I’m writing this today from Castanet Island~ It’s a quaint town, bigger than Forget Me Not, but not quite like a city. Griffin practically forced me out of the bar the other morning, telling me I HAD to take some vacation days. He insisted that it was for legal reasons, but I think he seemed worried. I guess I have kinda preoccupied myself with the Blue Bar lately, but it’s better than moping about in my opinion. Griffin still jokes about hooking me up with random patrons, but I just haven’t been interested in dating lately. But at the same time, I really want to meet someone…. Just, the right one. Ya know?
In other news, I met another bartender named Kathy today. She seemed super nice, and I hope I meet some other residents while I’m here.
Kathy gave an enthusiastic nod. This was clearly a woman of her own creed. “Oh, I don’t recognize you! You here on vacation? You picked a nice place!” She trekked over to Muffy and pushed up her own sunglasses. “Nice to meet you! I’m Kathy. I bartend over at Brass Bar.” She cocked her head in the direction of her home.
"If you stop by later, I can mix you up one of our specialty cocktails! So, what brings you here today?" It was already too late for poor Muffy; she’d unleashed the torrent of words that Kathy was never quite able to hold back.
The ocean breeze went from refreshing to annoying as it brushed golden tendrils of hair onto Muffy’s sticky lip gloss. Securing the loose hair behind her ear as the girl approached her, Muffy let loose a flashy smile.
"Vacation?" Muffy paused. This wasn’t a tropical getaway or a trip to Paris, but she supposed it was as nice a place as any to take a break. Not the stereotypical paradise, but it must be a paradise to someone. "Yes, it’s quite lovely here from what I’ve seen so far~"
Muffy extended a manicured hand to the girl, surprised. “No shit?” She quickly lifted a hand to her mouth, too late to keep the unladylike word from escaping. “I’m quite the bartender myself.” Her cheeks dimpled with a serendipitous smile. “Nice to meet you, Kathy. My name’s Muffy.” She added on.
She let out a dreamy sigh as she looked out over the ocean, it looked so different from the horizon from Forget Me Not’s beach. “Well I suppose I’m here to relax for a few days. See what there is to see. I’m not allowed home until I’ve gotten some quality vacation time, according to my boss.” Muffy smiled shyly. She hadn’t really realized how much of a work-a-holic she’d become until now.
Kathy carefully examined her reflection in the mirror. Yes, she was still looking good. Well, at least good enough for her to wear her favorite bikini without any regrets. She made a mental note to step up her exercise routine. She’d been slacking recently. She put on a light shirt, grabbed her bag, and went out the door.
A few minutes later, she was settled out on the beach. The nice thing about Castanet was that the beach never was too crowded, even during tourist season. In fact, she only saw one other person around. After spreading out her towel, she waved.
"Hey there! Nice beach day, right?"
Bubbly white clouds drifted lazily across the crisp sky that swaddled Harmonica Town, the sandy strips that surrounded it and of course the dock where a petite figure stood, pink duffel bag in hand. Griffin had insisted that Muffy take some vacation time this week, on account that her year’s worth hadn’t been spent yet, and her 3 year anniversary of working at the Blue Bar was coming up quickly. He practically pushed her out of the front door this morning, handing her a boat ticket to somewhere called Castanet.
Well, apparently this is it. None too shabby~ Good choice, Griffin.
The sea breeze coming off the water danced with her white sundress, luring her in off the docks. She supposed that she might want a room for the night, or maybe something to eat for lunch… but the day was just too beautiful to not spend outside! She wasn’t quite ready to explore the rest of the town, yet, she just needed a moment to feel the sand between her toes.
Kicking off her sandals, she buried her feet in the hot sand as she walked down the dunes toward the water. She had barely even noticed the other beach-goer there. Maybe she was another tourist? Muffy waved back, feeling welcome by the greeting.
"Totally!" She replied back, lifting the designer sunglasses over her eyes so that she could see the woman more clearly. "It’s gorgeous today~"
The bright July sun spilled over the small strip of shore that lined Forget Me Not Valley, and glinted off of a pair of over-sized designer sunglasses. Beachy curls were gathered up into a huge bun to keep the heat off her neck as Muffy soaked up the rays, listening to a pop song play off of a mix tape in her tiny portable radio (painted pink for effect).
Her warm skin was shimmery from the sunscreen, and she was pleased with the tan she had been slowly building up over the summer. At the moment, though, she couldn’t be bothered with anything.(Besides maybe some ice cream) She was enjoying this too much~
Laying in the heat was so relaxing that she had almost nodded off completely, her face buried into the plush towel. The sifting sound of someone tromping through the sand forced her to lift her head to get a peek at whoever was coming down, hardly anyone visited the beach here besides her. Lifting the sunglasses from her face revealed two sparkling green eyes that peered at the stranger from underneath long painted eyelashes.
She offered a friendly wave and a dazzling smile.