Flash Friday, Vol , week 23

Prompt: http://flashfriday.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/flash-friday-vol-2-23/

Cheese and Onions

This was a man who knew what he wanted, ordering before sitting down on the plastic-topped stool. “Bowl of chili, cheese, onions.”

I flipped the rag off my shoulder and wiped down the counter. “Can do, friend. But first, I’ve got a story.

“You see that guy up there? On the TV?”

“Yeah. Everyone knows him.”

“He was in here earlier today. Just like you, bowl of chili. Man loves his chili. Eats it before every big speech, to show off his ‘intestinal fortitude.’”

“Yeah?”

“Just watch.” The man on the TV was getting warmed up, his arms beginning their familiar gesticulation. The sweat on his brow, however, was unusual.

“Man like that makes some deals, makes some enemies. Some of them sell chili.”

The man on the TV was visibly discomfited now, panic setting in on his face. Suddenly, he turned and darted from the stage.

“Still want that chili?”

The man on the stool smiled. “How’s the meatloaf?”

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