“I would have given these to you last night, but I just had them made today,” Kelly said as she handed me a key and a digital keycard. “Now with the keycard, not only do you have to use it like you would with a hotel room key, you also have to enter in the code 9249.”
“Does the door double as an ATM then?” I joked.
“That would be handy then, wouldn’t it?” she smiled in response.
She had me try it out a couple of times to make sure I had the timing down pat.
“Wow! It’s like you live in a bank vault or something! I can picture a movie with Tom Cruise or George Clooney going to all this effort to break in here and then find just an apartment inside instead of piles of gold and cash. Nope. Tom you can have the TV, and George can have the food processor.”
“Hey! This TV cost me like $3000 bucks!” she said with a mock frown.
“I’m sure it’s a very nice TV, really,” I consoled her.
“I don’t have time to watch much on it though. You’ll probably be able to get a lot more use out of it than I do. I get every channel you can think of and it’s hooked up to the net, so if it exists somewhere, you can watch it.”
“Cool!” I said. “Jared wouldn’t even spring for HBO or Netflix.”
“Well I’m not Jared am I?”
“Jared you are not!” I beamed.
“Well hug me dammit!” she smiled back and we embraced.
“Oh, I just remembered. The moving company has everything except what I’m wearing and my sweaty yoga outfit from today. Please tell me you have a laundry room!”
“A studio apartment in New York with a laundry room? Do you know how rare that must be?”
“Is there one in the building? I have no idea where the nearest Laundromat would be…”
“You didn’t let me finish. Look in the alcove across from the bathroom.”
“You have one? Thank god!”
“Thank me. I’m the one that had to pay extra for it.”
I hugged her again.
“That’ll work,” she smiled. “So are you hungry or did you eat something at Pike’s?”
“I had a chai, but that was it. What did you have in mind?”
“Well I was thinking about getting Chinese delivered, but now you have me thinking of Thai instead.”
“Either is fine with me.” I offered.
“My treat of course. A welcome to your new home meal!” She grabbed her phone and started fooling around with it. “Pad Thai, right?”
“How do you remember these things?” I asked quite surprised. It must have been many years since I’d eaten Thai food with my sister.
“I just do. It takes Bangkok Garden about forty minutes on average, which should be more than enough time for me to shower. I’ve alerted the front desk to expect them. Here, I’ve forwarded the alert to your phone, so you’ll get the message when it arrives downstairs.”
“If I’m not out of the shower by the time it arrives, just go down to the front desk and get it from Tom. Be sure to take your phone and your keycard if you do.”
“Oh sure. You got it.”
She started pulling out the pins that held up her long brown hair in a bun and shook her head to release her flowing locks.
Her hair was longer than mine, and mine was just a tad lighter in color, towards the blonde spectrum even. I normally wore my hair back in a ponytail or loose.
“Ah, tonight is a hair-washing night,” she said smelling her hair. “I take long showers already, so if the food arrives before I’m done, go ahead and start without me.”
“Oh I can wait for you at least,” I said.
“You can if you want, but you certainly don’t have to,” she said as she walked into the bedroom unbuttoning her blouse. “It’s always better when it’s fresh and hot!”
Sure enough, practically forty minutes to the second after Kelly placed the order, my phone received a forwarded message stating that there was a food delivery that arrived downstairs. Since she was still in the shower, I grabbed my purse (just in case) along with the phone and keycard and went to retrieve our evening meal.
It only took a few minutes to go down to the lobby and return and I could hear that the shower was still going.
I decided I wanted to surprise my sister with a nice gesture, so I took our food and neatly placed it out on dinner plates instead of having to eat it out of cardboard and Styrofoam containers.
I didn’t mind if mine was a little cold, so I placed my out food first and then waited to take Kelly’s out until I heard the shower shut off a good ten minutes later. She wasn’t kidding about the long showers!
She came out of the bathroom followed by a cloud of steam with one towel wrapped around her hair like a turban and the other around her waist and midsection.
“Oh! You placed everything out on plates and such? What a good idea! I normally just eat out of the container.”
She pulled out her chair and then almost as an afterthought, pulled off the towel that was wrapped around her and placed it down on her chair.
Yep, other than her towel-turban, my sister was completely naked in front of me at her dinner table!
I couldn’t help but notice that she was completely shaven down there. Me? I still maintained a landing strip. I guess because that’s what Jared had liked when it mattered and I’d simply gotten used to it.
“Oh! What was I thinking?” she said absentmindedly. “I almost forgot about the wine!”
She trotted over to the cupboard and even though I forced myself not to stare, I couldn’t help but notice her boobs and her butt bounce as she did so.
“I’m sure a wine snob somewhere will tell you never to drink pinot with Thai food, but this wine is just too good. Napa select vintage 2009.” She held up the bottle for my approval and all I could do was nod and not stare at my sister’s milky white, smooth naked skin.
She popped the cork and poured us each a glass. I smiled and thanked her, still self-conscious and uncomfortable that she was completely naked in front of me.
Of course I’d seen her naked before, but the last time had been so long ago that I could barely remember, we were both teenagers at the time at the most. I see women in various stages of undress at the gym and in various dressing rooms, but somehow this was different.
My beautiful, learned, sophisticated twin sister that I’d always compared myself to was naked in front of me and acted like it was of no consequence whatsoever.
Without saying anything, I took a sip of the wine. Damn! It was good!
“Wow! That is good wine,” I said quite impressed.
“That’s why I buy it by the case!” Kelly said as she took her seat across from me.
Before taking a bite she held up her wine glass in a toast.
“Here’s to a new life together! Sisters united once again!”
I clinked my glass to hers and said, “To sisters!”
I can’t quite remember exactly what we talked about while we ate because the wine seemed to go to my head rather quickly. I remember the Thai food being rather good too. I vaguely remember making a joke about it being my turn to be naked at our next meal.
There wasn’t enough food left to save for leftovers, so Kelly dumped the remainders in the trash and stuck the dishes in the dishwasher as I finished off the bottle.
Something about a shower came to mind.
“I should shower, shouldn’t I?” I asked Kelly, slightly inebriated.
“That’s a good idea,” she replied. “Then I can put your clothes in the laundry.”
I laughed. “Oh yeah! I don’t have any clothes do I?”
I was still laughing, “It doesn’t look like you have any either. I can see your boobies!” I then cackled at how funny I was.
She chuckled too. “That was only one bottle. It doesn’t take much for you to get tipsy, does it?”
“You know it doesn’t,” I retorted, “you already know everything you know.”
“I do?” she smirked.
“Alright, then let’s get you in that shower and sober you up,” she said helping me out of my chair.
“I’m not drunk, just a little tipsy is all. I can stand just fine.”
My head swam a little more than I expected it to. Was that wine or hard liquor? Sheesh!
“Here, I’ll even help you get undressed,” she offered.
“Whoa. You didn’t get me drunk just to have your way with me did you?”
“Why yes, that was my plan the whole time. Come on you!” she laughed, leading me over to the bathroom that was still warm and misty from her shower.
“You know, if you had a penis, it would be really easy to seduce me right now with my defenses down and all.”
“I’ll keep that in mind,” she said as she pulled my blouse up and off me.
“I just got out of a bad relationship you know,” I mumbled.
“Oh trust me, I know.”
She unhooked my bra and took it off me.
“Oh look! We both have boobs!” I said smirking.
“I see that,” she replied laughing.
She then pulled down my skirt leaving me in only my panties.
“Alright, I’ll get these in the wash along with your gym wear.”
“Oh that would be awesome, thank you,” I nodded in agreement, my head still foggy.
I shut the bathroom door behind me.
…continued in part 4…