The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 9

The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 9

 Chapter 9 Mac has the day off. He sits at one of the window tables in the Coffee Shop. It is his favorite pass time. Across the street he sees Clifford’s mother, Dora. She walks, stooped so far forward that she can hardly see through her thick eyeglasses. She wears a...
The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 8

The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 8

 Chapter 8 “There is no arc of the moral universe,” says Micah. “If there is, there is no reason to think it bends toward justice. Morality is a human concept and the universe is not human. The ghost dances of the Pomo people did not protect them from evil any more...
The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 7

The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 7

 Chapter 7 The boss and Brin got married today at the fancy church in town. Mac stands outside the entrance to the Cellar Bar where the reception takes place. It’s Mac’s job to screen everyone who tries to get in to make sure they’ve been invited. He tells the...
The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 6

The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 6

 Chapter 6 I’m upstairs in my room. I’ve worked at the Frolic for a few months. Earned the respect of the boss and the rest of the staff. It’s late. Micah leaves after cleaning the restaurant. No one is here at this hour. I swing down into the restaurant through a...
The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 5

The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 5

 Chapter 5 I like to sit in the Cellar Bar after my shift and drink a beer. Sometimes it’s quiet. Sometimes it’s busy. Tonight’s it’s in-between. Big Tony comes in with his girlfriend Darlene. Big Tony has a bushy beard, a head shaped like a pineapple with fat cheeks...
The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 4

The Frolic Cafe – Chapter 4

 Chapter 4 I walk out onto the back deck behind the dishwasher to smoke a joint. At the top of the stairs to the storage room where I stay Rafan prays to Allah. He is prostrate, oblivious. I don’t get it but it doesn’t bother me. Micah, the Buddhist janitor says he...