“Where are the girls?” Tech was surprised Ace needed help spotting Lexi and Cassidy. The jewels decorating Lexi’s shirt caught the lights on the dancefloor, scattering bits of light everywhere. Cassidy’s bright red hair by itself stood out in the crowd of moving bodies. Tech gestured towards them and Ace grinned. “Looks like they’re having fun.”
Tech agreed. The smiles on the girls’ faces were contagious, their hips and feet and arms moving in time with the beat of the music. They were close together, grasping each other’s hands every so often so one could spin the other around. Tech was also surprised by Cassidy’s boldness, but figured it had come out thanks to those two drinks Lexi had bought for her to try.
“Wanna go join them?”
Tech shrugged. “I don’t know, Chief, I’m not really the dancing type.”
“Aww, come on.” Ace grabbed Tech’s arm, pulling him away from the bar. “It'll be fun!”
Cassidy felt dizzy, the lights on the dancefloor blinding her for a moment before she felt Lexi throw her arms around her shoulders. “I’m so happy you’re here.” The blonde bunny giggled in her ear. “I know things were kinda rough for you at first getting used to everything but I am so glad you stayed, Cass.”
Cassidy smiled, wrapping her arms around Lexi’s middle. “I’m glad, too.” When Lexi spun her around again, she felt breathless, colliding into Lexi’s arms. The lights shone off of Lexi’s eyes, making their bright green colour even more magnificent. Cassidy didn’t realize she was staring at Lexi until the blonde bunny raised her eyebrow in question.
“Are you alright, Cass?”
Cassidy shook herself out of her daze, taking a step back. “Yeah, sorry. I just feel… a little dizzy.”
Lexi giggled. “Well then it’s a good thing you only had two drinks. Looks like you don’t have much of a tolerance.”
“I guess not.” Cassidy replied, feeling her face burning.
Lexi glanced over Cassidy’s head, spotting Ace and Tech walking towards them. “Hey guys!”
Ace grinned, reaching out for Lexi’s hand. “I hope you don’t mind if I cut in, Cass.”
“Not at all, Ace.” Cassidy ducked her head, hoping that neither of them could see how flushed her face was. At least she could probably blame it on her low alcohol tolerance. For a moment, as the crowd pushed closer and forced Ace and Lexi away from her, she felt terrified and lost; until she took another step back, bumping into Tech. “Sorry.” She blurted out, happy that he had stayed with her.
“No need to apologize. It is very crowded in here.” Tech shrugged, rubbing the back of his neck.
The song came to an end, the DJ switching to a slower song, encouraging couples to get together on the dancefloor.
Cassidy glanced up at Tech, her soft brown eyes bright. “Do you want to dance?”
The way she looked up at him made Tech’s face heat up, his words stumbling and running into each other. “I… I-I guess so? I’m not very…. Uh, I’m not really good at dancing.”
Cassidy grinned, taking his hands in her own. “I’ll teach you.” They started out with one of his hands on her waist, the other in her hand, slowly moving back and forth in time with the music, Cassidy softly correcting his step whenever he was off, or stepped on her toes. Nearing the end of the song, Cassidy had her arms around his shoulders, his hands resting on her waistline, pressed close together.
That last drink had hit him, Tech found himself staring at Cassidy’s lips, wondering what it would be like to kiss her. He moved his head closer, his nose brushing hers; then he stopped. He was drunk, he knew it. Cassidy was drunk, he could tell by the glassy look in her eyes as she stared up at him, the way she moved her body against his. No, he shouldn’t kiss her. Not now. If he was going to ever kiss her, he knew he wanted it to mean something, and not just be something he did while drunk at a club. He moved his head away.
Cassidy noticed him move in, noticed his hesitation, noticed him move away. She looked up at him with a curious look, eyes glazed over from the alcohol. “Were you going to kiss me?”
Tech hesitated, not sure how to answer that question. “… Uh, yeah. I was. But then I thought… I shouldn’t.”
Cassidy nodded, moving closer and resting her head on his chest. “I’m glad you didn’t. I like how we are right now.”
Tech’s hands moved, his arms encircling her tiny body in a hug. They weren’t dating. They weren’t in a relationship. So what were they? They were teammates. They were friends. But it felt like there was something else. Tech wasn’t sure what it was. Maybe Cassidy didn’t know either. Maybe they were okay with this. Maybe for now they didn’t need to know. Maybe this is what they both needed.