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  • Emily went to the Café Bleu again. She was exhausted after work and even her hair was messier than it was in the morning. Only the green smoothie there could refresh her.

    Her boss Allen told her to redo her project. She had to have more creativity to come up with an idea that was new and fresh.

    Emily had a job that required a lot of work. She had to sacrifice her time going to the gym and even church. What made this worse was that Allen was a very strict perfectionist who was hard to deal with. He was always in a black suit and never had a smile on his face and this made her feel depressed about her work.

    The Café Bleu was her little shelter where she could enjoy her own quality time. She liked to visit after work to get away from her middle-aged strict and serious boss. After finishing her work, she could just curl up in the little couch drinking her hot coffee and watching people walk past the store.

    Sometimes it was fun for her to watch other people’s lives and guess what they are going to do and what kind of people they are. It is like she just lived other people’s lives for a short second, breaking away from her own reality.

    The man at the door must be waiting for his date. Emily noticed the man and then she saw a girl in a short black dress and a pair of high heels walked toward him. That girl must be his date. She was right. The guy put his arms around her and pulled her close. It was Emily’s little hobby. And she could guess right most of the time by detecting the details she perceived.

    She did not do it very often, just like others zone out from time to time. Emily watched people when she got tired of thinking about work assignments and the boring office environment.

    Look at that man in the line watching over the two cute kindergarten-age kids. He’s wearing short jeans, white t-shirt, baseball hat, and a pair of Jordans. He is such a nice father. He must be a very family-oriented person and spend a lot of time creating wonderful memories with his family.

    “What do you guys want? Orange Juice?” The man said to his children.

    Wait, the voice sounds so familiar.
    He turned around and walked towards the fridge of drinks near the cashier.

    Oh my… Emily was so surprised that she almost shouted out loud the second she saw the man’s face. Isn’t that Allen? Or it is just somebody who looks exactly like him? He has kids at this age? Emily kept asking herself questions since she did not believe this caring man in front of her is the same person sitting in the office rejecting her every single project.

    “Oh hey, Emily!” The boss saw her as well and walked towards her. “How are you? What are you doing here?” The two kids followed after him. “My nephews are in town so I am taking them around.”

    After a short conversation, Emily found that Allen was really nice after work. Their conversation showed that he was not only interested in her as an employee but as a person. She would have never thought of him in that way before. Maybe this was because they had never met after work, or maybe she just had this negative stereotype of her boss.

    The next day Emily walked past the coffee station in her office. The bottle of orange juice on the table caught her attention. It’s good to know that my boss is actually a nice guy. She then walked towards Allen’s office.

    “How are you, Allen?” It was the first time she ever asked him that question.
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