Thursday, July 14, 2011

Burning Soles

My feet are killing me! I really just want to go home! I thought, but I dared not say anything. I wanted my visiting friend, Jen, to have fun. I did not want to be a fun hater, the party pooper, The Debbie Downer.

We maneuvered through the crowd to get to the dance floor. People pulsed and bounced to the popular, local band all around me. I tried not to wince in pain with every move. I tried to look like I was having fun, but I uncharacteristically could not wait for the song to end.

The balls of my feet pressed down into the unforgiving, hard soles of the cheap high heels. I looked down at my burning feet as though I would see smoke coming from my toes. Instead, I saw freshly manicured pink toenails. The turquoise and brown sandal heels with delicate straps still looked perfectly cute with my jeans.

The damned shoes had betrayed me. I had worn them many times before, dancing the night away. I had just always been too drunk to feel the pain. Tonight, I was sober, very sober.

As the song ended, I shouted over the noise to Jen, “Let’s go outside for a minute!”

“WHAT?!”

“Outside!” I practically shrieked and motioned her with me toward the door.

As we pushed in between people, I actually felt scared. A bar was usually a playground for me! Tonight, I looked at the wasted faces constantly passing by and thought, These people are capable of anything! Look at them. They are operating on the lizard part of their brains! They have no good sense. No good sense at all, and god knows what could set them off!

We got to a patio table and sat down. “I’m sorry! I just need to get some air for a couple minutes. My feet are killing me!”

“That’s ok!” said my good, dear friend.

“Hey, what’re you ladies up to?” a boy stupidly asked while taking a seat at our table.

I decided to be amused by this boy (well, I guess he could be called a “guy,” but certainly not a man). I looked at him with a small smile on my face and just shrugged my shoulders a bit.

“Well, I gotta say, you’re lookin’ good t‘night!” he slurred at me.

A loud, guffaw of a laugh burst out of my mouth. I couldn’t help myself. It all seemed so absurd. Jen sat back in her chair, watching with a smile on her face.

“Wha?” the boy said.

“I’m pregnant,” I said.

There was a moment, just a moment, of silence.

“So?” he decided to say.

“Listen, thank you for the compliment, that’s very nice. I’m just out with my friend, I’m married, I’m pregnant, I’m sober, my feet hurt, and I’m not in the mood for any shenanigans,” I said. Pregnancy is like truth serum! I thought.

Without another word, the boy pushed back the chair and walked away. I looked at Jen.

“You want to go home?” she asked.

Oh thank god! I thought. “Yes. I’m so sorry, but I really do just want to go home,” I said.

I have never worn those shoes again.


This post was in response to the Red Writing Hood prompt: Shoes.

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Eva Gallant said...

I guess being drunk can numb you to more than one kind of pain! Good story!

Cam said...

ha! pregnancy is totally a truth serum!

Sunny & Star said...

This story was hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

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blueviolet said...

Don't you kinda hate when it changes? Kinda? Or are we actually secretly happy that it has changed? I don't know....maybe a bit of both.

grownupforeal.com said...

Funny stuff and your writting is so descriptive I'm a little jelly (jealous). No, really, I am.

pinkflipflops said...

Totally have shoes like that. They only come on for drunk nights at the bar. Haven't worn them since I was pregnant. I lived in boots in the winter and moved to flip flops in the spring.

Shan said...

Kristy, you had me hooked in! Excellent writing girl! Thanks for the bloggy love, my friend. ;)

Date Girl said...

lol, I feel like that sometimes now, just being married and not into the single going out scene. You definitely have to be in the mood for it, and I'm so over uncomfortable shoe wearing just for the sake of style. Forget about it!

TV's Take said...

Lack of being in the moment, when everyone else is - is sobering. Pregnancy is sobering and watching people make fools of themselves is sobering. We've all been on both sides of the fence I guess. Great post/writing

Samantha said...

Isn't it funny how when you are sober and every one else is not that the whole scene changes? Being pregnant changed the way I looked at the group of people I hung with and their crazy shenanigans.

FluteItUp said...

Pregnancy + Uncomfortable Shoes = HELL! You poor thing! My mom always tells me of how she would kick her shoes off on the plane while pregnant, and then not be able to get them back on because her feet were so swollen!

Roxanne said...

There was a lot of great description, knowing how it feels to dance in uncomfortable high heels & then finding out she's pregnant. That would make it uncomfortable!

julie moore said...

Cute story and loved the pregnancy bit. I have shoes at this moment like that... why I don't know.

Katie @ Chicken Noodle Gravy said...

Love this! And I was cheering you on when you were telling the "boy" off, ha! Oh, how I've wanted to do that so many times.

Your poor pregnant and aching feet...funny how a little alcohol can change everything...even a pair of shoes. :)

Stopping by from TRDC.

Amy said...

and shoe betrayal...don't ya just hate it!

Great Story!!!

Jennifer said...

This captured wonderfully one of the major intersections of change. I thought this captured so well, the you in transition, and the word shenanigans awesome and perfect.

Mama Hen said...

It is funny how we grow out of the "party scene" and would do anything for a cozy pair of pajamas, warm slippers and a snuggly couch. Oh and some quiet. My feet hurt when I wear any heals now. I don't do it much, but when I do boy do my feet hurt. I hope you have a great weekend!

Mama Hen

Galit Breen said...

Love this!

You totally nailed that first time out when it's DIFFERENT- married, pregnant, or whatever way- but different.

This line -Pregnancy is like truth serum!- was perfection.

Stephanie M said...

yay for high heel inserts! Silly boy, bet he told someone about you later lol

deborah-bryan.com said...

I was so enthralled by this, it was startling to see that it was prompted by a one-word prompt! I love your storytelling, and the actual sentiment about going out? It feels so different to me now than a decade ago, as you capture perfectly here.

I wish I could buy a potion that'd temporarily revert me to my 22-year-old self. Suppose something like that's being developed right now? 'Twould have its merits.

The Drama Mama said...

Ohh this is too cute. I love that she told the guy who was hitting on her off. LOL.

SherilinR said...

oh my gosh, yes! after i got pregnant, all my shoes were like garbage to my feet. i used to mock women in ugly, flat shoes, never realizing that i would one day be that woman. give me some damn tevas now & who cares about fashion. i can walk all day without so much as a wince!

Katie Gates said...

Great story. I love the concept of pregnancy as truth serum.

Toushka Lee said...

I have been on a mission to read every single link on fybf this weekend. I am so happy I ended on a really well written piece.
I had some similar moments in my pregnancies. Being sober was a whole new world.

Clipped Wings said...

I like it very much. Good story.

Jessica said...

I have spent many hours in shoes that were super uncomfortable. So not fun. I'm glad dude left after hearing pregnant and married. Some would not do that.

Suniverse said...

I don't drink at all any more, and I have to be in the right mood to go to the bar, because OH MY GOD, are people boringly stupid when they're drunk.

Too bad about the shoes - they sound cute.

jazzygal said...

A great story, well told...loved it!!

The lesson of course is... if ya wear cheap shoes then have the good sense to get drunk!!

xx Jazzy

Natalie said...

That was a great story...love LOVE it! Those darn shoes will get you every time!

annie @astonesthrow said...

I have had this exact scene happen to me.
Except I was with hubs and he was off getting a water for me and a beer for himself . . .
Being designated driver for nine months was not fun but oh so worth it. :)

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