Since Saving Natalie is about to go to manuscript purgatory, I'll leave you with one more excerpt with Moe. I love this guy so much I doubt my little heart could stand keeping him on the shelf forever. So, until he emerges again to face the light of day, here's Moe and the last 29 sentences of Saving Natalie that you'll see in a while.
“E’cuse me,” he said loudly. “I’m wiping tables.”
Jake wasn’t feeling particularly patient today. He was about to tell the man to move out of his way when a woman came bustling towards them.
“Moe,” she called, “you can’t clean that table because there are people still sitting there.”
“But I need to finish this row.” Moe held up his rag as evidence. Dirty water dripped on Jake’s head.
“You can finish this row after these nice folks leave. For now start cleaning the table behind them.”
Jake scowled and wiped his hair. Hospitals are no place for guys like this to be working.
Moe banged into Jake’s chair as he went by. His Santa hat fell on the floor.
“Oops…SORRY!” Moe shouted. He reached for his hat and bumped Jake on the knee.
Moe smiled and showed Jake the oversized red felt. “It’s for Christmas. It’s what they gave baby Jesus.” Moe struggled to fix his festive headwear but couldn't get it on straight. “Baby Jesus didn’t have a home, you know, so they had to put him outside in the barn, and all he had was a red hat to stay warm. Just like this.”
Jake was about to nudge Moe away when Jessica stood up and helped him put his Santa hat back on correctly.
“Thank you.” Moe smiled at Jessica. “You're pretty,” he said and squinted his eyes in what Jake had to guess was an attempted wink. “Sorry about your baby.” Jake looked at Jessica, who looked as confused as he felt. “God took care of baby Jesus, too.”
“All right, Moe,” the woman beside him cajoled. “Let’s finish one more row and then you can have a cinnamon bun.” At the mention of a sticky sweet treat, Moe went right back to work. As he wiped the next table, he hummed Silent Night to himself, a little bit too loudly and pathetically out of tune.
Random Fact: I volunteered as a candy-striper for about four years as a teenager.
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