Josie Goes Back To Her Roots
Chapter Description: Josie wistfully reminisces.
awoke from her sleep feeling refreshed. She felt vibrant and full of
energy this morning!
probably that I’m looking forward to the performance on the outdoor
stage!” she thought and bounced out of bed. She felt alive
this morning! It had been years since the last time she could
remember being this excited and energetic about
getting out of bed.
took a shower and sang one of her old songs she wrote at
the tender age of
fourteen and had just gotten serious about a career in the music business. Wow!
She couldn’t remember the last time she’d sang that! It was full
of flaws, wordy, and too
serious to be
a catchy tune:
was strolling by the stream,
through the hills.
fields of green
the farmer’s tills…”
sang, feeling the embarrassment and insecurity of her younger self anew as she sang to a room full of people who chattered and ignored her.
trees were rising,
in the light,
the day arrived to meet the night…”
What had she, the fourteen-year-old, thought? It certainly wasn’t a song
crowd needed to
get away from their troubles, that was certain!
She gave her younger self a break for not knowing the honest
purpose of music was to express thoughts and escape reality for just
the smallest of moments.
the stream’s washing down,
me, they tumble forward,
their way home,”
wasn’t an awful song. The lovely imagery, with its modicum of wordplay, didn’t sell and would have been happier in a book of poems,
probably. She finished her shower and moved to the mirror to finish
her toilet routine.
brushed her teeth and remembered how badly
that song got rejected.
She’d felt depressed and
almost gave up, but
after a few more rejections, she developed the hard shell needed to deflect the harsh criticism.
If she hadn’t met Val and Mel, she surely
would’ve given up! The three of them faced the reality that
the music industry gave
them, and now they were a
reasonably successful band.
applied a dry towel to the fogged mirror to get a better look at her
face. What she saw sent
a small trill of shock down her spine.
giant pimple had appeared on her forehead overnight. She remembered
all the taunts she’d received as
a teen: “Pizza Face”,
“Zit Girl” and all that. Her zit would have earned her the
nickname “Cyclops” for
Josie, calm down, calm down! You can drain this monster blemish and
cover it with a powder-based concealer!” she thought as she
frantically popped and drained it with a piece of toilet paper. After
it dried up and stopped weeping, she continued her makeup routine.
face was hot and itchy this morning. Maybe the saltwater in the
ocean she swam in with Val and Melody had irritated it?
applied an oil-free moisturizer to soothe her skin before putting on a
base and adding a few layers of enhancement. The whole thing brought
back memories of her amateurishly applying makeup as a teenager. It
had taken her the better part of a year to perfect the technique with the help of her friends, mother, aunts, and
a friendly beautician.
applying the concealer to the dried-up crater on her forehead, she
inspected the results and had to reapply her lipstick as it looked
amateurish to her.
energy and vibrancy she’d felt earlier now became
nervous energy, fueled by the worry that her appearance wouldn’t
pass muster with her friends and the cold
judgment of the public.
Images of people
behind her back at her bad make-up job flashed through her head.
a minute! What am I doing?” she exclaimed. Forcing herself to relax
and calm down, she examined her feelings; might it
be she experienced these
emotions because of all the reminiscing she went through this
was a grownup and not an insecure teen-aged bundle of nerves, worries, and rampaging hormones! She
pulled herself together with adult maturity.
helped her to calm down. She then
dressed up in her
costume to save time at the music hall as they were going to the new
outdoor stage to set up and practice. She
thought of all the times she’d done this as a young teen and
thought it funny that she’d given up the practice when she went to
costume felt loose in
some areas; might that
might be because of all the exercise she got keeping up with Val and
Their childish, rambunctious
energy had her moving on the beach yesterday! Also, she remembered that she’d missed
a meal or two because of her
schedule and that could
account for the rest
of the weight loss.
whatever! Time to go greet the gang!” she said aloud to the room
and stopped by the breakfast counter on
her way out for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of juice to fill her growling tummy before leaving the
hotel for the music hall. Feeling happy and energetic, she skipped her way there.
hadn’t skipped to anywhere from the age of ten, but that didn’t
occur to her.
entering the music hall, she went to the stage to help pack up their
instruments and electronics. She saw Val and Melody on stage.
She capered playfully
up to greet them and
mentally noticed her
loose garment brushing
against her inner thighs.
“Hi, Val! Hi Mel! Good morning!”
closed the clasps on her guitar case before turning around to greet
Josie. Melody let out a
with her upper torso
inside a large case that she secured the smaller
pieces of her drum kit.
job finished, Val turned
to greet Josie and said,
“good morning, Jo-” before gasping at Josie, “Um, are you feeling alright, Josie? Your face-”
there something on my face?” asked Josie. She pulled out a
compact from her purse to
herself in its mirror.
she blurted out at seeing the many blemishes that had broken
out on her way to the music hall. Acne
now covered her entire face!
those pimples?” asked Val as she gently put a finger on one and
carefully felt it. “I haven’t seen such an acute case of acne since
I was a teenager!”
pulled her head out of her carrying case and came over to see what
the ruckus was.
zits, Batman! You look like a
pepperoni pizza! Tee-” her
giggle died in her
throat as the
seriousness of the situation hit her.
looked at her and asked, “Did you do this, Mel? It’s not funny!
