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I waited outside the nightclub, impatiently tapping my foot. My friend Ben had begged me to come out with him and his girlfriend. I was reluctant to go out at all, having just left my boyfriend, Jason. All I wanted to do was lie in bed eating ice cream. Houston was the one who managed to convince me. I never got to see her because she was always working. I wanted to catch up.
Julie?” I heard Houston's voice call from behind me. I turned around to see her and Ben getting out of a taxi. Houston was dressed up, and she looked good. Ben was dressed in his regular attire. He looked good too though, admittedly. Houston came running over and threw her arms around me.
Long time no see!” I greeted, returning the hug. Houston nodded, stepping back.
I know! We have so much catching up to do, I'm sure!” She declared, grabbing my hand. I laughed as Houston dragged me towards the entrance of the nightclub. Ben also laughed, following behind us. We were greeted at the door by one of the employees.
We're full tonight.” He announced in a disappointed tone of voice. Ben stepped in front of us.
I'm on the list.” He assured. The employee pulled out a log book, and started scrolling down the page. I raised my eyebrow. I was sure the decision to go out had been spontaneous.
We've got you in the V.I.P. Lounge, is that correct?” The employee asked after a minute.
Yes.” Ben replied, motioning over to us. The employee started towards the lounge. Ben followed close behind him. Houston continued dragging me across the bar. I tripped as we got to the staircase when my sneaker caught on a step. Houston laughed, grabbing my arm.
Why didn't you dress up?” She asked, just seeming to notice my outfit of a t-shirt, and ripped jeans.
I didn't feel like coming out, remember?” I dismissed. Houston laughed, shaking her head.
Come on, Julie. Try and have a good time.” Ben insisted. I rolled my eyes. He knew what me and Jason had gone through. He knew I needed time to heal.
Here you are.” The employee announced, motioning to a secluded booth at the far side of the lounge.
There was a bottle of champagne sitting on the table, beside a vase of roses. I realized Ben had planned the night with Houston, likely as a celebration. I had just been invited last minute. It was sweet of him none the less. The seats in the booth circled the table in a semi-circle. I raised my eyebrow, noticing the reserved sign on the table. It had my name on it as well as theirs.
I'm confused.” I stated, motioning towards the sign. Ben laughed, sliding into the middle seat. Houston sat on his left, sliding up beside him. I sat down, but near the edge. I dropped my hands on the table. A waiter appeared in seconds, bringing three champagne glasses. Ben opened the champagne, and filled the three glasses. He smiled, handing one to me.
You were always too good for him, Julie.” He teased. I half-laughed, shaking my head. Ben was celebrating, but, it had nothing to do with Houston.
Amen.” Houston added, holding up her glass. Ben held his up, and they both looked at me. I was hesitant. I wasn't happy about dumping Jason, I just knew it had to be done. Ben put his other hand on mine. I quickly pulled it away, grabbing the champagne glass. I held it up, tapping each of their glasses. Ben just took a sip, but Houston and me both downed ours. He laughed.
We should be doing shots then.” He joked, shaking his head. Houston nodded, clapping.
I'm doing it!” She announced, jumping up. She bolted towards the stairs. Ben slid over to the edge where I was sitting. He put his arm on the booth behind me. I looked over at him, smiling nervously. It was no secret there was still chemistry.
What are you doing?” I managed to stumble. He brushed my hair out of my face. His lips brushed my cheek. I slid away from him, falling onto the floor. Ben laughed, holding out his hand.
What are you doing down there?” Houston asked, coming back to the table. I laughed.
I fell.” I dismissed. Houston laughed as well.
Why did you do that?” She asked. I shook my head, standing up.
It wasn't intentional.” I muttered. Ben moved back to his seat, and I sat back down where I had been sitting. Houston put a tray on the table with six shots on it, dropping back into her seat.
Let's get drunk!” She suggested. I raised my eyebrow.
I'll second that.” Ben agreed.
You guys are cray.” I mumbled. Houston handed me one of the shot glasses.
Ten bucks says I can out drink you.” Houston challenged. Ben nodded.
I'll take you up on that.” He commented, grabbing one of the shots. Houston looked at me, holding up her shot glass. I shook my head, laughing.
Count me out of the drinking challenge.” I dismissed, leaving my shot on the table.
Are you going to be any fun tonight?” Houston whined, rolling her eyes. I shrugged.
I didn't plan on it.” I admitted. Houston laughed, standing up to fix her dress. She leaned up, looking over the balcony. She put her hand over her mouth, half-laughing.
Oh, that boy has no shame.” She muttered. Ben stood up, leaning to see what she was looking at. He shook his head, sitting back down. I dropped my head against the back of the seat.
I don't even want to know, do I?” I asked. Ben shook his head. Houston sat back down.
Nope. How about that shot now?” She offered cheerfully. I shook my head.
