The Coffee Wars : A New Blend

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A trilogy of short stories all set around an independent coffee shop. Each story filled with numerous references from the one of the two things that opened my mind to the world of creativity.

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Lucas fumbled with a napkin as he looked at his text message again from Jade.

‘Meet me at the coffee shop at 4pm, I will be wearing a Star Wars t-shirt.x’

He smiled as he read the last part, his inner geek cheered with joy. Lucas stirred his coffee a sixth time, the clinking sound aggravated the two guys sat with their laptops on the opposite table. The short one out of the two looked at Lucas with a friendly gesture of “please don’t do that”. Lucas apologized and fumbled with his phone to check the time. He typed a message to Jade.

‘I am at the coffee shop, would you like me to get you a drink? x’

The bell above the door rang as it opened, he looked up in excitement. But it was an old man with a long brown hooded coat who walked in and made his way towards the counter. Lucas checked his phone again still no message He looked around the shop to try and calm his nerves. George, the giant of a man with a thick woolly jumper in the corner let out the loudest yawn Lucas had ever heard, it startled everybody in the coffee shop. Even the owner behind the counter banged his head on the coffee machine, he grabbed the counter as he steadied himself. The old man removed his hood and peered over the counter at Mr Kessell.

“Don’t worry you will be alright, Bob.” Said the old man.

“Nothing like a good coffee machine, Ben, this is better than your franchised coffee shop rubbish.”

“That it is Bob, that it is, you bring balance to this crazy world we live in.”

Lucas looked at his phone it was 3.56pm. His palms became clammy at the thought of what might happen. He checked his phone when he heard a beep, but no message or call, he then saw the old man pull out his phone. He jumped up when he heard the bell again. All he saw was a man walk in dressed in a black suit, he placed his briefcase on the floor near the counter. As Lucas sat back down he heard the conversation unfold.

“Welcome to Millennium. How can I help you?”

“Hello, I am Vincent Adder here on behalf of the Empire Coffee, I have been tasked with the job of offering you a sizeable amount of money to bring you into the franchise.”

“Well tell that greed, son of..”

“Bob.” Cautioned the old man.

“Sorry, Ben.”

“The offer is a great one it Mr Kessell, I would recommend you consider it.”

“No and that is my final decision Mr Adder, now can I ask you to kindly leave?”

“We have ways and means of persuasion, Mr Kessell. We will be back.”

“My decision is final.”

Lucas heard some cups get slammed down on the worktop as Mr Adder left the shop. The doorbell rang again, Bob welcomed the customer to Millennium Coffee.

“Please, can I have a Java with milk?”

“I am really sorry but we’re out of Java at the moment. Could I get you something else?”

“A latte please, large.”

“Coming up.”

Lucas looked down at his phone, still nothing. In the corner of his screen, he saw the clock turn 4pm. His head dropped in disappointment, he just wanted the ground to open up and swallow him whole. The bell rang again, Lucas didn’t move this time, he had a bad feeling that he had been stood up.

“Welcome to Millennium, oh hey Jade what are you doing here?”

“Who was that guy?”

“He’s from Empire Coffee.”

“I hope you told him where to go?”

“I did, what are you doing here?”

“I’m here to meet a friend?”

“Is it one of your geeky friends.”

“It’s a boy if you must know, Dad.”

Lucas heard the soft tone in the response, as he turned he saw her. She was average height with curves, dark brown hair, wearing Star Wars – A New Hope’ t-shirt. He smiled and she smiled back then walked over to him.

To be continued……..

4 thoughts on “The Coffee Wars : A New Blend

  1. Loved this and can’t wait the read the rest of it. Loved you dialogue and how you built the tension. I wrote a stage play set in a coffee shop before and started a radio play set in a coffee shop too, both are projects I want to go back to and you just reminded me of them. I used to work at Costa and have so much material… also it’s one of my favourite places to write.

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