Midnight Dreams(9)

By: Kayla Perrin



champagne. We already ate.”

“No problem. I’ll check on you in a bit, then.” Jade

turned to leave.

“Don’t run away so quickly,” Cassandra said, smiling. “I

have something to ask you.”

Jade turned back to the table. “What?”

“Excuse me,” Kenny said, patting Cassandra’s thigh. She

rose, “Nature calls.”

She stepped out of the booth to let him pass. “Don’t be

gone long.”

He bent to kiss her softly on the lips. “I’ll be back in a flash.”

Cassandra watched him leave, her eyes lingering over his

body as she dragged her bottom lip between her teeth.

“You two should be locked up for that kind of behavior,”

Jade couldn’t help saying. They certainly gave a new

meaning to mushy.

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Cassandra whirled to face her. “Sorry. It’s just that…I’m

finally, truly happy.”

“I can see that.” A smile touched Jade’s lips. “Anyway, you

were saying?”

“Oh yeah.” Cassandra slipped into the booth. “Have you

heard of UpClose magazine?”

“Of course I have,” Jade replied. UpClose was a popular

magazine that featured anybody who was a somebody in the

world of entertainment.

“Well, UpClose magazine is doing a feature article on me

that will come out in February.”

“You go, girl! That’s amazing.” If the magazine was going

to feature Cassandra, then she must be doing well. “Congrats!”

“Thanks. Anyway, they’re doing a color photo spread of

me at home and at work, to go with the story. So I was thinking

that if you’re interested, I can suggest to them that you do my

hair for the shoot they do at my home. I always loved how

you did my hair.”

Jade looked down at Cassandra as if she’d grown horns.

“What?” Cassandra said.

“I…I don’t know what to say,” Jade finally replied. Doing

hair for a magazine like UpClose would mean a lot of exposure.

“Say yes,” Cassandra told her. “You’re one of the few

people I trust with my hair.”

“Thank you, Cassandra. Really, I appreciate the offer. But

I’m sure they already have a stylist.”

“True, but it won’t hurt to suggest someone I’ve known and

trusted for years, will it?”

Her life had been such a mess in the past year, Jade was

afraid to even get her hopes up.

“I’m not making any promises,” Cassandra continued, “but

I can suggest it.”

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“What’s this all for? The feature story, I mean.”

“Oh, of course. I haven’t even told you. Well, I’m starring

in an Off-Broadway play!”

“You go, girl!” Jade said. “So acting is finally happen-

ing for you.”

“Yeah. I didn’t get anywhere in Los Angeles so I came back

to New York…and bingo. I started getting some bit parts, and

then I lucked out with the lead in this play that is so true to

my life, it could have been written for me. It’s called Through

the Wrong Door and Up the Wrong Tree. ”

“Wow. What a title.”

“It’s a great story. Essentially it’s about a woman who’s

looking for love and goes through one bad relationship after

another. See what I mean about it being like my life?” Cas-

sandra shook her head ruefully. “Anyway, the play has been

getting really wonderful reviews. Someone from UpClose

came to see the play, loved it, and now they’re going to feature

me in their magazine.”

“That’s fantastic.”

“Thanks.” Cassandra opened her small purse and

searched its contents. She withdrew a notepad and a pen.

“What’s your number?”

Jade recited her number and watched as Cassandra scrib-

bled it down.

Kenny returned then, and slipped into the booth beside

Cassandra. He gave his fiancée a quick peck on the lips, and

though Jade wasn’t surprised, she rolled her eyes to the ceiling.

“Here’s my card,” Cassandra said after filling Kenny in on

her proposal to Jade. “If you don’t hear from me in the first

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