He's here, isn't he? And with that, tramp?” I asked, knowing the answer. Houston nodded. I took the shot from the table, and pounded it back. Ben put his hand on my leg, which made me jump.
He doesn't deserve another minute of your time.” He encouraged. I blushed, and Houston laughed.
You're adorable.” She commented, sticking out her tongue.
Shut up.” I muttered, pushing Ben's hand off my leg.
Okay, so, no drinking contest. It's pretty clear Julie would win.” Houston decided. Ben laughed. I shook my head, taking another shot. Ben lightly tapped Houston's shoulder.
Hey, she's getting ahead of us!” He pointed out. Houston nodded.
I'd better get another round then.” She offered. Ben nodded as she headed back to the bar. I was staring angrily at the floor. I couldn't believe Jason was so, indifferent, about what had happened. I knew he didn't care as much as I did, but, I expected him to at least care. Apparently, that was too much to ask of someone who claimed to love me. Ben slid into the seat beside me again. This time, he put his arm around my shoulders. He pulled me into him, which startled me to look up. The feeling of his breath on my skin made me shiver. I immediately looked down at the floor.
What's wrong?” He whispered, lightly brushing his lips against mine. I swallowed nervously.
Nothing.” I muttered, voice shaking. He slowly kissed my cheek.
It's adorable how nervous you are around me.” He commented softly.
I'm not nervous.” I attempted to argue. The continued shakiness in my voice countered my words.
Why are you so afraid of being close to me?” He asked.
You know why.” I replied, looking up at him. He smiled.
Don't fight your feelings.” He coaxed. I looked over, catching his eyes with mine. I could feel my heart racing. I was sure it was going to beat right out of my chest. His lips slowly brushed mine. I wanted to kiss him, so badly. I resisted the urge to reciprocate as he kissed me. He sighed.
You're going to fight me no matter what, aren't you?” He asked softly. I nodded as he moved.
Just tell me why.” I took a deep breath. I was relieved now that he wasn't so close.
It's not right, Ben.” I muttered. He shook his head, laughing. He rarely took anything seriously.
You can't blame a guy for trying.” He defended. I rolled my eyes.
You have a girlfriend.” I reminded him. He nodded, laughing.
She encourages me.” He whined. I laughed. Houston had joked that when I dumped Jason, we could share Ben. She knew we still had feelings for each other, and she didn't take anything seriously either.
Fair enough. But what about my comfort?” I asked. He shrugged.
Do I really make you uncomfortable?” He asked. I didn't answer.
Do you feel like dancing at all?” He changed the subject. I raised my eyebrow.
Absolutely not.” I dismissed. He knew I hated being the center of attention, and, I had no rhythm.
Come on, dance with me.” He insisted. I rolled my eyes, standing up.
Fine.” I agreed. He clapped jumping out of his seat. He grabbed my hand, and we headed down to the dance floor. We moved through the half-intoxicated club goers. I couldn't help but look over to where Jason and Nicole were. The two of them were lip-locked like there was no tomorrow. I sighed, shaking my head. Ben pulled me against him, turning me away from Jason.
Forget him.” He practically demanded. I laughed. The dance floor was crowded, so I didn't feel quite as uncomfortable with my lack of rhythm. I moved my feet unenthusiastically.
Put more life into it.” He whined. I shook my head.
I didn't agree to that.” I argued. He took my hands, and put them on his back. He put his hands on my hips, and moved me to sway with him. The song stopped almost abruptly.
Guess we're done.” I insisted, heading off the dance floor. Ben laughed, grabbing my hand.
Not a chance.” He assured me, looking towards the DJ booth.
This next track goes out to my very good friend, Benjamin, and his lovely companion.” The DJ called. I shook my head. I hadn't noticed until that second, the DJ was his friend Dan.
No kidding. You did this on purpose.” I moaned. He nodded.
Guilty.” He agreed, pulling my body against his.
Ben, this is so embarrassing.” I whined. He put his hand under my chin, and lifted my head up.
Give into me.” He whispered. I shook my head as we started dancing. I was even more afraid of looking bad, now that the attention had been drawn to us. I was actually surprised when I was able to keep up with him. By the end of the song, I was starting to wish it wasn't ending. Ben held my hand as we walked off the dance floor. I noticed Nicole was glaring at us from across the bar. I waved, blew her a kiss, and kept walking. Ben started laughing as we walked back up the stairs.
Nice touch.” He commented. I shrugged, half-smiling. Houston was waiting for us when we got back to the booth. She had another tray of shots on the table, even though two were still left.
What took you so long?” Ben asked, sliding into the seat beside her.
Bartender was chatting me up. I got us real drinks.” She commented in my direction.
What in the hell is it?” I asked, dropping down in my seat. Houston shrugged.
I told him to make something strong. That's what he handed me. Ben, I didn't get you anything, since you seem so keen on that, stuff, you call alcohol.” She teased, pointing towards the neglected bottle of champagne. Ben laughed, shaking his head.
