Part 2: The first day on the job: Maid Allyson shows herself!
Mrs. Fields was an old lady with a bad back, and she was a golden feline with so much fur on her that she sometimes looked like a stuffed animal. When she went all poofy, she really looked like an exploding hairball. Mrs. Fields could no longer keep her house clean…all 75 rooms of her house, and she didn’t want to hire the 7 people that demanded were hired together. She instead chose Allyson, mainly because it would save her aver 5000 dollars per month hiring one maid instead of 7 butlers.
Mrs. Fields was no idiot, she knew the dangers of having an elephant in her home…but she was the kind of girl to try new things, even when people called her…that word. (Just like Allyson, there’s a word that makes her blood boil…) Mrs. Fields NEVER went by her first name anymore, but she did have a sweet attitude for an…elderly…person like herself. She had personally knew Allyson’s parents too…
Allyson went up to the door and sighed. “Well, here goes.” Using her trunk to push the tiny doorbell, she patiently waited for Mrs. Fields to answer the door. After a whole minute the door swung open by itself. Allyson nervously went in, not expecting no one to answer the door. Mrs. Fields used mechanical devices nowadays to help her do things, and when she wasn’t near the door, she had around 50 metal contraptions all around the house she could pull and the door would open.
Allyson followed the instructions on her little piece of paper she was holding and went directly into the kitchen…and stared at a giant furball. The elephant shrieked, not knowing what in the world this creature was. Mrs. Field’s face appeared somewhere in the middle of all that fur and calmly replied “sorry dearie. This always happens when I try and take a shower and dry myself off. It will be a while before you’re all through with todays work. Your list of chores for today is on that table.”
Pointing to a table about 5 feet from herself, Mrs. Fields purposely put herself and the table close together…she wanted to see what Allyson could do with her trunk. Allyson almost naturally started to suck up air with her trunk and thanks to her years of practice, the small piece of paper was the only thing that was being sucked up.
Mrs. Fields grinned, knowing that this was a perfect lady for the job. If she could do that…there was no reason why she could be a problem with sucking air…and then Allyson’s trunk, just as it sucked in the piece of paper, also sucked in the huge amount of shedded cat hair that was all over the piece of paper. Normally, Allyson wasn’t worried about sucking cat hair at all, but combining that with the musty smell of 50 year old paper, and the odd smell tickled its way all through her trunk.
Mrs. Fields watched in a surprisingly contained manner of interest. She knew all along that this would happen…she had personally shedded her hair over that musty piece of paper just for this very reason. She had to see if Allyson’s trunk was like her parent’s trunks…and to see if she had smelled old paper before. If Allyson had, this wouldn’t have been happening. Mrs. Fields knew that there was no way she could let Allyson into one of her 72 rooms…which had nothing but years of stacked papers inside it. She continued to watch as Allyson’s trunk scrunched up and every breath was getting louder and more hitched. Allyson’s mind was in a panic. NO! I can’t lose this job now! I must hold…it…hey! Maybe I don’t have to!
Seeing her salvation, she hurried over to a nearby open window and let her trunk do the rest. “HHAAAACHOOOOO!” The massive sneeze unfortunately blew away the paper, but it also went harmlessly out the window…well, mostly harmless. There were a couple of nearby trees that were shaken…and someone’s stored nuts were spilled all over the place, but that was a few houses away.
Rubbing the end of her trunk, Allyson grinned happily as she noticed that everywhere she looked, there were open windows. Mrs. Fields smiled at her. “You see? I am more prepared than one might think. Now run along dearie. I can just tell you the chores I have planned for you today. First, mop the floors of this floor. This will most likely take you around 4 hours. There’s only 10 rooms on this floor, so it’s not too bad or too much to start with. Next, I will need you to clean my 4 sinks on this floor…that shouldn’t take you too long, and finally, you…how good are you with dusting?"
Allyson grinned and replied “I’ve never once sneezed while dusting my house! I’ve always sucked up dust with my trunk, so it doesn’t bother me anymore. It used to though…and if I keep the dust in my trunk more than a few seconds…” Mrs. Fields face beamed through all of her fur.
“Wonderful! I’ll leave you alone now…and let my stupid fur settle down. I love to have all this fur…but sometimes it’s hard to have all of this…”
Pulling a nearby lever, Allyson watched as Mrs. Fields was hoisted up and then the floor tile she was put over lifted her up to another floor…her own room where she slept in. “She…she really trusts me…alright! Time to get to work!”
