This prompt continues with Mav’s Story. If you’re new and would like to read it in chronological order, read the previous parts HERE before you read this. It can also be read as a stand alone. It picks up shortly after “In.Out.In.“
I sat at the tiny wooden table, watching John’s back as he carried the breakfast dishes to the sink. I wanted to remove his faded black t-shirt and jeans.
I didn’t dare. His greeting of a smile, not a kiss. Clothed, not naked. Small talk over breakfast.
He wanted distance and it confused the hell out of me.
The silence stretched.
“Where did you learn to cook?’ I asked, hoping to distract myself from the rippling muscles. Washing dishes shouldn’t be sexy.
More half answers.
Was he trying to piss me off?
“Are you mad at me for some reason?” I hated the insecurity creeping into my voice.
“Then what stick is shoved up your ass?”
He stopped, gathering strength before facing me.
Oh, God. He’s giving me the speech. Last night was great. It’s not you, it’s me.
“This.” He pulled phone from his back pocket and set it on the table.
I blinked. “That’s a cell phone.”
“That is the end of the life you led until I figure out what the fuck is going on.”
“I don’t – ”
“Let me finish. This is a burn phone. You will make three calls with it. You will call your boss and say you need a leave of absence and a formal letter will follow. You will call your closest girlfriend and say my death caused you to rethink your life and you’re going away for a while. Have her pack a suitcase for you that you’ll be by to pick up later.”
“She’ll never let – ”
“You’ll make her believe it in ninety seconds. Tell her you got pissed and busted your cell and don’t want to be contacted.”
My mind reeled at what I’d agreed to. “And the third?”
“You break up with your boyfriend.”
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This week’s Red Writing Hood prompt comes from Carrie of Views from Nature.
Flash Fiction can be fun and a real challenge. This week focus on the words and the strength of each to contribute to your story. Write a 300 word piece using the following word for inspiration: LIFE.
Concrit is welcomed as always.