I walk in and throw my mat down beside the door. I don’t particularly feel any more enlightened although I did come to an important decision
I let out a shriek and drop my handbag to the floor.
“You nearly gave me a heart attack Tammy popping out of nowhere like that.”
“Sorry I didn’t mean to frighten you.”
She comes in close for a hug and I can’t help but notice how radiant her face looks.
“What face cream are you using?”
“Really? I tried that before and it made my skin all hard and gave me a moon face.
Tammy thanks me but seems awkward about the attention, possibly embarrassed. She must still be trying to come to terms with her new found beauty (thanks to Dr. Steinman). I guess being the ugly duckling in high school has its baggage and these things take time.
“So what has you around these parts?”
“I wanted to see if you were maybe free for a spot of lunch and some shopping?”
“When have you ever known me to pass on a shopping trip?”
I hear the toilet flush which reminds me that Ricki is here. He spends his life in that bathroom but what’s the point? He’s still gonna look like a retard in that uniform.
“Did he even have the courtesy to offer you a drink?” I say loud enough so that he’ll hear me.
“I’m good thanks.”
“Why have you always gotta break my balls?” He says and already I feel like we’re an old married couple and this is our bit.
“Come on let’s go.” and I shout my goodbyes, pick up my bag and leave.
We picked up some sandwiches from the Wonderland Bakery and
I look through the racks of Stella McCartney and finally settle on a charcoal wool-blend mini dress and silk and
“Won’t Rick notice?”
“Please, and notice something other than himself? Besides he’d have to leave the bathroom first.”
“Are things okay between you guys? Because if he’s not treating you right you should kick his ass to the curb.”
I now realize how my tone must have come across and try to backtrack a little.