Darwynn left shortly after telling me he’d gotten nothing from the vampire downstairs. Chris had gone to interrupt Matt and Andrew and Dev and Dee were still doing whatever it was they were doing in the bedroom. Sage and Adam were doing Sage and Adam things and I was alone in my living room sitting on the couch waiting for the seriously over crowded of my living space by teenagers.
Jin and Ant were out in TCP waiting for guests and ushering them through to the house proper. Dev’s playlist were already going in the background, we had the lights up high for now while everyone came in. My once quiet living spot was now filled with chatting teenagers. The dance-floor was filled with kids grinding to the music. If I were one of their parents I might find it a bit offensive, but I didn’t care.
From my perch next to the punch bowl on the counter I spied Matt with his arms wrapped around Andrew’s neck just a hairs breath from a kiss as they dance. They weren’t grinding like the other kids were, they weren’t even dancing too the beat – a music all their own. Chris was dancing with a boy who I didn’t know. She didn’t seem to be into him and they weren’t grinding like the others.
A hand touched my knee and ran up my leg and I looked at the person who had the audacity to touch me like that only to find Mia standing next to me with her husbands hand at my hip. He winked at me. Jace and I hadn’t hung out in a while. I had a feeling he was jealous of my life – of my family. And pissed that it wasn’t him.
“Where are you lovers?” He asked.
“Doing their thing. I honestly don’t know where Dev and Dee are. Sage is with Adam in his room like always.”
Jace laughed. “You sound bitter about that.”
I shrugged. “It is what it is.”
Mia sighed. “I feel so old.”
Jace looked at his wife and smiled. “Baby, you ain’t old.” He pulled her on to the dance floor, “We’ll show them how it’s done.”
And just like that I was alone again watching the crowd.
The current song ended and Chris walked over to me and pulled herself up next to me on the counter. “You look lonely.”
I shrugged. “I don’t mean to.”
She laughed, “I meant sitting her all alone.”
I nodded. “Well I’m the only adult present so I’ll be lonely.”
“Aren’t they adults?” Chris pointed to Jace and Mia.
“You haven’t met Jace. And Mia is babysitting him so she’s all taken up with that.”
Chris snorted in laughter, “He’s that bad?”
I grinned. “No. But he thinks he is. I think they are using this as date night so I’ll let the be kids while I’m the adult.”
“Sounds so boring.”
I laughed. “I never thought I’d be the one pretending to be an adult.”
“Where are all yours at?”
I shrugged. “Dunno. They’ll show if they want to.”
“You don’t think they want to?”
I laughed. “Tell me, would you like to be reminded your are an adult watching a bunch of kids grinding on the dance floor when you’d rather be out there dancing with them?”
“Don’t you want to?”
I shrugged. “I’m good at doing things I don’t want to do.”
Chris sighed. “That sounds so sad.”
She hopped off the counter and took my hand. “Then dance with me.”
“I shouldn’t.” I said.
“It’s just a dance.”
I shook my head. “I can’t be an adult and dance with you at the same time.”
“Sure you can.”
I smirked. “Sweetheart, thank you. But I’m happy right here.”
“You aren’t. You are afraid you’ll fall into old habits.”
I sighed. “I am. I’ll stay right here.”
Chris smiled. “You don’t deny that you might hit on me?”
I laughed. “I don’t deny it. Why would I? You heard it in my head.”
“Most people deny it.”
I smiled. “I’m not most people. I respect the gifts of others. I trust in it.”
“One day I’d like to see what you can do. Matt’s always so cryptic.”
“Probably because I don’t know all that I can do.”
She smiled. “That’s a lie. You know what you can do it just scares you.”
I sighed. “Again yes. Go dance Chris. Matt and Andrew are separated a little join your friends, leave the old fuddy-duddy to himself.”
She laughed. “You are so not old.”
I was glad she thought so but I felt out of place here.