I will always love you.”
He kissed my neck and stood up.
“See you on set.” He winked.
I quickly nodded and tried to prevent tears from filling my eyes.
When he’d exited my make up artists looked down at me.
“I take it you two know each other?” She said with a large smile.
“Yes Henry and I go way back.”
“He’s a nice boy.”
I couldn’t help but laugh. “Boy.”
“Well to me you are both just kids.” She laughed.
“Yes he really is something special.” I said. “He has to be putting up with me.”
“Hard to handle kind of girl?”
“Somewhat yes.” I bowed my head in shame.
“Well if he’s stuck it out thus far then you have something worth sticking around for dear.”
I looked up to her and smiled. She didn’t probably known it but she had just made my day with that sentence.

My scene that day was simple. There was to be a gathering of the town and I would simply be walking in the background.
However small a scene may be if the lead actors to not hit mark takes can take hours setting and re setting each time.
Standing in the mud Henry and James walked past me and Henry winked causing James to turn and look towards me.
He was a scowling looking young man. Nothing about him seemed friendly.
“Who’s that?” James asked Henry.
“My girlfriend.”
James looked back once more and gave me a full look over and had a little chuckle to himself.
Henry turned to James and stopped. “What?”
“Nothing.” James said shaking his head “Just didn’t see you with someone like that.”
“Like what?” Henry said with his voice becoming aggravated.
“Don’t worry man.” James said patting Henry on the back and walking away.
Yep it was official in that moment I no longer liked or cared to ever see James Franco again.

Take after take I walked by as my feet became sore from the crappy shoes they had provided in wardrobe.
Take after take my bones began to chill from the icy air blowing around us.
The mud made it hard for my to keep my feet warm and I found myself running back to the trailer each time after they yelled cut to try to warm them up.
“Come on guys.” I thought to myself “Ge this done and over with so I can go back to my hotel and warm the hell up.”
Finally after 9 hours the scene was done and we were free go back to our homes.
Henry ran up behind me “Nika?”
I turned “Yeah?”
“Dinner? My place?”
Smiling I shook my head yes. “I’m going back to the hotel first to change then I will be over.”
He leaned down and kissed me. “See you soon lovely.”
Not a hint of anger at all in his face or voice. I didn’t know how he did it. Henry had the ability to not really allow things to effect him for longer than meer moments.
It was like last night had never happened. I had not been a complete and utter idiot and we were right back to being who we always were when in each others company.
It was one of the things I loved about him. He was so very patient and kind.

I knew you when – Chapter 6

Being back home was a nightmare, Auditions never ending and hearing no so often I began to question myself and if the choice I had made to be an actor was still the best thing for me.
Henry too was having a bit of a rough time getting roles and worked at a local club to pay his bills at the same time saving bits to get back to LA for more auditions.
In our home countries we both found it harder to grab acting jobs and we both knew we needed to be back in Los Angeles if we wanted better jobs.

Months went by with nothing at all and I found myself on the phone with Henry crying over it all.
He was always the sweetheart reassuring me that we had made the right decision and that we both had what it took to make it we just needed to be given the opportunity.

Henry and I finally managed to get back to LA in the summer of 2004 and both of us found work quiet quickly at separate restaurants.
This time however we were not as lucky in the apartment hunt as we’d previously been so for the first few weeks we bunked at Corin’s house sleeping on his sofa which really was not the ideal thing for either of us making getting a good night’s rest difficult.

Auditions were hell and I started taking mundane jobs just to keep building my profile. Henry however was a little more concerned with quality over quantity then I was and held out for better jobs.
I respected him for that but we were both in need of money and our visa’s only lasted so long so the more we worked in the industry the longer we’d be able to stay.

We finally managed to get our own “room” apartment and it was literally like living in a fishbowl.
It worked though as we only had a month to month lease and could walk away at any time.
We had nothing with us but our closes so when Corin’s partner Andy asked us if we wanted his sofa bed we jumped at it. “Yey, no more sleeping on the floor.” we joked.
People think the life of an actor is glamorous and for some it really can be. Henry and I were not living the life. Not even close. Yet week after week we trenched into the audition pools and waded through script line after script line in the hopes of getting that “break”.

We’d been in town for a couple months when our agents called us letting us know about an upcoming movie being shot in Prague. We looked at one another in shock, Our agents had lined us up to audition for the same movie.
“What are the odds?” Henry asked laughing.
“I know right? Us in a movie together again?” I laughed.
The script was a story of love, honor and betrayal and Henry would be auditioning for the lead part.
“Are you up for the female lead Nika?” He asked.
“No honey, just a small bit. But that’s ok I will take what I can get.” I laughed.
I was excited he was auditioning for the lead but sad at the same time as I had hoped my agent would have listed myself for a larger part.
Our auditions were a day apart and Henry had his first. When he came in he had a huge smile on his face.
“Things went well?” I asked him.
“Yeah I think they really did.”
He was pea cocking and proud as he marched around our fishbowl.
“Easy now Henry, don’t be getting a big head on me now!”
He began to laugh. “No, won’t happen.”
“Better not, I’ll kick your ass.”
“I actually have no doubt that you would Nika.” He laughed some more.
He picked up his cell phone and rang his mother to let her know of the news.
She was so proud of him, Both his parents were in fact.
Henry had even hired his dad as his media and PR rep and had planned to work on building his own media company with his dad heading it.
The next day my audition was a simple photo session, I knew in that moment my role would be either a non speaking one or so small I wouldn’t even get credit at the end of the film.
The pay however was rather decent and I would be travelling to Prague a place I had never been and that would be an exciting experience in itself.
Walking through the door I threw my purse to the floor and slumped on the sofa.
“What’s wrong?” Henry asked.
“The audition was just a couple photos.”
He looked down to the floor with a look on sorrow on his face.
“Don’t pity me please.” I asked sternly.
“I don’t pity you Nika, I feel bad because I know how hard you’ve worked and I’ve been there as well. The excitement then the let down.”
I jumped from the couch and headed to the kitchen and grabbed a beer.
“Nika it’s 2pm?”
“Your point?”
Raising his hands in the air he backed away.
“I’m going to go for a walk and let you have a moment alone.” He said.
“Yep, Ok.” I shrugged.
In that moment I realized how rude I was being to him. I was filled with such hurt. Here I was taking all these shit jobs and that’s all that kept coming my way and Henry holds out and lands a lead audition.
I felt the slight sting of bitterness in my heart and even though every part of me knew it was not his fault I could not help the jealous rage.
As Henry walked out the door I fell to the floor and began to sob.
I couldn’t contain the tears, I was sad due to my career, I was sad at the anger I felt towards Henry, I was so sad at the way I was looking at life.
Burying my head in my hands I felt Henry sit down next to me.
He’d not actually left, as he heard my tears he’d come back in.
He placed his arm around me and pulled me close to him.
We said nothing, Henry just simply let me cry on his shoulder.

A few days later I received a call. I had landed a small bit part in the movie and my scenes would be shot in Prague in the upcoming months.
I would be playing “Lady Marke” the girlfriend/lover of a character named Melot.
That same day Henry’s agent called to inform him that he had lost the lead role of Tristan but that they really liked him and were considering him for another lead part if he would be interest.
He sat on the sofa and sighed. “What’s the part?” He asked.
They told him he would be the best friend of Tristan, The one who would betray him.
Henry pondered. “A bad guy?” He questioned.
“Yes.” His agent told him. “I think this is a good move for you.”
Henry agreed to take the part and the script was to be sent over for him to begin going over.
He hung up the phone and looked up at me. “I lost the main lead to another actor.”
“Sorry Henry.” I said sitting next to him. “Do you know who got the part?”
“No, not yet. But they offered me another role, Not as big but still a critical part of the storyline so I said I would take it.”
“Who will you be playing?” I asked.
“Melot, the bad friend.” He laughed.
Just then I fell over with laugher. “Your fucking with me right?”
Henry’s brow frowned as he looked at me with question all over his face.
“No really Henry, Your taking the piss right?”
“No.” He said sternly.
I began to laugh even harder. “Henry, I am playing Lady Marke. Melot’s lover!”
A grin grew over his face as he busted into laughter.
“Now who’s fucking with who?” he asked.
“I’m not kidding Henry, I just got the call today.”
We slumped back onto the sofa bed and continued to laugh.
The world was a funny place and it had a way of making things even more hilarious.

