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WARRIOR MERMAID

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It’s summer at the YMCA and every day is a battle. In the pool. In the locker room. P must be strategic if she hopes to win a lane. A hairdryer. A little piece of her sanity.


“You know,” Janet sidles over to the sink where P attempts to yank a chlorine saturated tangle out, “I was at the pool yesterday, and all the kids had just come in, and the lifeguard was there and I said to him, “Oh the sweet sound of children!” She giggles softly as the baby sitting on the locker room floor lets out another uncensored wail. Mom is busy with big brother and Little Bro is having none of it.

“WHHHHAAAAAA!!!!!” he shrieks as if someone has murdered his puppy in cold blood on the floor directly in front of him.

Janet has moved back over to the sink, drying her hands after a wash, when the giggles start to tumble out. P can’t help but join in. They laugh and laugh and laugh.


Wailer Baby stops for a moment. Stunned? Distracted? He stares at the two women, his big brown eyes moist with tears, before op…

THE ZUMBA ZONE

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“You didn’t make it to the pool,” P comments when Admiration Woman approaches.

“No, I did not,” AW shakes her head, makes a dramatic pool deprivation sad face. “I go to the Zumba class with my friend.”


P had actually seen AW zumbaing. She had what it took. The sways. The rhythms. The Hot Pink and Orange Skin tights Zumba pants.

“That musta been fun,” P nods now, glancing over at DL who’s surveying the exchange from behind dark glasses. P likes the dark glasses, esp. in the Y locker room. It’s cool and Italian Mobstress.
Now AW shakes her head, the pretty dangly earrings sparkling in her delicate earlobe. “It was okay,” she shrugs. “I mean, I went because my friend or…..” She pauses for a moment, thinking, “Yes, she’s my friend, she wanted me to go, but I think the pool is better.”
“The pool is always better!” P jokes and they all laugh, the giggles echoing in the now empty locker-room.

“ATTENTION MEMBERS AND GUESTS!” The intercom blares, “THE YMCA WILL BE CLOSING IN 10 MINUTES. I RE…