Savannah sat in front of her vanity. She puts on a pair of blue sunglasses, then tried a pair of red ones. No, neither of those would do. She opened a desk drawer and pulled out a few more styles, placing them on her face one by one.
Meanwhile at her job, a local 24 hour cafe that was unusually busy for a tuesday morning, her coworkers were less than thrilled that their 9 am relief worker was late and probably didn’t care at all. They knew Savannah to be aloof and apathetic toward her responsibilities at “the office.”
Savannah settled on a pair of white zebra printed shades as she colored her lips with a dark red shade of lipstick.
A waitress, 3 days into her new position at the cafe was counting out change for a twenty when the register shot open, giving her nerves a shock. She jumped back, knocking into a 45 yr old bus boy who had worked there for 8 years as a sort of indentured servant to his cousin, the owner of the cafe. The bus boy lost his footing and elbowed the coffeemaker, spilling the hot brown liquid down the side of the pot and onto an exposed frayed wire.
Savannah’s phone rang, not her cell phone. A wall-mounted telephone with a curly wire that stretched the length of her bedroom and about three feet into the hallway.
The cafe is in flames. Costumers aren’t reacting in any sort of hysteria and in fact all stand up as a waitress shoots water at the flames from the soda gun, which hits the bus boy for the most part, who is flapping a damp towel at the coffee machine.
Savannah rides up to the parking lot of the cafe on her beach cruiser. The cafe is a crisp charred gray. The windows are broken. The front door is on the ground.
The waitstaff is as busy as ever. There are tables set up in the parking lot where patrons are sitting under umbrellas, reading newspapers and drinking coffee and cutting into their eggs benedict or fruit kabobs. The kitchen staff is off to the side of the building hovering over grills and makeshift fire pits, courtesy of the explosion.
Someone, she doesn’t see who, throws Savannah an apron.