Late April 2011 I discovered 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 have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
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 story from the one-word prompt of ‘thread’. Here is my 234-worder.
Josie wanted to tell Tim about his imperfection, the white thread clashing against his black Armani jacket, but she let him carry on talking. She rarely got a word in, and knew how he hated to be interrupted.
She nodded in all the right places, commiserating as he told her of the trauma he’d endured at the hands of their boss.
Josie had lost count of the number of times Tim had told her he could do Mr Abbott’s job standing on his head, with his hands tied behind his back or in other restricted positions. Josie laughed as images from the Karma Sutra flooded her brain.
“Pardon?” Tim boomed, looking over his designer specs.
Josie was pretty sure they’d be Armani too but she didn’t want to be obvious by tilting her head to look. “Sorry, I didn’t–” but her apology was cut off as he continued rambling about how much work he had to do in the miniscule time he’d been given. Josie wanted to point out that he’d get it done much quicker if he stopped talking and return to his desk.
She was going to speak when he paused for breath, but he only did so to change the subject… to his neighbour’s ghastly extension.
Josie had seen Tim’s bland road, a cul-de-sac of a dozen bland houses and thought his neighbour was probably doing them all a favour.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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