The Boiling Hot Day and Weaves with Celebrity Names
Midday, the sun was high, almost suffocating. The television newscasters were calling it an equator equinox, such a fancy name for boiling-hot, as in, step-out-into-the-sun-if-you-wanna-roast days. The heat wave was making her stupid.
Nyambura heard the fans working overtime above her. Still, it sorta felt like they were circulating the hot air faster. Moraa from a salon across the street walked in, wiping sweat off her face with a handkerchief.
“Nyams, give me two Rihannas, one Cici, three Full Stars and a Dora,” Moraa said.
Nyambura entered the shop’s back store.
She turned on the light and found the boxes with the weaves.
“Two Rihannas,” she said under her breath, getting two packages of weaves. “One Cici,” she continued, getting one packet. “Three Full Stars,” she stared at the different colors in the box.
“What color?” she shouted out into the shop. “We don’t have no. 33.”
“She wants blond anyway,” Moraa said.
Nyambura shrugged and got two Full Star weaves, blond and a Dora packet. Her arms were laden with her loot. She walked back into the main shop.
“Don’t you think someone would think we’re playing a joke with these names?” she asked Moraa as she rung up the sale. “Two Rihannas, as if.”
“It sells the weaves though,” Moraa said. “Who doesn’t want to look like Rihanna?”
Nyambura packed the weaves and thanked Moraa. She’d never thought to make money from selling fake hair, but the world she lived in, women wanted beauty. Beauty was most certainly judged with first appearance and many of her fellow ladies believed it started with the hair. Weaves were easy installation and they looked good if done right. They brought her money. So, yes, she sold the weaves and wore them too because to convince a client, well you gotta believe in the product too.
She was selling beauty here.
But damn, she reached for her handkerchief and wiped sweat off her forehead.
If the weather didn’t let up soon, women were going to put down the weaves and put her out of business.
“Rachel,” Nyambura called to her best friend and business partner across the room. Rachel was busy braiding corn rows on a young girl. “Maybe we should offer cold drinks? Our customers might run away at this rate.”
“Forget the customers,” Rachel said, fanning herself. “How about buying us cold drinks first? I’m so hot!”
Nyambura reached into her pocket and found a two hundred shilling note. If she used it, she’d have to give up buying data bundles to watch Lindsey Stirling YouTube videos.
Glancing at Rachel, she saw her friend swipe a hand over her forehead. The heat was taking a toll on everyone.
Oh well, Lindsey Stirling could wait.
Nyambura went around the counter.
“I’ll go get drinks,” she said to Rachel. “What do you want?”
“Coke baridi,” Rachel said. “Juice for the little one.”
“Sure,” Nyambura went out into the hot day.
On her way back from the shop across the street, she almost dropped the cold coke when a black Mercedes practically turned into their shop’s parking space in front of her. She clutched her drinks scowling at the tinted windows.
Damn drivers, she thought as the driver’s window opened slowly.
“I’m sorry,” Phillip Keitani said, smiling at her. “I wasn’t trying to kill you.”
“Could have fooled me,” Nyambura said, climbing the three stairs to her shop’s veranda. “I’m too young to die, friend. Got lots of business loans to pay off.”
Phillip chuckled and got out of the car, closing the door.
“Can I talk to you?” he asked, when she didn’t wait for him and started to enter the shop. “Please, Nyams.”
She held up the drinks.
“I need to save two people from the heat.”
Phillip locked his car, glancing around the busy shopping center.
“Jeez, the thieves are sleeping in this heat,” Nyambura said with a small grin. “At least for now.”
She entered the shop.
“What took you so long?” Rachel asked, reaching for the orange juice first. She uncapped it and gave it to her the little girl on the short stool.
“Phillip is waiting outside,” Nyambura said, handing the cold coke to Rachel.
She glanced at the counter.
“I’ll watch the store,” Rachel said, after taking a healthy gulp from the bottle. “Don’t brush him off, gal. You keep doing that and he might really give up.”
Nyambura frowned at the disappointment that flooded her at that statement. She was surprised to find out that she didn’t want Phillip to give up his quest.
To be continued….Thank you for Reading ^_^ !
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