A messy-haired boy walked into the restaurant. He looked around at
all the waitresses. 'Where is she? I know shes working today...'
"Hello, young man, can I help you? Are you looking for someone?" Mr.
Botticino asked, standing in front of him. Alan looked at him, then looked past him and once again scanned all the waitresses.
He came to rest upon a waitress carrying a tray of drinks to a table on the side.
"I think I found her, thanks." Alan said, moving past Mr. Botticino
and walking up to the waitress he had been searching for. Upon noticing his approach, the waitress began to walk away, an
expression of annoyance on her face.
"Wait! Could you please stop?!" he said. She stopped where she was
and turned around, her hands on her hips, waiting for him to catch up. She sighed and moved a piece of her curly dark hair
out of her face. "Thank you! Rebecca, we need to talk."
"Gee, I couldn't tell from the 5 voicemails every hour!" she said
sarcastically. "Not now, Alan, I'm working." Rebecca said flatly. She turned back around and went to a soda fountain to fill
"When then?" Alan asked, following her wherever she went.
"I don't know, Alan, I really don't even want to look at you, let
alone talk to you..." she walked over to one of the tables she was waiting on and put down the glass of soda, giving them
an apologetic look.
"Rebecca please!" Alan pleaded. "I just need a few minutes of your
"I already used my break, and I have tables to wait on, as you can
tell..." She went to another table and pulled out her small pad of paper. "Can I take your order, folks?" she asked, ignoring
Alan long enough to write down their order. Noticing she wasn't listening, he sighed and waited for her to finish. "Okay,
I'll put that order in right away." She walked away from the table to go place the order, with Alan still following close
"Please, just five minutes!! I need you, Rebecca!" His voice grew
louder. People at the surrounding tables began to stare, including Alex, Nick, and Aaron.
"Alan, you're going to get me fired!" she said, stopping where she
was and noticing the attention he was drawing. "Keep your voice down or I'll have to ask you to leave."
"Is there a problem here?" Mr. Botticino asked from behind Rebecca,
also noticing the customers' staring.
"No, I was just... going to use the bathroom, and asked her to show
me where they were." Alan ad-libbed.
"They're right there." Mr. Botticino pointed to a door with a sign
on it reading "MEN", that wasn't far from where they were standing.
"Oh. Thank you." Alan said, walking to the bathroom, looking back
at Rebecca, then going in.
'Damnit, now I'm in trouble...' she thought. She turned around
to face her boss. "Mr. Botti-"
"Rebecca, can I talk to you for a second?" Mr. Botticino asked, interrupting
her. Rebecca nodded and followed him to a spot closer to the doors to the kitchen. "Listen, I don't think I need to tell you again
that those boys up at that table over there are VIP's and they are very well-known. I don't want anything to ruin their dinner,
and by anything, I mean anything."
"I understand completely, Mr. Botticino, I don't want anyone's dinner
to get ruined. As soon as my ex gets out of the bathroom, I'll-"
"Your ex?" he interjected.
"Yeah, its a long story, but he apparently came in here to harass
me into having a talk with him..."
"Well get him out of here before you become an ex-employee!"
Mr. Botticino threatened.
"Yes, sir." Rebecca replied. 'I can't get fired, I need this job...'
Alan walked out of the bathroom and walked back over to Rebecca.
"Alan, you need to leave." Rebecca told him sternly. She walked over
to a table and put down a plate in the middle. Then she rushed toward a private table in the back, to which he followed...
"I'm sorry about him, guys, I really am..." Rebecca said in apology.
"Its okay, we know how it is to have people following and harassing
you." Nick said. He nodded behind Rebecca, where Alan stood, panting slightly.
"Please leave! Now!" she ordered, trying not to look at him.
"I'm not leaving unless I know you forgive me and want to be with
me. Please, I need you, I love you!" he begged.
She turned around swiftly. "After what you did? You're lucky I didn't
call the cops on you the second you walked in here. Or worse, my brothers." She turned back around to face the table. "How
is everything here?"
"Everything's fine here." Aaron answered. "How about with you?"
"They've been better..." she sighed. "Well, is there-"
"Yeah, thats great." Alan interjected. "Becca, please just-"
"Alan! I'm working!" Rebecca exclaimed.
Aaron's head shot up at the mention of that name. He took a good look
at the guy harassing Rebecca and couldn't believe who it was. "Alan? Oh shit, I didn't recognize you." he said.
Rebecca looked at Aaron, then at Alan, then back at Aaron again, slightly
confused. "You know him?"
"I found him in bed with my now ex-girlfriend just a little
while ago." Aaron stated.
"You what?!?" she exclaimed. "Okay, thats it..." She turned to face
Aaron, looking him in the eye. "Aaron, I'm truly sorry about all of this." Then, she turned to look at Alan. "Alan, I want
you out of here now, before I call the cops."
"But I was going to leave Dani! For you!" he cried out.
"You- you what?" she said in disbelief.
"Yeah, I was." he said. "I realized she and I didn't get along
as well as you and I did..." He moved closer to her and went to
grab ahold of her hand, but she crossed her arms over her chest and looked away from Alan, at the floor next to her feet. "I missed you."
