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American Funny LGBTQ+

“Jax . . . are you coming with me tonight?” Jillian yelled from the bathroom, holding a mascara wand in her hand. She had desperately tried to prevent her eyelashes from clumping, but they seemed destined to cake together in a Liza-Minnelli-in-Cabaret kind of way.

No response. 

“Jax!” 

“Go without me,” came his muted reply. Jillian suddenly became worried. Jax did not have a mute button on his personality. Something was up.

Still holding the mascara tube, Jillian went to her roommate’s door and knocked “shave-and-a-haircut,” anxiously awaiting his “two bits” in response. 

“C’mon, Jax. What’s wrong?”

His bedroom door flew open. Jax appeared, a towel dramatically wrapped around his head, like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. He had on pink mules and his favorite flamingo flannel pajamas.

“Oh honey, you are definitely not ready for your close up,” she remarked.

“Jillian, save your snark. Just go back to the bathroom, make your weird little O-face, and finish putting on your eyelashes.”

“So, you are not going to Dax’s Vax Party with me?”

“You go.”

“Jax, if you don’t go, it won’t be much of a party. You are the party.”

“You go.”

“C’mon, Jax. Who will get karaoke going? You are so good on the mixing board.”

“Jillian, you know 'The Jax Show’ is all just a charade. You know I’d much rather stay home and figure out which one of my personality flaws I can blame my parents for.”

“True, during certain phases of the moon. But I also know, Jax, that you love singing ‘It’s Raining Men’ and doing impressions of all of The Weather Girls—” 

“You aren’t listening to me, Jillian. I. am. not. going.” Jax spun on his heels and went back into his room. 

But he didn’t shut the door. 

Since middle school, Jillian had known this was a sure sign he wanted her to come in.

There he was, sitting crossed legged in a padmasana pose, underneath a very large Diana Ross poster. His eyes were closed.

“Nice lotus pose,” Jillian commented. 

No response.

“You're getting better at yoga,” she cooed, trying to charm him into talking to her.

“I’ve been practicing very, very hard.”

“Are you sure you aren’t sleeping?”

“No, Jillian. I’m not sleeping. I’m meditating.”

“Jax, you’d short-circuit if you tried meditating.”

“I may have to ask you to leave, darling. You are making my mind wander.”

“Your mind does nothing but wander,” Jillian replied, an edge to her voice. “You would need all of Dorothy’s flying monkeys to collect your thoughts.”

“You. are. mean.”

“I’m not mean. It’s just my clumpy mascara talking.” She peered at herself in Jax’s full length mirror. “I look like the neighborhood alcoholic, yelling at kids setting a bag of dog poop on fire right on her front door stoop.”

Jax covered his mouth, repressing his contagious snickering. True to form, Jillian started laughing, too. After they both wiped tears from their eyes, Jillian took Jax’s face into her hands.

“Now darling—you want to tell me what’s really going on?”

“No.”

“Are you mad at Dax?” she probed. “You seemed excited about Dax’s Vax Party when we first got his email invitation. I mean, whoever did the animated gif of the syringe going into Judy Garland's arm? They really need to be paid professionally. Dax even arranged for a medical technician to come from CVS. And I hear Dax's made Covid-19 Jell-O shots. Jax, you can’t hate Dax. Dax is adorable.”

“I love Dax. You know that. Shame on you.” 

“Is there anyone at the party tonight that you don’t want to see—that you’re mad at for one reason or another?”

“Jillian,” he said in a shocked voice, placing his hand dramatically over his heart. “I’m sure there are numerous people at Dax’s party I can be angry with. You know that. Shame on you.”

“What, then?” She let go of his face and walked over to his extensive closet, complete with color-coded sections. “Let’s put on some high-waisted pleated pants and maybe . . . a sexy scarf tie.” She held up the items for his approval. “Maybe you can rock some mandals?”

Jax gave an exasperated sigh and stood up. “Mandals and pleated pants? What kind of terrorist are you?”

“Just get dressed,” she waved him off. “Dax doesn’t like when his guests arrive late. You remember what happened last time you were late? He sent you flowers with a card saying he was sorry you had died.”

“I can’t go.”

“You can go.”

“The truth is . . .” he paused.

“Go on,” Jillian encouraged him, seeing that he needed to be in touch with the entire spectrum of his feelings. 

“The truth is . . . I’m afraid.” He slunk back down on the floor. Jillian and her tube of mascara joined him.

“Why are you scared, Jax?” she asked, putting an arm around him. He put his head on her shoulder. 

“You’ll laugh.”

“I won’t,” Jillian crossed her heart, not really hoping to die. “Just tell me.”

“Okay, Jillian. Here it goes. I don’t want Bill Gates’ microchip rewiring my DNA.”

“Come again?”

“I don’t want to become any more magnetic than I already am.”

“Jax, you really need to stay off Reddit.”

“Agreed.”

Jillian started to sing, rocking Jax back and forth. “Ingonyama nengw' enamabala . . . Ingonyama nengw' enamabala . . .”

“Are you going to Lion King me?” 

“Shh, yes. Join in. From the day we arrive on the planet / And, blinking, step into the sun / There's more to see than can ever be seen / More to do than can ever be done.”

“You’re going to make me go to Dax’s Vax party, aren’t you?”

“Shh, yes. Join in. There's far too much to take in here / More to find than can ever be found / But the sun rolling high / Through the sapphire sky / Keeps great and small on the endless round . . .”

