Megs

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: The Imaginarium
A short story inspired by an Imaginarium House One Word Prompt.

Submitted: July 30, 2017

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Megs.

How could you do this to me? Either of you. Both of you! It’s not as if you did not know I work here; we’ve all spent enough time in this snack bar together. Why couldn’t you have picked somewhere else to go or is this an intentional act to cause me pain.

Of course Sara is not in. Maybe she’ll show up late with some kind of excuse but that’s not going to help me now. How I want to go home, chuck it all in. But I can’t; I need the job, need the wages. What am I going to do?

Megs, get a move on! They’ve been waiting at table two for ages.” How Harry manages to cook and keep an eagle eye on what is going on out here I’ve never been able to figure. But he does, he has, and I’ve got my orders. I’ll have to go.

Richard, my boyfriend for over a year. We were getting engaged, had so many plans and he threw them all back in my face. There was no warning, no cooling off, just an instant break. Three months ago, so I should be moving on a bit. Perhaps I would have been, at least more than I have, if it wasn’t for his companion.

Gina, my best friend; all through childhood, all through school. She knew everything about me and I thought I knew everything about her too. Obviously wrongly, because I was to discover that she and Richard had been seeing each other for weeks before he dumped me.

Blank! That is how I will have to look. I’ll make myself expressionless. I won’t try to smile or my lip might wobble, give away how much it hurts. I won’t make eye contact but will stare at the table or above their heads. We’re busy enough; I won’t need an excuse not to linger.

Sternly telling myself to stay calm, I approach their table.

Hey, Megs! How are you keeping. You are looking good, anyway.” Shut up, Richard, I want to say but instead I mumble out a ‘Hi. Can I take your order, please.’

Gina moves her hand. The diamond engagement ring glitters brightly for a moment as it catches the over-head light. The pounding in my head intensifies and I find myself wanting to scream.

Megs, we wanted you to hear it from us. We’re getting married next month.” Gina almost sounds gloating, but at least now I know this was no accidental meeting. They set the whole thing up intentionally.

I won’t react. I’ll stay blank, swallow down all the emotions, all the feelings of deception and betrayal that are threatening to surface. “Congratulations,” I say. Please let there not have been a tremble in my voice. “Can I take your order now? We’re rather busy.”

My hand shakes as I jot things down. So long as neither of them notice, I don’t care. I turn and fight off the urge to run away from their table. I can feel both of their gazes fixed upon my back so I stand straight, tall, and walk steadily towards the counter before having to head off to another table.

Harry passes out one order, not theirs, thankfully. I can deal with this. There’s only four more hours to get through and I’ll make it home before breaking down. I don’t want to have to take them their order. I know that if I do, I might be sorely tempted to miss the table and deposit their food in their laps. It would serve them right but also might just get me the sack.

Sara shows up just in time, going on about traffic jams and other unavoidable delays. It is her that picks up their order and takes it to them. When she gets back to me she says, “Isn’t that....”

Yes, it is. But don’t ask....”

Even when Richard and Gina have gone the sense of deep betrayal lingers. I should talk to Sara, I’ve no one else to confide in. But I can’t. I’ll go home, drown my sorrows, and tear apart every single remaining photo I have of either of them. Maybe I’ll book a cheap holiday somewhere, anywhere; because one thing is for certain, I will not be attending their wedding.

 

Inspired by the Imaginarium House One Word Prompt -- Blank


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