The people were mostly ok - respectfully curious - but standing next to the van most of the time was frustrating. Worse now as her feet were beginning to hurt. Normally you’d lean against something, but it might not take her weight. Shifting her weight and moving a bit helped, but she needed a break. She watched and waited and waited and waited. Finally!
He looked around and kept walking.
“Up here -it’s Tanya”
He stopped and lookeup to the young giant.
“i really need a break .. my feet and I’ve gotta” she silently spoke the word ‘pee’ “fifteen, twenty minutes tops”
“ .. a half hour if you need it, just be careful with the crowd.”
“Thank you!” she looked down and found a path “excuse me.. excuse me.. just stand back so I can move my foot over here.” People slowly parted at first, but moved out of the way as she moved. The parting of the crowd. It felt — well — weird.
Out on the main street she had to blend with traffic Ducking under the wires was a pain, but it was only three blocks until the side street that’d pass the park. One of the portable rest stations lived back towards the trees and she made a beeline It’s still embarrassing to have all of those people watching as she pulled the curtain up from its frame. It was opaque enough and had that nasty cheap inflatable toy vinyl smell. It was her first time in this one. She poured some of the composting powder into the bucket even though it was just pee. Not ideal, but bless the the engineering department for making these tickets to freedom.
She stowed the toilet and laid down on the grass. Probably not the ace move with considering the dreidel, but she figured it’d clean up and the backside would be facing the building mostly. Besides, she thought, aren’t giants supposed to be covered with dirt?
It was calm but he clouds raced overhead. Maybe a change of weather was on the way. No matter - that one looks like a dog cow.. and … Then something small struck her ear. A bird?
She sat up and looked the small blue disk on the grass. That’s what hit her. She picked up the Frisbee for a better look. Last year she got into ultimate frisbee for awhile and was pretty good.. She flipped it between her fingers. Could she throw it properly?
“Sorry” the male voice repeated. she looked down. Three boys and a girl - maybe fifteen or sixteen. They were whispering to each other.
“I don’t bite you know.” she said.
“Joel’s a klutz.” one said pointing to another boy.
“no way! you can’t catch!”
The girl spoke up. “You’re that giant, right?”
She wanted to say ‘no shit Sherlock’, but just smiled and nodded. She gave it a little toss with her fingertips, but it tumbled down to the ground.
“If I had one my size..”
“You’d probably take out a tree” one of the boys said.
“Or a car…” chimed in another.
How’d you get so big?” said another.
They didn’t laugh. Did they believe her?
“Come around here much?”
She shook her head., “working today”
“Oh...” the girl said looking a her dreidel “that’s so ..”
“Whatever..” said the teen. “What’s it likel being a giant?”
“Sucks .. mostly”
“Really? I think it’d be cool.”
As she rose as at least four pairs of eyes followed.
“You don’t need to stare.. I mean you guys are all so tiny and I don’t stare at you.”
She gave a wave and started back.
“I’d love to be that tall” the girl said. And they went back to their game.
She threaded her way through the crowd the same way she left - one step at a time. Halfway through she thought she head a familiar voice.
It’s really hard find people when all you see is mostly hair an bald heads. He waved and they made eye contact.
She pointed towards the van. “crowd’s too noisy.. follow me back over there .”
More slow traffic through the crowd and there he was waiting.
“I worried when you left… we’ve gotta exchange numbers.”
“I can’t get at my phone,. but here..” she bent down and gave thetm to him holding up her fingers. “txt me later and we can set it up.”
“Excellent!” he said. His smile made her feel good. “With the weather forecast I thought we wouldn’t meet up again and you’d forget”
As if she’d forget.
Yeah.. we’re supposed to get a Nor’easter.”
By daybreak the rain was pelting the windows m. She wasn’t supposed to be on the roads in bad weather. They’d probably cancel the festival anyway. She made some tea and waited.
Finally her phone rang. Mr Rossi was on the other end. He said he’d give her half pay for the day and thanked her for the day before. A better weekend than she’d imagined and a good day to just curl up and read and take a break from her struggles.
“Jason!” she shouldn’t have sounded so excited, but it was Wednesday already.
“Sunday still works for me.
How ‘bout earlier? It’s easier for me to walk before there’s traffic.
yeah.. I’m stuck either way coming back, but how ‘bout eight thirty?
ok.. we confirm Sunday at seven.
Yeah no problem it’ll only be nine miles. Easy walk.
