Short Story: Sibling Squabble

Genre: general


The woman launched a table at the man. The man ducked under the table so it flew over him to smash into the wall.

“Hey, calm down. Don’t fight,” a passerby cut in.

The two of them looked at the passerby.

“We’re not fighting,” the man said.

“The whole street will know if we’re fighting. This. This is just… a harmless sibling squabble,” the woman said.

Some people eyed the carnage around them and took a cautious step back. The regulars continued with their coffee. Someone from the outside walked in, stopped, and walked right out.

“You sure?” the same passerby asked.

“100%. Don’t worry about us. We’ll fix things up after we’re done. Right boss lady?”

The cafe owner just waved the passerby over to the counter. “They do this all the time. The regulars come here to watch the show. Just stay out of the way and you’ll be fine. What’s your order?”

Still with an eye on the siblings, the passerby said, “Mocha.”

“Anything else?”

“That’s it.”

“Any allergies?”


“Have a complimentary cookie and please wait over there in the safe zone while your coffee is made. Have a lovely day.”

A tray of plates shattered. Half the shop merely watched as they enjoyed the meal.

What an usual place.



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