I just shook my head, feeling my cheeks flush. I guess Alex was bothered by that little exchange because that’s when he felt the overwhelming need to cut in. “Sorry, man, she’s taken,” he yelled over the music.
Holes held his hands up in surrender. “Can’t blame a dude for trying,” he yelled.
Alex looked at me and then back at him. “Nope, sure can’t.”
We danced for what felt like hours. Alex had the only watch and he wouldn’t let me near it. He kept saying, “Nope. Tonight there is no time." It was the most fun I have ever had in my life. Nothing was ever going to compare to that night because it was my first taste of freedom.
I jumped, bounced, and swayed with the music until my hair stuck to my face. I was breathless when Rhonda appeared next to me flush and smiling.
“You ready to go?” Her mouth next to my ear as she asked.
I nodded. She locked arms around me and Alex and we squeezed out of the club door into the cool night. All of us were on the side walk gasping for air.
“That was the best thing ever,” I said and I felt two sets of eyes on me.
“This is just the beginning,” Rhonda said. “Let’s go.”
Still panting, I asked, “Where are we going now?” It sounded like each word was punctuated because I was breathing so hard.
Alex took my hand and the three of us strolled down the sidewalk. “Hey, are you guys hungry?”
“I could use some fries,” Rhonda chirped. “I know a great place.”
We wandered the streets like they were a maze eventually coming to a cozy pub at the end of Market Street. She tipped her head toward the bathroom. “Let’s go fix our makeup first.”
“Ok,” I said and smiled at Alex.
Rhonda laughed and we headed to ...
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Out of the pub and back into the night air, we made our way back towards the crowds, music and lights. Alex and I were following Rhonda.
“You look exhausted. Why didn’t you just tell Rhonda you wanted to stay home?" he asked.
I sighed. “Because I was scared that this would be the only time I’d get to do something like this.”
Rhonda slowed down until she was shoulder to shoulder with me. “Mac, this isn’t your only night to have fun. The moment you turn eighteen, you and I will rent an apartment as far away from your parents as we can possibly move, and you have my word that this isn’t the only night.”
“I can’t imagine how that would be, but it doesn’t sound bad.” I smiled. “I know you don’t have a curfew. I know you probably want to stay out really late.”
“But you want to go home because you would like some sleep.”
“You took the words right out of my mouth.”
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