Lola can feel her cheeks blush like an over-ripe tomato. How can someone be so rude? Never has she ever felt so insulted, so violated. This was supposed to be a vacation of a lifetime; a vacation to gorgeous Paris that she so badly needed.
But what was their problem? Had they never seen a 20 something woman before? Lola was no stranger to attention from others, but this was a far cry from the wolf whistles and winks she received back in New York. But then, just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, the security guard walks over, and a terrible feeling hits the pit of her stomach.
For Lola Smith, if anybody needed a trip to Paris she did. After an eventful and life-altering past few months, Lola knew she needed to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and take some much needed ‘downtime.’
So when she booked her flight and hotel for Paris, she felt excitement burst through her body. She loved everything about Paris: the fashion, the food, and the art! But Lola had no idea this trip would turn her world upside down.
You see, the past few months had been one a heck of a ride for Lola. After getting fired from her job, she was left heartbroken when her boyfriend of six years broke up with her, meaning she’d have to leave the apartment they both shared together for five years. The place she called her home.
Unemployed, pretty much homeless, and with no idea what to do with her life, Lola thought life couldn’t get any worse. But she was so wrong.
Lola managed to find a cheap city studio apartment to live in while she evaluated her life. But this wasn’t exactly where she wanted to be. She wanted to be back with her boyfriend, back in their gorgeous apartment. But Lola had neither of those things.
Letting out a sigh, Lola promised herself she would get her life back on track. And the first thing on her agenda? A solo trip to Paris. It sounded good, but Lola had no idea what was in store for her.
Lola arrived in Paris armed with a ton of enthusiasm, and two suitcases full of her best looks. After checking in at her gorgeous hotel, she left to go sightseeing.
As she walked the streets of Paris, there was something about this city that just made her feel alive. She really wanted to check out an art gallery she had saw on Instagram so she put the zip code into her phone and made her way over. She had no idea her world was about to get turned upside down.
Lola walked inside the gallery and smiled at fellow art-buffs passing by. However, she suddenly noticed that a group of men was staring at her. They had a smirk on their face like one of them just cracked a joke. What was their problem?
Lola kept her head down as she walked past them. Once she purchased her ticket, she bought herself an overpriced coffee and croissant and made her way into the main gallery room, ready to witness some stunning art. But she never expected the day to end in shame and horror.
Lola walks around the gallery, absorbing all the culture like water to a sponge. All of her favorite artists’ work was here and Lola was in her element. She takes a sip of her coffee and revels in inspiration.
But as she walks into another gallery room, she saw something that left a terrible feeling in her stomach.
A security guard was stood across the room, and his eyes were fixated on Lola. At first, she brushed it off; after all, that’s his job; to keep a lookout. He was doing nothing wrong, right?
But a few minutes passed and Lola could still feel his stare burn deep into the back of her neck. What was his problem?
Lola was a pretty girl so she was used to people paying her attention. She was voted ‘most beautiful’ in her high school yearbook, twice! An achievement Lola carries dear to her heart.
More often than none people dished out compliments to Lola whether it was because of her luscious hair, Hollywood smile, or hourglass figure. But this time, it was different.
Lola decided to leave and go explore the rest of the gallery. However, when she exited the room she saw in the corner of her eye, the security guard linger behind her. She quickly raced up the stairs and for a moment she thought he had gone.
Walking inside another room she let out a sigh of relief that the security guard had left her alone. Phew. But then, just as she was about to snap a picture of a stunning watercolor portrait, she felt a tap on her shoulder.
“Excuse me miss,” the voice said in a forceful tone. Lola swiftly turned around and stepped back. It was the security guard. “What’s the problem?” Lola asked, her heartbeat racing in her chest.
She had done nothing wrong, but Lola knew something was up. The security guard looked at her and what he said next left her lost for words.
“You need to leave now,” the security guard demanded. Lola’s mouth dropped. She was so confused. “Are you being serious?” Lola asked, her voice trembling.
Her emotions ran wild, like a cheetah hunting for its prey. She felt a sudden sense of embarrassment and shame wash over her. Why did she have to leave?
“You need to cover yourself up,” the guard spat out, like bullets hitting straight into Lola’s emotions. “Your outfit is distracting all the other museum guests.”
Lola stood frozen in her tracks. She felt sick to her stomach and completely violated. But then, the shame that bubbled within Lola’s stomach turned into rage, and her blood boiled.
“You can’t be serious,” Lola shouted back. She tried to stay calm but this was too much. “Either put a jacket on or leave,” the guard said, his voice getting more and more aggressive.
Lola didn’t have a jacket with her but she wasn’t going to stand for this. She cursed at the guard and stormed off.
After complaining to the reception of the museum, Lola knew they wouldn’t be any help. She left the gallery, still bursting with anger, and went back to her hotel.
She knew she wasn’t going to let what happened to her ruin her trip. She didn’t want to give those guards and men the satisfaction. And so, a few cocktails later and finally, Lola was at peace. All she needed was the city of Paris.