“Dixon has been gone a long time. Perhaps we should check on her.” Evaleen points out as she finishes off the last drops of Tiffany’s fruity cocktail.
I look around the amber lit bar that is filling up with the usual twenty-something crowd just off from their cubicle jobs. There is a sea of khaki but nothing bright pops out, like the pink of Aria’s dress or the platinum of her hair. Ten minutes have passed and it’s not like Aria to take this long to use the restroom.
I scoot out of the booth and wave Evaleen to follow. She grabs our stuff and I lead her to the bathrooms in the back corner of the room. Just as we enter the small, two stall room we see a leg attached to a foot attached to a suede tan boot slipping out the window along the side.
“What the fuck are you doing Aria?” I screech as I lunge at her leg and wrap my fingers around her ankle.
The bar is in the basement of the building, so Aria is seated in the alley trying to yank her leg from me, but isn’t having much luck now that Evaleen has hold of her foot.
“You guys come on. This isn’t comfortable.” Aria’s muffled cries do nothing to loosen our grip.
“No, Dixon. Not until you tell us why you are climbing out of the bathroom window.”
I can hear her groan and watch as Aria flops back onto the ground, laying down like it’s a soft bed and not dirty cement. After a minute she props herself on her elbows and glares at us.
“Fine. But just come out here and I’ll tell you everything. I don’t want to climb back inside. I already cut my arm getting out here.”
We let go of Aria’s leg and make our way to the alley beside the bar. Aria is still lying on the ground when we get there and I reach a hand down to help her up.
“First thing Aria, why were you still laying on the ground?” I ask wondering if I really want to know the answer.
She shrugs, “It was comfortable.”
“Second thing. Why on Earth would you be climbing out of the bar window like this is some heist movie from the 1980’s?” I wave my hands in the air as I speak and glance at Evaleen who is just shaking her head and looking at Aria like she is a lost child.
Aria giggles and swats lightly at us as if I told a funny joke and this is completely normal.
“Why wouldn’t I be climbing out a window Morgana? Ask yourself that.”
“What? Are you on drugs?” Evaleen has stopped shaking her head and is now adopting my crazed blinking problem.
Aria rolls her eyes and sighs, “No, of course not. Look, I wanted to find the person who bought my painting and I knew you both wouldn’t want to come along. So, I just decided to leave.”
“Then why didn’t you tell us and then leave through the front door like a normal person?” I am squinting my eyes as my brain tries to work out her logic.
“How am I supposed to start off a scheme with something boring like that Morgana? Adventure requires a fun, if not quirky beginning. At least that’s what Hollywood tells us.”
Evaleen and I giggle at Aria’s remarks.
“Fine Aria. So, what’s your scheme?” I ask giving up on trying to understand her.
She waves us over to her and looks about to make sure no one is around.
“Okay, so my painting is being picked up around one o’clock in the morning at the gallery. Sandra, the gallery owner gave me a spare key and the code to get in. She gives it to all artists while they have their exhibits there. Anyway, I figured I would go there and wait for the truck to show up. Act like I work security there and tell them that it is required I accompany the painting to its final destination.”
Aria is rubbing her hands together again as her eyes widen with mischief. Why do I have a bad feeling about all of this? Oh that’s right because it’s one of Aria’s plans.
“Why don’t you just tell them you are the artist and you want to make sure the piece isn’t damaged.” Evaleen adds.
“Because then A. Hawthorne will not show up when the painting arrives. I am quite sure he will be contacted when the painting is being delivered and then told the artist is along for the ride. He doesn’t want to be known in the art world. So, why would he show his face to an artist? If I am just some security guard, he’s much more likely to come meet the painting when it arrives.”
Aria must have put a little bit of thought into this. I’m still worried she is going to get hurt or, knowing her luck, killed.
“Aria perhaps I should come along, to make sure you are okay.” I offer.
She shrugs her shoulders, “Why not. You can keep me company until the truck arrives.”
“Oh, well then I want to come too!” Evaleen pipes in with a frown on her face.
“Fine. The more the merrier.”
Aria starts to walk off and waving us to follow. We hail a cab and take it to The Mason Gallery in the River North neighborhood. Once we have paid the driver and Aria lets us into the art space we stand around unsure of what to do for the next few hours.
“So, you came here way too early Aria, what are we going to do now. It’s only ten o’clock.” I point to the sleek silver clock on the white wall over the reception desk.
Aria holds up her finger and walks to the back and into a doorway. After a few moments she emerges with a large bottle of champagne in her hand. She holds it up to us.
“We get drunk.” Aria states.
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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
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32. THE Uncomfortable Silence
31. THE Online Experience
30. THE Same Old Shi
29. THE Talk
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15. THE Joint
14. THE Let Down
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7. THE Zipper Incident
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