Betty and her new face arrived at the party late. Everyone turned and gasped. They hadn't seen her for months. They'd heard she was having work done on her face but no one there in the room thought much about it until then. But seeing her looking like she did in person with her lips filled up and puffed out like they were and her eyes made up dark and sitting at an awkward slant and wearing a slinky dress someone 30 years younger should not be wearing and it all added up to too much. No one knew what to do or whether they even wanted to talk to her. Betty sensed that, saw people their back to her not wanting to talk or even acknowledge her being there. Maybe they didn't know what to say. Betty dropped her head and moved into the shadows just then a big golden retriever worked it's way through the crowd and came up to her and stood and wagged and said with its eyes pet me, you'll feel better if you do.