Friday, June 17, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 69

“Come on,” said Sharon. “I know you haven’t worked here that long, but we both know Phillip would never look at it like that. He’d love this shoe and see it for what it is, a beautiful design that belongs in this store.”
Ana shook her head again. “No, it really isn’t my place.”
“Fine,” said Sharon following with a big sigh, “I’m just going to put it behind this back flap. Regardless, of the shoe I think Phillip is going to love these.”
“Love what?” asked Phillip coming in the door.
“Ana has been a busy bee overnight,” said Sharon.
Ana shrugged and looked at the floor. “I’m afraid I might have gone a bit overboard. I was struck by inspiration and just couldn’t help myself. It all might be too much.”
“Nonsense,” said Phillip. “Bring it on back to the staff room and we’ll take a look at them on the big table.”
“Where’s Tessy?” asked Ana.
Phillip grinned. “I enrolled her in doggy day care today. She doesn’t need to be cooped up in my office all day when she can run and play with other dogs. When I left she was jumping head first into their doggy pool.”
“Doggy pool?” asked Sharon, wrinkling her nose. “I can’t even begin to imagine how many filters they go through with all that hair.”
“Probably why it costs an arm and a leg for a couple of days a week,” said Phillip with a laugh. “To cover their cost of pool filters. Come on, Ana, let’s look at these sketches.” He turned to Sharon and grabbed the portfolio. “June will be in at 11, but let me know if you need any help before then.”
Sharon nodded as Ana and Phillip made their way to the back of the store. Entering the staff room, Phillip began to lay out all of Ana’s designs on the table. “Wow, Sharon wasn’t kidding, you have been a busy bee. These are great.”
“I just became really inspired last night,” said Ana.
“I’ll say,” said Phillip.
A buzz echoed through the room. “Phillip,” came Sharon’s voice over a grainy speaker, “the Women’s Guild is here … all of them. I need your help, please.”
“I’ll go,” volunteered Ana.
“If all the Women’s Guild is here, then it’ll take all of us,” said Phillip. “But if you wouldn’t mind going ahead. I want to get a few of these designs to the manufacturer and then I’ll be out.”
Ana hurried out to help Sharon. As she entered the store from the back room, she stopped in her tracks. Phillip hadn’t been exaggerating, the place was packed.
“Oh good, reinforcements,” said Sharon. “Most of them are pretty patient, but you’re gonna earn your money today.”
Ana let out a low laugh as Sharon continued in the back of the store to gather some shoes for the customers to try on. Taking a deep breath, she approached the nearest group of ladies and asked if she could help.


Ninety minutes later Ana sat at the staff table and rubbed her feet. Sharon had been right, Ana had earned her money. She silently chastised herself for wearing the low heels instead of the flats she had been contemplating that morning.
Phillip entered the room. “Gotta love the Women’s Guild.”
“They were a lovely group of women,” said Ana. “Although I’m not sure why they all come at once.”
“They hold their meetings just up the street. From what I’ve been told, usually one person will say they are coming to buy shoes, for whatever occasion, and then everyone else thinks it’s a good idea. They also go to Sally’s in swarms and some of the other area businesses. I personally think it’s because they’ve been in the meeting and after they want to socialize while doing something they enjoy, like shoe shopping…”
“And eating Sally’s famous bacon,” said Ana with a grin.

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