How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan: Busboy


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Ricardo, the new busboy, watched table eight with trepidation. Who wastes good food and lets it get cold while they talk and talk? Knives and forks, hands and gestures rose and fell but no-one tasted a bite. Maybe the quiet blonde had. Her lipstick appeared smudged. Which one of the three was her date? She must be starving.

One customer flashed jewel-studded fingers.

“Yes, sir…”

“You can clear the table now.”

“I’ll get your waiter.”

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

26 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan: Busboy

  1. Since my mantra (or one of them) is “eat eat” I want to know why no one ate their food. An intriguing mystery and this is a new one that I hadn’t seen before. Always like seeing new approaches that get me interested.


  2. Loved this. Great characterization of the busboy – I could see him without having a description. Left me intrigued.


  3. Oh my people probably do that too. If I was busboy I’d pour it in their laps!


  4. Hmmm… Interesting.
    Brings to mind that scene in The Matrix…


  5. Intriguing. I wanted to read more!!


  6. Very funny! And very good! Wonderful, Tess! 🙂


  7. You would be a good short story writer about odd people you come across – you’re a great observer!


  8. Well told in few words. I was raised as part of the “clean plate club” so the fact they’re wasting all that food is really bothering me. Very intriguing and sets up lots of potential scenarios.


  9. This is a great one Tess. Wonderfully done.


  10. Must have been one hell of a conversation!


  11. very descriptive in such limited words, I like it 🙂

    …and I hate it when people left food untouched, in my language it’s called mubazir. we should always eat an already served food.


  12. My guess is she was the non-participating alibi. Great flash!


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