Chapter 45:

(Tristan) Revenge On Greg Gory >:D

Cafe Eris

Scanta came into the back room with a bright smile on his face. I don’t know what’s worse, Scanta in a bad mood or in a good mood.
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“Triiiiistaaan! My favourite guy!” he pumped his fist in the air.Bookmark here

I’ve decided, and I now know that Scanta in a good mood is the worst possible option. Bookmark here

“Scanta. I’m assuming your ‘actor event’ went as planned?” Bookmark here

“Oh Tristan, so smart you are! It did, thank you for asking me! This is why you’re the best employee!” He placed his hands on my shoulders and shook. I felt my brain hit the sides of my skull. I hope it was enough to concuss me, maybe then I’d have a day away from this man.Bookmark here

Once he stopped, I dusted my shoulders off. “So what exactly happened?”Bookmark here

He placed his hands on his hips and smiled, almost reminiscing. “They ran in dressed as henchmen, and caused a ruckus. That’s all I needed, really. For Pugh to have a migraine-inducing problem, solved by something as simple as gifting a banana. It’s almost poetic, if I do say so myself. Genius. Absolutely genius.”Bookmark here

I raised my brow in confusion. “I’m sorry, I don’t think I follow. So you did this just to inconvenience the owner of Café Moonbucks?”Bookmark here

Scanta shot me a look of disappointment. “Of course not! It was more than an inconvenience, and plus, there was another reason why I wanted to do that. There's a method to my madness, you know.” Was he pouting? Bookmark here

I started at this grown man-child and I only felt more confused. “What’s the reason?” Bookmark here

Before Scanta could explain, we were interrupted by the sound of someone knocking the door frame. We both turned to look, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the one and only Lolita. She looked annoyed, though. Frustrated, even. Like she was holding herself back from having some sort of outburst. Bookmark here

Huh, it must be really important too. I know she always runs away when Scanta’s here, she’s very vocal about her hatred for him. Bookmark here

“Lolita! H-hey…! What are y-you doing here?” Goddamnit Tristan! Play it cool! Bookmark here

She didn’t even bother to acknowledge me. “Scanta you hypocritical bastard!” Bookmark here

He smirked at her, “oh Lolita, don’t you think it’s too early for this anger? And so much of it, too. You normally hide whenever I’m around, isn’t that right?”Bookmark here

She scoffed, “shut up! Why would you pull such a stunt? Henchmen, really? It’s like you -want- the café to close down! You -know- how much that’ll affect us-”Bookmark here

Scanta placed his elbows on the counter and leaned in. “You mean how much it’ll affect you, right?” Bookmark here

She looked taken aback, and paused for a second, mouth gaping like a fish out of water. Bookmark here

She closed her eyes and took a calming breath, “don’t start this with me now. You know what I mean.” Bookmark here

Scanta put on a (clearly fake) confused face. “No, I don’t think I do. Mind explaining to me why you didn’t like my little prank on Pugh?” Bookmark here

She scoffed and looked to the side, embarrassed.Bookmark here

Uhh, this is awkward. Maybe I should help her out.Bookmark here

“H-hey now, maybe don’t push answers out of people who are clearly uncomfortable? I don’t know what’s going on, but I think you need to listen to what she has to say,” I tried to reason. Bookmark here

Lolita shot me a small smile, and the dots in Scanta’s brain seemed to connect. What they were connecting to, I’m not so sure. But something definitely cleared up in his mind. Bookmark here

“Oh” his mouth curled into a disturbing little smile, “so -that’s- why you don’t want the café to close. Because you have a little cr-”Bookmark here

“Shut up you bald bastard!” Lolita roared. Her voice was wayyy deeper than before. I stepped back in shock, and when Lolita noticed her outburst, she mumbled out a small apology.Bookmark here

Scanta just chuckled, almost as if he were used to this. “So what about me being a ‘hypocrite,’ could you explain that as well?”Bookmark here

Lolita looked between Scanta and I, and it was clear that she didn’t want to say certain things in front of me. I was kind of sad, I thought Lolita and I were closer than this, but I guess I don’t know enough about her relationship with Scanta. I was a bit jealous, honestly. Even though she acted like she hated him, they clearly know each other pretty well. Bookmark here

Damn, do they have -that- kind of history? No, it can’t be. He’s too old for her, unless she’s into that? I hope not, then I really don’t have a chance! Bookmark here

I let out a sigh. “I can step out if you guys want. You know, to give you guys some p-privacy. I guess. Yeah.” Bookmark here

Lolita gave me an apologetic smile, “sorry Tristan, I don’t mean to kick you out. It’ll be just a minute, I promise! And plus, there might be customers out there for you to deal with!” Bookmark here

Well when she says all that with a smile on her face, how could I be mad? I really was wrapped around her finger. “Oh y-yeah, customers,” I let out an awkward chuckle, “I’ll be at the front.” Bookmark here

She gave me a big smile and winked, “I’ll come get you when we’re done!” Bookmark here

I felt all the blood rush to my face, “y-yeah, I’ll um, be waiting…? I g-guess. Just call my name if you need me, Lolita.” Bookmark here

I gave them a final nod before leaving the back room. Lolita’s face had hardened already, and Scanta seemed incredibly amused. Bookmark here