This was just going to be a nature walk with a guy. Nothing series or even really date like. She kept telling herself that. But he did call it a date, didn’t he? She’d have to stick with friend. The leaves were beginning to look great. If it didn’t rain again it might even be peak Fall. Last year was so great. They were a lot smaller this year, but what a view looking down through the trees for the first time.
An hour had gone by when the the visit chat came through. Austin! She quickly tired to deal with her hair with her hand.
She had been coming to see him more as a voice she could trust - a real friend. Maybe him being even smaller now or maybe it was they were mostly using video. She answered the call and there he was filling the screen from the waist up. She loved being able to see the features on his face.
“How was Octoberfest?” he asked
“It rained out Sunday, but Saturday went better than I thought. Get this.. some girl on the volleyball team said I should join them.”
“Can you get in a gym?”
“No idea, but how long before they’d change the rules?”
“Still planning your track day?”
“Honest? - not really. My agent was going to find a sponsor, but he wasn’t pushing hard enough..”
“You’ve gotta get someone better. Maybe you should ask Kendra Tompkins.”
So nodded “switched awhile back. More work than I can handle. Don’t tell anyone, but beyond modeling”
He shook his head and grinned. He’d been doing so much better. Early on they agreed to split their earnings, but it was a thorn in her side that he was bringing in over ninety percent now. But her cut was barely covering her expenses. She needed to do better.
“Yeah.. I need something. Got tired of all of those models?”
“It’s pretty much the same .. they mostly use me as jewelry or something suggestive without going there. Most of ‘em are flakes. I went out with a few, but oil and water…”
“Seeing anyone now?” She shouldn’t care, but she hoped for no.
“Not really. I’m supposed to go out Friday, but I think I’ll cancel.”
“Wanna come over here instead?” It was one of those ohnosecoond moves.. you said it and a second later you think ‘oh no that was dumb.
“You think it’d work?”
She looked at the thumbnail and took a deep breath. “We can always go back to video.”
“Ok.. gotta find someone to bring me over. Want them to hang around or just the two of us talk?”
“Just the two of us.”
He’d been thinking about the date all day when Mari came over to pick him up.
“Ready?” she said.
“Yeah.. don’t forgot the red cube.”
“It must seem really weird.”
“It must seem really weird.” she indicated her height with her hand
“Its not what you’d think. Past a certain point and it isn’t that different.”
“Unless she’s trying to hold you or something, right?” she said as she picked up the cube and fit it in her purse. “Good thing I brought the big purse.. it just barely fits. Think you’d be better without it?”
He looked up at her and walked over to the overnight travel box. “Not yet.”
On the way over Mari told him all about the concert she’d go to at the field house. Get her started on music… At least it was a break from what he’d been thinking about
“Been here yet?” she said as she shut off the engine and reached for his box.
“It’s early warehouse. She’d like to fix it up, but .. you know … money..”
“I’m trying to convince her to get a better agent.”
“She says the market for giant girls pretty much sucks.”
“Maybe not. something in a client meeting yesterday was pretty exciting”
“Sorry … big NDA..”
She sighed and rang the door buzzer.
“Hey there!” Mari said as she walked in.
“Hi Mar” the giant girl pointing to her face and dress and putting her finger to her lips.
She was wearing a slinky dress and had gone to the trouble of putting on makeup. Mari understood the surprise.
Tanya motioned to a human sized table . “you can put everything down on that table. Sorry the place still looks like crap. Everything’s going to fixing the heating system. But I’ve got some great ideas.. someday..”
Mari could feel her friend’s embarrassment, but what could she say that hadn’t been said? She set her purse and his travel box on the table. Tanya got as close to the floor as she could, her head about ten feet from his box. She watched asthe tiny door opened and a figure emerged.
He stepped out on the table and found himself looking up at Mari. She made eye contact as she pulled the red cube out of her purse and set it behind him.
“I guess I better leave.. I’ve got an hour to get ready before the concert. You’ll be ok?”
“Yeah.. Kari’ll stop by in the morning and take me back.”
“You should try Uber some time.” she said with a laugh.
“I really need a drone that works.”
“Some day .. Kennedy’s still working on it, but I think it’s indoor for now” She picked up her purse and started towards the door.
He turned and there she was. It wasn’t that feeling of fear that went through him earlier, but my god he had forgotten just how big. And how beautiful. She was far enough away that he could see most of her face.”
“Wow you’re beautiful today” he said.
“Like it? I haven’t felt like it in awhile…” She shifted her weight a bit - enough that he felt the breeze. “Crouching’s killing me though. Hop in the cube and we’ll find a better place.
