Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 49

He gently grabbed both her hands. “And now look at you in that dress. It makes your eyes sparkle and the way you’ve tied your hair up makes me want to devour your neck in such a way we’ll miss our dinner reservations and it would not be at all gentleman
like.” He gave her a wicked smile that made Ana’s cheeks burn.
“Should I take it down so you won’t be tempted?” asked Ana.
“It would be safer for you if you did,” said Brett.
“Fine, then I’ll leave it up,” said Ana, returning his wicked grin. “Shall we go?”
Brett’s eyebrows rose as he opened the door for her and then lead her to the fancy black Cadillac waiting for them. The driver opened the door and Ana slid in.
“Doesn’t anyone in this city drive themselves?” asked Ana.
“Not if we can help it,” answered Brett, sliding into the car behind her.
As the car pulled out of Ana’s driveway, Brett cleared his throat. “I hope I didn’t ruin your day after our … um … unfortunate reunion.”
“Actually,” said Ana. “I bounced back rather quickly. In fact I saved a man’s life and got a job.”
“Well this sounds intriguing,” said Brett.
Ana retold the events of the day and as she finished the car pulled in front of a seaside restaurant.
“You’ve had a busy day,” said Brett as he got out of the car and offered his hand to help Ana out of the car.
“As I said, I bounce back quickly,” said Ana.
They walked into the restaurant and the host led them to a small table overlooking the ocean waves. Ana released a happy sigh. “I just can’t get over how beautiful the Pacific Ocean is. I mean, I love our oceans on the East coast, but I’ve never seen anything this magnificent.”
“Yes, it’s very nice,” said Brett, pulling the car out for Ana.
“For some reason, I believe you pay little attention to the ocean,” said Ana.
Brett sat across from her. “You’re right. I’m a bit of a workaholic, so I don’t get many walks on the beach or even time to gaze at it. I can see the ocean from my penthouse, but truth be told, I’m sure I couldn’t sleep if I had to listen to the waves all night long.”
“Really?” Ana cocked her head. “I find they’re the perfect lullaby.”
Brett let out a laugh. “To me the sounds of cars and sirens are my lullaby. I grew up in New York and too much quiet makes me nervous. It’s like the jungle, when things go quiet you better be scared because there’s something wicked afoot.”
“Look at you Mr. National Geographic,” laughed Ana.
“I find animal documentaries relax me,” said Brett.
“So like cute little squirrels playing in the trees or lions pouncing on gazelles documentaries?” asked Ana.
“Whatever’s on,” said Brett. “It’s usually background noise while I work.”
“You are a workaholic,” said Ana.
The waitress came, took their drink orders and announced their special for the day was Lobster Eggs Benedict with grilled asparagus.
“Oh that sounds good,” said Ana.
“Breakfast for dinner it is,” said Brett handing the waitress their menus and then adding a nice soft wine to go with their meals.

As the waitress left Brett leaned forward and grabbed Ana’s hand. “I really am sorry for today. I acted foolish. Do you forgive me?”

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Stone Magic ~ History & Lore

Aquamarine History & Lore




Beautiful and mystical would be the best words to describe, Aquamarine. Throughout history this gorgeous stone has mesmerized mankind.

A unique form of beryl, Aquamarine derives its name from the Latin word, augua marinus which means "Water of the Seas." Its color varies from pale blue, light blue-green, or even light green. It is usually clear, but iron content gives it its blue/green color. The green of aquamarine is a watery green without any traces of yellow. Because of a phenomenon called a pleachroic effect it may look blue, green, or colorless depending on which angle you look at it. Just the color of this stone takes you to a calm, clear place in your mind.

Sailors believed the stone to be made by Mermaids and wore it as a talisman for protection when at sea. I wonder if they believed they could exchange the stone for their life if confronted by one? It was also believed to calm seasickness.

