Last night ended very late and today started very early. Lily and Martin both went home a little early tonight, a goodwill gesture that would be pointed out throughout the rest of the evening once Todd arrived home. This always caused an argument between him and Todd, but not so bad that it wasn't worth Martin arguing over, especially tonight. Todd always thought about going home all the time when he was stuck in this predicament. But he could never bring himself to do it. He wanted to leave a while ago, even told himself if no one came within twenty minutes, he was going to leave early. That was forty five minutes ago.
So Todd stayed open right until the sign said he would. He just wished a last minute customer would come in for a dessert order or bored and looking for chit chat. Usually he was left alone to wait out the clock and then he would go home and be asked “how the evening went” and he would say “no one came in” and then he would hear the code for “I told you so” in the form of “You should have left early”.
God he hated that.
He wiped off the counter that was already showroom ready and threw the tablecloth through the order window. He quickly glanced at the cash till then decided the thirteen dollars and change he made after Martin went home four hours ago was not enough to warrant a detour to the bank. He looked at the clock again.
“Are you kidding?” he asked wondering if the clock had actually slowed down to keep him a prisoner.
He turned off the open sign in defiance of the remaining thirty four seconds before actual closing time. Then, turned it back on imagining Mr. Clarke coming up to the door and demanding a coffee, or Florida wrapping at the glass demanding to see what sweets he had left because Florida's sister Hazel came for a “Pop In” and we all know Ms. Johnson hates the “Pop In”, for this very reason. He decided to wait just a few moments more, but nothing.
Now it was two minutes past close and he sighed. Continuing to turn off the rest of the lights in the store he got to the door and looked back. The place was immaculate. It had been for a while now, but it still made him smile. He liked when Martin left early and he opened the following day and the store was spotless. With all that down time he and Lily usually just sat and drank coffee and pretended to look busy when Martin walked through the door. Sometimes they would pick up a broom or rags and pretend to be swamped just so Martin would feel bad and not yell at them as much. Then, Todd could complain and bitch to his heart's...