How’s Josie going to perform with this much acne on her
face? She looks like the surface of the moon! Oh, no offense, Josie!”
taken, Val. Mel, did you do something to me while I slept?”
No! I swear! Whatever caused this, it wasn’t me!” she strongly
protested. Her serious
tone and lack of quips or merriment convinced Josie and Val of her
"Let's go see my makeup technician. She can do wonders!" said Melody, as she
grabbed Josie’s hand and practically pulled her to her dressing
Melody’s dressing room, the middle-aged matron was having a catnap. She was on standby in case the performers needed any
attention and came instantly awake.
you help Josie? Something made her face break out
overnight!” said a worried Melody.
matron arose and gently pushed Josie into her padded barber chair.
She cleaned off the remains of Josie’s makeup with cold cream and scrutinized her face.
is a horrible case of acne! How old are you, girl?”
only seen it this bad in girls fourteen or fifteen!
Are you sure you’re twenty?”
we had cake and everything! I’m twenty!” protested Josie.
matron pushed Melody out of the dressing room. “Go back to your
work, girl. It helps nothing to have you gawking!”
I’m worried about
find out soon enough. Now go!” She said as the door closed on
back to Josie, she barked, “Stand
up and hold your arms out, girl.”
did as told. The matron examined her body and tugged on the loose
parts of her costume.
are your measurements, girl?”
waist, and hip sizes. What are they?” she queried
as she made a mark on the wall behind the top of Josie’s head before measuring
its height with a cloth tape measure. She then measured Josie’s
bust waist, waist,
and hips and wrote them down on a notepad along with her height.
five feet, four inches,
35, 26, 36.”
you are five feet
exactly, and 32, 24, 34. Don’t worry about the acne, it’ll clear
up in a few
you lose 2 more inches and your measurements
are you saying?” said Josie as she looked at her pock-marked face
in the mirror and noticed that her blemishes were clearing up.
you’re growing younger. How much younger you’ll get is anyone’s
guess. You’re fourteen now and will be thirteen in a few minutes!”
How did this happen?”
watched as her face began clearing; the swollen red blemishes seemed
to be slowly shrinking and winking
out. She also noted that
her costume had become
too large for her as
it did when Melody wished them back to age thirteen.
“Did powerful memories of your youth flash through your head when you woke
up this morning?”
I vividly remembered what it was like when I was fourteen.”
you can’t be much older than thirteen now… AH! Your face has
cleared up. I’ll bet you’ve just gone backward through puberty!”
costume was so loose on her body now that she could put her
hand through a leg hole and verify it.
all smooth down there! How can I stop it?” The high-pitched, childlike quality of her voice surprised her.
must stop wishing to return to the past and look forward to the
future. Getting married, becoming a mother, raising a child, getting
older. That’s the only way!”
thought of Alan and making love to him. She thought of them being
married and having several beautiful blond-haired children, then she
thought of her and Alan as a cheerful old couple surrounded by their
children and grandchildren.
immediately shot up to her normal age and filled out her costume
back! How can I ever thank you?”
not out of the woods yet, girl! You are wavering on the cusp of
desiring to be a woman or a child. Whenever you have strong reminiscing about your
past, you’ll regress in age. You must picture yourself as a grown
woman when this happens or you’ll most likely end up sucking on a
and wetting your diapers!”
if on cue, Josie’s
mind recalled past
remembrances and emotions
of her as a little girl
pretending to have tea
with a stuffed teddy
Her body responded and reverted obediently as she
faster this time! The face in the mirror went from adult to teen softness and began rounding with the chubby innocence of
yelled the matron, breaking her reverie. Josie started and thought strongly of her and Alan going through life
together. She returned to her normal age just as quickly as she had
long must I fight these urges to regress?"
few days, a few weeks. Who can tell? The quickest way is to get
married and have a child. Remember
always to look forward to a happy life as an adult.”
okay! Thank you!”
sit in that chair and I’ll do your makeup for you.”
leaving Melody’s dressing room feeling refreshed, confident, and zit free, she
went back to the gang as they finished breaking down their stage set
and props. Melody spotted her and yelled, “Josie! Are you okay?”
came up to her friend to
give her a warm
genuine concern for her friend was all Val needed to accept her not
being at fault for what happened to Josie. She joined the two, making
it a group hug.
Melody! I see now
that it’s truly not your fault at
all. I just need to be
more confident about myself and everything will work out," said
Josie with a smile. Inside, she felt closer to her friends than she’d
ever felt before.
explaining her new
affliction and how she could counter it, she
felt confident the
be there for her and
you see me visibly regressing, just give me a nudge! I’ll correct it in no time at all,” she reassured them.
Alexandra gurgled and cooed at everyone present from
her baby carrier. Josie
picked her up and tickled her belly.
also need to grow up, too, Alexandra! Just try not to be so
mean to everyone this time, okay?”
made burbling noises
like “ME? What did I
do?” and her smiling baby face took on a more serious tone, making
her look somewhat indignant.
was it just gas? She farted loudly and smiled.
assembled group shared a collective laugh.