She stands on the corner in front of the gas station as the rain pours down around her, watching the passersby scurrying by under their raincoats and umbrellas. She's wearing a hat herself, but not out of any desire to keep her head dry; it's simply part of the Moel(more) uniform. She keeps her hair tucked up inside, an improvised sort of disguise.
She sees the politician-turned-deliveryman first. He pulls up to the stop sign next to the station, but doesn't turn in. His head keeps turning this way and that, and though she's certain that he's aware of her presence, he never really looks AT her. It could be that he's simply checking for oncoming traffic, or it could stem from a deeper anxiety. She can sense the fear on him, emanating like a foul odor, and she smiles and turns away as the van drives off.
The detective shows up a few minutes later. He actually does pull his car into the station, but another attendant is already on his feet and ready to assist before she can even make a motion towards the pumps. She turns to examine him; he's leaning over the steering wheel of his shitty old Toyota, a posture that suggests either illness or exasperation. He barely moves while the gas is pumped, then pays and pulls back out into the street. Their eyes meet, once, and then he's gone.
The silver-haired boy never comes near the gas station. She sees him up the street, near the bookstore. He stops and looks around furtively and then, right before her widening eyes, he disappears completely.
She tugs on the brim of her cap and chuckles to herself. The fog should be rolling in soon.(less)
Coffee in paper cups (small, medium, large or extra large (don't forget your favorite flavoured creamer; french vanilla, irish cream or hazelnut)), Snickers (regular or king size), Mars (with or without almonds), Wunderbar, Kit-Kat, Tropical Mike and Ike, Regular Mike and Ike, Swedish Berries, Wine Gums, roasted peanuts, c(more)andied peanuts, BBQ peanuts, unsalted peanuts (for the health-conscious) and chips, oh my goodness the chips: BBQ, all-dressed, sour cream and onion, salted (light or regular), dill pickle, maple bacon, ketchup, jalapeño, regular cut, crinkle cut, thick cut.
You need a drink? Don't even get me started.
How about dessert? Joe Louis, brownies, Passion Flakies, Crescent Moons and of course Twinkies.
Cigarettes? Of course! An entire wall of tobacco. Du Maurier, Benson & Hedges, Camel, Danish Export, Dunhill, Marlboro, Pall Mall. Available in King size, regular, slim, demi-slim or super-slim.
Top up with Diesel or Gasoline, Bronze, Silver or Gold, with or without Techron (carwash is only $7.99 extra). All available at your friendly neighbourhood gas station.