Work was really slow tonight. I mean, we never really have a full bar (unless it’s a weekend) but we probably had three people (besides the regulars) come in over 4 hours. Cara and I eventually found a deck of cards in the back and started playing “Go Fish” with Brad. Tony made us all some grilled cheese sandwiches and joined Bruno in the back with some of the regulars.
“So what did you do before this, Faith?” Cara asked.
“I used to be an HR rep.” I said, “But I decided it wasn’t for me.”
“I don’t think I could fire someone.” Cara said.
“It’s hard. I definitely don’t envy people, like Bruno, who will inevitably have to do it at some point.”
“I can’t imagine Bruno firing anyone.” She said.
“He has.” Brad chimed in, “Do you have a ten, Faith?”
“Go fish. Who did he fire?”
“The person you replaced.”
“Angela wasn’t fired.” Cara said.
“Oh, yes she was.” Brad said.
“Do you have a six, Brad?” I asked.
“Yeah.” He tossed the card to me, “Bruno kept finding money missing from the cash register and it always lined up with her shifts. Plus, she was fired for stealing money from a previous job.”
“Why did Bruno hire her in the first place?” I asked.
“He didn’t find out about it until after he fired her.”
“Angela told me that she quit because Bruno was withholding her tips.” Cara said.
“Do you honestly think Bruno would do that? He might be a hard ass, Cara, but he’s fair. We always get the amount of money we worked for. Bruno is obsessive when it comes to the books and he treats us like family. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for him to fire Angela, she’d worked for him for two years; he treated her like a daughter.”
Cara shrugged and I ended up winning that round of “Go Fish.”
“Let’s play Black Jack.” Brad said.
“It’s not fun with nothing to gamble.” Cara said.
“We could do it like truth or dare. Whoever wins gets to come up with a truth or dare question for the person of their choice.”
“Are we in high school?” I mocked.
“Come on, what else are we going to do?” Brad said.
“It could be fun.” Cara shrugged and poured me a soda.
“Fine.” I sighed, “I’m bringing a stash of magazines next shift so we never have to resort to this again.”
We played for awhile and it was fun. Brad won the first hand and chose Cara, who picked truth. Brad asked her if she’d ever stolen anything.
“I stole a pen from Walgreens once. I was 8 and it was a rainbow-colored feather pen. My mom found it and made me return it with an apology.”
I won the second hand, chose Brad, and dared him to tie a cherry stem in a knot with his tongue. He did it in under a minute.
Cara won the third round and asked Brad to show us his most private piercing.
“Whoa!” Cara said.
“Did that hurt?” I asked.
“I put ice on it before they put the needle through it.”
“I would not have been able to get the second one done.” Cara said.
“Eh, well, when it comes to nipple rings, you should really get both…for symmetry, you know. Plus, the four beers I’d had before helped with the courage.” Brad smiled.
“Alright, guys, I’m off. I’ll see you tomorrow. Maybe I’ll bring a board game.”
Cara waved and departed. Brad and I still had another two hours before we could close up the bar. We stopped playing cards and eventually just ended up playing truth or dare and alternating turns.
“Truth.” I said.
“Have you ever dated anyone you work with?”
“Yes. I dated my boss once. Truth or dare?”
“Truth.” Brad said.
“Have YOU ever dated anyone you work with?”
“No. But I want to.”
“Cara is pretty cute.” I said.
“Truth or dare?” Brad said.
“Dare.” I said.
Brad leaned in to me but I put my hand on his face, pushed him away, and started laughing.
“No. We are SO not doing this.”
“Oh, come on, one kiss.”
“You realize this is sexual harassment?” I said.
“You know you want to.”
“In your dreams.” I said taking a sip of my soda.
“If you only knew.”
“Oh, GROSS.” I said hitting him on the arm playfully.
“You’ll kiss me eventually.” He floated away to go get a beer for one of the regulars in the back and I feel stupid for smiling after he left.
“Dream on.” I shouted back.
Flirting with Brad is fun and he’s not hard on the eyes.