That sick man, how could he be so happy about a girl who’s clearly upset with him? I could already hear her yelling at Scanta, and he was responding very calmly. What a sociopath.Bookmark here

When I got to the front, there was already a customer waiting. Oh just great, it’s that guy who yelled at me while I was handing out the flyers. He was looking around, nervously. Bookmark here

“Hello, sir. How can I help you?”Bookmark here

His eyes snapped up to me, as if he were scared by my voice. He even jumped a little. Is he okay? Bookmark here

“I’m only here temporarily, or until the situation at Café Moonbucks is explained. I want a drink,” he whispered. His eyes flitted around as if he were looking for something. No, it’s as if something was looking for him, and he was waiting for it. Bookmark here

“Uh, sure sir. What drink?”Bookmark here

“....iced…..”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry?” Bookmark here

“... iced caramel macchiato, and make it fast.” Bookmark here

“Sure, and what’s the name?”Bookmark here

“...ory…”Bookmark here

I took a deep breath to calm myself. “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get that. What’s the name?”Bookmark here

“... Greg Gory…”Bookmark here

“One caramel macchiato for Greg Gory, coming righ-”Bookmark here


Ohhhh, now I remember this guy. He’s the Karen who thinks the café is possessed by a demon or something. Bookmark here

Maybe I could get some entertainment out of this, he was a nuisance after all. Bookmark here

“Sorry sir, it’s protocol that I say your name out loud. I need…. certain folks… in our establishment to hear it.” Bookmark here

He visibly paled and I tried to hold in a laugh. “What do you mean, certain folks,” he asked slowly. Bookmark here

“Unfortunately, due to company policy, I cannot tell you.” Bookmark here

“No no no, I am a customer and the customer is king. You need to tell me, right now.” His voice seemed more confident. Being a Karen was muscle memory, it seemed.Bookmark here

I faked a concerned look and hoped he would buy it, “Alright sir, but this is just between you and me, okay?”Bookmark here

He seemed annoyed by this, but nodded nonetheless. Bookmark here

“I’m sure you're aware of the rumors surrounding this café, yes?’Bookmark here

His eyes widened, and he continued to nod. He looked scared. Bookmark here

I beckoned him closer and began to whisper. “I can’t say for sure, but let’s just say the rumors have some truth to them.”Bookmark here

Greg gasped and leaned back, shaking. “N-no, then that means the,” he whispered, “demon knows my name? And it knows everyone’s name?” Bookmark here

I nodded solemnly. “We must appease him, or else…”I trailed off. Bookmark here

Greg audibly gulped. “Or else…?’Bookmark here

At that moment, I heard deep footsteps approaching me from behind. From the sound alone, I knew it was Scanta.Bookmark here

I pretended to be scared. “Greg, he’s coming.” I widened my eyes in fake fear. Bookmark here

Greg let out an ear-piercing screech and ran out of the café. Bookmark here

I couldn’t hold it in and immediately fell into a fit of stomach-cramping laughter. Bookmark here

The look on his face was priceless! Bookmark here

I felt a hand on my shoulder as I continued to laugh. Bookmark here

“Nice one, Tristan.” Scanta looked proud. Bookmark here

Oh yeah, he was arguing with Lolita! Is she okay! I sobered up quickly and I wiped away a few stray tears.Bookmark here

I cleared my throat, “where’s Lolita?”Bookmark here

“Lolita left,” he paused, gauging my reaction. Bookmark here

She left without saying anything to me? She must be really upset… No, don’t be so full of yourself Tristan! She doesn’t have to say anything to me… But I swear she’s kinda into me too? Am I wrong to assume that? Oh god, have I been forcing a dynamic with her? Is she even comfortable with me? Bookmark here

My thoughts were cut off by Scanta waving his hand across my face, “earth to Tristan?”Bookmark here

I blinked and looked him in the eye. “Uh, what happened to her? Is she okay?”Bookmark here

Scanta chuckled, “she’s fine, just upset with me. She’s worried about the café closing down ‘cause of the stunt I pulled at Moonbucks.” Bookmark here

“Oh. I didn’t know she had such an attachment to this place.”Bookmark here

Scanta gave me a small smile. “I don’t think she’s attached to this place, as much as something else.” Bookmark here

“What does that mean?”Bookmark here

Scanta stuck his tongue out at me, “can’t say!” Bookmark here

I huffed in annoyance. “So she’s alright?”Bookmark here

“Oh Tristan, don’t you worry! She had some place to be, and plus you were handling a customer anyways.” Bookmark here

“Ah. I see…” I guess he’s right. Bookmark here

Hold on, I had something to ask him. Bookmark here

“Wait. Scanta, why exactly did you pull the stunt at Café Moonbucks again?” Bookmark here

He paused for a second before looking down to the ground and chuckling. Bookmark here

“Attachments”Bookmark here

He looked out the window.Bookmark here

“He forgot,” Scanta said quietly.Bookmark here

What’s up with the change of tone? “I’m sorry, I don’t think I follow.” Bookmark here

Scanta looked up at me with something that looked like a smile, but sadder. Bookmark here

“My favourite movie! So I had to remind him.” Bookmark here

“I- who- what?” Bookmark here

Scanta chuckled sadly, “Nevermind Tristan. We should get to work, right?” Bookmark here

He turned and walked into the back room. Bookmark here

I don’t know what just happened, but I think I found Scanta’s off switch.Bookmark here

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