“My partner, Art, does them. His mother used to give beauty treatments in her home to make a little extra money. He helped her as a kid. He’s really good.”
“Oh Sami, he’s just returned to the country,” Valerie said. “You don’t want him to…”
“He’s good. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind,” Samantha said. “He has to be here because he works for Alex. When he and Alex are bored, you never know what chaos they’ll cause. This will keep him out of trouble.”
Ramon gasped dramatically as a tall, muscular caramel-skinned man came up behind Samantha. Placing his hands on Samantha’s tiny waist, the man’s gray eyes took in little Ramon. The women shifted back and forth in response to the striking man.
“What’s going on?” Arthur Rasmussen asked.
“Val needs a wrap. Would you mind?” Samantha said.
“I don’t remember how to make the…” Art’s eyes shifted from Samantha to Ramon. “Is he all right?”
“I’m fine. Just fine,” Ramon said.
Valerie wrinkled her nose at Ramon. Samantha looked up at Art. Smiling at her, he tugged her closer to him.
“Sandy? Can you make the stuff that goes in a wrap?” Samantha asked. “He’s just used a kit when he’s done wraps on me.”
“Sure,” Sandy said. “I need to get my scissors and tools anyway. I have some here in Aden’s apartment. Will you let Heather do your make up? She’s very talented. She’s always wanted to be a makeup artist, but she’s never been able to afford formal training.”
“Sure.” Valerie nodded. “How about a Valium, Ramon?”
“Valium?” Reaching into his handbag, Ramon flopped onto a couch. “That’s a great idea.”
“Then it’s settled,” Samantha said. “I’ll go get Cindy and we’ll meet back here.”
“What am I going to do?” Tanesha asked.
“Make drinks,” Heather said. “We’ll need them.”
The retelling of Celia’s Puppies, Denver Cereal Volume 2, continues tomorrow…
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