I didn't know what to do. She had just grabbed me out of the blue, dragging me onto the dance floor without even asking if I wanted to. Well she was about to learn that I can't dance.
There she was, dancing like some modern day professional. She looked like she knew what she was doing as she bopped about, laughing and having fun. I simply stood in my place, doing a couple of safe moves. I suppose, maybe a little too safe. Too old fashioned. I was making a fool of myself.
I turned away from her, almost running back to where Keri was sitting. Wait, did I want to be with her? I weighed it up in my head: do I publically humiliate myself or put up with someone I don't like?
Reluctantly, I returned to Keri and picked up my drink.
"Not a dancer then?" She smiled thickly, feeling like she was winning.
Why did I feel like I had to prove myself to her? The thing that mattered was that I did. "Just here for a drink." I waved my pint, taking another sip. She eyed me suspiciously. I gave her a fake smile before returning to Saoirse as she jumped up and down in time to the music. She smiled at me and I didn't know what to do.
"Are you alright?" She shouted over the music.
"Fine!" I replied, trying to dance. She laughed a little, taking my hands and showing me how to dance a little better. I smiled in appreciation, releasing her hands and trying on my own. It was then that Keri crept up behind me, moving me out of the way so she could dance with Saoirse. I nodded politely, letting her through and retreated to the table, sure that I had made enough of a fool of myself for the time being. Through the dancers, I could see the two girls talking and laughing, both sharing the occasional glance back to me. Maybe I was being paranoid.
No, I was being paranoid.
"Hey." This girl said as she looked at me from her standing position. I reciprocated the greeting, unsure what the hell was going on. First my boss and her sister invite me out to this club then I have some random girl flirting with me. "Alright?"
I smiled in response, nodding gently. She pulled a seat out, popping herself down opposite me, placing her colourful drink on the table. "You with anyone?" I nodded, cradling my drink. "Friends?"
I knew that I had to say something, but what could I say? I had done such a good job of avoiding flirting so why was today being such a problem? "Yeah." I sighed, wondering what I could do.
I saw the two girls coming over as the song finished and I sighed again. I opened my mouth, worried about what was going to come out. "I'm Kyle. Nice to meet you."
Saoirse and Keri stepped up to the table as the next song started. I finished my beer, hoping that that would help things. It didn't.
I was so screwed.