Ten Seconds to Fall

Lucy doesn't know what to do with herself after graduation. That is, until she stumbles upon The 10 Second Fiesta.


3. The Beginning of Time

Life continued like that at the Ten Second Fiesta for about a week. The name was beginning to sound extremely deceptive as it never felt like a part and the days always felt as if they lasted forever.

I would show up and sit behind the register. Lew would find a place to perch for the day and Jude would come in and tease her, then he'd find a place to perch and brood over the lack of business. We got some business, yes, and Jude taught me how to make a few of the delicious drinks he'd concocted, but it all felt very dismal. Once again, I felt like world's worst fortune teller. I saw the failure coming and I kept my mouth shut.

One day, I just decided I could not take the monotony of it all. I refused to let this all stagnate and become an awful pattern. And I didn't want this to fail. So, I showed up early to work with a big sign.

"A concert?" he asked as I stuck the sign in the window with double sided tape. "Who's playing? And when did you make this? Also, you did not run this by me. I like the initiative. By the way, we opened a week ago. Why are we having out grand opening tonight?"

"Kali's boyfriend has a band," I explained. "They're kind of... decent, but that's not the point. They have a pretty big following in this area. If we could just get some people in here..."

"That is a great idea," Jude smiled. "I had no idea."

"No idea of what?"

"That you actually cared about the business," he beamed and wrapped his arms around me in a huge hug.

I kind of just stood there, still and stiff. My family was not one for hugging, not to mention public displays. While I appreciated the thought behind the hug, the familiarity made me uncomfortable. As soon as he let go, I shifted into director mode and started talking.

"We've got to move things around and get this place set up. We need room for the band's equipment and for the crowd to stand. Tables should be as close to the bar and each other as possible without it becoming a fire hazard and there need to be kind of a path way at the edge so that people can make their way to the bathroom or the bar from the crowd."

"Sounds good," Jude said. "Let's get to it."

We spent a good while moving the tables and chairs around, evicting Lew from her table of choice. At lunch time, Jude ordered nachos from a local vegan restaurant for all of us to eat. I had never had vegan food before and was skeptical, but this was utterly delicious.

After lunch, Jude hopped up from his seat and announced, "I'm going to the hardware store. Can you keep an eye on the place for a few minutes?"

I tried not to laugh and said, "I think I can handle it."

"You're an angel," he smiled. "I'll be right back."

Twenty minutes later, he was working to install a dimmer on the light switch and I was setting up lanterns on on the center of a few of the tables.

Kali and the band showed up about an hour before the show with all of their gear and started to set up.

Thirty minutes to the show, still no one had showed up yet and I started to feel nervous. What if my big plan to nudge this place towards success was a big joke?

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