In the Middle Ages Aquamarine was believed to protect a person from being poisoned. Because of this it became very popular with the rich and royals. This trendy stone also claimed to be effective as an “oracle” crystal. When cut as a crystal ball, it was thought to be a superior stone for fortune telling.

Aquamarine was also cherished but Christians. It was named the stone of Apostle, St. Thomas, because it “imitated the sea and the air” and the Saint “made long journeys by sea, even to India, to preach salvation.” 


Written By: C.L. Collar

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 48




Chapter 9


Ana’s doorbell rang at precisely seven-thirty. She rushed to the door and then stopped and took three long breaths. She knew Brett was waiting on the other side, but the last thing she wanted was to open the door winded and looking overeager. She had given herself a pep talk the entire time she was getting ready for the date. She would not act desperate. She would not put Brett on a pedestal and she would not be anybody but herself. If he didn’t like that, than she would follow Cindy’s advice and throw him to the curb.
She smiled at the thought. She bet a woman had never thrown Brett to the curb and wouldn’t that be a surprise to him. As happy as she was for the date, she hadn’t forgotten how he acting during their afternoon meeting.
Brett rang the doorbell again. Ana waited one more beat and then answered it with a smile.
“Wow, don’t you look radiant,” said Brett with a whistle. “Had you worn that dress this afternoon you might have received a much different reaction.”
Ana’s smile fell.
Brett bit back his words. “I’m sorry, that didn’t come out right. Let me start over … again.” He ran his hand through his black hair. “It’s not often a woman makes me step on my own tongue, but you’ve done it to me twice today. I was a complete fool this afternoon. I don’t like surprises, never have, especially at work. I have a reputation and I’m afraid that being surprised by you and how lovely you looked, I went overboard trying to prove to my colleagues that I wasn’t completely overwhelmed by your presence.”
He gently grabbed both her hands. “And now look at you in that dress. It makes your eyes sparkle and the way you’ve tied your hair up makes me want to devour your neck in such a way we’ll miss our dinner reservations and it would not be at all gentlemanlike.” He gave her a wicked smile that made Ana’s cheeks burn.
“Should I take it down so you won’t be tempted?” asked Ana.
“It would be safer for you if you did,” said Brett.

“Fine, then I’ll leave it up,” said Ana, returning his wicked grin. “Shall we go?”

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 47

“Does the ball have a theme?” asked Ana.
“A theme? Do I need one of those and where can I buy it?”
Ana couldn’t help but smile at the seriousness on Phillip’s face. Apparently her walk into P.S. Shoes was serendipitous in many ways.
Ana got up and walked to the desk in the corner. Opening the top drawer she found a notepad and pen. “Well,” she said as she walked back. “Most of these parties have some kind of theme to give their event a certain ambiance. What types of people are expected to come and what is your main goal? To find homes for the dogs or to raise money?”
“Money is always helpful,” said Phillip. “We’ll have a lot of wealthy dog owners there, but my aunt’s primary purpose is to find good homes, both foster and forever, for the labs.”
“Great,” said Ana, writing down some notes. “So it needs to be sophisticated but fun.”
“Do those two things go together?” asked Phillip, a tug at his lips.
“If you plan it right, even the old money will loosen their ties,” said Ana, smiling back.
“When I opened P.S. Shoes the plan was for it to be classy and fun, but most of our clients want to come in, find the perfect pair of shoes and leave without much fanfare.”
“Well, that’s different,” said Ana. “They’ll be coming to this event to have a good time and help a good cause.” She crossed her legs. “I’ve been wondering, how did you come up with that store name, P.S. Shoes? Is it named after you? Phillip Stanley?”
Phillip laughed. “Most people assume that, but no.”
“Intriguing,” said Ana. “Are you going to tell me the story behind the name?”
Phillip looked at his watch. “Sure, but it’s getting late would you like …”
Ana cell phone rang interrupting his sentence.
“I’m sorry,” said Ana. “Let me get that, real fast.”
She hurried over to the small table where she had placed the phone to charge after her talk with Cindy. She looked at the number and didn’t recognize it. She thought about letting it ring, but decided to take her chances.
“Hello?”
“Hello,” came a baritone voice. “Is this Anastasia?”
“Brett?”
“Oh good, I was afraid you might have given me the wrong number after the way I acted like a complete jerk this afternoon,” said Brett. “I’m so sorry about that and would like to make it up to you. How about dinner tonight if you don’t already have plans.”
Ana’s heart soared. “Of course, I’d love to. What time?”
“Seven-thirty,” said Brett. “Give me your address and I’ll pick you up. Do you like seafood?”
“I love it!” Ana said and then took a deep breath to steady her excitement and gave him her address. “See you in an hour.”
Ana kept herself from releasing a school girl squeal remembering that Phillip was still sitting in her living room. She turned and saw him standing, Tess already on her leash.
“Didn’t mean to eavesdrop,” said Phillip. “But it sounded like you’ve made plans and we can discuss the ball details in the morning as originally planned.”
“Thanks for understanding,” said Ana, but she couldn’t help but feel Phillip was disappointed as he walked to the door. “Phillip?”
He turned.
“Everything okay?” Ana asked. “I really hope you don’t mind. I’ve been hoping for these dinner plans since I arrived in San Francisco.”
Phillip forced a smile. “Of course I don’t mind. It was I who busted in on your evening, or I guess it was Tess. Either way, everything is fine. Have a good night, see you in the morning.”