Henry was to leave for Ireland first where some of the primary shots were being done for the movie which now had the running title “Tristan and Isolde” then he would head off to Prague 4 weeks later where I would meet up with him for 2 weeks of filming my own scenes.
We gave up our fish bowl of an apartment and bunked once more with Corin who was now living with Andy.

On Henry’s last night in LA we decided to head out for a night on the town. It was always fun partying with the guys and we shared so many laughs.
Henry and I bought a round of drinks for our LA group who’d really become like family to us and we sat back and shared many more laughs.
Corin being Corin loved poking fun at Henry when it came to his looks. “Pretty Boy” was thrown around a lot that night.
Henry had grown out his hair which made his curls look even more lush I would occasionally lean over and run my hands through it till he got fed up with people playing with it and tied it back in a ponytail which only made the jokes worse but Henry has a great sense of humor and was able to laugh it all off.

That night Henry fell asleep before me and I sat down and just looked down at him. He looked so peaceful and happy.
“You’re so handsome” I whispered “One day the world will see you the way I do and they will love you just as much.” I leaned down and kissed his cheek which caused him to stir. He opened his eyes and a faint smile came over his lips. “Get some sleep Nika” he whispered.
I laid down behind him and placed my arms around his chest. I would miss him when he left, I always missed not being with him.

Henry’s flight left early that morning and he woke me so we could have breakfast and say our “See you soon” I didn’t travel to the airport to see him off as I knew it would just bring me down. Besides 4 weeks would go faster than I thought and we’d be hanging out in Prague soon enough.
“Call me when you get there.” I said as he left.
“I will” He smiled.
“Don’t have too much fun without me.” I laughed.
“Hey now” He joked “You can’t be my only fun buddy.”
My eyes widened and I stared at him. “Pardon?”
“That did not come out correctly.” He laughed. “What I meant was you cannot be the only person I hang out with and have fun with. You are however the only one I have FUN with.” He winked.
“Asshole.” I laughed.
“Oh you grouch, go back to bed.” He laughed “See you in a few weeks.”
“Get out of here will you? You’re going to be late.”
“BYE” He shouted as he shut the door behind him.
“BYE” I yelled.

The next day Henry called and he did not sound happy.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“Nothing, Just don’t really like some of the people I am working with.”
“What? are you kidding? You not actually liking someone is strange Henry. You like everyone.”
“He’s just hard to work with. He thinks he’s this great actor who is above others.”
“Who are we talking about?” I asked.
“Don’t worry Nika. It’s not worth it. I will do my job and be done.”
“Henry.” I pleaded. “Don’t keep it in. You know you can trust me.”
“James.” He said quietly.
Henry had lost the lead part in Tristan and Isolde to James Franco. James had a reputation in Hollywood for being a pain in the ass to work with.
“I hate that guy.” I said. “Ever since he got Spiderman he thinks he’s the best thing since swiss cheese. But what he does not know is swiss cheese sucks!”
Henry began to laugh. “Yeah I am not a fan of swiss cheese either.”
“Don’t let him get to you.” I said. “Do your thing and know at the end of the day your better.”
“Thanks Nika.”
“No thanks needed Henners, I got your back baby.” I laughed.
“I know you always will.”
“How dirty are you?” I asked out of the blue.
“What?” He laughed.
“Well it’s a period piece so I was wondering how mucky they are making you look.”
Henry laughed for a few moments more. “I am a very dirty boy Nika.”
“Now now Hen don’t get me going there.” I laughed.
“You started it.”
“Ok then I shall end it. Next topic?”
“How’ve you been?” He asked.
“Bored.”
“You won’t be in a few weeks.”
“I know and I am very much looking forward to it.”
“Yeah I can’t wait for you to be here too. A friendly face is what I need.”
“Awe Henry you say the sweetest shit.” I laughed.
“As do you.” He laughed.
“I try.”
We talked for a little longer till he had to head to bed for an early wake up call to be on set.
I hated knowing he was not happy and wished there was more I could do for him but I was stuck in LA and too far away to do anything for him. May these next few weeks past quick I prayed.

I knew you when – Chapter 5

The next couple days I didn’t see much of Henry as he was still filming and I was back working at the restaurant and for whatever reason we just kept missing one another and when we did manage to be in the apartment together it was in bed and we were both too tired to do much of anything.
It was still just nice waking in the middle of the night snuggled up to him or him to me that feeling that you are not alone or going at all this by yourself was a really great feeling.

It was a Monday and Henry had the rest of the week left to film his final scene when he called me and sounded like he was in such a panic but it was almost a laughter type panic.

“Oh my god Nika you’re never going to guess what happened to me today at lunch!”
“Are you ok?” I asked “You sound really freaked out.”
“I did the death scene today where I get strung up by the hook and guess what happened?”
“Ok don’t leave me hanging, what happened??”
“They left me there and went for lunch!”
“You’re joking right? They came back for you didn’t they?”
“Yeah after their lunch” He was now laughing hysterically
“How fucking long where you up there?”
“Over an hour, My toes went numb.”
He was still laughing but I was having a hard time finding it amusing that the stunt crew would leave an actor stranded up there hanging for over an hour.
“Will I see you for dinner?” I asked
“Yeah I should be home, I just had to call and tell you. What a fucking day!”
“Yeah! That’s a day alright. Ok I will talk with you later then. Anything you want for dinner?”
“Whatever your making babe.”
“Ok see you later. Call me if anything comes up.”
“Yeah I will.”

That night I put together chicken dinner with glazed chicken and vegetable chow main noodles along with a mixed vegetable including carrots, peas, beans and corn.
I loved to cook and I really loved to have someone to cook for and Henry always loved the meals I prepared he said it felt a little like being back home with his mom cooking.
I was not sure if I should take offense to that or not and he knew it and quickly stated that was not what he had meant. I knew what he had meant but I still liked to rib him from time to time.

As he walked in I could see him smelling the air and I had to smile.
“What’s cooking good looking? Yes I just said that.” He laughed
I laughed and told him what was on the menu for the night.
“Oh man where did you learn to cook?”
I shrugged “I just kind of taught myself. You learn what foods you like and learn how to make them.”
“Well I am glad because you are one amazing cook! Maybe you should take over at the restaurant.” He winked
“What are you saying? Our cook is bad?”
“No, Just that your better!”
“Awe honey you really know how to butter a girl up!”
“Yeah? Want to go out for a couple drinks tonight then come home and…”
“And???”
He winked again “You know.”
His smile killed me each time. It was so wide and happy and at the very same time he was easily able to look naughtier then hell.
“Sometime I really think you’re a devilish little shit you know?”
He laughed “Why do you say that?”
“You should see that kinky little smile you have on your face!”
“Kinky? You want to get kinky?” His eyes widened.
“You little bugger” I slapped his arm.
“I’m just kidding, but you do know I listen well right?”
“Listen to what?” I now looked puzzled.
“I’m just saying, you tell me what you want and I will do it for you.”
The thoughts suddenly poured into my head like a river breaking through a dam.
“Easy honey” I said smiling “Let’s just go get drunk first!” I laughed.
He shook his head. “Sounds like a plan”

That night we hooked up with Corin, Rick and Andy and headed out to one our favorite watering holes and just decided we were going to celebrate working!
Henry of course had made a far bigger pay check then myself but I didn’t care I was living my dream, I was living in a half decent place with a guy who I really cared about and we had each other’s backs.
As we got another round I informed Henry drinks were on him all night. I mean after all he had earned more. He laughed but agreed all my drinks were on him.
We were having such a good time that when last call was called we were actually shocked!
I leaned over to Henry and said “We got booze at home?”
“Yeah” he said
“Corin, Andy, and Rick! Our place!!!” I yelled.
We all jumped up and finished our drinks and headed out the door.
As we headed down the street we came across fellow friends who were also looking to party so we invited them along with us. But as usual we came across idiots who just wanted to hear themselves talk.
I had no patience for them but Henry would always shut me up for fear I may get hurt.
“Ignore them babe” He’d say to me.
“It’s hard to ignore ignorance you know.”
“Don’t let assholes ruin our night.” He put his arm around me and I grabbed his hand.
I pulled him close to me.  I adored this man so much it made my heart hurt. I feared one day losing him in fact I knew one day I was more than likely going to so I threw it to the back on my brain and focused on the here and now. With him and his arm around me.

