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Chapter 15

“We’re live from Esmeralda’s Pancake House, raising money for the good folks at Central City Food Bank.” Charley dodged a fast-moving intern balancing a tray on her shoulder. “The staff and personalities of Eagle 101.5 are here to serve up some scrumptious food and collect money for a great cause. We’ll be here for another hour and a half, so if you’ve longed for Ruby Barnett or Beau Treble to serve you up a waffle, your dream can come true today, folks. We’re at 515 Flanders Avenue. Hurry over and have breakfast with us. Charley Layton, sending it back to Freddy in the studio.”

As Charley set the microphone on the table, a familiar face came rushing into the restaurant. “There she is, Brenda. That’s Charley right there.”

“I know what she looks like, Sharlene. You were right. She is prettier in person.”

Sharlene of the awkward ice cream shop encounter all but bounced Charley’s way. “Remember me?” she asked. “From the other night?”

When a person had a fan club of one, she tended to remember. “Of course I do,” she replied. Turning to the curvy woman with cherry-blonde hair, she added, “And you must be Brenda.”

“I am!” she exclaimed. “How did you know?”

“Good guess,” Charley replied with a smile. “Are you ladies here for breakfast?”

“We sure are. Which tables are you serving?” Sharlene asked.

Sorry to disappoint them, she pointed to the microphone. “I’m currently handling the live spots, but Ruby is taking care of the first several tables by the window.”

“Did I hear my name taken in vain?” the morning hostess interrupted. “How you ladies doing?”

Neither of Charley’s fans appeared as excited to see Ruby as they’d been to see her. “We’re great,” Brenda said. “But we were hoping Charley would be our waitress this morning.”

“Well, why can’t she be?” Ruby asked.

“I’m doing the live spots,” she explained. Since Charley hadn’t been at the station long, the assumption had been that listeners wouldn’t want a lesser-known personality as their server. That left Charley on broadcast duty.

Ruby waved her words away. “Don’t be silly. I can do this. These ladies came all the way down here to have you slap some pancakes in front of them, and by golly, that’s what they’ll get.” Sharlene and Brenda danced with excitement as an apron got tossed over Charley’s head. “Now y’all have a seat right at that first table, and Miss Layton here will deliver your menus in one second.”

“Yes, ma’am.” Brenda led the way as the ladies hurried to take their seats.

“Are you trying to get me in trouble?” Charley asked. “John made it clear that I’m not supposed to serve.”

While tying the narrow strings behind Charley’s back, Ruby drawled, “Rule number twenty-three, honey child. Never hide your best assets when there’s money to be made. If in the eyes of those ladies you’re our best asset, then tote your scrawny little ass over there and make some money.”

“But—”

“I’ll take care of Willoughby.” Ruby spun her around and shoved two menus at her chest. “Have you ever waited tables before?”

“I used to carry around trays of cookies at church gatherings.”

“Close enough.” Tucking a pen over Charley’s left ear, she said, “Everything is right there on the menu. Take the order. Talk ’em up. Collect the cash. Think you can do that?”

Slightly offended, she grabbed a notepad off the counter behind her. “I’m not an idiot, Ruby. The next break is in ten minutes. Someone needs to call Freddy and let him know he won’t be cutting to me.”

“Where are you going?” asked the program manager as Charley turned toward her customers.

“Personal request,” Ruby answered for her. “We’re here to give the people what they want, and those two ladies over there want our newest addition.”

John appeared skeptical. “I didn’t realize you were so popular.”

“I didn’t, either,” Charley mumbled. “Better not keep them waiting.” Circling her boss, she crossed the short distance to Brenda and Sharlene and set a menu in front of each of them. “What can I get you ladies to drink?”

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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