At MIX, I paused in front of the dressing room. I felt a certain reluctance to go to work after the unpleasant incident that happened a day before. When I mustered enough courage, I took a deep breath and opened the door. Once I stepped in, the chattering inside the room faded away. The ladies scanned me up and down like I was a lunatic.
I didn't want to stir up any trouble, so I just walked to an empty dressing table and turned the vanity mirror lights on. It was so bright that it reflected my flaws in the mirror. Perhaps because I didn't get enough sleep, I had pale blue circles under my eyes. I wore my makeup to cover them up after I applied some skincare products.
The ladies in the room continued to glare at me, but I paid no heed. Slowly, they went back to their gossip and chit-chat.
I close my ears to the idle gossip and concentrated my full attention on my makeup. Just when I finally had peace in my mind, I was plagued by Nicole.
“Erica!” She patted me on the shoulder and said, “Oh, my! Your skin is so good! What is your skincare routine? You see, since we work here, we've turned into night owls. I literally spent my youth drinking and smoking.” She drooped her head as she observed my face.
Before the ugly incident, I always talked with them in my free time. However, ever since then, I just wanted to shut them out of my life. I realized that whenever Augustus was not around me, they will stare at me like a predator stalking its prey. They really opened my eyes to how cruel humans could be. Thus, I must rid myself out of these toxic people.