With that Dana decided she did need some help relaxing and took the joint from Howie.
Im going to head back down, why dont you two stay here and finish this.
Are you sure Dana, I dont want you to do this alone if you dont want to.
Ill be fine for a few minutes Alice. I promise. But Dana knew if she was going to do it, now was the time and she didnt want a big audience, except for maybe Lara. She headed back down to the banquet hall and found her parents at the door.
Honey, we were wondering where you all went. Is Howie with you?
No mom, he is on the terrace with Alice, we just needed some air. Dana could feel her lunch rising to the surface, but she suppressed the feeling. Can I talk to you two for a minute? I need to tell you something.
Sure Dana. What is it?
Can we go into the bar and sit down? Dana knew that was her safe place since Lara was there. As they all walked into the bar, Dana looked over at Lara, as to try and gain some strength.
Lara was shocked, where is Alice she wondered.
Mom, Dad Dana took a deep breath, I have something very important to tell you.
Is it about the ad campaign? Is there more to come, are you going on tour?
Now Sharon, let her finish. Go ahead Dana, what is it?
Mom, Dad, Dana glanced over her dads shoulder to Lara. She looked like a lost puppy. What I have to tell you is very hard for me.
Dana, whatever it is we will get through it. Her mother was becoming worried.
I hope you are right mom, I do want to come through this together. But first, I want you to know that I love you and you raised me in a wonderful home and I couldnt have asked for a better childhood.
Dana, you are starting to scare your mother and me, tell us, whats wrong?
I am a lesbian. There, she said it. The bomb had been dropped. Lara was watching closely, making sure Dana was okay.
Youre a what?
A lesbian mom, Im gay.
How could you do this to us? The bomb that had been dropped was turning nuclear. WhatwhowhyI just cant do this. Danas mom flew out of her chair, with her dad right behind.
Mom, Dad, you didnt do anything wrong. Sobs filled her voice. Please.
Alice and Howie saw his parents leaving the bar area. Oh my God, she did it.
Lara tried to run after Dana, but she couldnt catch her.
I suppose that you are a part ofof this lifestyle Danas dad spit out at Alice.
Who meI have a boyfriend.
Dana couldnt believe her ears.