She fidgeted, first pulling on the jacket sleeves so they covered her wrists and then sliding to the edge of the red vinyl stool so one foot could reach the floor. Movement stilled, looking around to the right and then to the left.
Her left hand stretched to the condiment box. She grabbed two sugars, the colored fake ones, pocketed one and emptied another into her coffee cup. She stirred. The spoon spun around the cup. Once. Twice. Three times. She set the spoon quietly on a napkin on top of the saucer. She took a small sip, set the cup down and made a face.
Moving again. This time her toes tapped the floor. No discernible rhythm but a worrisome motion. Turning, following the signal of the bell, watching the door open and close as a customer left. Picking up the menu. Looking at it for fifteen seconds. Putting it back.
Looking at the window, checking her reflection, primping her hair, and straightening her collar. Pulling on her sleeves again. Jean jacket with frayed sleeves over tee shirt and yoga pants. Flip flops on her feet. Not really dressed for the winter weather but seemingly okay for the inside of the diner.
Can you picture her?
What should come next?
a) Another character?
b) Introduction of the problem?
c) More about this character (including her name)?
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