WeWriWa—Cafeteria Calamity

In loving memory of John Lennon, who was taken from this life 33 years ago today.

Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. I decided to stick with Cinni and Levon for a few more weeks before moving to Fereydan, Iran.

Young Cinnimin and Levon had a hit-and-miss first meeting the previous afternoon, which Cinni decided to cut short the moment he asked if she has a boyfriend. Neither was able to stop thinking about the other ever since, though Cinni is too proud to admit it to anyone but herself. The next day, she wears a low-cut red blouse and black skirt showing her knees, though she still sits with her backup Todd on the bus.

Cinni drifts off thinking about Levon all day, and thinks lunch will finally be a chance to concentrate on something more productive, food. Things don’t go exactly as planned when she finds herself running into him in the cafeteria. I’ve rewritten some of this scene, since she just comes off as too cruel and bitchy in the 1999 original material. Cinni might have a bit of a mouth on her, a rather overinflated opinion of herself, and be rough around the edges, but she’s not supposed to be a mean girl. I had to tone down some of the invectives she spews.

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She picked up a tray and got in line, grimacing at the sight of open-faced gravy sandwiches.  Well, at least today’s lunch also included stuffing, mashed potatoes, and chicken.  She had just paid and gotten out of line when she rammed right straight into him.  The next thing she knew, her tray was no longer in her hands, and the floor was covered with both of their lunches and jagged pieces of the shattered plates.

“I beg your pardon, Kevorkian!”

“You remembered my name.  You even pronounced it correctly.”

“Shut up and clean up, you clumsy knucklehead!”

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5 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Cafeteria Calamity

  1. Not precisely a (re)meet cute . . . but they’re clearly aware of each other. and if mutual embarrassment doesn’t ruin things, nothing will! 🙂 Can’t wait to see how this develops, Carrie-Anne!

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