Jodie rarely hosts parties because she hates having randoms over to her apartment, not to mention the clean-up and the constant pressure to host and make sure everyone has a good time. However, she picks one day out of the year specially designed for just that. Jodie lives in a high rise roof top that pretty much has the best view of the city out of all of us. New Year’s Eve we were packing it in. She told everyone to invite everyone. Naturally, since Michael suggested to split our parties last time, I decided to ask him out.
I didn’t know how to start since everyone is usually booked out like a year in advance, but for guys like Michael, I imagined he was waiting until the last minute. So I called him up.
“Hey you,” I said a little too eagerly.
“How are you?”
“I’m good, good.”
He chuckled breathily over the line. One of those chuckles to be polite and fill the air with. “That’s good.”
“Yeah…” Why was I feeling so jittery?
“So, yeah,” I laughed awkwardly, “reason why I called.”
“Mm-hmm.” I heard the popping sound of when he detached his lips from his cigarette and blew smoke.
“One of my friends is having a party for New Year’s Eve and I was wondering if you wanted to come with me?” I cringed, lifting the top corner of my mouth and closing one eye as if I was in pain. Hearing the words now, inviting him out, I should’ve waiting for him to invite me out. This is a true testament to me not being one of those type of confident girls that can walk right up to a man and ask them out.
“Are you asking me out on a date?”
“Shortof,” I said, emphasising the ‘r’ and accidentally sounding like Mugsy.
“You sound so cute when you’re uncomfortable,” he muttered, chortling.
I smiled, slightly relieved he found it a somewhat endearing quality. On the other hand I’m sitting in my underwear with conflicting emotions getting ready for a date with my girls while thinking of how early it is that I’m calling him up.
“Oh,” I said, trying to not sound so obviously disappointed.
“Yeah, I already made plans to go to another party.”
I shrugged and held it up. “No it’s fine, it’s fine. I mean, of course you do. I just thought if you weren’t doing anything…” I sighed, dropping my shoulders. “It’s good.”
“I’ll see you soon?”
“Yeah, see you next year, ha!” Oh God, lame joke, much? My little laugh faded.
I rolled my eyes after we hung up and fell backwards onto my messy bed. That was a headache.
New Year’s Eve came quicker than I had anticipated, and so did the crowd. Jodie wasn’t playing when she said she goes all out. Unfortunately I was the only one without a date; Janet was with Stanley, Jodie has been seeing someone for a couple months now, Chloe even came with Toby. Is it weird that I’m a little weird about them two being together? Anyway, it was totally out of my comfort zone spending New Year’s without a date; I don’t even remember the last time that happened.
“You can kiss me if you want,” Jodie said and puckered up.
I rolled my eyes. “Jodie…”
“Or him,” Janet pointed to a beer belly bearded beau ogling me.
“Oh come on,” I whined.
“What,” Chloe shrugged, “he’s cute.”
“Hey” Toby said.
Chloe smiled. “Sorry, but he is.”
Toby fluttered a laugh, shaking his head. “What’s with the need to kiss at midnight? It’s become such an obligation to bring a date now that there’s so much pressure involved. So tense round this time in a year. Party planning, looking good, and now we have to bring the vessel we’re going to kiss at midnight? It’s so much.”
“First of all,” Chloe began, “you better not be calling me a vessel. Second of all, you better be kissing me at midnight.”
“Oh, I’m definitely kissing you at midnight,” Toby laughed.
Chloe shimmied her shoulders bashfully. “Cool.”
“Great, so I guess we can all agree we can take that speech and throw it out the window,” I said.
“Or off the roof,” Janet said. “Seriously, Jodie, this is an awesome spot you have here.”
“Thanks,” she replied high-pitched. Then she pointed to me. “Offer still stands…”
I rolled my eyes. “Thanks guys, but I think I’m going to go.”
“Oh come on, we’re just joking,” Chloe whined. “Don’t be such a party pooper.”
“How about if we make a pact that we all don’t kiss at midnight,” Toby suggested.
“Or we all kiss each other?” Janet wriggled her brows.
Toby and Stanley scanned the girls with keen interest before landing their eyes on each other. They both shivered and warped their faces into disgust and tore away.
“No, fuck no,” Stanley shook his head. Janet laughed, the only one in the know.
“I’m out guys,” I said, above the persistent protest. “I’ll see you next year!”
I wasn’t even in a bad mood or anything, I just felt like going. Imagine watching the fireworks on the beach, or through the window of my place, or—
“Hey, thought I’d find you here,” Michael said, climbing up the fire escape I had only just started.
I grinned. “What are you doing here? I thought you had other plans.”
He shrugged and crinkled his nose. “Yeah, well, wasn’t as good.”
“As good as…?” I stepped down a couple.
He grinned and shrugged again. “As good as…well, I sort of missed you okay.”
I laughed. “You’re cute when you’re uncomfortable.”
He chuckled, and I hoped I could see him better to analyse if he was blushing or not. He sounded like he was. “Alright, I guess I walked right into that one. So what’s going on, you leaving?”
I hopped down the final step and gazed over the city. “Yeah.”
“Feeling like a home buddy?” He leaned over the railing beside me.
“I don’t know. I’m in a weird happy funk right now. Can’t explain it.”
“Maybe it’s good because you can’t explain it.”
“What are you saying? I’m happy because I don’t know how to identify what I’m feeling?” I chuckled. Seemed a bit farfetched.
“Or maybe you’re happy because you’re letting yourself be.”
“Mmm,” I pouted in thought, “deep.”
He chuckled. “Yeah well, they don’t call me Socrates…” I waited for him to finish but then realise that was the joke and giggled. “Took you long enough,” he bumped me.
I rolled my eyes. “Shut up. So what are you planning going to do, kiss me at midnight?”
He straightened up and clutched my arm, pulling my backwards against the brick wall of the building. His lips inches away from my mine, his breaths warm, his eyes intense. “I don’t need midnight.”
His lips were cold when he brought them down onto mine, but his tongue was pressing a warmth deep into me. His skin was so smooth, and his hair was a playground for me to hold onto. I could feel his erection instantly.
I could hear the party counting down above us; ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, THREE, TWO, ONE! Cheers sprayed as fireworks lit the sky. People shouted Happy New Year. And I was kissing Michael through it all. I opened my eyes to sneak a preview of the fireworks and smiled through his kisses.
He parted. “Happy New Year.”
I grinned and whispered, “Happy New Year.”
***For those that want to know I am continuing posting on Samson&Delilah. Currently there are two latest ones “Five.Five” and “Six”. The beginning of that particular story is from “The New Chapter: One”. I hope to keep it up and I hope you are looking forward to reading that story. The comments section over there is not closed so feel free to flourish. If you missed the previous post also, please know that posting will most likely be sporadic from now on. I’m hoping to keep it to the same day once a week, but at the very least once a week. Thanks for your patience! Soul xo***