“Goodnight,” said Ana as she closed the door behind Phillip and rushed to her room to find the perfect dress. Her date with Brett was happening and she was going to show him, she could be much more than a fling on the beach.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 46

Ana knelt beside Phillip and cupped Tess’s head in her hands. “Well, aren’t you a lucky doggy. You really shouldn’t run away from this nice man.” She looked at Phillip. “So is Tessy going to become your forever dog?”
Phillip stood and Ana stood with him. “As much as I’d like to say yes, I’m honest enough with myself to know I’m not home enough to give Tess what she needs.”
“So you’re just doggy sitting then?” Ana gave him a wink.
“Kind of,” said Phillip.
“Again with the kind of,” said Ana with a smile.
“This was all going to wait until the morning, but I guess now as good of a time as any,” said Phillip. “I mean if you have a minute or two to talk, that is.”
“Of course,” said Ana, she gestured to large living room. “Please have a seat, would you like some tea or water?”
“A water would be great,” said Phillip. “My impromptu run down the beach after this girl has left me parched.”
“One water coming right up.”
As Ana started to the kitchen she heard Tess’s soft paws behind her. Phillip must have unlatched her to roam while they had their conversation. As she grabbed a bowl from the cabinet she was glad Phillip was there. It would give her a chance to get her mind off her devastating meeting with Brett.
She filled the bowl with water and placed it on the floor for Tess and then filled two glasses with water from a pitcher she kept in the fridge.
She walked back into the living room where Phillip was looking at the pictures on the mantle. “So the Windsors are your in-laws?”
“Yes,” said Ana, handing him a glass of water. “Well, my stepsister is married to Charles, so kind of.” She gave him a playful smirk before sitting in a large white chair.
“Nice family to have in your corner,” said Phillip, following her cue and sitting on the sofa across from her. “They’ve donated a lot of money to my aunt’s organization and are instrumental in funding this charity ball we’re putting on for my aunt. P.S. Shoes is the main sponsor, but I couldn’t do it without families like the Windsors.”
“I’m make sure to let Cindy and Charles know how much you appreciate them,” said Ana. “What is the name of your aunt’s organization?”
“Longing Labs,” said Phillip.
“Awww, because they’re all longing for a forever home,” Ana said as Tess walked over and laid by her feet.
“You know she’s up for adoption right,” said Phillip giving the homey scene a smile.
Ana smiled back. “If only, but again I’m a bit homeless right now. If it weren’t for Cindy and Charles, I’m not sure where I’d be.”
“I’m glad you’re here,” said Phillip. “As happy as I am to fund the ball and organize the donors, I know very little about actually putting one on. Auntie was hoping that having Tess around would inspire me, but I’m getting the impression she really wants to inspire me to take adopt her.”
“If only you could keep up,” said Ana with a laugh.
Phillip laughed with her. “Right?”
“Does the ball have a theme?” asked Ana.

