“Miss Mika...” You shyly squeak out from the back dressing room, peeking your head from the curtain.
The young cafe owner walks into the back room, smiling at you as she tilted her head. “Is something the matter?” She asked.
“Nothing is wrong just...” You hesitantly started before slowly stepping out of the changing room, nervously pulling down on your skirt. You blush in embarrassment as Mika claps her hands, bouncing up and down. Your uniform was a light pink maid dress with a fairly puffed out skirt so it appeared shorter than it was but it was enough to make you feel a little uncomfortable. “I'm not sure I can work in this...”
“It's so cute, _____! It really suits you!” Mika giggles as she twirls around you. As she returns to face you, she pulls out a little heart pin. Smiling brightly, she hands it to you. “Here! It's a pin all employees where at the Dream Cafe! We have many different styles and colors of dresses so we need at least something to show uniformity!” She smiles, clapping her hands together as she admires the dress once again.
“T-thank you.” You shyly smile to your new boss as you unpin the back of the heart. You examine yourself before deciding to just put the pin over your heart. You slowly slip the needle through the fabric of your uniform. After clasping the needle to the back of the heart pin, you turn to the mirror to examine it. You sigh a little, noticing that you pinned it crookedly.
“I'll show you your table!” Mika says cheerfully as she walks out of the back, a skip in her step.
“A-ah, OK!” You says, looking over your shoulder after your employer. “Ow!” You squeak, accidentally pricking your finger with the pin as you were repining it. You puff out your cheeks a little as you finished repining it, following after the brunette girl.
Mika skips over to a table with a light pink table cloth, matching that of your dress. “Oh!” You giggle softly, understanding why all the tables were so colorful. “You're color coding the tables to the employees?”
Mika giggles as she motions to the room, to all the assorted tables. “It makes it easier for new employees to remember their tables and-” she smiles as she straightens out the table cloth of your table. “It is also makes it easier for customers.” The young woman takes out a little pink notepad and flips through a few light pink pages before showing it to you. It was a color coded chart with days of the week. “Each day we will switch out the tables depending on who is working that day! So there will be days you only have one table to serve and there will be days you have 3.” She wags her small index finger as she smiles at you. “I never have an employee go over 3 tables during their shift unless an emergency comes up.”
“O-OK.” You nervously smile at her, nodding. You were surprised she had this much money to hire so many people, which you assumed since there were so many colors listed on the chart. You didn't know so many existed.
“Now!” Mika claps her hands together, closing the notepad. She giggles as she takes your hand and gently tugs you along to the counter where an assortment of sweets were lined up neatly behind the glass counter. “This is where we sell sweets to take home.” She then proceeded to explain how to pack and wrap the sweets with the varies different wrapping paper and boxes that were neatly stacked to the side.
You watch in awe as Mika was finishing a cute little red bow on the top of the wrapped box. “Ta dah~!” Mika exclaimed as she did jazz hands next to her finished product. She giggles as she hands you a box and paper. “Hai! Your turn!”
You stare at her, thoroughly intimidated. You weren't sure about how well you would be able to do this and you didn't want to seem like you couldn't do something that looked so simple. You take a deep breath and nod, hesitantly starting to wrap the box, attempting to copy how Mika had done it a few minutes before.
It wasn't as bad as you feared but some of the folds were messy and the paper bulged out in some areas. You sighed, scratching your cheek in embarrassment. But it was a relief when Mika just giggles and claps at your attempt. At least she wasn't out right laughing.
“That is a good start! We will practice more later!” She said with a cheerful smile. You return the smile, feeling a little bit more confident. It was nice that Mika seemed to be the type to encourage people to keep going, it was definitely the type of person you needed as a boss.
You sigh contently, glancing towards the window. You squeak as you catch sight of a familiar tall blonde man. Matthias was looking into the cafe, grinning to you. He was with a few other men with light hair. He glances up to the cafe's sign, grinning to himself. He looks down a little to exchange a few words with a shorter blonde man with a expressionless face before looking back to you. He gives you a wink before walking off with his friends, a little skip in his walk.
“Someone you know?” Mika asks, smiling at you as she looks over to the window, seeing the men walk away.
“K-kinda...” You whisper, shyly brushing your bangs away from your face. “I've run into him a few times...”
“Hmm~...” She smiles, giggling as she examined your face. Feeling suddenly self conscious, you bring your hands to your cheeks, feeling the heat emitting from them. “I hope he comes by when this shop open!” She giggles, sticking out her tongue a little. “Good looking men bring in good business!”
You blink at your boss before giggling, the blush getting worse. “Boss!”
Mika giggles, placing her hands on her cheeks, beaming. “Business is going to be so good~! Good looking employees means good looking customers~!” She sequels playfully.
“'Good looking employees'?” You tilt your head to her, nervously pointing to yourself, unsure if you meant you as well.
“Of course! You are very cute, ____!” Mika giggles, taking your hand in her small ones. “Let's do our best, ______!” She grins happily, her little brown pigtails bouncing up and down with her.
“O-OK!” You nervously reply, smiling bashfully. You couldn't help but giggle at your employer's enthusiasm, and it was contagious. You were looking forward to your first day on the job, and the grand opening of Dream Cafe. Not to mention you were excited to see if Matthias would come by as well.