Hustling at Starbucks by Matthew A. Hamilton

I pull the door open to Starbucks and walk in. The line is long. Infinity of Ss. I stand there, think about my day, the clients I need to call, the ones who need to call me, pull out a mirror and check my makeup, touch up my hair.

I stare at the glass case filled with doughnuts and cakes. In my line of work I can’t afford to indulge. Only coffee and a little cream, no sugar, is all I ever purchase.

I smile at the young man behind the counter as he hands me my change, then grab my coffee and search for a seat. I spot one. There is a woman at the table, 50ish I’d say, but put together nicely, a book in her hand.

“Is this seat taken?” I ask.

“No, sweety,” she says. “Go ahead.” She’s reading one of those cheesy romance novels. I smile and thank her.

My phone rings. It’s a client. “Hello there,” I say. “Yes…Okay…Sure…Same time…Same type of service…Sounds great…Okay, then…See you tonight…Okay…Bye.”

“Excuse me,” the woman says.

“Yes,” I say.

“I don’t mean to pry, sweety, but there’re other ways to make money.”

I laugh. “Lady— ummm…ahem…ahem…Excuse me. Ma’am, what are you thinking? That I’m a prostitute? No f…, I mean, no way. I wouldn’t do that. Ever.”

“I’m sorry, dear, I didn’t mean—”

“It’s okay,” I say.

“So, if you don’t mind my asking, what is it that you do?”

“Well…uh…”

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4 responses to “Hustling at Starbucks by Matthew A. Hamilton

  1. Randal Houle

    Nicely done, Matthew. So, she’s NOT a, er… prostitute… not her, no way lol

  2. Well . . . uh . . . Dominatrix? Very funny. I love how you left it open. Perhaps she’s something completely regular, a house painter, but doesn’t want to admit.

  3. Prostitute? no way, I work for *under breadth* BP. *Blushes with shame*

    Sorry, but I couldn’t resist!

    Nice build up and dialogue. :)

  4. Pingback: Week #23 – long lines « 52|250 A Year of Flash

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