500 words inspired by a photo selected by Dive.
“Lu, can I ask you something?” said Benni as she and Lulu walked home from the Food Emporium to the one-bedroom apartment they shared just north of 72nd street. “Do you think it would be ok if I asked my dad to help pay for a breast enhancement?”
Damn it! Lulu knew she should’ve hung back when she saw Benni on the check-out line, maybe hiding out in the dairy section until Benni’d left the store. But no, she had to be a schmuckette and call out to her roommate, so now it looked like they where heading for the Benni Zone, a warped and confusing region where logic was suspended and common sense took a holiday.
“I didn’t know you wanted a boob job” said Lulu. “You’re so petite and all in proportion.”
“Petite just means small. When I lie on my back everything just disappears. Look, I’ll show you” said Benni, putting down her grocery bags.
“What are you doing?” said Lulu. “You can’t lie down in the parking lot. Get up!”
“See?” said Benni from the pavement, running her hands down her chest. “Nothing. I can see straight down to my feet. Nothing gets in the way at all. Flat as a board.”
“Benni, get up! People are gonna think something’s wrong with you” said Lulu.
“Well,” said Benni, getting to her feet and smoothing her hair and clothing, “I think it might help me in the social department, if you know what I mean.”
“I hadn’t noticed you were having problems there” said Lulu.
“I’m meeting lots of guys, but nothing goes beyond a date or two, so I thought if I got myself a nice set of tatas for them to play with they might stick around a little longer” said Benni.
“And you want to ask your dad to pay for them?” said Lulu. “He goes to shul every morning and keeps Shabbos. I can’t believe you’re even considering this.”
“My parents want grandchildren, so in a way this is an opportunity for them to help move things along” said Benni. “Besides, Lily’s sister asked her parents for a boob job when she graduated from high school, so she could have them for college while she was young enough to enjoy them. I’m already twenty-five, my chance is almost over.”
“Lily’s parents said no, but that’s besides the point” said Lulu. “And regardless of who pays, the recovery can be really hard. Are you planning to move back in with your parents until you can go back to work?”
“I thought you’d take care of me” said Benni.
“I don’t think so” said Lulu.
“But you’re my roommate, we’re supposed to be like sisters,” said Benni. “You said said you wouldn’t help me if my diaphragm got stuck and now you won’t help me get boobies so I can get married and have kids. There’s something very wrong with you Lulu,”
Lulu sighed and turned towards home. It was gonna be a long night.
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