Flash fiction: A good day

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It’s not so much the rain that disappoints but that the roofs are clean.

Everything’s begin-again washed, tiles like new almost, but I’m partial to the coal grime and speckles of pigeon poo; it gives my toes something to hold onto. Now it’s a job to watch each step and it’s hard to balance, with the bag o’ things clanking against my legs wanting to send me over.

Boss says, every time: ‘If you fall, don’t be callin’ for me.’

If I fall, I’m dead, but he’d hear of it and come in a whistle. He’d snatch the fripperies and jinglies from my sack and call it a good day.

 

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This is a one hundred(-ish) word story based on the photo above. The photo is by Emmy L Gant and the story is my first for the Friday Fictioneers, a weekly on-line writing group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Ever since I discovered Claire Fuller and her beautiful writing, I’ve been wanting to join this group. And now that I have this shiny new website, I get to be a part of it! Lovely. Click here if you would like to join in, and go here to read everyone else’s stories.

 


8 thoughts on “Flash fiction: A good day

    1. Thank you, Rochelle! Yes, I don’t think I’d like my toes touching pigeon poo either :).

      I am really enjoying the Friday Fictioneer stories. Very much looking forward to writing and reading more. Thank you for hosting it!

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  1. Welcome to the party, Helena! I loved the detail of the pigeon poo etc, and how your character’s viewpont was unusual. I’m trying to decide exactly what it is he does, part of me has the boss as Fagin, part wants him to be a grumpy Santa Claus…

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    1. Thank you, Jen! I’ve just been reading more of your stories — they are lovely.

      And thank you for your feedback! I wanted what the character did to be somewhat open-ended, so the reader could fill in the space with their own ideas. Thank you for doing that! I completely love your second idea of the Boss being a grumpy Santa — that was wonderful. My daughter thought so too!

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