Welcome to the fifty-sixth in the 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 where a character has lost something, so here is my 188-worder.
It brought him luck last time
“Mum, where’s my tie?”
“The blue one.”
“You’ve got dozens of blue ties.”
“Oh, that one.”
“Washed washing basket or to be washed washing basket?”
“To be washed. Your dad borrowed it and got curry sauce down it.”
“Wear another one!”
“But it’s my lucky one.”
“Sorry, got to take Mrs Talbot to…”
“Oh mum! Why did Dad borrow it anyway?”
“To take a client out for dinner.”
“But he’s got loads of ties.”
“He said it brought him luck last time…”
“Last time! He knew I had a job interview today… in an hour! What am I supposed to do now?”
“You’re going to have to pick something else… what about the black one with the grey…”
“But I’m wearing a black suit. It’ll look like I’m going to a funeral.”
“The job is at an undertakers, Sam.”
“I know but they’ll think I’m taking the pi…”
“Well, it’ll be like me putting on a Welsh accent when I’m speaking to someone from…”
“Wales, yes. Sam. Interview… an hour… tie?”
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