A few months had gone by and we’d both gone back to auditioning with no luck getting any roles.
Christmas had come and gone and Henry and I were both missing our families but we were glad to be making the new friends and memories here in Los Angeles.
Sadly however our VISA’s were both about to expire and once that happened both Henry and me would have no choice but to give up our apartment our jobs and head back to our homes.

At night we’d lay next to one another and talk about how much harder it all was here in LA.
Henry would say “If I was in England right now I would probably be working on another television show.”
“You’re lucky then.” I would tell him because in Canada roles were so much harder to come by and it was one of the reasons I had decided to head out here and give it a shot.

Days went by, then weeks and finally months and before we knew it we were both booking flights back to our home towns and we were not sure when we would be coming back to LA as now we would both have to save up more money so that when we got here we had enough to sustain us for a few months.
“You should come visit me in England.” Henry said.
“Really?”
“Yeah. You are always going on about how you’d like to see London come over and I can show you around.”
“I’d have to save some money for that one.” I laughed “It’s probably more expensive to be there then here.”
“Actually it’s about the same.” He laughed.
“I’d love to. I will see about it when I get home and settled and let you know.”
I flopped down on the sofa and suddenly found myself in tears.
Henry ran over and sat next to me. “What’s wrong?”
“Did we fail Henry? One job, that’s all we got just that one.” I covered my face with my hands.
“Nika we didn’t fail it’s harder out here we both knew that.” He placed his arms around me and hugged me tightly but I couldn’t not seem to stop the tears.
“I just feel like we tried so hard, hundreds of auditions and nothing.”
“You watch we’ll save money we will come back and it will happen for us. You have to have hope Nika. If you have nothing other than passion, Passion will get you through and you my sweet lass have a lot of passion.” He winked.
I looked up at him and smiled “It doesn’t help that I won’t see you every day either.”
“I’m a phone call away, email me daily and come play World of Warcraft with me.”
“You and that stupid video game.” I laughed.
“Hey I bet you’d like it if you actually came and played it.”
“Ok I will look into that as well my brother will be so impressed with me if I start playing he spends days at a time playing that frigging game.”
“I don’t spend that much time. Hours yes but not days.” He laughed.

My flight was scheduled to leave the day before Henry’s which I was glad about as I didn’t want to spend a night without him in this apartment.
That morning we had our final breakfast together then returned to our bedroom for one last time to be with one another.
Something about this time was more perfect that any of the other times we’d made love before.
It was not a “good bye” love making it was a “We’ll be together again soon” love making session.
There was never a doubt for either of us we had passion together there was a connection between us and it was strong and wild.
I was going to miss him and in this final moment I knew he too would be missing me.

He sat with me while I waited for my flight number to be called and when it finally was he walked me right up to security and watched as they scanned me through and checked my bags.
I turned one final time and he was still there. He smiled and waved.
“I’ll miss you.” I mouthed
“I will see you soon.” He mouthed back then blew me a kiss.
I blew him one back and walked through the gates to get ready to board once again I could not control my emotions and I began to cry.
I wondered if he too was crying would he really miss me as much as he said he would.
My emotions were on over drive and I felt almost like I was falling apart.
Pull your shit together girl! I thought to myself.
I shook my head and boarded the plane and said a little farewell to Los Angeles California.
Until we meet again city of angels!

My dad was waiting for me as I exited at the Toronto airport and was taking me to Nicole’s.
I’d made plans to live with my best friend Nicole when I got home until I was able to save enough money to head back to LA. She was always a huge supporter of my career and was going to let me stay with her for very little rent so I could get back a lot faster.
What I had not told her yet is that I was not hoping to head over to England for a bit to stay with Henry but that I would more than likely be coming back to live with her again to start the save for LA.
As we pulled up to Nicole’s house her daughter Raven was in the front yard waiting. She quickly began waving and running to their door to tell her mom I was here.
I had come home with a little more than I had left with over a year ago mostly photos of my adventures with Henners and the crew.

Once settled in I asked Nicole about getting a long distance plan at which point she informed me she already had a plan going to the UK as she knew I would wanting to talk with Henry regularly.
And this was why Nicole and I were the best of friends; she treated me better than anyone on the planet and knew me better as well.
I jumped up and hugged her while thanking her and swung around to pick up the phone.
“It’s only 7pm there right now.” I said happy and giggling.
A woman picked up the phone. “Hello?”
I was stunned and shocked and felt like bursting into tears. Who the heck was this person?
“Hello?” She said once again.
“Oh sorry hello. Is Henry there please?”
“Oh yes just one moment.” She responded.
I sat waiting not knowing what to think. It had only been 3 days since I last seen him and only 1 day since he had been home. Who was she?
“Hello” I heard him say.
“He Hen it’s Nika”
“Hey sweets how are you?”
“Good, who was that who picked up the phone?”
He began to laugh. “Jealous?”
“NO! Curious, that’s all.”
“My mum.” He laughed even harder.
“Don’t laugh!” I said.
“I can’t help it. You know I am not that type of guy right?”
“Yes but I couldn’t help myself. I just miss you that’s all.”
“Have you gotten the net hooked up yet?”
“Yeah Nicole already has it so I am going to use her wifi on my lap top.”
“What about World of Warcraft?”
“I’ll get around to that.” I laughed
“We could be partners in crime. ok not crime but battle.” He laughed.
“Why is your mom there?” I asked.
“She’s helping me get settled. Both my parents are here actually.”
“Wow must be nice.” I laughed “My mom spoke with me for like 20 minutes then let me go.”
“Why?”
“I think she is kind of disappointed in me that I didn’t get more work.”
“Tell her she should go and try it then.” He laughed.
“Yeah well you know how she is.” I laughed.
My mother was a stage mom always having her say in my career. Stage mom personified.
I even think at one point I was the sole provider for the home mind you she will never admit to any of that.
Henry and I talked for a couple moments more before he had to let me go. He asked if I would call him in a couple hours so we could talk longer and that also his parents would be gone.
I reminded him that I was 6 hours behind him and that it would not be an issue then let him go.
Just hearing his voice had made my day.

I had a job within a week of being home and decided to take on two so that I could save faster.
Henry and I spoke regularly and he too had also found work at a club in London as a bartender.
I had also started playing World of Warcraft so that we could spend more time together even if it was in a virtual online capacity.
Within a couple months I began to look into flights to London for the summer and sadly everything seemed to be so expensive for that time of year. When I spoke with Henry about it he decided he was not going to let me pay for the trip on my own. I told him it was fine that I was coming up to see him and that he would be allowing me to stay there rent free so it was a trade off but he was having none of it.
After about an hour of arguing I learned never again would I argue with a Taurus as they are stubborn beyond anything I ever thought and would not back down once they had set their minds to something.
So between the two of us we had enough money for me to come up for the month of July and later that week I booked my flight.

July 2nd at 6:40pm I boarded my flight to London, the flight was to take 7 hours nonstop and I would arrive in London at approximately 8:40am the following day.
I was so excited to be heading back to England I had not been there since I was 19 and I had never been to London at all.
I settled in my window seat and put head phones on and began listening to my mp3 player.  I had created a 7 hour fly to England play list but if the in flight movie was any good I would likely turn off the music to tune into the movie but I wanted to be safe rather than sorry.
I under estimated the power of my tunes and a couple hours in I had fallen fast asleep.
At around 8am UK time I finally woke up.
When I finally landed and went through customs my excitement was about to boil over. I exited my gate and saw Henry right away there was no mistaking the long curly mop.
He had his head down and didn’t see me exit till I was almost in front of him.
“Not paying attention Cavill?” I said as I approached.
He began to laugh “I was looking at my phone.”
He leaned in to hug me and kissed my cheek.
“So glad you’re here.” He said
“I am so happy being here I can’t wait to take it all in.”
Henry looked at me and he got a sad and worried look on his face.
“I need to tell you something.”
I began to worry why he would start off our visit in such a fashion and was hoping that maybe he was just pulling my leg.
“I haven’t been totally honest with you.”
I stopped in my tracks. “What?”
“There is something I haven’t told you.”
“Just tell me.” I said with a huff “Get it over with.”
I must have looked as though I were about to burst in to tears because Henry grabbed me right away and hugged me.
“It’s nothing that horrible baby.”
I looked up to him “Well then?”
“I don’t live on my own. I have a flat mate.”
“That’s it?”
“Yeah I didn’t want to tell you as I thought it might make you not want to come.”
“Why would it matter? I was not giving him my annoyed face.
“I don’t know” He bent his head “Our rooms are right next to each other’s and I thought you might want to come down because you think he might listen in on us.”
“Ah ok.” I laughed “I’m just glad it’s only that.”
With that said we picked up my bags and walked to the car.

