If there was ever a stranger girl living in Lakefield View, Carmen Stevens would beat them hands down. It's not that she's a psychopath, or unsociable. In fact, she makes the effort to socialise through her job at the Pandora Café. She prefers to keep to herself. When she leaves her workplace, she rarely speaks to anybody but her best friend.
Secrets. Everybody has them. Is it ever safe to entrust another with one's personal secrets? Carmen didn't think so. Carmen could only trust herself. She knew she was young and still had a full life ahead of her, but she had experienced more than anybody else her age. Her tragic beauty added to her persona. She might be strange but she wasn't a drama queen. After all, she never told anybody about that morning...
She stood mindlessly preparing sandwiches. She kept brushing her extensive dark blonde hair back behind her ear. She shifted the weight from one side to the other, in the hopes of getting comfortable. A movement in front of her drew her attention, and she lifted her big brown eyes to look upon the cause of her distraction.
"The customers who ordered the sandwiches are getting impatient," said the thick-accented assistant manager. Carmen didn't rush to respond, looking back down from the pot-bellied older man to the works of art she was creating. Roberto was another person Carmen didn't interact with very much. He wasn't a nice person during her shifts, despite him being the one who offered her the job in the first place. She always found it peculiar that he hired her the way he did. She was only walking past the café on her way home when he ambushed her.
"I'll have them done in a minute," Carmen droned. "Quality is very important in the Pandora Café, if you wouldn't eat it; the customer's won't eat it." Carmen recited Roberto's policy boldly. She looked up at him with a small smirk to see his reaction, but the fake-haired Roberto didn't flinch.
"Well, work a little faster, otherwise we won't have any customers to sell the sandwiches to!"
"I will," Carmen replied after Roberto rushed out of the kitchen back into the main café. Carmen looked out of the service window while continuing her work. The café wasn't busy enough for Roberto to rush around. Several customers were dotted around the place, each of them content with the solitude of the place. Even her colleague, Tiffany Hawkins, was sitting at a table reading a discarded newspaper. Roberto walked up to Tiffany. Oblivious to her actions, she pulled a face at him.
"Tiffany, stop pulling ugly faces," she heard Roberto shout.
"Why?" Tiffany replied, her tone reminding Carmen of a disobedient schoolgirl.
"My mother always told me to never pull faces at other people. If the wind changes, your face will stay that way forever."
"I see you didn't listen then," Tiffany commented as she returned to reading her newspaper. Carmen sniggered. It was the first time she had smiled that night. Roberto put his hands on his hips, the first sign that he was about to scold someone.
Carmen rang the bell on the service window. "Tiffany, could you give this to Table 8?"
Tiffany looked Roberto hard in the eye as she rose from her seat. Putting the newspaper down, she challenged Roberto to say something to her. Roberto, avoiding conflict, rushed away from the confrontation. Tiffany smiled at Carmen as she strode over.
"Thanks for saving me there," Tiffany said with gratitude, taking the two plates with a delicately-made sandwich on each one from her. Tiffany continued overdramatically, "I really can't be bothered with him tonight. This fake migraine sure feels like an excuse to leave work."
"Frank is in the lock-up counting stock, if you want to talk to him about leaving. We have more than enough people tonight," Carmen advised.
"I have no idea why Roberto put us all on tonight, but I guess I need the money. My sister is coming home tonight, and I want to make sure I don't have to take money off my father to pay for us to go places."
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