She didn’t mind that her body shook the house as she jumped up and down. She was too happy that at long last something was going right for her! Sucking up the mop, she started to swish the old mop around with her trunk, cleaning and scrubbing all the wood, tile, and even the walls of the room…and she figured out why this would take as long as Mrs. Field’s said. Every wipe of the mop hardly did anything, and only by going over the same places 4 times could she get the room cleaned. “My goodness this is tiresome! There must be some other…way…I got it!”
Using her trunk, she sucked up some cold water and sprayed the whole room all at once. This proved to be much faster and more effective as the water cleaned most of the ancient dust and grime that covered the higher parts of the walls and even the corners of the room were sprayed. Giggling, Allyson gladly accepted this new way of cleaning and eagerly sucked up more water…but there was no more water in the bucket. Sighing, she went all the way back to the kitchen and saw a much larger bucket, almost the size of a small tub, and filled that with water instead of the small bucket. Watching the water fill up, she turned around and tried to find out where some more soap was…not realizing that when she turned around, she had knocked the whole bottle of dishwasher soap into the huge bucket that was being filled. Because Mrs. Fields hardly ever ate anymore, this dishwasher soap way older than most bottles but still got the job done…it just caused a lot more bubbles than normal dishwasher soap. These bubbles though were so tiny that Allyson failed to notice the change in the water besides the now empty bottle of dishwasher soap.
“Huh? How did this get here? It can’t have just fallen from the ceiling…oh well.” Sucking the bottle up with precision, she tossed the bottle down the garbage can and then got busy carrying the huge bucket of water down the long hallway. Even for her strong trunk, this bucket of water was heavy…nothing she couldn’t handle, but she had to be careful not to overflow the water with her swaying. Her trunk trembled with the effort and she somehow made it to the original room she had mostly cleaned. Sucking up water, she got ready to spray the water and released it, but something odd happened. The bubbles in the water couldn’t handle the force of her trunk blowing the water out at that high speed, so every tiny bubble popped, releasing soapy air as she released the water.
Soapy water is extremely painful to your eyes when it is rubbed in your eyes, and the smell of soapy water is incredibly strong, so when you combine a whole elephant’s trunk and make it filled with water that has a huge amount of soapiness in the water…things will definitely get sneezy.
Allyson’s eyes instantly watered as the strange burning sensation filled all of her nose, and the water just seemed to tickle the nostrils as it was released from her trunk, making the sneeze even more eminent. Gasping for breath, she tried to find the door she came from but she tripped over the large bucket, making the soapy water spill everywhere and all over her. Luckily, the room had some emergency water drainage systems that were conveniently placed all throughout the room, so the water didn’t flood the house…but it did flood the inside of Allyson’s already sneezy trunk.
She couldn’t hold her sneeze in any longer. Shivering from the cold water, and her trunk trembling as the soapy smell overwhelmed her nostrils, she took three quick hitched breaths and let out…a whole lotta bubbles.
“ACHOBOBOBOO!” She looked around and saw countless bubbles all around her, each one filled with soapy water, she quickly ran out of the room, her trunk scrunching up again in preparation for another sneeze, this time she couldn’t even hitch her breath the sneeze came over her so suddenly. “HACHOBOOBOBO!” The sneezes were contained in the fact that instead of dangerous blasts of air, countless streams of bubbles came out of her trunk with each sneeze.
The odd thing was, these bubbles were actually helping Allyson. With each sneeze, the countless bubbles went all over the place, and when they touched the walls, they popped and the soapy water exploded from them, making the walls have a slight rinse with each pop. Normally, a few bubbles wouldn’t clean anything, but with millions of bubbles touching the walls, the cleaning actually happened much faster than Allyson’s original and new method combined.
