THE PROPOSAL

Lauren has been working at Earth & Sea for over a year. While there are many servers her senior, she is a management favorite for being somewhat mature and responsible. She is always on time and is the closer for most of her shifts. It doesn’t hurt that she has blonde hair, big blue puppy eyes, and braces that hide her age.

Like Justina, Lauren is also a student at a local community college and is always doing homework when business is slow or reading a book to ensure that everyone knows she is educated. At any given opportunity she brings up her three year old son and how great her amazing boyfriend is with him. Overall she is professional and carries herself like a manager.

Junior servers however are not a fan of Lauren due to the fact that she goes on a power trip when it’s time to close. She gets off on making servers stay an extra thirty minutes or more to sweep up a few crumbs, refill sugar caddies, or just taking her precious time to check their sections out. One of her favorite servers to give a hard time to is a fairly new server, Natalie. She has just recently graduated from a university and moved back home to save up some cash so that she can get out of town for good.

Natalie is also dating one of the cooks that Lauren has previously messed around with, and still does on occasion despite her perfect relationship. One night when they were all three closing, Lauren was giving Natalie a hard time as usual. Lauren asked her to roll extra silverware in addition to her normal side work that she had already completed, forcing her to stay another twenty minutes.

After finally finishing up silverware Natalie walks around the empty closed restaurant trying to find Lauren so she can get the ok to leave. When she finally finds her, Lauren is standing in front of the beverage station with Natalie’s boyfriend, Michael behind her. He has his arms wrapped around her waist and one hand down the front of her leggings she has not washed for the last five shifts.

Natalie drops her silverware and runs to the bathroom crying. After several similar incidents with him, she goes home that night and packs all of Michael’s belongings and leaves them on the front porch for him to find when he finally comes home at 4AM the next morning.

As Michael is putting his boxes in the trunk of his car, Lauren is being awaken by her boyfriend and son with breakfast in bed made from scratch. When she finishes her breakfast she takes a long hot shower to wash Michael off of her. After blow drying her hair, she walks out into her bedroom to find her boyfriend on one knee with a blue Tiffany & Co. box in his hand. Her son is holding a beautiful vase filled with two dozen white roses.

Lauren is genuinely overwhelmed with happiness and cannot control her tears enough to even exhale a yes to the thoughtful proposal. The new soon to be official party of three celebrate the rest of the afternoon. That evening she is taken to a surprise engagement party where all of her family, friends, and coworkers are waiting to congratulate her… including Natalie.

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