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From Disk of Death by Kim Smith
I live in the oldest part of South Lake, Mississippi, over by the middle school. The apartments are designed into quads, two up and two down, with a central staircase on the outside. I opted for an upstairs efficiency, making life harder for burglars. South Lake, as a general rule, is a pretty safe place to live, especially since our closest neighbor is Memphis—the top of the FBI’s list of most dangerous cities. But a girl can’t be too careful.
Also, I didn’t want anyone stomping overhead. And I wanted a view, which ended up consisting of the parking lot on the backside of my place and the swimming pool on the front. Beat the heck out of overlooking the dumpsters.
I eased out of the car, one eye squeezed shut against the light and the agony of a pounding headache. No way to stroll nonchalantly into my place when my legs still wanted to wobble. With a death grip on my purse, I slumped up to the apartment. As I stood outside the door, I considered my dim outlook. The five thousand would be enough to keep me going for a little while, but I would have to acquire a job soon. I like being able to shop and eat.
My prospects reeked like my smoke-drenched clothing. I didn’t have any special skills other than the usual business/office assistant stuff. Typing, filing, and computer operation wouldn’t pay very well once you got down to it. I might as well be a Donut Hole clerk. I kick myself mentally whenever I remember passing on a computer technology degree.
Since leaving college, I’d done everything I could think of to make a living. I’d gone to beauty school only to discover I’m allergic to hair dyes. I’d sold cosmetics at home shows but ended up keeping the products for my own use; when you have to buy a beauty kit for $300, you want to get something more from it than setting it on a table and letting strangers gawk at it. I even worked at the Pampered Poodle Parlor as a dog-washer, but after spending more time wet than dry and leaving every night wearing the scent of Eau de Stinky Dog, I gave up that plan.
Working with Rick had been the answer to my dreams. Fine, Fine, Fine Furnishings paid decent wages, offered good benefits and friendly, albeit a bit gossipy, co-workers. As a bonus, I got to use some of the business courses I had taken in college. Where was that sense of accomplishment now?
Now I was just a big failure.
I shoved the door open with more force than necessary. It bounced off the doorstop and flew back to smack me.