“A theme? Do I need one of those and where can I buy it?”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 45

“I’ve got her leash, so I’ll come to you,” said the man. “I’m afraid she got away from me during our walk.”
“It happens,” said Ana with a smile, before giving the man her address.
“I’ll be there in five,” said the man, right before hanging up.
“Good news, Tessy, your daddy is coming to get you,” said Ana.
Tess let out a little grumble as if to state, “If you say so.”
Ana walked over to her and sat beside her on the carpet. “Now, don’t be like that. He seems like a very nice gentleman. He did take you for a walk on the beach after all.” She rubbed the dog’s head. “He was out there looking for you. I think you could do a lot worse when it comes to owners.
Tess put her head in Ana’s lap, causing Ana to laugh. “Well aren’t you an ornery puppy. First, I can’t have a dog right now. I just started a new job and this isn’t even my house. Second, you already belong to someone and it just wouldn’t be right for me to snatch you away.”
Tess’s head lifted, right before she ran to the front door and started to bark happily. Seconds later the doorbell rang.
“I guess that’s your owner,” said Ana, getting off the floor and walking to the door.
She grabbed Tess gently by the collar so she wouldn’t bolt out the front door and opened it. She stepped back as her mouth opened in shock. “Mr. Stanley?”
Phillip gave her a confused smile. “You live here?”
Ana could feel herself blushing. “It belongs to my brother-in-law, they are graciously letting me stay here for a while.” Ana squared her shoulders. It was highly unorthodox for an employer to see a new employee out at home. “Might I ask why you’re here?”
Phillip pointed to Tess. “That’s my dog.”
“What? Really?” Ana took a step back. “Sorry, I was just so surprised to see you. Please, come in.”
Phillip ran his hand through his hair has he came inside. “Yeah, I was pretty surprised too. What are the odds?” He knelt beside Tess as Ana let go of her collar. “Hey, there girl. Did you have a nice run? Next time let me catch up, will ya?”
“So you must live close by,” said Ana.
“About a dozen houses down the shore,” said Phillip. He attached the leash to Tess’s collar. “And Tess here actually belongs to my aunt, well kind of.”
“Kind of?” Ana cocked her head.
“She’s a foster parent for labs, like Tess here,” explained Phillip. “My aunt runs an organization to help Labrador retrievers find forever homes. You see, labs are one of the most popular breeds of dogs, but a lot of people buy them as puppies when they’re small, cute, and cuddly, but then they grow up to be dogs with lots of energy. So unfortunately they wind up in shelters, because they’re owners aren’t equipped to handle a large, energetic dog.”

Ana knelt beside Phillip and cupped Tess’s head in her hands. “Well, aren’t you a lucky doggy. You really shouldn’t run away from this nice man.” She looked at Phillip. “So is Tessy going to become your forever dog?”

Friday, March 11, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 44

Ana laughed again. “And you are the best sister a girl could have.”
“Yes,” said Cindy with confidence and a giggle. “I am. Now you listen to your best sister and go for a walk on the beach. Let the water tickle your toes as the ocean breeze washes over your face. It’ll restore your sole, trust me.”
“Oh Cindy, I do, so much,” said Ana. “Love you.”
“Love you, too.”




