Hello one and all and welcome to this week’s WIPpet Wednesday. I hope you’re all well and, for those of you that are in the UK or anywhere else that’s sunny right now, I hope you’re making the most of the weather!
Anyway as the title of this post suggests, today’s WIPpet that I’m sharing takes place in a cafe. It’s from my as-yet-untitled WIP romance about a school teacher. In this scene it’s the weekend and my MC Rebecca has cycled into the centre of the city where she lives for some R&R.
While she’s there, she sees someone she knows and what follows is their encounter. I’m sharing with you just over 25 lines for the 25th June, which I think is generous seeing as I haven’t written much yet!
Rebecca headed across the pedestrianized area towards the large Next store. She needed a new belt; her current one had seen better days. But as she approached the store, the smell of fresh coffee brewing washed over her. Led astray, she followed her nose to its source: the nearby Costa. There were only three other customers in the café, a man and two young women chatting together.
Still feeling the effects of her lie in, Rebecca ordered an espresso and sank down onto a large leather sofa facing a low table. She picked up the crumpled copy of the previous day’s Times, and became engrossed in an article in the culture section on the newest book by one of her favourite authors. She was so absorbed in what she was reading that when someone cleared their throat, seemingly right by her ear, she jolted upwards in her seat, nearly spilling her espresso all over her pale blouse.
Her brow furrowed as she looked up, and then un-furrowed itself as she saw Nick’s friendly face smiling down at her.
‘Interesting article?’ he asked her.
‘Yes actually,’ she replied smiling back. Seeing that he was hovering with a drink in his hand, she added, ‘You can join me if you want.’
‘Thanks, that’d be great.’ He sat down opposite her, crossing his long legs in front of him underneath the table.
Rebecca took another sip of her espresso, determined not to be awkward with Nick. He’s just a member of staff, she told herself. A very cute member of staff, but a member of staff none the less.
‘So, Rebecca, how’s your first couple of weeks been? I bet it’s a lot to get used to.’
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