New Home: Chapter 11

Cassandra stretched her arms above her head as she took a seat in her office. After he talk with Robert, she returned to her office to go through her Monday routine of checking everything in the office. She had to go over the invoices, check inventory, and make sure that all the orders she placed were on their way without any trouble. 

She reached in her desk, pulled out the clipboard with the weekly schedule, and placed it on her desk. The other thing she had to do was find a place to put will. She still hadn’t found a place for him and she needed to know where he could go. Cassandra pulled out a sticky note and wrote a quick note to herself before she picked up the phone to call her vendors.

While she waited, a soft knock sounded on her door.

“Come in,” Cassandra said with her hand over the receiver of the phone.

Eve walked in with a small wave. “Um, Cass…”

“One minute Eve. Yes, this is Cassandra Hawkins, I’m checking to make sure that my coffee will be here this evening. Yes, I’ll be here at eight o’clock, but I put in the order for eight in the morning. Why did the time change? Oh, yes, that’s right the holiday. Yes, I’ll be here, thank you goodbye.” Cassandra sighed as she hung up the phone. “I forgot all about the Earth Demon holiday so all our orders are coming in the evening through the vampire shift. Anyway, what’s up?”

“Claudia called she won’t be able to make it tonight.”

“What!? I told her that Krista couldn’t stay tonight. Don’t Amelia’s classes start tonight too?”

“They do, but she said she has an emergency so she can’t make it.”

“The last time she had an emergency it was a fight with her boyfriend.” Cassandra groaned and rubbed the bridge of her nose. “Is there anyone else who can’t be here this evening?”

Eve nodded. “Steven called he has to go back home for a family emergency.”

Cassandra moved her hand away from her face. “Is everything alright?”

Eve shook her head. “His dad took a turn for the worse. He said he’ll be out for a bit longer than expected.”

“Well, he did tell me but, I would have liked if he took off earlier in the week instead of a few hours before his shift. Is everyone else on board for the evening?”

Eve nodded. “Yes, but we’re having a few problems with the espresso machine.”

“Amelia didn’t use her magic to try and fix it again, did she?”

“No, but the button is stuck again. We can’t press it and we have to move it around in order for it to work.”

“Okay, I’ll put the order in for a new machine today. Is there anything else?”

“No, not for the coffee shop, is everything alright in the tarot end?”

“Besides my cards getting restless for a reading, everything is working out here. Did you take your break yet?”

Eve shook her head. “I was going to, but Krista has to leave soon.”

“Go take your break. I’ll go and work the front.”

Eve bit her lip as her wings fluttered a bit behind her. “Are you sure?”

Cassandra flashed a reassuring smile. “I’m sure, go take your break.”

Eve smiled. “Thank you! I won’t take long.”

“As long as you don’t take more than ten minutes, I’ll be fine.”

Eve nodded. “I won’t, don’t worry.” She flashed another smile on her way out the room. Cassandra sighed when the door closed. Lately, it seemed everywhere she turned things broke and people had emergencies. However, there were a few exceptions like Steve. She knew about his situation and let everyone know about the shift change. Claudia on the other hand was on her third no show for the week. Cassandra had to call a meeting with Krista, Amelia, and Robert about their future with Claudia.

Cassandra took a breath to calm down. It wouldn’t help if she let things get her before the end of her shift. She placed the order in for a new espresso machine, then wrote down the changes on the schedule and placed a sticky note reminder to check the inventory and have Robert look over the invoices with her. She did a once over on her checklist and nodded when everything seemed to be in place.

Cassandra cleaned off her desk, locked all her papers and clipboard away, and grabbed her apron. Despite the things that went wrong at least she found a place for Will. She had more than enough room for him. Cassandra pushed the weird thought of working with Will aside as she tied the apron on and pulled her hair back on her way out the room.

She hoped many people didn’t want espresso tonight.


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