Weighing her options in her mind, she leaned in closer…. just as his lips were about to touch hers, her knee got an unexplainable sudden twitch and jerked forward, leaving Mr. Popular toppled over, groaning in agony. The flash of cameras sparkled around the room. Gasps and cheers could be heard throughout the reunion as Brandi smoothed her skirt, fixed her hair and addressed her former classmates.
“I’m not the same girl I was in high school. I may not have much these days, but I’ve got my dignity. I think this picture better depicts our relationship anyway.” With a nervous smile and a shrug of her shoulders she stepped around Greg and acted like she remembered which way her table was.
Matt smiled and stood up clapping while Greg’s teammates helped him from the stage. Wild whispers swirled around the room as people fed on the juicy gossip. As Brandi passed the table filled with her former cheerleaders feasting on her misfortune she realized that she was never going to be one of them again…and for once she didn’t care.
After a detour to the ladies room, Brandi took her seat next to Matt and put her best smile on. He offered to take her home, but since Greg and his replacement wife had left, she felt no need to miss the opportunity to gossip about everyone else’s lives.
Matt put his arm around her shoulder and squeezed. “That was pretty awesome…but now I’m a little scared of you,” he laughed. “I know what will make you feel better.”
“Hmmm. What’s that?" she said staring down at her drink.
“A little game I like to play called ‘Who’s Had Work Done.’”
“That’s awful!” Brandi laughed and looked around the room. “I’ll go first.” she joked.
With the awkwardness of the moment over Brandi looked in Matt’s eyes for the first time since returning to the table. “So, tell me what you’ve been up to all these years,” Brandi asked as a tap of the microphone interrupted.
Melissa’s annoying voice came from the stage again.” We want to thank all of you for coming out and celebrating tonight! It has certainly been…ahem…memorable. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to mingle, so if you’d flip over your place mats there’s a little trivia game about all of us to play. Work your way around the room and get as many questions answered as possible. The winner will be announced during the raffle drawing! The grand prize is $500, so have fun and go mingle!”
“Oh man, I could use that. I’m not sure $500 is enough to make me want to enter the lion’s den though.” Brandi stated.
“You’ll be fine. I’m sure your old friends want to know why I’m monopolizing all your time. Go make up a juicy story. I’ll find you when you’re done. I’d love to catch up some more.”
Brandi looked jokingly at her non-existent watch “If I’m not back in 30 minutes come save me!”