Mira stretched her arms out wide and let the warmth of the August sun kiss her mahogany brown skin.
Her favorite song blared through pink earbuds as she danced down the path, sending her short peekaboo romper twirling as she lip synced. Her backup dancers--the lush green grass and the tall trees-- jostled and swayed, celebrating with their lead. Even the winding path embraced her happy feet as she danced.
Mira inhaled the beauty of her first HIV-free day on campus. She held the gazes of each passerby, folding them into her random dance number.
First, she cut off the middle-aged Business professor. The lady laughed, shrugged, and did a little twist. Mira cheered, singing as she strutted onto her next impromptu dance partner.
She grabbed Darien's hand from behind and twirled herself.
"Mira?" he asked, taking in her honey rose extensions at the bottom of her asymmetrical bob. Pinkish blonde highlights peeped out from under the shorter side when the wind blew. Darien laughed.
Mira noticed Sylus next to him. She jailed his gaze, singing, "I had my first heels by the age of thirteen--whoo." She kicked up her glittery, rose gold canvas shoes and smirked at Sylus.
Then she skipped away to accost a pretty, mocha girl with long braids.
The grinning girl with the long braids waved at Darien and trotted toward them "Mira is crazy," she laughed, hugging Darien.
Sylus peeled his eyes away from Mira and studied the new girl.
"What's up, Lique?" Darien turned to Sy. "This is my boy, Sylus."
Sylus shook her hand and his dark brows furrowed. "Who she look like, bro?"
"She's Leillah's lil sister."
Sylus nodded and a broad smile worked across his face. "She sure does look like like a chocolate version of Lei." . . . Sylus glanced up the path and caught a glimpse of Mira off in the distance, still dancing as she threw her hands up into the air. A lazy smile tugged at the corner of his lips. . . . "Catch you later, Lique," Sylus smiled, making his way toward Mira.
Lalique combed her fingers through her braids and sighed, watching as Sylus walked away.
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