“So Henrik has no family?” I ask grabbing a shot glass that the waiter just dropped off and hug the whiskey bottle as if it’s a life preserver.
“Yes, he had an Uncle in Baltimore, shady character. Always in and out of jail. The Uncle’s son, Henrik’s cousin shot the Uncle about a year ago. I don’t know it all seems sort of sketchy to me. I understand why he isn’t really in contact with his cousin.”
Wow. No wonder Henrik is such an asshole. He’s had a terrible life for a long time. As much as I don’t want to I am starting to have some sympathy for him.
“Don’t you dare Morgana!” Brain pipes up waving her squiggly finger at me.
“Come on Brain. Look at his life. He is still human, you know.”
She rolls her eyes in disgust.
“He fucked you and then left you --with no underwear I might add -- to get fired. There are people in this world who have been through worse and still treat others with respect. What he did was awful.”
“Now I wouldn’t call it awful Brain.” My Vagina calls out, waving her sensual hips.
“Okay, you two just leave it. I may have some sympathy for him but you are right Brain, it doesn’t excuse how he treated me.”
“That is some messed up shit.” Aria slurs as she throws back a shot. This is her third shot and it is already affecting her. How can someone who is a bartender get drunk so easily? Aria defies logic sometimes.
“Just forget I said anything. I really did think everyone knew. The way he talks about you two I just assumed you were his friends.” Tiffany points to me and Evaleen.
We look at each other and break into laughter. Shaking our heads at the same time like creepy twins who wear matching everything.
“Oh god that was good. Oh man, I haven’t laughed that hard since...well...since you interviewed with the company Drake. No, Payne has no friends, except for you Blackburn.” Evaleen points to Tiffany and I figure out that’s her last name.
“What about Edgar? He told me they were friends in college.” I counter Evaleen.
Evaleen giggles and squeaks and then giggles some more.
“Edgar? Uh...maybe...uh...yeah. Perhaps. I don’t know about Edgar. Why would I know about him? He’s not even my boss it’s not like I try to find out about his personal life for Christ sake!” Evaleen’s voice goes high and then low and then growls the last part.
“Hold on there, cowgirl. We are talking about Mr. Payne’s life, not grilling you about Edgar. Relax. No one thinks you have the hots for him. I mean they KNOW you have the hots for him, they don’t think it.” I explain my point as Evaleen glares at me while the rest of the table chuckles.
I push back my second shot and am starting to feel good.
“Drake forget about Payne. Here I got something for you.” Evaleen digs in her purse and pulls out a small piece of paper, sliding it across the table. I pick it up and see a website scribbled across it www.datingEblackbook.com.
“Is this a dating site?”
“Yeah. I did it a few times. The guys on there aren’t bad. You just got to weed out the losers to find the good ones.”
As decent as my buzz is right now it can’t hold back the irritation I feel. I push the paper back to Evaleen.
“Bechmann, just no. Please give me a break. I don’t think I can handle men right now.”
Her lips curl up into a smirk and she gets up waving me to come with her. I grab my purse and make my way through the crowd to her side. We end up in the ladies room as she heads into the blue toilet stall. Despite the very dated establishment the bathroom is quite modern. The gleaming light gray tile looks new with blue mosaic counters and three white basin sinks. I decide to empty my bladder too since I am in here. As I hover my ass over the toilet seat I hear Evaleen.
“You know you can have your job back anytime you want Drake.”
I quickly wipe up and flush. When I leave the stall Evaleen is washing her hands and I saddle up beside her at the adjacent sink. As I wash my hands I glance over at Evaleen who is smiling while drying with a paper towel.
“What do you mean anytime I want? I was fired.”
“Uh, technically you were never fired. I put you on time off without pay. You are still an employee of Mimir.”
I bypass the paper towels and grab her arms, turning her to face me.
“And you were going to tell me this when? Any time over the last month and a half I would have liked to know that.”
She prys my wet hands from me and tries to dry her damp sleeves.
