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Troublesome relationships and road trips:1

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A short boy with fading lime green hair in a blue flowery jacket was accepting a bundled money stack from the red haired, considerably taller, cashier after having given him a bag of something that looked like bottles of tic-tacs. Nicholas knew better-they should have used a non-see-through bag, he was used to these kinds of things happening around town. He was just a little perplexed at it going on in his own workplace. Sure, the gas station was a little off from the rest of town and yes, it wasn’t that he couldn’t believe any of his coworkers wouldn’t be involved with anything like that. And considering it was Senai currently working at the counter and considering what Nicholas knew or had heard about him and his “condition”, this was surely not a surprise. But he had never had it thrown in his face like this.

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Senai even smiled quickly at the flower jacket, the other looked as if he had told a bad joke. He then asked for a package of cigarettes and payed with money from the bundle given to him seconds ago. He lit a cigarette right there and then and leaned on the counter and started talking as if he was returning to a left off conversation between the two of them. Nicholas still didn’t move. Senai’s eyes flickered quickly to scan the store, checking for the manager probably, since he was already fully aware of the fact that they had an audience. He then answered to something flower jacket had said. Flower jacket seemed satisfied with the answer because he nodded and stood up from the counter. He waved lazily when Senai said good bye and shuffled out from the store to the parking lot in front of the gas machines. Nicholas stretched his neck to see him disappear in the evening dark.

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The store laid quiet for a few minutes.

 

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