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Table_ 4 - First Prize Winning Short Story - From the Drama Interventions Collection

Table_ 4 - First Prize Winning Short Story - From the Drama Interventions Collection

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Published by Diane Cameron
Routine has a numbing way to anesthetize your believability in hope. We go about our days in concert with yesterday. Then one day, out of the blue. . .your routine is interrupted by the rainbow!
Routine has a numbing way to anesthetize your believability in hope. We go about our days in concert with yesterday. Then one day, out of the blue. . .your routine is interrupted by the rainbow!

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Published by: Diane Cameron on Dec 12, 2008
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TABLE 4
The award winning short storyBy Diane Cameron
todays-woman.net 
FROM THE DRAMA INTERVENTIONS COLLECTONSALL OF THE SHORT STORIES IN THE DRAMA INTERVENTIONS COLLECTIONSCAN BE CREATED INTO PLAYS
Copyright © Eddie Bear Publishing 2003-2009. All rights reserved.This written work may not be reproduced or redistributed without written permission from theauthor Diane Cameronusaartistobenin@aol.com Eddie Bear Publishing © rights reserved.
 
"I'll have a cup of coffee black" he ordered never looking up."Anything else for you?" she replied automatically."No.....that'll be all....Hurriedly, she prepared a fresh pot of coffee for her customer. Very rarely did someonecome to the restaurant that wasn't a regular. She had never seen this old man before.Seldom did she have time to analyze her customers; usually it was all about getting them inand out with the least amount of room for complaints against her to management. Shebrought his coffee and set it down on the table. He reached for the cup right away neverlooking in her direction. She thought "The least he could have said was thank you!" but thenpeople rarely do. It was a slow Tuesday morning with few diners out. It was also herbirthday and she had the option to take the day off but decided against it, the tips came inhandy. She watched him drink his coffee and quickly refreshed his cup when it got low. Again, he never looked up.....or acknowledged her. This will be about a quarter tip shethought and generally decided it was okay, something about this customer made heruncomfortable although she couldn't say why. He wasn't rude or especially demanding. Shenoticed the distant look on his face as he silently drank his coffee. In the absence of othercustomers she had time to intently study this gentleman. She watched him reach inside hiscoat and pull out a pen and paper and began to write. He remained at the table drinkingcoffee and writing for over an hour. She was keenly aware that he had begun to watch herholding a picture in his hand. She saw a tear roll down his deeply lined face. Trying not tobe obvious she hurried about the dining room filling empty coffee cups and continued tostudy the man at table 4 getting a little agitated with him taking up so much time in herstation. Other customers were starting to arrive, but as long as he remained at her section,the incoming guests were assigned to other waiters. An eerie feeling came over her as shefelt him staring at her. She went in the kitchen to replenish the coffee returned in a fewminutes. She peered over at table 4 and he was gone. She wondered if he had left her a tip. As she approached the now empty table looked down and saw an envelope. Reaching forthe envelope and glancing toward the cashier in an attempt to return the envelope to hermysterious customer. She was surprised to see her name on the envelope. It read "ToColleen" in shaky penmanship. Inside was a letter and Twenty-Six 100 dollar bills. It read:Dear Colleen:I finally found you through many years of searching. I won't go into the details of therelationship I had with your mother and received the news of her death almost 5 yearsafter it occurred. How do you make up for a lifetime in a few minutes? You can't...... and Iwon't insult you by trying. I located your job after pleading with your aunt Phyllis for someinformation on you. She assured me your mother was very close to her and thru Aunt Phil I

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