She crossed the street, hand in her pockets. It was the middle of the night, and the wind picked up its pace, tugging at her punk jacket and her hair.
Unfazed by the wind's attempt to hold her back, she shouldered up the door to the pet store.
Except for the cashier, no one was inside. It smelled of tuna and rabbit hay. In a corner, mice shuffled through tiny tunnels in a huge cage.
Exploring the shelves, she finally found it: A big pack of Ritzy Bitz. Her cats loved Ritzy Bitz. She snatched a Buy Two Pay One pack from the shelf, turned, headed for the counter.
The cashier smiled their usual smile. A little nice, a little eerie. Their long nails scratched over the keys of the old cash register.
For a moment, the eyes of the cashier seemed to reflect the light in an odd way.
She stared at the cashier's face. Their nose looked strangely flat from this angle.
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