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Private A Moment in the Oasis

Discussion in 'City Life' started by Zora, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Zora
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    Zoraida had decided to walk home to her beach house from her offices located in the centre of the town. It was actually quite far, farther than she had anticipated and further than one should probably ever want to walk in red patent leather high heels. Despite having sore feet, Zora knew she needed to calm herself down after such a hard, very weird and just extremely out there day.

    As she slowly walked along the streets lost in thought, she came upon a building that had stairs leading down to what looked like a bar or pub of some sort called the Oasis. Stopping, Zoraida, contemplated quietly the building before her for a long moment, for some reason it reminded her of an English pub that she used to frequent sometimes when she was younger and studying in northern London.

    And before she could think twice, Zoraida found herself descending the stairs and opening the door to the bar. The Oasis was exactly as she suspected and hoped it would be. Small, cozy and welcoming, and it had that English pub vibe that she had been expecting. Glancing around, she saw that it was actually quite busy and that most of the tables had people sitting at them. Deciding then and there, that she could use a moment to rest since her feet were killing her, Zoraida walked over to the bar, hopped up on a bar stool and waited for the bartender to come over and serve her.

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    For once, the bar was busy tonight as every regular had made their way in tonight. Of course, Gin was the only one that was working. And that was fine. A soft jazz was playing over the speakers - sounds of drinks clinking and small fits of laughter from the audience was palpable. Gin continued his work, pouring drinks for folks as he made himself available to each and every customer.

    It was then that a young woman had made her way to the bar. A face he'd never seen before. Gin continued to clean a fresh glass as he made his way over before stopping in front of her. He reached under the bar, before the young lady could order and slid a coaster in front of her. That was the signal for her to order. He stood vigilant, silent. He knew the role of the bartender.

    To listen.
     
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    Waiting patiently for the bartender to serve his other guests, Zoraida looked around the room and smiled. Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves, and as she focused in on her surroundings, she realised that there was jazz music softly playing in the background. Loud enough that you could hear it if you listened carefully, but not so loud that you had to shout over it.

    Smiling as a very well-dressed, tall and dark-haired man placed a coaster in front of her, Zoraida realised that he was actually the bartender. Not expecting this, she unconsciously sat up straighter in her seat, and proceeded to order, "I'll have a glass of your house red wine, please, " then before he could say anything Zoraida suddenly changed her mind, "No wait, make that a gin and tonic instead." she said deciding on a drink she hadn't had in years.

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    He could tell that the woman had a bit of an air about her. Especially after the fact that she'd chosen wine right off the back. Gin immediately turned to the side, before his ear caught that she'd changed her mind. Arching a brow, he pulled out an old fashioned glass and went to the fridge, pulling out the bottle of coke and the bottle of gin off the shelf.

    Slowly pouring the drink, the words whispered around him were that of customers moving to leave. Many of them had their fill and were leaving to either go back to work or go home and sleep it off. All of it was fine. People were saying goodbyes, some for the last time and some for just another time.

    As the drink topped off he placed the glass on the coaster.

    "Gin and tonic." He spoke.

    "It's on the house."
     
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    Zora quietly watched the tall impeccably dressed bartender as he went off, without a word, to make her her drink. Watching him with some interest - the oddest things fascinated her sometimes - as he grabbed a glass, the tonic water and the gin, and pour it together before setting it down in front of her.

    "On the house?" Zora remarked questioningly, visibly surprised and touched, yet unsure why he would do such a nice thing for her. "B-but, why?" she asked, not really used to people buying her drinks - at least not in a normal bar situation where she wasn't trying to pick up guys or have a good time.

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    He gave a smirk at her reaction and surprise. It was like that with everyone that came in. Still, it's interesting to get the client talking. Always have the customer talking and having a good time - enjoying their drink. He picked up a glass, looking at her from the corner of his eye and picked up a wash cloth - began cleaning the glass in his hand.

    "Well, you look like you've had a rough day." He shrugged. He owned the place, so it didn't matter to him. He was already well off anyway. "Besides, fresh faces are always welcome around here. Might as well welcome you with a bang."

    He placed the glass down before picking up another one.

    "Am I wrong?"

    Fistfuls of dollar bills and 'see ya later, Gins' were being tossed as folks left one by one. Casual nods were sent their way.

    "No rush with the drink, just enjoy it. That's the rule here."
     
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    Zora nodded slowly at the bartender's words, rather amazed at his uncanny intuition. Then she looked again at her gin and tonic in front of her, reached out and wrapped her hands around the glass for a moment, enjoying the coolness of the drink. She had had a bad day... a freakingly weird day actually, not just bad. However, Zoraida had thought she had managed to hide her agitation quite well, so the fact that the bartender had noticed, caused her a bit of consternation.

    Glancing up at him, she stared for a brief moment at the bartender, watching him dry glasses, and then she smiled, appreciative in a way that he could actually tell she had had a bad day. Not many could actually, and if they did notice they rarely, if ever, asked her what was wrong. She guessed that was what happened when you became "the boss" - or as her brother liked to called her, "the b!tch in charge", though it still didn't make her feel any better. She had come to find that being the one in charge was often lonely and somehow wished it could be different.

    "Thank you." she finally said, "And you are not wrong. I have had a very strange day...Perhaps stranger than I've had in a long while if I'm honest." she admitted as she took a sip of her G & T, savouring the bitter sweetness of the gin.

    "You are quite busy, today..." she stated as she watched people pay for their drinks, as the bar slowly started emptying out.

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    He nodded slightly at her comment about her day, while the cloth continued to clean the inside of the glass. And noted the business around her as well. "Busy is good." He spoke as he placed the glass down and picked up the next one. "Can't eat without people drinking, and drinks always have a story to tell. They're called spirits for a reason." And he would have plenty of reason to know what they were, that's for sure.

    The bar became a bit more homely now with only a few more customers left inside the bar. He liked it better that way, to be honest. Not much in terms of interference, and it gave more time to clean up.

    "Strange days are always interesting though, it's better to have it that way. Strange days lead to strange lives after all."

    He shrugged.

    "Tough day at the office?"
     
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    Zora quietly considered the barkeep's words about strangeness, she wasn't too sure if what had happened today made her life any better. In fact, she felt like it was worse, parts of her life were spiralling out of her control. She felt she couldn't control anything that was happening and it frustrated her.

    "I don't know about that. This day was strange, but not in a good way... I can't see things having an overly happy ending." she sighed.

    "Have you ever had a family member pull you unknowingly into something that could have dire consequences? My brother seems to have angered somebody very powerful, and now I must clean it up... she explained tiredly as she absentmindedly traced a pattern with her manicured finger on the sheen of her cold glass.

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    Thinking about it for a moment, Gin snickered a bit at what she mentioned that was having a rough day. A family member pulling them into something that presented dire consequences? Where had he heard that before. "Yeah, I know the feeling." He put the glass down and picked up the next one. "Is it a little brother or big one? Big ones always seem to be the worst." He smiled.

    "To put it lightly, they are always getting into trouble. Always."

    He shrugged.

    "Nothing too serious I hope."
     


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