Chapter 8

After her bath, Grace threw on the only set on clothes she had. They were filthy. She would have to wash them in the sink and hang them on the shower rod tonight before she left in the morning. Remembering Angelo was in Room 101, Grace headed out of her room to show him her new bright pink hair. Room 101 was just a few doors down from her room. Knocking lightly, Grace waited for the door to open.

“It’s about damn time, Vito, you’re 2 hours late.” Angelo said, angrily opening the door.

“Oh! I’m so sorry. Hey! You look amazing!”

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“Thank you. I love it. The box said that it was Demi-Permanent so it will wash out eventually. But for now, I love being pink.” Grace smiled, flicking her new pink locks over her shoulder. “Your appointment never showed up?”

“Nah. I’m pissed too. I have everything all set up.” Angelo said, gesturing to the table of metal instruments behind him. Stepping into the room Grace looked at the wall of framed photos behind him.

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“Oh, that’s some of my recent work. The rest is in the binder over there.” Angelo said, pointing to the table. Looking closer, Grace saw a tattoo of birds in flight that touched her heart.

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Remembering a quote that she read in a book once, Grace closed her eyes and reflected on the black and white words she read all those years ago:


β€œWhat if I fall?”

“Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”


Here she was, miles away from the orphanage, in flight, a freedom of her own.

“I want that tattoo.” Grace said, pointing at the birds.

“Well…uhhh…” Angelo hesitated.

“You’re all set up anyways. Please, it would mean so very much to me.” Grace pleaded, looking into Angelo’s eyes.

“Okay. But under Laurel’s rules, I am not to charge you for a thing. So I can’t take any money for this.” Angelo explained.

“I won’t let you do it for free.” Grace said, sternly.

“Trust me, Laurel owes me her world famous meatloaf. That will be payment enough.” Angelo said smiling.

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28 thoughts on “Chapter 8

  1. I totally like Grace’s transformation! It’s something I would want to do, too, if I weren’t so afraid whether it would be affecting my life in terms of getting a job and all that. So Grace is kind of the one who’s living my dream and I like to watch her doing that XD

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  2. I’m loving these chapters! Grace is more lovable than ever. Now if she could only become distract by all the new possibilities and forget about that pesky matter of revenge… cause I’m pretty sure not all of her upcoming decisions will be so harmless.

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  3. Ooh – I’m getting my second tattoo this Saturday – you go Grace! Although I’ve never been brave enough for the flame-red hair I would adore (Think Fifth Element and Run Lola Run).

    And I see that this particular gentlemen may in fact know a Meatball. If he’s the one that gave Laruel her meatloaf recipe. πŸ˜€


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