One Night, a romantic short story excerpt

Here’s an excerpt from my new romantic short story:


It’s never what you’d expect, going someplace you’ve never been.
We dressed up for a birthday party to celebrate someone neither of us knew. My best friend had grown weary of me moping around. Her parents were kind enough to give us their tickets to attend a lavish birthday soirée. They already had plans for a cruise that same weekend. They had a life.
The party was in Reno, Nevada. The lights and buzzers were good distractions for the otherwise despondent. Who can dwell on the thought of being unloved and abandoned when bells and whistles are going off? There is no time for self-pity when the slot machine next to you is trumpeting how lucky a stranger is.
Dressed in my favorite amethyst-colored, mandarin dress with its jaw-dropping slit up to my thigh, I was ready to be social. Tanya, my best friend of 20 years, looked hot as hell in her flashy red dress which accentuated her two blessings. It was her go-to dress when she was on a mission to get some phone numbers, as we single ladies call it.
“Thank you for making me come out of my cave.” I hugged her, smiled and was ready for whatever the party had to offer. I had become a hermit after being dumped. It was time to get out from under the burdensome weight of inadequacy.
We stood in front of closed double doors. No one had come in or out. 
Were we in the wrong place?
Tanya readjusted her boobs, fluffed her highlighted, blond hair and popped a mint. “Let’s go.” She pushed the handles down and the doors swung open like an Oscar moment.
I felt like a child opening up the secret panel in the wardrobe leading me into Narnia. Taking that brave first step, I crossed the threshold and froze. There he stood, with the confidence and composure of James Bond. Across the room on the edge of the dance floor, waiting for me. He turned his gaze to greet me and found my smile in the process.
My broken self-felt my heart jump into it
s cage and my eyes instinctively looked down. “Do you see him?” I asked Tanya, making sure he wasn’t a novelty of my overactive imagination.
“Do I see the handsome man standing by the dance floor? Oh yeah,” she said with a sigh. “Come on, let’s find a place to sit. Maybe he has a friend.” Having been single for two years Tanya was ready to pounce on any available man who was willing. Surely in a casino, she would find plenty.

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