Ready To Serve
"The thought process for my effort was to base a tale set in London but able to be understood wherever the story is read. I wanted to have a touch of humour mixed with tragedy and a love story. However despite the sadness there is continuation and hope with the expectant baby which settles the story quite nicely. "
He was far too young to sleep in a bed of oak. Sarah wiped her eyes and recalled happier times.
“Excuse me, Madam.”
Sarah giggled at the French accent laced with a dash of Canning Town.
“Would you like me to escort you both to the table?”
Sarah nodded. He led the couple into the capacious interior. She didn’t think much of the piped accordion music.
She admired the athletic man who pulled out a chair for her. Her partner, Simon Ellington, was a complete contrast with his precious strands of hair, swollen belly and fat wallet.
“Garcon, hurry up son and get us a bottle of Champers.”
“Simon, there’s no need to be rude,” she said.
The waiter dismissed her concerns. He’d heard far worse.
“I’ll fetch the drinks right away. Sir, you must be hungry so please read your menu.”
Simon frowned. Sarah’s lips betrayed amusement.
She soon wished she was elsewhere. Simon attacked several glasses of champagne before the main course. He bragged he’d explore her bra to several blushing diners on an opposing table. Her patience expired when his hands wandered inside her blouse.
“What? Do you think you’re too good for me? Listen darling, you’re nothing but a brass with a decent pair of jugs.”
Sarah rose from her chair. Simon seized her arm.
“Where are you off to? You leave when I tell you, not before unless you want a slap.”
The waiter offered to soothe the rising discord.
“Piss off frog.”
“What appears to be the problem?”
The waiter’s mystique transformed into a shield of concern. Simon‘s fury arrowed onto a new target.
“Listen dopey, if you want to keep your job you’ll disappear and come back when I tell you.”
The servant remained.
“Sir, I cannot allow you to treat this lady in such a manner. Perhaps it would be best for everyone for you to leave this establishment.”
“Listen nob, you’re really beginning to wind me up.”
The waiter stared into Sarah’s wounded gazelle eyes. She melted under his gaze.
“Madam, say the word and I will escort this lout off the premises.”
“I’m not having that from you. I want the man in charge right now.”
“Nathan Dunstable, manager, at your disposal, Sir.”
Nathan spat the word ‘Sir’. His fingers clasped around a lighted candle from Sarah’s table.
“I suggest you pay up and get out or I’ll stick this light somewhere painful. I might put sizzling pork on the menu. There is enough meat on your rear end to keep my customers happy for a couple of months.”
Simon staggered and shrank away. His rat’s ambition withered under Nathan’s scorpion stare.
“Pay the bill.”
Simon threw a host of twenties at Nathan before scuttling out the restaurant. Sarah remained.
“I’m sorry about that Madam. I couldn’t stand by whilst he abused you. You deserve much better than that.”
Sarah admired his gallantry.
“No, thank you. He’s a horrible man. You‘ve done me a massive favour.”
“I’m glad I could help, do call me Nathan.”
Nathan took her hand and dabbed his lips on her fingers.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Sarah.”
Sarah wiped away salty tears. She never believed an overworked taxi driver would shatter their lives. She bowed her head and said goodbye. She tapped her bulging stomach. Nathan was a fine name for a boy.
Gary Hewitt is a raconteur who lives in a quaint little village in Kent. He has written two novels which are currently being edited. His writing does tend to veer away from what you might expect. He has had over 60 short stories and poems published. He enjoys both writing prose and poetry. His style of writing tends to feature edgy characters and can be extremely dark. Some of his influences are James Herbert, Stephen King, Bulgakov, Tolkein to name but a few. He is also a proud member of the Hazlitt Arts Centre Writers group in Maidstone which features an eclectic group of very talented writers. He has a website featuring his published works here: http://ghwt9996.wix.com/tales#!