Nick was rather proud of himself for having cleaned up before Nina came over. For once, he wasn’t being lazy, and that was a near miracle.
After moving away from LA, went to Dallas, and spent a month or so focusing on his mental health. It wasn’t rehab, per se, but it was. Nick went to therapy sessions almost every day. Besides his therapist and his parents, he avoided everyone. His publicist, manager, and the rest of his friends and team were all cut off. He learned how to manage his anxiety. Eventually, he was able to taper off the drugs; although, he would never be completely clean. All the Xanax he’d been taking had destroyed neurotransmitters in his brain, and now, ironically, he needed it now to keep himself functioning. He took a small dosage every day. Never any more.
When he and his therapist agreed that he was sane again, Nick went to Georgia.
His life was a lot quieter than it used to be, but he liked that. Believe it or not, he was happy. Nick had learned how to mix work with rest, and he was more relaxed now than he had been in a long time. It felt fantastic. And of course, getting his girl back had been the icing on the cake. He was, more or less, pretty content with his life.
Nick cleaned his whole place, and then all but fell on the couch. He turned on the TV, passing the time until Nina got there by catching up on SportsCenter. He’d lost track of a lot of his sports teams in the last couple months, after all.
Nina let out a sigh of relief when she pulled up to Nick’s place. Her life had been hectic, too hectic for her liking but that was Hollywood for you. But it wasn’t like the past times she had disappeared off the radar, she hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol or had a craving for drugs. She was normal. As normal as any celebrity could be. And she was happy. Everything was falling into place, the way it was suppose to be. Two of her best friends were getting married, and she was back with the love of her life. For once everything was perfect. And she was dead set on keeping it that way. She wouldn’t be the one to mess everything up.
Making her way up to the door, she knocked and let herself in considering the door was open. Closing it behind her, Nina tossed her purse and jacket onto the floor by the door. Nick’s place was clean, not just boy clean, but actually clean. She smiled and wandered further into it. Hearing the tv, Nina continued on in that direction. Not to her surprise, SportsCenter was on. Leaning over the back of the couch, she placed her lips on Nick’s cheek. “Hey babe.”