Orders And Acquaintances
This chapter is part of "The Small Town Magic Arc." Links for prior chapters in this storyline can be found here: https://www.theprose.com/post/746871/the-small-town-magic-arc
The tables in the cafe were empty, except for one. Although Mitch and his companions hadn't met her in person yet, a beautiful young woman in a red dress was instantly familiar, thanks to their video call while on route to Aplonica. Tamma approached the party and warmly embraced Mitch, Rick, Cerissa, and Essie one at a time.
"I hope you don't mind me greeting you this way when we are really just meeting for the first time, I just feel so comfortable with all of you already." Tamma said as she smiled from ear to ear. "And yet, I still can't believe you are all here, right now!"
"I think I know what you mean Tamma." Mitch replied kindly. "You feel like a familiar soul to us too, and we are happy to be here as well." Mitch's companions smiled and nodded in agreement.
"Thank you so much. Please come have a seat and make yourselves comfortable. Anything you want to order is on me. Once you've had some refreshments, I will give you a tour of Aplonica, and introduce you to some more of our amazing locals that also live here."
"Thank you, we appreciate it Tamma." Cerissa smiled as the party of five took a seat.
Shortly after the newcomers reviewed their menus, a middle aged gentleman with a twinkle in his eye approached the table.
"Welcome to The Aplonica Coffee Bean & Brew. My name is Raul, and I will be taking care of you all today. Thank you Tamma for bringing some new friends. I assume you want your usual?"
"Yes, a hot vanilla cocoa blend please." Tamma grinned. "Are you guys ready to order, or do you need a moment?"
"I'll have the same thing please." Essie said sweetly, smiling at Rick as he blushed slightly.
"Can I get your house blend with cream and sugar please?" Rick asked politely.
"Just a black coffee for me, thank you." Mitch requested next.
"I will also take a hot vanilla cocoa blend." Cerissa said enthusiastically. "Next time I may have to try one of your omelets, they look great!"
"By all means guys, order whatever food you want too!" Tamma gushed. "Oh Raul, can you pick out a dozen donuts for all of us to share as well?"
"Absolutely, I will get everything set up for you all right now. I hope you enjoy this time of fellowship in the meantime."
Raul went off to fulfill the order with a big smile on his face. The door to the cafe then swung open, and in walked another middle aged man. This individual looked younger than Raul, but contrasted him with an aura of anger and betrayal.
"Tamma! What on Earth are you thinking?"
To be continued....