“Well, I thought Payne would man up and try to get your job back as soon as he came back to the company since he was just as to blame for the situation I found you two in as you were. But, of course he said nothing, his usual course of action. As tough as that man pretends to be when the shit hits the fan he clams up like a...a...clam!”
I let out a breath I didn’t realize I was holding and lean back against the sink.
“I might be partially to blame for that. I don’t know if Aria told you but a few days after the ‘Munting’ with Mr. Payne he came over and, well, things got steamy.”
Evaleen is shaking her head in confusion.
“I use that instead of incident. Trying to trick my brain. Anyway I told him I wanted more than a one night stand and he said he didn’t. I sort of made it clear I didn’t want to see him anymore.”
“Well, he’s been asking about you despite what you said to him. This week he has become so annoying. Usually he is just abrupt and condescending, but this week he keeps hanging around my office asking if I have talked to you. It’s weird. I don’t like this Payne at all.”
I smile. My grin is so big I think my cheeks crack.
“Really? Does he look tired, like he hasn’t gotten any sleep and maybe forgot to shave? Oooh, is he growing a slight beard?”
“Oh God Drake don’t make me throw up the two shots and margarita I have in my stomach. I need at least three more shots before I consider up chucking. So, what about the job?”
We open the door and head back toward the booth.
“It’s not like I have much of a choice. I need the money and it would be nice having a chance at the Executive Development Program again. I have a feeling Payne will most definitely recommend me for that when the time comes. Plus, I really like Mimir.”
Evaleen hugs me and explains she wants me there tomorrow to sign some papers. We get back to our seat and do a few more shots. My head is spinning now. Evaleen and I get up to dance a few times. As I make my way back from the dance floor to take a break I see Aria and Tiffany giggling at something and looking at me. They shove a cell phone in my direction.
“Here Morgana it’s for you.”
I nod and grab it, “Hello?”
“Morgana?” I hear Mr. Payne’s deep voice on the other end.
I glare at the two laughing ladies, or should I say girls, sitting in the booth.
“Yes, hi did you call me?” I ask.
“No, I thought you called me?”
“I think my drunk friends called you. Sorry Mr. Payne. I’ll let you go now.”
“No wait. Where are you?’
I bite my lip knowing I shouldn’t tell him due to the bad decisions I always make when drunk. I try to find my Brain but discover her on a chair in the corner, passed out with one squiggly arm over the back of the chair, the other dragging the floor.
“I’m at the Upper Lounge on Lake in West Side.”
“Don’t go anywhere I’m coming there. I want to see you.”
He hangs up before I have time to answer.
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Payne Posts Menu
63. THE Insane
62. THE Bechmann
61. THE Morning After
60. THE Attack
59. THE Decision
58. THE Emergency
57. THE Welcome Home
56. THE First Day Back
55. THE Strange
54. THE Question
53. THE Crazy B
52. THE Teacher
51. THE Discussion
50. THE Mommy
49. THE Bar Fly
48. THE Watchful Eye
47. THE Big Guns
46. THE Never
45. THE Feast
44. THE Bathroom Threesome
43. THE Pee Pee
42. THE Fine
41. THE Shirt Attack
40. THE Police Song
39. THE Discovery
38. THE Pull
37. THE Aria Show
36. THE Switch Up
35. THE Delivery
34. THE Scheme
33. THE Drink
32. THE Uncomfortable Silence
31. THE Online Experience
30. THE Same Old Shi
29. THE Talk
28. THE Drunk Dial
27. THE Birthday
26. THE Meeting
25. THE New Job
24. THE Disagreement
23. THE Big Movie
22. THE Sleepover
21. THE Club
20. THE Leave
19. THE Beggar
18. THE Confrontation
17. THE Jackoff
16. THE Bathroom
15. THE Joint
14. THE Let Down
13. THE Truce
12. THE Phone Call
11. THE Assistant
10. THE New Year
9. THE Payneful Reminder
8. THE Holiday Party
7. THE Zipper Incident
6. THE Cake
5. THE Incident
4. THE Paperwork
3. THE Letter
2. THE After Effects
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