She cut in front of me in line at the grocery store. I listened to her make small talk to the cashier, her diamond earrings swinging against the furry collar of her expensive coat. “My husband and I have an ongoing debate about you,” she said.
“About me?” The cashier looked stunned.
“Yes, my husband said you’ve been working here forever, but I told him you’re not old enough to have worked here forever…” the swinging earring lady said.
I studied the cashier’s face. I guessed she was probably in her mid-sixties.
“Oh my,” the cashier blushed.
I stared at the chin beyond those swinging earrings and then it dawned on me. There’s something odd about this woman. She wasn’t looking anybody in the eye.
The cashier rang up the items.
“Hey, isn’t that supposed to be on sale, that cheese there?” swinging earring lady said.
“Oh, I think you’re right. We’ve been having problems with pricing. I’ll correct the price,” and the cashier made the correction which amounted to two dollars. Then the cashier picked up a clear plastic bag of hand-picked baking potatoes. “Those look like nice potatoes,” the cashier said as she admired them. Then she tilted her head. “Is there something else in this bag?” she asked the swinging earring lady.
“Huh…oh yeah, it’s a sweet potato. I forgot I put it in there,” she answered.
“Oh, that’s okay. We got it. That would have been quite a mistake on my part, about three dollars,” the cashier grinned.
Yeah! I thought to myself. Swinging earring lady was busted and more than that, I was right.
Julie Eger is a three-time winner of the Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Jade Ring Contest. You can connect with her at https://julieceger.wordpress.com/. She is currently working on an apocalyptic novella under the name Copper Rose.