OK let me start by saying that I am in love with 80′s music of all varieties, so this is an era that will be re-visited MANY times over. If you’re confused as to why I’ve omitted a track, then fear not….I’ll probably get to it eventually. Today’s post is all about my ultimate anthems by female artists, and trust me when I say it was hard to whittle it down to these 5, but I had to be brutal!
FLASHDANCE….Fuck I love this song. It’s produced by Giorgio Moroder for starters, so you know it’s gonna be epic. Irene Cara has THE most amazing voice, and it’s one of the most uplifting songs around. Here’s the extended version for over 7mins of pure joy *Confession* I’ve never actually seen the film ‘Flashdance’ (what sort of lesbian am I??)
Not only is this song an absolute belter, but the video is in the classic ‘mini feature film’ style that was so beloved in the 80′s. Impossible to sing along without clutching your fist in front of your face
You know a song is an anthem when people lose their shit at the very first note. I have adored this song since I was a kid, long before San Junipero gave it a much deserved resurgence.
As if I’d do a post about 80′s anthems and not include a Whitney song….what sort of music blog do you take me for?
THE ULTIMATE! Not just one of the best 80′s anthems or Madonna songs, but one of THE best songs ever PERIOD (you can tell i’m serious from all the caps!) It doesn’t matter how cool or how much of a music snob you think you are….put this song on and EVERYBODY dances. I have proved this theory many times over.
A/N: So this is a bit of a change up. No Rae and Finn? What in the world will you do? Read this so you know what’s in the mind of the other characters! ❤
Not even bothered to even double check this. My editing skills suck. 😂
CHAPTER EIGHT: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
“What else am I meant to think Betty?”
My sister Belinda had been trying to calm me down ever since I arrived at her place after work. The embarrassing confrontation in front of all whole floor left me a scorn woman, but I haven’t been able to think about anything else.
Of course I took his threat about staying away for a while seriously. I didn’t come all this way just to loose Finn. It was that stupid bitch, Rae’s fault we are even having an argument. Her and those fucking kids! Every second of our lives together, revolve around them. He’s so invested in them, it makes me sick!
I just want to shake the life out of Finn sometimes. I understood my boyfriend had never been a romantic man, we went to business dinners together but never any by ourselves. I wish he would show me off but I understood that he wants his private life out of the publics eye. I respect him enough to respect his wishes.
“Calm down Livvy” Belinda scolds. She places the nail file she was using down and turns to me.
“Don’t worry about that stupid bitch, and those pesky children. Your the one sleeping in his bed. Not her. Jesus Olivia! Who’s the one with an unlimited credit card?”
“What’s that got to do with anything!”
“Nothing screams ‘I love you’ more then 'here spoil yourself with my money’. Your loaded, I’m loaded. We’re loved”.
My sister had always been a no-nonsense type of women. She knew everything about the ins and outs of our relationship. Belinda was the only one I truly trusted. From the moment I started working as Finn Nelson’s personal assistant, she knew I wanted him. All of him. And she helped me get him.
“I just want him to tell me he loves me!”
“Olivia, you practically threw yourself at him after the breakup. You forced yourself into his life, after he spent over a decade with that ugly bitch. You need to give him time. He will tell you, i can promise you that” she smiled snuggly and picked up the nail file again.
“Does John still have those photos?” I inquired.
I needed to use my backup plan - well Betty’s plan - I didn’t like the bickering Finn and I were doing. We were once happy, before Joshua’s birthday.
“Of course he does! I made sure of it, there was no way I was letting him destroy them! Why?”
“I need to do something. I need to push them further apart, then maybe he will forget about her and them bastards”.
“Ohkay. Well ill be seeing John tonight at the roosevelt hotel, so I’ll tell him to bring the photos along” she wiggled her perfectly manicured eyebrows. I shuttered thinking about my model-like sister sleeping with that fat old man.
“Why are you still sleeping with him Betty” I scrunched my nose in disgust.
