Dah Dah Dit
Most of the café customers had Geekify Greenville badges hanging around their necks. Some wore orange volunteer shirts and Audrey recognized a few as fellow vendors. An old man, hunched over his laptop, seemed to be the only customer who wasn’t there for the con.
“Do you want a latte?”
Esther stared at the menu board, oblivious to Audrey’s struggle to keep her overfilled tote bags from knocking down the ropes around the line.
“Uh, yeah, but make it a half-caf.”
As she slid a credit card from her wallet, Esther felt Audrey poke her shoulder blade.
“Isn’t that your artist friend?” Audrey asked teasingly. “What’s his name again? Admiral Steamboat?”
“What? Captain Steampunk? Where?”
Esther’s head swiveled wildly until she spotted a dark-haired man wearing horn-rimmed glasses, jeans, and a white button-down shirt. She grinned, hoping he’d look their way, but he was staring at his phone.
“Next in line!”
Audrey had to shove her friend forward, and, even then, Esther was too fixated on her crush to speak. Audrey placed their order, shaking her head mockingly as they stepped aside to wait.
“You are like a teenager around that guy,” she sighed. “You talked to him last year for, what, five minutes?”
“Uh, no! Like 15 minutes at least,” Esther corrected. “And that’s just when I bought those prints. I said hi to him like three more times after that.”
“The prints you shoved under your bed?”
“I don’t have frames for them yet.”
They moved away from the counter, making room for other customers, which put them just a few feet from the old man with the laptop. Shifting to get a better view of her artist crush, Esther hardly noticed the old man. Audrey, who was doing her best to ignore Esther, noticed the man’s plaid shirt and thinning white hair.
Every few seconds, the man ran his hand over his head, causing his hair to stand up in wild wisps. Audrey soon found herself staring mindlessly at the resulting tufts as if looking for designs in clouds. A snowy clump on the right reminded her of a seal rearing up to catch a fish.
“There it is!”
The old man shouted, startling Audrey and everyone else in a five-foot radius. Esther and the others looked away swiftly, but Audrey, who happened to be standing in his line of sight, made momentary eye contact.
“It’s back!” He told her earnestly. “The fluctuations are back! Exactly as they were before. Dah-dah-dit, dah-dah-dah, dah-dah-dah, di-di-dit, dit.”
“Uh, I…” Audrey searched for a response, but the old man wasn’t finished.
“Dah-dah-dit, dah-dah-dah, dah-dah-dah, di-di-dit, dit.”
By that point, he’d drawn back the stares of everyone else. Including Esther’s crush, who wasn’t near enough to hear what the man had said but could see something strange was happening in the café.
“He’s coming this way!” Esther whispered, clutching Audrey’s arm. “Should I wave hello?”
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