A Path Less Taken

This story is about me. In a way. It is loosely based off real events in my life. When i get so fed up with life at home and wanting to run away and make a better life for myself, the things that i will experience along the way, the dangers, the friends, the lessons, I never done it. But here, i get to and to see the life i may make for myself if i chose this path, granted idk if there is a happy ending or not, i guess i will find out as i go along, just like the rest of you will, this is my first time, there will be mistakes, many may not like it, many will. I'm not writing this for anyone, its for me, if you chose to read it, awesome if you dont fine. but this is my story, my life, if i chose this path. You will be coming on this journey with me. There is no turning back now.


10. Ashley Tisdale is No More

One of the girls walked of the stage to give a customer a lap dance and I watched as a blond with pink streaks in her hair danced on stage around a pole to Fabolous and Neyo's Make Me Better. She twirled around the pole and jumped up wrapping her legs around it and hung upside down and caressed her large perky breast. I was in awe as i watched her slide down and spread eagled in front of the men and some women watching her. "That's Ecstasy, She's really popular here." said Starla pulling me behind the bar. I couldn't take my eyes of Ecstasy as the song got to the middle part where Neyo started awing in the song Excasty was what strala called 'booty popping' and whipping her hair around she was good at what she did and captivating. "Hey, did you hear me?" Starla yelled over the music and bumping me to get my attention. I teared myself away from Excasty. "Yeah Yeah i heard you" I lied. Starla smiled and pointed to Excasty as she left the stage "You like Asee?" she said with a smile as she got her tray ready. I stood there looking at her in confusion before shaking my head and saying no repeatedly. She laughed and stated "That's my ex girlfriend."

"What? She looks older then you." I said watching her as one of our coworkers poured the drinks and handed them to Starla. She thanked the girl who i gathered her name was Macy before turning to me "She is older then me, She's twenty-three" My eyes widen in surprise i stuttered "twenty-t, Starla, your only" before i could get the words out she placed a finger to my lips "I know how old i am, but here i am eighteen. I'm not the only girl who lies about their age. You do what you have to to get somewhere. You didn't actually think you could make a living here by being honest did you?" I grabbed a napkin and ripped it up because i didn't think about anything when i left home i just left. Starla been here longer than i have so maybe she was right " Honey, the world isn't sunshine and rainbows. Get out of that Disney channel lifestyle you have in you head because the real world would chew you up and spit you out. Now grab a tray and follow me" She hoisted the tray up and strutted out on the floor and i followed. I watched her worked the drunken idiots  she was so carefree like she was someone different and had not a care in the world. I envied that but i could relate she left he abusive household and had no rules but her own she did what she wanted, when she wanted and only answered to herself. That's what i wanted that's why i left. I had no worries, i was free. I was away from Jade, Tasha, My asshole step father and Mark. Who god forbidden i still loved but that was the old me that was Amelia here i was Roxanne. I could reinvent myself and I knew exactly how i wanted to do that. I dropped the tray on table of drunken men. Who at first wasn't to happy but when they saw the drinks they didn't object. I made my way to Starla and grabbed her arm "What's Up"she said .

"Hey Star, whose your new friend" asked a husky customer with a cigar between his callous hands.

"Back off Ramon, She's mine." she said to him walking away from the table. "What's wrong?"

"I want you to give me a make over."

"T-That's what you dragged me away from working for?"

"Listen, I left home to get away from shit everything. I'm still the old me. I wanna look different, I wanna be different."

Starla looked at me and backed up against the wall and folded her arms as to study me and see what work could be done to me. Finally after a few moments she spoke "Ok, i got it. I follow you, you wanna shed your Ashely Tisdale goodie two shoes look for more Vanessa Hugdens dirty picture look, hm?"

"I don't quit follow that but if it means i wanna look different then hell yeah"

"Well no better place to get a make over then here in Callie baby. Well stop by the beauty shop after work and get some dye and dye it and cut it and you'll look so different and i have the perfect person to help us. " she said smiling. I returned her smile. I was so ready to shed my good girl ways and be different and have fun. I was my own person with my own rules now. I was gonna enjoy it.

After work Starla told me to wait outside the dressing room where the dancers get ready. I waited for seven minutes til she walked out with no one other than Excasty up close and fully dressed she was even more beautiful. She reminded me of a blonde Sandra Bullock. "Asee, this is  the girl i was telling you about, Roxy, Asee, Asee, Roxy"

"Hello, you are even more beautiful then Starla said you were" said Asee smiling and pulling me into a hug. You would think after dancing and doing all that work she would reek of sweat but she actually smelled really nice like baby power and vanilla.  I mustered out a hi before she pulled me back and gave me a once over.

"So, Starla said you want a make over?" i gave her a quick nod and smile before she finished speaking 

"Well lucky for you i use to work at a hair salon and i was a part time make up artist before quitting" she said taking out a cigarette and lighting it "Why did you quit" i asked her

"Business was slow. I wasn't getting any clients and couldn't pay my bills. A friend told me about this place and how in one hour you could make about two thousand dollars, I thought fuck yeah bitch" she said laughed and walking outside with Starla and i on her heels. Two thousand dollars in a hour for just taking off your clothes? That does sound like a good deal if I was in her shoes i would have quit too.

"So um Starla told me you and her dated?" i said. Asee taking  a hit of her cig nodded and blew out a cicrle of smoke into the air "Yeah, but it didn't work out" she said turning to look at Starla who wasn't looking at her but looking at me watch Asee. Almost as if she was jealous.

"What happened?" I questioned.

Before she could answer Starla butted in asking for a cig in which Asee was most happy to oblige. We walked down the street to  a beauty shop to pick up some hair dye. I walked up a aisle looking for what color i thought would fit me. I reached for a blonde dye when i heard "Are you into her" I turned around and saw Starla with her hands on her hips.

"Huh? Into who?"

"Don't play stupid Rox, Asee?"

"Am i into Asee? No? Why?"

"You haven't been able to take your eyes off of her since you saw her dance."

"I don't know her, Star. I was talking and asking question to get to know her that's why, Why? A Are you jealous?"

Starla reached for my hands and opened her mouth to reply when Asee yelled "NO, no blond, Roxy" causing Starla to quickly pull her hand away from mine and look away from me. I was confused and curious about the whole thing. Why did she think i liked Asee? I mean i was in awe by her dancing but only because i never been inside of a stripper club or saw a professional dancer before at least i think and why did Starla seem jealous? I just meant her maybe it's because she hasn't had a friend in a while or what? I don't know but i couldn't help thinking she liked me or was it i liked her?

We finally made it back home. We picked out a burgundy hair dye.Asee said it would bring out my eyes and look very beautiful on me. She washed my hair and dyed it and gave me a cute pixie cut hair do and arched my eyebrows and nice false eye lashes. As she worked she told Starla to wait outside the bathroom door for the finally reaction. When she was done she opened the door for my grand reveal. I walked outside grinning ear from ear.

"Well?" i said

I waited for Starla's opinion she just stood there eyes wide, mouth shut. Speechless. Asee called out to her. She just stood there and then finally stepped to me and took my hands into hers, her eyes locked onto mine. " Well?" i said again

Starla placed her hand on my cheek and before i knew it she took her mouth onto mine and kissed me.

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