Chapter 8


The line went dead and Ana took this as her cue to follow Cindy’s advice and go walking on the beach. She had walked most of the day, but the thought of her toes on the sand made all her weariness fade away.
She closed the windows and walked down the worn path to the beach. Doing just as Cindy instructed Ana walked to the water’s edge and let the ocean waves wash over her toes as the wind gently blew her hair back. She closed her eyes and listed to the waves crash on the break as they made their way into shore.
A gull cried out and a dog barked. Ana opened her eyes as the barking grew louder. She scanned the beach and found a skinny chocolate lab frolicking in the waves. Ana couldn’t help but laugh as the dog bounced with delight in the waves with her tongue out.
As if realizing she was being watched the dog stopped, looked at Ana, and then barreled toward her with a friendly bark. Ana crouched so she could be eye level with the dog as it galloped to her and practically leapt into her arms.
Ana rubbed the dog’s head. “Hey girl, where’d you come from? Having fun, are you?”
She stood and shaded her eyes with her palm as she scanned the beach for the dog’s owner, but the beach was empty. She squatted down again and gave the dog a good ear scratch as she felt for a collar and tag.
“Okay, let’s see you who belong to,” Ana said to the dog as she slid her hands around the collar to the tag. “It says your name is, Tess.” The dog gave her a lick to the cheek as if to confirm. Ana laughed. “Okay Tess, let’s go up to the house and call your owner, shall we?”
Tess happily trotted next to Ana as she made her way back up the hill to the house. She grabbed a towel from the rack on the back deck and wiped her feet off before using the towel to get the sand and grit off Tess. As the entered the house, Tess walked right over to the rug in front of the fire place and laid down, making herself at home.
Ana smiled as she grabbed her cell phone and dialed the number she had gotten off the collar.
“Hello?” came a man’s voice. He was a bit hard to make out as the wind blew into his phone, telling Ana he was outside. She figured he was looking for Tess.
“Hi, yes, I believe I’ve found your dog,” said Ana.
“Tess?” said the man.
“Yes,” said Ana, “would you like me to bring her to you or do you want to come to me?”
“I’ve got her leash,” said the man. “I’m afraid she got away from me during our walk.”
“It happens,” said Ana with a smile, before giving the man her address.
“I’ll be there in five,” said the man, right before hanging up.

“Good news, Tessy, your daddy is coming to get you,” said Ana. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Native American Animal Symbol

If you were born Feb 19 - March 20th
You are a Wolf


Deeply emotional, and wholly passionate, the Wolf is the lover of the zodiac in both the physical and philosophical sense of the word. The Wolf understands that all we need is love, and is fully capable of providing it. Juxtaposed with his/her fierce independence - this Native American animal symbol is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Needing his/her freedom, yet still being quite gentle and compassionate - we get the picture of the "lone wolf" with this sign. In a nurturing environment the Wolf is intensely passionate, generous, deeply affectionate, and gentle. Left to his/her own devices the Wolf can become impractical, recalcitrant, obsessive, and vindictive. 

