Emma’s POV

I woke up with the annoying sound of my alarm.
“Uuuh… What the hell…!” I said in my half sleep and took a look at my alarm clock. My eyes bulge out of my sockets as I looked at the time, not believing that I just overslept.

“WHAT! It’s almost 8:00 am. I am late for work!” I wriggle out off my bed sheet and as I was going to step on the floor, my foot got stuck in my d–n bed sheet making me fall on the tiled floor.
Ouch! My hips hurt!
D–n you! What the hell!
Definitely! Not a lucky day!
I groaned and look at the clock now showing 8:15 am.
D–n! Where the hell fifteen minutes just go? Can’t time run a bit slow?
Urgh!!!! NO! Not again. Please no! Not this time too… Miss Johns is gonna roast me alive. S–t!

I rushed to the washroom, brush my teeth and take the quickest shower. I took a look at my wardrobe and picked out a floral brown top and denim pants. Putting on my long brown boots and putting my brownish-black hair in a ponytail, I grabbed my purse and rushed to the nearest bus stop. My face was simple as I don’t do make-up. I don’t like having a ton of make-up on my face.

The bus was just pulling away. With heavily breathing I shouted. “STOP!” The driver heard it and stopped. Thank god! I paid my bus fare and sat on the first empty seat I saw. I placed my hand on my chest, trying to catch my lost breaths due to running so fast.

After twenty minutes of drive, I reached my destination. I ran into the cafe. The aroma of coffee filling the air.
“MISS EMMA JAMES…!” I turned around and meet the glaring eyes of my employer. Uh-Oh! I am dead!

“I am so sorry-” I started but she cut me off.

“Don’t say anything. You are late again, it’s the sixth time you are late in the past two months. You know I hate tardiness,” Miss John said furiously and I hung my head low in embarrassment.

“Miss John. I really-”

“What? You again forgot to set your alarm? I am tired of your lame excuses…” She said, her voice holding a warning tune.

Yeah…That’s the excuse I made last time.
“No, I actually…I missed the bus this time.” I lied and bit my tongue hoping she would let me go.
“It will not happen again. I promise.”
I hope so… And I’ll try.

“Keep your promise next time young miss, or you will be in a deep trouble. This is the last time I am letting you go. Don’t do it again.”

“Yes, Ma’am.”
Thank God!

“Now go change into your waitress attire,” She said.

More like a uniform, I would say. I went to the washroom and changed into my dress. It’s a knee-length black dress with a white apron in front and full sleeves with a cut on both shoulders. I took my notepad and pen and went to table 2.

“Hello, sir. Are you ready to order?” I asked politely to two young men sitting at the table. One of them had blonde hair, his skin tan, and the other had brown hair with fair skin.

They look at me. “Yeah, I think we are ready.”

I gave them my usual waitress smile and took out the pen ready to write their order.
“So what will you like, sir?”

“How about…. you?” The one with the blonde hair said with a smirk. And there goes my temper. I had enough.
I hate them .

“Hey, Mister…! I am already in a foul mood. If you don’t want to order, you can take your pretty a-s out of this cafe!” I said with anger.
No miss goody now!

“Woah…! Miss, sorry for that. Actually, we will take 2 cups of espresso and a doughnut” The other man said and I nodded.

I noted their order and went to Kate. She is the barista of this cafe and everyone loves her coffee, even me, too.
“Hi there…”

“Oh hi. I saw that you were late again,” She said while giving me a hug.

“Yeah,” I chuckled.

“Hey, this is the order for table 2,” I gave the paper to her and grabbed a chocolate doughnut from the fridge.

“So, what’s up?” I said to her while she was making a cup of espresso. She looked at me for a moment and then her eyes shifted to the coffee machine.

“Oh, nothing.” She replied and I knew something was wrong.

There is definitely not an oh nothing. She is usually not like that. She is a jolly person making jokes and smiling all the time.

“Hey, Kai! Is something wrong?” I said with concern.
“You look a little worried. You can tell me,” I said to her, assuring her.

“No, It’s nothing,” She gave the same brief answer.

No there is something!
“Kai! I know something is not right. It’s written all over your face,” I said while pointing at her face and she sighed.

“Actually… I have no place to stay. The apartment in which I was staying is to be renovated. The landlords have given me two days to find a new place,” She said worriedly.

“How in the world would I do that…?” Her voice becoming low, and I could tell she was on the verge of crying.

“I can help you with that.” I smiled as she looked at me with her blank eyes.

“Really?” She asked with hope, her eyes lit up.

“Of course. Why not? You are my best friend after all. You can live with me,” I told her.

Her face lit up with joy, but then something hit her making her frown.
“B-But what about Alice? Your roommate?”

“Oh..She! She is planning to join an international university. So, she’s leaving tomorrow for Britain. I will be all alone in my apartment,” I explained to her.

