The Alpha Party Continued– January 2000Right on time, the bartender set their drinks down and left with a wink.
Grateful, Imani took a big gulp of the amaretto sour and let its sweetness smooth out her rough edges.
“I wish I could get a guy that easily.” Melody released a wistful sigh.
Satisfied for the moment, Imani pushed her drink away. “No, you don’t want Lance’s shallow, short-term sluts. You want to be swept away by your one, true love.”
“You insinuating there’s something wrong with that? My parents met as sophomores and they had the perfect, fairytale relationship.”
‘And you’re not your damn parents,’ she wanted to say, but she held her tongue. “No, just telling you why you won’t find anyone here tonight.” Imani swallowed more amaretto sour.
“Not acceptable. I’m finding someone now.” Melody chugged her drink, hopped off the stool, and approached the nearest cute guy. “Would you like to dance?”
The cute brunette eyed Melody, decided he liked what he saw, and escorted her onto the dance floor.
“And that just leaves me.” Imani sighed, emptied her cup, and picked up Lance’s. Wondering why she even bothered to come, she crunched on an ice cube until it shattered.
“This seat taken?” asked a man as he sat down uninvited on Melody’s barstool.
“Yes, it is taken,” she snarled, eyes closed, willing herself not to go off on the intruder.
“Damn, Imani. The physics test wasn’t so bad that you dis’ your friends like that,” a familiar voice complained.
Imani opened her eyes to find her homeboy from the Bronx, Trevor Mathis.
“Oh my God, I’m so sorry, Trev,” she replied, giving her tall, lanky, dark chocolate friend a relieved hug. “Guess I’m too tired tonight to deal with the whole party scene.” She smiled and poked his side. “Besides you know I’d never dis’ my boy like that.”
“That’s a relief,” he said pretending to wipe his forehead. Trev laughed then hesitated and Imani could tell that he toyed with what to say next. “Hey, do you want to dance or just chill?”
Knowing she’d reached her alcohol limit, Imani tapped her toes. Trev put most video dancers to shame with his moves and it elevated her game whenever she partnered with him. “After you.”
Trev shot her his big, toothy grin, took her hand, and led her onto the dance floor. Soon enough he had her feeling as comfortable as they did when they studied together for hours. The easy way they knew each other’s moves and thoughts.
As the beat invaded Imani’s body, she surrendered to the music and her tension melted away like cotton candy on the tongue. Maybe parties weren’t so bad after all…
Then someone pinched her ass.
True friendship endures all obstacles…right?
Three college friends search for true love, NFL fame, and a successful engineering career. Will one friend’s quest for happiness endanger all three of their lives?
Naïve, romantic Melody Wilkins aims to find true love at college just like her parents. But will she sacrifice her soul to obtain it?
No-nonsense Imani Jordan strives for good grades and a chemical engineering degree. When a friendship offers more, will she follow her head or her heart?
Lance Dunn is only serious about two things: football and protecting his girls, Melody and Imani. When a threat enters their lives and tests their friendship, can he stop it before it kills them?
After the torrents of jealousy, sex, and abuse subside, will their friendship survive…The Colors of Friendship?
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Genre – New Adult, Contemporary
Rating – R
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