Henry’s flat was small, much smaller than our apartment in Los Angeles the only part of the flat that was large was the living room which he said he loved for having parties.
He had cleaned out a couple draws for my stuff which I thought was sweet but now the bathroom would be shared between 3 sometimes 4 people as his flat mate James also had a girlfriend who stayed over a lot. So instead of putting my stuff in the washroom I stored it in his room.
James was not home when were arrived he was at work and I would not meet him till dinner time.
Henry asked if I would like to head to the grocery store to get some food to which I agreed because I was wide awake after sleeping on the plane.
“Can you cook for everyone tonight?” He asked.
“Who’s everyone?” I asked.
“Myself, you, James and Laura.”
“I take it Laura is his girlfriend?”
“Yeah she will be here for the weekend and I told them you would likely do a lot of the cooking. Hope that was not too presumptuous of me?”
I tilted my head to him as if to say yes it was.
He put his head down “Sorry, You don’t have to cook. We will just wing it.”
“Let’s just go shopping first ok.”
“Ok sounds good.”

The store was like a huge superstore and even sold booze which in Canada is not done.
I wanted to see everything so I made Henry walk down each isle with me one at a time. He didn’t seem to mind and just walked next to me as I pushed the cart he occasionally threw things he wanted into the basket.
I had brought some of my own money to purchase food as well and Henry told me James had also given him some cash to grab some food.
So with that I picked up all the things I loved to cook, Chicken, pasta, roast, potatoes, noodles, eggs, bread and anything else I could think of.
One of the other good things about their flat was that it has a regular sized fridge instead of the standard apartment sizes ones that fit basically nothing into them.
I glanced over to Henry and he was smiling.
“What?” I said smiling back.
“You’re very much in your element. You’re going to make a very good wife and mother.”
“Why is that?”
“You’re just perfect when it comes to all this stuff.”
I grabbed his hand and kissed it. “It helps when you’re cooking for someone you love.”
He leaned in and kissed me. “I love you too.”

When James and his girlfriend Laura arrived I was almost finished cooking the chicken, broccoli pasta bake I had decided to make that night and Henry was just setting the table.
“Hey man” James said to Henry “What’s cooking?”
“I’m not 100% sure” Henry laughed “It’s got chicken, broccoli, cheese pasta and a sauce all mixed together. It’s really good you will both enjoy it.”
“It smells delicious” Laura said.
I walked from the kitchen to greet them and we all shook hands.
“Dinner will be ready in just a couple minutes actually perfect timing.”
I asked Henry to bring out the bread and butter while I got ready to bring out the main dish.
As we sat down to eat I was not sure what I should be saying or what to talk about because I knew nothing about either of them.
James was the first to pipe up. “So you’re an actor too?”
I nodded “Yes.”
Laura then asked “What part of Canada are you from?”
“I am from London actually but moved to Toronto and I have also lived in Vancouver while filming a television show.”
“Is there a lot of work up in Canada?” She asked.
“Not really no. Unless you’re lucky enough to get on a show being filmed there or a movie that has decided to film in Canada but I find with the big budget movies being filmed there they only tend to hire their own and use us Canadians as fillers.”
“Fillers?” James asked.
“Background.” I smiled. “Mostly non speaking parts so they can pay us bare minimum.”
Everything went quiet for a few moments and we all just focused on eating.
“How long have you known Henry?” I asked.
“About 3 years now.”
Then Laura added “Just since he has been back.”
The night went on with more friendly conversation about football and how it was funny that I referred to it as soccer, drinking games, our time in LA, things we wanted to see and do and so much more.
Both James and Laura were very easy to be around and I was suddenly no longer worried about being here.

That weekend we were all going to head to the club Henry worked at and he had actually worked the dinner rush that day and didn’t arrive home till about 9:30pm where he quickly jumped into the shower and got ready.
As he walked back into our room I had to chuckle again. When Henry and I had been in LA his agents had told him to appear younger and that keeping his chest shaved would adhere to this illusion.
But this week was the first time I had seen his chest without any of it shaved off.
He had what I called the perfect T bar chest hair. Straight along his chest and pecks down his center belly. I was actually quite sexy on his small frame but they were right his face didn’t match the maturity of his chest.
I walked over to him and ran my hands through it, like I had the night I first got there and he was a tad ticklish and backed away from me.
I looked at him with upset and he came forward again. “It tickled” He laughed.
I kissed his pecks and nuzzled my head into his chest.
He put his arms around me and ran his hands through my blonde hair.
Every part of me wanted to be with him in that moment but I knew we were going to be heading out soon so I did not let the feel last for more than just a lingering moment.

The club was a fun place where the entire local young crowd would hang out and if there was one thing I knew how to do it was fit in and stand out when it regarded my clothing.
I’d decided to wear a thin sweater mini dress that fell off the shoulders in a sleek grey colour and I paired it with knee high striped stocks and funky platform runners.
I placed my hair in a faux hawk style ponytail and did a subtle yet Smokey style make up.
Henry opted for jeans and a t-shirt with his floppy curls just framing his strong yet boyish features.
The club was not far from where they lived so we were able to walk down the few streets to it and already there was a line up to get in.
I don’t think I had ever waited in line to get into a club before so this was funny for me.
We didn’t have to wait long and once we were inside the music was so loud you could barely hear yourself think.
Henry grabbed the first rounds of drinks and we headed off to find a place to sit.
Everyone there knew Henry and a couple of people even bought him drinks.
I found it quite amusing until the women began approaching him and placing their mitts all over him.
I was sitting right there next to him but none of them even seemed to be phase by the fact that he was there with someone.
I finally had enough and gave Henry a very stern look.
James began to laugh at him and Laura slapped his arm telling him to shut it.
“They are just regulars Nika” Henry said.
“So let me get this straight they regularly do this to you?”
“No!”
“Oh so because they are regulars they think they have the right too?”
“No.”
“Are we dating or are we just friends who are having sex?” I yelled loud enough Laura got uncomfortable.
“They all know I have a girlfriend Nika, They are drunk and just being overly friendly. You have nothing to worry about. You need to stop with the jealousy. I will only tell you this again one more time I am with you and will not ever cheat on you so you don’t need to worry about when another girl comes around me because I am here with you and I am going to be with you all night and I am going home with you and I am going to go to bed and make love to you and only you.”
And with that he’d managed to make me feel guilty and like a total ass.
I couldn’t help it but a couple tears ran down my cheeks.
Henry saw and wiped them away.
“Have fun baby, let’s go dance and have fun.” He kissed me and grabbed my hand lifting me up and leading me onto the dance floor.

When it was my turn to grab a round Laura and I went up together and stood at the bar.
The bartender tonight was a women and she was making her rounds serving all the men first.
Even though we’d been standing there quite the bit longer if another man came up behind us she would serve them first.
Finally another bartender came on shift and asked us what we would like.
We ordered our drinks and were stopped buy a couple guys who called us “Sweet things”
We had a nice laugh at that and as we went to walk away the one guy grabbed Laura’s arm.
I quickly told him to let her go and that is when the second guy shoved me nearly spilling the drinks all over me.
At which point two other guys came to our rescue.
Once the jerks had left we thanked the other two for stepping in.
“Can we buy you girls a shooter?” They asked
“We are here with our fellas guys” I said
“That’s not a problem come have a shot with us anyway.”
“No thanks” We said as we went to walk away.
We walked back to our table and another guy placed his arm around my neck.
I jumped in shock and he whispered how hot I was and how I should come dance with him.
Henry was now standing next to me looking at him.
“Look mate this is my girl please let her be.”
“Ooh if it’s not the big Hollywood star Cavill!” the guy said with such sarcasm.
Henry took my hand and went to lead me away when the guy grabbed him and spun him around.
“Just because you did a couple Hollywood movies doesn’t mean a thing and it doesn’t mean you can have all the women either!”
Henry slapped the guys hand off him. “I don’t want all the women here but this one I happen to be with, she is with me so back off!”
The guy shoved Henry and for the first time I seen anger in him.
Henry is a very happy go lucky type of person and rarely allowed things to get to him but this guy was pissing him off in a way I have never witnessed.
He shoved Henry again and that was enough for Hen he step back towards the guy and slugged him right in the mouth.
“Don’t think I am just going to let you push me around mate.” Henry yelled.
The guy came back and was about to throw a punch at Henry when security stepped in.
Thankfully because Henry worked there he was able to explain to security what had happened and the guy was asked to leave.
We spent the rest of the night dancing and laughing as others bought Henry drinks for knocking a bloke around.
By the time we left we were all pretty much sloshed and I wondered if we would even make it the two blocks back to the apartment.

