"I don't know why you wanna hang around these
fuckin dykes all the time Bee."
"Look this is my choice, these are my friends and
if it's a problem then- like I
always say, whatever! alright?! Gloria?!"
"Listen, Bee, u my girl but I'm just saying, one
of these days something crazy is
gonna happen trust me."
Belinda takes in a deep breath, lets go of
Gloria's hand and walks briskly across
the lawn to the coffee house.
Gloria just stands there, rolls her eyes, and
turns around to return to her car.
Coffee Dregs is packed and Nia's sitting in the
corner with her possee as usual,
waiting on Belinda, Nia spots her... "Hey Bee
girl what's up? whatcha got for me?"
*big grin, "Hey everybody,"Belinda says.
The other ladies give their sorry hellos.
"I ain't everybody, don't u know u supposed to
greet me first? Bee baby, I got love
for u (she takes a swig of her hot chocolate and
licks her lips slowly) and u should
have love for me baby,"Nia says in that
naturally seductive raspy voice of hers.
Belinda returns the sweet smile and takes her
usual seat next to Nia, thinking, "ah to
be in the company of family again."
Belinda paces in front of the coffee house doors,
one hand on her hip and cell-phone
swinging in the other.
"Damn it's been an hour already and Gloria ain't
here, fuck!"she says as she speed
dials the number on her cell again.
"Hey Bee, come on babygirl I'll take you home,
it's on the way,"Nia offers.
"Well I could stay and try her again, it don't
close for another hour anyway, but
hell, I got shit to do.. alright,"reluctantly
Belinda hops in the car with Nia.
"U off of 8 mile right?"Nia says.
"Yea,"Belinda says sinking into the chair, "I'm
so tired of her shit I can't believe
she didn't come."
They pull up to the complex and Gloria's car is
still parked outside, Nia shakes her
head "I told u so, some friend u got there."
Belinda waves her thanks and goodbye,
stomping up to the 2nd floor condo. Her keys
barely turn in the knob before Gloria
comes to the door, she moves past Belinda and
walks down the stairs.
"Hey!!!... Gloria where are you going? you know
I'm mad at your ass right?!"
As if she didnt hear her, Gloria keeps right on
going, moments later the car pulls
away from the parking lot as Belinda leans over
the banister fighting back her
irritation and anger.
"Hey, hey!!! what storm blew u in?"a well
dressed 20 something aged man says as
Gloria approaches his car. "My favorite sister
dun came down to see a brotha, what's going on?"
"Nuthing umm, I just came to get away from all
the shit out south ya know, what yal on tonight?"
"You know what's up- the usual, don't tell me you
"No no I haven't just umm, hoping we could chill
or something, go clubbing."
"What?? what have u been smoking girl? You must
really be trippin we ain't been
clubbing in so long together, do u even know how
to dance still?"he laughs.
"I was just wondering if you could maybe go ahead
and call ole dude up from the other day, the one
you were telling me about, what's his name off
104th- we could all chill tonight."
"My guy? U straight up? but u said u weren't
interested, you always so-called busy
at work, what's up with you now?"he frowns.
"Nuthin, I've just come to my senses alright?! So
what's up big bru?"
"Nuff said lil sis, It's on."
Early morning greets Gloria as she creeps into
her apartment, she almost walks past Belinda's
room before she decides to wake her up. "Hey,
Bee, wake up"...
"Mmmm, whhhhat?"Belinda murmurs... "What time is
"It's really early, hey, ummm I'm sorry about
earlier, I was just upset about the whole thing,
I thought u were over this gay thing."
Rubbing her tired eyes Belinda sits up, wetting
her lips that were dry from the heat,
she says, "Gloria I told u I was takin' a break
not reforming myself, I can't help the
way I am ok? and besides you know what happened
with Steven he is just such a... Damn it's hot in
here!"she says as she pulls back the covers
exposing a thin white tank top and joe boxer
underwear, she's wide awake now... there is a
film of sweat on her chest and her nipples are so
hard that you'd think she was cold, Gloria
notices the protruding nipples but quickly looks
"Whoa, hey"... Belinda says, she noticed the
abrupt way Gloria turned her face
away from her, as she cups Gloria's chin in her
hand, looking at her, turning her
face to look into her eyes, "What's wrong?"
Gloria swallows hard holding back the urge to
kiss her best friend of 9 years, remembering the
soft look of Belinda's lips, each and everytime
she wets them. Holding back the erge to tell her
why she gets so upset everytime Belinda hangs
with her dyke ass friends. She wants to tell her
how much she likes the way Belinda's breasts
stretch against her shirts. She wants to tell
her how bad she feels that she always wanted to
kiss her, to hold her close, closer than usual.
"What?"Gloria says, seemingly coming back to
"Is there something bothering u? U look so... I
dunno know how u look... umm, this
is a face I've never seen, what's that all about?
did something happen?"
