I clocked in to work on Sunday night and started my cigarette count while the girl who works the 3-11 shift (we’ll call her “E”) waited on a customer. He looked to be in his late twenties and was dressed like a Successful Young Man on his way home from a weekend at the lake. He was also obviously smitten with E, and it’s really hard to blame the guy. She’s 23 years old, blonde and curvy, and she has a little button nose. Fortunately she’s also very nice, so I don’t hate her the way I instinctively do most cute 23 year olds. (Hey, honesty is a virtue.) He made a few feeble attempts at flirting, which she deflected rather well (naturally, she has a boyfriend), then he gave a last ditch effort:

“Hey, do you think you could give me a job application?”

She snickered at that. “You want to work here?”

“Sure! Why wouldn’t I? I’d get to work with a cute girl. And a…”

He paused for a few seconds, and I realized he was trying to throw me a bone. I looked up from the cigarette display and gave him a big, encouraging smile.

“…and a, uh…a happy girl.”

There are times when honesty really isn’t a virtue.


About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

One response to “Honesty

  • Elleann

    Ouch, sweetie! If only he knew, he could have said: ” … and with a girl who writes terrific books and blog entries!”

    And I hate those cute little dolls with button noses and pert bums too!

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