task four, from yours truly.
**DISCLAIMER: At this point in Axel’s life – he currently doesn’t have his own vehicle but is working toward getting a beater – so he relies on transportation solely between family or his girlfriend, but in order to not be a pest when plans don’t work out, he tries to get there on foot himself. Now, you’re probably thinking he could have taken the bus – realistically that would require money and since he’s a teen, you can bet your sweet ass he’s broke 80% of the time, besides refraining to touch what’s in his savings for his own vehicle. [ x x x x x x x x ] DINE-N-DASH HQ [ x x x x x x x x ]
The sound of wheels rolling against concrete can be heard within walking distance of the teen who pushed the board steadily, not in any rush for the most part – considering he was late for the fifth time this month for his shift. Kicking the board up, he picked it up and immediately placed it under his right arm – his other hand had their fingers wrapped around the backpack he carried with him everywhere.
He shuffled across the street once it was clear, not really caring if he was jaywalking – he had managed to avoid getting caught in the downtown traffic for certain businesses that shut down by 4pm during the weekdays. It wasn’t unlike him to come in at least fifteen minutes late, most times there were plans for him to be dropped off in a vehicle so he wouldn’t sweat in the heat while on foot but that had fallen through when Delia didn’t show up at Bonnie’s to pick him up – rather then wake Bonnie from her nap, he just made his way to work on board instead. He had gone through the back alley and made his way inside the building unseen from his older sister who had more than likely been working a double shift today again – a lot of the other waitresses seemed to call in for just about anything and he knew that if she saw him that it wouldn’t be a wise choice to engage in conversation yet.
Once he placed his backpack and skateboard in the small employee locker room, he had slipped his dishwasher apron on along with his mesh hairnet, why did they have to wear these in the first place anyway? Shrugging off the thought, he made his way into the kitchen and began to place the collected dishes into their designated area already – soon glancing out on the diner floor to see if there were more tables to clear before starting this load. His eyes came into view of Lexa who had seemed to peer into his soul and he immediately turned his gaze to start working, she couldn’t hound him if he looked busy, right?
Moments had passed – as he was organizing the rest of the dishes and he felt a tap on his shoulder. “So you plannin’ on ignorin’ me the whole damn shift like you didn’t come in late for billionth time this week Axel?
” Her voice sounded exactly the way he had pictured and he gave her a dead pan stare before shrugging his shoulders, not really making a remark just yet, this earned him another soft slap upright the head from his older sister before she folded her arms across her chest. “Y’know – I’m use’ta the girls callin’ in – but we’re family – I count on you more than I do these a**holes… who forgot to bring ya in this time? I ain’t stupid Axel.
” Her tone of voice was something he was used to when he was being scolded, although to most it wouldn’t sound like it, but he knew his sister more than the strangers did that encountered Alexa Deschaine.
He picked up his tray of dirty dishes before placing them in the preparation area, turning back to Lexa who still hadn’t moved from the spot she was in – stubborn from the day he could remember her. He huffed through his nostrils, not really wanting to be hassled the moment he got there seemed unavoidable now, he paused before speaking. “No one forgot Lex… I had to drop somethin’ off before comin’ here and of course the line was long.” This earned him a side-eye from his older sister who bit her tongue for a moment, she already knew who had forgotten to bring him in – it was like this whenever it was Delia’s turn and like usual Axel did his best to cover for her. “I get that Axel – but the next time you’re late – I have to write you up – just because we’re siblings doesn’t mean I can automatically save your ass each time. Got that?
Axel knew that of course, but he still felt a little upset. “Well worst-case scenario – I find a different job, right?” That was his only response before turning his heel – pausing for a moment of course and looking back at Lexa. “Is it okay if I do my job now?” They stared for a moment, he knew that if Lexa could argue she would, but they were in a place of work currently, they also knew that it wouldn’t amount to anything – they were both as stubborn as mules. Finally, Lexa gave him a nod – back to the passive aggressive cold shoulder it seemed for them.