My short story, Barista, is published here first for your pleasure. I plan to publish original content weekly. It may be a poem, flash, or a longer short. Stay in touch and let me hear what you think. Chris
His eyebrow rose. “Forty-three?” The assistant manager shakes his head at The Expresso Computer’s newest hire. “Tisha, I wouldn’t have pegged you over thirty.”
Latisha Williams frowns and points her long brown finger at the tip jar. “I’m not tipping you Brian.”
“Too bad.” He flips a can of whipped cream into the air, catching it behind his back. With a flourish of prestidigitation he squirts a dollop on a hot Grande Supreme. “Your soy, mocha, latte with three shots.” He hands the steaming java to an enamored teen.
“Impressive.” Tisha nods her Afro and glances over the room. It’s 4:30. The tables are full with one computer station unoccupied. The afterschool rush is over. It’s her fourth day, and she knows the routine—now the after work crowd. Squeezing out a soapy sponge in the sink, she wipes down the counter. “This place moves. How long have you been working here?”Continue Reading