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 43

Ana sighed. Brett had looked at her as if she were gum on the bottom of his Italian leather Gucci’s and wasn’t that what she was … an annoyance. How could she have possibly believed that showing up at his workplace was a good idea?
She slapped her forehead. “Duh, Ana, you are a stalker.”
Ana’s cell phone buzzed beside her and she considered ignoring it until she saw Cindy’s smiling face. Cindy was just the person Ana needed to talk to after such an up and down day. She would put it all in perspective and Ana would walk away from the phone call feeling better about the world.
“Hi Cindy, I’m so glad you called,” said Ana.
“I was just wondering how your first full day in San Fran went,” said Cindy. Her voice was so chipper, Ana could hear the smile in her voice.
“Well, not exactly as planned, I can tell you that,” said Ana. She went on to rehash the day, talking of her lovely tour with Katie, her devastating meet up with Brett, and her serendipitous encounter with Phillip.
“Wow, that is quite the day,” said Cindy.
“Tell me about it,” said Ana, with a laugh. “I just wish the meeting with Brett had gone differently. If I’m being honest. I wish I hadn’t gone to his office at all.”
“I’m glad you did,” said Cindy, surprising Ana.
“You are?”
“Yes,” said Cindy. “Now you can get on with life without wondering about the ‘what ifs’ with Brett. It was a lovely thought and I had hoped he was your Prince Charming, but now that we know he’s not, you can move on. You were brave and optimistic and I love that about you, Ana. Don’t let him ruin that part of you.”
“I guess so,” said Ana, feeling some of her embarrassment fade.
“Besides,” said Cindy. “Had Brett swept you off your feet and carried you into the sunset you wouldn’t have gone for that walk and you wouldn’t have been there to give that Phillip guy his EpiPen. Who knows what would’ve happened had you not been there.”
“I’m sure Phillip would’ve come to his sense and administered his own EpiPen,” said Ana.
“I’m not so sure,” said Cindy. “Remember when Deidra tricked me into eating those peanut butter brownies. All I could think was, ‘I can’t breathe. This is how I’m going to die, by eating chocolate laced with peanuts.’ I never once thought about my EpiPen until you stabbed me in the leg with it.”
“Really?” Ana shook her head, even though she knew Cindy couldn’t see her. “Seems like finding your EpiPen would be the first thing to run through your mind.”
“You panic,” explained Cindy. “Anyway I know I did and it sounds like Phillip panicked and that other lady was too busy screaming to help. He was really lucky you were there and reacted instead of panicked. Face it, Anastasia Durrant, you’re a hero.”
Ana laughed again. “And you are the best sister a girl could have.”
“Yes,” said Cindy with confidence and a giggle. “I am. Now you listen to your best sister and go for a walk on the beach. Let the water tickle your toes as the ocean breeze washes over your face. It’ll restore your sole, trust me.”
“Oh Cindy, I do, so much,” said Ana. “Love you.”
“Love you, too.”

Friday, March 4, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 42

Ana thought of numerous balls she had helped Tilde organize through her twenty-eight years. She was a walking encyclopedia of what needed to happen for a ball to be a success. She smiled at Phillip. “I can honestly say I know as much about charity events as I do shoes.”
Phillip’s smile grew even wider. “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Casablanca, huh,” said Ana. “In that case, I do believe it is.”
After arranging to meet with Phillip the next morning and discuss her future role at P.S. Shoes, Ana texted Jeffery and had him meet her on the other side of the park. She didn’t want Phillip seeing a fancy car picking her up and jumping to the conclusion she had a lot of money.
“Nice walk, Miss?” asked Jeffery opening the door.
She stood for a minute before entering the car. “Actually, it turned out quite well. I saved a man’s life and got a job.”
“Seems like a nice walk indeed, Miss,” said Jeffery shutting the door.
All the walking had worn Ana out and she dozed as Jeffery drove her home. He woke her gently as they pulled into the drive. “Miss, we’re here.”
“Thank you, Jeffery,” said Ana, before biting her lip. “Jeffery, I’m afraid I’m going to have to impose on you more than I thought. You see the job is across the park from where you picked me up and I can’t bike there, would it be too much of a hassle to take me to and from the park each day? Just until I can save enough for a car of my own?”
“No trouble at all, Miss.” He quickly got out and opened her door. “But might I ask, why the park and not your new place of employment?”
Ana shrugged as she got out of the car. “Well, if they see me pull up with you my co-workers will certainly get jealous that I have such a handsome man escorting me around and it will cause work drama before I’ve even started. You’re just too handsome to be seen with Jeffery.”
Jeffery blushed. “Thank you for saying so, Miss, but I reckon you don’t want to be seen driving up in a fancy car with a driver, giving people the impression you don’t need the job.”
“Well, if you already knew why did you ask?” Ana gave him a playful tap.
“Just fishing for a compliment, Miss,” Jeffery said with a half-smile, before tipping his hat. “Good day.”
“Good day, Jeffery,” said Ana as she walked into the house and prided herself by remembering the combination to the security system. She kicked off her shoes and opened the large windows letting the ocean air blow through the living room, before taking a seat in a large white chair that faced the windows.
Her day had been a roller coaster and Ana was glad to be off the wild ride. As happy as she was she could help Phillip and ended up snagging a job at his store, she couldn’t shake the disappointment of her meeting with Brett.
She knew she had built the relationship up in her mind. She had a habit of doing that and blamed the endless chick flicks and fairy tales she had grown up with. In her mind, he was destined to be hers and they would live happily ever after. In his mind, she had been a nice flirt and passionate kiss on the beach, nothing more.
Ana sighed. Brett had looked at her as if she were gum on the bottom of his Italian leather Gucci’s and wasn’t that what she was … an annoyance. How could she have possibly believed that showing up at his workplace was a good idea?

