16th Avenue👔 – Part 4


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Daisy and Kelsey laugh out loud at a random joke.

Kelsey
If Benji was here, he’d ask God to forgive us.

(Silence as the two look over at the empty desk in the corner where Benji once sat. Daisy’s eyes slowly shift over to Kelsey.)

Daisy
You liked him, didn’t you?

Kelsey
Maybe.

(Ashley waltz in elaborately dressed in a skimpy number throwing her curves rhythymically from left to right. Daisy and Kelsey’s jaws hit the ground completely dazed.)

Ashley
(sings)
Good morninggggg….

(Daisy is first to react.)

Daisy
You stepped out your house like this?

Kelsey
(Alarmed at the obscene amount of cleavage beneath Ashley’s neck)
..And you brought Bonnie and Clyde with you.
How did you manage to escape HR’s prying eyes?

Daisy
God help the poor guys who cross your path today.

(Ashley flips her hair over her shoulder laughing dismissively at their comments.)

Daisy
I’m confused. Why are you all dressed up?

Ashley
Today’s Cocktail Friday.
Didn’t you get HR’s memo?

Kelsey
You mean the company’s excuse to get us to wait behind after work to be served a handful of small chops?

Daisy
That’s what you dressed up for?

Kelsey
Ash, I could have just ordered you a pack of small chops from Caballero.

Ashley
(Laughs)
Actually, it’s my excuse to lure Tucker out unto the dance floor.

Daisy
I thought I remember you saying he had a fiancee.

Ashley
A fiancee and a wife are two different things.
Besides, I’m just asking for a dance not his baby.

Kelsey
Dance or baby, you can gist us about it on Monday.

Ashley
You’re not going?
(Glances back and forth between Daisy and Kelsey.)

Kelsey
We will… but…

Daisy
We usually leave after the small chops go ’round.

Kelsey
What else is left to wait for?

Ashley
(Laughs)
You guys are shameless.

Kelsey
Proudly!
(Daisy and Kelsey jam fists.)
I better leave before Janet comes looking for me. She keeps us on an insanely tight leash.

Ashley
Before you leave, ….. selfie…..
(Whips out her phone)

(The girls gather ’round for a selfie with duck faces rehearsed to perfection. The room is lit with rampant camera flashes.)

(The office line rings. Daisy answers it after the second ring.)

Daisy
(Placing the receiver to her ear)
Hello…
(She suddenly freezes up. Mouths to Kelsey)
…It’s Janet.
(Kelsey’s eyes widen with horror. She immediately scoops up her things and scrams. Daisy continues…)
She left a while ago.
At the TGIF Cocktail,

Soft music plays in the background. People are gathered in clusters sipping cocktails and chattering.

Kelsey, Daisy and Ashley depart from another duck face selfie clutching half empty glasses of chapman. They gather around Ashley’s phone to observe their masterpiece only to realize they had been photobombed by William and Walter. They angrily turn to find William and Walter standing behind them laughing hysterically as they trade high fives.

Kelsey
Thanks for the photo bomb.

Walter
(smiles cheerfully behind his specs, his eyes glistening with warmth)
Anytime, dear.

Ashley
(Focused on the ruined selfie)
How come William’s Duck face is better than mine?

William
Practice makes perfect, sweetheart.
By the way, Ashley…..
(His eyes fall to her chest region)
You look good! Your dress is… killer.

Ashley
Aww thanks, Will.
(Blows him a kiss)

Daisy
Are you sure it’s the dress you like…?

William
(Smiles michieviously)
Well, that too…

Walter
(Walter chuckles heartily trading high fives with William once again)
Bad guy!

Kelsey
I’d love to see you repeat that in front of Janet.

William
See me, see trouble o.
I can’t offer compliments again.
(William laughs letting down his calm and sophisticated exterior for once, though, only for a few seconds.)
Nothing stops me from uttering the same words even if Janet was here.

Kelsey
Well, here’s your opportunity. She’s right behind you.

William
Huh?
(William immediatey jumps turning to see Janet in the flesh. She wears a stern expression. His confidence instantly shatters as he springs over to her side.)

Janet
Can we have a word?

William
Sure.
How – how long were you standing there?
(He stutters.)

(Janet marches off. William follows struggling to match her pace.)

Walter
(Shakes his head face-palming)
I shake my head on behalf of the entire male gender.
I am ashamed.

(A waiter comes around with small chops. Daisy immediately stops him and grabs two packs, casually handing one over to Kelsey.)

Daisy
Ashley, Walter, enjoy the rest of the night.
Kels, this is our cue to go.

Kelsey
(Hurriedly slurps up the last of her chapman through a bendy straw and shoves the empty glass into Walter’s hand)
I’m right behind you.
Goodluck with that dance, Ash.

Ashley
Thanks, dear.
(She blows a kiss after the two as they take off.)

Walter
What dance?
Kelsey and Daisy trace their way through the crowd towards the exit.

At the exit, they open the door to leave only to bump right into Nicholson, handsomely suited up in a grey suit… pocket square and all. He is accompanied by his usual bodyguard. The girls are caught completely off guard.

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10 thoughts on “16th Avenue👔 – Part 4

  1. So i am beginning to feel left out! where do i feature in this series???
    Anyways,back to my duties as your editor *Shines teeth sheepishly*
    This statement “Kels, this is our qeue to go.” qeue is spelled “cue”

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