Submitted Date 08/15/2018

Can I take your order?
she asked me crisply in her bright fast food uniform
I'd like a double cheeseburger
I said
You're going to hell
the old man standing next to me added
as he fixed her in his gaze

Would you like fries with that?
No, but I'd like a large coke
If you live in sin, you will go to hell
the older man continued as she pretended he was not there
That will be two dollars and eighty-eight cents
There is no forgiveness unless you repent
Here's my credit card
Hell is hot and for eternity
Dine in or take out?
I'd like a tray for here
I said
You will burn
the old man scowled and walked away
I looked at the young girl, still smiling
shaken but not showing it

Mark Twain said heaven for climate, hell for company
I said
and she laughed.

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