It was a Wednesday when Piper leaned against the counter and finally voiced the thought that was plaguing everyone. "Is it just me," she wondered. "Or has Priestly been acting really strange lately?" Said cook was nowhere in sight, having decided to carry on his tradition of being late for work every day of his life, so she felt safe bringing it up.
"As opposed to how strange he acts under normal circumstances?" Tish asked with a bemused look.
"I don't know," Jen said. "He has been a little... perky, recently."
Trucker laughed. "Yes, ladies. It's called being in love," he said. "I'm glad he's finally found someone that makes him happy." He sighed in his hippie, embrace-the-love sort of way and went back to the paperwork piled in front of him.
Tish snorted. "Wait a second," she said. "This is Priestly we're talking about. He couldn't get a date to save his life."
"And if he did have a girlfriend, why would he hide it?" Piper asked.
"Yeah," Jen agreed. "We're friends. He would tell us if there was a woman in his life, right?"
"True," Trucker said just as the door chimed. A prep school student, who had frequented the grill enough times for them to know his name was Tom, walked in and took his usual seat near the counter. His hair was a tousled mess, his cheeks were flushed, his clothes were rumpled, and his lips were swollen. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that he had just been laid. "But maybe he hasn't said anything because it's not a woman."
All three employees gave a "pfft" at the suggestion and quickly dismissed it. "Priestly's not gay," Tish said with a quirked brow.
The door chimed again as Priestly entered the sub shop. His green mohawk was standing at an odd angle, his cheeks were flushed, his clothes were rumpled, and his lips were swollen. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that he had just been laid. "Sorry I'm late," he said in a tone that suggested he was anything but. "Well, later than usual, that is." As he made his way toward the back of the counter, his eyes briefly met Tom's and he gave the teen the sweetest smile any of them had ever seen grace his features.
Tish, Jen and Piper looked on with dropped jaws, while Trucker just laughed. One day, they would learn to listen to him.