The Drive-Thru

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A guy goes through a Drive-Thru...

Submitted: August 30, 2018

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“The Drive-Thru”

 

He recited his

order

over and over

to himself

before he even

got up to

the speaker box

that was shaped

like a clown’s

head,

he needed things

to go smoothly

when he gave

his order

he didn’t like

to be interrupted

he knew what

he wanted

to get

what size

and if he

was going to

add any extra

toppings

cheese,

bacon,

and the such

depending on

what he was

getting

there was no

need

for questions

he would spell

out

all the answers

to any probable

questions

they could have

if they just

let him finish

reciting his order

but what he

hated most

was when they

tried

to change his

order

through

suggestive

selling

or to try

one

of their specials

instead,

once his stomach

was told

what to expect

it didn’t take

kindly

to substitutions

it threw off

his whole

preplanned

digestive juices

a bland turkey

sandwich

didn’t sit well

in a stomach

that has been

pumping in

the stuff needed

to break down

a full plate

of spicy tacos

sort of like

drinking orange

juice

while eating a

peanut butter

and jelly sandwich

it just isn’t

done,

he pulls up

to the clown’s

head

notices the same

piece of gum

still stuck to

the clown’s left

eye

from the last

time he drove

thru

he waits for

the crackle

of the broken

voice

to come over

the speaker

not getting any

kind of prompt

for him to

talk

he turns up

his car stereo

knowing their

headset

is usually left

on

listening to the

secrets

people speak

when they think

no one else

is listening,

he’s hoping this

long lag in

a response

is because the

burned out

dude

is handling the

Drive-Thru

he rarely says

much of anything

and has no

interest

in getting you

to try,

change,

or increase

anything

in your order

he was just

doing time

waiting for his

shift to be

over

so he could

live his life,

he already has

his money

in his hand

a five and

four ones

for the $8.59

dollar order

which he has

already counted

three times

and will continue

to do so

till he pays,

a high pitched

fast talking

squeaky voice

cuts through

the bass player’s

lead in to

the next song

signaling

he got the

girl

not the dude,

he turns down

the music

as she welcomes

him

to Circus Wheel

foods

as if she

was the hostess

of a high end

steak house

he tries to

jump in

when there’s

a slight pause

as she takes

a breath

but she only

takes

half a gasp

and cuts him

off

starting into the

prewritten script

about the specialty

burgers

she needs to

push,

but he knows

what he wants

so there is

really

no reason to

go through

all of them

he is just

about to try

and shut her

down

but that new

Blue cheese

and Kobe bacon

burger

does sound pretty

interesting,

“so would you

like to try

one of our

specialty burgers?”

she asks

“so what was on

that Kobe bacon

burger?”

he asks back

his whole preplanned

attack

derailed

by a perky

sixteen year old

girl

she runs through

the goodies

piled on top

of that burger

and goes into

great detail

when she describes

the Kobe bacon

knowing all along

that was the

hook

that got him

she can feel

the hesitation

in his voice

on the verge

of closing the

deal

she goes at

him

hard,

“and if you

get the Extra

Large fries

you get a

free mini

bobble head

of one of

our world famous

Circus Wheel

cartoon characters

they are soooo

cute

kids love them

do you have

any kids sir?”

“why yes,

I have

two in the

trunk”

he says

his reply

not slowing her

down

“well today

and today only

if you up grade

to the deluxe

chili fries

I will throw in

one more mini

bobble head,

and

just because

I like kids

make that drink

extra-large too

and I’ll throw

a handful of

cheese

on those chili

fries

for free”

he doesn’t even

notice

that he is

well into the

third song

since he pulled

up

to the clown

head

“ok, ok,

I’ll take it”

he says

surrendering to

her

“Great,

with all the extras?”

she says

smiling through

the microphone

“yes, yes

with everything”

he tells her

his will

completely broken

“Great,

that will be

$17.93

please pull up”

he starts rifling

through his pockets

he only had

another five bucks

on him

he always paid

cash

he knew you

could use plastic

but he had

never tried

he rolls up

to the window

feeling totally

defeated

then made to

feel even smaller

as she looks

down at him

from her window

the blouse

or her Circus Wheel

uniform

is covered with

patches and

buttons

of various sales

achievements

she gives him

a smile

the kind you

wear

when you go

all in at poker

already knowing

you’ve won,

he feebly asks

“can I put this

on my card?”

“Sure”

she says

“debit or credit?”

“credit please”

he says

“just so you

know

that will be

fifty cents extra

for credit”

she says

her smile

getting bigger

he nods

as he

hands over his

card

she hands it

back

with the extra

large drink

then quickly

gives him the

rest of the

order

he is surprised

at how light

the bag felt

for almost

eighteen dollars

it should feel

like there’s a

brick in the

bag

for that price,

it wasn’t until

he got three

stop lights

away

that he got

to thinking about

his newly purchased

burger

there was no

such thing as

Kobe bacon

Kobe meat was

from a Japanese

cow

there are no

Kobe pigs,

her reached into

the bag

pushed aside the

two mini bobble

heads

and dug under

the chili fries

strike that

chili “Cheese” fries

and grabbed the

Blue cheese

Kobe bacon burger

and takes a

close look at

the box

Kobe bacon

is spelled

Cobee bacon

a small pig farm

in the center of

Compton

according to the

small print

under a dancing

pig,

his open window

carries his voice

as he screams

out

into the streets

“You Win This

Time

Little Girl,

but I’ll be back

I’ll be back”

then he thinks

to himself

as he pulls

back

the wrapper

on his burger

Compton

does have some

pretty good

BBQ joints

as his teeth

tear off a

big chunk

of the Blue

cheese

and Cobee bacon

burger…

 

Tom Allen…08-26-2018…


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