We slipped into bed and cuddled next to one another once again I snuggled into his hairy chest and we drifted to sleep quickly.
11am rolled around and there was a knock on the bedroom door.
“Hank?” James said “Hank! Time to get up man. You two wanted to do things today.”
Henry rose and looked at the clock. “Oh shit. Nika wake up or we’re going to waste the day in bed.”
I looked up at him “I rather like the bed.”
He smiled then began to tug at me to get me to move.
“Let’s go babe or we’re not going to get anything seen and done today.”
“Ok ok I am up.” I slowly rolled out of the bed.
We quickly showered and got dressed; Henry was taking me to see Big Ben today as well as Buckingham Palace.

Over the next 3 weeks Henry and I would go out many more times but not get into any more fights not with others or each other.
He would take me to all the different places I had wanted to go including London’s Bridge, The Tower of London and The Eye both during the day as well as in the evening.
I was having so much fun I didn’t realize how fast the time was going by until he mentioned to me that I would be leaving in just 2 days.
I turned to him in shock “It’s been almost 3 weeks already? Wow where did the time go?”
“I know.” He laughed “We’ve had such a good time we lost total track of it all going by.”
“If I could stay here forever I would. I’ve always felt like I should have been born here.”
He looked at me and smiled “You never know babe one day you just might be here more permanently.”
I liked the sound of that especially if that meant I got to be here with him.

Our last night we spent together trapped in his room just enjoying one another laying there talking and laughing, making love and laughing some more.
He held me tighter this night than any other night we had spent together.
“I don’t want you to leave either Nika I’ve grown way to comfortable with you being here and when you leave I am going to have to go back to being alone.”
I hugged him against my breast “I’m a phone call or computer game away sweetie.”
Way laid still for what felt like a long while when I felt my chest become wet.
I looked down to him and stroked his cheek and felt the tears running down. I said nothing just hugged him tighter and kissed his forehead.
The most wonderful feeling was being with him holding him in my arms.
Tomorrow I was heading home and I didn’t know when I would see him again. Suddenly he was not the only one crying.
After kissing once again we snuggled tight and fell asleep. We’d go with the flow of things knowing that we had a bond that was strong enough to withstand so much more than either of us even really imagined.

I knew you when – Chapter 4

My dressing room was so tiny and you could tell this was no big budget movie but I didn’t care I was working.
I had no lines at all and my scenes were extremely sexual and in this moment I was so very glad I was doing the scenes with someone I actually knew.

We began my first scene in which I contact Henry’s character Mike by phone for a hook up.
This was so easy we got it done in just a few takes.
However my next scene was a little more involved then the last and I soon found myself becoming very uncomfortable.
Henry found it quite amusing that I had to be down on my knees.
As the director Rick yelled action I began bobbing me head up and down and Henry leaned back.
I hand him a phone without even stopping what I am doing but Henry’s reaction is so neutral I suddenly pause. Rick yells cut and asks me if there is a problem?
I said “No sorry I just thought you know if a girl is going down on a guy he’d be making more of reaction then this.”
To this Henry replied “No Mike is a cool collected type of guy so he wouldn’t make a lot of fuss.”
Rick agreed and we set up to shoot the scene again.

This scene was taking forever to shoot and my knees were beginning to hurt.
I didn’t want to mention it out loud for fear of being seen as difficult to work with.
So one we pressed for the next few hours shooting over and over with the cameras filming from every angle possible.
When we were finally done I had a hard time getting to my feet it was like my legs had gone numb.
Henry helped me to my feet and asked if I was ok.
I smiled “Yep I’m fine.”
“Ok good.” He smiled.

We left for the day but needed to be back on set at 7am the next morning to film our next scene together. I knew this was going to be the longest day because the scene was quite intense and I knew Rick was going to want to get the shots from every possible angle but at the same time I thought it was going to be funny to see if any of our real sexual connection would trickle its way onto screen and if anyone would actually notice if it did happen.

The alarm went off at 5am Henry was for sure more of the early riser then myself I would have likely slept till 6am.
He kissed my cheek “Wake up sweetie lets get some coffee and breakfast before we have to leave.”
“Seriously?” I looked up at him.
“I’m jumping into the show now you joining me?”
I leaped up “yep!”
We made love in the shower he was a very passionate young man and I loved it.
I started breakfast and coffee and we sat at the table and I kept going on about how his real reactions to oral sex were nothing like what he had performed yesterday to which he replied.
“Mike would not have made a big huge scene in front of a bar full of people so he kept his cool.”
“Ok I will give him that” I said laughing.

As I got dressed for the next scene I laughed right out loud as I glanced into the mirror to see just how ridiculous I looked.
I was wearing a fake black leather jacket with what appeared to be just a push up bra under it and these skin tight black pants that I swear were not flattering to my ass.
Thank God I had big boobs they looked fantastic in this push up bra, so much so I was pretty sure no one was going to notice that my ass didn’t look as ideal.

I walk out to the set where Henry was already waiting his eyes widened as he saw me coming.
He leaned in and whispered in my ear “Man you look hot!”
I began to laugh; Henry is a boob man has been since I first met him and the one thing he loves about me in my big old double D’s.
He smiled and whispered again “I can’t wait to kiss them, going to be weird having everyone watching though.”
“Here’s to hoping you don’t pitch a tent as we’re filming” I laughed.
He suddenly got serious looking. “Shit your right! Stay calm boy stay calm” He said laughing.
I adored his smile and laugh it was so infectious and you could not help but smile along with him.

The scene called for Henry’s character Mike to come up behind me and put his hands all over me, fondling my breast while kissing my neck then moving his hands downward to my private area.
Take 1 and I thought we were going so well.
Our natural chemistry was working to our advantage.
CUT! Rick yells.
We step away from one another and look to Rick.
“More passion” He says “I want people to feel the sexuality coursing through you both, Henry grab at her pull at her bra.”
Henry and I nod and step back into position to begin the scene again.
Take 2 – Action
Henry walks up once again behind me tugging at my bra and fondling my breast while kissing my neck.
His hands work their way down to my hips onto my belly and downward to my private.
CUT yells Rick.
I think to myself what the hell was wrong with that one?
“Come on guys, I’m not feeling it I need it to be raw and dirty.”
Raw and dirty I thought? What the fuck were we filming here? porn?
I began to get a little uncomfortable.
Rick comes closer to us “Listen guys it’s obvious there is chemistry between you both and that is working and looking fantastic but I really need it too look more animalistic.”
Again we both nod and take up position once again.
Around take 20 we were finally doing what Rick had been looking for.
By this take Henry’s hand was going down into my pants and purple underwear grabbing at my vagina and almost looking like he was going to pick me up by it!
Next set up against a wall.
ACTION
I tore at Henry’s jacket his hands were all over me.
We began to kiss
I leaned in and bit his shirt with my teeth, came back up and kissed him again.
CUT
One thing I was finding difficult was actually stopping when he yelled cut I was very much being turned on by this rugged version that was taking place between Henry and I.
“More tongue Henry” Said Rick
“More?” Henry asked
“Yes more lick her mouth like you’re going to devour her.”
As Rick is telling Henry what he wants I am reminded of a conversation Henry and I had once had about french kissing.
It was actually something Henry was completely un comfortable with he felt that should be for a women he is with and no one else.
I wondered if in this moment he was still not comfortable with the idea and then he looked at me and I knew in that look he was not happy with the decision Rick had wanted him to take. It would be compromising his own morals and he knew it.
I winked to let him know it would be fine that it was me and this once he could break that inner promise he’d made to himself.

