The Starlight Cafe felt like home, but seeing all of the new faces behind the counter was a little confusing. Most of the workers at the cafe were college students working their ways through school. There was always a high turnover rate, but Connie was a constant in the place. Lisa was relieved to see her come out of the back room with a white dish towel slung across her shoulder, her round face glowing and her cheeks flush. She saw Lisa right away. “My goodness look at you.” She walked around the counter and gave Lisa a big hug. “You look good. Are you in town to stay?”
“Unfortunately not. I graduated a few weeks ago, and we’re just here for a short visit before I start looking for work.”
“We’re?” Connie’s face shone with interest.
Lisa looked at the floor. When Richard broke up with her, she was so angry that she had told everyone about him. “Me and Richard.”
“Me and Richard.”
Connie pulled her head back like she had just been punched. “Not the Richard?”
Lisa nodded sheepishly.
“What happened? Why would you go back to him?”
“He said he was sorry and I believed him. You know how it is.”
Connie cocked her head. “I most certainly do not know. Once I got rid of Marty, I never looked back. He was dead weight.”
“Next,” the girl with the nose ring behind the register called to Lisa.
“That’s me.” Lisa walked up to the cashier.
“Her order’s on me,” Connie said. Then she looked at Lisa. “I have some things to get done. Don’t go anywhere. We have to talk.”
“Okay,” Lisa said.
Connie disappeared into the back.