The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

To Health

This was one of my early stories, and almost no one has seen it. Now I hope someone will. 🙂

The Nice Thing About Strangers

In a café on the Dalmatian coast, a middle-aged waitress leans on the bar and takes coffee and unceasing cigarettes for breakfast. The music on the radio is lively so she snaps it off.

There are three customers already there, but they have ordered and been served, so they no longer exist. She fixes her makeup in the mirror behind her, puts her hair up, hoists a serious look.  She reads a newspaper and makes faces at the news. Sometimes she stares out where the sea should be. The fog is so heavy in the morning that one could easily forget the water is there.

Out in the haze, a man in a boat sneezes. Twice. The woman whispers “Na zdravlje” over her ashtray. A blessing he can’t hear for a man she can’t see. She turns a bored gaze to the empty entryway then turns the back music on…

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3 comments on “To Health

  1. Ryan
    January 22, 2014

    Liked it before, still like it now!

  2. Steven Wordsmith Lincoln
    January 25, 2014

    I agree with Ryan. It’s great to revisit if we HAVE read, and it’s important for newer readers to see your full catalog. (did you know you have a catalog?)

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 25, 2014

      Ooo, I have a catalog? Awesome! I am glad that you spent some of your Saturday morning with me, Steve. This one is from so long ago, I think I’m also noticing how my style has changed over time. So the re-blogs are good for me to give older pieces a new look.
      Thanks,
      Paige

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