“Don’t worry,” she said, as she adjusted her short, red halter, cocktail dress, “I promise you’ll have a good time tonight.” I forced the best smile I could, all the while thinking that I should be back at my apartment finishing my finance paper, or at the very least, studying for midterm exams which were next week.
Instead of using the weekend to focus on academics, I had instead chose to max out my credit cards on a sleeveless, black lace, cocktail dress and black, Prada pumps, because I didn't have any formal clothes that I could wear to an event like this.
Sue grabbed my hand and pulled me into the casino which temporarily put my academic concerns and financial woes out of my mind.
While walking through the main casino floor, I was immediately mesmerized by the myriad of flashing lights and sounds of the slot machines.
It always surprised me that she got invitations through her work, because these events were fairly exclusive.
I had spent the last several months listening to her rave about the last one she had attended, and she finally wore me down and I agreed to go with her.
The hungry eyes on us reminded me how much I loved dressing up and showing off a bit.
The air smelled fresh and clean, an anomaly for the strip I thought.I smiled to myself when I noticed the valet sneaking a peek at my legs when I extended them and stepped out of Sue’s car. She smiled radiantly at me as I watched her walk around her car while hearing to her high heels click on the ceramic pavers as she joined me.I dreaded the thought of calling my parents again and asking for the money that this evening was costing me.Even though the dress was a little short due to my 5’8” height, the deep black was the perfect contrast to my long blonde hair. For the better part of a year, Sue had been trying to convince me to accompany her to these black-tie charity fundraisers that were held twice a year at the Paris.
My friend and I pulled up at valet parking in the front of the Paris hotel in Las Vegas.
It was a warm spring evening and the sun had just begun to set behind the mountains.