-At the bar, thirty minutes later-
Amber had arrived thirty minutes later than intended wearing an outfit that was the reverse of the outfit she had worn earlier today. Instead of a red midriff-baring tank top and black skirt she was now wearing a black midriff-baring tank top and red skirt. Amber was apologetic as she hurried up to Diana and Catherine, who had been sitting patiently at the bar waiting for their companion.
"I'm so sorry, guys! The line was really long and some creepy guy kept hitting on me and trying to touch my butt, so I called the police to him and he ran away and now-" Amber started apologizing for being late and explaining her reason before Catherine put a finger to the black-haired nurse's lips.
"Shhhh, Amber. It's OK now. Let's just go to the concert." Catherine said to Amber, who blushed and nodded. Diana wordlessly stood up and the trio left the bar to enter the concert area, where the concert was already well underway.
-Inside the concert venue-
The two ravens and the blonde entered the concert room to find it packed full of people dancing to the music... or trying to dance. The stage had been set up with two fake transformers spewing sparks on occasion and large speakers placed in front of the fake transformers. Between the transformers sat DJ Dynamo's turntables and the DJ herself was manning them.
Pumping out of the speakers was a dubstep beat interspersed with air raid sirens that sounded a lot like those Diana had employed during the Urban Nights event where she for a short time she had dabbled in being a DJ. It was an enjoyable experience, but the huntress was not cut out to be a DJ because she had benefited from a crowd that had had a few drinks and was not able to judge her music as harshly as they would have if they were sober.
Amber and Catherine struggled to find a clear part of the dance floor while Diana struggled to find an empty seat to sit in. She had no interest in dancing. While she had been taught ballroom dancing as a teenager and could do a passable job of it, she had no knowledge of other dance styles and had no time or inclination to learn them.
After a brief search Diana lucked out and found a metal folding chair sitting against the bottom right corner. She quickly swooped in and claimed it, sitting down calmly while Amber and Catherine continued to struggle to find a clear part of the dance floor to dance on. The music track switched to an electronic beat with a heavy bass drum for a backing track and an air raid siren that sounded every forty-five seconds.
Diana looked around her and saw a lot of young people her age dancing to the music... or trying to dance. There was always one or two people who had had too much to drink and were flailing about in a painful mockery of dance. Unfortunately one of them was a young woman with waist-length red hair wearing a blue DJ Dynamo t-shirt exactly like Catherine's and a very short black skirt. She was wobbling on her feet and was heading directly for Diana!
"WATCH OUT!" She yelled at Diana. Her warning was barely audible over the music, but it gave Diana just enough time to brace herself for impact. Diana felt a jolt as the young woman fell into her lap. The huntress was relieved to see that the chair did not give way under their combined weight. The redhead turned around to face her rescuer and blushed.
"Oh dear. I'm so sorry about that!" She apologized for using Diana as a cushion and quickly got up to spare Diana any further embarrassment from the awkward situation. Diana could smell the alcohol on her breath.
"It is no problem." Diana replied calmly. She was not sure if she had been heard above the music, but the redhead nodded. Diana watched as Catherine and Amber approached the pair and soon made it a quartet. Diana stood in the bottom right corner of the square while Sally formed the bottom left; Catherine formed the top left corner while Amber occupied the top right.
"Sally, is that you?" Catherine asked the redhead.
"CATHERINE!" Sally shouted. She embraced the computer specialist while Amber and Diana looked on. Moments later Sally released Catherine and embraced Amber, who embraced her friend.
"We know each other from high school. Sally's one of our best friends." Catherine explained to Diana how the trio knew each other. Amber lent Sally a shoulder and the pair stood in front of Catherine and Diana.
"We're gonna go to the bar and get some ice water. We'll be back in a bit." Amber said to them. Catherine nodded and so did Diana. Amber gently guided Sally out of the concert venue while Catherine stayed behind with Diana close to the dance floor.
Catherine turned to Diana.
"Do you mind if we go back to the bar to chat with Sally?" Catherine asked Diana. Diana nodded.
"It will not be a problem." Diana replied. The safety of Catherine, Amber, and now Sally was of greater concern to the huntress than attending the DJ Dynamo concert was. Catherine and Diana soon left the concert venue and returned to the bar to chat with their friends... or Catherine went to chat with her friends while Diana watched over them. The huntress was not sure if that guy who had creeped Amber out had sneaked into the VIP section, so she kept an eye out for trouble while the quartet claimed a table in the bottom corner of the bar to sit at together.
-Four hours and forty-five minutes later, Catherine's house-
The quartet got home late from the concert, which was very loud but very good. DJ Dynamo introduced several new tracks she had written and dropped a big hint that her next concert would involve a "special guest" that was close to her. After that the quartet had left because Amber had work the next afternoon and she needed to get some sleep, then wake up and get a shower, then go home and change into her work clothing.
Amber, Catherine, and Diana were sober while Sally was starting to sober up enough that she could walk on her own. Catherine spoke to them.
"It's pretty late, so I don't want any of you going home on your own, especially since that guy who tried to get handsy with Amber is still out there. Everyone's staying at my place, no ifs, ands, or buts." Catherine laid down the law. Diana did not complain. Neither did Amber or Sally.
"OK, I've got a guest bedroom with a bathroom. Amber, do you mind sharing it with Sally?" Catherine asked Amber. Amber shook her head.
"No, I don't have a problem with that arrangement." Amber replied. Catherine smiled.
"OK, you take Sally into the guest bedroom and look after her. She's sobering up, but I don't want her to slip and fall in the shower or something." Catherine instructed Amber. The raven nodded and gently began to guide the redhead towards the guest bedroom. That left only Diana to be accommodated.
"Diana, do you mind sleeping on the couch?" Catherine asked the blonde. Diana shook her head.
"I have no problem with that arrangement." Diana echoed Amber's response.
"Great. You know where the refrigerator and everything else is. I'll see you tomorrow!" Catherine said before turning to walk towards her bedroom. She got four steps before she turned around and spoke to Diana again.
"And thanks for looking after me and my friends. Looking after them at Boomslang was more than you signed on for, but I mean it. Thank you." Catherine thanked Diana from the bottom of her heart. Diana nodded.
"It is no problem." Diana replied. Catherine then turned around and walked for her bedroom, leaving the huntress alone in the living room. She sat on the couch and faced the door. She would "stand" watch in case Amber's unwanted follower decided to do a home invasion to get to Amber. Diana had a long night ahead of her, but she did not mind if it meant protecting her client and their friends... Diana always completed the contract, after all.
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