by Brad Chambers at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 Brad Chambers
Edited by Jessica Chambers
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Dean Walker sat at the worn counter in Roy's Diner eating his usual Friday night supper of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans. He hardly noticed when the old unshaven man in the dirty apron refilled his chipped coffee cup. He was thinking about his plans for later that night with Eve. She got off work at Sparkle at one and he was ready see her. He'd been busy for a week and they hadn't been able to spend any time together. When he wasn't working, Dean usually managed to see the waitress at least twice a week and sometimes more. It wasn't a serious relationship, more like a convenient one. They enjoyed the time together and expected nothing else from the partnership. At least Dean didn't. Sometimes Eve got jealous if she knew he was spending time with another woman, even if it was work related. Jealousy wouldn't really be part of a convenient relationship. Maybe she's more serious than I am, Dean thought.
Glancing up at the sound of the diner door opening, Dean saw an elderly man in a long overcoat entering. Under the open coat he was wearing a very nice, but outdated suit. The man looked slowly around the small restaurant; his eyes lingered on Dean for a second, and then moved on. Removing his coat and hat the man hung them on a hook next to the one containing Dean's. After a quick brush along the bench to remove any stray crumbs the gentleman sat down carefully in the first of the four booths.