Tattoo of Love Ch. 03byvirgofemme©
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The scent of freshly baked goods filled the air of the bakery, and as Julia rushed back and forth between the cash register and the kitchen, she began to wonder if the endless stream of customers would ever slow down. She was happy that business was doing so well, but since she was working alone it was all becoming quite overwhelming. As another patron walked through the doors she acknowledged them with a nod of the head and a friendly hello, then walked over to answer the ringing phone on the wall.
"Mimi's Bakery, how may I help you?"
"Hey Julia, how's business?"
As the low, husky voice floated from the receiver Julia instantly recognized it as belonging to the owner of a thrift store called Angela's Closet.
"Hey there, Angela. We're busy as usual. What can I do for you?"
"Can you guys make a cake in the shape of a penis?"
Smirking at the straightforwardness of her inquiry Julia responded, "Wow, that's a question we haven't been asked before. I'm sure that we can, though. What's the occasion?"
"It's for my bachelorette party. Which by the way, I wanted to ask if you and Mimi would like to attend."
"I'd love to. Mimi's not here right now so I can't ask her, but I'll be sure to tell her that you gave her an invite."
"That'd be great. So how much would a cake like that cost?"
"Well first I'll need to get some details." She grabbed a small notepad from next to the register and then picked up a pen, poising it over the paper. "So what flavor did you want the cake to be?"
"Well the penis itself should be chocolate colored. But I want the rest of the cake to be vanilla buttercream."
"Okay, and how many people are you expecting?"
"Fourteen. Do you think you could have it ready by Saturday? I know it's kind of last minute so I'll pay extra to have it rushed."
"We can have it to you by Saturday, that's no problem. I can't tell you straight off the bat just how much this will cost, but once Mimi comes in I'll consult with her and then we'll give you a call back and let you know."
"That would be wonderful. Thanks so much for your help, Julia."
"You're very welcome. Have a nice day, alright?"
"You too. Later!"
After hanging up the phone she tore the piece of paper off the pad and placed it in the stack of orders to be processed. As she turned to face the counter she saw a familiar face smiling back at her.
"Hey Colin, how are you?"
"Oh, not too bad. How about you?
"I'm doing pretty well. How's your mom?"
"Much better. I'm picking her up at the hospital tonight to bring her home."
"Well good, it'll be nice to see her around again."
With a nod of his head he replied, "Yeah, she can't wait to get back."
A moment of silence passed between them and Julia got the feeling that the true reason behind Colin's visit wasn't for food, but to be in her company.
She heard the sound of him clearing his throat and then he finally said, "So, Julia. I was wondering if maybe you'd like to go out sometime. We could go to a movie, or maybe out to dinner. Or if you'd prefer somewhere else, we could do that too."
"It's sweet of you to offer, but i'm kind of seeing someone right now."
A flash of disappointment passed over his face and then he responded, "Oh, alright. Well no big deal, I just thought I'd ask while I was here."
Glancing into the bakery display case, he began feigning interest in the pastries.
Pointing toward the danishes on the lower shelf he said, "I'll take a pineapple bear claw."
Bending down to open the display case, she grabbed a pair of tongs and retrieved his pastry, then put it into a bag.
"You want anything else to go with that? How about a cup of coffee?"
"No thanks, just the bear claw."
As she looked into his eyes she saw the look of hurt in them and couldn't help feeling a bit sorry for him. She could tell he was the shy type and it seemed he'd had to work up the courage to ask her out.
As she rang up his total, Colin shifted uneasily from foot to foot, giving her a look which was a mixture of admiration and yearning.
After he paid for his danish she gave him his change, and as she placed it into his hand she offered him a friendly smile.
"Thanks for coming in, and tell your mom I'm looking forward to seeing her."
Giving a nod he replied, "Sure thing. Well I guess i'll see you later." Grabbing the bag with his pastry, he headed for the door.
"See ya," she called out after him.
As he exited the door he looked back over his shoulder and offered her a parting smile. Julia returned it with one of her own, then walked over to a cake which sat next to a large pastry bag. Picking up the cone shaped bag, she began to spread icing along the edge of the cake. Her thoughts turned to Colin as she worked, and she thought about how his awkwardness was kind of endearing. He had that cute nerdy look about him and he seemed like a pretty nice guy, but the only man she was interested in right now was Nolan.
