Hi. I’m Karla and I had the privilege of working with Alice at the diner. I’ve never known anyone who was a harder worker than her.

In fact, the day before she was killed, she covered half of my shift so I could attend a meeting at my son’s school. She was always doing things like that. She would work a double if she had to. Like that week Judy’s mom died and she had to go back home – Alice worked three doubles that week to get us through.

And I know she had her mom to help and all, but that is still hard to do when you’re a single parent. I know. Putting in that many hours, juggling schedules to have Christopher picked up, catching up on laundry, planning meals – I don’t know how she did it.

And she never fussed about being late taking her break. She would work right through them if she needed to. If you’ve ever worked on your feet for eight hours or more in a day, you know how important it is to sit down for even a few minutes at some point.

But… Alice was special… and I’m glad I got to know her. And, like Evan said, we’re all going to miss her down at the diner.


(This is part 8 of 26 of the story What Happened to Alice. To see the full listing click here.)



12 thoughts on “Hard Working”
  1. It’s imperative we understand Alice since we aren’t going to meet her, so these bits and pieces you give on what she was about as a daughter, mother, waitress, friend, are very important. The reader has a great mental image of her in all those roles she played in other peoples’ lives. I would love a visual picture of her. Maybe I missed it, since I’m reading in pieces, but I would love to *see* her. Blond, long hair. Short and pulled back. Matching her dark eyes, etc. Flashbacks, if short, are good devices for this. Again, I probably forgot a part I read earlier, something that *gave* us Alice. Just found myself wanting to *see* her since I’m not going to ever see her, I assume. This is probably a result of how well you’re doing with this, it leaves me wanting more.

    1. Thanks, Silvia. Hopefully, you will get some of your answers. While I’m limited by the form (monologues only), I think the speaker on Day P might provide some help. 🙂

  2. She’s starting to sound almost goddess like…. as Sylvia says, she is someone we want to meet. But there must be something else, all we’ve been hearing are the tributes…

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