That was quite the performance.” Houston commented in my direction.
Your boyfriend made me.” I dismissed. Houston laughed.
I meant for Nicole.” She corrected. I shook my head, taking a sip of the drink in front of me.
I'm going to regret that.” I whined. Houston put her hand on my shoulder.
I, think it was funny.” She emphasized.
I agree.” Ben added, as he stood up. He walked over to the balcony, motioning us both over. I walked up, peering over the edge. Nicole was now sitting at the edge of their booth, blocking Jason's view of the bar. She had her hand on his shoulder, almost claiming him. His hand was loosely on her lower back, but it was obvious he wasn't paying any attention to her. His attention was in the conversation he was having with his friend Travis. Nicole briefly looked up, noticing we were staring. I laughed as Houston waved frantically, trying to get Jason's attention. It failed.
Why would you want that?” Ben asked. I shrugged.
I don't want, that. I just want him.” I trailed. Houston pulled me away from the balcony.
Okay, no more Jason for you.” She insisted. She grabbed two shots off the table, handing one to me. She held her shot glass up, so I did as well, and we pounded them back.
We should dance.” Houston insisted, grabbing my hand. I shook my head.
I'm not drunk enough for that.” I moaned. Houston handed me another shot.
Do it!” She demanded. I drank it, slamming the glass on the table.
Okay.” I slurred. Houston clapped, pulling me towards the staircase.
Later, Ben!” She hollered as we headed down the staircase. I laughed as we got to the dance floor, and Houston started dancing. She had just as bad, if not worse, rhythm. Suddenly, I didn't feel quite as bad at dancing. The song transitioned to a fast-paced dance song. I looked at Houston and laughed. She looked ridiculous. Houston also laughed, grabbing my hips.
What are you doing?” I asked. Houston nodded.
I said dance with me. Not beside me.” She answered, grinding against me. I laughed, shaking my head. I was hesitant, but decided to return the motion. I laughed so hard I almost fell over as the song ended. I grabbed Houston, who was stumbling to walk straight. Ben was clapping when we got back. I dropped Houston down. She was laughing too hard to walk.
That was interesting.” He claimed. I nodded, sitting down.
Yeah.” I dismissed, still laughing. Houston nodded, jumping back up.
I'm getting another drink, want another?” She asked, in my direction. I shrugged.
I'm good.” I answered. Houston nodded, looking over at Ben.
Jack for you?” She asked. He laughed, nodding.
Sure darlin'.” With that, she darted off. Ben walked over to the other side of the booth, and sat down beside me. He pushed me over with his body.
I've got to admit, it was pretty hot to see the woman I love grinding another woman.” He confessed.
Aw, that's cute. You're already saying you love each other?” I asked, giggling. He put his hand on my cheek, slowly running it over my skin.
I meant you.” He whispered.
Ben...” I trailed, slightly pulling away. He slowly pressed his lips to mine. I went to pull away again, but, found I couldn't. I wrapped my arms around his neck and he kissed me again. I lightly moaned, as he moved his lips from mine. I let my hand drop, slowly.
I thought you were fighting me.” He questioned, raising an eyebrow. I nodded, running my hand over the back of his neck. I pulled his hat off, holding it in one of my hands. I slowly ran the other hand through his hair. I slowly leaned forward, kissing him again. He smiled, putting his hand on my lower back. Houston coughed from behind us. She was tapping her foot impatiently, then started laughing. She slid Ben's drink across the table. He moved back to his seat, and Houston sat down beside me.
Oh, I see, I leave the table for a second, and you try and steal my boyfriend?” She joked. I laughed, shaking my head. I was definitely starting to feel that last shot.
Do you blame me? I mean, he's just so irresistible.” I joked. Houston laughed loudly as Ben went red.
Come on, Ben, don't fight your feelings.” I teased. He shook his head.
Using my words against me, really?” He asked, sounding offended.
Of course.” I replied. Houston pounded her drink back in less than a minute.
So, Ben, did you ask?” She pried, looking over at him. He shook his head.
I knew you were going to chicken out.” She declared. He shrugged. They both looked over at me.
So, we kinda have a question. Or, proposition.” Houston started. I raised my eyebrow.
What kind of proposition?” I asked. Houston leaned over and whispered something in my ear. My eyes went wide. I looked from Ben to Houston and half-laughed.
You can't be serious.” I dismissed. Ben shrugged.
As serious as a heart attack.” Houston assured. I shook my head again. I was torn. Part of me wanted to give Jason a piece of my mind, but, this offer was too good to refuse. I was quiet, and took another shot from the table. I held it in Houston's direction. She smirked, also taking one of the shots. Ben followed the motion. We held their glasses up together, pounding the round.
So, you're in?” Houston asked. I half-smiled, and nodded.

Oh, I'm in.”


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