ACTION
We begin once again and this time we’re giving it everything we have.
CUT
What the hell I thought I swore by the end of this scene I would going have mouth burn from all this kissing we were doing.
“Nika, you need to be more aggressive. Remember your about to deliver him to his death you’re a bad ass bitch”
I smiled at him and nodded I kind of liked the idea of being a bad ass bitch. Not to Henry of course but in general.
ACTION
I throw Henry against the wall and start to kiss him I eat at his shirt with my teeth.
We kiss again and he pours his tongue into my mouth and we stay a moment just licking one another’s tongues.
I go back to tugging at his shirt with my teeth and come up again for one final kiss before I push him down the corridor to an adjoining room.

CUT yells Rick

Set up for the next scene Rick tells me to stay aggressive and to push him onto a table at which point Henry is to try and calm me down.

ACTION
Henry is walking backwards we are kissing and caressing one another I toss him to the table.
“Whoa, easy now”
I don’t let up I am all over him.
Next I toss him into yet another adjoining room his back to me.
In a quick flash he jumps around with his hands up like little paws “RAWR” he says.
I burst out laughing.
CUT
I turn to Rick and say “I am so sorry! I just didn’t expect that at all! It was just so funny and cute.”
Rick begins to laugh and sets us back up for the next take.
I say to Henry “You plan on doing that rawr again?”
“Yeah, I was told too” He laughs
“Ok just so I know not to laugh again. You were so adorable doing it by the way”
“You two ready?” Asks Rick
We nod together “Yes”
ACTION
We go through the motions over and over and each time I toss him into the room and he spins around I do everything I can to not burst into laughter because he looks so flipping cute with this silly look on his face.
CUT – Wrap!
My scenes were now done. Henry however had two more weeks of filming.

Rick looked over to us and asked us if he could talk to us for a moment.
We walked over and stood next to him.
“Have you two met before?” He asked.
We looked at one another then back to him “Yes”
“You ever slept together?” He asked.
I was not comfortable responding to that questions and it appeared Henry was feeling the same way.
Rick picked up on that right away “Never mind guys it’s ok you can tell you have great chemistry on screen and it translated well to film and I just wanted to tell you both excellent job.”
Henry and I thanked Rick and began walking back to our dressing rooms.
We were both feeling great we’d just been told we’d done good and there is nothing more amazing then hearing that you’re doing an awesome job even if it’s not a big budget job.

I knew you when – Chapter 3

As I cooked dinner for all of us Corin asked about some of our prior rolls.
I joked that because I was Canadian there was not a lot to talk about regarding my roles.
Henry already had a big budget movie under his belt and it was his very first role ever in The Count of Monte Cristo. He went on to star in another movie Called Laguna but it had not been released.
He’d also done several television roles in England.
He was far more established then myself even though I had been doing it much longer than him.
I had up to this point only done television and commercials.
As we sat down to eat Henry asked “Should I get new head shots?”
“Why? What’s wrong with the ones you have now?” I asked.
“Well my hair is a lot longer now.”
“So” I laughed “At least they will know what you look like two different ways.”
Corin and him began to laugh “Good point I guess.”
We sat around for a couple hours and just talked about everything from movies to movies and even got around to sex.
I had to work early the next day so I Corin and Andy were sweet enough to let me have their bed for the night. I felt bad but I knew I would get no sleep with these boys up all night giggling like little girls.

The next day at work I politely asked the manager if they had another position available. He informed me they had two more slots they needed to fill one for my shift and one for the dinner shift.
On my break I called Henry and told him to get his ass down here to apply as a few others had already stopped in to inquire about the positions.
Within the hour Henry had arrived and was speaking with the manager.
The manager was so impressed by Henry he hired him on the spot I had to admit that made me slightly jealous however I was sure there might be a hidden agenda from the manager.
Henry ran over to me kissed my cheek “Thanks babe, I start tomorrow! Love you see you later today.”
“So glad you got the job and so quickly I might add! He likes you” I started to laugh.
“I don’t care if he likes me I got a job!” He smiled.
“Want me to pick up some beer on the way home?” I asked him.
“Yeah sounds good.” he kissed me again “See ya later.”

When I got home Henry was in the kitchen cooking.
“Something smells yummy, what are you making?”
“Pasta nothing special” He laughed. “Thought we should celebrate now that we having paying jobs.”
I busted out laughing “What shift did you take?”
“Same as you is that ok?”
“Yeah why wouldn’t it be?”
“Oh I don’t want you getting sick of seeing me all day every day.”
“Really? Do you think there is actually a person out there who would really get sick of looking at you?” I laughed.
“What are you saying Nika?” He smiled.
“Oh I don’t know” I said with a frowned brow “Only that you’re too fucking adorable!”
“And you’re not?” He asked.
“I am sure in this town you’re going to be the cuter one.” I laughed.
He laughed “I highly doubt that.”
We sat down and began to eat and I have to admit I didn’t think he could cook but he’d done a fine job making the pasta dinner.
“Where is Corin and Andy?” I asked.
“Oh yeah I forgot to tell you; they went to Corin’s mom’s for the weekend. They will be back Tuesday afternoon, so we have the place to ourselves for four days.”
“Oh wow that’s so awesome not to mention nice that they trusted us enough.”
“I think after what you did for them trust is the one thing they for sure have in you Nika.”
“Ok well what should we do then?”
“We should enjoy the weekend if we’re not working.” He said
“You just want another chance to use that fake ID of yours.” I laughed.
“Hey in England I am old enough ok.” He smiled.
“Yes I know and in Canada too!” I stuck my tongue out at him.
“Speaking of my age.” he said “What should I do for my birthday?”
“Oh yeah that’s like a month away.”
“Not even.”
“How will you be then? 29?” I laughed.
“Oh you’re funny.”
“Funny looking? Or funny like ha-ha?”
He busted out laughing “Looking for sure!”
I slapped his arm! “You ass!”
He continued to laugh as he got up from the table to clear it.
“I kid, I kid.”
“Your lucky I know that too!” I slapped his ass as he walked by.
He turned and winked at me. “I love you.” He said smiling.
“What was that for?” I asked with a puzzled look on my face.
“I’ve never been more comfortable around a women before in my life. You’re so laid back and relaxed and I can joke with you and be myself and I love that.”
I tilted my head to the side and a shy smile came over me. “Thanks Henry.”

We both worked the Friday and Saturday morning shift at the restaurant but had the Sunday off so we made plans to head out to a club the Saturday evening.
Our manager Jose began to tell Henry about a new club that was opening that night and how he should stop by.
Henry asked if he could bring me and Jose’s face suddenly changed.
“Is she your girlfriend?” He asked.
“Well she is a girl and yes she is my friend.” Henry said with a laugh.
Jose did not look amused.
Henry began to bite his lip. “I should get back to work.” he said as he walked away.
As he walked by me he gave me this holy crap bug eyed look.
I put my head down and chuckled to myself.

At the end of our shift Jose called Henry to the office I knew this was not going to be good.
When Henry walked out he had a stunned, dazed look on his face.
“What the hell happened?” I asked.
“He doesn’t like us working the same shift so I’ve been switched to the dinner shift.”
“What the hell!”
“Yeah sucks but at least I still have a job.” He laughed. “I thought for a moment there I was a goner!”
“Actually so did I.” I laughed.
When we got back to the apartment I pulled out some food for dinner.
“What are you making babe?” He asked.
I loved when he called me that I don’t think someone as attractive as him had ever called me that before heck I was sure someone as attractive as him had never even been interested in me before.
It’s not that I was un attractive I just had a really bad habit of leaning towards relationships I knew were destine to blow up in my face. It was nice to not see that when I looked at him. Yes I dared to think it; maybe Henry and I could be in a relationship but I wasn’t going to push it because even just having him in my life as a friend was going to be great.
“Pork Chops and rice.” I said.
“Sounds good to me.”
After dinner I went to the washroom and began to run the water for a shower.
Henry poked his head in as I was getting un dressed “Mind if I join you?”
I turned with a shocked look on my face. “Excuse me?”
“Sorry!” He said backing out.
“No wait!” I yelled laughing “You caught me off guard.”
“I just thought of that saying” He said “Save water, shower with a friend.”
I shrugged my shoulders. “If you want you can it’s not like I’ve not seen you naked before.”
Henry was a lot like me we both hated cloths in bed and we found that out very early on in our friendship.
Even though we’d slept naked together he’d never once attempted to touch me and that was the same way he treated me this time in the shower.
I adored him for that but at the same time I had to admit I would not have minded.

