Fiction In A Flash Challenge Week #12 – The Clock
This is the “Fiction in A Flash Challenge” Week #12. Each week Suzanne Burke will be featuring an image and inviting you to write a Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction piece inspired by that image in any format and genre of your choosing. Maximum word count: 750 words.
Here is the week #12 Image Prompt.
Thanks to Bryce Barker for sharing their FREE IMAGE on Unsplash.
“I had a wonderful time with you this weekend. Thank you for inviting me over for all the meals. Both your mom and grandma are excellent cooks.”
“We could have gone out to eat, but I know my mom and dad would love to have you around as much as possible. You surprised me by taking a third serving of the Mixed Berry Crisp pie.” Michelle giggled.
“I was just eating fruits. Berries are rich in antioxidant. Your grandma made it with no crust, so there was not so much carbohydrate.” The saliva rushed out under Dave’s tongue.
“I know you’re an expert in the food business. My mom and grandma were happy when you appreciated their cooking. Grandma is making desserts only these days.”
“Dessert is the best part of the dinner.”
“I’ll tell grandma you liked her dessert. I know you told her already. She’d like to hear it again.”
“Your grandma always has a pleasant smile. She seems to be content.”
“Yeah, nothing seems to upset her.”
“Where’s your grandpa?”
“Well, he left Grandma before I was born, so I’ve never met him. Grandma was retired when I was four and Rob was six. She moved in with us and watched us kids after school. It was when both mom and dad were working”
“I’m sure she loves you and it makes her life happier to be with you kids. Did she ever talk about your grandpa?”
“She didn’t when we were younger. We didn’t know the difference anyway. She talked to me when I got older. She said Grandpa was in love with someone at work and they went away.”
“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Your grandma must be mad at him.”
“She said she was sad but not mad.”
“Were they married long?”
“I would say it was a long time. Twenty-five years.”
“I can’t imagine what it was like. Did she talk about being lonely or think about remarry?”
“After marrying Grandpa for twenty-five years, she didn’t think she could love anyone else the same way.”
“She gives all her love to you and Rob. No wonder she is so happy.”
“Grandma is honest. She shared with me about how she worked on forgiving Grandpa. To forgive someone is not an overnight thing. She had to stop blaming Grandpa or herself. She had to get rid of the unhealthy emotions and let go of Grandpa. Once she let go of him and let him be responsible for whatever happened, her heart felt light and happy again.”
“It was an incredible story.”
“I know. I wish you could stay and be here for her 70th birthday party. It’s a holiday tomorrow.”
“There were a few things to do tomorrow before the office opens on Tuesday. I hope she likes the birthday present I gave her.”
“Yeah, I’m sure she will, but I want you to meet the rest of the family.”
“Christmas is coming up. I’ll be back for the party. Okay, I’m walking toward the gate right now. Can I call you after I arrive?”
Dave went up to the counter at the gate.
“Hi, I’m late. I wasn’t looking at the clock.”
“Oh, sir. Yes, you’re too late for the boarding.”
“I’m sorry, would you call to hold the door for me?”
The ground attendant talked on the phone, then turned to Dave and said, “Sorry, sir. The captain said the door was closed. I can reschedule the flight for you, so you won’t be charged for the cancellation and re-booking.”
“Okay then. Do you have the same schedule tomorrow?”
“Hmm, yeah, I do. You’re all set. You should receive an email with a new confirmation number.”
Dave pressed a speed dial number.
“Hi, Michelle. It’s me. I’m turning around. I’ll be at your grandma’s birthday party tomorrow.”
“Great! But what happened?”
“I missed the flight.”
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