Sometimes when I’m pouring my coffee, I like to imagine I’m a server at a small diner in the middle of nowhere. I’m getting that table of four their coffee first thing in the morning. They’ve clearly been up all night. Their rugged attire and laid-back attitudes had me assuming they’re musicians. No one around here had ever seen them before.

I brought them their coffee and asked if they were ready to order. The one wearing a leather jacket and smelled strongly of cigarettes turned to me with a flirtatious smile, I made another assumption that he was their lead singer.

“We’re ready.” He said kindly. I couldn’t make out his accent, but he definitely wasn’t from around here. It sounded southern. But this was upstate Maine, three hours from the nearest city.

I took their orders and their accents became more prominent. It was southern, no doubt. Maybe Kentucky or maybe Texas. I asked where they were from.

“I thought you’d never ask.” The charismatic lead singer said with a grin much too big. I didn’t trust him. He reminded me of my ex who would go on vacations with his friends and come back with more notches on his bedpost. I know it was unfair of me to assume this of him, but when you’ve been burnt like I have, it’s hard not to.

It was early. We had just opened. The rush hadn’t yet begun. Around here, the rush doesn’t start until 8. The table of four were the only ones in here besides a few older folks at the bar.

I watched the table of musicians talk among themselves. The radio being right next to me, I couldn’t make out what they were saying. All I could hear was melodies and an off-tune voice. I realized I never knew if they were musicians. I just assumed. I always assume. It’s how I stay safe.

This is just a little fictional piece I thought of this morning while making coffee, based on my bad habit of assuming things of people before I get to know them.



  1. C. D. Anders says:

    That assumption-making trait seems to be a writer’s curse. At least you use it for good by writing good poems and stories such as this!

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    1. Lauren says:

      Haha thank you! It really does seem to be a writer’s curse. I try not to assume things about people, but my mind always tries to figure people out before I get to know them 😅

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  2. An excellent story.

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  3. jonicaggiano says:

    Interesting story Lauren – I thought for sure you were going to say the radio was talking about men who escaped from a southern penitentiary- I was waiting for the next line. Enjoyed this piece! Love 💕 Joni

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    1. Lauren says:

      Thank you, I appreciate that!

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        I was ready to read the next line. Maybe you will do this again? Have a great evening. Love 💕 Joni

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  4. JD Rodgers says:

    Very well written. Very imaginative.

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  5. Carol Anne says:

    Brilliant! I love this! It was really good! 🙂

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