Pink and blue neon lights cut through the smoky haze at MJQ. The underground club was relatively calm for a Friday night, but Andrea and I arrived when it opened at ten PM. We grabbed whiskey Diet Cokes at the bar and slid into an empty booth by the dance floor.
After observing the handful of people dancing, a thin mixed girl approached us.
“Hey, I’m Lizzie.”
We took turns shaking her proffered hand.
“I’m Samantha. This is Andrea.”
“Is anyone sitting here?” Lizzie gestured to the space next to Andrea.
“Nope!” Andrea replied.
Lizzie sat millimeters away from Andrea, who automatically scooted closer to and rested her head on my shoulder.
Undeterred, Lizzie asked, “Do y’all wanna dance?”
“Sure!” Andrea jumped up and pulled me up after her.
Andrea shuffled and I twirled. Lizzie looped an arm around each of our waists, steering us so she would be the middle of a grinding sandwich. Quickly, I pulled Andrea to the bar. As we waited for our refills, Lizzie joined us.
“I’m cold.” Andrea shivered, hugging me.
Lizzie sized us up. “So how long have y’all been together?”
“Since we were fourteen!” Andrea sipped her freshened drink, still locked in a half-hug with me.
“Wow, so what, that’s like…ten years?”
“As of this summer, yep.”
“How ’bout y’all come back to my place? It’ll be quieter, so we can chill and get to know each other better.”
I finally spoke up. “No thank you! We’re going home.”
Lizzie frowned. “Y’all don’t want me to walk you there?”
I shook my head. “We’ll be fine — it’s just down the street.”
Andrea’s brow furrowed. “What about our drinks?”
“Aight, next time then!” Lizzie winked and walked back to the dance floor.
Once outside, I looped my arm through Andrea’s to prevent her from stumbling.
“Lizzie was trying to get us to go home with her.”
“Yeah, to hang out since it was smoky and loud in there.”
“No. She thought we were a couple. She wanted to hook up with us.”
“What?! How could she think that?!”
“You misunderstood her question when she asked how long we had been together.”
“Oh, she meant, like — how long we were dating?”
We exchanged looks and burst into raucous laughter.
“You love Ceddy and I love men too much.”
“It wouldn’t be an experiment in lesbianism — it would be incest.”
“Exactly! You’re not some random girl from the club. We’re sisters!”
“Only an event like this would make us leave a club before last call.”