Here’s a little tale about a hot baby that comes into the salon. She’s got long raven hair, light eyes, and a slamming little body on her. She’s 19 years of age and goes to Temple University. She always wears black, but it just makes her look darker and more mysterious.
She comes in pretty regularly before Spring Break. She wants to get her base tan built up so when she goes away she won’t burn.
She’s attractive and sweet, and sometimes looks a little stoned when she comes in, but that somehow makes her lovely eyes more limpid. I chat with her regularly, and last year I saw her quite often.
But one day she comes in and we’re chatting, and I feel like I know her from somewhere else. But I can’t quite figure out where. Facebook? Instagram? Maybe. We’re not friends, and don’t have any friends in common so that’s not a thing.
I search my memory to try to remember where I know her or have seen her before, but I can’t think of anything. Maybe I’m just in love with her soft beauty and I’m creating all of this in my mind.
That weekend, I’m lying in bed, looking at all of my past contacts on Tinder to see if I can resurrect a lost connection and get a date. Then I suddenly come upon a woman I matched with named Lara. Oh God, It’s her! How did I match up with a 19-year-old girl? Why would she swipe right? I’m obviously too old for her. She’s younger than my daughter! On Tinder she says she’s 22. It doesn’t make sense. I swipe right on everybody that comes up, just for the sheer numbers and stories.
The next time Lara comes in I decide to take a chance. One of our rules is no dating the customers. I will never break that rule, and there is no way Lara wants me. I mean, she may be looking for a sugar daddy, and for that I would almost pay to sleep with her, but I digress.
But I have to find out.
When she comes out from the room, she comes by the counter and asks if she has any tans left. I tell her she’s out. Lara’s fine with that because she tells me she’s going on Spring Break anyway Friday. I whip out my phone and pull up Tinder and start swiping through her pictures.
“Now we’ve all made mistakes, and swiped right when we obviously should have swiped left. I’ve done it myself, Lara. But is that you?”
I turn the phone to her and swipe through her pics on Tinder.
She’s alarmed but not upset. (Probably too stoned)
“Don’t be embarrassed, we all make mistakes, Lara.”
“I have a weird thing. Age doesn’t matter to me.”
Her words shocked me, and I thought she has to be a sugar baby and worlds are colliding right now.
“Don’t worry about it, Lara.”
I don’t know why I just didn’t ask her if she made “arrangements.” She had to go and before she left, she asked, “What’s your name again?”
I told her. I’m sure she wants to go look for my profile on Tinder to see what’s up. She’ll probably unmatch and delete me out of sheer embarrassment.
Later I go into Tinder and text her the following message: “Hello, Lara. Please don’t be embarrassed, it’s (my name) from the salon. If you’d like to chat, that would be fine. No expectations.”
So a year goes by and it’s March and Spring Break is once again upon us. We’ve moved the salon and people are beginning to trickle in. But, because we just got here, there are only 3 beds currently operating. One stand up unit, and the two premium beds.
When sweet baby Lara comes in and wants to tan, I remember her name of course and chat with her a bit. I thank her for returning to us for her tan. She is surprised I remember her name after all of this time, but I tell her she must have made a favorable impression on me.
“That and we have a little history.” she says.
I know she’s eluding to the Tinder match! So exciting!
“And we share the same birthday, Lara. August 9th!” (NOT a bold-faced lie for once!)
Of course her birth year is ’97 and mine is ’62.
“Oh my god, we’re both Leos! I can’t believe it.” she exclaims.
She doesn’t know that we’re putting everybody in any bed available just to maintain a level of service. No matter if they have the basic, all access, or premium package, we’re just tanning them in anything we can. So when I put Lara in the best unit in the house, she thinks I’m doing something special for her because I like her.
I do like her but she doesn’t need to know that everybody’s getting what she’s getting. She doesn’t know where to throw her little towel that we’ve provided so she just hands it to me. But before she does, she wipes her nose with it. I don’t say anything and simply toss it into the small hamper behind me.
She thanks me for the best tanning experience and off she goes.
The next time she came in was the day before she was to fly to Florida for Spring Break. She was literally my last client of the night. But when I go to send her into a bed to tan I see that her package has run out. She’s out of tanning sessions!
Lara gets upset and asks how much it is for one tan. I tell her $17 and she’s shocked. She then asks if there is anything I can do.
Now at this point I know that some of you may be thinking and this story will take a dark turn.
“How much cash do you have?”
Digs through her purse. “Seven bucks.”
I make a face.
“I’ll give you two cigarettes.”
“Okay, Four. Here. Now can I tan?”
“Yes. Go back to room 6.”
I watch her as she strolls back to the tanning booth and closes the door behind her. I put the four cigarettes into my pack. I then pull out my wallet, and grab a ten-dollar bill and ring up the $17.00 single session. I put the money in the drawer. Legitimate sale completed. (You didn’t think I was going to barter a tan for sex did you?)
Then I hear her call my name.
“My phone is nearly dead. Can I hand it out to you so you can charge it for me, please?”
“Sure. Put it into airplane mode so it’ll charge twice as fast, Lara.”
I walk back to the room and she opens the door. She has her forearm and hand across her bare breasts covering herself. She looks me right in the eyes. Then with her other hand she passed the phone and charger out to me. She smiles and closes the door. That little minx!
So a nice little glimpse that I’m sure was an additional little tip for my service. My heart is pounding as I walk back to the counter and plug-in her phone. I grab a little cloth and wipe off the phone and clean it up nice for her.
When her tanning session is complete, she emerges from the room looking radiant.
“Thank you sooo much for everything you’ve done for me!”
I give her the phone and we even laugh about the Tinder incident.
“I’m not embarrassed about anything” she says.
She seems high. She hands me her sweaty towel like last time instead of dropping it in the hamper.
“Oh… sorry. Is that gross?” she says looking at the spent towel in my hand.
“No, Lara. It’s not gross. What’s gross is when you first wiped your nose off with it before handing it to me last time.”
She looks mortified. “Oh my god. Did I do that? I’m so sorry.”
“I’m just kidding, Lara. That didn’t happen.”
She cracks up and we have a nice laugh about it.
“Okay, well I’m headed to Florida tomorrow. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.”
She leans in and gives me a hug and a kiss, I hug her back and somehow my lips end up kissing her hair. She smells lovely and I’m feeling giddy.
She heads downstairs, and I watch as she disappears out the door into the night.
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