Trent looked his friend Marshal up and down. Gone was the lean swimmer who’d slipped into the tanning bed over an hour ago, now a wall of thick muscle stared back at him with dull hollow eyes.
“Marshal you ok” Trent asked
Marshal just bounced his pecs and chuckled as he looked down at his heavy chest.
“Yea, I’m good bro” Marshal laughed in a surprising deep voice
Trent gulped, Marshal had never said ‘bro’ in all the time he’d known him. He’d overdosed Trent thought. Trent had brought Marshal to the Tanning Shop, he was one of the short list who knew that the tanning beds here did more then just tan your skin.
After a short session in the bed the user would crawl out with tanned skin, but also slimmer, healthier, better looking and even a little bit taller. Trent sighed, he should of checked on Marshal. Trent though had been too busy flirting with the hot receptionist to notice that Marshal had been inside the bed for three times longer then he should of been.
Trent shook his head “Sorry man, but this isn’t good”
Marshal just stared blankly at Trent, his head cocked to one side. He was confused Trent thought, but then he was probably going to be confused all the time now, too much time in the beds would cook your brain.
“Overuse can lead to permanent damage” Trent explained “I warned you beforehand”
Marshal laughed again and brought his arms up. His rounded biceps bulged and he gave his abs a flex to finish off the pose.
“This isn’t damaged” Marshal laughed again
Trent nodded, Marshal was certainly a sight now.
“But what will people say, you’re like three or four inches taller” Trent offered
Marshal smirked “Not to mention a beast” he bounced his pecs again
Trent nodded again, Marshal was certainly a beast now.
“No one noticed you’d changed… you explained it once” Marshal added
He was scratching his head under his cap, his head must be hurting from using such big words like ‘noticed’ and ‘explained’.
“Yea, a healthy glow” Trent offered “They just see the tan, not the couple pounds of muscle or the inch in height the bed gave you”
Marshal nodded, then just waited for Trent to continue. He really was dumb now, Trent almost felt sorry for the idiot who’d stayed in the magical tanning bed for nearly two hours.
Trent pondered out loud for a moment “Well… I could do another 30 minutes without any permanent damage, just exterior changes”
He stepped passed Marshal and climbed into the bed, flicked the switch to turn it on. As it closed he saw Marshal mouthing the word exterior to himself, trying to work out the meaning.