Ladies night out. That was what their weekly tradition amounted to. Since their lives seemed to intertwine and overlap, it had begun as a way for them all to become better acquainted.
original members of this exclusive conclave were Sabrina DeLane, Dara Jensen and
Ellen Burgess. Over time they had
gradually widened the circle by inviting in family and friends.
had invited Justus Ward’s sister Faith. Just
because Dara and the handsome Quartermaine heir were no longer an item did not
mean that they were no longer friends. Faith had come to Port Charles knowing only her brother and
younger cousin Keesha. But over
time and several short conversations, Dara had come to like the outspoken,
friends, the four women were kindred spirits.
Faith, Dara, Sabrina and Ellen were strong, beautiful women who looked at
life from very different, but surprisingly similar viewpoints.
When they gathered, the conversations were frank and lively, and no topic
was out-of-bounds among them.
like tonight, the circle was expanded to include others.
People who, as Sabrina once said, were not ready to handle the four women
on a weekly basis. Her half-sister Alexis Davis was a prime example.
and Alexis shared a relationship that could be described as ‘stormy’ at
best. Rare was the occasion when
the two women could occupy the same space without instinctively going for the
other’s throat. Still, in the end
Alexis was Sabrina’s family and that superceded any dislike she might have
harbored for the family attorney.
Alexis, the invitation to accompany Sabrina to Ladies Night Out did not occur
often. Each time it did, the
secretly grateful attorney made an outward show of grudgingly accepting the
offer. Alexis did not have many
female friends in Port Charles. The
opportunity to spend an evening with women of such diverse personalities was
truly a gift. By tacit agreement
the constant bickering between herself and Sabrina was put aside. It
was at these times that the two half-sisters strengthened their unacknowledged
bond of affection.
invited on these occasions were Keesha Ward and Emily Quartermaine.
The two younger women were both related to Justus and Faith.
Unanimous agreement among the conclave members was that both were in
desperate need of some strong female guidance.
who had in later years been reared under the hand of Mary Mae Ward, showed some
of the fine traits that the older woman had tried to instill into her
grandchildren. But Mary Mae’s
death and Keesha’s unfortunate experiences with romance had made her bitter
and judgmental – two things the other women knew could never be allowed to
Quartermaine, on the other hand, was young, sweet and too trusting.
Life among the Quartermaine family had given her a twisted sense of what
was real and acceptable. If she was ever to survive her family and make a life outside
of it, then Emily would require some guidance.
had met the Quartermaine women. Lila,
bless her soul, was a wonderful old lady. Emily
had inherited her grandmother’s giving heart and forgiving soul.
She would need those traits to deal with the others of her family,
including her mother Monica. But she would also need what Dara, Faith, Sabrina and Ellen
could give her. And that was
living, breathing examples of strong independent women taking charge of their
lives and their loves.
unplanned outing had come about due to Keesha’s mournful lament that she was
currently romantically unattached. Faith
had impatiently listened as Keesha recounted the fact that she had no man in her
life. The words, said in such tones
of defeat, angered Faith. “So you
don’t have a man! Does that make
you a failure?”
had been startled by her cousin’s vehemence.
“That is easy for you to say, Faith.
You’ve got someone in your life,” she countered.
have always had someone in my life,” Faith replied coolly.
“Me.” She took a long look at her young cousin.
“Learn to love yourself first, Keesha.
You won’t be able to truly love anyone else until you do.”
around the table, Faith’s words echoed in Keesha’s ears.
The women seated around her were everything that she aspired to be:
beautiful, confident, self-assured, determined and completely at ease with
themselves, their lives and their bodies.
entering the popular little diner, the conclave had been the center of
attention. Even casually dressed,
the women had drawn the attention of every man in attendance.
And several women as well.
was more than the clothes they wore, Keesha realized. It was their attitudes as well.
a dollar.” Ellen slapped a single
bill on the table before Dara. The
sound startled Keesha from her thoughts. “Go
and change the mood in here.” Ellen
directed Dara’s attention to the corner where a state of the art jukebox
played one melancholy tune after another.
dollar?!” Dara scoffed,
“That’s only enough for one song!”
you had best choose well, huh?” Ellen drawled.
at the table watched Dara make her way to the jukebox.
For several minutes the beautiful young attorney stood there depressing
the button that flipped through her choices.
sudden change in her body language alerted them all to the fact that she had
made her choice of songs. Dara
inserted the dollar bill Ellen had given her and punched out the code for the
tune she had selected. With a
bright smile she returned to the table.
Let’s go, girls! >
As the initial strains of Dara’s offering filled the diner, Faith and Sabrina immediately nodded and raised their glasses in salute.
choice,” Ellen said.
I’m going out tonight –
I’m feelin’ alright
let it all hang out
Wanna make some noise – really raise my voice
I wanna scream and shout... >
The song’s infectious beat soon had all the
ladies seated around the table nodding in time.
Faith placed her drink down on the table, stood up and extended a hand to
< Oh, oh, oh, go totally
– forget I’m a lady
shirts – short skirts
oh, oh, really go wild – yeah, doin’ it in
Sabrina was not sure which was more amusing – the
shocked, open-mouthed stares of Alexis, Keesha and Emily as she and Faith danced
with abandon to Shania Twain’s sassy little anthem, or the hungry,
open-mouthed stares of the male diners who watched them dance with equal
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action
– feel the attraction
my hair – do what I dare
oh, oh, I wanna be free – yeah, to feel the
I feel like a woman! >
All too soon the song ended. But before Faith and Sabrina could return to their seats, the song began to play again. Mildly surprised, the entire table of women turned toward the jukebox.
saw a line of smiling men, dollar bills in hand, all queued up to keep the