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Tina flicked on the TV and surfed through the channels until she found a music channel. Getting off the bed, Tina started getting organised for the evening's festivities. Stephanie finished the call and started getting organised as well.
"Tina, I have something for you." Stephane said carefully pulling a package out of her bag.
"What is it?" Tina asked walking over.
Stephanie carefully opened the package, "You know how I have cousins in Venice?"
"Well, I asked them to send over a couple of masks. Here is yours!" Stephanie smiled as she passed an intricately painted mask to Tina.
"Wow that is amazing! Thanks Steph!" said Tina throwing her arms around Stephanie and giving her a hug.
There was a knock at the door as the room service arrived. Stephanie and Tina broke their hug and spent the rest of the late afternoon eating, drinking and getting ready.
Arriving at the Ball, Stephanie and Tina soon found themselves at the centre of the party. With their Venetian masks and little black dresses, they rarely had an empty drink long. Both found that the masks allowed them a certain amount of leeway in their interactions with the other party goers. Both male and female party goers made advances on the pair. As the night drew to a close Stephanie and Tina staggered back to their hotel suite.
Stephanie again launched herself onto the bed, this time her landing wasn't as gracefully as earlier.
Tina again laughed, shaking her head.
"Steph, fancy a nightcap?" Tina asked, as she watched her friend crawl about the bed looking for a high heel shoe that had gone flying.
"Sure, why not? More bubbles please!" cried Stephanie as she waved her lost high heel above her head.
Tina picked up the phone and ordered up some sparkling wine, while she flicked the TV back onto the music channel that was now playing all night party music. With music going they started to dance around the room, laughing and carrying on. The room service waiter was quite surprised when he was met at the door by pair of masked, slightly raucous females. Dispensing with glasses Stephanie and Tina passed the bottle between them and kept dancing.
Taking the sparkling wine Tina sat down on the end of the bed and watched while Stephanie continued to dance. Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl" started playing on the TV.
As she watched her friend dance Tina, suddenly felt flushed and blurted out, "Steph, have you ever kissed a girl?"
Stephanie mimicked the words for the song, "Yes, I kissed a girl and I liked it!"
Tina flicked off the TV, a sudden silence descended on the room, as Stephanie spun around and faced Tina. The realisation of her admission settled across the room.
"You have kissed a girl?" Tina asked again.
"Yes and I liked it!" Stephanie replied almost defiant, her eyes flaring behind the mask.
Tina mouth dropped open, her mind trying to comprehend what she had she had just heard.
Stephanie softened her look, "Tina, I have been bisexual since uni."
Tina took a swig from the bottle of wine, her mind reeling from the information she had just received. Underneath it all she had the recurring thought, "Why didn't she kiss me?"
"Does Dylan know?" Tina asked quietly.
"Of course, haven't you ever wondered why the kids spend so much time with my parents? Dylan and I are playing together with other women."
Still the thought, "Why didn't she kiss me?" keep coming to the front of Tina's mind.
Tina's thought finally found its voice, "Why didn't you want to kiss me?" she asked in a whisper.
Stephanie looked down at her friend, "Because I didn't want to lose you as a friend."
"You wouldn't have!", Tina replied.
Stephanie straighten up, reaching behind herself she unzipped her little black dress, letting it fall to the floor.