It had been three days since Joseph had touched another human and it was beginning to wear on his nerves. He had leftovers from the last one, of course; he always made sure they’d last. But breakfast had been a bit dry and he was tired of the same thin, oily skin on his German sausages.
Joseph looked up from his issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and gazed out the window to the street. He was wanted a plump woman who could still climb a flight of stairs without needing to catch her breath at the top. It had been a long week and he was planning a delightful evening on Saturday to relax. The new waitress came back to take his empty cup of coffee, still smiling as she approached his table,
“Can I get you anything else Mr. …?” She paused at the end of her sentence, raising her eyebrows slightly. Joseph paused, confused—where was the other waitress who didn’t ask questions—before cocking his head slightly to the left and responding,
“No, that would be all. Thank you.” The waitress pursed her lips before pressing her arms against the sides of her chest and leaning closer, pushing her hip out to the right as she let her weight rest on her left foot,
“Are you sure I can’t interest you in anything else? You’ve been here for a while without eating a thing and I would be happy to bring you a dessert menu, we have a new apple cobbler that just came out last week that I’m sure you’d love.” While she was talking the waitress had inched her body closer, moving the weight from her left foot to the right. Joseph narrowed his eyes and counted his breaths.
“No, as I said, I wouldn’t like anything else at this time.”
The waitress scrunched her face and leaned back, resting her weight evenly between both feet.
“Alright, well that’s fine. I hope you enjoyed your coffee. Have a nice day.”
Joseph relaxed the tension that had built up during the conversation and watched as the waitress walked away. No, she was too bone-y. He laid five dollars on the table and counted out exact change. He would make sure to come earlier tomorrow.