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Angie watched the old couple take booth 7. They sat on either side of the table, reached across and held hands.
She smiled. Limited income. Probably just got their checks. This is their big time out this month. Make ‘em smile. “Hi. I’m Angie. I’ll be helping you today. What can I start you with?”
The old couple smiled. They kept one hand out to each other.
The old man looked up, nodded. “Coffee. Extra cream, please.”
The old woman’s eyes smiled as she looked up. “Do you have ice tea?”
“Sweetened or unsweetened?”
“Unsweetened. I’ve got my own sugar right here.” The old woman patted the old man’s hand.
“Aw,” he said.
“Aw,” she said.
Angie returned with their drinks. The menus remained unopened on the table.
The old woman tipped a sugar packet into her tea and swirled it with her straw. “We know what we want.”
“I’d like some homemade macaroni-and-cheese. Do you have that?”
Angie nodded, wrote the woman’s order, and looked at the old man.
“A meatloaf plate. Got one?”
The old man dumped two creamers in his coffee. “Met in a diner. Years ago. Saw your sign, stopped in.”
The old woman squeezed his hand. “Yes. Diners always have good, simple, stick to the ribs food. We have a long way ahead of us and don’t want to stop until we get there. That’s why we pulled in here.”
“Where you folks going?”
He sipped his coffee. “Reservoir. One town over.”
Angie drove a mental map. “That’s not far, is it?”
The old woman pointed out the window. “We want to be there at sunset, when the sun’s going over those mountains. All the colors of the mountains and setting sun reflect off the water.”
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