The year had flown by too swiftly for Avery Farr. For the first half of the year, she had been earning a steady income working at a diner and doing small Broadway productions. She had gotten an apartment in September with her friend Renee Walters, whom had attended every single one of her performances. It was now December 31st, New Year’s Eve.
She was sitting at the small square table in their tiny kitchen, looking out the window at the tall skyscrapers which looked like fingers grasping for the sky. She sipped coffee from a blue mug, feeling invigorated as the hot liquid raced down her throat. She needed the caffeine.
Renee walked into the small kitchen of the apartment, walking by Avery with a small, “Good Morning”, and went straight to pour herself a cup of coffee. She sat down across from Avery, hands, being warmed from the hot coffee inside her cup. She and Avery sat and discussed their plans for New Year’s while they both sipped coffee.
The air was crisp with winter chill when the two friends left their apartment. Renee was listening to Avery talk about a new musical she was going to be in, but she was distracted by the thought of spending New Year’s in New York.
New Year’s in New York was one of the reasons Renee left in the first place. She hated the hectic chaos it brought and the streets overflowing with drunken people. She preferred the quiet festivities of the small town she lived in a year ago. She remembered being able to see the entire vast darkness of the night sky and the fireworks lighting up the world in bursts of color.
“Earth to Renee.”
Avery had stepped in front of Renee and she had almost walked into her. Renee pushed her thoughts away. “Sorry about that. I was just thinking about some things.”
“Obviously,” Avery rolled her eyes sarcastically, “You didn’t hear a word I said did you?”
Renee blushed, “Sorry. I didn’t mean to.”
“That’s alright. Tonight is what’s important,” Avery said cheerfully, “It’s going to be so much fun!”
Night had fallen quickly once the girls had started shopping. They headed back to their apartment and got ready. Avery wearing a short black cocktail dress with a pink band around the waist with black strapped stilettos, and Renee wore a short black ruffle dress with silver cardigan over it and silver ballerina flats.
Avery left the apartment with Renee in tow, giddy about spending New Year’s in New York, while Renee felt the exact opposite. Avery had always watched the New Year’s show from Times Square on television, but now she would actually be witnessing it in person! She couldn’t hold in her excitement as she turned to wait for Renee to catch up with her. Avery noticed that Renee looked distracted and a little upset.
“What’s the matter Renee?” Avery asked her friend. Renee sighed and then began telling Avery about how she didn’t enjoy New Year’s in New York and how she missed the simplicity of the small town she moved from. The girls decided that they would go to Time’s Square and once an hour passed, if they weren’t having a good time that they would leave.
Once arriving at Times Square, Renee felt a small tinge of annoyance as she and Avery pushed their way through the crowd. She checked the time on the small wristwatch she wore and saw that it was 5 minutes until midnight. Renee looked at Avery and saw how excited she was. How could she feel this way when her friend was having such a good time? She should be just as excited as Avery because of the good that had happened during the year.
Avery lived off of energy from crowds. It was how she fueled her performances. But now this energy, unlike the applause from an audience, was a mixture of anticipation and the heat from hundreds of bodies pushing against one another as the New Year arrived. She had noticed an improvement in Renee’s mood once they found a place in the crowd. Renee was now laughing and joking around with her. The girls got their cameras out and started taking pictures of everything.
“Five….four….three….two……ONE!” The huge crystal ball dropped simultaneously with people all over the world shouting in the New Year. Avery and Renee both jumped up and down, shouting with the arrival of the New Year. The girls looked at each other, laughing and grateful to have each found a great friend during the year and to spend the next with.