My toes are black and blue on account of working a series of long shifts in heels. I should have known better. I'm no longer a spring chicken. I can't wear these contraptions on my feet like I'm some kind of Barbie doll. I'm a human being. Anyways, aside from work I haven't been up to much. I've been neglecting my toy collection. I feel bad that everything is packed in boxes from the move back to my parent's place. I just can't return to my magical toy world. Right now I am stuck in the real world. And right, right now I need to get back to my counter because my break is up.
Michael: A lot is riding on this. Lacy's has yet to hire someone for the Bella Beauty counter, and Rose keeps telling me they'll create a position for me now that the holidays are over. If I can save this cosmetics counter, I'll prove to them I'm great to stick around.
Jade: You are the weirdest person. I would have found another job by now.
Jade: Yeah but girl, come on, they can't have you as seasonal anymore. It's the end of January. We're about to be in February, you've more than proved yourself. The other girls are getting positions left and right.
Michael: Well it will happen.
Jade: Why of course darling, I'm just too fabulous for words. (they both laugh)
Michael: You're so funny. What are you doing when you get off tonight?
Michael: I was hoping to get to a nail salon and get a pedi. My toes look wrecked. I just don't think any place will be open.
Jade: You want the name to my place? They do a great job.
Michael: Nah, I think I'll try one of those places by that lady named Pro. She's got a little nail salon empire going on across town.
Jade: Who is Pro?
Michael: You know, Nails By Pro. She has one on, like, every block.
Michael: Yeah. I wouldn't turn one down. (gasps) The vacation! I meant to say the vacation!
Jade: Have you gotten all your stuff moved out of the house you shared with your husband?
Michael: No. I have a few more boxes to load up. It hasn't been an easy process.
Michael: I can't even begin to explain.
Michael: Excuse me?
Michael: I do? Thanks for letting me know.
Jade: Sure you're ok?
Customer: Yes, I need an organic talc free face powder that's inexpensive.
Michael: Hello! Yes, I do!
Michael: (walks around the counter) I'm not. I was named after my dad.Customer: Why would your parents do that? Seems odd.
Later, at home and dressed in mismatched pajamas...
Patrick: Sure. David and I will be around.
Patrick: Yeah. Everyone knows that.
Patrick: Oh Nana. You're so old.
Michael: Oh, hey mom. How was dinner?
Mrs. P: I don't have much time. How many more boxes are you bringing over from your old house?
Michael: I got rid of other things. I've donated a ton of my shoes and clothes to Goodwill. I've tossed out so much stuff. I'm really trying to make sacrifices ok?
Michael: It's not that bad mom.
Michael: I know, and I am. Where's dad?
She sits still thinking about how fast her life has changed in the course of a few months.
Thoughts both good and bad rush through her mind overwhelming her. She can feel her eyes holding back a Mortal Kombat sized tournament, emotions fighting for the first drop to spill.
To be continued!
All My Toys is back in a new way for 2016. Miss a beat, and well, you'll miss a new fresh face! Take care everyone.