Andrea put the box down with a crash and winched in return. She immediately dove into it to check its contents. All she found inside were small tiles and broken pieces of larger tiles. Michelle was going to be using them but she never checked to see if they were in this shape when she collected them.
“Bout your box.”
“Now’s not the time to be talking about my box,”
“I mean this one you just had me drag in.”
“You been rummaging through it?”
“Not so much. More just wondering.”
Michelle looked up from the bucket of adhesive she was mixing. The wooden stick she was using dangerously close to snapping as the concoction became more viscous. Her eyes narrowed and she said, “Wondering what?”
“Nothing. Not much. Just bout these tiles is all.”
“What about them.”
“Were they always so…”
“So mismatched and hodge-podge?”
“That’s a good way to put it.”
“Then yes,” said Michelle and returned to her bucket of mastic.
Andrea stood back to survey the scene. Before her was an empty wall - sanded and ready for the adhesive and tiles. She was having trouble seeing Michelle vision for the place, what with everything being under construction. But she trusted Michelle to not do her wrong.
“Those are just left overs and cast-offs from other gigs,” offered Michelle. “No point letting them go to the dump.”
“And that’s why you’re doing this for free?”
“I never said that.”
“You never didn’t say that.”
Michelle laughed, a deep belly rumbling and rose through her throat and touched her eyes. “Nah, I just get free cupcakes for life.”
“If you want that kinda deal then ya’ll better be tiling this whole damn place to look like the Taj Mahal.”
“Your cupcakes aren’t that good.”
Today’s art is courtesy of Ultra Lemur from Tri-cities, USA.