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Julian Learns a Lesson at the T.G.I. Friday's

By Ashley Jae Carranza
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From the author: Julian Pepper just turns thirty. Naive to the inner desires of men, Julian encounters someone at T.G.I. Friday's who makes her rethink her level of trust.


It was a Saturday night, so Julian put on her best Hawaiian shirt and met her buddy, (also handsomely clad in a nearly identical Hawaiian shirt), at the local TGI Friday’s.

“You leaving him for good?” Cecilia asked over the bar, double-dipping her pretzel into the beer cheese.

“Yup. This is it,” Julian replied. She really meant it too. “I mean, I have the job, I have the money, no reason not to now. Before, it didn’t make sense to leave. I wasn’t prepared to be on my own. Financially, nothing–oh, thank you,” she took two tequila shots and two Coronas from Gio the bartender. The friends lifted their shots. “To what?” Julian asked.

“To putting an end to indecision,” Cecilia gestured her tiny glass to clink Julian’s. They most certainly drank to that.

A man who had been sitting quietly to Julian’s right for well over ten minutes tapped her on the shoulder. “No salt or lime, huh. Y’all are some bad bitches.”

“Thanks for noticing.” Julian offered the man a high five. In all of her...

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Ashley Jae Carranza

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