Just Syrup For the Dragon

“How about this cafe, mother?” Zeus paused outside the Cafe Delos. It was light inside, but not too bright so as to be glaring. It had enough spare tables that they could sit away from the other customers, but wasn’t so empty that it would be awkward, and the music playing was the soft jazz variety, totally unoffensive. He felt sure his mother would have nothing to complain about this time.

Rhea peered inside. “What’s the coffee like?”

“I don’t know, mother. We’ll have to order it and see.”

“Well I’d like to know what it’s like before I order it. Maybe we should keep going.”

Zeus’s head steamed and he clenched his jaw. “The coffee is fine, mother. Let’s just eat here. I’m hungry. We’ve been walking all morning.”

“How do you know it’s fine?”

“I’ve had it before.”

“You have? When?”

“Ages ago. Just go grab a table.”

“It might have changed since then.”

“Sit, woman.”

“I want to be by the window.” There was one windowside table left. As they entered the cafe, a man walked towards it. Zeus hurled a lightning bolt at him, obliterating him where he stood. He pulled the chair out for his mother, then took the seat opposite her.

“It’s a bit drafty.”

Zeus kicked the door closed with a bang. He picked up the menu and spoke in a calm, pleasant tone. “What would you like to eat, mother? There’s pancakes, toasted sandwiches, salad.”

Rhea threw her hands up. “Oh, I don’t know. I’ll just have a muffin.”

“That’s not enough for lunch. The doctor said you have eat proper meals. How about pancakes?”

“Oh yes, I like pancakes.”

“Do you want maple syrup, banana, or bacon? Or you can have all three.”

“Oh, I don’t know.”

“Banana, then.”

“No, I don’t like bananas.”

“Maple syrup?”

“Yes, alright.”

“Bacon?”

“You can’t have bacon with maple syrup.”

Zeus nodded, pleased to have finally come to a decision. He went to the counter to order their food, smiling at the waitress. Her nametag read Leto.

“Two coffees, and pancakes with everything. And one with just syrup for the dragon.”

“Who, sorry?”

“You’ll know her when you see her.” He gave Leto a wink and returned to the table. The food arrived not long after and Zeus gratefully tucked into his meal.

Rhea prodded the plate with her fork. “I don’t like these pancakes. Where’s my bacon?”

Zeus sighed and his shoulders slumped. “You didn’t want bacon, remember?”

Rhea huffed and turned to the window. “I knew I should have ordered a muffin.”


FFM Day 12

Prompt: You’ll know her when you see her.


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