It didn't take long before she was recalling the way his hands felt around her waist and she fondly remembered the sensation of his lips pressing against her cheek. It had been a soft, sweet kiss; almost innocent in a way. She couldn't remember the last time a guy had kissed her on the cheek, but she'd liked that Nolan had done it. It left her wanting more, and now she was wondering what it'd feel like to have his lips pressed against other parts of her body.
If he was that gentle and tender all the time, she could only imagine how pleasurable an evening of intimacy with him would be. Gripping the pastry bag tighter, she became so lost in her thoughts that the icing rose she was creating turned out looking flat, rather than rounded.
The sound of the bell over the door suddenly filled the air, signaling Julia that she had another customer. Turning her head to look over her shoulder, she was relieved to see that Mimi had arrived.
"Thank goodness you're here. We have an order for fifty cherry cupcakes and they're due by tomorrow afternoon. The ladies Garden Club also contacted us, and they need twenty five almond teacakes for their Wednesday luncheon. Oh yeah, and Angela wants us to make a penis shaped cake for her bachelorette party." A smile crossed Julia's lips as she waited for Mimi's reaction.
Taking the wool scarf from around her neck, Mimi tossed it beneath the counter and walked over to the sink to wash her hands.
"Penis shaped cake, huh? That's a new one. How many people does she need it to feed?"
Releasing a choked laugh Julia gave a smirk, "Fourteen."
"With a playful roll of her eyes Mimi said, "You have such a dirty mind, Julia."
"What? I didn't say anything!" She grinned widely.
"Yeah, but I know what you're thinking about."
"You used the words feed and penis in a sentence together. I can't help but to be amused by that.
Giving into a snorting laugh Mimi remarked, "You're growing into a bit of a pervert, aren't you?"
"I am not a pervert, I'm just sexually curious, okay?"
"M-hmm, call it what you will, but I say you're a closet pervert."
Shaking her head with a little smile upon her lips Julia changed the subject. "So what happened to you this morning? It's not like you to show up so late in the afternoon."
"I had to go to my sister's house to watch the baby for a few hours. The sitter was a no show, so she had to call around and find someone else to fill in for her. Sorry to leave you all alone this morning. I hope you've been managing okay without me."
"Well there was the usual morning rush and that was kind of hectic, but other than that things have been pretty okay."
After drying her hands off, Mimi grabbed a damp towel and began cleaning off the stainless steel table where they prepared the food.
"So did you speak to Nolan last night?
"Really? I'm surprised he didn't call you.
With a shrug of her shoulders she replied, "There's no hurry for him to call. We just met last night, so we have plenty of time to get to know each other."
"Yeah I guess, but aren't you eager to hear from him? That moment you two had on the dance floor seemed pretty special."
"It was, but I don't want to start getting all excited over him until I'm sure that things will work out. I've felt this way about guys before and it didn't pan out to be much of anything."
"You're afraid of getting your heart broken, aren't you?" Asked Mimi. Pulling a trash can over to the table, she began wiping crumbs off into it. "I don't think Nolan's the type of guy who plays games. He seems more like the straightforward type."
Setting the pastry bag down so she could refill it Julia said, ""Yeah, I get the same feeling, but i'm not about to let him preoccupy my mind. I've done that with enough guys in the past, so I don't want to end up in that same boat again. Whatever happens will happen, you know?"
Nodding her head Mimi said, "Yeah, I hear you." Glancing at the clock she saw it was nearly half past twelve. "What do you say we take an early lunch? I'll treat you to a slice at that new pizza place that opened up on 5th and Main."
"Oh, and I want to take you to this shop, so I hope you won't mind if we stop off there before lunch."
Untying her apron Julia said, "Okay. I hope we won't be staying long, though. I'm starving."
"It'll be a quick trip, I promise."
After placing her apron on a hook next to the stove, Julia grabbed her purse from beneath the counter. "So where is this place you're taking me, anyways? Will they have anything there that I like?"
With a glimmer in her eyes Mimi replied, "Oh, I think so. They have one particular thing there that you've been needing for quite some time."
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"Hey Julia, what do you think of this one?"
