"What the hell is up with you Jim...romantic movie, wanting to go shopping, that voice....are you..." Rick asked, trailing off, not sure he wanted to know the answer.
"Feeling fabulous? Absolutely! Who is ready to have a party!" Jim said. Neither Rick nor Sharon answered. Jim then shouted out "I said, who's ready to PARTY!!" Everyone else at the party, and there were about 15 people, gave a loud cheer. Jim addressed the crowd: "well birthday girl here needs a drink and so do I, let's get to it!"
Jim fixed himself and Sharon some kind of martini cocktail--another odd thing since Jim only drank beer--and the party kicked off. Sharon and Rick had no idea what had gotten into Jim. He had never been this outgoing, but here he was talking to all of the girls at the party. Sharon's friends from high school, college, the law firm Sharon was working at, friends of her roommate. Jim had something nice to say to everyone about what they were wearing and how they looked. He had celebrity gossip, funny personal stories, a ribald drinking game, a brand new Southern Comfort screwdriver cocktail called "Sharon's Comfortable Birthday Screw" which got everyone drinking, and he took a turn DJing in a way that got everyone dancing.
Rick had no idea what was going on, but after a while he gave up on wondering and started having fun. The Girl/Guy ratio worked well in his favor. Jim was getting everyone drunk, and had even paired Rick off with a friend of a friend named Martina (aka "Marty"). The party went late late late into the night. Because Jim was mixing drinks, he made sure that the ladies got more than their fair share while he stayed in control.
Like Rick, Sharon also had no idea what was going on. Jim had never been so attentive. He must have complimented her 20 times that night on her hair, makeup, her clothing and the way it fit her, her smile, and--of course--her breasts and ass. Some things hadn't changed. Sharon wasn't used to her boyfriend being so charming and so focused on her and she decided that she really could grow to like it.