I watched as a woman with two kids walked straight through the pub, not even pausing to glance at the list of drinks on their way to Diagon Alley. That was what usually happened at this time of year. When the flowers begin to bloom and the sun shines through the clouds, sharing some of its warmth, the number of customers in the bar dwindled down to almost zero. There were still those dedicated few, who came every week or so, but they still came less frequently and later at night.
I let the rag I was using to clean the few dirty glasses I had, plop back into the tub of hot, soapy water. Picking up a towel, I dried the mugs and my hands. Once dry, I stored the mugs under the bar and headed to the back room to work on the accounting.
It was wearisome, doing all this by myself. What I’d really like is a younger witch or wizard to help me out
, I thought. Maybe it was time to think about hiring. I don’t know... It’s been so long since I’ve worked with anyone but myself.
Another voice in the back of my head spoke up, You could always fire them if it didn’t work out.
I chuckled at that thought. It did have some merit though; if it didn’t work out I could
fire the extra help.
I picked up a piece of blank parchment and a quill and quickly scrawled the words: Help Wanted
. It was a little plain though; the eye could easily pass over it. Pulling out my well-loved wand, I tapped the sign, and turned it a bright grass green. Now, hanging in the window, no one would miss it.
The response was immediate. A young man, Michael Corner was looking for a summer job. The good part was that summer was often my busiest season. People from all over came to the Leaky Cauldron while visiting London. It was your one-stop shop for the best rooms, drinks, and food around. The bad bit was that Michael had to go back to school for his seventh year. Pity too, he was a good barman.
My sign remained in the window. I got another response: an older man, of twenty-five, John Halley. He was lazy though. I kept him for only as long as I needed too. He lasted all of the fall, helping with all the hungry and tired back-to-school shoppers.
While John was still working for me, I found the perfect barmaid. She was bright and cheery, perfect for the upcoming holiday season. She was a hard worker and a pleasant person. I knew at once that she would be the one to replace me. On the first day of December I hired Hannah Abbot.
While she was hanging decorations and singing holiday carols to the costumers, I walked over to the window. My bright green Help Wanted
sign was no longer needed. And no longer bright green.