Jodie woke the day after the work shop and party with a killer head ache.
She stared up at the bunk above her head and by the sound of Eva's loud
breathing knew that her room mate was still asleep. Jodie sighed deeply
trying to get rid of the pain that was thumping in her head. She put on an
oversized jumper over her pajamas and headed down the hall of the dorms to
the water machine thinking there was a possibility that she was just
dehydrated. Quickly she gulped the water down her throat and refilled her
cup four times before she felt even a little better. When she got back to
her room Eva was awake and staring at herself in the mirror.
"Morning," Eva said with a yawn.
"Yeah," Jodie said lying back down on her bed. "I should not have drank all
that damn champagne."
Jodie nodded and moaned. Eva sympathized with her by giving her a quick hug
then getting her some panadol. Gratefully Jodie swallowed them and waited
for a half hour until the pain left her. She sighed and sat up. Eva was
tying her hair up in a tight, clean bun and was wearing her leotard.
"Eva, what on earth are you doing?" Jodie asked getting up from her bed and
walking over to her best friend.
"Going to practice. Jonathan's orders," she replied. "Take it easy today
Jodie. See ya."
Then Eva was gone. Jodie moaned and forced herself to get dressed. She
wanted to catch Charlie before he had to go to practice as well. She rushed
downstairs to Charlie's room and knocked on the door. Sergei answered
yawning. All of the students who had been accepted into other companies had
one week to found their own place to stay.
"Is Charlie here?" Jodie asked Sergei who was obviously still half asleep.
"Yeah," Sergei answered opening the door wider and stepping aside.
Charlie was standing in front of the mirror smoothing down his hair. He
glanced up and saw in the mirror that Jodie was there. Sergei and Eric
disappeared quickly leaving Jodie alone with Charlie. She smiled and felt
suddenly embarrassed. Last night had been wonderful for the both of them.
They had finally realized that they wanted to be in a relationship.
Together. Jodie chewed her bottom lip and stared down at her finger nails.
Charlie stood memorizing every little detail about her. He took a step
closer to her and smiled when she looked up. Then without warning Jodie
rushed to him and flung herself into his arms. She kissed him. First slowly
and gently then with more urgency. Before long they were both out of
breath. When they separated Jodie wiped her mouth and stared up into
Charlie's eyes. They were about to kiss again when there was a knock on the
door. Charlie quickly stepped back wiping his own mouth with a grin on his
face. Then he opened the door slowly.
"Cooper?" he asked frowning.
"Is she here?" Cooper demanded to know pushing open the door.
He glared at Jodie and his eyes reminded her that they had a practice in
the room that Jonathan hired out to other companies. She hit her forehead
with her palm. Cooper cleared his throat.
"If you don't want to be in my company Jodie Sawyer keep up this behavior,"
Cooper snapped and after glaring for a few moments at Charlie he left.
"Shit," Jodie exclaimed and started to rush from the room.
Charlie caught her arm and kissed her quickly. He told her good luck and
then left for his own practice which he happened to be rather late for.
Jodie rushed to her room and changed speedily into her leotard. She tied up
her hair as she ran to the studio. When she got there all of the other
students were leaving. They were all dressed in their practice shoes and
had tired faces on. Cooper stood his face red with heat handing out
schedules. He looked up and saw Jodie just as he said good bye to the last
student. Jodie returned his look with an apologetic one. She was really
sorry but how could she show him that? In the end she peeled off her jumper
and went over to him.
"Cooper.I'm really, really sorry. I had such a head ache this morning and
then I only remembered that we had practice only when I saw you," Jodie
blurted out in a rush. "Please give me another chance."
Cooper smiled and nodded his head. Jodie could tell that he was trying not
to laugh out loud. Jodie smiled back and moved to the bar to warm up.
"You're really cute when you're angry," Cooper said as he led her in a new
warm up routine.
"Cooper." Jodie began.
"Dance," Cooper said instantly ignoring everything else.
They practiced for over an hour. Far longer than any of the others. Cooper
had ideas about what ballets that they would be putting on and when they
needed practices. Jodie was going to be teaching a couple of classes. But
all of her students would be ten and under. Cooper said that was one of the
ways that they would be saving some money. They could cull out the dancing
geniuses themselves and train them from very young. Cooper wanted Jodie to
have the job of finding hidden talent since she had it herself. When she
finally left practice with Cooper everyone was waiting for her at her and
Eva's room. They had planned to all go out apartment hunting that afternoon
hoping to find places to live close to one another. Sergei had already
planned to live with Galina and was just coming because he could. Charlie
smiled at Jodie as she entered remembering their morning kiss before Cooper
had come in and ruined it. But the magic was still in both their hearts.
Every chance that they got they snuck kisses while they were looking
through apartments. When they finally were properly alone back in Charlie's
room (the others had gone out to dinner and dancing) they could barely keep
away from each other. She took hold of either side of Charlie's leather
jacket and pulled him to her. They were wrapped around each other lying on
Charlie's bed when the door opened. Purposely they had left the lights off
but they could make out the forms of Sergei and Eva heading towards
Sergei's bed. Jodie was about to gasp when Charlie covered her mouth. He
wanted to know what was going on before they jumped to any conclusions. As
soon as Sergei leaned towards Eva to kiss her he let out a loud snore.
Jodie took the hint and pretended to be sleeping peacefully next to Charlie
even though he had his hand up her top still. Eva rushed and turned on the
light. Jodie blinked twice and sat up. Eva smiled obviously embarrassed.
"There you are Jodie," she said, "I've been looking all over for you."
"Hey Eva," Jodie replied faking a yawn.
Then after kissing Charlie gently on the lips climbed down from his bunk
bed. As she was leaving with Eva she was sure she saw Charlie wink at her.
Grinning she went with Eva back to their room. Why had Eva moved to kiss
Sergei when she knew that he loved Galina? How could Sergei want to kiss
Eva when he knew that he was still with Galina? Jodie could smell alcohol
on Eva when they said good night and came to the conclusion that that was