Welcome to the two hundred and seventy-third 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 dialogue (no he said / she said) from the prompt of a Facebook conversation. Here is my 348-worder.
Sure It’s All Innocent
Tess: Hey Clara. Seen the pick of your Jack?
Clara: Which pic?
Tess: Facebook advert.
Clara: Nope. Where?
Tess: On my sidebar. Looking at him now.
Clara: Which advert?
Clara: What the f…
Tess: Oh, yeah.
Clara: POF as in plenty of fish?
Tess: You want me to do a screen shot?
Tess: OK, give me a sec. I’ll email you.
Tess: Got it?
Clara: Yep. Seriously. WTF???
Tess: It’s him, yeah?
Tess: Is he home?
Clara: shoot not shott. Doh. No wonder he didn’t want me to go.
Tess: He didn’t?
Clara: Well, he did but I had no holiday left. Used it all for the honeymoon.
Clara: And he’d have known that.
Tess: Goes where he’s sent though isn’t he?
Clara: All the nice places.
Tess: Could this have been a photo shoot?
Tess: The FB pic. As in POF a customer.
Clara: Never mentioned it.
Tess: Would he have done?
Clara: If he was innocent.
Tess: Are you going to speak to him?
Clara: Calls me every afternoon. It’s their evening. 5 hours ahead. Had a feeling he was cheating on me.
Tess: Really? When?
Clara: Got all secretive when I found a bar bill.
Tess: From where?
Clara: A fortnight ago.
Tess: What was it for?
Clara: Bottle of poo.
Clara: Shampoo. Champagne.
Clara: Wouldn’t tell me who.
Clara: He doesn’t like the stuff. Would have tried to impress.
Tess: Oh. So he didn’t say anything?
Clara: Didn’t have the chance. The phone rang. This job. His agent.
Clara: One and the same. Then all he talked about after the call was the Maldives. He = Jack, not Tony.
Tess: Yeah, guessed that. Isn’t that where he proposed?
Clara: I know. That’s what makes it worse?
Tess: I’m sure it’s all innocent.
Clara: That’s what my first three husbands said.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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