Gloria slowly pulls away from Belinda's bed,
"Nothing I just wanted to say that I'm
sorry about earlier, but next time u want to go
there u have to drive yourself,"she
says, tossing the keys on her bed, "there's the
keys, I have an extra set." With that
Gloria walked out of Belinda's room and straight
to the shower, she was perspiring
"Hello?"Gloria says answering her cellphone.
"Hey Gloria baby it's me Rodney, your brother
told me to hit u up."
"Yea? and?"she says in a tired voice.
"Yea baby what's up with us?"he says with
"What's up with us? Rodney get a life I'm not
"Whoa but umm... babygirl u..."Rodney stumbles,
shocked by the hostility- just last
night they both fit together on the dance floor
like a hand and glove; Gloria seemed
so interested then.
"But umm what? what DON'T u understand?"she
"What about last night, I mean we were dancing
"Look Rodney I ain't got time for this,"Linda
Pissed waaaay off, Gloria throws her cellphone
into the back seat continuing down
the street on her way to the coffee house. Today
is yet another thursday night and
she has agreed to pick up her best friend Belinda
This time Gloria doesn't park across the street
on the other side, she finds a spot
right out front- and this time instead of waiting
patiently she grabs her purse and
goes inside. Her red leather boots hug the floor
like a tapdancers and it seems all
eyes are on her. It seems everyone there was
checking her out in her tight jeans,
tight red leather jacket, tank top and long wavy
hair, Gloria didn't know it but she
was beyond just stunning; a gorgeous creation of
A few studs walk past her and smile, although her
face had a no-nonsense look to
She spots her game, there she is in the corner
hugging the ever famous Nia.
Belinda doesn't see Gloria as she walks over to
them, but Nia does, she's facing
Gloria, eyeing her with a wicked smile as she
deeply kisses Belinda. For a second
their eyes meet and are like flames of seperate
burning houses licking at each others core.
Those eyes hold so much- Gloria's... envy, and
Nia's... lust- if only Belinda knew.
Breaking the embrace Gloria pulls her friend by
the hand holding it until they are out
the door, "Bye ladies!"Gloria says loudly- like
she's someones mamma throwing out kids who are
over too late in the evening. As the two leave,
the remaining gang giggle.
"I told yal she was a dyke,"Nia says amist the
group, "she just doesnt know it yet."
Laughing wildly Belinda opens the car door and
hops in, turning around to face the
frustrated, beautiful face of her best friend she
says, "Gloria, why u gotta be so
mean? you know u are too dayum funny."
"Funny? what are u talkin about?!"Gloria snaps.
"Whoa boo, I'm just saying, u crack me up!"
Frowning Belinda looks at her friend again,
"What's wrong with u? u are acting all
weird and shit, what did u think I meant?"
"Nuthin,"*sigh* "lets go get a drink,"Gloria
says she speeds down the street on the
way to the nearest bar.
"Un, un lets not go here,"Belinda says.
"Why not? we just going to get a drink doesn't
matter where we go, I need to get toasted,"
"Well I've been to this bar before and I don't
exactly want any guy older than my
granddad hitting on me."
Belinda actually cracks a smile and laughs, "No,
what u mean to say is.. U dont want any guy
hitting on u, grandaddy or not!"she laughs
They both giggle as Gloria continues to drive,
"So where u wanna go? Name it, its
"Are u sure u want to get drinks? I mean the only
places I know of are..."
"Will u just stop it! I said u name it, u act
like I'm always trippin, u gotta always ask
me if I'm sure or not, is it ok or not, shit!"
"Ok dayum, u ARE always trippin!"Belinda shoots
back, mimicking her friend, "No Bee we can't go
here and we can't go there- becus of this, becus
"Fine, fine, fine - where the hell u wanna go? a
gay bar? a lesbian bar? I don't care
anymore I just need a fuckin drink, ok?"Gloria
Settling back into the chair Belinda grins slyly,
"OK...... well keep driving, turn left
The bar is small and dimly lighted but it smells
nice, even with the cigarette smoke
in the air, there's something familiar about the
scent, different from any clubs or bars Gloria's
been to. Gloria is amused when she realizes it
must be the scent of women.
After her 2nd Long Island iced tea, Gloria
realizes that she's totally comfortable in
the tiny bar. Sure there are women who look
tougher than her ex boyfriend here but they
didn't scare her. Sure some girls came over
asking her to dance, slightly touching her
shoulder or hand but she hardly cared- and she
could have sworn that stud across the bar got a
free feel when she brushed up behind her the 3rd
time that she asked her if she knew so n' so.
Looking down in her long glass she realizes
there's nothing left, fishing around in her purse
she opens her wallet and notices the all too
familiar picture of her and Belinda that they
took last spring at the beach party.
