i must confess to a sense of dread when approaching this latest task. i was not looking forward to it at all, and half hoped that Tesco would also house a separate pharmacy franchise and spare me. This was not the case, and i had to take my medicine like a good little puppet.
The store was packed. i couldn't decide whether this was a good thing or not. Would more people stare, or could i hide among the crowds? Fewer people would see me if the store was quiet, but would i proportionally attract more attention?
In any event, i made my way first to the 'medical' aisle, finding first the KY jelly and then the condoms (who knew Tesco even did own-brand condoms?), then on to the fresh produce section where i selected my cucumber. It already felt like my nearly-empty basket was glowing neon as i headed for the checkouts.
In accordance with Your wishes, i did a recce of all the till operators, choosing the most attractive, although it has to be said the standard was low. The girl was about 19 or 20, with blonde hair tied back. i couldn't see her name badge behind her drooping lapel.
There were two customers ahead of me in the queue; a young couple, just finishing their packing, and a youngish mum with her weekly shop. i was glad she had no children with her (i'm sure You would agree that children must not be involved in Your tasks, however remotely) but she had a lot of Hallowe'en paraphernalia in addition to the usual shop. Of course, this meant a longer wait- with my items shouting out and waving at passing shoppers from the conveyor belt. i tried to affect nonchalance as my stomach churned as i hoped no-one would join the queue behind me. Of course, my having only 3 items made my line an attractive one to join.
Eventually the woman in front of me moved on, and i took my turn just as another couple began loading their shopping on the belt behind me. The checkout girl was fairly typical, in that she scanned the items almost without looking at them, and gave me the total without batting an eyelid. i looked her in the eye as i handed over the money, but saw no reaction, so taking my change i hurried away. She called after me to hand me my receipt- how close i was to having to do it all again!- but still showed no emotion towards my embarrassing purchases. The couple behind me were too preoccupied with their own shopping to pay mine any attention. i high-tailed it back to the car and gave a huge sigh of relief.
Thank you puppetboy for entertaining me.