#72 I’ll Be Your Server (400 words)

Inspired by: I Can’t Understand (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)

While in Marieville, Sadie went shopping downtown with her mother, Heather. They took a break and grabbed lunch at Sadie’s favorite restaurant. 

“What are you gonna get, honey?”

“Club sandwich.” They said in unison. 

“Don’t you ever try shaking things up? You always get the same thing.”

“I just like to know I’ll like what I’m going to get.”

“You’re young, you should be having adventures and making mistakes.”

“I live in a big city. You don’t think I’m having adventures?”

“I’d be shocked.”

Sadie closed her menu. When she put it down, she saw familiar eyes staring at her. The server smiled at Sadie when their eyes met. Sadie immediately averted her gaze. 

“So what have you been up to, mom? How’s the real estate biz going?” 

“Why?! Do you want a house here? I saw a starter home that would be perfect for you.”

“What? No. I just meant how is your job going?”

Heather’s face sank, but before she could answer, the server came to their table. 

“Good afternoon, folks. I’m Juliana, and I’ll be your server. Hello Sadie, I thought that was you.”

“Now, how do you know my Sadie?”

Juliana smiled, “we were friends in high school.”

Sadie’s face grew bright red. 

“So, what will you be having, a club sandwich?”

Heather laughed, “of course, she is she’ll never change!”

Heather ordered, and Juliana put in their orders. 

“She seemed nice. Why didn’t I ever meet her?”

“We weren’t that close. Just had some classes together.”

“She knows what you like to eat.”

“You just pointed out it’s all I eat. Apparently, it’s not a big deal!”

Heather didn’t push the subject. 

“I’m going to use the restroom.”

On the way, Sadie ran into Juliana, alone.

“Hey, stranger. I never thought I’d see you again. How are you doing?”

“I’ve been doing well, Juliana. I’m a doctor now. Live in Beacon. Everything’s great.”

“Are you mad at me or something. You’re the one who disappeared.”

“I’m not mad!” Sadie said in a way that sounded very close to mad. 

“Okay, it was great catching up. Have a nice life.”

Sadie freshened up, and a different server brought their food out. 

“Oh, what happened to Juliana?” Heather asked. 

“It was the end of her shift. I’ll be taking care of you now. Can I get you anything else?”

Heather glared at Sadie until the server left.

Published by einquin

Writing personal exploration flash fiction as well as building the foundations for a comic book universe.

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