late afternoon/early evening, on the day of the post office scene
(( I think that took place before the stake-out
of the same cafe by other characters, but I'm not entirely sure. ))
Lakshmi sits at a table for two near the back, a little away from any of the other occupied tables, for privacy when Nelli shows up, but with a clear view of the door so that she'll be able to see when the other Bastet arrives.** I do hope everything went all right. It's been a couple of hours, so she should have had time to follow him to wherever he was going... **
Somewhat nervously, she glances at the door again. ** I hope she's all right... Even if he spotted her, I don't
think he would harm her, but how do I really know? One would hope that no child of the Mother would attack another merely over tactical or philosophical differences in how best to protect Her, but if that was the case, we never would have had the War of Rage. **
Her thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of the waitress. "Here's your chai tea -- did you want to order food now, or wait for your friend?"
Lakshmi winces slightly at the reference to the tea. "I will wait for her, thank you -- and by the way, the word chai
simply means 'tea'. Spiced tea is masala chai
. Saying 'chai tea' is like saying 'tea tea'."
The waitress looks flustered. "Oh - I'm sorry! I didn't know that... It just says 'chai' on the package..."
Feeling instantly bad for embarrassing her, Lakshmi smiles and pats the girl's hand reassuringly. "It's all right, darling, most Westerners don't know. Consider it just a little lesson in linguistics, not a scolding."
As the waitress departs, she sips her tea and wishes linguistics were the only thing about masala chai that Westerners were confused about. ** If only they could make it properly, I'd probably care less what they called it. Oh well. **
She glances apprehensively toward the door again. ** I do hope Nelli comes soon... **
(( This scene is predominantly for nelli_walker
, but if any other characters might happen by the cafe early in the dinner hour, they could join in... ))