Friday Fictioneers — Creature of Habit

Danielle arrived early every morning. She swept the floors and wiped down the plastic tablecloths. She set up each table to be ready for the morning rush. Creamer, sugar, and artificial sweeteners for coffee. Salt and pepper for eggs. Syrup for pancakes. Butter and jam for toast.

A smile graced Danielle’s face as she looked around, knowing that everything was ready for the first customer of the day.

Sitting down at one of the tables, she sighed. Due to the pandemic, seven months had passed since the last customer had entered the café. But Danielle was a creature of habit.

(100 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

24 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Creature of Habit

  1. bearmkwa October 23, 2020 / 11:48 am

    That reeks of sad, reeks louder of all too true.


    • Fandango October 23, 2020 / 12:35 pm

      So many small businesses have failed over the past seven months. It is sad.

      Liked by 1 person

      • bearmkwa October 23, 2020 / 1:35 pm

        Indeed. I usually make a little extra selling crafts/art at the Peddler’s Market/Farm Markets, but they’re all closed this year. Used that money to buy Christmas.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. granonine October 24, 2020 / 10:23 am

    Sad reality for small business owners. Killing off the middle class.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 24, 2020 / 10:10 pm

      Yes, I feel so bad for those who worked so hard and now have lost their businesses.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. ahtdoucette October 26, 2020 / 8:18 pm

    Such a sad story. Things will be normal again one day – whatever that means.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango October 26, 2020 / 10:03 pm

      I am not sure that we’ll ever see “normal” again. Maybe a “new normal,” but not the normal we used to know.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. msjadeli October 27, 2020 / 7:51 pm

    My heart goes out to Danielle and those like her. It’s a miracle the place is still open.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. leigha66 November 1, 2020 / 12:17 am

    We have done our best to get take out from some of our locally owned restaurants. The two we frequent have each been in business around 45 years. I would hate to see them go under,

    Liked by 1 person

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