In for the Rain: Short Stories, A Warm Cup

A cold wind bared on her face. She shivered slightly as she walked amongst the colorful leaves. In her quick pace she huddled her arms. The wind was so strong it made it hard to breath as it hit her face. She let out a sigh as she had always hated this time of year. She thought she bundled up enough.

“How terrible.” She muttered. “I hate the cold.”

She stopped when the wind blew a great gust. Shivering she ran into a nearby coffee shop.

“You look cold.” A woman said from behind the counter. “Would you like to order now?”

“Yes please.” She said. “I didn’t think it would be so cold.”

It was almost vacant inside which made it easy to find a spot after her coffee was made.

She took long sips to let herself warm up. It looked like the wind wasn’t going to settle anytime soon. She let out another sigh.

“Would you like a refill?”

“Huh?” She a bit startled of the sudden company.

“It’s on the house.”

“Thank you.” She said as she looked at her name tag. “That would be awesome. Lola.”

Lola filled up another cup and brought it to her.

She sat a bit more relaxed with her second cup. The breeze looked like it was slowing up. She eventually heard Lola humming a tone in the back. It was very interesting.

As she listened, she looked around to see she was the only person left.

“It’s never this vacant.” Lola said a bit aloof.

“Yes, it is.” She said as she watched Lola approach. “My name is Jane by the way. Just so we won’t be so awkward.”

Lola laughed. “Sure! It’s nice to meet you.”

Lola walked past her to the other table.

“You can sit here if you want?” Jane said.

“Oh really? Then I will.” Lola said as she moved to her table.

“So what brings out in such weather anyway.” Lola asked curiously. “You seemed to cold to be out for a coffee.”

“Did look that cold?” Jane asked.

“You did.”

“Ah, well I was actually going home from work. I stayed in a bit late.”

“Hmm, I see.” Lola said watching her closely. “You must want to get home.”

Jane laughed. “Of course!”

A silence passed as she sipped her coffee. She looked at Lola who seemed to get startled a bit.

“Sorry I’m staring.”

“You weren’t.” Jane said a bit taken aback.

Lola laughed a bit relieved.

Jane watched the wind as it seemed to be carrying a few more people into the shop. This caught Lola’s eye too.

“Well I better get back to work. Try to get home soon as the cold might have picked up again.”

Jane watched her leave a bit disappointed.

“Hmm…”

Customers lined in with various words and murmurs. People patted themselves in an attempt to warm up. Lola seemed to kick up to a high gear as she took the orders and made them fast. Jane watched her tentatively as she seemed to catch her eye a lot.

She eventually settled in and began to people watch in between watching Lola. It was interesting. She never seen a more outgoing person. She made each customer comfortable with each conversation no matter how small they were.

Jane eventually looked at the clock ahead.

“Hmm… I better go soon.” She muttered to herself.

She got up and headed for the door.

“Thank you! Come again!” Lola said with a wink.

“Perhaps I will.” Jane said. “In fact; maybe I’ll be back really soon.”

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