Hullo, everyone! Did you know that sometimes you have to write for school? Isn’t that nuts? I recently finished a 700+ word essay for my comp class about one of my least favorite subjects: *whispers* poetry. So much fun. But yesterday I got to write a short story for American Lit! Yay! I thought all of you would enjoy it, and it’s been a while since I posted a short story, so I present to you… Be Careful What You Say In A College Coffee Shop.
“I just don’t know what to do,” Steven said, rubbing his forehead. “She won’t eat anything except spicy chicken wings anymore.” The college coffee shop buzzed around the two of them, their lattes sitting untouched.
His friend Colin smothered his laughter and pasted on a solemn face as he leaned across the table. “That’s a problem all right. Have you tried everything? Steak? Ribs? Ground beef?”
Steven snorted. “If she develops a craving for steak or ribs, I’m in trouble. My wallet’s having trouble with chicken wings as it is.”
“Well, they’re normally picky, just not that picky,” Colin commented.
“I’m not sure what to do next. I think I might—” Steven stopped, looking over Colin’s shoulder at the person sitting next to them. “What are you doing?” he asked.
Colin turned around to look, and the girl turned from her computer screen. “W-what do you mean?” she stammered.
Steven pointed at her computer. “I saw it! You’re writing down our conversation!”
The girl shifted nervously and glanced at her laptop. Colin leaned over and read it. “‘If she develops a craving for steak or ribs, I’m in trouble.’ You are writing down what we’re saying!”
She shifted again. “Um, yeah. About that. What in the world were you talking about? I just tuned in.”
Steven gaped at her. “We were talking about my dog. Why were you writing that down?”
She laughed. “Your dog! And here I thought it might be your girlfriend.”
Colin leaned towards Steven, eyeing the girl. “I think she might be crazy,” he whispered.
The girl’s cheeks turned pink, indicating she had heard. “I-I’m sorry. I’ll stop.” She stood up quickly and began to pack her things.
“No, wait.” Steven stood up. “I want to know why you were writing down our private conversation.” He focused on making himself look as imposing as possible.
The girl visibly cringed. “Um. Well, I’m a writer. And your conversation sounded like something interesting to make a story out of.”
Steven gaped. “What?”
“That’s a story I’d like to read,” Colin said under his breath.
The girl sidled to the side, hugging her laptop to her chest. “Um, can I go now?”
Steven stepped back. “Um, if you want. I’m, uh, I’m sorry if I intimidated you.”
She scampered off as quick as she could, and Steven sat back down at the table. Colin smirked. “I guess the lesson for this ‘Embarrassing Episode In The Life of Steven’ is ‘Be careful what you say in public, because you never know who could be listening and your words might end up in a book someday.’”
Steven glared at him. “You need to work on that.”
Colin grinned. “I know.”