Chapter 74

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"Hi, and welcome to Ink'd. What would you like to get today?"
The woman behind the counter smiled.

Friendly.

Her arms were covered in sleeves of vivid-colored tattoos. Her nose was pierced, and her hair was jet-black. Her eyes were a bright cerulean blue.

"Uh...I'm looking to get something small. I was thinking the word love in cursive," I shrugged. She nodded.

"Please come this way," she said with a smile. I came around the corner and sat on a chair. She produced a sketch quickly.

"Like that?" she asked. I nodded. "Alright, can I see your I.D.?"

I produced it from my wallet. She then went to get all the forms I had to sign. It was finally time.

"Alright, Alex, I'm Haleigh. Do you have any questions before we start?"

"No," I said with a shake of my head.

"You're no stranger to tattoos, are you?" she asked. I shook my head again.

"Nope."

"Alright, now where do you want?" Haleigh asked.

"My hip," I replied, pointing to the spot, as she was prepping the needles and ink. I lifted my shirt. She sterilized the area and started. I winced as she put the inked needle on my skin. I felt her go over the word, again and again, as I kept wincing. It stung, and was uncomfortable more than anything. I internally groaned as she kept going over the area. I'm not afraid.

I'm not afraid (I'm not afraid)
To take a stand (to take a stand)
Everybody (everybody)
Come take my hand (come take my hand)
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that you're not alone
Follow if you feel like you've been down the same road (same road)

It stung as I clenched the chair's arm. My hip was throbbing and pulsing. I went on my phone and saw I had a text from Danny.

From: Danny :P
Heyo!! Thinking of coming over, u guys home?

To: Danny :P
Rob is, I'm not. Not gonna be for a few hours. I'm sure he could use some company though lol poor cripple.

From: Danny :P
Omg you're so mean! Lol what're u doing?

To: Danny :P
Getting another tattoo :P

From: Danny :P
Another??! Didn't even know you had one!

To: Danny :P
Lol yeah. Don't feel bad. Rob only found out today that I had five ( I'm good at keeping secrets)

From: Danny :P
You, my friend, need to show me. I'm thinking of getting one ...lol just kidding. But u still need to show me. Lol I'll prob stop by later. Cya A.

To: Danny :P
Lol love ya Danny

I put my phone down as Haleigh put down her pen.

"Done," she said with a triumphant smile. I looked at the tattoo. It was beautiful, and everything I had imagined.

"It's amazing. How much?" I asked, going for my wallet.

"Eh, two hundred bucks," she said with a shrug.

"Only two hundred?" I asked incredulously. She nodded and I paid her. I left the tattoo parlor and went into my car.

Basically the next week went like this:
Going to Miami, losing.
Waiting until Wednesday and going to Baltimore. Fun.

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