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Rouge et Noir

March 4th, 2011 by the_lifer

Wazzer’s bar is packed tonight, a sea of red and black clothing. Everyone has turned out for a stellar live gig that is benefiting the Christchurch earthquake fund, sipping Christchurch benefit beers. Winona has a smart new jersey, bought at a Christchurch benefit sale. Despite a week spent seeking to benefit Christchurch in every possible way, she is still ill at ease, and shouting in her friend Willow’s ear.

“The thing is Will and I were going to have an engagement party, but just before we sent out the invites, the quake happened. Now it just seems horridly selfish, having a party when somebody else’s city is in ruins. What do you think?”

“I don’t think it’s selfish. Would you have it here? Or somewhere else?”

“Well, we’d reserved one of the rooms here. Maybe it could be a Christchurch benefit engagement party…but how would that work…”

Willow shifts from foot to foot. Someone in the crowd spills benefit lager on her arm, mutters “Sorry!”, but goes away leaving her smelling like hops. It’s 11:30 and the music still hasn’t started. She wishes, acutely, she had done the Night In For Charity instead. She says, “We all have to get on with our lives, too. Do have a party! It will be nice to have something to celebrate.”

She’s gratified when Winona promptly becomes absent-minded with party planning. Perhaps it’s OK to leave because she’s paid her Christchurch benefit money?

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