There is an emergency. One that needs to be acted upon immediately.
“A round of shots of your most average priced whiskey. And stat!” Morgana’s hand slams against the dark wooden table of our booth.
“Why are we here again? It’s Sunday night, not Thursday, normal SWIM meet time.” Tiffany’s eyes scan each of our faces around the table, her adorable little nose scrunched to meet her brow in confusion.
“Men. That’s why we’re here. Men and their stupid ideas and their belief that they can play you like violin.” Morgana digs her finger in the table.
“Don’t forget the guy’s family. Or should I say their mothers. The crazy, controlling psychos that destroy everyone’s lives just because they can.” I add, because it’s true.
It’s the night after the welcome home party at Morgana’s parents’ house. The rest of that night was awkward. The only people who seemed to be having a good time were Morgana’s grandma and her brother who showed up just before dinner with his date. They ate and then went into the kitchen to clean up, only to be kicked out by Morgana’s father who caught her brother and his date about to have sex on the kitchen counter.
Alexander barely spoke to me that night, after his mother left. Even after going back to his apartment he kept up the silent treatment. I don’t think he was trying to be cruel, it was as if he was keeping something from me.
“Men are the worst. Perhaps I should look into becoming a lesbian.” Evaleen mentioned while fiddling with her napkin.
“I don’t think you can just become a lesbian. It’s not really like that.” Tiffany tried to be helpful.
“Maybe we could work on that together. Try to turn each other gay.” Morgana sat up smiling just as the waiter slid the tray of shots on the table. He halted mid slide, his eyes fixed on the drinks, unable to move.
“Here let me help you with that.” Tiffany reached over to pluck the drinks from the tray and place them into the center of the table.
“Thank…uh…thank you. Will that be all ladies?” After the last shot was removed he lifted the round tray to cover his middle while stumbling over his words. His eyes still roaming the bar and refusing to meet any of us.
“Tell me Mr. Waiter –“ I was quickly cut off by him.
“Ryan. My name is Ryan.”
“Tell me Ryan do you have any gay friends? Particularly lesbians. We are looking to be turned gay.”
“I…uh…that’s not how it works.” He answers.
“Exactly. See I told you.” Tiffany, feeling triumphant crosses her arms over her chest.
“Well, shit. That doesn’t help us at all. Thanks anyway Ryan. Oh, and a few more rounds of this please.” I huff and reach over to grab my amber shot lifting it in the air before throwing it down my throat. The burn did not feel good. The warming liquid caused my nose to tingle and eyes to water, but I didn’t care. The point tonight was not to feel good, it was to feel nothing.
Alexander hasn’t called or texted me. After we woke this morning Morgana texted me if I wanted to take a walk around the lake, so I spent most of the day with her. I went back in the afternoon to see Alexander and pick up some art supplies I had at his place, as I wanted to do some painting back at the apartment I had with Morgana. I never told her I moved in with Alexander because the way he’s acting it seems I won’t be staying with him very long.
When I went to get my stuff he gave me a stiff hug but nothing more. Then explained how he was going to be in his office most of the day, alone. I got the feeling he didn’t want me around so I went back to the apartment to paint and when Morgana got home we agreed an emergency SWIM meet was needed.
“I’m worried.” I blurted out.
Everyone stopped and turned their head to stare at me. Tiffany leaned across Evaleen, shoving her back into the leather padded cushion of the booth. Tiffany clasped my hand in a comforting manner, “Oh hon, what’s wrong?”
The hand, or I should say Tiffany’s arm was roughly pushed away by Evaleen who didn’t seem very thrilled with being pinned against her seat.
“I get the feeling Alexander is going to break up with me or just isn’t in love with me anymore. Something his mom implied last night did something to him. She kept mentioning this woman named Alexa. Is she some past love that he isn’t over? I don’t know. Sorry everyone for unloading all this but I have never done this before?” I let it all out. All the worry that has been eating away at me the past twenty four hours flow out of me because I just can’t anymore. I don’t have the strength to hold it inside me. I could feel it chipping away at my already tender heart.
God, I already sound like a sappy Lifetime movie. Now I’m making myself sick.
“No, Aria, that man is in love with you. I saw him when you weren’t looking last night. The look in his eyes. I hate to say it but I wish Henrik would look at me like that.” Morgana gives a slight smirk before it creeps into a frown.
“Why do men have to be so…so…” Evaleen couldn’t finish her sentence as she was cut off by Tiffany.
“Self-centered little pricks who wouldn’t know a wonderful woman if she came up and punched him in the face.” Tiffany’s golden eyes burned to a caramel color as she locks her gaze on the empty shot glass in her hand. I almost expect her to break out a knife and start picking at her teeth with the raw anger radiating from her.
“Okay.” Evaleen stares wide eyed at Tiffany before turning to Morgana and me for reassurance.
“Tiffany, if you aren’t comfortable about me talking about Henrik you just have to tell me. I know you had a thing for him a long time ago, I just figured…” Morgana tries to reach for Tiffany.
Tiffany glances up, her face slack from surprise as if she forgot we were all here. She shakes her head, “Oh, I’m sorry. It’s okay if you want to complain about Henrik. He’s just a friend and I totally know what you are talking about. While he is so sweet to my boy and I know he loves him with all his heart, if a woman walks into Henrik’s life it’s like DEFCON one for him. No, I was talking about some issues I’m having with one of David’s doctors. That’s all.”
She gives a weak smile but even I can tell that there is more to her statement and her previous reaction then she is letting on. That woman needs to get laid.
The rest of the night just dissolves into a mix of alcohol and man bashing, so the usual for the SWIM meet. I check my phone thinking it’s only ten at night but it’s already one thirty in the morning. Trying to communicate to Morgana that we should go she mistakes my words, “I don’t care if you have your aunt Flo visiting Aria. I have never met her and is it me? Why are so many people’s aunts named Flo?”
Everyone doubles over in laughter as Morgana tilts her head in confusion, “Oh, I see. Yes, I’m the ridiculous one who finds it strange that everyone has an aunt Flo.”
“No…ha…no, I think we need to go Morgana. Let’s call a cab.” I fumble with my phone and text the cab company. We stumble out of the bar before paying our bill and watch Tiffany and Evaleen make their way toward the El train.
We see a dark car pull up on the street and the door swing open. Alexander steps out and waves us inside. I am way too drunk to argue or to care how he knew where we were and since Morgana is tugging my arm toward the open car I figure there is no point in refusing.
As we get ourselves buckled in and feel the car take off Morgana pipes up, “Threesome!”
Alexander and I turn our head to see her giggle and throw her head back before completely passing out. Once the soft snore from Morgana fills the car I turn to Alexander, “Why are you here?”
He gazes out the window, refusing to look at me, “Because I missed you Aria. I love you.”
Find out what happens next in The Decision
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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
1. THE Interview