Babes Flee Land of Wives for Night of Topless Fun

She went upstairs and she took her clothes off and got up on the stage and started to dance. Samantha was staring at her, laughing. The bartender came over and politely told her to get down.

The next morning, Mr. Big called at 8 A.M. He was going to play golf. He sounded tense. “When did you get home?” he asked. “What did you do?”

“Not much,” she said. “Went to Bowery. And then this other place. The Baby Doll Lounge.”

“Oh yeah? Do anything special there?”

“Had too much to drink.” She laughed.

“Nothing else you want to tell me?”

“No, not really,” Carrie said in the little-girl voice she used when she wanted to soothe him. “What about you?”

“I got a phone call this morning,” he said. “Someone said they saw you dancing topless at the Baby Doll Lounge.”

“Oh. Really?” she said. “How did they know it was me?”

“They knew.”

“Are you mad?”

“I’m mad you didn’t tell me. How can you have a relationship if you can’t be honest?”

“But how do I know I can trust you?” she asked.

“Believe me,” he said. “I’m the one person you can trust.”

And he hung up.

Carrie took all their pictures from Jamaica, (how happy they looked, just discovering each other), and cut out the ones of Mr. Big smoking his cigar. She thought about what it was like sleeping with him, how she would sleep curled around his back.

She wanted to take the pictures and glue them to a piece of construction paper and write “Portrait of Mr. Big With His Cigar,” across the top and then, “I miss you,” with lots of kisses at the bottom.

She stared at the pictures for a long time. And then she did nothing.


Candace Bushnell began Sex and the City as a column in The New York Observer in 1994; it subsequently became a book and a series on HBO. She is also the author of Four Blondes, Trading Up and Lipstick Jungle, which is being filmed as a pilot for NBC starring Brooke Shields. Ms. Bushnell is also the host of Sex, Success and Sensibility, a live weekly talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, New York City Ballet principal dancer Charles Askegard.

Babes Flee Land of Wives for Night of Topless Fun