"Thanks, Apu," Ruth said, nodding, before handing him money, "keep the change, hon."
"Oh, how very generous of you," Apu said gratefully, "it will make up for the lousy business of my 'take a penny, leave a penny'." He motioned to the small container next to the cash register.
Ruth smiled before gathering her things. "Say hi to Manjula for me," she said before exiting out of the store.
Walking down the hall, Ruth whistled a merry tune to herself, probably for the good life she had made again in Springfield. It had already been a week, and already it felt like she never left in the first place. While on the other hand she couldn't stand Helen Lovejoy or some of the other Springfield women, and there was, of cours