A Feast Upon a BeautyThe radio in the bedroom went off loudly, shocking her out of sleep to She WantsRevenge’s “Tear You Apart.” The sun was setting outside and the orange rays gentlyspilled into the apartment with the day’s kiss goodbye. She felt groggily from the nap shetook. At first she hesitated to take one but upon laying on the couch for a rest succumbedto sleep’s bidding. She took off the latex gloves she still had on and tripped over the glasscleaner bottle on the floor.“Damn it.” She cried under her breath as she grabbed her foot and bit her bottomlip in hopes to subside the sudden shockwave of pain through her foot. “Who knew a plastic bottle could hurt that bad.”She wiggled her toes and proceeded to the bedroom to turn off the radio. Silenceagain as she looked at the clock and noticed it was already 5pm and she still had not goneout for the groceries she desperately needed. Not wanting to eat Cup O’ Noodles againshe put on her coat and shoes.The grocery store was packed with people carting their young children in the baskets as they filled up on pop tars, lemonade, and fruit snacks. Jennifer had never thought about having children of her own until she seen a cute little blond girl withShirley Temple curls and dimples. She was sucking on a lollipop while her mother, anequally impressive blond picked out some diet ice cream from the freezer. The little girleyed Jennifer as she grabbed some Oreos off the shelf a few feet away from them.Jennifer waved at the little girl whose mouth, teeth, and tongue was tinted red from thesucker. She smiled and waved back with her little hand.It was getting late. She wanted to be home by 7pm, have dinner by 8pm and beready for work by 9pm. Jennifer wasn’t sure if Nimai was going to come back because hedidn’t say anything about returning when he left. She wondered if it was better that way.Besides, her life with a kid that thinks he’s immortal didn’t seem like a good one to her.She was starting to regret what she had done. Even though she wanted to believe him, shecouldn’t. Reality wouldn’t let her and perhaps he was just a kid looking for thrills and perhaps the night before was nothing more.She still had not called Ian back. He had called again that day but didn’t leave amessage. She wasn’t sure what to say to him or how she really felt about their date yet for that matter. The fact that he let Leslie ruin it and didn’t stand up for her bothered her butshe wasn’t sure if she was sad or mad about it either.By the time she finished her shopping and headed back to her apartment it wasdark. The streets were started to become busy again with cars, people, and prostitutes. A bottle fell and crashed on the sidewalk across the streets as two bums fought over a placeto sleep. Jennifer was instantly transported to the alley again and her heart raced. Ignoringwhat just happened she forced the memory from her mind and continued into the buildingand up to her apartment.