The old friends thought it would be awkward, but they didnâ€™t realize that not much had changed.
They hit it off right away. The Galentineâ€™s, gossiped with each other, speeding down the highway in their Mini Prius, and jumping enthusiastically in their seats. It was shaping up to be a weekend they wouldnâ€™t forget.
Harriet, the oldest woman in the car who was sitting up front and fidgeting in her seat, wore a sweet blue dress. She looked over at their driver.
Julia was the youngest of their group, and was sporting a frazzled bun tied at the top of her head that was being squished against the ceiling. Her smile flashed, as she sped around an old woman in a tan chevy. Once clear, she looked around the car and said, â€œIâ€™m so glad to have my Galentineâ€™s today.â€
In the back seat Joseph and Sally, who were sharing a small bottle of vodka, agreed. Joseph and Sally exchanged a look as Harriet wondered aloud. â€œSo, whatâ€™s the first thing we want to do when we get there?â€
â€œWell, the first thing I want to do is find out where the jacuzzi is,â€ Julia announced, her round lips curling into a sinister grin.
â€œYeah, I donâ€™t know if I want to have jacuzzi children though?â€ Sally commented from the back, tossing her black hair behind her shoulder.
Just then, Julia pulled her phone out of her pocket and examined it out of the corner of her eye. â€œIs it okay if I invite a friend to our Galentineâ€™s Weekend?â€
â€œYeah we can add whoever we want to the reservation,â€ Harriet boasted.
â€œWho are you inviting?â€ Joseph inquired, tipping his bald head sideways as he leaned forward and stared at Julia.
â€œHeâ€™s someone I met at a party.â€
â€œYeah heâ€™s Bisexual..â€ She added, â€œwe donâ€™t really have any chemistry.â€
Joseph started to respond â€œwhaâ€”â€
A single beat interrupted him, Itâ€™s Brittany Bi@*# suddenly came on the radio. His gay genes vibrated instinctually to the music and the gay commandment caused him to flail his arms about.
â€œEasy,â€ Sally complained.
â€œI love this song, though.â€
Joseph danced off-beat for a few minutes before Harriet finally spoke up, â€œokay letâ€™s play a game.â€
â€œWhat kind of game?â€
â€œWe can do that fu â€“â€
â€œHold on Harriet, I heard that Doug left you at a gas station?â€ Julia asked, innocently batting her clumpy eyelashes.
Harriet answered, â€œyeah there are some really nice attendants at Shell.â€
â€œWell, I think youâ€™re so much better off,â€ Sally chimed in.
â€œCome on,â€ Joseph shouts, â€œthis is Galentineâ€™s weekend, were not allowed to talk about boys.â€
â€œOkay fair enough,â€ they agree in unison.
â€œSo back to that ga â€“â€ Harriet starts when she is interrupted with a resounding, â€œno thanks,â€ from everyone around.
As they begin to climb the steep mountain with their Mini Prius, the carâ€™s engine revved and sputtered.
â€œSo, do you guys remember the teacher from Sociology 101?â€ Julia asked.
â€œMr. Johnson?â€ Joseph questioned.
â€œYeah, he just texted me the other day.â€
Harriet rolled her eyes as she leaned her head against the window to watch the landscape in motion.
â€œYeah,â€ Julia continued, â€œhe was telling me how pretty I wasâ€¦and all this stuffâ€¦I guess heâ€™s still married though.â€
â€œYou are SOOO bad.â€ Joseph and Sally giggled together in the back seat.
â€œI didnâ€™t do anything.â€
â€œAre you still talking with him?â€
â€œOh my god, Iâ€™m not even going to lie.â€ Sally confessed, â€œI have been so horny these last few days. I havenâ€™t had a chance to really go in because of roommates.â€
Harriet shot a glare back at her, â€œwhy donâ€™t you just rub one out then?â€
Joseph cleared his throat, â€œso I can totally relate to that moodâ€”â€
â€œBecauseâ€ Sally replied, â€œI need the power of industrial machines!â€
â€œGirls, have you heard of mangasms?â€
Everyone shook their heads.
Joseph explained. â€œTheyâ€™re like psychic orgasms. You can get them with just one look. Iâ€™ve heard they can happen if there is incredible chemistry.â€
â€œI need one of those.â€ Sally admitted.
By the time they finally pulled into the parking lot the car was completely exhausted.
Piling out of the tiny red vehicle they looked around. Wooden handrails had been carved on the outside edge of the parking lot. It was dark now, but the sky was lit by bright stars. They could see energetic shadow silhouettes moving behind the windows in the distance. So, they walked towards the light.
The lobby expanded as they walked in, Joseph looked around to see fresh flowers hanging from the walls, a fireplace flickering across from the check in counter, and a bar that looked mighty appealing at the end of the room. Harriet strolled in front of him, â€œI made the arrangements under my name.â€
â€œWow, they did some upgrades, from the last time we were here.â€ Sally remarked noticing the shine on the wood.
â€œYeah, this place switched owners.â€ Harriet explained.
â€œWas it because of his coke problem?â€
Julia interrupted, â€œoh yeah, that killer party from college? I was railing all night against â€“â€
â€œHello,â€ Harriet interrupted as they all leaned against the counter.
The attendant gulped, â€œhi, maâ€™am, how can I help you?â€
â€œI made a reservation under Harriet.â€
â€œOh yes of course.â€
â€œJust so you know I donâ€™t have a problem,â€ Julia explained, â€œIâ€™ve found another white thing that is more important to me.â€ Three glaring eyes shot towards her, â€œIâ€™m still in remission.â€
The attendant slipped the key card across the counter and signaled, â€œto the left.â€
â€œThank you,â€ Harriet swiped the keycards from the countertop and hurried away.