“Oh, so it means I could live with you then!” She said happily to which I nodded.

“Of course. You can bring your things tomorrow, say 6 pm? Alice is leaving in the morning at 10’o’clock,” I told her and her lips broke into a huge smile.

“It will be great. Thank you, Em. You’re the best,” She jumped with joy and hugged me. I’m glad that I was able to help her.

“By the way the order is ready,” She said while pulling away.

“Oh, I literally forgot about it,” I said while biting my tongue.

I pick the tray in my hands and head towards the table. I put the tray on the table, not even glancing at them.

“Sorry to be late,” I said trying my best to be polite.

“It’s okay.” They said and headed towards the next table.

The rest of my shift was spent normally. I work seven days a week here, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. I had just finished high school, and now I am planning to get an admission to the university and saving for my college fee. My father supports me, but I like to be independent since I was 17. My parents live at a drive of one hour from my apartment. I love my family though.

I changed into my clothes and took the cup of Americano that I had requested Kate to make for me. I was just leaving the cafe when Kate called me, “Thanks Emma for everything.”

I turned my head, “No need to-” I was cut mid-sentence and next thing I noticed, I was on the floor with an empty cup of Americano on my head and hot Americano on my top.
Gosh! It’s hot!
I’ll kill this person!

I looked up and saw a guy around the age of 25 was standing there, one hand in his pocket and the other holding his phone. He was looking at me with a cold expression.

“WHAT THE HELL…!” I yelled at him.
“Look what you have done Mister!” I shouted at him while pointing at my Americano-covered clothes.

I looked at him, expecting an apology from him for bumping into me and spoiling my outfit. Kate rushed towards me on seeing the scene.

“Oh my God! Emma! Are you alright?” She said with concern and I nodded.

“Yeah, I think so,” I said while standing up and glaring at his blue eyes.

“Well? Aren’t you going to say sorry?” He said to me and my blood boiled.

Sorry? To him?

“WHAT?!” I’ve had enough of this arrogant man.

The nerve of this man…
He bumped into me, spilled my coffee on me, and now he has the nerve to say those words. What a jerk!

“Hey! Look, idiot. It’s not my fault. It’s yours. You should be watching where you’re going. Are these your eyes or buttons?” I said while glaring at him and pointing at his eyes.

“You are the one who bumped into me and because of you, my clothes are all dirty now! You should be the one apologizing me!” I yelled at him and he looked at me surprised.

“Why would I apologize?” He said with a cold expression but a slight smirk on his thin lips.

“I’ve already told you if you’ve noticed.” I shot back at him and gave him a death glare.
I hate such arrogant, proud men! Who they think they are? Gods of the world?

“You’re asking me for an apology?” He stared at me shocked like if he had heard the word sorry for the first time.

“Bingo…! Yes, mister. Am I talking to anyone else here?” I said while indicating to the area around him giving him a good hint who I was referring to.

“Emma, calm down.” Kate tried to calm me down but it was of no use.

“Kate, could you please leave us alone for a minute? I am going to teach him some manners,” I said through gritted teeth.

“Emma, please. Don’t pick a fight here,” She said to me and I forced a smile.

“Oh no. Not at all… just go now.” I said to her with a half lie. Apparently, she was convinced and went inside.

Now! Back to that jerk!
“So, you’re going to teach me some manners?” He said to me with a bigger smirk this time, as soon as Kate left us.

“Oh… You don’t know any?” I mocked.
“So that’s why you didn’t apologize. Hmmm.” I said sarcastically whilst rolling my eyes as he chuckled making my anger rise up even more.

Is he making fun of me? Definitely in a need of learning some manners!

“Let me teach you some, you jerk,” I said while fisting my hand ready to hit him. I was going to throw a punch at him when he caught my hand in a swift movement.

What the f–k!
“Hey, Miss furious! Do you know who I am? If I were you, I wouldn’t be doing that to someone as handsome as me,” He smirked.

Hah! Handsome? Wow!
Handsome my foot!
“I don’t know, and I don’t care to know, and secondly, I am not you. So, let go of my hand so that I could punch your pretty face!” I said my voice laced with anger.

“Mm… Are you saying I’m handsome? Why, thank you,” He said while smirking making my blood boil at 200°C.
I will kill this man!

“Youuu-” I was cut off by a car’s honk from behind him. He and I looked at the same time. The honk came from a black colored Audi. A driver came rushing out to escort him.

“Looks like my ride is here,” He let go of my hand and went towards the car leaving me in between with my anger. The driver pulled open the door for him. Before sitting in, he looked at me one last time.

“Till later…Emma,” He winked at me making my eyes widen.
What the?!

I stood there shocked at what just happened. How did he know my name? And his cocky behavior. I am so gonna kill him the next time I see him. I hate him so much.

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