Old Home Café: The Next Generation

By Edward Floden, based on characters and situations created by William D. Fries, Jr.

Episode XIV: Thunder Road

(Originally published in The Legend-News of 2003 April 7.)

Jon sat at the counter of the Old Home Café, sipping a Coke and relaxing. This was his first break since the Breakfast Riot earlier that morning.

Only two customers were in the Café at that moment, both working their way through bottomless cups of coffee. Jon couldn’t recall if they were on their fifth or sixth, but he was fairly certain that one of them would be using the restroom in the next ten minutes.

Larry was washing the dishes and his brother Jerry was cleaning the tables. Jerry Too was out back, smoking a cigarette. The time was 10:34 A.M., and they were anticipating the lunch crowd. They hoped that crowd wasn’t as large as was the breakfast one.

Jon heard a low rumble. He looked out of the Main Street window, puzzled. The day was bright and sunny, with no thunderstorms in the forecast.

The rumble increased in volume.

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