“It's the circle of life!” Jax sang, jumping on the bed. Jillian dropped her mascara, jumping on the bed, too, and singing with him. “And it moves us all / Through despair and hope / Through faith and love / 'Til we find our place / On the path unwinding / In the circle / The circle of life!”

“Are you ready to go, Jax?”

“I am, Jillian!”

“Are you ready to pick something fabulous out of that ridiculous closet of yours?”

“I am, Jillian!

“Are you ready to get jabbed in the arm so I never have to wear a facemask ever again?”

“Not really, but I’ll give it a shot—a shot, Jillian!”

“Very punny, Jax! Let’s get going!”

Jax looked at her, fully for the first time. “You aren’t wearing that pantsuit out of this apartment, are you?”

“Yes Jax, I am—and I won’t let you pantsuit-shame me."

“If you wear that, Jillian, I am never going out with you again!


July 29, 2021 19:52

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34 comments

16:17 Aug 08, 2021

in the circle! the circle of life! *hair toss, microphone drop, dramatic sashay out*

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Deidra Lovegren
17:03 Aug 08, 2021

Kate Mengel is the best :)

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Fiery Red
17:32 Aug 04, 2021

Jax and Jillian are totally hilarious 😄 Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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Deidra Lovegren
17:49 Aug 04, 2021

That's the 4th J&J in the series from last February. I've missed them. I think I like them more than my real friends. :) (I think they'd make a good sitcom...?) Thanks so much for reading - YAY

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Beth Connor
20:36 Aug 02, 2021

Hillarious- loved this. I want Jax to be my friend...

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Deidra Lovegren
20:37 Aug 02, 2021

He's part of a series. I envy J&J's relationship!! "Jax Buys a Ticket" - https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/78/submissions/51881/ "Jax Throws Jazz Hands" - https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/79/submissions/53197/ "Jax Teaches 8th Grade" - https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/80/submissions/54013/ "Jax Makes Amends" - https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/81/submissions/54999/

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Beth Connor
20:54 Aug 02, 2021

Oooh! now that you mention it- I remember the Jazz Hands one, because of course, jazz hands gets my attention. Former choreographer here!Gonna have to do a re-read though

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Deidra Lovegren
22:27 Aug 02, 2021

I wouldn't bother. Pure silliness :) and Broadway showtunes!!

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Phil Manders
17:56 Jul 30, 2021

Another absolute banger! (Which is a good thing) you just make it look so easy. Great work as always. Keep them coming D.

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Deidra Lovegren
17:59 Jul 30, 2021

PHIL MANDERS :) Always love to see you in the comments.

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Wow! This was a great story and I loved it! The dialogue was impecable and I loved the ending! The ending was definetly my favorite part. Great job! -Breckin N. ;)

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Deidra Lovegren
12:19 Jul 30, 2021

Thanks Breckin — these are two of my favorite characters to write for 🎈

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Cool! Have you put them in many of your storys?

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Deidra Lovegren
15:44 Jul 30, 2021

See the bottom comment. I listed the 4 URLS on Reedsy :)

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Cool! Have you put them in many of your storys?

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H L Mc Quaid
11:22 Jul 30, 2021

Was Jax doing lotus in...pink mules? 👠 Mad respect Jax, mad respect. 🧘

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Deidra Lovegren
12:17 Jul 30, 2021

Doesn’t everybody? 😘

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01:03 Jul 30, 2021

*cardi b laugh* An awesome thing to read right before your maths exam, lol. I really enjoyed this, haha. “Jillian, you know 'The Jax Show’ is all just a charade. You know I’d much rather stay home and figure out which one of my personality flaws I can blame my parents for.” *1990 laughter tracks* No, seriously, it was awesome. Not much critique, except that the ending was a li fast. Wonderful piece!

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Deidra Lovegren
01:39 Jul 30, 2021

You had me at Cardi B laugh...as I mentioned below, I fell in love with Jax & Jillian back in February. There are four other stories if you have any other exams to prepare for. (haha) Thanks for the read :)

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03:52 Jul 30, 2021

XD *intense maniacal laughter* *regal, snobby voice* I already read them all lol (will leave feed back in a while) Of course :)

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Jon Casper
21:31 Jul 29, 2021

Great humor in this!

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Deidra Lovegren
23:56 Jul 29, 2021

Thanks, Jon. This is my 5th Jax & Jillian lark. I write them when I need a break from writing tragedies :) "Jax Buys a Ticket" - https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/78/submissions/51881/ "Jax Throws Jazz Hands" - https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/79/submissions/53197/ "Jax Teaches 8th Grade" - https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/80/submissions/54013/ "Jax Makes Amends" - https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/81/submissions/54999/

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Jon Casper
09:45 Jul 30, 2021

I just caught up on my Jax & Jillian history and it was a delight.

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Deidra Lovegren
12:16 Jul 30, 2021

I’m so envious of their relationship 💕 Thanks for coming along with the crazy 😜

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10:35 Aug 03, 2021

A lovely twosome of J &J. Great dialogues. The exchange between the two made for great reading. Good story, Deidra.

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Hey Deidra! How are you doing? I loved this story so much!

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Deidra Lovegren
20:37 Aug 02, 2021

All good in Florida. haha Just kidding. Florida is trash :)

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Hehe! I am on vacation in florida right now but the beaches are full of dead fish. There's pufferfish and eels! Its so gross!

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Deidra Lovegren
22:29 Aug 02, 2021

You are in Florida. Gross, indeed.

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Yup! Normally the beaches are nice but the red tide came and washed all the fish to shore!

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Deidra Lovegren
22:45 Aug 02, 2021

Absolutely tragic. I am sorry that happened on your vacation.

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