I want to thank those of you who have, in the last few days, let me know you've been reading 'Sarah'. It seems there's a dozen or so of you who are reading her - I'm happy she has such a large audience. Thank you.
From last time ....
"Yeah. I guess I better eat, too. Nuthin' like some good chow to make a guy feel like he can take on the world."
"Oh, yeah? Come by after I get off - I'll bet I can think of sumthin'."
Sarah shot the waitress a dirty look. She didn't notice.
And now ....
"I'll have the Shit on a Shingle and a cup of coffee."
The waitress wrote their orders as she walked away from the booth. Sarah thought there seemed to be an extra bit of sway in her hips.
She turned to Jake.
"What're you having?"
"Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast. The Marine Corps favorite breakfast food. I can never get enough o' that stuff."
"I've never heard it called that before. My Mom used to make that when I was a kid."
"Well, that's what we called it in The Crotch - uh, I'm sorry, The Corps."
The waitress came back with Jake's coffee.
"What'll ya have ta drink, Honey?"
"I'll have coffee, thanks."
Jake looked up from his coffee.
"Do you like milk?"
"Yeah, I do. Why?"
He looked at the waitress.
"Bring her a large milk and an orange juice, too."
The waitress turned and walked away again.
"What was that about, Jake?"
"When the coffee comes just don't drink it. From now on you don't drink coffee, or dark sodas and no alcohol. All those things are natural diuretics and that makes you pee - and they'll dehydrate you. The caffeine in the dark sodas and coffee will wreck your nerves. And no chocolate. There are stimulants in chocolate that will do the same thing."
"You're drinking coffee."
"Yeah, but I'm not learning to be a sniper."
"I still don't understand why I can't have coffee - and NO CHOCOLATE? C'mon, Jake!"
"Hold your hand out, palm down, fingers spread."
Sarah held her hand out, as instructed.
"Hold it still."
Sarah tried, but try as she might, she didn't seem to be able to quiet the little twinges and movements in her fingers.
"In a week or two, your hand will be as steady as a rock."
The waitress returned with a tray, and on the tray were the coffee, milk and orange juice and a heavy ceramic bowl. She placed them all on the table in front of Sarah.
"Here ya go, Honey. Sugar's in the bowl. I'll be right back with your order."
She turned and walked away.
"So why didn't you just tell her to not bring me coffee?"
"Training. Never do anything, ANYTHING, to create suspicion or draw attention to yourself in the mind of others. There was no good reason for you to change your mind about coffee. So you didn't. When she comes to clean up this table, all she will see is that you didn't drink your coffee. No big deal. Because we didn't make a big deal about it. Get it?"
"Yeah, Jake. I think so. Even simple things matter. Blend in. Don't make unexpected moves. That kind of thing?"
"Yeah. You got it. Don't give 'em a reason to remember you were there."