Disclaimer: Mattel owns the Barbie doll line.
Just A Dance
By Jennifer Collins
Barbie sat on the floor of her dorm room with her legs stretched out. She was back to back with her boyfriend, Ken. Her roommate, Summer Gordon was sprawled out on her bed with a nail polish bottle in her hand. "And tonight is the grand opening of that new club on Beech Street," Summer was saying as she shook the bottle.
Barbie grinned at Ken over her shoulder. "I think I'll wear that new pink dress I bought last weekend. What do you think?"
"Hmmm?" Ken said distractedly, looking up from a textbook.
"About Barbie's new dress," Summer said with a giggle.
Ken smiled. "I think she looks great no matter what," He replied with a quick kiss on her nose. Barbie beamed.
"Yeah, but does it match what you're wearing to the club tonight?" Summer asked, rolling her eyes.
Ken frowned. "Tonight? I have to work at the student center tonight."
Barbie's face fell. "Oh. That's okay. I really should study anyway."
"Come on!" Summer pouted. "You promised we'd go to the opening! Besides, that new dress is hot."
Barbie bit her lip.
"We'll get Teresa and Christie and a whole bunch of other girls together," Summer urged. "It'll be great."
"I don't know…" Barbie said, looking at Ken.
"What, do you have to ask your husband?"
"It's not that," Barbie said defensively.
"I think you should go," Ken broke in before he'd have to break up a catfight.
"You do?" Barbie asked with a slight smile.
"Sure," Ken said. "You go have a girl's night and we'll meet up after my shift."
"Okay," Barbie answered with a nod.
Summer clapped her hands excitedly. "Yes! Oh, Barbs, we are going to have so much fun!"
"Definitely," Barbie agreed. She didn't really want to go to the dance club without Ken, but she was looking forward to seeing all her friends.
Summer began to prattle on about what outfit she would wear and how she wanted to look good for one of her brother's friends who was playing in the band, and Ken took that as his cue to leave.
"Excuse me, ladies," he said, rising from his perch on the floor. "But I'm going to be late for class." He gave Barbie a quick peck on the cheek. "Have fun tonight."
"We will," she promised with a wave as she watched him go.
As soon as he'd closed the door behind him, Summer was tugging on her arm and pulling her towards the closet.