“Have you seen the way I live? I have everything I’ve ever wanted. He even brought me a fucking house! If that means I have to open my legs to a greedy old man, then so be it! Plus if he hadn’t of done all that, you wouldn’t of seen Gregory again when I brought this place” she laughed, taking a sip of red wine.
“Don’t remind me please!” I rolled my eyes at the mention of my ex boyfriend.
“Oh come on! He was the perfect trifecta to our plan!”
“All I did was inform him of the newly single Rae, and told him where she worked. Still, he didn’t even start to date her til a year after that, and he still doesn’t think she’s over Finn”.
“I didn’t know you still spoke with him?” My sister seemed more interested now, anything to do with juicy gossip and she was right there panting at my leg.
“Oh come on, I saw him again a few months ago at a club. It’s not a big deal I just asked how his relationship was going. Plus Josh told Finn about a year ago that Rae has a boyfriend and you brought this place, what, two years ago. Simple maths Betty”.
Finn had not been impressed when Josh had disclosed that information with him. He kept ranting and raving about another man taking his place, and how he wouldn’t allow it. Finn did jack shit after Rae had put him in his place I seriously don’t know how Finn managed to stay with that crazy bitch for so long, it really reflects on her children too.
“Yeah, yeah whatever. He was the love of your life at one time”.
Here she goes again, she’s digging for more information. She knew we dated for 3 years in high school, but I never did tell her the reason we broke up. And I don’t think i ever will.
“We broke up over 10 years ago Betty, we grew apart. End of story” I hissed, earning a scowl from my sister.
“Well, we have the photos..” she effortlessly changed the subject.
“We will make Finn hate Rae even more. Then you can have your happily ever after - eww by the way, and I can stop listening to you complain about this everytime I see you”.
Did I mention my sister can be a bitch of a bitch sometimes. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in our family.
Once Finn sees these photos with the time stamp, he will definitely think she cheated on him. She won’t be able to deny it. The photos Betty took were perfect. This will tear them further apart, and I will have Finn to myself.
“Well I’m going to head home now. Maybe Finn will be in a better mood now that he’s seen the kids”
“Whatever. I’ll be in contact with you tomorrow about the photos. Love you!”
I left my sister to finish her nails. We had always been close, Betty and I. The moment I told her about my interest in Finn, she jumped at the chance to help me eliminate the problem.
She had a socialite business man hanging off every word she would say, so when the plan was formulated John immediately agreed. I knew that the sick bastard would. He had always had Alot of mistresses, his stupid wife was clueless of course.
My sister seemed to be the only one that stuck around though; for the lavish lifestyle she couldn’t dare part from. In reality she was a nobody, without the money she would be left with only me and our parents. Maybe that’s why she’s so bitter? She hadn’t always been this way.. No, but since Mark Earl - Rae’s brother - broke her heart at 18 she had been a different woman. She really did play the vengful-ex quite perfectly.
My half crazy sister, a womanizing prick and my devastatingly handsome ex boyfriend all helped me in their own way get the love of my life. Gregory helping without even realising, he truly did fall in love with that cow. I should know.
But what my sister didn’t know, was that I had a secret of my own. A secret that I couldn’t wait for the world to know. I knew the moment Finn found out he would never consider leaving me. He wouldn’t be able to live with himself and I will get what I want. Just him and me, away from his former life, surrounded in money and power.
I decided I needed to tell him as soon as possible. I couldn’t wait to see his reaction.
There was still 20 more minutes until 6.30pm, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to get that phone call. Or if it was a good idea to bring the kids around them whilst they were 'sorting themselves out’.
I still couldn’t beleive what Finn had told me about what happened at the ball. It hurt that Rae hadn’t said anything to me in confidence, but I totally understood why she wouldn’t.
Of course, I’m my head I still hoped that this was a load of shit. John, the slimey bastard was always one to stretch the truth from time to time. He was a regular at dinner parties, along with his decent wife Pam. Sometimes I wondered why Finn would always invited him.
The children were putting their pajamas on for me, whilst I made my second cup of coffee for the night. My niece and nephew knew how to run rings around me in such a short space of time. Between plating hair, and preparing tea with Joshua, I had been going nonstop. Sophie was a placid little girl, who would stick to you like glue. She would rather cuddle you, instead of going out and doing something. In a way that was my own fault, I never put her down.
