Pink Passions by Susan DeCrescenzo Before she spoke, Ray knew it was her. He could smell her Shalimar, hear her bangles jangling and her two little poodles yapping at her high heels as they clicked, clicked on the linoleum.
then peered around the side of the building. Parked under the lights was Mary’s 1967 Mustang Convertible.
“Oh Raymond, darling, are you closing”? In her day, Mary was a looker. Lola The Body, her show name, was a well-known exotic dancer who performed all over the US and Europe. However, when she returned to her hometown in NJ, Ray just knew her as Mary, a good neighbor and a regular customer at his pharmacy. And he always made sure to stock her favorite nail polish and matching lipstick, Pink Passion.
Mary said, do you like the new paint job? It’s Pink Passion. Don’t you think the guys at the body shop did a great job matching it to my lipstick and nail polish? Ray chuckled; then nodded yes.
Mary said, “Raymond, I have an idea. It’s a beautiful evening, want to go for a ride?” Ray shook his head no.
Now the harsh florescent lighting wasn’t so kind. To soften the glare, Ray turned off the rear overhead lights and started to close the store for the night.
“Oh, come on, live a little,” Mary teased. Ray sighed, “It’s late, I’m tired, and I still need to stop to get milk for the kids.”
“Almost closing time Mary, Ray replied, but as always, your prescriptions, perfume and makeup are ready for you.”
The warm breeze picked up, Mary’s perfume drifted his way. For a moment, he imagined what it would be like; the convertible top down, Mary at the wheel, her Mustang purring all in pink. Ray sighed and said again, “Thanks Mary, but no, the milk store will close soon.”
“Oh, you’re so good to me Ray. Mary cooed. Now take a minute Raymond, I want to show you something outside.” “Tell you what, Mary, Ray offered, why don’t we ring up your things; then I’ll close the store and I’ll be right there.”
“Au revoir, Raymond, darling,” Mary shrugged, as she and her puppies piled in the car. She blew him a kiss; then took off into the night!
A few minutes later, Ray locked the front door;
Susan has a varied background in customer service, account management, technical writing, course development, and training. Her specialties are Team leadership, training, technical writing, and public relations. Connect with Susan via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-j-decrescenzo-527148/
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