He climbed in. The plastic distorted the view making it even more surreal as the skyscraper sized girl rose to her feet and then bent down to pick him up. He saw her thumb coming towards the side of the box and then almost fell as he index fingertip hit the other side a bit too soon.
“Ooops” she said
At least she could see him. He’d spent some time wondering about that now that she was ninety times taller. He’d be less then an inch to her - closer to three quarters of an inch.. Maybe this was a dumb idea.
“going up” she said.
He braced himself, but the the acceleration was still there. He tried not watch and waited for the bump,
She set the cube down on a ledge that was nearly as high as her shoulders with these shoes.
“There… we can be closer to face to face now.”
He stepped out. The room seemed even larger from this vantage point. He was far enough back from the edge that the height didn’t bother him much. And straight ahead and up was that huge smiling face.
“It’s been too long.”
He nodded not knowing if she could even see.
“could you see that?”
“That you nodded?”
“My eyesight’s pretty good.”
“You didn’t need to dress up.. we’re just friends…”
“It’s been a long time. Between you and me I’ve been a little depressed and seeing you helps, so why not celebrate?’
“I’ve missed you too.. you don’t need to go into your ‘I’m sorry’ routine. what happened happened. On the plus side my life’s been a lot more interesting than selling steel frame buildings would ever be.”
“I’m still sorry. And if I ever see that alien again…” she paused “is this a good distance? Is the ledge ok?”
“It’s fine. If you can see me ok, this is pretty good.”
“See my dress?”
“Only through the plastic. If it’s the same to you I’m not coming closer to the ledge. It’s like hundreds of feet down.”
“I hear you.. heights bother me too.”
They both laughed.
“It’s really slinky. borderline trashy in a sexy way.”
“Trying to get lucky or something?”
She didn’t expect him to say that. She felt her nippled harden.
“look what you’ve just done” she said.
“Oh.. I guess i need to walk back further. Hang on..” She took a few steps backward. “Haw far can you see down now.”
That was a sexy dress
“Almost down to your waist.”
It certainly showed off her boobs and it was clear she was braless.
“ummm.. your… you look excited”
“ ‘fraid so.. just letting ya know. Change the subject maybe?
He tried to imagine how big they’d be.. but that only made the crotch of his pants stiffen. He decided not to let on.
“Ok .. I was talking with one of my clients about projects and they came up with something strange. You’d expect it from these guys..”
“You’re joking! How did …”
“Great agent … one of the ideas might work with you in it too.”
“Really?” he had her attention in another away now. “what is it?”
“These damn non-disclosures. Let’s make an appointment with my agent and see if you can get in on their NDA. They want to film soon, but I think my suggestion is way better.”
“I’ve really missed you” she said shyly shifting her weight causing her breasts to bounce slightly.
He realized he missed her, but… how could this ever? Those boobs were the size of houses. If they just stayed friends this time.. maybe a second chance.
“I’ve had dreams with you in them…” he said
“Really…?” she was flattered, but they could be weird too..
“Strange thing is I can’t remember how big you were in any of them.. Maybe it was the video chats.”
“almost seem normal, right?” she looked to see if she could make out any expressions, but he was too far away.
“So why’d you wear something like that?”
He could see her blush. “I just wanted to look good for you..”
He decided to let it drop.
“I’ll get my agent in touch with you. Is your contract exclusive?”
“I don’t think so”
“Good.. I’m learning there are a lot of possibilities. I don’t know if it’s enough for you..”
“I thought of leaving for Denmark or Norway.. some place with a really good social net. i want to work and I can work hard, it’s just that the basics cost so much.”
“Imagine if you’d told that box twenty instead of the square root//“
“Yeah.. at least I was lucky on that. I have not idea how I’d survive. It’d be horrible. And you’d be…”
“So that’s a good thing to celebrate.”
They talked until nearly three am before calling it a night. Almost all of it was just friend to friend and some of the tension was going down. He was even supportive of her nature walk on Sunday “just don’t; push things.”
Sunday morning and she had made it to the entrance to the preserve with ten minutes to spare. The trees had were close to full color and not that many leaves had fallen. She wore a sweater, but also a short shirt and tights.. if you’ve got legs like this, you may has well show ‘em off, she reasoned.
Jason pulled in next to her on his bike
“Down here Tanya!” he yelled from a distance.
She turned and smiled.
“Why don’t; you walk ahead a bit and I’ll catch up. I’m nearly five times taller so if you walk about twenty steps I can go four or so.”
“That’s the best way?”
“Best way I’ve tried so far.”
A woodpecker interrupted her.
“This is really beautiful. How long have you been doing this?” she asked. as the two of them started down the trail.
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