The girl looked impossibly small bundled in her winter jacket and thick, blue scarf. Her nose and cheeks were cherry-red from the cold wind and her knees shook as she stared up at the menu behind Raina.
“What are you nervous about?” Raina asked, trying to keep her voice mild rather than blunt. It was a skill that she was constantly working on.
The girl jumped, signaling that Raina hadn’t been completely successful, but gave Raina a timid smile. “Sorry,” she said. “I just have a job interview in an hour and I really hope I do well. It’d be a fantastic opportunity for me, but I’m terrified. I was hoping that a little pick-me-up from here would help.”
Raina smiled and leaned against the counter. “Yeah, that doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. I would advise against an extra shot of espresso, though. Wouldn’t do to have to go and pee in the middle of the interview.”
The girl chuckled lightly before finally placing an order for a medium caramel cappuccino. Raina rang her up and proceeded to make the girl’s drink as the girl wandered toward the rack of magazines at the end of the counter.
After checking to be sure the girl wasn’t looking, Raina twisted the emerald ring on her right index finger before pointing to the cappuccino and whispering, “Confisio.” She stirred up the caramel flavor and placed the cup at the end of the counter.
“One medium caramel cappuccino,” Raina called, getting the girl’s attention. With a smile, Raina added, “Best of luck at the interview.”
The girl grinned and took a sip of the cappuccino, her smile getting brighter. “Thank you. I’m sure I’ll be fine. I’m ready to ace it. Have a great day!”
Raina watched as the girl left and her gaze returned to the snow that was swirling lazily about outside of the café’s windows. Not many were willing to venture out to get their afternoon caffeine fix in this kind of weather. But if Raina was able to give a stranger a confidence boost, then she supposed it wasn’t a totally bad day.