Wasn't this what she'd been waiting for? Going to those dinner parties at Effy and Jamie's apartment?
Of course, Corina looked as if she wasn't interested. Perhaps, it was a persistent scowl she had these days. Nothing seemed to be going her way. She guessed she should have been happy when Effy invited her when she found her at the University Coffee Shop.
"Only, if I can bring a date." Corina was straight lipped.
"But..but you don't have, too." Effy's big eyes looked as if she might have a surprise waiting for Corina, or she was so surprised that Corina would have a date. "Or you seeing someone?"
Corina only laughed, doing her best to be coy.
"Who'll be there, anyway?" Corina pursed her lips as if it had to be a list of people she would want to associate with.
"Um, Howie has been coming. Sometimes, Gabby comes too."
"Did she break up with the library shelver?" Corina wanted to know. Honestly, she saw enough of Will as it was. She didn't need to see him outside of work.
"I dunno." Effy shrugged. "I hadn't asked, but he never comes."
"Hmm.." Corina was a little suspicious of Gabby and Howie. "Do you think they're a couple?"
"I think they're just friends." Effy nodded.
"Friends with benefits." Corina hugged herself hard. She didn't think Howie was nearly as perfect as he used to be. She was beginning to dislike him more and more. Perhaps, it had to do that he had no interest in her, anymore.
Effy sighed as if she didn't like Corina's attitude.
"Only, if I can bring a date." Corina didn't really want to come.
"But, really, you don't need a date." Effy told her.
Corina turned and marched toward the commons area, across from the bookstore.
She needed a date or she wouldn't go. She could just stay up late on her iphone watching You Tube. Naturally, she felt a little sad these days. Depressed, she guessed.
Would she ever be happy again?
She went into the student's art gallery. There were some dark fantasy paintings. Some were more fan fiction with Star Wars icons while others looked as if they'd drawn it... then colored it like a therapeutic exercise.
"These look so juvenile." A voice came from overhead.
She looked up, unsure how to respond. Finally, the tall skinny guy stood beside her. She looked him over, but remained silent.
"You, are so right." She said with a nod. He nodded back.
"Want to go to this dinner party with me?" She said it as if it was only a joke.
"What time?" He wanted to know.
"Oh." She looked at him. This guy wanted to go out with her? Corina almost laughed.