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Chapter Five

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Thanks to Kyra Lennon and Scout Dawson for the feedback; glad you both enjoyed chapter four.

And as always, thanks to Hubby for the edit.

Enjoy ...

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"One night. Just one night is all I'm asking." I was in the breakroom with Kelly, Chloe, and Maria, trying to convince my friends to ditch their guys and have a girlie night with me. "We haven't all hung out together for ages."

"You came out with me and Rich the other night," Maria said.

"Yes, because you tried to arrange a double date with me and Mike. I already told you, he's seeing someone." Maria shrugged and I went on. "Besides, I want to hang out with my friends, not my friends and their boyfriends."

Kelly flung her arm around my shoulder. "Jade is right, we need a girlie night. Carl can cope without me for one night."

Chloe grinned. "Okay, I'm in. Me and Jon aren't serious anyway. He won't care if we don't see each other later."

"You looked pretty serious yesterday, with your tongues down each other's throats," Kelly said with a raised eyebrow.

We all looked expectantly at Maria, and a smile slowly spread across her face. "Well, who am I to refuse?"

"Excellent. I'll buy some food and wine, and we can all meet at mine after work later, yeah?" I said, suddenly stuck by a source of inspiration. "And as we're all on late shifts tomorrow, we can make a night of it and have a sleep over."

With break time over, I returned to the beauty department and readied myself for the second half of my shift. The afternoon passed at an agonisingly slow rate. Even though I had plenty of clients, now the breakfast show had ended, many of them were people I wasn't overly friendly with, so there was little chatter between each person as they rushed off to film their respective shows. The only bright spot was the fact The Company was filming a special on location, meaning Courtney wasn't at the studio. I'd thankfully avoided her since our last run-in, whether by choice or coincidence, she'd always been with Charlotte in recent weeks.

Later that evening, me, Kelly, Chloe, and Maria gathered in my living room, all wearing our pyjamas and with face masks on. Kelly lay on the floor, propped up against the side of the couch, and sipping her wine through a straw so she didn't need to move. Me and Maria were on either end of the sofa, guarding the bowl of popcorn that was resting in the space between us. Chloe sat in the arm chair, her face covered with a charcoal mask.

"See? This is more like it." I scooped up a handful of popcorn and started munching.

"Okay, so you had a point. I've missed hanging out like this," Maria said, sipping her wine.

"We're sorry we've been neglecting you," Kelly added.

I shrugged. "It's cool. I get it. You've all got boyfriends now-"

Chloe sat up straight in her seat, and her face mask cracked slightly. "Jon is not my boyfriend."

"Okay, Chloe has a fuckbuddy or whatever, and Maria and Kelly have boyfriends." The way I saw it, they spent enough time together that they might as well be a couple, but any time one of us said that, Chloe instantly shot us down. "My point is, I get it. You want to spend time with your men, and mostly I don't mind. But, well, it sucks only seeing you for a few minutes here and there at work. I miss my girls."

"Then let's promise, we'll try to get together, just the four of us, at least once a month," Kelly said. She kneeled up and shuffled over to me and Maria, extending her hands.

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