This story appeared in the Fall, 2016 issue of Construction.
Anna had been asked to bring wine. It was what she did, after all. Each day. She brought wine and greeted customers. And came to their tables. And if she was moved, she spoke at length and if she was not, she just flashed a smile, warm as she could make it, genuine as she could make it. There were only so many genuine smiles before smiles became forced — a person has a kind of quota — but she would think of that fact that these people, grumpy, unpleasant though they might be, were spending money, were here to have a good time. For more please go to Heartbreak.