with thanks to [livejournal.com profile] neecerie for the quick check for blatent Britishisms, and in hope that it might cheer [livejournal.com profile] k_woman's day a little. Set the July before Dale leaves for college. - Happy Fourth to those of you as celebrate it. :)

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He's worked July 4th weekend at the diner the last two years, and this year he's able to cover the lunch shift so Mason can go to his daughter's barbecue, which means extra hours, getting to celebrate himself and everyone thinking he's the good guy. It also means heat and sweat and the thick smell of hot grease soaking into his clothes and hair, but he's kind of used to that. Still it's bliss when he gets a break – ten till seven is way busier than his usual graveyard shift.

Late night on the holiday weekend, after the parties, most customers are happy and buzzed and there's a bit of a celebratory atmosphere going on. This lunch crowd are mostly families with too many kids and places to be later in the afternoon, and that makes the waitresses stressed and impatient. Seeing as Sam never showed up and it's just Dale and Cally working the grills and trying to keep up with the dirty dishes, Dale growls right back at them when they start tapping on the hatch like that's going to get the food cooked faster.

Shutting the door on all of that and steeping out into the shade of the back lot for fifteen minutes is wonderful. Read more... )
with thanks to [livejournal.com profile] neecerie for the quick check for blatent Britishisms, and in hope that it might cheer [livejournal.com profile] k_woman's day a little. Set the July before Dale leaves for college. - Happy Fourth to those of you as celebrate it. :)

***** ***** *****

He's worked July 4th weekend at the diner the last two years, and this year he's able to cover the lunch shift so Mason can go to his daughter's barbecue, which means extra hours, getting to celebrate himself and everyone thinking he's the good guy. It also means heat and sweat and the thick smell of hot grease soaking into his clothes and hair, but he's kind of used to that. Still it's bliss when he gets a break – ten till seven is way busier than his usual graveyard shift.

Late night on the holiday weekend, after the parties, most customers are happy and buzzed and there's a bit of a celebratory atmosphere going on. This lunch crowd are mostly families with too many kids and places to be later in the afternoon, and that makes the waitresses stressed and impatient. Seeing as Sam never showed up and it's just Dale and Cally working the grills and trying to keep up with the dirty dishes, Dale growls right back at them when they start tapping on the hatch like that's going to get the food cooked faster.

Shutting the door on all of that and steeping out into the shade of the back lot for fifteen minutes is wonderful. Read more... )
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