It's Wednesday evening and best friends Syren and Marlin are having some drinks and food at Color Burst. Despite all its colors and crayons on the wall, Color Burst is a social venue for adults (usually over 18, but parents with teenagers bring them too) to enjoy. Most of their menu items have bright colors, especially their drinks, whether with a kick or without.
Marlin and Syren are chatting.
Marlin: I don't have much to tell. The gentleman was nice and a good tipper. I just provided service and minded my own business. Yes, that's a hint.
Syren (laughing): Okay. I get it. I guess having someone on the inside really isn't working for me.
Marlin: Not this time. I love you, but that's all you're getting.
Marlin: Yes, so much different. I get paid more. The tips are slightly better, but Lila's patron's are paying good money too, so they tip pretty well. What I like most is that we know a little something about the guests.
Marlin's cell phone starts ringing.
Syren: Well, see who it is anyway.
Syren: Answer it. You can always get off if it's some marketer.
Marlin can feel her heart beating faster. She is very surprised Parker is calling her.
Marlin: Yes, I would love to go out with you. When?...Well, I usually work Friday and Saturday. Those are our busy days, at both my employers. I could get off, but that won't be for another couple of weeks. We get our schedules well ahead of time.
Marlin: If you have time a day or evening during the week, that would work...Yes, next Thursday...sure...I'll save your number...what time?...okay, that's good...I am ex...uh..I'm looking forward to it. Thank you for asking...Okay...yes, goodbye.
Well look who happens to be at the next table. Jadyn and Marcel have brought Seiko out to enjoy the evening.
Jadyn: You'll enjoy the food and the drinks. Lots of great milkshakes and frosty drinks to enjoy.
Seiko: It may be hard to pick just one, but I'll try.
Seiko: Okay. I'll start with this one. It's just nice being out. Not that I haven't enjoyed being with my brother, Trillian and the kids, but I want to see things while I'm here.
Syren: Sometimes you have to be patient. Congratulations! Where are you going?
Marlin: He said he would find a place and let me know by Tuesday. That way I can plan accordingly. He said he understands that women like to plan their outfits ahead of time.
Syren: How considerate of him. Aren't you glad I told you to answer the phone? I must be psychic.
Syren: I'll come over and we'll pick out some options for a couple of different scenarios. Then you'll just wait for his call and select accordingly. Okay?
Marlin: Okay! I'm so excited. I think I may hyperventilate.
Marlin: What if we end up getting married?
Syren: Whoa, Nellie! Let's not get crazy, Girl. Just a man, just a first date. Don't you even dare to go home and start writing your name in different ways either.
Marlin: Different ways?
Syren: Yeah, stuff like Mrs. Parker so and so.
Marlin (laughing): I wouldn't do that. Besides, I don't know his last name.
Syren: Therein making it the only reason you won't do that. Now, back to what you were telling me about working at Select Spaces.
Marcel: No, you don't have to worry about it. I'm taking care of the bill for you ladies. Order whatever you'd like.
Jadyn: That's why I love him. Such a sweetheart.
Seiko: Oh! Thank you, but I couldn't impose.
Jadyn: Seiko, when a gentleman offers to be a gentleman, never, ever say no.
Seiko listens and when the server returns, they all order their drinks, all non-alcoholic, but colorful. The server brings them as they continue to talk.
Seiko: I really want to stay in the States forever. I feel like I would have a really free life here. I would need a green card though.
Jadyn: Will your parents be okay with that?
Seiko: Probably not. But I will be an adult soon.
Jadyn: Maybe they will understand. You are in good hands. I'll be pulling for you.
Marcel: Sure. No problem.
Jadyn: I promise it won't be all the time, but she may only have a short time here. I just want her to have a good time before she may have to leave.
Marcel: I get it. No problem. As long as I can have you to myself sometimes.
Jadyn: Of course you can. Just let me know. I promise I will understand too.
Syren: Uhuh. So, what do you think about going to the shore this summer? I have my eye on a new bikini and I know plenty of men will have their eyes on me while I'm wearing it.
Marlin: Well, for now, I don't have any plans. So let's set a date. Maybe a weekend. We'll bask in the sun.
Syren: You'll bask in the sun. I'll bask under an umbrella. My tan is natural, Babes.
They both laugh.
Syren: As long as you don't drive yourself or me crazy. Right now, men are just a way to pass the time for me. I am enjoying being single and free.
Seiko: I don't think college is for me. At least not right now. I have to figure it out.
Marcel: You're still young, you have time to figure it out.
Jadyn: You sure do. So what are we going to eat? I am hungry.
To save on space, Color Burst is a quick set up made with a tri-fold. Those tables are killing me (wood circles with straws glued on and not so well), so I have to make new table that stand up better. The chairs are pencil holders and a good height for everyone, even the tall guys.
Thanks for stopping by and stay warm. ~ Jaye