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Breakfast by Nicholas Froumis
The elderly man slowly shuffled to the booth near the back of the restaurant, supporting himself against each table along the way. For 15 years, they ate breakfast every weekday in the exact same spot. When the newly-hired waitress came by, he instinctively ordered two coffees.
“Are you expecting someone, sir?” she asked politely.
“She’s already here,” he answered, still staring straight ahead.
Confused, the waitress glanced across the restaurant in search of this mystery guest when the manager pulled her aside.
“Can that old man not see?” she questioned nervously out of earshot.
“Only what the heart wants now.”
The SHORT TALE 100 – SEPTEMBER 2016