We showed up around 9pm to the bar and staked our claim. I had made reservations for this lounge around a firepit. It was the middle of January so in the beginning it was cold. The warm pulse of alcohol changes that, and I knew this so being outside didn’t pose a problem. Cuddled under me was a friend. Birthday party for her, big get up for a useless age but she’s never really had a big party and I wanted to give this to her. Selfless act, I know, you’ll see. The party was bigger than she expected it to be. I’m the main attraction and repulsion at the same time. Jessica, nestled under my arm says that she really likes the place. I felt a moment of true bond, something that said it wasn’t the usual, “Thanks for this you really made my night,” with a hair toss disguising an eye roll. It was our first real moment in a decade.

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