“Hello, coffee, I’d like a small bagel, with two sugars, and a cream cheese Rose, please.”
The new barista glances down at her nametag, raising her eyebrows, and tucks her tongue between the teeth of her slow smile. Blimey, she’s beautiful. “I’m afraid we’ve only got one size of bagel. Is a small coffee with two sugars and a cream cheese bagel all right instead?”
“Yes, isn’t that what I — oh! Oh, I’m sorry! I meant, hello, Rose, and I haven’t had my coffee yet —" He runs his hand through his hair, hoping his face isn’t bright red. If anything, her grin widens. “—and, erm, yes, small coffee, cream cheese bagel, please. I’m so sorry.”
Thank goodness she seems amused and not offended. “’S all right. Most people who come here haven’t had their coffee yet. Who’s it for?”
“Just the Doctor,” is automatic, but that’s probably not helpful. “Smith. John Smith. Doctor Smith, but I’ve always hated the sound of that…” He’s babbling, just like Donna said he would, and he abruptly shuts his mouth and gets out of the way. “…sorry.”
“You can stop apologizing.” She shoots him a last smiling glance before moving on to the next person in line.
When he gets his coffee, it is for “the Doctor.” There’s a number scribbled on the cup, too, and underneath it Afraid I don’t come in cream cheese, but if you’d like…
He immediately pulls his phone out, fumbling, Oh, I’d definitely like on the tip of his tongue, or rather, his thumb, and nearly walks into the glass door.
EEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLESS YOU, FIC FAIRY!!!!! BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!! This is a delight!! Thank you so much!!
I love a smitten Doctor. :D