She slapped her forehead. “Duh, Ana, you are a stalker.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

It is March! If you were born this Month you are an


Adorable Aquamarine!



Aquamarine  " The Stone Of Enlightenment"
I am helpful in understanding underlying emotional states and interpreting how you really feel.  I sooth fear and increase sensitivity. Wear me close to your heart and feel the 
sea, recalling dolphin dances with childlike delight


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Only a Kiss ~ Part 41

Phillip smiled. “I own this store and please, pick any shoe you’d like to take home, on the house. It’s the least I can do for someone who just saved my life while others just stared.” He gave the woman who was now sitting on the floor being fanned by the two young women Ana had almost approached before the bee sting.
“Actually,” said Ana, “I could use something else if you don’t mind.”
She walked over to the register where a small black and white sign sat. She picked it up and pointed to the “Help Wanted” written in cursive. “I could use a job.”
“Okay,” said Phillip. “What do you know about shoes?”
Ana fought the urge to smirk. After all, she was in a job interview of sorts. A really odd job interview, but still and interview.
The women who had been hovering over the faint woman, helped her stand and Ana got an idea. She pointed to the woman who had been talking about taking in the symphony at the zoo. “I overheard you saying you were going to the symphony at the zoo. I would suggest you wear something colorful, sleeveless, and flowy skirt with these shoes.”
She walked over to a display showing a set of five ballerina flats with thin satin ribbons to be laced up the ankle. She grabbed the silver flat. “These should go great with just about any color, unless you’re going black, but I wouldn’t in this heat. They have a thick enough sole to allow you to walk as far as you need to without the pain of heels and the shoe fabric is both flexible and breathable, so even if your feet do swell, the shoe will accommodate.”
“Oh my god, they’re gorgeous,” said the woman as she took the shoes from Ana’s hand. “And I know just the dress.” She turned to her friend. “You know that super cute vintage Lela Rose cocktail dress I tried on the other day. The one I said made me feel like Audrey Hepburn?”
“Yes,” stated the friend. “You have to buy these shoes and then go buy that dress!”
The girls giggled as they practically ran to the register. Phillip looked at the lady who had fainted. “Sandra, would you mind ringing those ladies up please.”
Sandra jumped a bit, remembering she was on the job and hurried over to help the women. Phillip gave Ana a smile. “Well, I’d say you know a bit about shoes.”
“A bit,” said Ana with a smile. “I used to design for Beauxpieds.”
“You’re a shoe designer?” Phillip ran his hands through his hair. “Why in the world would you want a job here?”
“It’s a long story,” said Ana. “But the short version is I’ve relocated and I’d like a fresh start.”
“Any chance you know anything about charity balls?” asked Phillip.
Ana thought of numerous balls she had helped Tilde organize through her twenty-eight years. She was a walking encyclopedia of what needed to happen for a ball to be a success. She smiled at Phillip. “I can honestly say I know as much about charity events as I do shoes.”
Phillip’s smile grew even wider. “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Casablanca, huh,” said Ana. “In that case, I do believe it is.”