We had a blast that night at the bar and when we got back to the apartment we sat and had a couple more drinks that’s when he leaned in and kissed me.
It’s was not like we’d never kissed before so I naturally kissed him back.
He kissed me again but this time he lightly licked my bottom lip.
I was shocked and leaned back looking at him puzzled.
He came closer; he had puppy blue eyes. The soft sad pleading way he was looking at me was beginning to melt my heart.
He kisses me again and again licks my lip lightly this time I decide to reciprocate with my own tongue.
It all happened so quick one minute we were laughing on the couch having a drink, next we were kisses then we were in the room taking our close off getting into bed.
I suddenly became scared I was after all a few years older than him and for a brief moment I almost felt perverted.
I was laying on my side and he slid close to me and wrapped his arm around my waist.
I glanced up at him and he smiled.
We began to kiss again and he slid his hand over my hip, his touch was so gentle and his hands were so soft my skin quickly became bumpy from the shivers he was sending through me.
He climbed on top of me and looking into my eyes he quietly whispered “Can I make love to you?”
My whole body quivered as I gave him permission.

When I woke the next morning he was snuggled against my back with his arm wrapped firmly around my waist. I felt my heart flutter as I took a deep breath and sighed.
I was happy more happy then I had ever been.
I didn’t want to wake him so I closed my eyes and just listened to the sound of his breathing.
He had a slight snore which I was use too but never had it been so close to my ear before.
I felt a grin come over my face, it was ear to ear.
In that instant it was like he knew I was awake. He lifted his head from the pillow and looked down at me. I turned to meet his gaze with what probably looked like a dorky smile.
He kissed my cheek and nuzzled into my neck.
“Would you like some breakfast?” I asked.
“In a moment. Let’s just lay here a bit longer.”
We snuggled back together and just laid there in silence listening to each other’s breaths.
I was falling in love and it was driving me mad. I could NOT be falling in love with a nearly 20 year old!

May 5th came around quickly and Henry was eager to celebrate his 20th birthday with everyone.
He was however becoming quite home sick.
We’d both taken the day off work and we were also still un packing from our mid April move into our own apartment. It was a small tiny fish bowl but it was ours and we could dress it up however we wished we could do whatever we wanted and no one would or could say anything.
As we unpacked what little we had the phone rang.
I grabbed it “Hello?”
“Oh hello, Would Henry be available?” A women asked.
“Yes just one moment.” I said handing the phone to Henry.
It was his mother and she had called to wish him a happy birthday and ask how the apartment was.
He’d not told her he was living with a woman yet and I was un easy about his little deceit.
I looked over to see his face so sad it was clear he really missed his mother and family members specially at this time.
I walked by and ran my hand through his hair to let him know I was here for him. He looked up and smiled.

That night we walked down to Corin and Andy’s place to grab them for Henry’s birthday night out. Rick and a few others were meeting us at the club and as we normally did we would hop between all of our favorite places and likely end the night at our new place with everyone crashing with us.

We had never spent so much time on the dance floor then we did this night.
At every bar we were at someone would buy Henry a drink including women which I won’t deny made me slightly jealous. I really had no right to be either we’d never officially said we were anything more than roommates, friends, lovers.
However Henry was always able to read me quite well and knew each time a women approached him that I would get just that more upset.
Corin would hug me each time and whisper in my ear “Hun he’s with you don’t get too worried.”
When Henry and I moved in together I’d never actually thought of how it would all play out if we were not dating and decided to date other people how would that work in our one bedroom fishbowl?

Our final stop of the night was at club DBA it was one of our favorite spots in West Hollywood to go and dance.
Henry walked up to me and gave me a hug.
“You know we’ve been here just over two months and still neither of us have gotten a bite.”
I looked at him and smile. “Henry tonight is your birthday lets enjoy it and worry about getting acting jobs tomorrow ok?”
“OK ok” He laughed “Let’s dance”
I always had to chuckle when he would dance because in spite of all his good looks and talents he for the life of him had no groove what so ever.
I liked to tease him calling his dance moves the shake and jerk.
He would laugh and say “Well at least I am dancing!”
He always knew how to have a good time and managed to always put smiles on everyone faces.

We ended the night and headed home.
The group of us loud and bubbly as we walked down the street.
There was no mistaking us when we all got together you could hear us for miles.
A couple of times we’d even had people shout out their windows for us to shut up.
Tonight however no one yelled at us and we even got a couple hoots and hollers from other groups of people walking down the street.
As we all filled our fishbowl I’d become extremely tired.
I leaned to Henry and told him I was going to head to bed. I kissed him on his cheek and wished him one last Happy Birthday.
He got up and walked me to our bedroom and turned me towards him.
He leaned in and kissed me. “Love you Nika”
“Love you too Henners”
“I’ll be joining you soon” He said “See you in a bit.”

The next morning I woke to the phone ringing and a hangover.
I leaned over Henry to reach the phone.
“Hello?”
It was Henry’s agent.
“HENRY!” I smacked his chest “Henry!”
He jumped “Yeah? Yeah?”
“It’s your agent” I said handing him the phone.
You could see he too was clearly hung over but he handled the call like a pro.
He jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom quickly turning on the shower.
“You going to tell me what’s going on?” I asked as I followed him.
“I have an audition in two hours.”
“Oh my god that’s amazing Henry!” I said hugging him.
“Yeah I am excited. It’s not a huge budget movie but it’s a movie none the less.”
“You’ll get it! I have faith in you.”
He laughed and jumped into the shower. “Hope your right. Can you start coffee?”
“Yep! I’m on it.”

He was gone for what felt like forever but when he finally returned he had a smile on his face so I knew things had gone well.
“It was for a horror movie.” He said.
“Ooh cool! Do you get killed?” I laughed
“Not sure.” He laughed “But I think things went well so I might have a job!”
I was very excited for him but wished that I too had an acting gig.

The next day he received the call, He’d gotten the part and would begin filming right here in L.A. in a couple months.
That night we went out after work to celebrate him getting the job.
Everyone was very happy for Henry and you could see that even though it might not have been the ideal job he’d wanted he was working doing what he loved to do and that pleased him.

As we lay in bed that night he shifted to his side to face me.
“Don’t worry babe, It will happen for you too”
“Oh I know.” I said smiling “Just wish it would happen sooner rather than later.”
“Just don’t give up ok?” He said.
“Oh you know me I won’t!”

The next afternoon the phone rang and this time it was my agent.
She was calling to tell me she’d gotten me an audition for a small part in a movie and the audition was the next day at 11am.
I was so thrilled I began dancing around the room before I even let her go.
She could hear the excitement in my voice and reminded me that it was a rather small part.
I however didn’t care I was going to be working and that was the biggest excitement for me.
When Henry came in I was still dancing around and right away he knew.
“When’s your audition?” He asked.
“Tomorrow at 11.”
“Told you!” He winked. “Shall we go out tonight?”
“Sorry can’t I had to switch shifts so I could go to the audition tomorrow so I’m working”
“Oh ok, we can always go out tomorrow.” He smiled.
“Yep!” I said as I continued to dance.
I grabbed his hands and made him dance with me. He began to laugh.
“You silly girl!”
“Silly? Why am I silly?”
“Because I said you are.” He laughed.
“Ok fine, I will be silly it’s better than stupid.”
We both began to laugh.

It took a week for my agent to finally call me back after my audition but I got the part.
I turned to Henry and said “Yes I got it! Not sure how well I am going to like it but I got it!”
“What do you mean?” He asked.
“I have a pretty intense sex scene I have to do and I have never done one before.”
“Just relax and try not to think about it too much.” He suggested. “What movie?”
I began to laugh “Hellraiser 8, Can you believe they have made 7 of these already?”
“Wait what did you say?” He asked.
“Hellraiser.” I repeated.
“Whoa Nika! I got a part in Hellraiser too!”
“WHAT? NO WAY!”
“Yes way! and two of my scenes are sex scenes!”
“You don’t think?” I said
“Oh man would that not be funny!” He laughed.

