Lucy Wallace is shambolic and unmanageable. Her pet name as a child was Chaos Loopy Loo. Everyone laughs at Lucy including herself. Serious has never had a place inside or outside her open nature. ‘Lighten up’ is her favourite line.
Lucy wears only second hand clothes. Her clothes also second as floor covering and blankets.
Just about everything Lucy owns lives on the floor. Her apartment is spacious; there are two bedrooms, a large and airy kitchen, a lounge room and a bathroom with a spa bath. Lucy has to push her front door with all her strength to enter; pushing away a build up of books, newspapers, takeaway food boxes, wine bottles and general rubbish.
She has a couch and two chairs, a dinning table and six chairs, side tables with lamps, a queen size bed in her room, a single in the spare. She cannot use her furniture; each piece is completely covered with stuff. She loves entertaining.
Lucy wakes after the third slap of her Peter Pan alarm clock. She eats anything left over from the night before for breakfast. Cleans her teeth with salt then brushes her hair into a rudimentary ponytail, or lets it hang lank, or plaits it into cute pigtails. Lucy changes her hair colour when she is bored.
Dressing is never an issue nor does any thought go into her eclectic style. Her process is quick, arbitrary and weather dependant. She seems to always look good.
Lucy works at the National Bank as a cleaner. She loves to talk to everyone in the office; she does not seem to know her station nor does anyone else in the office.
Everyone loves Lucy.
Lucy loves Reginald.
He intrigues her.
Lucy has watched Reginald for a month. This is the longest Lucy has gone without asking a man out she likes. She believes in being direct and why not ask? The worst that can happen is the person says no. But Lucy is nervous.
Reginald is different. She thinks he is honest. There is nothing false about Reginald; he has never altered in any way during her stalking period.
Lucy has been used to fickle men, the type to love and leave, please and sneeze while slamming the door. Men have hit her. Used her.
Men that want a mum, sister, twin, sin, virgin, upside down pineapple cake.
She decided enough was enough.
Lucy starts a new job and to her surprise, discovers honest Reginald.
Finally after a studied filled month all calculations completed in her mind, she asks him out. They drink water at a café; she does most of the talking.
He is nervous. She is not. A reversal of fortune, she thinks.
Mary is baffled.
Reginald why did you go out with Loopy Lucy?
She is alive
Reginald she is a crazy
She is alive.