Jane was running to work these days in eager anticipation. The days could be drag some as couple after dull, middle-aged couple came in for privates with their favorite instructor. Lessons for an upcoming wedding, anniversary, reunion. Whatever – you name it. Jane had to laugh and giggle to herself.
“As if anything was going to put some zing! in their sex life,” she whispered in a low voice indicating the plump couple on the dance floor. They were going slowly over the steps with Madge, the older instructor.
Larry, sitting next to her at the front desk, snickered.
“More like two dancing hippos,” she whispered back at him. “Maybe we should get them matching tutus.”
This time Larry laughed so hard he had to put his head down. Red in the face, he recovered himself.
He pointed a finger at her, still smiling. “Don’t you ever…”
“I won’t! Trust me! What can I do that South Beach Diet couldn’t?” Innocently, she peeked over the raised countertop at the couple.
Larry took a deep breath and got up. “See you at 7 PM?”
“Yep, I’ll be there. I think I’m getting this waltz thing.”
He patted her on the shoulder and went to do some glad-handing with another couple who just came in.
Stanley came in the front door and paused at the desk. He leaned a hand on the counter.
“Stanley, you’re here!” Jane chirped. “Afraid Maude won’t be done with that couple for another half hour.”
“Thanks, okay. I’m good,” he replied. “I’ll just wait.”
Jane nodded and smiled at him. She noticed the hand for the first time.
Does he only have three fingers? Uck! She thought but continued to smile at the man while he went to plant himself on a sofa. Euw, she thought, creepy! Glad I don’t have to dance with him much. The very thought of it sent a wave of revulsion through her body. She had to shake it off and refocus on what she was doing.
Later, she and Larry danced and laughed. Once again Jane felt restored, like she was in heaven and her life was perfect.
When they were finished, Jane sat taking off her dance shoes and putting on regular street shoes.
“Oh, Jane, you two dance so divinely.” It was one of the older women, a regular at the studio. “You look just like Lady G did when they danced years ago.” The woman smiled broadly at Jane. “Before she had all those kids of course.” The woman simpered.
Jane smoothed down her wavy hair and stuck her chin up. I bet we do look perfect together, she thought. She got up with her shoes and bag.
“Thank you so much,” she replied. “I’ve been working really hard.” Jane didn’t have any children. Generally, she also didn’t mention her three abortions.
She stuck the bag behind the counter and hunted around for her purse and keys. Time to go. Maude and the young guys would lock the place up. Larry had already left. Jane waved a big goodbye to everyone and stepped out into the cool night air.
“We look perfect together, ma’am, because we are perfect together,” Jane breathed out into the night air. “In fact, we belong together, and I am just starting to realize that.” In the pink cotton candy cloud that Jane called her brain, she floated out to her used car and started it up for home.
The next day, Jane was back at her duty station, not only on time but a little early. She was very surprised to see Lady G at the studio. Jane glanced at the clock. Lady was usually never in this early. Didn’t she have work to do at some elementary school?
Jane plastered a smile on her face.
“Morning, Lady G. Good to see you!”
“Oh, Jane.” Lady looked up from her appointment book. “Yes, yes.” She tapped a pencil against her teeth. “Right. Weren’t you telling me, Jane, that you wanted to learn to be a dance instructor?”
Jane gaped a moment. Recovering, “Well, yes…In time, but…”
“Well, you won’t believe this. We’re getting so busy; Maudie needs some help in the evenings. You could assist her. Learn the ropes kind of thing. What do you say to that?”
Jane was momentarily flattered. Things were happening so quickly!
“Well, yes, Lady, if you think so. If you think I’m ready.”
“Ready,” Lady laughed and smiled a very wide smile. “You are a natural.” Her eyes glinted. She smiled even more broadly. “So, that’s a yes?” her sharply penciled eyebrows went up.
“Ah, yes.” Jane was stumbling a little for words. “I’d be happy. The desk…”
“Pish-posh, the desk. Arron can always handle the desk. We need people on the floor.”
“Okay, it’s a yes then.” Jane said definititely.
“Good, good.” Lady G tapped her teeth with her pencil again and looked at her book. “I think…yes, tonight. I think you’ll start with Stanley. He’s pretty new and can really use some help.”
Jane’s stomach clutched. “Stanley?”
“Yes, Stanley, you know who he is, right?”
“Yeah, sure, I….”
“Good, good. I’ll tell Maude.” She turned to go and turned back. “Oh, and, another little thing. Since you will be helping Maude, Larry won’t have quite so much time for private lessons. You understand. Need him at home more and all that stuff.” Lady G smiled again and winked at Jane. Then she turned and went to help some dancers.
Jane gripped her hands together and sat down slowly on her swivel chair.
She knows, kept running through her brain. She knows!!!!
Jane stared into space for a good longwhile.
Conclusion – VI