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Broke and Hung-over

Post  Nicole Myles on Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:06 pm

When she woke up, Nicole was delighted to find that she was in her own bed...or rather, on her ripped, shabby, rented couch. She rubbed her eyes for a couple of minutes, trying to block the light out, before finally resigning herself to the fact that she was going to have to get up sooner or later. She rolled onto the floor, which was covered in various clothes, sheets and random objects. Pulling herself to her feet, she tripped over a hard object that made an unusual, hollow wooden sound that echoed around the small flat. She swore repeatedly as she felt her way over to the object and ran her hands over it- she was still squinting too much to see properly.
"Are you alright? Oh, okay, good, you're alright," she said to the guitar lying on the floor as she felt it carefully to check she hadn't damaged anything. She climbed to her feet and spoke to the wall. "He's alright," she said loudly before stumbling into the bathroom.
A few minutes later, she emerged, her dark hair wet and tied up in a messy knot. She still had large purple marks under her bloodshot eyes, but she appeared much better than she had dont when she'd first woken up. She walked to the small counter in the corner which, for lack of a better word, she referred to as the kitchen. Opening the cupboard, she let out a second expletive. "No coffee. No coffee. Of course there's no coffee!" Still talking angrily to herself, she pulled several layers of shabby clothes on, none of which appeared to match at all, and stormed towards the front door. As an afterthought, she turned back, packed her guitar into a beaten up old hard case and took it with her, mumbling about how she didn't trust the neighbours.

It didn't take her long to find somewhere; she wasn't in a picky mood right now. The first bar she saw seemed good enough, so she pushed the door open and walked in, clumsily banging her guitar on both sides of the door and swearing once again. Finally, she managed to enter the bar. A quick glance around told her than there were no other customers in, so she just placed her guitar next to one of the tables in the corner before walking over to the counter, rapping her fingers, which were covered in cheap jewellery, impatiently on the counter and clearing her throat loudly.
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Post  James Kempu on Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:15 pm

James was the only one at the bar seeing as he owned the place and really during the day since there was not much traffic he was usually the one on duty. he saw a women waiting for service and wondered what such a woman was doing drinking at such an early time. Maybe she was not here for a drink? If she was though he would have to serve her. "Hello, May I get you something?" James came out of the back storage room and went behind the bar. He manned the beer tap assuming maybe thats what she was after? But of course he did not really know exactly what she wanted until she voiced it. He was not a mind reading cyborg, he was a shapeshifter.
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Post  Nicole Myles on Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:24 pm

Nicole looked from the barman's face to the beer tap, tempted. No, you came for coffee, she reminded herself, but there still seemed to be a part of her that didn't get the message.
"I'll have a Jack- no, wait a coffee...with Jack Dan- no," she took a deep breath, feeling her head throb painfully. For some reason, she was convinced that a drink would ease the pain, although she knew, logically, that it wouldn't. "A cappuccino, please," she said, speaking slowly with a very determined edge to her voice. The second she finished her sentence, she turned and walked back to her table, not trusting herself enough to stay there, where she could easily ask for a drink.

Nicole wasn't an alcoholic- so she told herself. She didn't depend on it in any way. She just liked it. A lot. Perhaps a little more than she should. Still, her flat- if it could be called that- was cold at night, and a little alcohol kept her warm, and got rid of the loneliness.
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Post  James Kempu on Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:29 pm

"We do not serve coffee here... only alcohol." James nodded to her as she walked off, she would have to come back if she wanted something alcoholic to drink. Other wise what more could a bar do? They did not serve coffee... most people came in to get drunk. Those that didn't were looking for comfort or company. But of course there were a million reasons why things happened. He sighed hoping she would come back to get things. It was an odd morning and he was looking forward to seeing Alice that night.
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Post  Nicole Myles on Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:17 pm

Nicole gave the barman a disbelieving look. "No coffee?!" She laughed, although it sounded more like a cough. Shaking her head, she walked out of the tavern, leaving her guitar there and letting the door slam loudly behind her as she strode down the street in search of somewhere that sold some form of strong caffeine.

A few minutes later, Nicole walked back into the tavern, a huge cardboard flask full of steaming coffee in her hand. She went directly over to the counter, where she put her drink down and looked at the barman. She'd been planning on just coming back for her guitar, but the fact that she'd had to search in all her pockets in order to scrape up enough money for the much-needed caffeine (only to find that she was a few cents short and had to sneak out of the shop without paying) had brought the unpleasant truth to her attention. She was broke. There was no other, nicer way of putting it. Her old truck, which was falling apart, would need some more fuel soon, and she had to keep up the rent for the pathetic little flat (or, as she thought of it, "the hovel"). She took a long gulp of coffee, feeling it burn her mouth and throat. Then, trying to sound casual, she asked; "So, do you run this place yourself, then?"
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Post  James Kempu on Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:27 pm

It was a kick to the teeth she came back after buying coffee elsewhere? This was a place of business afterall and during the day not many people came in, however it was still a business. If she was not going to buy anything then why was she hanging around? Did she not have work to scamper off to? 'James...calm down...she may just be lonely' he thought. James was a nice guy but even to him this situation seemed a little strange. However he knew that he was going to be polite. "I own the place, during the day I typically watch it, but during the night I usually leave." He nodded to her since she seemed to want to talk.

"I see you got your coffee." He remarked to her, rather glad that she was not drinking at such an early time. People who did that were usually really... well they were drunkards.
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Post  Nicole Myles on Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:36 pm

Nicole nodded and looked down at her coffee. "Yeah, didn't take too long. Turns out there are plenty of coffee places around." Her mood had changed considerably- she was feeling much less cranky now; she gave him a little crooked smile. Her eyes were much clearer than they had been fifteen minutes ago, partly because she was waking up and partly because the coffee, which was pretty much the closest you could get to pure caffeine round here, was working wonders for her hangover. She could feel her other self coming back- her clever, witty, persuasive self, instead of the blunt, moody and, frankly, unbearable woman she had been when she first woke up.

After a few seconds of silence and another sip of coffee, she looked up again. "It must be a pain, having to stay here all day," she said, feigning sympathy. She wasn't flirting- she hadn't done that for ages, other than to get a decent deal on the rent, and dreaded the idea of a relationship; she had done for the past three years. She was merely trying to open up possibilities for herself, trying to get as many potential jobs as possible.
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