Welcome to the two hundred and sixty-seventh in this series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
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 including the following keywords: December, strip, towel, expert, properly. Here is my 233-worder.
“Why did we pick December to move?” Sandra asked as she watched Andy lay a second strip of tape, sealing up crockery for the new kitchen. She blew warm air on to her hands. “This is supposed to make you warm, isn’t it? Aerobics or something?”
Andy laughed. “If you did some work, yes.”
Sandra threw a tea-towel at him. “I’m keeping my brain warm, remembering to let everyone know.”
“A couple of meter readings and post redirection will do it.”
“No, Andy. It’s got to be done properly.”
“OK, so I’ve left it to the last minute.”
Andy looked at his watch. “Literally. The removal van will be here shortly and there’s still so much to do.”
“Don’t worry, they’ll take the big stuff first. We’ve got plenty of time.”
“They’re experts. They’ll have the furniture in the van before we’ve done one room.”
“Then we take the rest in the car.”
“The one car. A mini. I don’t think so Sandra. Just get the meter readings and we’ll do the rest tomorrow. Come on.”
Sandra laid the pad and paper on to the kitchen table. “OK. What first?”
“The bedroom. Plenty of empty boxes but remember no lifting.”
Sandra looked down at her ‘bump’, at the twins they’d already chosen names for, and smiled. “Yes, Daddy.” She made a salute and blew her husband a kiss as he smiled.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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