"Wet nails would make it difficult. And I'd hate to get nail varnish on any of them."
Naomi walked out of Sephora, wobbling just the tiniest bit under the weight of the books and products. Mara walked with her, checking her phone as they went towards the parking lot. Once she was done, Mara spoke again.
"It'll be nice to get pampered. We can feel human again."
Funny how the promise that manicures would make her feel human again made her want to turn and flee. Feeling human was a dangerous business. If she felt human, she might act human. And if she acted human, she'd act... well, flawed. And people wouldn't like her for it, even if they were just as bad or worse.
But it was a silly compulsion to run, anyway. How would manicures make her feel more human? Like any form of physical maintenance, same as the lip gloss and moisturizer she was carrying, manicures just helped to hide the physical flaws. Just like etiquette and the avoidance of offensive truths covered the behavioral flaws.
For some reason, the mental image of a caveman hiding in a china doll materialized in her head. But she shoved the image away, now aware that she'd probably stayed quiet too long in response to such a simple statement.
"Yes. Human again. That'll be nice."
((Naomi Bell continued in What Is A Hero?