Days, weeks, and even a month went by while Adonis tried his hardest to make Veda laugh. But she wouldn't budge. Every joke, comment, or even a sarcastic remark didn't even make her crack a smirk. Adonis decided to give it a rest and try some other time. Meanwhile...
"V, look!" Zuri pushes a pink paper in Veda's face. "You see it?"
"I would be able to see it if you moved further away from my face," Veda tells her.
Zuri moves the paper into view and Veda examines it.
"The Miss New York Pageant? Why am I looking at this?"
"Because, silly! It's for girls like you."
Veda began to question what her best friend meant by "Girls like you."
"Just read it," Zuri commands. Veda does as instructed and reads the information for it.
The Miss New York Pageant. Theme: Beauty and Brains.
Contestants will be able to show us their skill and knowledge about random topics to win a grand prize.
"I'm not doing it," Veda tells her.
"Why not?" Zuri whined.
"Because, I don't do stuff like that."
"But what about the prize? Don't you need the money to pay for the damages in biology?"
Veda sighed. She was right, she did have to pay for the beaker and some chairs that were ruined by the chemical reaction.
Veda snatched the paper,
Zuri clapped jumping up and down. Piper walked by and noticed the excitement.
"What's going on over here?" She questions. Zuri stops jumping and scowls.
"Nothing that involves you," She says. Piper snatches the paper from Veda.
"The Miss New York Pageant, huh? Why would you be doing this?"
"Who said I was?"
"You won't win, so why bother? I'm entering that pageant so if you want to lose than go ahead."
Veda just stared at Piper as she pushed the paper towards her and sashayed away.
"I'm definitely doing that pageant."
"A pageant?!" Veda's older sister, Veronica squealed. "Oh my gosh! This is gonna be so fun!! I can pick your dress, do your make up-"
"Whoa! Slow down, Ronnie," Veda says. "I'm only doing this for the money."
"So? This still is gonna be fun. You never let me dress you up."
"Probably because I don't like that kind of thing. Plus you dress up Venus all the time."
Veronica rolled her eyes, still excited to play dress up with her younger sister.
The three girls lived alone in an apartment in New York. Their mother died when Veda was 12 (being 16 now). Veronica was 18 (now 22) and Venus was a baby (now 4). Their father leaving them when Venus was just born. Veronica and Veda worked hard to make sure Venus had everything she needed. They even sacrificed some of their things for her.
Veda went to her room to get ready for work. She was a cashier at New York & Company (Ironic right?). She put on her work outfit and took a taxi to the mall. Her phone rang and Zuri popped up on the dashboard.
"Hey Z," Veda greets.
"OMG! Veda, are you on your way to the store?"
"You won't believe who works right across from us."
Veda knew exactly who it was and dreaded asking who it was.
"Who?" She asks sadly.
"Adonis! He's a cashier at Hollister."
"Of course he is."
"But get here fast, we have people coming in and you know I don't know how to man the register."
Veda sighed and hung up. He works near me too? When will I get a break?
Walking into work, two customers were waiting at the cash register with clothes in hands. Veda put on a smile and started ringing up items. Veda and Zuri were the only two that worked there besides their boss Sam who was like one of their best friends.
"Oh my Goodness!" Sam squeals, "Did you just see the beautiful piece of man candy walk into that store?"
"Yea I did," Zuri agrees. "And he's got everything a girl needs."
"Does he have a brain?" Veda questions from the other side of the store.
"Everything a normal girl needs," Zuri says with an eye roll. Zuri and Sam were watching guys walk into different stores or around the mall like they usually do.
"Sam, customer needs a dressing room opened!" Veda calls. Sam sighed and grabbed his keys. Yea, you read that right. His. Sam was their (not to offend anyone) gay boss who was seen as mostly a girl.
Veda was bagging an item when Veronica walked in with Venus.
"V, I need you to watch Venus until I get off work," Veronica says. "I can't take her today since I'm on clothes duty."
"Fine, I'll watch her."
"Thanks V. I'll pay you back later."
Venus looked up at her sister with a smile.
"You mind me watching her?" Veda asked.
"Of course not! You know I love her," Sam says pinching Venus' cheek.
Venus sat in the chair behind the register and kicked her feet.
"Veda?" She calls.
"Can I watch TV on your phone?"
Veda nods and hands Venus her phone and a pair of headphones. Venus quietly sits and watches Impractical Jokers while Veda continues work.
Almost 30 minutes later, a customer walked in and Veda groaned.
"Didn't know you worked her, DuBois!" Adonis called from the entrance.
"Didn't need you to," Veda mumbled. Adonis made his way to the register and gave Veda a toothy grin.
"So, I hear you're entering the Miss New York pageant," Adonis says.
"When did you plan on telling me?"
"When it became your business," Veda says back. Adonis chuckles.
"Hey Adonis," Zuri greets coming from the back. She had a bag of chips and a juice in her hand and gave them to Venus.
"Hey, whose that?"
"Veda's sister, Venus."
Venus waved without looking up and sipped her juice.
"Isn't she adorable. Looks just like you," Adonis states.
"Are you going to buy something or make small talk?" Veda questions, growing annoyed.
"I gotta go anyways. Sorry I can't stay to keep you company," Adonis says. "But, I'll be sure to make your life better later."
Veda rolled her eyes as the boy left.
"You know," Zuri says. "As I think about it. You may like him."
"I'm just sayin, V. You don't talk to boys as much as you talk to him."
"I don't talk to him. I'm just being polite and replying back."
"Whatever you say."