'Back so soon, Jody? I thought Jonathan used to always get on your case
when you had fast-food." Cooper laughed as Jody walked into the studio.
'Stalker troubles. Couldn't eat a thing. You don't have snack machines in
this place by any chance do you?" She asked, her stomach grumbling
Cooper gave her a stern look, as if confused by the English language. When
he saw that she wasn't playing around, his face grew more serious and dark.
"What went on Jody? What happened?"
Jody looked down at her feet, ashamed that she couldn't be strong about
this. Cooper didn't need to see her in her weak state again, the state that
had told her to sleep with him on their un-official first date. She led him
to two chairs facing a window looking out onto the street.
Cooper searched her eyes. He was really worried about Jody. To him, she
seemed like a little girl lost in the big city without her parents. He
almost felt like it was his job to look out for her.
Jody began the story about Jay. She ended with the part about needing
someone to walk her home, hopefully a male "companion".
Cooper laughed at this part. 'Of course I'll walk you home, Jody. You don't
even need to ask."
Jody smiled. Cooper wasn't a bad guy at all. He was just a bit miss-guided
at times, that's all.
"You think that we should get back to work then?' Cooper asked playfully.
Jody nodded and she headed towards studio A, the biggest studio in the
whole place. Cooper followed behind her, as if protecting her from anyone
else that tried to threaten her.
The barre felt smooth under her fingertips. Cooper walked over to the CD
player and played P.Y.T's 'And we're dancing'. It was one of her favorite
songs. As she and Cooper went into their demi-plies, she imagined that all
her dancing friends were in the studio at that very moment, dancing with
her. Eric wasn't checking out Charlie's ass for once, but was dipping into
a beautiful exercise. Charlie was smiling at Jody. Maureen was there too,
with her long flowing lines. The best was Eva, her natural talent pouring
out of her like a waterfall of graceful beauty.
Jody shook the image from her head and focused on her turn-out. Cooper
glanced over at her every once and a while to check that she was doing
Jody didn't even focus on his suggestions. She forgot about her troubles,
the stalker and her homelessness. She lost herself in the dance once again.
She not only flowed to the music; she became the music.
Cooper stopped his mouth and just starred at her.
'You found it again Jody. You look so- I don't know, just keep dancing.'
Cooper plopped down on the floor and watched her steadily for half-an-hour.
Jody just danced the way she felt.