Holding a hot pink jelly vibrator in her hands Mimi waved it in front of Julia's face, causing it to wobble obscenely.
Scrunching her nose up she said, "I think it's way too bright. Plus I hate pink."
"Who cares what color it is. This is like the Rolls Royce of vibrators. You get one of these babies and you'll wonder how you ever managed to live without it."
"It's really that good, huh?" Julia's eyebrows lifted in renewed interest.
"Oh yeah, I have two at home."
"Why two? Isn't one good enough?"
"Sure, but I like to have different sizes. Variety is always a good thing."
Spotting a package on a shelf next to her, she picked it up and studied the contents of the box through the see through window.
"How about this one?" She asked while holding it up for Mimi to see.
"That one's okay, but it's not as good as Mr. Pink, here."
"Well what's wrong with it?" she asked. "According to the writing on the front of this box it's, 'certain to massage and titillate your clitoris.' It sounds pretty good to me."
"I used to have that model and it's not all that great. The vibration isn't very strong, and it felt really uncomfortable inside of me. I think you should get one that's made out of jelly. Those are the best ones, in my opinion."
Placing the package back on the shelf she walked over to a table where there were a number of testers sitting out. Mimi followed her and once they reached the table they both began to try out a number of the vibrators.
Going for the largest one on the table, Julia picked it up and turned the dial, causing it to vibrate wildly in her hand. Amused by the look of surprise on Julia's face, Mimi expelled a laugh and watched as her friend turned a control on the base of the sex toy. This caused the head of the vibrator to move around in circles. Julia looked on in fascination as the beads inside of the toy began to move around, twisting and turning with the rhythm of the tip.
"Looks like fun, huh?" Julia's lips turned into a smile.
"I don't think it's vibrating hard enough. I think it needs more power."
Smirking at Mimi's sarcastic statement, Julia gave a chuckle. Turning the dial so that the vibration was no longer on, she set it down and eyed the other toys.
Grabbing hold of a light purple vibrator, Mimi held it out for her friend to see. "I think you'll like what this one does."
As her eyes lay upon it, a small snort came from Julia's nose. "Glitter and sparkles? You have got to be kidding me."
Rolling her eyes at Julia's response Mimi said, "It doesn't matter what it looks like. The only thing you should be concerned with is how it performs."
"Yeah I know, but it's kind of silly looking."
Grabbing a light purple toy with textured swirls upon it, Julia flicked her thumb against the switch to turn it on. As it purred to life, the shaft was illuminated with a light and it began to move clockwise. As her finger pressed against the adjuster ring, the strength of the vibration increased, releasing a steady hum. She gave it a pleased look and then switched the toy off.
"I made my decision. I'm getting this one."
"Good choice. I've heard great things about it," said Mimi.
After grabbing a new one that was packaged in a box, the two women made their way to the cash register. As the saleswoman rung up Julia's purchase, Mimi grabbed a few packs of batteries off of a small shelf next to the cash register.
Setting them on the counter she said, "Always make sure you have more than enough batteries."
"Thanks for reminding me. I guess I should always have a few for back up, huh?" She gave her friend a smile.
"Definitely," responded Mimi.
After paying for her purchase, Julia thanked the saleswoman and grabbed her bag. As they exited the store they made their way down the sidewalk, heading back towards the bakery. They were a few feet away from reaching the bakery doors when Julia spotted a familiar figure approaching them from the opposite end of the walkway. The person was at least half a block away, but even from a distance she could tell that it was Nolan.
"Oh no," she muttered beneath her breath.
Following her friend's line of vision, Mimi realized that Nolan was coming towards them, and offered him a small wave and a friendly smile.
"Mimi, stop. I don't want him to see us." There was a nervous edge to Julia's voice.
"Well why not?"
"What if he sees this bag I'm carrying?"
"Yeah, and so what? It's not like he has x-ray vision and can see through it."
"He doesn't have to know what's inside in order to tell that I've been shopping at the local sex toy shop. I think the words, 'The Love Chest' printed in large bold red letters will clue him in as to what I've just purchased."
"So you bought a vibrator, big deal. Everyone pleasures themselves in some form or fashion. So what's there to be embarrassed about?"
"It's a private thing, okay? Of course masturbation is natural, but that still doesn't mean that I want Nolan to see what I've bought. I just barely met the guy a few days ago."
