Ruth M. Kirkby

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Copyright 2012 Ruth M. Kirkby

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“Marnie, hang up the phone!” Joe yelled at me from the kitchen.

I turned towards the front door of the diner and cupped my hand over the receiver of the phone. “Sorry, say that again?”

I could see Joe in the reflection of the door. He was peering over the counter at me, his eyebrows knotted together in a frown. “Fuck’s sake, Marnie! I don’t pay you to gossip!”

“Yeah, I understand. Okay, I’ll come home as soon as I can,” I paused for a moment, taking a breath and staring at the black and white checkerboard linoleum floor. “Bye.”

I ended the call and put the diner’s phone back on the counter. Joe, the night cook and owner of the diner at which I worked, was in the kitchen, throwing pots and pans around angrily. He had been grouchy for as long as I had known him, but it seemed to me that night he was in a particularly bad mood.

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