All dolls have secret lives as we all know…here’s a peek into one of them…
I just love Halloween. The air is crisp and cool and I enjoy the crunching sounds of the fallen leaves under my feet. Carved pumpkins and black sparkly cats that decorate the windows and porches all over town are wonderful to behold on my walk in to work. Later tonight, I’ll be joined on my journey home by little witches, ghosts and goblins running along the sidewalks and front lawns with their overflowing bags of treats. It’s a magical night!
I also love a spooky tale, especially true ones…don’t you?!
It was Halloween and I was alone here at the spa. Vera, Daffy and Beatrice had all left early to prepare themselves for the evenings festivities of costume parties and trick-or-treaters. At 4:30 in the afternoon it was already beginning to grow dark outside as it does this time of year. Doubting anyone was going to drop in for a last-minute rinse and set, I decided to go ahead and call it a day myself.
I went in the back and gathered my things. Putting on my coat, I turned off the lights as I passed their switches one by one till I was at the front door. I flipped over the hanging sign to “Closed” and gave one final glance over my shoulder, making sure everything was in order before I left. Giving the last switch a final flick, I reached for the doorknob. Suddenly, a voice coming from the dimly lit room behind me whispered a soft “Hello.” Clutching the collar of my coat, I whirled around to face my newest and most unexpected client. “Oh my lord, you scared me to death!” I laughed nervously, quickly switching the lights back on.
“I’m sorry I frightened you…won’t you help me…I’m so very late.” said the young girl. Calming myself I replied, “Of course dear, I can help you, I just didn’t hear you come in!” (which was strange as I always hear the beauty chimes ring as the door opens in the reception entry.) “Just let me take off my coat.” Placing it on a chair, I began to say “What is it that I…” turning to face a now empty spot. Somehow the girl had already taken a seat at my station, which by the way, was on the other side of the room!
She sat there staring at her reflection as I walked up from behind. “You’re pretty quick!” I told her. Her eyes slowly lifted up to meet mine in the mirror. “I’m sorry…won’t you help me…I’m just so very late.” she softly said again. “Now dear, it’s never too late here at the Pink Bubbles Doll Spa, in fact you just made it in for our Halloween special! I said cheerily. “What’s your name?” I asked her. “Millie.” she said softly. “O.K. Millie, let’s see what we can do!”
I started off Millie’s beauty treatments with our Pink Bubbles Beauty Bath for Face & Body of course! I then washed and conditioned her hair. I couldn’t help but notice she was just ice-cold as I wrapped the towel around her blonde locks, brushing my fingers along her neck, tucking in the strays. “Your freezing you poor thing!” I gave her an extra-large spa towel to drape over her lap for warmth. After I set her hair, I said “Lets start on your make-up. Are you going out tonight sweetie? You got a Halloween date?” Though she hadn’t said much all this time, she suddenly looked up and replied “Yes…my date…I’m so very late…” “Well, you’ll be worth the wait!” I said continuing my work. I shaped and colored in her brows and replaced the missing color from her blue shadow and then darkened her lids. A fresh coat of deep red lip color was then applied. “Almost finished…there!”
And with that, I slowly turned her back around to face her reflection. “I think you need a bit more blush though, you’re still so pale!” dabbing her cheeks with just a bit more color before I was satisfied with the results. “And wear these, a little “treat” for Halloween…on the house!” I said placing the golden hoops on her ears.
Millie gazed at herself in the looking-glass in a way that almost seemed she was looking far beyond her own reflection. “Well I guess that’s it for me, besides your late, remember? Let me get you your bill and my card. I’d love for you to come back!” I went to Vera’s desk to get the receipt book. Filling in her first name…”Millie,” I began my walk back. “What was your last name dear?” I asked, realizing just then that it was very quiet. Too quiet. I was alone. My station and the Pink Bubbles Doll Spa were both very empty!
Walking home that chilly evening, my pace quickened as it always does, past the old cemetery. Something did catch my eye though, just behind the tall iron gates. It was a quick glint of moonlight reflecting off a golden hoop earring. I stopped and slowly turned to get a closer look. It was worn by a pretty young girl whose blonde hair was tied back in a familiar top-knot ponytail. She was standing just beyond the second row of granite tombstones and statues, the evening mist just beginning to form at her feet.Her beautiful pale face seemed to glow in the moon’s silver beams. Millie smiled at me from the darkness and raised a pale hand and slowly waved. Taking my own hand from the warmth of my coat pocket, I tentatively returned her wave. As if by magic, a tall young man with a crew-cut appeared at her side. She seemed happy to see him, and took hold of his offered arm. They made a hauntingly beautiful couple! I stood mesmerized as they both seemed to slowly fade away…into the darkness.
Millie wishes you all a very Happy Halloween!
Thank you Patricia and Millie for visiting us (I think!) here at the Pink Bubbles Doll Spa. Come back again soon!
P.S. Don’t forget, we have appointments open. “Treat” your own doll to a day at the Pink Bubbles Doll Spa!
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