Chapter Two

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Enjoy ...

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By six, my feet were aching and I was glad it was time to start packing up. I was starting to think agreeing to go out wasn't such a good idea. I hadn't had anything to eat since lunch, plus I'd still have to change, and get ready. A night in front of the TV was sounding increasingly appealing.

The sound of laughter and footsteps approaching told me that just wasn't going to happen, and I was proven right a moment later when Kelly, Chloe, and Maria rounded the corner.

"You ready to knock off?" Maria asked. She had a large duffle bag wedged under her arm, and I could tell by the smirk on all three of their faces something fishy was going on.

"Yeah. Gimme a sec." I packed up the last of my kit and turned to Charlotte, who was going over the itinerary with the evening and night crew. "Am I good to clock off?"

"Sure. Thanks for all your hard work today. Have fun tonight."

"You're not coming?"

"Nah, I've got a hot date with the Hubby." She grinned and wiggled her eyebrows.

Charlotte had married her school sweetheart when they were both twenty-one, and even after ten years and a couple of kids, they were still disgustingly in love. It was adorable.

"Have fun!"

"Oh, I will."

Charlotte's comment caused us all to giggle, and I followed my friends down the corridor to the breakroom. The instant we were inside, Maria slammed the door shut and unzipped her bag.

"Look what I've got." She produced two bottles of prosecco with a grin.

Laughing, I asked, "Where did those come from?"

"When Kelly and Chloe told me we were going out tonight, I nipped to the supermarket on my break."

"At this rate, we're not even going to make it to the bar," Kelly said, rooting around in the cupboard for some glasses. All she could find were plastic beakers, so Maria filled those with wine and handed them out.

Slipping the bottle out of sight, we clutched our beakers, and joined the queue for the canteen to grab some dinner before we began getting ready. By the time we'd finished eating, we'd already made it through one bottle, and Chloe opened the next, as Maria pulled some outfits out of her bag.

"What do you think?"

I looked down at the array of clothes she'd spread across the table, and grimaced. "It looks like a glitter factory exploded."

"Yeah, the theme of the fashion spread we filmed was sequins," Chloe said, picking up a pair of leggings that had gold trimming running down both sides.

I picked up a glittering silver bomber jacket. "We're going to look like Christmas baubles in these."

"Good job we'll be too drunk to notice." Kelly gulped down a mouthful of wine.

We continued rifling through the clothes, and Maria assigned things based on our sizes, colouring and style. Being the second tallest after Chloe, I was given a black sequin mini dress. Given the circumstances, I was pretty lucky with the outfit, as the bottom sequins had an iridescent sheen that shimmered blue and green under the light, so it complimented my hair. Coupled with some tights and heels, I was ready for a night out.

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