Adore sat down at the vanity in her bedroom to get ready for her gig. She had been debating whether or not to take the night off, but she was afraid of disappointing the fans. As she grabbed her eyeshadow palette, her phone dinged.
Miss Vanjie : Hey ho. I’m back in town for a few days so I thought I’d come see your gig tonight
Adore’s heart jumped. She’d had a little crush on Vanessa Vanjie Mateo for a while, which started back when Vanjie was eliminated on the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10.
A: Yay! Can’t wait to see you boo!
They hadn’t seen each other in months. Vanjie had been busy traveling the world and performing almost every night. Everyone knew she was one of the most popular Drag Race queens at the moment, but rumor has it that she was working so much as an attempt to escape the feelings she had for her ex, fellow season 11 queen Brooke Lynn Hytes.
Adore squealed excitedly as she opened Spotify and turned on the playlist she’d created to hype her up as she got ready for shows. She watched the clock carefully as she put her makeup on. Can't be late , Adore reminded herself. She had a meet and greet as soon as the doors opened at the venue.
Adore arrived at the venue 5 minutes before time for the doors to open and was immediately swept away by security to the meet and greet area. She felt excited as she waited for the fans to pour in. She loved meeting them just as much as they loved meeting her.
The doors were opened and the meet and greet line started to form. The venue staff carefully lined everyone up and gave them the rules: One photo taken by the staff, 30 seconds to say hello, then move along. Adore didn't particularly like the rules but she had to remind herself at every show that they made the meet and greet run smoothly. Adore greeted each of her fans with genuine happiness, making sure to complement each one on something specific. It was always her goal to make sure each of her fans left feeling loved.
When the meet and greet was over, Adore headed backstage to the dressing room. She said hello to all of the local queens, including some she knew from living in LA. She enjoyed going out to watch local shows and she'd seen a few of these queens perform before.
Adore performed a few of her own songs for her numbers. Everything went great. She nearly forgot about Vanjie until she realized she hadn't seen her in the crowd. Not that she'd been paying much attention, but it was still a bit disappointing. She sighed and wondered if she should text Vanjie to see if she had ever arrived.
Back in the dressing room, Adore got out of drag and into the regular clothes she'd brought with her. Adore headed out of the dressing room and straight to the bar, which had become a familiar post-show routine for her over the years. After a few drinks, she felt a hand on her shoulder. Her brain's first instinct was to punch whatever sleazy dude put his hands on her, but she stopped when she turned around and saw who it was. Standing in front of her was the person she'd been waiting to see all night, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.
"Hey bitch," Vanjie flashed Adore her usual sexy smile, which Adore wasn't even sure Vanjie knew just how sexy it looked to the people around her. "Long time no see."
"Damn, Vanjie," Adore laughed. "You scared the shit out of me. If I’d just assumed you were some random guy, I probably would've hit you without even looking first."
Vanjie’s mouth flew open in surprise. "I get that. The fans can get pretty crazy, not that drunk guys in bars are any better. People try to follow me home and shit all the time."
Adore laughed again, followed by a sigh. "I hate it, but that's what we have to deal with, I guess. You know, being famous and all."
"Mhmm," Vanjie replied simply before taking a sip of her drink.
Adore was finding it difficult to push away the feelings she'd been having for Vanjie. She'd been carrying them around for a while, pretending like they didn't exist. It was easy when Vanjie wasn't around or on her mind. However, Vanjie was now standing right in front of her and Adore was drunk out of her mind.
"Vanjie," Adore called to the smaller queen.
"Yeah?" Vanjie cocked her head to the side.
"You know you're cute as fuck, right?" Adore blurted out. "I'd take you home any time."
Vanjie's foghorn laugh echoed throughout the room. "No you wouldn't. You're so drunk you're mixing me up with one of your other friends."
"No I'm not!" Adore protested. "I'm being serious, Vanjie. I've been crushing on you forever, man."
"You gonna have to prove that shit," Vanjie laughed. "Cause I don't believe it for a second."
Adore stood up and closed the distance between them. She leaned down and pressed her lips against Vanjie's. Adore's heart started racing. She couldn't believe she was actually making a move on the queen she'd had a crush on for so long.
"Alright, I'll accept that as proof," Vanjie smiled as they pulled away.
"Excuse me if I'm being too blunt," Adore said confidently. "But I really wanna take you home with me."
Vanjie's phone buzzed and her smile faded as she looked at it. "Um… maybe some other time."
Before Adore could respond, the tall blonde Canadian, known in drag as Brooke Lynn Hytes, approached them. What in the hell is Brooke even doing in Los Angeles, Adore asked herself. She was beyond annoyed. She'd almost had sexy little Vanjie in her bed, but Vanjie's ex had appeared just in time to steal her away.
"Well, I'll see you later, Adore," Vanjie waved goodbye as Brooke grabbed her other hand and dragged her through the crowd.
"Damn," Adore cursed under her breath as she returned to her seat at the bar. "That fucking sucks."
Adore knew she couldn't win against Brooke in a battle for Vanjie's affection, so she hadn't even tried. Those two were still very much in love and everyone knew it. Her phone buzzed and she looked down at it. Someone had posted a photo of their kiss and Vanjie of all people had retweeted it. Her mentions were blowing up of people tagging her in their replies.
Adore took a deep breath and asked for another drink. It seemed like she was going to have a long night ahead of her and she needed to drown her feelings. Maybe some other time , she replayed Vanjie's words in her head.
Maybe, Adore thought to herself, but not as long as Brooke Lynn Hytes is in her life .