A to Z Challenge

#AtoZChallenge: Queue in the cafe (short story #1)

The coffee shop was packed to its full capacity on that Monday morning. The queue that had formed twisted and filled the tiny shop.

Ryan came bursting in through the door, his chest heaving with exertion. Breathing heavily and nervously glancing at his watch, he stumbled to a stop in front of Martha who was first in line. One look at him told Martha that he was probably running late for office. With a slight smile on her face, she informed him that she was happy to give up her place in the queue for him.

No one messed around with Martha. The steely glint in herΒ eyes and the walking stick clutched in her hands put off anyone who might have otherwise dared to challenge her actions. Cradling his decaf, the young executive thanked Martha profusely and went his merry way.

Saving a place in the queue and walking around the block became a daily routine for the two. He was no longer late. He arrived early so that he was never late to office despite walking Martha from the coffee shop to the metro every day. As years passed by, the bond they shared grew stronger, with each passing day.

Life hadn’t been particularly fair to Martha. Widowed at an early age, she worked very hard to raise her only son, who proceeded to ignore her and left her to fend for herself. An act of kindness on a busy Monday morning several years agoΒ led Martha to her new loving, surrogate family. No longer did she hate the holidays, now that she had the company of Ryan and his family. Amy, Ryan’s wife, was one of the few people who dared to stand up to Martha when she was wrong and their kids turned her house upside-down. A shared love for coffee had gained Martha not only a sonΒ but also a daughter-like Amy to share recipes and gossip and grandchildren to fuss over. For the first time in a long while, Martha was truly happy, surrounded by her loved ones. All was well.

Moral of the story – So much can happen over a cup of coffee but that doesn’t always include meeting the love of your life. At least, not in this story. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Β© 2017 Shweta Suresh. All rights reserved.

Author’s Note:

Yep. This one diverted from the theme!Β I’ll admit that this post was no tiny tale, but nevertheless, I sincerely hope that you liked it. πŸ™‚Β πŸ™‚

P.S: Do let me know if you found out the Harry Potter reference in the story. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€

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67 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Queue in the cafe (short story #1)

    1. Thank you so much, Keith. No one has managed to find out the reference so far! Thanks for stopping by. It’s been a while since I last visited Amble Bay. I’ll catch up on all the recent happenings soon. πŸ™‚


      1. Oh yes, that does sound like Alastor Moody! πŸ˜€ “All was well” was what I had intended as a reference. It happens to be the very last line of the last book. But surrounded by loved ones is another thing in common too! πŸ™‚

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  1. My first visit here Shweta. Like this very much: “The queue that had formed twisted and filled the tiny shop.” Sort of reminds me of a scene from one of the HP movies but I must admit I can’t spot another HP reference. Read the books when they first came out!
    Liked the way Martha finds a new ‘family’:)
    Q is for questions to a Blogger

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Arti. Hope you liked it. Thank you so much for your kind comments. Oh that’s alright no one was about to spot that reference. It was the last line of this story “All was well.” I’ve read and re-read those books countless times!
      Glad you liked the story. Thank a lot. Do keep visiting. I’ll definitely hop over to your blog and read. Your latest post sounds very interesting. πŸ™‚


  2. Alas, I read Prakash’s and your comments, so now I know the HP reference. I still haven’t read the last book so I could have never have guessed. But initially I had thought maybe you meant how Ron’s family looked after Harry, while his own muggle relatives hated him. So he found a home away from home.
    But anyway, I loved your story telling.. and I also loved the PS. Not every story is about romance over a cup of coffee. But it can definitely be about shared love πŸ™‚
    Amazing writing. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a look at the character review of this amazing woman Mary, Queen of Scots who lived to fight for her rights!

    Readers of the Night

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    1. Ohhh you haven’t read the last book! Oh no, maybe I should have inserted a spoiler alert in that comment. Many seemed to think so too.
      Thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m so happy to know that you loved it. Thanks a lot, Pikakshi. 😊

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      1. I know, we Keralites are partial to tea but I am not a beverage person at all, other than a cup of coffee I am not fond of anything, let’s just forget that I was a Horlicks baby till I got married 😬😬

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