I remember coming here the second or third time with my best guy friend. We came here to do homework. I told Isaac to find us a seat, preferably a booth while I would get our coffees. I paced to the end of the line and pulled out my phone, glancing at the messages I was too lazy to answer. The businessman in front of me was taking the time of his life. He read through the menu for minutes. The guy behind the counter, the boy I knew, waited patiently. He even suggested several popular choices. The businessman ended up just going for a black coffee. I couldn’t help rolling my eyes. Finally it was my turn.
“Hi. One Espresso Frappe for my friend over there and for me, a caramel latte,” I told the boy.
“Any toppings?” he asked, preoccupied with the register. When he looked up he smiled again. “Thanks for visiting again, by the way.”
“I like this place,” I assured him. “Anyway, toppings… just whipped cream and -“
“A drizzle of chocolate syrup?” he finished.
“Good memory,” I said, looking down, biting my lip to hide a smile.
He cleared his throat. “Kind of my job,” he said.
“Can you remember my name?”
He wrote it on the coffee cup and turned it to face me. “Am I right?”
I smiled. “Do I get to know yours?”
He told me and I committed it to memory. “Nice bracelet, by the way,” he said, glancing at the charm bracelet on my wrist.
“Thanks. It was a gift.”
“So… anyway, your drinks will be ready in a moment. I can serve them to you as well. If you want.”
“It’s okay, I’ll wait.”
I lingered by the counter while the staff prepared the coffee. After they were ready, I flashed him a smile and walked reluctantly back to the table my friend had picked.
We’re not a story, the boy and I. We are a moment. And we happen again and again.
We are both forgettable and eternal. Perhaps this is the most untainted form of Happily Ever After.