Allyson tried her best to see through the bubbles, but she couldn’t find a window through the screen of bubbles. Charging down the hall, she sneezed a good three more times, each sneeze made even more bubbles come out of her trunk and cleaned the rooms all by themselves…and Allyson was unaware that anything was happening other than her sneezing. Finally reaching a window, she sucked in a nearby tree’s leaves, hoping to get the sneezy feeling out of her trunk. The bubbles were now all gone, but the soapy trace was still all inside her trunk, making her trunk tingle with anticipation for a sneeze, but the tingle wasn’t strong enough to start a sneeze. With these leaves, she was hoping one of the leaves would get inside her nostrils and tickle the inside of her trunk, but the tree’s leaves weren’t the small kind of leaf, they were the large leaves that were the size of a large hand. Still sucking in frusturation, the suction became more and more powerful, making more than just a few leaves get sucked near her trunk…a cloud of flies was sucked inside her trunk, and unlike the leaves, they were easily small enough to fit inside each nostril…and having a cloud of around 50 flies suddenly come and try to fly their way out of someone’s nose…it was horrifying to Allyson.
Her trunk instantly wriggled and started to point higher towards the ceiling, but Allyson forced it to not reach straight above her head. If her trunk did that, it would cause a breath of air the force of a cannon straight through the ceiling and could possibly destroy the old mansion entirely. She could never forgive herself if she allowed that. Trying to wriggle her nose in the direction that pointed directly in front of her instead of above her, her breath hitched, and for the first time in her life, the things in her trunk actually tried to attack the inside of her trunk…by buzzing and lightly punching the interior of her interior walls of her trunk. This just made the sneeze grow and intensify even more than her normal sneezes…and considering that her sneezes were harmless from the bubbles before, this sneeze felt incredible…and Allyson knew that she could cause some insane amount of damage.
“A…AH..AHHH…hh…HH…HHAAACHOOOOOOO!!!! HATCHOOOOO! H…HA…HAAACHOOOOOO!!” The flies were shot with the force of a torpedo straight into the sky, and luckily, so was the air that followed them. A dragon was flying overhead when these cannonlike blasts of air bellowed only 15 feet away from him, and he could’ve sworn someone was trying to attack him.
This dragon was clearly foreign, with a cubical over one eye and a seriously stunning outfit that made him look ready for a funeral. “I say, someone is foolishly trying to hit me. Oh well, the people will hear again from me soon enough. I’ll file a complaint for this.”
Meanwhile, Allyson’s trunk, at least the end where the nostrils were, was now turning a shade of pink that matched the inside part of her trunk. Experimenting a little sniff, she found out that the sneezy feeling almost crept back to her, but she figured out why. One of the flies somehow was near her trunk and was busy trying to make her sneeze again by rubbing his wings against the middle part of her trunk right in-between her 2 nostrils. It almost worked…until Allyson snorted and sent the troublemaking fly crashing into a wall.
“Sniff…Whew. Much better. Now I need to…hey. Wha…what happened?” She dropped her jaw as she noticed that the whole hallway and each room was looking 10 times better than it did before, still not entirely clean, but enough so there wasn’t any visible dust or grime or any kind of signal that this was an old house. Mrs. Fields came in and clapped her hands.
“Wonderful my dearie. Wonderful! I haven’t seen the house look so good in years! Forget the rest of the chores for today, you did much better than I expected, and in so short a time too! You can go home now.”
Allyson, fearing another sneeze, quickly nodded her massive head and hurriedly walked out the front door. Mrs. Field’s made a coughy laugh escape her. “Heh…she may be the best worker I’ve ever had. Who knew her sneezes could do that…but she needs to be more careful. Sigh…younger people. Also, she failed to study her paperwork…she gets paid by the hour…she’s only been working 45 minutes…I’ll give her the extra 15 minutes…heh. Poor young lady. Still, I’ll remind her tomorrow. Right now the poor thing looks like she’s had a tough time. Her parents would be proud that their daughter had grown into such a strong and caring woman…if only they were not as foolish as their daughter…”
Her eyes downcast, Mrs. Fields watched the elephant rub her trunk all the way down the street, making sure she didn’t even have the slightest urge to sneeze. Closing her door, Mrs. Fields then went back inside, thinking about actually accepting the offer she had received earlier this month. “If that new maid actually cleans the house…perhaps I will do it after all…it’s been so long since a party has been hosted here…oh well. We’ll just have to see.”
As soon as Allyson got home, she rushed to her giant shower and turned on the water, rinsing the trunk as much as possible. After she was positive that her trunk was clean and had no signs or any urge to wriggle, she happily took a deep sniff. Everything was alright…everything was fine now. She instantly went to bed, wondering what tomorrow would bring…