Gloria gets up looking around for her best friend
and finds her on the dance floor,
she holds up the wall as she stands there
admiring Belinda's tight waist and thick
thighs sway to the beat of the music. She locks
eyes with her and blinks after realizing shes
been staring. She quickly turns to get another
drink she almost falls over the stud from across
the bar- but before she falls on her face the
unknown stud grabs, holds her up, and steadys her
while holding onto her waist. Gloria keeps her
head down, almost embarassed that she almost
fell, but now she's even more embarrassed when
she realizes that the stud is still holding her.
She stands up straight, "Thank u,"she almost
whispers, she feels like something is stuck in
throat. The stud winks at her and walks onto the
dance floor only to return a short while later
just in time to stop Gloria's hand from handing
the bartender money for her drink. Instead the
stud looks Gloria right in her eyes one hand over
Gloria's and the other handing the bartender a 10
dollar bill, she grabs the drink and Gloria,
walking to the edge of the dance floor to a table
with two stools, "I was wondering if we could
talk"she says. Gloria's hearts thumps- as she
feels quite aroused by this womans' approach, but
the seemingly "always on top and in control of
things Gloria"stumbles over her words, shaking
her head she saying, "umm, I don't..."
"Shhhhh,"the woman says placing a finger gently
over Gloria's glossy red lips.
"Better yet, how bout a dance?"without waiting
for an answer the stud guides Gloria- who now
looks extremely confused- onto the dance floor,
hugging her tightly around the waist. Gloria
closes her eyes tilting back her head as she
allows her back to be caressed by another woman,
as she allows her neck to be stimulated by
another womans breath, as she allows her body to
press firmly against another woman. Opening her
eyes she is greeted by the sexy smile, and gentle
warm eyes of this stranger, they gaze into each
others eyes for what seems like forever, and
even though the music's tempo has now changed to
a fast beat- they still sway easy and slow
against each other.
"Wooo shit! I'm hot as hell!!!"Belinda
"Bee can u drive?"Gloria says handing her the
"I got my own, remember?"Bee says holding up her
"Ok, just drive."Gloria says moving to the
passenger side door.
"Are u sure?"Belinda says.
Gloria doesn't even answer her as she climbs into
the car, she lets the seat back, closes her eyes,
breathing in that all too familiar scent.
The door closes behind Gloria as she stands
dumbfoundedly in her living room.
Belinda had to practically push her up the stairs
she was so light headed. Belinda takes Gloria's
hand and leds her to her bedroom, pulling off her
shirt and pushes her on her bed, "Come on Gloria,
man... shit, lift your leg girl,"Belinda says as
she kneels down to remove Gloria's thigh high
boots, she stands Gloria up and is nearly
knocked down when Gloria leans into her. Belinda
removes her skirt and pushes her back onto the
bed. Gloria lies there half naked wearing red
silk undies, "Damn you're fine,"Belinda says
outloud as she pulls the sheets over her best
friend. As she turns to leave she hears...
Belinda turns around in the dark, "Yea? what's
Belinda stands there in the dark looking,
searching but not seeing anything but complete
darkness. She hears the bed move.
Gloria walks toward the dark figure and stumbles
into Belinda's arms... "Whoa,"Belinda says as
she steadys her friend, "You know, you didn't
have to get up, I could have come over there,"
she says as she backs her friend back into her
bed, she turns on the lamp light.
She looks into Gloria's eyes, "Are u ok?"Gloria
looks into hers.
Belinda hesitates before she says, "Umm, is there
something, umm, u want to talk about?"
Hestitantly Gloria whispers, "No."
"No? that's ummm, *swallow* that's a shame
because there's something I want to talk about,"
Belinda says as she wets her lips, she moves in
closer to her friend.
Gloria swallows hard, "What do u want to talk
"Well I think I want to talk about... the same
thing that you want to... talk about."
Gloria wets her lips and swallows hard again as
she looks down at Belinda's hand on her thigh,
Gloria moves her hand to Belinda's arm. Belinda
moves her free hand to the back of Gloria's neck.
It's so quiet that they can both hear the others'
Belinda opens her mouth to speak.. but Gloria
puts up her finger to stop her, "I umm
just want know if u saw what happened tonight."
"What do u mean? u dancing with that woman?"Bee
Wetting her lips again, *swallow,* "yea,"Gloria
Belinda looks into her eyes, "It's ok baby,
*smile* I don't mind,"she says as she
moves in closer to Gloria kissing her so deeply
that Gloria... *Mmmmm* moans.
The feeling to kiss this woman was so electric it
felt anything but wrong.
The feeling to love this woman was so enormous,
so great that She was scared what
it would feel like to be in love with this woman-
She, forgetting the others.
That morning She remembered why she liked women-
they were what she loved.
That morning She remembered why she couldn't be
at peace with herself all these years- she had
discovered that she too loved women... it must
have been the Scent.
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