"HAAAAAAATE!" Annette yelled as she stormed through the door to her apartment. She'd been seething with fury ever since her encounter with Shannon at the gym, and with little other recourse to fent her frustration on the way home she simply let it explode out of her in a primal scream.
Sleeping roommates on the other hand seemed to be a different story. Annette was broken out of her haze by the sound of someone stirring in their sleep in the kitchenette area. Gingerly, Annette rounded the corner to see her roommate, Melissa, fast asleep at the table, her head resting in an open textbook with various notes strewn about, and an open box unfinished pizza to her side. She'd aparrently fallen asleep studying and not even Annette screaming at the top of her lungs was enough to wake her. Annette exhaled with a sigh upon realizing she hadn't disturbed the other girl's slumber. She'd been so preoccupied with the day's events she'd forgotten her friend and roommate would likely be zonked out upon returning home, and was thankful she managed not to disturb her.
"Sleep actually sounds pretty good about now," Annette thought to herself, and after giving her roommate's hair a bit of a tussle, walked off to her room. It was still early, but the events of the past few hours had drained her enough that it didn't matter. She absentmindedly tossed her gym bag onto her bed and without missing a beat, kicked off her shoes and began to undress.
"Ugh, I never should have signed up for this contest," She thought to herself. She knew freaking Shannon would entered the moment she saw I was in it. Of course she would. She never missed an opportunity to butt heads, why should this have been any different?
As Annette picked her discarded clothing off the floor, a small object caught her eye. It was the box containing the belly ring she had bought earlier. It must have fallen out of her bag when she tossed it aside.
She was too tired to be upset about the purchase anymore, and all bitterness had instead given way to curiosity as she opened the box to inspect its contents. The belly ring sparkled in the lamp light. She had to admit, it WAS fine crafstmanship. She thought back to the conversation she had with the woman at the shop, and how aparrently the belly ring had a special power that'd help her defeat any rival. It still seemed like a load of malarky, but...
"Wouldn't hurt to try it I guess," Annette said to no one in particular. She set about removing the pink butterfly ring she had been wearing up to the moment and replaced it with the so called "magical" belly ring. It's small, jeweled chains dangled in front of her bellybutton, partially obscuring it from view, yet they swayed with her movements and allowed her navel to peek out from behind it like a curtain. She had to admit it was pretty cute.
"Well, I was right about one thing," she said while poking at the bellyring slightly. "You do look damn good on me." Annette turned to fish a few other dancing essentials from out of her bag. "We'll just see about this so called power though."