Earth Bound by J. Zakour and Vanelle LeBlanc

Earth BoundVote on what happens next and leave your comments at the end of this episode!

What came before: Val, who is new on Earth decided the best way to meet people is to be a waitress. She just wasn’t sure if she should work in a diner or a high class restaurant.

Episode 2

Val walked the streets taking it all in around her. She found this little planet fascinating. Most of the transportation devices still used diesel fuel and teleportation remained a far off dream, the stuff of science fiction. The people still buzzed to and fro not seeming to mind much at all their technology being so primitive. Val spotted her destination, Zeke’s Diner just across the street. She started to carefully cross through traffic.

“What have you found…” Amber demanded from Val’s telepathy communication device she wore like an earring.

“Checking out my preferred target now,” Val thought back. “I’ll let you know when I have something. Right now I need to concentrate. They still have user driven, land-based vehicles here and I’m trying to cross a street.”

“Better you than me…” Amber thought to her. “Good luck. Sounds like you’ll need it.”

Val heard a screeching sound. Turning towards the sound she saw the big brown front end of a truck coming towards her. Val held out a hand to slow down the truck. The truck came to a stop a few earth inches from Val. She breathed a little sigh of relief.

The driver a bald man with puffy cheeks leaned out the window shaking his fist at Val. “Lady are you freaking crazy!”

Val shook her head. “No, just new to the area…”

The driver glared at her. “So you’ve never crossed a street before?”

Actually, Val had never done this before but she couldn’t tell the man that.   Val opened her eyes wide and locked them with the man’s eyes. “I’m so sorry, I’m looking for a job and wasn’t paying attention…” She smiled softly.

The driver smiled back softening his stance.   “Just be more careful from now on, lady…” he warned.

Val completed her trek across the street reaching her destination without further incident.   The lit sign above the restaurant read Zeke’s 24-hour diner. Even though the “n” wasn’t lit it was still readable at least in the daylight. Looking in through the large glass windows all the seats at all the tables and booths were filled. The slim counter that stood in front of a cooking area had one empty seat. Val took that as a good sign that the place was still crowded this late into the morning rush.

Val walked in, the smell of fried grease immediately hit her nostrils. She found it to be a surprisingly pleasant smell.

A tall older lady with red hair done up in a bun rushed by her. “There’s a seat at the bar…” the lady who’s name tag read Lucy, said pointing it out in passing.

Val sat in the empty seat. A waitress, a short woman with dark hair hurried past, but still managed to give Val a plastic menu. “Sorry, it’s crazy as always here honey, but check out the menu I’ll pop back in a moment…” Val saw her nametag read Carmen.

Val glanced at the menu while also eyeing the food around her. Stacks of what she believed were called pancakes looked delicious.   The smell of eggs frying on the griddle next to some sort of slim slices of meat made Val’s mouth water.   The people all around seemed content and pleased. Yes, this would be a fine place to work.

The waitress named Carmen stopped in front of Val. “What can I get you doll?”

Val eyed the menu. “Everything looks so delicious…”

Carmen smiled. “Yeah, Zeke has a way with the griddle. He loves to do the morning shift himself.”

“I would like to speak to him…” Val said.

Carmen pointed with her head towards a slightly overweight man wearing a hair net and flipping eggs behind the griddle. “He’s kind of busy right now. Maybe when the crowd thins out some?” Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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4 responses

  1. Waiting for the crowd to thin allows 2 good things–the time to order & eat some of that good smelling food, & to observe without having to be working right away. She should endeavor to make friends with the other waitresses right away, as they are the ones who will show her “the ropes” in doing the job.

  2. While I agree with Dave, above, I think perhaps it may be more “typical” of Val to “modify” the environment to her advantage, vs allowing “things to take their own” course..Any of the 3 options would fit in, certainly! 🙂

  3. It seems like she wants to be a passive observer so taking any kind of active role to move things along might influence what she might observe. Also, now she has a good excuse to sit around and observe.

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