Ashley Tanner was cleaning a table at the Downtown Bristow. ‘’Ashley, I need to talk to you in my office,’’ said Bob Carter, the owner of Downtown Bristow. ‘’Yes, sir,’’ said Ashley walking into Bob’s office. ‘’Have a seat,’’ said Bob motioning Ashley to sit down. ‘’My grandfather started this business and I have continued the family business. I was hoping one of my son’s would want to continue the family legacy but they all went to college and moved away. Rita and I are getting older and we are ready to start doing other things besides running a restaurant,’’ continued Bob. ‘’So you are closing the Bristow,’’ interrupted Ashley with a sad look on her face. ‘’No, I am not closing the Bistrow. It is going to be here for years to come thanks to you,’’ said Bob. ‘’Me,’’ said Ashley with a puzzled look on her face. ‘’I have decided to make you manager,’’ said Bob. ‘’Manger, that is a big step,’’ said Ashley. ‘’I know it is and I have complete confidence in you,’’ said Bob. ‘’I won’t let you down,’’ said Ashley, putting a smile on her face. ‘’The first order of business is to hire a new waitress. We have an applicant Nikki Moore that I think would be perfect for the position. I want you to conduct the interview this afternoon at three and let me know what you think,’’ said Bob.
JJ was playing with her baby niece Olivia. JJ’s boyfriend Jason rang the doorbell. ‘’Come in,’’ said JJ. Jason came into the living room and sat down beside JJ. ‘’Ashley is doing closing at Bengee’s so it is probably going to be around eleven when she gets home,’’ said JJ. ‘ I knew you were babysitting tonight and couldn’t come over but I wanted to come see you,’’ said Jason kissing JJ on the cheek. ‘’That is sweet,’’ said JJ with a smile on her face. They were surprised when Ashley walked in a few minutes after four. ‘’I thought you were working at Bengee’s tonight,’’ said JJ with a surprised look on her face. ‘’I called in so we could go celebrate,’’ said Ashley. ‘’What are we celebrating?’’ asked JJ with a puzzled look on her face. ‘’My new position at Downtown Bristow. I got promoted to manager,’’ said Ashley with a smile on her face. ‘’That is so exciting? Does this mean that I get a discount on coffee?’’ asked JJ hugging Ashley. ‘’I’ll think about,’’ said Ashley. ‘’Who is going to watch Olivia while we are gone?’’ asked JJ. ‘’Olivia is coming with us,’’ said Ashley. ‘’I’ll see everyone later,’’ said Jason. ‘’Where are you going?’’ asked Ashley. ‘’Home, so the three of you can go out and celebrate,’’ said Jason. ‘’No, you are coming with us,’’ said Ashley.
Kyndal Moore walked into Downtown Bristow. ‘’Can I help you?’’ asked Nikki Moore. ‘’I want to place an order for two chicken salad sandwich combos to go, ‘’ said Kyndal. ‘’What is the name for the order?’’ asked Nikki after taking the order. ‘’Kyndal Moore,’’ said kyndal. ‘’Your last name is Moore that is so cool. My name is Nikki Moore,’’ said Nikki shaking Kyndal’s hand. ‘’Are you from around here?’’ asked Kyndal trying to start a conversation. ‘’I am from Brighton,’’ said Nikki. ‘’My dad moved to Brighton after my parents divorced,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’I am sorry,’’ said Nikki. ‘’It’s ok, he met this tramp from Brighton and couldn’t stay away from her,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’What was your dad’s name? Maybe I have met him. After all the only thing in Brighton is a couple of service stations and about one hundred fifty people. That’s one of the reasons I am moving to Dockside there is absolutely nothing to do in Brighton,’’ said Nikki. ‘’My dad was James and the tramp he ran off with was Candy,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’Sorry I don’t think I have met your dad,’’ said Nikki. ‘’That’s ok. Here is his picture if you are interested,’’ said Kyndal handing Nikki her cell phone. ‘’Your dad’s middle name was not Lewis was it?’’ asked Nikki. ‘’Yes. How did you guess it?’’ asked Kyndal with a surprised look on her face. Nikki handed Kyndal her cell phone to look at a picture of her mom and dad. ‘Oh my gosh!’’ said Kyndal realizing that Nikki was her half sister.
