The man behind the counter looked up from what Loki could only guess was a stupor of boredom or illicit alcohol and stared at Melinoe. His mouth worked, as if attempting speech, and he blinked furiously. Apparently Melinoe's appearance alone was enough to stun a mortal into silence. Loki wondered with amusement what the man would have done in reaction to any one of his children. Or, for that matter, to Loki's own original semblance.
When the man finally spoke, it was with a slight tremor, "That's quite the costume," he said, as if saying it would make it true. "But I don't know anywhere by that name, ma'am. Sorry 'bout that."