The opening. Yes, I suppose a story has to open somehow and somewhere, but not yet. We’re not starting yet. Why, everyone isn’t ready yet! Soon though, very soon. We just have some points of business to carry out because the last thing I’d want to do is deceive you. That’s why we’re not starting yet until everyone is ready, including you.
“Did you raise your prices again?”
“It’s ‘cause of the rent. The rent keeps going up.”
The deli’s signboard was unfamiliar to her. Still legible, but in an almost disorienting way. Not the menu items. The prices of the items. The deli was cramped and warm [...]