Placing the drink on the table, she then jokingly asked, “Papa Eddie, you trying to take my customer?”
Deuteronomy 7:21, “You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.”(ESV)
As she went to get his beverage, Carlos began to prepare his story. He was considering how he might begin. Should he tell about the assignment? His professor? The coincidence of him meeting Juan?
As he considered these things, a large gentleman approached the table. Before Carlos could say a word, the man leaned in and whispered firmly, “Listen. I don’t know you, but I saw you here yesterday with that… that guy. Now, I don’t know what you’re up too. I don’t know what your angle is or what he’s got you up to. But…” he paused and looked up, to see if Selena was coming, “…she’s been through a lot. She’s been hurt bad and she’s like a daughter to me. So if you think…”
Noticing Selena coming, he further whispered, “Not a word to her.”
She said, “I’ve got your lemonade.” Placing the drink on the table, she then jokingly asked, “Papa Eddie, you trying to take my customer?”
“Never, mi amor. We were just talking about the ball game. Right friend?” asked Eddie, looking calmly intent at Carlos.
“Yep,” said Carlos.
“Well, I’m outta here. Just came in to pick up my check. You’re still bringing the kids by?” Eddie asked.
Smiling Selena said, “Of course. They’d revolt if they didn’t have their abuela’s empanadillas.” Eddie kissed her on the cheek and said, “take care buddy” and left.
Carlos watched Eddie walk away from the table, out of the door, and through the glass down the sideway.
Oblivious to Carlos’ body language, Selena asked, “So, what’s your order and also, why are you here?”