“What’s the plan? Are you done?“
“You think I overreacted.” I pulled the curtains aside to look at her, “You really think I overreacted.”
“Honestly, yes. .. I mean, you've worked so hard to get here, what does it matter what some damn woman says, for all you know, she could be jealous of you, Zoe, you're extraordinary.”
“Julia Graham, jealous of me!” I laughed at the absurdity, “Julia Graham, third-row champion, she's like the Jane Austen of ballet.” I said getting out of the shower and wrapping a towel around my body,
I reached into my drawer and pulled out my jammies.
“I don't know who that is, or anyone else....” June reached and holding me by the shoulders, she made me look at her, “I certainly know Zoe Dolson, the strongest person I've met, my best friend, the girl that fought two racist guys for my sake the first day, the girl who would move mountains for her dreams, the same girl who never takes no for an answer, and she won't let some woman tell her she's not good enough, ever.” She reminds me, I don't deserve a friend like her, but this is how we help each other.
“When did you get so smart? But, Yeah, you're right. . I overreacted. .”
“Yeah, that's the spirit... Now, go make that call and see if you still have a job.” She squeezed my shoulders and left me to it. I regarded what she said for a while and then went in to make the call,
It took a moment,
“Guess what.” I made my way back to June after the call, June was munching on some chips in the living room. “I still have a job. ..Apparently, this happens a lot with Julia's assistants. ...I'm just the first one to want to come back...” I throw myself on the couch and curled up next to her,
“It’s going to be fine.”
“I hope so.” I sighed, and rested my head on the chair, closing my eyes.
“John and I broke up.” She said suddenly and I snapped awake.
“Yeah, after he lied about being in New York just to get away from me, that was the deal-breaker, I couldn't stand all the lies anymore.”
“Woah, June, Are you okay?”
“Actually, I'm great... It took breaking up with John to realize I deserve better. John was a phony and a cheater, I just wish I had realized what a pig he was sooner.”
I laid back again,
“Well, I'm glad you're finally back to your senses.”
“Me too...” I look over to see her smiling, “Let’s talk about you, Miss? Who was the guy at the club? You danced with him, I even saw you two leaving together.”
I rolled my eyes,
“That feels like a long time ago, I was so drunk, but I got his name, Karl.”
“Karl, fancy!... And, what happened with Karl?”
“Nothing, he just dropped me off at home like a gentleman, I was too drunk to drive...He’s great, I mean, he seems like a nice guy. I just never got his number, but I did catch a glimpse of his tag. I think he works at that repair shop down the block.”
“He could be, but I don't care...He’s very handsome.”
“He is handsome, I noticed. Are you planning on seeing him again?”
“I might stop by the shop and get the car fixed, it's been acting up lately, I don't know what to do with it.”
“Really, That’s your excuse.”
“What, okay, fine... It wouldn't hurt to see him again, but I truly want to get my car fixed and probably get a good discount on it.”
“Stop it!” I exclaimed.
“Alright, but, if you ask me, Zoe, I think you should take it one step at a time. Right now you should be focusing on why you moved here, your career, and being a professional dancer, that should be your priority.”
“Yeah, I know that, but it wouldn't hurt to find love along the line... Karl seems like a good start.”
“Don’t do that.” She cautions.
“Don’t trust a guy you just met simply because you think he's good, you do that a lot and it's never turned in your favor.” She pauses for a bit, “Zoe, you just got out of a messy situation with Gab, and you've barely gotten through that. Jumping into another relationship right now would just get in the way of you and your dreams. You barely know this guy, Karl, he could be anyone, people are not what they seem anymore, just look at John for example, who would've thought he would turn out to be such a fucking cheat...” Her mood escalates quickly, and soon she's tossing the pillow across the room, tears began to brim her eyes, “Ugh, How could I be so stupid? How could I just let a man consume me and then toss me away? “
“Oh, June," I reach and pull her into a hug, "He doesn't deserve you, you'll be okay.”
She pulled away and gave me a comforting smile. “I do deserve better, and so do you, if this guy, Karl or whatever his name is, turns out to be a two-faced phony like Gab or John, you run, you don't try to fix him, or make things better, you just run, okay?” She said in a warning note, I nodded in response and pulled her in again.