X loiters next to the alt-modern thank you sign in the newly laid car park

Piped in loungy Starbucks music steals Yo La Tengo riffs evoking mythical summer days that never happened.

A phone scroll reveals ‘test and trace exposed.’

Are you staying in? Are you OK to do track and trace?

I spill my drink on the large round table – all of it. Lake Latte. Tall.

I gaze out from an elevated position in search of the virtual bridge.