That week our scripts were delivered to us to begin going over and sure enough as we poured over our scenes we realized that we were in fact about to do sex scenes with one another.
As I looked over my whole part I noticed I did not have one actual line.
“I don’t fucking say anything!” I grumbled. “I’m nothing more than tit and ass.”
Henry lowered his head with a sad look on his face. “I’m sorry sweetheart.”
“It’s not your fault.” I said “Guess the writer needs it to sell it.”
Just then Henry began to laugh “Not sure if we should practice our scenes or if we already have enough practice to just go right into it.”
I laughed out loud. “Should we tell the director we’ve slept together?”
“No maybe just that we know one another.” He said.
“Yeah that might be for the best.”

One month later Henry began to film Hellraiser 8 – Hellworld.
Three and a half weeks after he began I showed up to begin filming my scene.
This was going to be very interesting I thought to myself.

I knew you when – Chapter 2

The days seem to drag by so slowly and our only two days in LA had felt like two months with no bites for a job for either of us.
I’d become very un easy with our landlord Chris and felt better when Henry and I were not actually in the house.

Finally on day four I had enough I broke down in tears and slumped onto my bed.
Henry knocked lightly at the door. “You ok?”
I told him he could come in I turned my back from him and continued to sob.
“What’s wrong?” He asked.
“Chris is really freaking me out Henry, I swear he poked his head into the shower the other day when I was showering and I think he comes in here at night while I sleep. He’s always staring at me with this creep grin on his face.”
“Why did you not tell me Nika?”
“Because I can’t prove it, I thought maybe I was just being silly. You know being away from home and all. I’ve not showered in two days.”
Henry walked to my side of the bed and sat next to me. “Go shower now Nika I will stay here and make sure your not being watched.”
I glanced up to him my eyes blurry from the tears. “Thank you Henry.” I said as I hugged him.
I stepped into the shower and Henry parked his butt right in front of the bathroom door, we chatted about what we should do while I got cleaned up and he decided for the remainder of the week he would bunk with me or I with him till we could find some other place to stay.

Henry had packed up his bags and was moving them to my room when Chris walked through the door.
“What are you doing?” He asked Henry.
“Nika and I have decided we’re going to share a room so you can feel free to rent the 2nd one out again but don’t worry you can keep both our money for the rooms.”
“I don’t think so” Chris snapped “I said no couples when you applied to live here.”
“We’re not a couple mate, we’re friends and Nika is feeling really home sick and she feels better when I am around.”
“To bad! If you two are going to stay here you need to be in separate rooms.”
This made Henry furious and he snapped at Chris. “Listen mate, I know you been watching Nika. Creeping on her. So here’s the deal we will be out by Monday morning when our money for the week is up but until then I am staying in her room with her and if you come near her again I’ll call the police.”
“Fine” Chris snarled “Monday morning get your asses out of here.”
“No worries, we’ll be gone.” Henry said as he shut my door.

That weekend we’d decided to hit the town and try to meet some new people there was so much to do and see in Los Angeles it could become a bit too much at times. But in the same breath taking it all in made you feel like wow you were finally trying to hit the big time and you couldn’t help but smile.
The allure of Hollywood I could totally understand, there is something magnetic about this city even with all its flaws you couldn’t help but feel like you were important living there.

It was about 1am Friday night when Henry and I left yet another bar, we were pub crawling getting to know more of the locals in and around the area we were living.
We’d decided to hit one more spot before calling it a night when out of the corner of my eye I saw a group of young guys being cornered by a much larger guy and his buddy.
They were both spouting off at the mouth and the group of younger guys just kept telling them they didn’t want any trouble.
I stopped dead in my tracks and began to listen and that’s when I heard it. They were being targeted because they were gay.
I slowly took off my heals and ran across the street before Henry even had the chance to say or do anything.
“Nika? What are you doing???” He yelled after me.
I stepped in front of the tiniest member of their group an adorable blonde with the biggest blue eyes I had ever seen.
“Is there a problem here?” I asked. As Henry joined me at my side.
“Oh look a girl is coming to your rescue.” Said Mr. Smug.
“I don’t see this as boy verses girl I see it as smart verses stupid, Guess which you are?” I said.
He stepped forward as if to shove me I raised my heel to his face.
“You know the one thing I like about the US is that you have very decent self defense laws. I can hurt you and hurt you bad and walk away scot free because you Mr. Stupid are being aggressive and are putting me and my friends in danger.”
He stood there looking at me with a very dumb look on his face. He was trashed and was too trashed to think or put a sentence together properly and was out trying to prove he was some type of man.
I looked at him and said “Just so you know I am a boxer who is proficient in martial arts and if I want I could upper cut you and break your jaw how manly would you feel then?”
Henry looked at me like I was crazy.
The young guys were also trying to back me slowly away from them.
“I said don’t hate them because they are gay they can’t help they are more of a man then you will ever be. They can’t help more women would rather be with them then a meat head like yourself. Don’t hate them cause they are more beautiful then you. Just walk away and have a pissing contest somewhere else.
Henry’s mouth dropped he couldn’t believe what I was doing. “He’s going to hit you” Henry whispered.
“Don’t worry, no he won’t. He will walk away with his tail between his legs as I just busted his ego.”
And just like that the two of them turned around spit on the ground, called me a fucking bitch and walked away.
I smiled “See, told ya!”
I turned to the group and said “Not all straight people are assholes like that; real sorry you got caught up in that type of bullshit.”

The group hugged me “Thank you” they all chimed
“Your our real life superhero now!” said the adorable blonde.
I began to laugh. “Nope no hero just a person who hates people who spread hate like that.”
“I’m Corin” Said the blonde as he stuck out his hand.
“Nice to meet you I said. I’m Tonika and this fella right here is my Henners.”
“I’m Rick” said the next one as we shook hands “And this is Andy”
We all stood around and talked for a little while longer before deciding to hit another pub that was in the area. So off the five of us went Corin and I began to skip down the street and the other guys were having a laugh at us.

Over drinks I began to tell Corin what had been happening in our apartment and how Henry and I were looking for a new place to stay.
“I don’t have much but if you guys need a few extra days to find a place you can crash with us.”
“With you and who?” I asked.
“Andy is my boyfriend and we have a one bedroom apartment, nothing much but it’s a roof.”
“Wow.” I said “Thank you so much! We might have to take you up on that offer.”

That Monday we packed up and left while Chris was still at work we headed down to meet up with Corin who was sweet enough to be allowing us to stay with him till we found somewhere new.
Henry was going to give me the couch while he slept on the floor and for some reason I just couldn’t allow all that beautiful boy to sleep on a floor it just didn’t feel right.
So our first night there I made him climb up onto the couch with me and we snuggled up and watched a bit of TV before heading to sleep. We both had long days the next day he had an audition and I had a real job interview.

My job interview went well and I really hoped I would get the job I was running out of money fast and I didn’t get something I might have to pack up and go home.
I sat there waiting for the phone to ring I am not sure why I thought they would call me that day I guess I just hoped they would.
I wondered how Henry was doing in his audition it wasn’t for anything big but when you need money you do what work comes your way.
He walked in with a smile on his face.
“Did you get it?” I said jumping up.
“I don’t know yet but I think things went well, How’d your interview go?”
“I think it went well just waiting for a call.”
“So looks like we both had a good day!”
“Yes it does” I smiled.

It was not till the next day that each of us received calls.
Mine was the first to come in and I got the job and was to start the day after.
I was so excited, finally would have more money coming in.
Later the call from Henry’s agent came in and I saw that look all of us actors are very familiar with. The “I didn’t get the part” look.
I walked up behind him and hugged him he swung his arm backwards to wrap around me.
He hung up the phone and turned him to me. “Don’t worry Hen you will get one soon.” I said.
He smiled. He has the most magnificent smile I had ever seen gorgeous large teeth with perfect pouted lips in the shape of an M surrounding them.
He leaned down and kissed me. “Thank you for being with me Nika, it’s nice not being alone.”
I kissed him back and hugged him tighter. He was right it was nice not being alone. Having him with me made it all seem so much easier.
“Think your restaurant might need some more help?” He asked.
“I’ll ask tomorrow when I go in for my shift.”
“Thanks” He said as he squeezed me tight. “Let’s eat I am starving!”
I laughed as we walked to the kitchen to begin dinner.