Last Friday night got off to a slow start. I hid in the dressing room with my friend and a few other girls and started showing her how to tease her hair out of boredom. The new redhead walked in. My club’s not exactly full of mean girls, but most everyone else is smarter than me: they don’t smile at new people til they’re sure the new girls are sane. Save the smiles for the customers, ladies. Smart.
She sat down next to us. I avoided eye contact, eye contact is a sure fire way to invite a long confessional. She launched into her usual stream-of-consciousness monologue anyway.
“I’m having a great night, and I need some drugs!” she announced.
No one made eye contact with anyone. The dressing room is in front of the office; I hadn’t looked in there recently, but usually the club owner is in there, puttering around with something. Sometimes I look in the mirror, adjusting a bikini and there he is, making a lascivious face at my back. It’s just something you gotta take in stride and work around. Like, by making a face back and going back out on the floor. Or by calling your dealer from the bathroom. You know. I studiously stared into my friends growing bouffant.
She snorted. “Whatever.” Got on the phone, made a call. “I made 180 right off the bat before I even got onstage! I need some drugs! YOU KNOW. Can you come by the club?”
We were all being deaf so hard it hurt.
“Great! Yeah, it’s going great! All dances!” She wandered out of the dressing room.
“That was indiscreet,” I offered.
Later, hustling a customer fresh out of prison (the conversation went something like this:
“Hey, how are you?”
“I’m great! This place is amazing, I love it!”
“Me too! Is this your first time?”
“No, but it’s my first time in a while. I’ve been away.”
“Oh yeah? Where did you go?”
“Oh, are you on leave right now?”
Patient. “No, I’ve been away.”
Totally blank but not really caring or wanting to get into it. “Well, that’s cool. How about a dance to celebrate?”
“I just got out of prison.”
Trying not to miss a beat, feeling kind of like a fool. “Then you really need a dance, huh?”)
He wanted to talk away from his friends, and suggested we sit at the rack. I told him he had to tip for both of us and we sat down.
“Red!” I heard an annoying coo just before some long lacy legs and a bare vagina plopped down onto my bare lap. I flinched, looked up.
Other Redhead smiled at me, a smile that seemed full of malicious glee but maybe she’s just insane. She started masturbating furiously on my lap. My entire body cringed away from her before she could touch me with that hand.
“I’m not ready for this!” I shrieked, trying to pull away or squeeze out from under her. It’s a fine, hard line to walk, preserving hygiene and sanity and basic rules of health (and personal space) while still having customers think you’re just a fun lovin’ gal who wants to rub on their lap. “This is just–I can’t-oh my god.”
She touched my hair with her hand. I whimpered. She rubbed her hands in my hair and wrapped fistfuls of it in her fingers. I tried to smile gamely and knew that no amount of sanitizer was going to get me through this night. Only copious amounts of dances could possibly compensate for the outrage and horror I was feeling. She smiled at me, cooed again. “You are just so pretty!” Got off me. I told my customer I would be back, and fled to the dressing room for a baby wipe and sanitizer bath.