Going into the salon, she was prepared to hear some good, old-fashioned gossip. It was healing for the soul sometimes. And with the strange moods her husband was experiencing lately, she needed some healing. She thought back on Nikki’s words and hoped the gossip would be fun rather than malicious.
“So, is it serious, Ty?” Maya asked.
“To me it is,” her master stylist, Tyrone, replied as Olivia sat in her chair. She maintained a chair of her own, because despite being a business woman, doing hair was her first love.
“Who are you in love with now, Ty?” a client asked.
“Nonya” he replied with a smirk.
“Who is that?” the young girl asked.
“None of yo business,” Tyrone replied and started laughing.
Olivia shook her head at his foolishness.
“Honey, don’t pay Ty no mind. He in love with somebody new every two weeks. He fall in love more than some folks get a paycheck,” Belinda cracked.
“Girlfriend, at least I got somebody to fall for, and I ain’t playing with them toys on lonely nights.”
“Ladies, gentleman, let’s not be crass,” Olivia corrected.
Tyrone put his hand over his mouth and apologized. He had not seen Olivia enter the hair salon from her office in the rear.
“Hey, is that our shop?” Darla asked, pointing at the flat screen TV hanging on a wall overhead.
“Yeah. What’s going on?” Maya asked.
“Someone turn that up?” Belinda hollered out.
As they were turning up the volume, Olivia had risen from her chair and began fast-walking towards her salon doors. She clicked the locks just as she saw someone attempting to enter.
“What the hell is going on?” Belinda asked with her hands on her ample hips. Frown lines creased the folds of dark brown skin around her eyes and across her forehead. She laid down her beveling iron to move closer to the TV screen. There wasn’t an eye that wasn’t glued to that tube, except for Olivia’s. She was closing the blinds over the windows of the shop. When the waiting clients in the lobby noticed what she was doing, they jumped up to do the same thing.
“Mrs. O, come here and check this out,” Tyrone called.
“…and it happened right here in this very shop. Here’s a clip of that fight that occurred back in the spring.” The TV panned to a very clear shot of Angel and Kianna brawling in the middle of the hair section of BeJeweled.