New Home Chapter 3

Cassandra tugged on her black shirt as she paced the hallway outside her office. She couldn’t believe it. She only had one interview for the day and he fainted in her office. The blood that started to soak his shirt surprised her when she checked him before the healers moved him out of the office. She didn’t know what happened, but the fact that he fainted in her office shook her nerves a bit. She hoped Will was alright and the shop wouldn’t held accountable for it.

Cassandra sighed as she tugged her shirt again. Well today is starting on the right foot.

She took another breath and walked out into the front where her workers sat in the café side of the shop. Her workers varied from fellow witches to Sky demons to Water demons. Her shop was open to anyone from any of the communities that wanted a job or a cup of coffee. The runes and spells on the walls ensured that no one used their powers for anything more than an emergency.

Cassandra learned her lesson when a fight broke out on opening day. It almost grew out of control if Anemone wasn’t there to stop it.

Cassandra leaned against the nearest table and crossed her arms over her chest. “Um, sorry about the excitement earlier.”

A witch with dark brown hair turned her blue eyes over to Cass when she walked in. “Cass! Is everything okay? Why were the healers here?”

Cassandra nodded. “Everything is fine Amelia, the guy that was here passed out in the office a few minutes ago. I don’t know what happened, but it looked like he got into a fight before he came here. I’m wondering if we should close the shop for the day.”   

“Maybe we can close early. Are you interviewing anyone else today?” Amelia asked.

“No, I planned on doing the readings I have lined up and look over some things for the shop, but that’s it. Would any of you want to leave early today?” Cassandra said as she looked around the room. There were a few responses among the small crowd when a woman with dark hair and green eyes raised her hand as her wings fluttered lightly in the room.

“Eve, I told you, you don’t have to do that if you want my attention.” Cassandra said with a reassuring smile.

Eve gave a sheepish smile as she rubbed the back of her neck. “I don’t think we should leave early, but maybe you can check on the guy. Maybe you can let him take the interview again.”

“I’m gonna do that when he’s okay. I suppose I should call the healer and see how he’s doing.”

A Water Demon woman with red hair and green eyes frowned as the water sloshed around in her cup. “I don’t see why. It’s not your fault he passed out.”

“Krista, it still happened on our property while I was giving him an interview. I’m sure he’s pretty embarrassed about that and I should clear the air.” Cassandra said.

“Alright if you say so.” Krista said as the water slowed down in her cup.

“Okay, does anyone else have any questions?” Cassandra asked as she looked around the room.

“I do.”

Cassandra turned to the wizard in the corner of the room. He ran a hand through his blonde hair and turned his green eyes over to her. “Are you okay?”

Cassandra fought the urge to sigh again. Sometimes Robert reminded her too much of Daniel, she figured that was the reason they were such good friends. “I’m fine I didn’t expect to have someone pass out in front of me today, but I’m okay.”

She gave him a reassuring smile, hoping that he would drop the subject. Robert narrowed his eyes before he relaxed against the wall again. “Okay.”

Cassandra nodded and turned back to everyone. “If there are no more questions it’s time to start the day. I’ll put up a sign letting the customers know that we’re closing early today.” She walked over to the back room as everyone got up and talked amongst each other. She rummaged in the desk found a pen, paper, and scribbled a quick note. She walked back to the front of the store and almost bumped into her normal customer Alec when she opened the door.

“Sorry about that. I’m here to get my morning dose of coffee.” Alec said.

“Right on time, come on in.” Cassandra grinned. She opened the door and moved aside for Alec as more cars pulled up into the parking lot. Her normal routine was just what she needed to help with her day.

Still, she wondered what happened to Will for him to pass out like that.

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