â€œOkay, that was weirdâ€¦remission?â€ Joseph asked as they walked down the hallway to the left. Hastening towards their room, they noticed the walls were covered in pictures of elk and bear mounts.
â€œI meant sober.â€
â€œWow you really couldnâ€™t have thought of the word sober in that moment?â€
â€œTo be fair the attendant was kind of sexy,â€ Sally rolled her shoulders.
Harriet slipped the keycard into the reader above the door handle. Click, she popped the door open and stepped back, allowing her friends to rush ahead.
As they hurried in, Joseph immediately flew towards a furry wall at the other end of the wide-open living room.
Julia stepped down into the living room and allowed herself to fall into the velvet couch, flipping the 100â€™â€™ television on.
Sally ran immediately to explore the granite and marble bathroom. Her mouth dropped when she noticed the strange buttons on the side of the toilet. It was unexpected, but she giggled as she felt the pressure of a stream of water against her backside. One by one she tried every button until she had lost track of time.
â€œWow this place is amazing,â€ Joseph said finally tearing himself away from the wall.
â€œThereâ€™s a fancy toilet in there!â€ Sally shouted, returning to the living room.
Joseph, who had immediately wrapped his arm around Sally suggested, â€œletâ€™s go see if there are any other lonely Galentines by the bar.â€ They all began walking out of the room, â€œthen we can cozy up by the fire and talk about our favorite recipes.â€
â€œI seriously need that,â€ Harriet moaned.
At the bar, Joseph ordered for everyone. â€œThree martinis and a soda water please.â€
They took a sip together, â€œcheers to Galentineâ€™s,â€ Harriet announced.
â€œCheers!â€ they replied.
Julia felt her phone vibrate in her pocket, pulled it out, read the text, and giggled.
â€œWhoâ€™s that?â€ Joseph asked.
â€œOh, itâ€™s Charles.â€
â€œMy friend,â€ Julia explained, â€œHe says heâ€™s been watching us, and heâ€™s going to come introduce himself.â€
â€œYeah, like I told you he was coming.â€
Thatâ€™s when something strange walked out from behind the corner. A tall lumbering creature covered in white fur with patches of dirt clumped on his arms and legs. On his face tiny black dots poked out from beneath a mountain of white scruff, and if he was smiling, it was difficult to discern what kind of expression he was making.
â€œOh my goodnessâ€¦â€ the group concealed their shock.
â€œHi Charles,â€ Julia greeted him with a cheerful squeak. They hugged for a little too long before Julia introduced them. â€œThis is Sally, Joseph, and Harriet.â€
â€œHi, wow so good to meet you.â€ Joseph said as he finished one drink, signaling the bartender to make him two more.
Charles introduced himself, â€œnice to meet you.â€
It was awkward for a moment before Sally asked, â€œso how did you two meet?â€
â€œOh, that is a funny story.â€ Julia started, â€œI was totally drunk one night and walking home from downtown. Well, there was this guy in the street, right, and at first I was like is he going to rob me?â€
Charlesâ€™ deep voice chuckled and asked, â€œdidnâ€™t we have fun that night?â€
She giggled before continuing, â€œyeah I was so drunk, and he led me home like a gentleman then tucked me in like a gentleman.â€
When she stopped gazing up in his eyes and looked down at her friends, she saw their jealous faces.
â€œAnyways, I just want to cheers to being single on Valentineâ€™s day.â€ She raised her glass and winked at her friends.
Like a switch their dispositions shifted, â€œcheers.â€
â€œHaha, yes cheers to being single.â€
Clink, their glasses toasted and before anyone could register silence Sally pointed a question towards Charles, â€œso how was the drive up?â€
â€œOh I walked.â€
Julia, Sally, and Joseph cooed â€œyou are so resourceful.â€
â€œSo, where did you grow up?â€ Joseph asked.
â€œJust on the other side of the mountain,â€ Charles answered.
Joseph insisted, â€œwow so youâ€™re a real local then, that is AMAZING.â€
â€œYeah, I guess you could say that.â€
â€œCharles,â€ Julia pulled at his arm, â€œtell them about all the hunting you do.â€
â€œHold on a second, Iâ€™ll be right back,â€ he explained as he stepped away towards the restroom.
Harriet was the first to whisper shout, â€œwhy did you invite him?â€
Everyone looked in his direction to make sure he hadnâ€™t heard.
â€œEasy there,â€ Sally touched Harriet, â€œheâ€™s fine.â€
â€œAre you kidding me you think that is fine?â€ Harriet responded.
â€œWow!â€ Joseph straightened up, posturing towards Harriet, â€œI canâ€™t believe you would say there is something wrong with him.â€
â€œI knew you would judge him,â€ Julia interjected.
Harriet spun around, â€œI thought you didnâ€™t have any chemistry.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know if we do,â€ Julia complained.
â€œYou are totally ruining girlâ€™s night,â€ Harriet hissed, â€œI mean you all are this close to sucking him off under the table.â€
Then it hit them. â€œOh, I thought you were talking aboutâ€¦. something elseâ€¦â€
Harriet continued, â€œI mean how is this going to be a proper Galentineâ€™s Weekend if youâ€™re all competing over the same mansiziss.
â€œOkay well we can get out of here, I mean I donâ€™t want anything to get between our girl power.â€ Joseph concluded.
â€œOkay. Good idea.â€
As Joseph took his two drinks in hand he stepped away from the table, â€œdo you wanna play card games in the room?â€
â€œI thought you wanted to get a mangasm?â€ Julia asked
â€œOh, I guess there are more important things.â€