Chapter 90 – Surprise Party
When Renly returned to the Pioneer Village, it was almost eight o’clock, the beginning of the peak hours for the bar.
Upon seeing Renly, Janice Blake could only manage to greet him briefly before asking for his help. “Today is simply crazy, things are getting overwhelming. We just received a batch of new goods in the warehouse, and there’s no time to check them. Hurry up and go to the kitchen; they need more than just two hands there.”
Renly had originally planned to tell Janice that he got the role in the movie “Buried,” but upon hearing this, he immediately rolled up his sleeves, ready to start working, and entered the bar’s interior.
Sure enough, the entire bar was fully occupied, even the bar counter had no empty seats. At least five tables of customers were waiting at the entrance. Without any small talk, Renly walked to the bar counter and shouted, “Neil, do you need my help here?”
Neil Tucson was pouring beer and didn’t even lift his head. He answered directly, “Kitchen, go help in the kitchen.”
Renly made an “OK” gesture and quickly walked toward the kitchen. As he pushed open the large door, he saw a three-layered cake that was grabbing all the attention. He couldn’t help but widen his eyes, “Wow, is there a special event today?”
Stanley Charlson stood next to the cake. “Hey, buddy, you’re back,” Stanley greeted him and then explained, “Tonight, some guy is going to propose here, and asked us for our help. Right now, we’re just waiting for the signal.”
“So, are all the customers here tonight friends and family of that guy?” Renly’s mind immediately tried to connect all the dots, because today was an ordinary Tuesday, but the bar was unusually lively.
“Not really, most of the guests are here for tonight’s performance,” Stanley shook his head. “There’s a British folk band performing tonight, Passenger, remember?”
“I remember,” Renly’s eyes lit up involuntarily. Passenger is a typical British band, that had been in existence for many years. Although not wildly popular, they had a considerable fan base in the UK. Later on, the band managed to make a name for themselves with the song “Let Her Go,”, “but didn’t they announce that they have given up on touring in the US because one of the members left the band?”
Passenger band only had two members.
Stanley shrugged, noncommittal. Renly then immediately realized why he came here in the first place. The bar was bustling, and he came to help. These idle conversations could wait. Turning his head, he saw a busy kitchen. “Which order is ready? I can start serving.”
“Renly, come here,” Stanley gestured towards the handle of the cake trolley. “You take charge of this. Others are handling everything else.” Stanley stepped aside, and Renly took over. “Now, light all the candles. When I give you the signal, we’ll turn off all the lights in the bar, and you slowly push it out. I’ve already arranged everything with the band on the stage; they will play the requested song.”
“Wow, this guy seems determined,” Renly exclaimed, but his hands didn’t stay idle. He picked up a special lighter and began lighting the candles.
The cake in question is a three-tier sky-blue cake, not a cliché one with slogans like “Marry Me” or “I Love You.” Instead, each layer was creatively designed with different content. The bottom layer looks like a garden, planted with strawberries and pineapples. The middle layer resembles a residence, with chocolate wafers constructing a model house. The top layer is a small statue of a man surfing, with candles shaped like “9” and “7” inserted.
Even as an onlooker, Renly couldn’t help but be curious. The cake’s unique design surely includes memories only the two people involved can understand. It will be difficult for this proposal to fail. Renly sincerely felt happy for the main character who was about to receive the proposal.
After lighting the candles, Renly carefully aligned the cake trolley with the exit, while also creating a pathway so that the other waitstaff could serve the food without any problems. In no time, Stanley’s figure appeared at the door, and he whispered to Renly, “Bring it out now. Pause at the entrance; I’ll turn off the lights, and you can come out after they’re out.”
Renly nodded in agreement, then loudly exclaimed to the other colleagues in the kitchen, “Everyone, you better learn from all this. After you go home today, I estimate that everyone is going to suffer. Thinking ahead about how to deal with that is the real problem” Since most of the kitchen staff were men, if their significant others heard of such a romantic proposal, there would be no peace for them.
Laughter erupted among the people in the kitchen.