"Chill out, Julia. If you're that nervous about it, why don't you just roll the bag down to cover the name of the store? Then he won't be able to tell where you've been."
Following Mimi's suggestion, she rolled the top of the bag down so that the red letters were obscured from sight.
Glancing down at the bag Mimi said, "You see? He won't even be able to tell. Looks like he's spotted us now, so just be cool and stop worrying, okay?"
Giving an anxious sigh, she did her best to release her worry. As he came upon them Nolan's lips spread into a broad smile. "Hello ladies. It's nice to see you again."
"It's good to see you too." Glancing up into his face, Julia was amazed that Nolan seemed more handsome than ever. His hair, which had been pulled back into a ponytail the last time she'd seen him, was now worn loose. His wavy locks were sexily tousled, and a few strands hung across his left eye, adding to his already irresistible sex appeal.
"So, where are you two headed?"
"Back to work. What about you?" She questioned.
"Heading down to the Burrito Hut to get some lunch. Would you two like to come along? It's my treat."
Before she even had a chance to answer Mimi said, "I can't, but I'm sure Julia would love to join you."
Throwing her friend a sideways glance, she did her best to express her displeasure with Mimi's choice to speak on her behalf. On any other day she would have been thrilled to go to lunch with Nolan, but she was afraid that he would somehow be able to work out the contents of the bag.
"How about it, Julia?" asked Nolan.
"I'd like to, but Mimi and I sort of had plans to spend lunch together."
"It's no big deal, we can do it another time." Mimi said.
"Okay. Well only if you're sure." her eyes pleaded with her friend to provide her with an excuse.
"I am," came Mimi's quick reply. "So I'll see you in half an hour then. Have a good lunch, you two." A light smirk played at her lips as she turned away from them and headed for the bakery.
"Well I guess it's just you and me, then." He said with a pleased look on his face.
"I guess so," She said with a little smile as they began to walk down the street.
"I'm glad I ran into you. You've been on my mind ever since last night."
"Really?" Julia asked.
Nodding his head Nolan replied, "Yep. I was hoping that you'd stop by the shop today."
"Well I was pretty busy so I didn't really get the chance."
"It's okay, I understand. So I take it you work at the bakery, then."
"I sure do."
"That's nice. I've never been there but I've heard good things about it. How long have you worked there?"
"About seven months." Turning her head to look at him, she noticed the way the sunlight illuminated his hair.
"So did you go to culinary school or were you trained on the job?"
"Mimi taught me everything I know. I really lucked out having a friend in the bakery business, because I could never afford those fancy schools."
"So do you like being a baker?"
"I love it. Couldn't imaging doing anything else."
"That's good. It's always nice to have a career that you enjoy."
Having reached the restaurant, Nolan pulled the door open for her so that she could walk inside first.
"Thank you," she said as she entered.
The rich scent of spices and the sound of food sizzling on the grill filled the air, enticing them with the promise of a delicious meal. As they approached the register the cashier greeted them with a smile.
"Hello, what can I get for you?"
Glancing at Julia, he asked, "What would you like?"
"Looking up at the menu she responded, "I'll take the chicken enchiladas and a bottle of water."
The cashier punched her order into the cash register, then looked expectantly up at Nolan.
"I'm going to have the burrito supreme with extra steak and a large Pepsi."
Once their order was rung up the cashier said, "Your total comes to $13.55. Will this be for here or to go?"
"For here," he answered, and then he handed her the money.
After handing him back his change and a receipt the cashier retrieved a bottle of water from a small fridge behind the counter, then handed an empty cup to Nolan.
"Your order number is 251," she said to him.
Grabbing the cup from her he said, "Thanks."
Turning away from the cashier, they headed over to the soda fountain so that he could fill his cup with iced tea. As he pushed the button on the machine, brown liquid flowed into his cup. Yet before he had filled it even halfway, he suddenly released the button and moved his finger to another selection.
Pressing his finger over the Sprite logo, he filled his cup with a few splashes of the soda and then moved onto another selection. Watching him with amusement in her eyes, she began to wonder just how many flavors he was going to mix together.
"Having a hard time deciding, huh?" Her lips curled into an amused smile.
"Suicide sodas are the best," he responded.