Welcome to the seventh in the new series: 5pm Fiction.
Late April 2011 I discovered http://StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born.
I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a dialogue between two men talking about a new barmaid, so here is my 173-worder.
Like out of space or something
“Candy, Sindy, something like that.”
“Looks like a sweet doll to me.”
“You always were a joker, Frankie.”
“Where did she come from?”
“What do you mean? Like out of space or something.”
“No, Stan. You know, where’s she been before here?”
“I don’t know. Ask Eddie. Not from the village that’s for sure.”
“A newcomer, hey.”
“She’s married. See, a ring.”
“As if we had a chance anyway.”
“Half our age.”
“Speak for yourself.”
“OK, third then.”
“If she’s not from round here, where do you think?”
“I don’t know, Frankie. Foreign for sure.”
“More so, yeah.”
“He looks knackered.”
“Doesn’t he. Pub hours finally getting to him.”
“Just back from holiday isn’t he?”
“Thought I hadn’t seen him for a while.”
“He’s wearing a ring too.”
“The sly old devil.”
“He’s wearing a ring… she’s wearing a ring.”
“Lucky old git.”
“Whether my passport’s up to date.”
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