She hadn't felt this relaxed in a long time. She knew it was because she was well past tipsy; pretty much a whole bottle of champagne and way too many shots had seen to that, but for once she didn't care. She was sick of feeling uptight all the time, wound up like a spring, constantly worrying about something, usually worrying about Brandon. Tonight she wasn't worried about a thing. She was just letting go to the music and the wild feel-good atmosphere. She knew she looked good tonight too. Her long blonde hair was freshly highlighted and it swung free in soft waves, glad to be out of the tight chignon she usually wore. She wore a red strappy dress that showed off her shapely shoulders. She felt beautiful and free and happy.
"Now, how about that cigarette," she said to herself and headed for the machine she had seen out the back near the restrooms.
Sam was enjoying himself for once. Usually when he helped Shannon out he had to endure a long night of whining regulars and would actually look forward to splitting up a drunken fight just for something to do. But tonight the view from behind the bar was much prettier than usual. Eight times pretty. Yes, he had counted eight gorgeous women, all drunk, all thoroughly enjoying themselves and it was a glorious sight. The tall blonde dressed in red was particularly good to look at. He couldn't keep his eyes off her; the way she was smiling in an almost dreamy way, how her blue eyes flashed, the naughtiness of her full lips. He was getting a little overheated just watching her. His eyes followed her as she left the room and he decided it was time he took a break too.
"Son. Of. A. Bitch" Grace said to the cigarette machine in the nicely enunciated way she always had, and then thumped it. The bastard had swallowed her last notes and was giving nothing up.
"You have to treat it gently," said a soft voice behind her.
She looked round, straight into a pair of deep brown eyes. She blinked and focused. Not just brown eyes, but long dark eyelashes, a straight nose, sun-tanned skin, sexy stubble and a very kissable mouth. Was it beer goggles, or was this man one of the best looking she had ever seen?