It was dark outside but the restaurant was illuminated with overwhelmingly bright artificial rights that lit up the entire area. Not even the undersides of the tables were dark, as if the owner of the restaurant couldn't stand to have any darkness on their property. Therefore, the darkest part of the restaurant was a corner where the light was flickering slightly, causing it to shine less bright in comparison to the other lights. There, sitting all alone in the corner illuminated by a flickering light, sat James, silently reading a rather bulky book as the food in front of him grew cold. He didn't actually plan on eating the food but had merely ordered it as a courtesy so he could read in the restaurant since that was the nice thing to do. If he wanted to use a service of the restaurant such as reading under their light, he had to pay them. Ordering food, even if he wouldn't eat it, worked as payment for the hours he spent reading every night since it was every night he spent in the Wendy's.
There was good reason for him going to the fast food place every night. The house he rented (buying meant he had to sell it to move on and that was a headache) happened to be right next to a club. He wasn't bothered during the day but when night fell, the place was alive with sounds and the sound of humans tapping their feet against the grounds and yelling loudly to horrible lyrics. The smell of sweat coming from that place drove him mad and he was right in the middle of finding a new place to rent. In the mean time, he spent his nights in the quiet Wendy's reading whatever he felt like. Some nights, he read fantasy books. Some nights, he read textbooks. Since the library had been closed for some holiday or another (humans were always inventing a new reason to take off from work and celebrate), he was reading a dictionary tonight. It was pretty bland but he had read worse books. One love story about a vampire loving a human that was complete rubbish stood out in his mind and kept him from ever reading other stories about vampires. Honestly, a vampire loving a human? That was so ridiculous it made his head hurt.
Glancing up as the bell giggled on the door to announce a person entering, James frowned slightly. It was dark out and humans had weird eating schedules but they were usually at home by now. Well, aside from the ones that actually worked at the fast food place. His eyes stared at the girl before he turned back and buried his nose in the dictionary. He was currently on the E's. It was just starting to get good.