I tapped my fingers on the counter top, staring at the clock. He's late. I thought to myself. I couldn't help but be frustrated. He came on time everyday. It was the highlight of my shift. I don't know why I was so hooked on seeing him. Jordan Mars. It's not like he ever knew I existed before this summer. But, I just couldn't help myself. I was so drawn to him.
I was so lost in my thoughts that I hadn't even noticed the middle aged lady that walked up to me.
"Excuse me. Ma'am! Are you going to take my order or do I need to take my business else where?"
I snapped my head towards the woman and quickly glanced at my manager,Chris, whom wore a scowl on his face. I quickly glanced back at woman in front of me and put on a fake smile.
"I'm so sorry ma'am. What can I get for you today?"
She huffed out a breathe clearly not pleased with my attempt at trying to re-service her.
" Just get me an Americano large with 2 creams 3 sugars"
I turned around and began making her coffee. Sometimes it sucks working here. You have to deal with rude old women, nasty old men and snotty teens. I guess this is to be expected with dealing with customer service.
Razor's was a local cafe in a surban area in the state of Michigan. It was one of the main spots in town. My mom is friends with Chris's wife, who helped me get this job for the summer. My mom thought it would look good on my college application that I worked a job instead of slumming it all summer. Plus she was happy I didn't have to ask her for money anymore.
I didn't know how to break it to my mom that I didn't want to go to college. Not right away anyways. I wanted to explore,well,me. I needed time to figure myself out before I went to school for a career that I could possibly be doing for the rest of my life. Im only 17 years old. I don't know anything about life. How is it fair that the first thing everyone wants me to do what I'm an adult is to join everyone else in a miserable world and be miserable with them? I don't get it.
Sometimes I feel as if I am from out of this world.
I finished the woman's coffee and cashed her out. She didn't tip. Not that I expected her to. Especially after I spaced out while doing her order, and before her order. Who drinks hot coffee on a 88 degree summer day anyways? I looked at the clock and sighed. He was over an hour late. At the 2 hour mark, I decided to accept the fact that he wasn't coming today. I don't know why I was so hurt. Why I felt like as if I've been stood up. Jordan was not my boyfriend or anything. In fact we never had more than a 15 minute conversation before. But those 15 minutes always made the rest of my work shift feel with bliss. But I would not feel that bliss today.
The rest of the day went by slowly and dreadful. It was as if every rude customer in the city decided to come in today. Or maybe it was just my mood that made it this way.
It was 10 minutes til close. I huffed out a breath and started wiping off the dining room tables and putting up chairs. I always saved the dishes for last because we always got that one asshole customer who came in the last few minutes. I grabbed the broom and started sweeping as Chris came out the back office to cash out the register. My 2 other coworkers left for the day already.
"I hope when you come back Monday Jade you have an better attitude. You mood today was just horrible. Even customers who favor you weren't your biggest fans today." Chris stated.
I took off my work hat and fixed a few out of place curls that came out of my hair. I put my work hat on the counter behind me and swept my dirt pile into the dustpan.
"Im sorry Chris. Today was just not one of my best days. But I promise I will be better on Monday." I stated as I threw away the dirt pile and put the broom and dustpan up.
Chris nodded his head."We all have those days. Im not denying you of your right to feel that way. But good customer service is not projecting it out on the consumers."
I nodded my head and started to wash the dishes. It was 5 minutes to 9 and the only thing I had left to do was to clean the last few coffee pots. Just then I heard the ding of the bell on the door and silently cursed under my breath. Here was that one asshole.
" We are about to close sir but if you want a pop or something we can only take debt or credit right now" Chris stated to the asshole.
"I'm actually here to just have a quick word with Jade. I won't be long"
A wave of excitement and pleasure hit my body at once. It was Jordan. I wanted to jump up and down like a 5 year old girl. I turned around and looked right at him. He had a half smile on his face. His tall lean 6'2 frame called out to me. I wanted to run into his embrace. Why? I have no clue.
Chris looked at me in nodded."You have 2 minutes. After that you will have to leave so I can close the store."
With that Chris turned and walked into the office. I walk up to Jordan nervous all of a sudden.I gave him a small smile as I casually wiped my hands on my pants. Why was I all of a sudden a nervous wreak around him.
"Whats up?" I asked trying to make my voice sound normal.He looked at me and I swore I saw him lick his lips. He looked as if he was having an argument within himself.He cleared his throat and rubbed his palms together. Was he just as nervous as me?
"I wanted to let you know I didn't forget about you today. I had a lot going on. It didn't feel right not seeing you today. I had to see you. So I rushed over here hoping I wasn't too late."
"Oh." That was all I could say? I wanted to facepalm myself. All day I had been tearing myself apart because I didn't see him and all I could say was"oh"? I tried to think of something to say but my mind was blank. I had so many emotions going through me. So much wonder.Before I could think of something , he broke the silence between us.
"Can I give you a ride home? Im sure your bike would fit in the back of my truck."
I was taken aback by his offer but nodded before I even realized what I had agreed to.
"Give me about 10 minutes and I'll be right out."
He gave me a look as if he was relieved. His smiled caused me to form a small smile on my face.
"Okay. I'll just go ahead and put your bike in the car."
I nodded and followed him to the door. I locked the door and bolted back to the kitchen to finish up my cleaning. I went as fast as I possibly could. I washed my last few dishes and put them up.I wiped the counter off fast and hung the towel to dry. I did all my last little responsibilities and clocked out. I grabbed my bag and hat and headed towards the office to let Chris know Im leaving. He got up to follow me to the door and locked it behind me. I hopped in Jordan’s black Wrangler and tried my best to keep my composure. His smell made me want to attack him like an wild animal but I held myself back. He smiled at me and asked where did I live. I told him the directions and we rode in silence. It was a comfortable silence though. It was a lot harder to stop myself from staring at him. From reaching out and touching him. Especially since the cafe bar was no longer in between us. I had a very assuring feeling he would not mind me touching him at all.
He pulled up at my house and parked his car. He had a look on his face as if he wanted to tell me something, but he didn't. He cleared his throat and took a deep breath.
"Let me get your bike for you."
I was disappointed a little bit but we got out and i met him at his trunk as he pulled my bike out. I couldn't help but notice his figure. The way his strong arms flexed as he put the bike on the ground. I bit my lip and turned my face before he caught me staring. But I had a feeling he knew I was checking him out the whole time. He gave me my bike and I thanked him.
I don't know why we both roamed there, delaying our goodbye but we did. I finally sucked in a breathe and decided to call it a night. Regretfully.
"Well thanks for the ride. I'll see you Monday."
"Yeah. I'll see you then."
He closed his trunk as we both slowly walked away from each other. I laid my bike against the porch and walked up the short 3 steps to the front door. Sadness hit me as I stuck my key in the lock. I didn't want to say goodbye to him. As if I had a second instinct, I turned around to be met with full lips pressed against mines. My body automatically wrapped around him before my mind came to terms with what was going on.
Jordan fucking Mars is kissing me! Holy shit!
His body pulled mines against his as if he wanted to melt us into one. As our lips danced together, his grip on my waist got tighter. My fingers combed through his soft brown hair and tugged at it lightly. I was in heaven and I was close to inviting him in though I am a virgin.My mom worked night shifts at a nursing home, so I knew we would not be interrupted. I didn't know much about him but my hormones were distracting me from that point.
Before the dirty thoughts in my head could persuade me, Jordan broke our kiss. We both sucked in our breath and regretfully let go of each other.
That was all he said before he left. I was left standing there speechless. I finally gathered myself and walked in my house. I replayed everything from today in my head until the moment I shut my eyes.