Chapter 10: Best friends and goodbyes
Danielle had sat on her bed waiting for Jack to get ready. A few minutes later Jack entered the room. “Holy shit Audrey!” Danielle jumped from the bed and almost fell to the floor. Jack flinched and went to help her. “I’m not sure anymore about this, you know?” Danielle told her, pretending to be annoyed.
Jack asked concerned “Why would you say such thing?”
“Now look at you girl. Since when have you got tits? and, and, ….. you always had those long legs?” she asked arching her brows.
Jack looked at her frowning. “You told me to wear this” she pinched the fabric of the top. “I have nothing remotely similar in my wardrobe” she looked at Danielle, suddenly feeling as if she was naked.
“Well, smartass. I already know those clothes are mine, but I never thought that they were going to fit on you better than me”, she narrowed her eyes.
Jack grinned. “I can change into my clothes if it’ll make you more happy”, she turned to leave.
“Stop right there, little girl”, Danielle grabbed her arm. “You’re going to break a few hearts tonight and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it Audrey” she said hugging her.
Jack hugged her back. “Thanks, Danielle” she said, and a couple of seconds later Jack let go of her to look into Danielle’s eyes. She suddenly needed to tell her so many things that she didn’t know where to begin. Unfortunately, she didn’t have much time. She couldn’t tell her the truth, and that was breaking her into pieces, but it wasn’t safe for Danielle. “You’re my best friend” Jack said as she stared at her. “I know that I haven’t always been the friend you needed, and I know that sometimes I’ve acted a real bitch, so that’s why I want you to know something”, she locked eyes with Danielle. Jack felt tears rising and fought them back. She needed to tell her these things. Jack took a deep breath. “No matter what happens in the future, you will always be more than my best friend ….. you are my sister, and you’ll always be,” she cut herself off, her throat was closing.
Danielle’s tears were running freely, mixing with her eyeliner. Jack frowned when she saw black tears rolling on her cheeks, so she raised her hands and gently she cleaned them. Danielle saw her fingers and frowned. “Oh, shit. Now I have to do my make up again” she said rolling her eyes. “You could’ve picked another time to open your heart, you little bitch” Danielle said sobbing.
Jack smiled. “I wanted you to know that” she said sobbing as well.
“Yeah, well now I know, are you happy?” she mocked between sobs.
Both girls went silent for a few seconds, sobbing. “You know what?” asked Danielle. “You haven’t acted like a bitch. Oh, well, maybe just a couple of times” she amended, and Jack smiled. “But if I would have had a sister of my own, she would’ve never been better than you. You’re my blood sister and I mean it”, she took Jack’s hand in hers.
They pulled themselves into a hug and cried in each other arms. They were like that for what seemed an eternity, until they weren’t sobbing anymore. “Ok, enough of this” Danielle broke the silence. “Let’s go have some fun! Let’s show the men of this city of shit what a real woman is!” she said letting go of Jack.
Jack nodded and went to look for her hand bag. “Danielle, do you really think I’ve got long legs?” she asked shyly.
Danielle turned her head and looked at her from head to toe. “Well, no. I don’t really think that, but just in case, don’t be so close to me tonight, right?” she teased. “I do hate comparisons” she added and took her purse. “Ready to go?” she asked as she headed toward the apartment’s door.
Jack smiled and followed her but froze when reached the doorframe. She turned around and looked at the place she had considered her home for the last five years. She felt tears and shut her eyes tightly to stop them. No going back at this point, she said to herself. She let out a deep breath and looked down at the floor. “I’m ready” she called and turned to leave.
Danielle also smiled and closed the door. They headed toward the lifts and pretended not to notice the men on their way, the ones turning their heads to have a better look at the two girls. Danielle glanced at Jack. Tonight will be unforgettable for us Audrey, she thought and grinned. Jack looked at her and smiled weakly.