Leaning over the neon-green serving counter, the clerk raised an eyebrow in the customer’s direction; he was used to the school kids spending more than ten minutes deciding on what junk to buy with their allowances, but the lumpy, roly-poly woman currently in the candy aisle was a new species to him. Ellie’s face burned red as she became aware of the young 7-11 clerk staring in her direction; she grabbed four chocolate bars and a small bag of jujubes and dug her wallet out to pay.
“My kids got their report cards yesterday so I thought I’d buy them a treat in celebration – but you know kids, they can be so picky", Ellie said, responding to the unasked question hanging in the air.
Taking the money, the clerk thought to himself that she shouldn’t be feeding her kids chocolate or they would end up looking like their horribly fat mother – but he didn’t voice his opinion, instead handing her twenty-three cents change without thanks or a smile.
Ellie moved as quickly as she could out of the convenience store without looking ungainly, and got into her car that she had parked around the corner; then checking to ensure no one was looking in her direction, she unwrapped the first Oh Henry bar.