Wolves in the Mist

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Chapter 4

Nathan and I decided to stay at the cafe. My shift had ended and we now sat across from each other.

Nathan rubbed the back of his neck. “Sorry for dropping by without letting you know and for not telling you I was back. Things have been hectic.”

“It’s alright,” I smiled. “I’m glad to see you. So tell me about your trip?" I asked him. “How was it?”

"It was great. I had work there, but I was still able to enjoy my time there."

"What is your job exactly? You never actually told me or Audrey." I placed my hand against my cheek and my elbow on the table.

"I do quite a few things. Mostly answering calls, travelling, and managing anything my boss asks me to. It pays well so I don't complain, plus the boss and I are close."

"So you’re an assistant?”

“I guess you could put it that way.”

I hummed. “It doesn't sound that bad, just don't push yourself too hard."

"I'll be fine," he chuckled. "So, I heard from Audrey you're taking a year off before you start college." Nathan arched an eyebrow.

"Yeah I wanted to save some money before I started. I was thinking of getting a husky once I start college. I think having a dog around would relieve some of my daily stress. What do you think?"

"I remember you telling me you wanted one, especially with either blue eyes or with different colored ones. Forgot the name of it but yeah," he chuckled. "They kind of remind me of wolves."

"You remembered! Hm, yeah they do kind of look like them."

“Let me know when you get yours. I’d love to meet them.” He smiled.

I nodded before returning the smile. For the next half hour, we talked more about the time we hadn’t seen each other. Nathan talked more about his trip and all the places he went to. He showed me pictures and videos.

Then came the subject of high school and Audrey.

“Audrey seems to be doing fine,” Nathan leaned back on his seat. “At least when I called her.”

“Audrey being Audrey,” I chuckled. “She’s doing really good with her studies. No boyfriend or girlfriend that I know of.”

Nathan let out a laugh. “I’d be surprised if she did find someone. She always rejected everyone in high school. Then again, high school isn’t the same as college.” He shrugged his shoulders.

Before I could say anything else, he asked. “What about you?”

“Me what?” I frowned.

“Boyfriend or girlfriend,” he gave me a small smile. “Do you have one?”

“Oh no!” I viciously shook my head. “None.”

“How come?” He raised his brows. His body slightly leaned forward.

I shrugged my shoulders. “Haven’t found someone I’m interested in. I guess.”

Nathan changed the subject to school. He asked me what I was planning on studying, if I had any schools in mind, and when I was planning on applying. I answered all his questions. I already had a list of schools in mind, all local. Applying would depend on how much money I was able to save by the time I applied.

By the time another half hour passed, it was time for Nathan to leave. Before we said our goodbyes, he agreed to come by the cafe more often and that we’d hang out with Audrey, just like in high school.

I stayed behind and watched him leave the cafe. Since my car was at the back, I’d use the back door. I waved goodbye to Sasha as well as Kyle and Iris. Lincoln must’ve left, I thought.

Headed outside and caught a figure against the back wall of the small building. Lincoln was on the phone with someone. He hadn’t noticed me yet. His green eyes were on the sky above.

I wanted to say my goodbyes to him, but didn’t want to interrupt him. I decided I’d get close enough to where he’d notice me and wave goodbye to him.

His eyes shifted to my brown ones. There was quite some distance between us, but he saw my wave and returned it with a small smile. His smile quickly dropped at something the other person on the phone must’ve said. I went to my car just as he answered, ignoring his words.

Upon reaching home, my phone dinged. When I checked to see who messaged me, I saw that I was added to a group chat with Nathan and Audrey. The Three Chillies, the name of the chat read. A small laugh left my lips. I knew Audrey had created and named the chat.

Typical Audrey.

• • •

Work ran as usual the next day. Nathan let me know he wouldn’t be able to show up, something about work. I didn’t mind. I didn’t expect him to always show up, but I was glad we were talking more often now.

I was currently taking my lunch break. While the Three Chillies, as Audrey called us had our own group chat that we talked to, Nathan and I also talked privately.

Lincoln called out my name, "your order is ready." I stood up and got my order.

"Who was that guy you were with yesterday? Never seen him around.”

"Just a friend from high school," I answered. It was a bit odd he’d ask me that but at the same time I understood why he did. Lincoln knew my friends, well he knew Audrey. She would show up every now and then when school didn’t have her locked in her dorm room. Besides her, I knew almost everyone at the cafe.

Lincoln nodded his head slightly and got back to work. I sat back down and began to eat my lunch.

Time passed and as soon as I finished my lunch, I got behind the cash register to resume my shift. I was finishing the last few customers before my shift ended.

"Hello and welcome. What would you like to order?" A man stepped up. He wore a black v-neck shirt, a pair of jeans, and a black leather jacket.

"Can I get a cup of coffee with you on the side gorgeous?" The man winked and flashed his pearly white teeth.

It wasn't unusual for random guys to come in and ask me out on dates. Most times it was just to see whether I'd say yes or no. Other times they were genuine in wanting to take me out on a date. It was quite entertaining seeing the different ways guys tried to get me to feel a slight attraction towards them. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes. But it didn't mean I'd go out with them.

I didn't like what they sometimes did after I would say no.

"How would you like your coffee?"

"With cream and sugar."

"Your coffee will be ready soon sir."

There were rarely some who would get mad after I would tell them no. Others just looked as if their day had been ruined from that moment on. I hated those kinds of reactions the most. I was relieved for those who understood or didn't make a big fuss about it. And then there were those who just wouldn't give up.

"Should have probably introduced myself first, sorry gorgeous. My name is Mason and I'd like to take you out sometime if you won't mind?"

Mason belonged to the category of those who wouldn't give up. But he didn’t seem the type that made you uncomfortable for saying no.

"I'm sorry Mason, but I just don't know you that well." I stated honestly.

"I'd like to get to know you during our date if you'd like. Here's my number, call me if you change your mind.” He slid his business card across the counter.

It would be rude not to take it. I placed the card in the front pocket of her jeans.

Sure some would think that not taking it wouldn't be rude. But to me, I feel that it's rude. I could always throw it away later.

"I never got your name, miss?"

"Emma, my name is Emma."

"Well it was nice to meet you and thank you Emma," he smirked and went to get his order. I watched as Mason grabbed his coffee and walked out of the shop.
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