“Allegra was walking around naked yesterday1” Lakyn blurted out during a lull in the conversation.
Allegra’s jaw dropped. “Lakyn! I told you that privately!”
Riley slapped the table “What?”
“I’m sorry, it’s too funny.” Lakyn shrugged.
“OMG! Tell, tell, tell!” Gabi squealed excitedly.
“Oh fine!” Allegra was put on the spot, but she told the story anyway.
“So the other day I was going to a job interview, you know that club on Basin Street?” She began. “I was on the bus and it stopped suddenly, I reached for the overhead bar, but then I heard this ripping sound and I looked down,” she explained. “I couldn’t believe it. I was standing there in just my panties!”
Lakyn suppressed a giggle, trying to sound sympathetic. “Oh no, you poor thing,” she said.
“I was in my DJ outfit,” Allegra explained. “One of my T-shirts and a black miniskirt, dress for the job you want right?. But when the skirt ripped…”
Gabi’s eyes widened with excitement at the description. “Wow, you must have looked so hot,” she said with a grin. “But what about your legs? Were they bare or were you wearing stockings?”
“I was wearing the fishnet stockings,” Allegra confirmed. “At least I had something on to cover up a bit.”
Riley snickered. “I bet it was quite a leg show,” she teased.
Allegra rolled her eyes. “It was so embarrassing.”
Lakyn covered her mouth to stifle a giggle while Gabi leaned in closer, eager for more details. “Oh my god, what did you do?” she asked.
Allegra shrugged. “I just grabbed the skirt and covered myself as best as I could,” she said. “But the other passengers didn’t exactly make it easy for me.”
Riley let out a laugh. “I can imagine,” he said. “What did they say?”
“They were all making jokes and catcalling me,” Allegra said, rolling her eyes. “One guy even asked for my number.”
Gabi’s eyes widened. “No way!” she exclaimed.
Allegra took a deep breath and continued her story, trying to keep her voice steady despite the embarrassment still burning on her cheeks. “So then I went up to the driver and asked him when we’d be getting to Basin Street,” she said. “And he just looked at me and raised an eyebrow. ‘Do you know you’re not wearing any pants?’ he asked.”
Her friends gasped and giggled, and Allegra couldn’t help but laugh along with them. “I mean, I knew I wasn’t wearing pants, but to have someone point it out like that? Oh my god!” she said. “But he was surprisingly cool about it. He just told me that we’d be there in twenty minutes.”
Lakyn shook her head in disbelief. “How awkward!” she said. “I don’t know how you managed to stay so calm.”
“I think it was just adrenaline at that point,” Allegra shrugged. “I was just trying to get through the situation as quickly as possible.”
Riley, still chuckling to herself, interjected. “Come on, you’ve got to admit that it’s pretty funny,” she said, grinning widely. “I mean, everyone’s always trying to see you naked.”
Allegra shook her head, a faint blush creeping onto her cheeks. “Well, I’d rather they didn’t,” she said, a bit exasperated. “The worst part was when my shirt got caught in the bus door,” she said. “I was pulling and tugging, trying to get free, but it just kept getting worse.”
Gabi gasped in shock, “OMG! What happened?”
Allegra continued her story, “I fell when the bus took off but got back up and run after the bus. It kept going down the street, and it dragged me with it! I was trying to yank it free, and grab onto anything I could reach.”
Lakyn listened with a look of disbelief on her face, “That sounds absolutely insane! How did you handle that?”
“I didn’t,” Allegra admitted with a small laugh. “I was freaking out and panicking the whole time! And then it ripped my shirt off! Took my bra too!”
Riley let out a burst of laughter, “Oh my god, I bet they loved that!”
Allegra rolled her eyes, “Yeah, it was a real crowd-pleaser.“
Lakyn looked concerned, “Oh no! What did you do?”
Allegra rolled her eyes and replied sarcastically, “What do you think I did? I just stood there watching my shirt flapping in the breeze until I realized that I was topless in the middle of downtown L.A.”
Gabi’s eyes widened, “You were totally naked?”
Allegra blushed, “Well, I had my underwear and stockings on…” she trailed off.
“What color were the panties you were wearing?” Riley said, still trying to stifle a giggle.
Allegra rolled her eyes. “Really, Riley? You want me to describe my underwear now?”
“Well, yeah,” Riley said, grinning mischievously. “I mean, it’s all about the details, right?”
Lakyn chimed in, still trying to contain her laughter. “She’s got a point, Allegra. What kind of panties were they?”
Allegra groaned, but couldn’t help but laugh along with her friends. “Fine, fine,” she said, shaking her head. “They were black, okay? And lacy.”
Gabi let out a low whistle. “Ooh, fancy,” she said. “And what about your stockings? Were they ripped too?”
“No, thankfully they were still intact,” Allegra said, relieved to move on from the discussion of her underwear. “But they were definitely stretched out by the end of that whole ordeal.”
Lakyn leaned in, her eyes sparkling with excitement. “You know what would make this story even better? If you had taken a selfie or something. Then we could have really seen the outfit.”
Allegra shook her head, still blushing at the memory of the whole incident. “Are you kidding me? The last thing I wanted was photographic evidence of that moment.”
Riley was laughing so hard she started wheezing. “You can’t stop there, what happened then?”
“Well I think I screamed like a girl,” she said. “And I was running around in panic, trying to cover myself up. But there were so many people staring at me!”
“But that’s not the end of it!,” Allegra continued. “I ran after my shirt, trying to grab from the bus door, it was one of my vintage T’s, and a huge wave of water hit me and knocked me to the ground.”
Riley let out a burst of laughter, “Oh my god, I bet you were a sight to see!”
Allegra rolled her eyes. “It was so embarrassing,” she said. “I was completely soaked and my makeup was running down my face. And to top it off, people were laughing and making crude comments.”
Lakyn looked concerned, “Are you okay, Allegra? That sounds terrible.”
Allegra nodded, “Yeah, I’m fine. I just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible.”
Gabi leaned in closer, “What did you do?” she asked.
“I just got up and ran away,” Allegra admitted. “I didn’t want to stick around and make things worse.”
Gabi was curious, “What happened with your interview, Allegra?”
“Oh, you won’t believe it. So, after the whole bus incident, I just ran into the nearest building, which happened to be the club I was interviewing at.”
Lakyn burst into laughter, “No way, you went to the interview naked?”
“Well, I had to, I didn’t have any other clothes!” Allegra’s cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. “But the guy was surprisingly cool about it. He gave me one of the uniforms to wear and one of the girls let me use her make-up, and we still did the interview. You can’t imagine talking about a job to some guy who has just seen your boobs.”
“I still can’t get over the mental image of you hopping around topless!” Riley was in hysterics. “That’s hilarious! I’m surprised I haven’t seen a clip of it yet.
“I bet you could charge people to see you like that!” said Gabi sincerely.
Through her laughter, Lakyn tried to sound soothing. “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that happened to you, Allegra! It must have been so embarrassing. But you handled it like a pro!”
“Did you get the job?” Lakyn added.
“I did!” Allegra beamed proudly, “I start tonight! He said I really made an impression.”
Gabi did jazz hands and cheered. “Oh my god, Allegra, that’s insane! You deserve it!”
Lakyn took a sip of her iced tea. “I’ll bet you did!”