Penny was very glad to be home. She needed a break. As she walked out of the cellar and toward the house, she made a list in her head.
Gotta call the community college see if they have night classes...
Gotta go see if I can find a normal job...
Gotta stop thinking about Nathan, I’ll never get anything done if I keep seeing him smiling at me.
She made it to her door, right as her mother was walking out of it. Her mother looked at her and down at the suitcase in her hand. She just nodded and frowned like she had every time it had happened before. Penny hated that reaction, she had actually tried this time and it blew up in her face. She’d try to explain it to her mom when she had the words, but all she could do now was shrugs.
“I think I am gonna stay here for a little bit.” Was all she could bring herself to say.
“I have to get to work, but we will talk about this when I get home.” Her mother called over her shoulder, as she raced to her car and off for work.
Penny decided not to let it bother her. She was here to get over it, not to dwell. She slid through the door as her mother raced out, locking it behind her. She had to unpack. She went to her room and slipped her iPod out from the clothes it was hidden beneath. She hit the button and let it pick a random song. She stored her turtle in her closet, so glad that her mother had not noticed it. Then, she went about putting clothes away. It was a quick job, most of her stuff was still at the bar and she didn’t bring any of her records since she had the iPod. She didn’t plan to be gone very long since she did still have her job in the kitchen and Nathan in the bar.
But, she wasn’t supposed to be thinking Nathan. Thinking of him was bad, yet it happened at all the wrong times. While sleeping, while attempting to have meaningless sex with someone who other than being a friend, didn’t really matter, and now here at home. Sure she was listening to the kind of music he had told her she needed to listen to, sure, she was really quite fond of him, but there was too much to do. Besides if she thought about him too much she’d get attached and would never be her own person.
Penny had always been something to someone, not her own person. She was Lady, daughter of Diana Goodman. She was Miss Penny Lane, groupie to a Rock & Roll’s finest. She was Penny, Raph’s girl, Ares’ fiancé... But, she was never just Lady or just Penny. She wanted people to describe her with things she had accomplished not with the company she kept. Penny Lane could not be a hanger-on forever.
She listened to a few songs on her iPod and hid it in her drawer. Then she made a call to the community college. They offered high school proficiency courses at nights. She got an appointment. She made sure all of her things were put away before she headed out.
She drove to the record store. At first they figured she was there for the new releases. They showered her with the normal praise they always gave ’Miss Penny Lane’. That was until Penny asked if they were hiring.
“You’re joking right?” one of the guys said, nearly laughing.
“No, I need a part-time job for a little while. I could try another store.” She knew it was the right thing to say. Any record store would be an idiot to pass up have Penny Lane as an employee.
“Oh no, don’t do that.” A man said. He was coming out of the back. He looked managerial, but still he wasn’t much older than Penny. “We’d loved to have you and Vinyl Village.” He said with smile. Then he shook her hand.
“Great” Penny said, holding in her excitement. “Can I start tomorrow?” she asked.
The man nodded. She walked out of the door and to her car before she burst into giggles. She looked down at her clothes, making sure they were okay for a college interview. She drove to the interview and it went quicker than the job one did. So, she had school and a job all in one day she was very happy.
Penny drove home, crying tears of joy and sadness. She had to stop herself from heading for the house next door and the door to Milliways, when she got home. It would have been cowardly and she was doing so well. So, she locked the door of the car and went into her room to wait on her mother and whatever might lie in the future.