Here’s a short story I made that was supposed to follow the rules for the New Year’s party challenge. I did screw up by not specifying a New Year’s party, but I think it came out okay in the end.
Ben never really enjoyed parties. Sure, it was a nice way to meet new people and get back in touch with ones he hadn’t seen in a while, but as a whole, the parties were just not that fun. He’d move about from group to group, hoping that he would fit in somewhere; and he might for a minute or two, but then the subject would change and he would end up feeling awkward again. And since the parties were almost always being thrown in his apartment by his roommate, it just meant that he couldn’t go to sleep when he wanted to and when he would wake up he would just be forced to stare at the wreckage from the night before.
Tonight’s party didn’t seem like it was going to be much different. Ben greeted people as warmly as he could when they would come in, and when most of the people seemed to be there, he would take his place by the food table. The food table was always the best place to be. Everyone just gives you a passing glance and a quick, sly smile as they load up their plates, no one wants to engage you because all they really want in that moment is more chips, and you get the added bonus of feeling like you’ve done a good thing by not spending the entire evening wolfing down every last morsel on the table like a calorie-sucking vacuum cleaner.
Ben was watching a drunk couple attempt to fondle each other while trying to load french onion dip onto a plate when he spotted someone new. The girl was wearing a short, slick, yellow jacket that perfectly accentuated her beautiful blonde hair. He was immediately smitten, but also confused. Was it raining? He hadn’t been outside for several hours, but it didn’t seem like it was going to rain today. Maybe she knew something he didn’t. If it was going to rain too hard, maybe she could just stay the night here. Maybe she could stay here forever and they could just stay inside and never have to leave and he would never have to take his eyes off her.
But he did take his eyes off her the moment she glanced his way and gave him a smile. He wasn’t ready for her to acknowledge him! Not yet! He had to work up a plan first! Meeting the love of your life and really hitting it off takes time! It’s not something that can just happen haphazardly like that! After a few moments, he realized he didn’t even know if she was still there. When he finally fought the urge to stop averting his gaze lest she peer into the very depths of his soul with her penetrating blue eyes and see the feeble creature beneath, he found that her attention had gone back to the friend she came in with.
He had obviously never seen her at these parties before, but Ben realized he had never seen her friend either. She was a short, stocky woman who obviously knew what she wanted in life because they hadn’t been there more than five minutes and she already had a drink. Her friend in the yellow jacket, though, was here for a different reason. It was clear her friend dragged her here against her will. She didn’t really seem to be enjoying herself and she seemed more focused on watching after her friend.
He knew he had to meet her and he couldn’t wait any longer. But how should he handle it? Just as he was running the scenarios through his head, a guy he vaguely remembered from a previous party came walking up, his gaze fixed on Ben. “Hey buddy! How’s it going?” the man said with a wide grin on his face. Ben really didn’t feel like socializing and he could barely remember him, so he just gave him a quick smile and walked toward the other side of the room. It may have been a little rude, but he had an agenda! He had to meet the girl of his dreams and live in total bliss for the rest of his life!
But as he turned away from the man to look where he was walking, he realized the girl in the yellow jacket was gone. He did his best to casually look around the room, but she wasn’t there. Ben started to worry. He reasoned that she had to still be here because her friend seemed to be having a good time and they’d only been here for a few minutes. Doing his best to stay casual, Ben walked from room to room. They weren’t in the kitchen, the bedrooms, or the bathroom, so where did they go?
Ben had pushed through the partygoers and reached the far end of the hallway, but there was still no sight of her. He began to lose hope. His heart felt crushed just thinking about someone he hadn’t even met yet. In those few moments he had a world of potential, and now he had absolutely nothing.
Just then, he saw the front door at the other end of the hallway open. He thought he caught a quick glimpse of yellow. He still couldn’t see the girl, but he definitely recognized her friend! Ben was so excited he could barely contain himself! But if her friend is that close to the door, did the girl leave already?
Ben didn’t care about anything else anymore. Damn the people in his way, damn that open door, and damn the whole party! He had to meet her! This was his only chance at true love! Ben raced to the front door, shoving people out of the way and darting between groups as quickly as he could. His sights were set on that door and nothing could stop him! When he reached the door and saw her looking straight at him with surprise and excitement in her eyes, his heart stopped.
Moments before Ben was dragged away by his collar to the bedroom and repeatedly spanked for being a bad boy, he met the girl of his dreams. He managed to sniff her butt and she sniffed his and that was all he needed. He would never forget that scent.