Betty Moore was sitting in the kitchen drinking coffee waiting on Kyndal. ‘’Sorry, I am late,’’ said Kyndal walking into the kitchen with the order from Downtown Bristow. ‘’It’s ok honey, I understand you stopped and visited with one of your friends,’’ said Betty taking the sandwiches out of the bag. ‘’Would you put mine in the refrigerator, I will eat it later,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’You are not getting sick again are you?’’ asked Betty. ‘’No, I am going to pay someone a visit,’’ said Kyndal trying to hide her anger.
Kyndal entered a service station in Brighton. ‘’I am looking for James Moore. Do you know where I can find him?’’ asked Kyndal to the clerk. ‘’He works at the new tire shop across the street,’’ said the clerk. ‘’Thank you,’’ said Kyndal, turning around and walking out.
Kyndal stormed into the tire shop across the street. Her father James was sitting behind the counter doing paperwork. ‘’Can I help you?’’ ask James. ‘’Can I help you? I am not a freaking customer. I am your daughter or have you forgotten that you have another daughter besides Nikki,’’ shouted Kyndal angrily. ‘’How do you know about Nikki? I never told your mother about her,’’ said James with a surprised look on his face. ‘’Never told mom about Nikki.There’s a freaking shocker right there,’’ said Kyndal bitter. ‘’I can explain,’’ said James. ‘’I am listening and while you are at it; why don’t you tell me other things you are trying to hide,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’I am not hiding anything and I think it is time to tell you what happened,’’ said James. ‘’I am all ears,’’ said Kyndal becoming annoyed. ‘’Before your mother and I married my friends wanted to throw me a bachelor party. We went to the strip club where Candy worked. My buddies paid for drinks and a lap dance. I got drunk and Candy took advantage of the situation. A few months later Candy shows up at our house while your mother was at work.and told me she was pregnant with Nikki. I started going to her house to give her money to keep quiet. When Nikki was born I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and dreamed about the two of you growing up together. Then I started going to Candy’s to discuss legal business to try and get custody of Nikki,’’ said James. ‘’Oh, so now legal business is getting into whore’s panties. That is what Candy was, a freaking whore! A freaking whore that didn’t care whose lives she ruined just to make a dishonest dollar,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’I am sorry,’’ said James. ‘’ Don’t give me that sorry crap! You could have told mom the truth, maybe the two of you could have worked things out, and then hired a lawyer to try and get custody of Nikki,’’ said Kyndal with tears running down her cheek. ‘’The reason I didn’t tell your mother the truth is because I was ashamed of what happened,’’ said James. ‘’Ashamed of what happened! You should be more ashamed of the predicament you are in right now, divorced and having to explain what happened to your very upset almost seventeen year old daughter,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’I know it is too late for us, but I would like for you and Nikki to try to have a sister relationship,’’ said James. ‘’Too late for us, oh my gosh, do you have any freaking balls about you?‘’ asked Kyndal. ‘’What do you mean?’’ asked James. ‘’You know what? Just forget it! You don’t deserve me or Nikki as your daughter,’’shouted Kyndal storming out the front door.
Kyndal was sitting in the kitchen eating her chicken salad sandwich, Betty walked into the kitchen and sat down at the table. ‘’Honey, is everything ok?’’ asked Betty, ‘’It will be,’’ said Kyndal just before taking a bite. ‘’Do you want to talk about it?’’ asked Betty. ‘’Not really,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’It’s about your dad isn’t it?’’ asked Betty. ‘’How did you know?’’ asked Kyndal. ‘’He called while you were gone wanting to talk to you,’’ said Betty. ‘’ I went to Brighton to talk to him, but he was so pig headed,’’ said Kyndal. ‘’I am sorry,’’ said Betty getting up and putting her arm around Kyndal. ‘’Dad did ask me to do something and I think I owe him that much,’’ said Kyndal with a sigh.
Kyndal walked into Downtown Bristow. ‘’May I help you?’’ asked Nikki. ‘’I would like to have a cup of coffee and talk to my sister,’’ said Kyndal. Ashley was coming out of the manager’s office and heard Kyndal. She walked beside Nikki. ‘’Take a break and spend some time with your sister,’’ said Ashley. ‘’ Are you sure?’’ asked Nikki, ‘’Take as much time as you need I will cover for you,’’ said Ashley with a smile.