The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break

By Steven Sherrill

5 thousand years on - and the Minotaur, or M as he's recognized to his colleagues, is operating as a line chef at Grub's Rib in Carolina, holding to himself, maintaining his horns down, making an attempt in useless to place his earlier at the back of him. He leads an ordered way of life in a shabby trailer park the place he tinkers with vehicles, writes and re-writes to-do lists and observes the haphazard goings on round him. Outwardly managed, M attempts to conceal his emotional turmoil as he's transported deeper into the human international of deceit, confusion and wish.

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Previous to the Minotaur is going into the eating room Grub calls out to him. “You’re having a look sharp in the market, M. stick with it. ” Kelly is in her part crumbing a four-top with a small brass-plated software the dimensions of a pen. the entire waiters and waitresses hold the crumbers, and periodically David schedules crucial preshift workshops to ensure we all know how you can scrape the tables fresh with no worrying the shoppers. “Hi, M,” she says, creating a ultimate sweeping S-curve among half-full wineglasses earlier than raking the crumbs off the sting of the desk and right into a small tray. “Two Queen Cuts, medium-rare, and a well-done web page, please. ” occasionally, greater than whatever, the Minotaur needs he had a facility for idle chatter. because it is he cuts Kelly’s order quietly, smiling as top he can while she seems at him. Robert walks up as he’s approximately to wheel away. “Hey, Kelly, eighty-six peanut butter pie. ” “Thanks, Rob,” Kelly says. “Thanks, M. ” “I desire you at desk twenty-three, M,” Robert says, and the Minotaur follows him during the eating room. the subsequent couple of hours go with out incident. The Minotaur attempts to stick busy even if there are not any orders to fill. He’s chanced on it most sensible to maintain his brain occupied simply because, like each person else, mythological personality or no, the Minotaur leads a existence fraught with incongruity and contradiction. Like every body else—like such a lot, anyway—he can do little yet omit those matters or displace wisdom of them with the trickery of a hectic brain. The cannibalistic nature of his new task can't be denied. It competes for cognizance in his brain with the turning out to be feeling that issues are approximately to alter for the more serious. So whilst the Minotaur has a couple of minutes loose he cuts orange slices, washes parsley for garnish, trims the fats from the ribs, wipes the meat cart fresh many times with diluted bleach, remains busy. He’s status on the sink shucking oysters for Maynard whilst Jenna walks in from the eating room. “Arghhh! ” she says to nobody and everybody. “What do you want, Jenna? ” Grub asks. “I’m thoroughly within the weeds, and this jerk at desk twelve says his Black woodland cake is stale, and there are not any Black woodland tarts lower, and …” “Slow down, babe. We’ll look after it. M, will you … ? ” “Mmmm. ” Hernando is long gone; he left part an hour in the past, after he used to be yes issues have been set for the evening. Hernando often cuts the tarts, however the Minotaur can do it in a pinch. Jenna brings over a stack of dessert plates. The Minotaur washes the grit and sand from his arms and fills a small bucket with sizzling water. He marks the cake through rocking the knife calmly over the top—halves, quarters, eighths—wiping the white icing from the blade every time. sooner than each reduce he dips the blade into the new water and wipes it fresh. Shane and Mike stroll up at the back of Jenna, retaining dessert plates. whilst Mike whispers whatever to Shane they usually either snort like little boys the Minotaur doesn’t recognize them. Grub has left the kitchen; the night rush is over, so he’s most likely doing forms within the workplace.

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