Thankfully Ben had completely understood. Even when he knew I wasn’t telling him everything. He reassured me that he would keep my side of the bed warm for me, even if it’s the middle of the night when I return.
I heard the front door slam shut and ran from my half made coffee to the foyer. I hoped Finn was Ohkay, and that he finally got the answers he needed.
I shouldn’t of been surprised when I found it to be Olivia instead of my brother. She did live here after all.
“What are you doing here? Where’s Finn?”
We had never gotten along, even before she had started dating my brother. She had once tried to get me booted from my family’s building when she told security I was a crazed homosexual man who was in love with Finn. Not once did she apologize, even when Finn gave her a verbal lashing.
“He’s out. I’m just looking after the kids” I shrugged walking back towards the kitchen. I needed caffeine now more then ever.
She followed. Perfect.
“He wouldn’t of just left the kids here on his night without something serious happening. Are you going to tell me what that is? Or do I have to ring my boyfriend?” Olivia tapped her heel on the tile, a plucked eyebrow was slightly raised. Obviously her mother never taught her to respect her elders.
“He just said that he needed me here, and here I am. End of story” I dismissed. I wasn’t going to tell her where he was, it was none of her business.
“Your a real peice of work you know th-”
“Why are you so mean?” Ruby interrupted a stunned Olivia.
“I said why are you so mean?”
“You have no right to ask me a question like that, thank you” she scoffed, slamming her Prada onto the bench top.
“Well your always mean to me, Josh and mommy. Now you are being mean to uncle Archie” Ruby glared. The Feisty little 6 year old had a point. Olivia was a bitch.
Olivia looked like she was going to fly off the handle bars at any moment. But somehow the raging bull was suppressed, with a fake smile she grinned and bared it.
“I’m not mean sweety. Your mom and I just don’t get along because she just a bit jealous that I’m with your daddy and your daddy loves me”
I was about to step in when my nephew, who I didn’t realised had stepped into the room spoke up.
“Then why is dad mean to you? I love my mom and I’m never mean to her” I covered up my smile with my now steaming hot mug.
“You’ll find out soon just how much your daddy loves me” she smirked, collecting her things and headed straight for Finn’s bedroom.
“Unle Archie she’s strange” Joshua crinkled his nose up in confusion. Even I had no idea what she meant, but she was out of her mind if she though Finn had anything but Rae running through his head.
I tried to ring Finn’s mobile number, but it had been diverted straight to voice mail, same with Rae’s. I didn’t want to stay here for much longer with Oliva in the house and I didn’t want to interrupt whatever Rae and Finn had going on.
“Hey babe” my next victim was my husband, luckily he knew how to pick up his phone.
“Hey” I sighed. “I need help”
“What do you need? - Sophie! Don’t you dare touch the cat food!” I chuckled listening to my daughter and husband argue.
“I hear everything is going great at home… Ohkay, well Finn and Rae aren’t answering their phones and I never got Rae’s address off Finn before he left. I don’t really want to stay here because queen bitch is home”
I looked around the lounge room making sure there was nobody listening.
“Bring them here” Ben said calmly.
“Are you sure? What about school in the morning?” I stressed.
“Bring their uniforms with them. I’m sure Finn has a clean pair for both. He’s so fucking pedantic, so I would be surprised if there is multiples. And when you get a hold of either one of them just explain what’s going on. If Rae wants them home, then I’ll take them home”.
The thing about my husband was that he was always rational when it came to situations like this.
“What would I do without you?” I sighed. I couldn’t help but smile, I loved my husband dearly.
“You would eat your body weight in taco bell”.
“Shut up. I’ll see you soon”
I hung up the phone and headed towards the kids room. I just hoped Finn got back to me soon.
A/N: did you expect that? Ohkay guys, I need a couple of days to complete the next chapter. This is actually 14 chapters smooshed into 8, so bare with me I’m still righting the story. But the concept and timeline is complete. How many more chapters? I dunno… Haha