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When we arrived the ground was already pulsing and the music was blaring. Dad parked round back and we walked to the front. He held open one of the thick, heavy metal doors for me and Vi as we stepped inside. The music grew louder and I could feel the floor beneath me vibrating. The door closed and everything went black. I pulled out my new phone and used the weak backlight as a torch. We came up against another heavy metal door and dad – always the gentleman – held it open for me and Violet.
As I stepped through the door there was a massive cheer. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The room was packed. There was a bar to my right that curved around the wall and was already swarming with people. The red and purple lights cast an eerie almost mystical hue over the place. A DJ stood, elevated on a podium with his unquestionably expensive equipment (probably to keep drunken teens from damaging anything). And all around me people were gyrating and swaying to the beat. The girls came rushing up to me Ava and Hayley already had plastic cups no doubt filled with contraband alcohol.
“Happy Birthday Sexay! Great Party.”
Ava had to shout to be heard over the music and as I leaned in to catch what she was saying I could smell the alcohol on her.
“Come on, time for the birthday girl to have some fun!” Violet grabbed my arm.
Ava screamed so loud that she caught the attention of a group of guys nearby, who scrutinised our group admiringly.
“I’ll leave you girls to it.”
My dad gave me a helpless smile and retreated to an empty seat by the bar. It was out of the way and hid him in shadows but still gave him a good view of everything that was going on. Kim handed me a cup. I laughed and tipped back the contents of my cup. The warm liquid slid down my throat leaving a slight tingle behind. The guys that had been watching us sauntered over.
“Do you ladies want another drink?” A cute blonde guy asked.
Before we could answer Emily piped up. “No thanks, we can get them ourselves.”
The lads gave her funny looks before grudgingly moving onto another pack of girls. Ava, Violet and Hayley all scowled at her.
“No, hey guys, she’s right. We shouldn’t take drinks off guys, no matter how cute they are.”
They all relaxed slightly. They might be tipsy but they still had the sense to know I was right.
“Shame, guess you don’t want this then.”
I turned around to face Scott. He looked hot in Henley’s and a checked shirt. He was holding a bottle of beer. I smiled seductively at him.
“Nope. But you can come buy me a new one.”
He smiled and nodded for me to lead the way. Violet was already knocking back a second drink.
“I’ll catch up with you guys later?”
Ava and the other two piss heads were already headed for the dance floor. Emily gave me a disapproving look, Jane looked lost and Charlotte looked a bit uncomfortable and I promised myself I’d give them more of my attention. But Kim was entertaining them for now. I knew they wouldn’t drink. Scott snatched my hand and led me to the bar.
“One Newcastle Brown and one...”
He looked at me expectantly.
“Malibu and coke.”
He raised an eyebrow but ordered the drink. The bartender came back with our order and Scott handed me my glass.
“Playing safe huh?”
I took a sip of my drink.
“No, I just have more class than you.”
He laughed out loud and placed his hand on the small of my back.
“Says the girl who hired a dodgy club that sells underage drink.”
“Hey! It’s not dodgy. It’s just... under the radar.”I winked.