By the time she made it back, her boss gave her a little glare.
"Bolt. Where were you." it was more of a demand than a question and she winced, looking down at her feet, remembering sh left her coffee at the music store.
"I, uh, er...." she said softly, not like to be yelled at. "...I was getting something to eat." she squeaked and looked up with her big, chocolate brown eyes.
The Boss narrowed his eyes. He wasn't the nicest of people and he muttered something nasty under his breath, making Harper wince. "This is the second time this month," he started. Sorry that I'm freaking ADD, she thought. It was true though, she got distracted by the simplest things. "...and we cant afford to have you gone anymore. Sorry, but you will have to find another place to work." he stated and took the lanyard from around her neck. Harper opened her mouth the protest but got shut up by an angry look and she frowned, tears welling in her eyes and she pivoted on her heel and walked out. Harper has never gotten fired from anything. Never. Wasn't her fault she was sensitive too.
Harper made her way back to Sam Ash and had a dejected look on her face. "I spoke to soon." she mumbled quietly and plopped down on an open stool.
He grabbed onto the counter for dear life and sat back up, embarrassed. "Uh, that didn't happen." He smiled and laughed, opening the register and closing it. Open, close, open, close...
Harper entered then. Jude looked up in confusion and noticed her grim expression. Instead of feeling anxious yet excited, he felt a bit more negative. Her face had fallen, making him frown as well. "What happened?" he asked, turning his head to look at her.
"I'm sure she wouldn't be so inconsiderate as to mess up your neat system," she declared cheerily, watching the door Harper had just left though absently. Still no customers. Oh well, it was too early to assume it was going to be a slow business day. Most days no one really started coming in until around lunch time, probably because they got a lot of teenagers in their store and most of them seemed to be sleeping during the early hours. Nikki had a brief panic attack as she thought about the possibility of her not turning off her stove before she realised that she hadn't even used it in the past week. No, the most useful piece of kitchen equipment was her microwave. God bless the microwave.
She glanced over as Jude wobbled precariously on his stool.
"Of course it didn't," she replied with a bright sunny grin. Jude was absolutely adorable, although she did worry about him sometimes. She hadn't seen him with a girl yet, although she was positive that soon he would have girls' swooning after him as he was extremely nice. Then again, Nikki had also been at a loss as to why her ninety something grandfather had been single when he died. And he had been a convicted felon.
Nikki looked up as Harper re-entered, looking quite down-cast.
"Harper! What happened?" she asked with concern, tilting her head and watching the girl from her seat. The door opened behind her as a customer trailed in.
((Sorry for short post... and I havn't been on the past 4 days because I was on a cruise.))
The first customer of the day walked in. He looked up and smiled at them. "Need any help today?" he asked them. The guy shook his head and shuffled over to the recording area.
Harper couldn't really help but laugh lightly at his next words. How's the weather? They were in the same place weren't they? "Um, pretty good." she decided on, and grinned, eyes shimmering with amusement. "How 'bout you?" she rebounded with a friendly smile.
"Uh, we're in a building. But it was nice when I drove here this morning. Except that I almost hit some guy speeding when I turned. That scared the crap out of me." Jude found himself babbling on, but figured it was better than silence.
Speeding? She couldn't imaging Jude, of all people, speeding. So, to tease him, she put a hand over her mouth and gasped, seeimng truthfull shocked. Not to brag or anything, but HArper was an amazing actress as well as musician. Her eyes grew wide. "Jude henderson? Speeding? OH my!" she said with a smile and laugh to follow.
He looked at Harper as she gasped, which shocked him a bit, but once she started laughing he knew that she was just joking. He smiled and shrugged. "Well, I didn't want to be late getting here. I like for everything to be in order." He smiled.
"Suuure." she said with a wink and rocked back and forth still. The legs slipped from under her, and the stool fell, but with Harper's sharp reflexes, the bright girl leapt off in a single motion and landed on her toes without making a sound. And in another fluid motion, she grabbed the stool about an inch before it clattered to the ground, saving a mess. If it did fall, it would have knocked down a rack of CD's. Harper gave Jude an apologetic smile.
"My bad mat.e At least I caught it!" she chirped, seeing the bright side of things. The girl flipped the stool upright, and sat on it again. This time, staying still. Other than her bouncing leg that was.
AT the thought of Jude trying to do this, she giggled. No offense, but he was probably right. Harper jumped slightly so she could scoot her feet under her, and comfortably balanced on her toes practically in a squatting position and rested her elbows on her knees, and her chin on her hand.