As Bella was locking up the library, her cell phone rang from her bag. She recognized the ringtone, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You,’ as the one assigned to one of her best friends, Alice. Bella picked up and greeted her friend with a random fact about Christmas, as per her quirky way, “Did you know that Christmas Day was given the dubious honor of being a federal holiday in 1870?” Bella laughed.
“You’re too much, Swan,” Alice snorted. “What are you doing tonight?”
“I have a date with a book, my dog and a glass of wine,” Bella replied.
“No, you don’t. You’re going out with me and Rose,” Alice said sternly. “We’ll even butter it up and we’ll go that bar in Greeneville that’s holiday themed for you.”
“You know me too well, Alice,” Bella giggled. “What time?”
“Meet us there around nine,” Alice replied. “And for God’s sakes, wear regular clothes. None of your ugly holiday sweaters.”
“I’ve got some really cute ones,” Bella said petulantly.
“They’re cute when you’re reading to the four and five year olds at the library, Bella. Wear adult clothing out to the bar. Sexy. Form fitting. Not made out of acrylic and bedazzled within an inch of your soul. If I see a fucking bell on you or tinsel hanging from your clothes, I will kick your ass,” Alice said flatly.
“Fine, Ali,” Bella sighed. “I’ll wear that new black sweater you got me with my black leather jacket.”
“Now we’re talking, hot stuff! I’ve got a good feeling. We’re going to meet some hot ones tonight,” Alice crowed before she hung up.
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