“Hi!” said Rebecca, still practicing her waitress smile after only a few days on the job as she offered a menu down to Ginny, who sat looking up from the corner of her usual booth.
Ginny blinked, noted the plastic name tag on the girl’s blouse. “Hello, Rebecca.”
At the sound of her name pronounced in the breathy voice of this dark and beautiful woman, Rebecca’s real smile shone through her practiced expression. Ginny returned the smile and it was then that each of them knew the world had changed.
“Can I start you off with something to drink?” Rebecca, not knowing what else to say, bravely pressed forward with routine.
Ginny knew just what to say and said it, “What time do you get outta’ here?”
Rebecca laughed, a sound like wind chimes to Ginny’s ears. “About 8…”
“Can I see you then?”
“Yes, please.” Rebecca could hardly believe what she was saying. “I’ll wait for you.”
Except for Mel in the back, they had been alone in the café until that moment when the bell tinkled on the door and old Doc Grimes entered. Nobody was sure just what kind of doctor Grimes was, but most agreed his field of knowledge seemed wide and deep enough that he might have been any kind. Rebecca turned her waitress smile on the old man as he took a seat at the counter. “Be right with you, Doctor!”
Grimes waved a hand. “No hurry!”
Turning back to Ginny, Rebecca’s real smile returned.
Ginny had not removed her eyes from the young waitress and was now even deeper in love. “Wonderful,” she said. “My name’s Virginia, by the way, but you can call me Ginny. And yes, please, can I get a Coke?”
Rebecca felt somehow that she knew the answer, but she asked the question anyway, “Diet or regular?”
“Fulla’ sugar and caffeine!” Ginny laughed.
Regular, just as Rebecca had known.