Spoiling myself, I bought four new incredibly hot outfits. When I saw them, it was love at first sight, so I didn’t bother fitting. I simply pictured myself in them, and that was enough. Now, here is the disappointing part, when I got home, they simply didn’t fit. Even worse, they are my size, the last size in the shop. A sad reality hit me; I had to return all of them. I hate returning merchandise; the tellers have a way of making you feel like you committed the worse crime of the century, an unforgivable sin. There I was, walking stupidly feeling nervous and scared like a kid called into the principal’s office for being mischievous. I told myself that I was going to put up a straight face just to make sure those cashiers don’t make silly comments that will lead to worse guilt than I already felt. I joined the long queue , and endured each passing second and minute with the sound of the ticking clock in my head. By that time, I so strongly wished I were done and on my way to the exit. The queue moved in its slowest pace, and by the grace of higher powers, I reached the cashiers. “Good morning, how can I help you?” The nice lady asked with a sweet smile. “Hi, I would like to return these please.” I told her as I handed over the items. The nice lady’s face changed to a mean lady’s face, reminding me of my grandmother’s face when I accidentally knocked over her Sunday lunch salad. “All of them?” She asked in awe. “Yes, they don’t fit.” I said, half scared and half trying to put on a brave face. “Returns and Exchanges are done upstairs on the second floor.” She said, pointing me to the direction of the escalators. Great, I had to go and join another long que for a good thirty minutes. Just when I was about to go next, some woman and her husband cut in front of me. I was so angry and irritated. The woman noticed, and felt the need to explain, “sorry about this, we were in the que downstairs and we were told to come here.” Why didn’t I do that? Yes, my guilt wouldn’t allow me. I had to release the tension on my face and look more understanding. I waited patiently for them to finish. I was sceptical of going back to the line thinking it would cause tension with the other customers, so I just stood in the middle of the isle feeling embarrassed. I was trying to divert my attention to something else when I felt the pang in my stomach. Yes, I was hungry. My head began to pound, the bright naked lights in the store made me feel dizzy and sick. I wanted to sit down so badly. I looked at the lady and her husband again, to see how far they were. To my surprise, they were doing the same thing I was about to do. The worst part for them was that their account had reached its limit and they couldn’t take items on credit. They had to return a full basket, imagine, a full basket! I felt a bit sad for them since they also had to return baby food, poor baby. They left the counter empty handed, and I moved closer. The teller slowly got up from her chair and limped around returning some of the items to their respective shelves. “Couldn’t she have done this some other time?” I asked myself in half a whisper completely annoyed. The teller had a bandage on her uncle, hence the limping. I couldn’t understand why she had to be macho and do the task, neither did her fellow colleagues who told her to stop. “Are you exchanging?” she asked as she half dragged her lower body sitting on the high chair behind the counter. “No, returning.” I said, pushing the items to her. “They don’t fit the person I was buying them for.” I explained further just to avoid follow-up questions. I saw her lips shaping into half a pout and I could swear she was about to yawn as she scanned the items one by one. A snail could have done the job much faster than she did, but I wasn’t exactly in the position to complain. I had my fingers crossed and prayed internally for her to finish without complaining or saying there is a problem with the items. She finally finished, and I had my cash in my hand. As I made my way out of the store I had to fight the urge to run, scared that I would be called back and told that there is a problem with the merchandise. If the shopping center didn’t happen to be so packed, I would have shouted “free at last!” on my way out.
MahoobeeJuly 14, 2015 - 12:21 Haha. This is very well written. Like the flow. P.s. Have you read the rules for the challenge? There is a certain picture you have to write about. :3
NonophaJuly 14, 2015 - 13:19 Thanks ;) Where do I find the challenge?
MahoobeeJuly 14, 2015 - 15:15 Click the the very short story competition ends in options and wait for a sec. The rules will show up. ;) Your very welcome :D
NonophaJuly 14, 2015 - 15:46 I checked, but still can't find
MahoobeeJuly 14, 2015 - 16:55 Hmm. Let's, on the main mage of typotic, there willl be a header "Very short story competition ends in" click that and you will be directed to the very short story page. Wqit a couple
MahoobeeJuly 14, 2015 - 16:56 Wait a couple of seconds then a page will auto come. In it will be the rules as well as the picture of a chair and a type writer. We hv to write about it
NonophaJuly 15, 2015 - 10:51 I found it, thanks, i wrote another piece.
MahoobeeJuly 15, 2015 - 10:59 Your very welcome. I'll check it out for sure :)
ZeameJuly 15, 2015 - 12:08 This depicted the real story of women's experience about returning a merchandise. Sadly, it's not related to the competition topic. Still, The Guilt Trip is a nice story. :)
NonophaJuly 15, 2015 - 12:28 Yeah, lucky enough Mahobee informed me yesterday, so i posted another. Thanks;)
ZeameJuly 15, 2015 - 12:32 Your welcome Nonopha. :)
Manahill NaikJuly 15, 2015 - 13:35 hahahah such a lovely story.. u picked such a natural topic.. something that goes on in our everyday life.. loved it.. keep up n want more like tis :D
natsume1988July 15, 2015 - 16:30 Its a good one. You wrote it in a natural flow. I kinda like it, such a shame that its not related to the theme for the competition... But its really nicely done! Keep up the good work!
PenFairyJuly 16, 2015 - 04:40 Happens to me too! Unfortunately, here we can't get cash back...We have to exchange and buy something else... nicely done...btw.. "The teller had a bandage on her uncle" Do u mean ankle? great piece though! <3 <3
NonophaJuly 16, 2015 - 08:27 Thanks guys. yes, that uncle is supposed to be ankle