"Excuse me, hate to interrupt," Aaron said, standing up and looking
at Rebecca, who looked over at him when he cut Alan off, "but I hope you aren't
going to believe this bullshit. When I walked into that room he looked like dumping her was the last thing on his mind..."
"Hey, man, why don't you back off??" Alan said loudly.
"Why don't you make me?" Aaron said in a challenging tone.
"I'd be happy to." Alan made a fist and inched a bit closer to Aaron, trying to stare him down. Rebecca stood
between the two, hoping to avoid a fistfight.
"Alan, please leave. You're making an ass out of yourself and drawing attention." She tried
to keep her voice as low and as calm as possible, but her anger was rising every second Alan was there.
"You heard her. She asked you to leave, so leave." Aaron said, watching Alan closely as he tightened
his fist. Alan looked at Rebecca, who stood two feet in front of him, her arms crossed as she tightly clutched her order pad
in her right hand, and then at Aaron, whose brother was now standing up next to him. Realizing even his best efforts
would be futile, he uncurled his fists and began to back away.
"Fine, but I'll get you back, Rebecca, I swear!" Alan yelled, making
some of the other customers nearby turn around and watch once again. He stormed away from the table and out of the restaurant.
"Wow, I don't know what to say except 'thanks.' After what he
did to me, I'd've killed him if I didn't need this job..." Rebecca trailed off, still in slight shock.
"You're welcome Rebecca, but I kinda did that for me a little
bit, too." Aaron said, seeing the gratefulness in her eyes and for one second forgetting about the anger rushing through his
body. "If you don't mind me asking, what did he do to you?"
"Well, kinda what Dani did to you, which I'm sorry to hear about by
the way, except I didn't catch him in bed with her, he just paraded around with her and then decided to dump me right
in front of her and about thirty other people, at least..."
"Thats harsh." Nick said as he sat down.
"Yeah..." Aaron said.
"Anyway, um, if theres anything I can do, just let me know, I'd be
hap-" she began.
"The check, will be fine." Aaron said as calmly as he could, thoughts
racing through his head.
"You sure?" Rebecca asked.
"Yeah, I'm sure. I just have a lot on my mind..." Aaron said.
"Again, I'm really sorry about Alan, guys, I just wish he would leave
"Don't be sorry for him. Hes a fucking prick. Its not your fault."
"Whats going on over here?" Mr. Botticino inquired as he walked over.
Rebecca cringed and turned to face her boss.
"Sir, I was just going to get them their check." she reported.
"Only an employee can do that." he said flatly.
She looked at him with confusion. "But- but I am an employee,
"Not anymore. I'm sorry, Rebecca, but you're fired. You can pick up
your last paycheck on your way out." he looked past her and at the guys, who were all sitting down, slightly shocked
at what they had just witnessed. "I apologize for all this, fellas. Don't even think of trying to pay for any
of it. Its all on the house."
"Thanks, I guess..." Nick said.
"Hope you enjoyed everything." Mr. Botticino stated, giving Rebecca
a pat on the shoulder as he walked away.
Rebecca, dazed, untied the black apron around her waist, pulled out
the nearest chair, and sat down with her mouth slightly gaping and her eyes fixed on the floor. "Wow." The other
three looked at each other for a second, not knowing what to say.
"Rebecca, we're really sorry." Aaron said.
be!" she looked up at him, "If you guys hadn't helped me, he might still be here making an even bigger scene... I guess
it was inevitable... You have no reason to apologize for anything."
"Anything we can do for you?"
Just then, a blonde-haired waitress came over to the table. "Bec!
I came over as soon as I could. I saw Botticino walk away, what happened?"
"Chrissy, he fired me..."she said, tears welling in her
"Oh, Bec..." Chrissy consoled, leaning over and hugging Rebecca. Alex
cleared his throat.
"Oh! Sorry," Rebecca said, sniffling. "Guys, this is Chrissy, Chrissy,
"Alex, Nick, and Aaron, right?" she guessed. They nodded in response.
"Its nice to meet you."
"Yeah, you too, Chrissy." Aaron said.
"Listen I gotta go, I'll call you when I get home. Unless you want
me to quit out of protest..." Chrissy suggested.
"No way. You need this job." Rebecca insisted.
"Okay, well, I'll call you later, okay? And you better tell Joey and Dante
about Alan showing up."
"I will, see ya."
"Bye, Bec. Bye guys."
"Bye." Alex said. Chrissy turned around and walked away to go back
to work. The guys got up and stood around Rebecca for a moment.
"We better go now..." Alex said, shaking Rebecca's hand.
"Yeah, it was nice meeting you..." Nick added, following suit.
"We'll see you again sometime."
"Yeah, maybe..." Rebecca trailed off.
"Aaron, we'll see you at home?" Nick asked, looking at Aaron after
taking a set of keys out of his pocket.
"Yeah, I'll see you guys later." Aaron replied, still glancing at
Rebecca while he answered. He hugged Nick and nodded to Alex, who had walked away ahead of him and turned around to nod back.
"Bye, Rebecca." Nick said, looking at her with a concerned expression
for a moment.
"Yeah, bye, Nick." she responded, looking up at him and wiping her
eyes with a napkin she picked up off the table. Nick smiled at her and walked away. He made his way to the front of the restaurant,
and he and Alex waved goodbye to her and Aaron once again before walking out.