#FridayFictioneers – First Job

PHOTO PROMPT © Jilly Funell

Jake smiled as he read the text.

coffee shop.  mall.  5

Excited for his first job since the Army, he showered, dressed, and set out early.  It would be nice to get back to what he knew.

She sat alone sipping from a white paper cup.  The over-sized sunglasses fell short of covering her swollen black eye.

“Sarah?”

She nodded, pulled a bulging envelope from a small pink purse, and slid it over.

***

Jake compared the picture to the black haired man held in the cross-hairs.  It was him.  His breathing slowed melting the nerves away, exhaled and pulled the trigger.

WC:  100

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#WeekendCoffeeShare -Back to Writing, but Not Running.

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If we were having coffee, I would apologize for the venue just before apologizing for standing you up on our coffee date last week.  We find ourselves in yet another hotel lobby this evening, but the coffee is pretty good.  (At least it’s hot.)  It was the best I could do.  All the coffee shops within walking distance closed early, except Dunkin of which I am not a fan.  So here we are.  Go ahead and grab a cup and I’ll refresh mine. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare -Back to Writing, but Not Running.”

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Almost Normal

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If we were having, I would be drinking Stok (Pronounced stoke as it’s written with a line over the o) cold brew with milk.  It’s good stuff.  I get the black unsweetened variety and add stuff or not.  Either way, good stuff!  Help yourself to a cup, and doctor it up if you like.

Hopefully you all had a great week!  Mine was pretty good as we inched back toward normalcy.  We still have a little way to go, as there are many in the area that have been affected by flooding.  Not us, but there is some rough places not far from us and some roads still effected by water.  All the roads should be clear by mid-week and we will be that much closer to normal. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare – Almost Normal”

#FridayFictioneers – Needed

PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior

“Hallelujah,” Bob exclaimed as the elevator door opened.  He unslung his pack as he stepped into the lobby, computer booting before reaching the table.

It had been a long night driving.  Traffic was horrible.  The kids were wound tight, but were down now with his wife, fast asleep.

He should sleep too, but the story came to him driving, and wouldn’t wait.  Bloodshot eyes locked onto the coffee table.  Just what he needed.

Cold black syrup filled the cup.  The first sip went down with a grimace.  The second was better, not good but needed.

Time to get to work.


#FridayFictioneers is a weekly blog link up hosted by Rochelle over at RochelleWisoff.com. You should totally check it out and perhaps try your hand at writing a 100 word story.

Good luck!

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Florence is Gone, Here Comes the Water

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If we were having coffee, I’d thank everyone who wished us all well last week as Florence was blowing in.  We missed the worst of it, only losing power for a night and most of the next day, but our neighbors to the north didn’t make out as well.

There is a fresh pot in the kitchen.  I can grab you a cup of that, or if you’d rather, there is hot tea.  I can micro some water for that!  That’s really about all we have other than water.  The fridge is kinda bear still from the no power purge last week, but we’ll get restocked fully eventually.

The past week was pretty crazy.  I ended up going to work Saturday night after the power cam back to start a long, long week.  With the hurricane bearing down, they made the decision to shut work down.  Safety first right?  Well, what ensued was a lot of long hours getting things back right so that we could run again.  The weeknights were spent working, and the days spent sleeping.  That was my whole week really, up ’til Friday at eleven o’clock.  Things were back to normal, and I came home for the weekend.  Whew!

Funny thing was that when I got home Friday, I wasn’t tired at all.  After staying up all night every night all week, left me with energy to burn, and so I was up to about 6 am, writing, guitaring, and just messing around.  I slept 5 or 6 hours and then slept well Saturday night.

As you can imagine, not a lot of anything went on until Friday night.  That’s when I posted this week’s #FridayFictioneers, started outlining what I hope to turn into a novel, and stuff.  I wanted to edit another episode of the Warriors serial as there’s a couple written (written during the hurricane), but that hasn’t happened yet.  Hopefully early this week that will be edited and up!

I say hopefully because we’ve got a lot of water on the way.  Flooding is expected for much of the area, and has already started in some places.  Home won’t flood, but work may and if that happens all bets are off.

The flooding is the emergency this week.  Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as they think.  If it is, it’s going to be really bad.  Nothing to do but wait and see though.  Wish us luck!

You guys have a great week!  I’ll try to be back next week so that we can have coffee again.


#WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up that serves as something of a mind-dump for the week.  If there are typos and what-not found here, I apologize, but mind-dump.  I don’t do a lot of editing here as I like that it is more a stream of consciousness type post, normally written while drinking coffee, listening to music, and reflecting on the week gone by.

It is hosted by Eclectic Alli. Check out her post for the week and maybe post a share of your own!

 

#FridayFictioneers – Festiva a’ Brellas

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

The Festiva a’ Brellas was Susan’s favorite fest.  As a child she attended with her parents, but now she was a woman of age.  This year she could try all the colorful drinks she had witnessed her parents partake.  The ones with the brellas in ’em.

Dressed in her favorite new gown, colorful as the festival brellas, she stepped with friends into the night.  They would dance, sing, and perhaps do some kissing before the night was through.

***

Stumbling to the toilet, hands clasped over her mouth, she fell to knees vomiting forth the colorful brella drinks.

Colorful no more.

WC:  100

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Hurricane Florence

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how happy I am that the power is still on.  Yes, the wind is blowing and the rain is coming down, so let’s not count our chickens before they hatch or anything like that, but there is hope!  There is after all, a hurricane on the doorstep, but we have coffee (hot) and Jimmy Buffett playing in the background, so it’s best not to waste the time we have.

I have some nice Community Coffee brewing in the kitchen now since I finished off the first pot already.  It’s been that kind of morning.  I suppose its been that way for the past couple of days really.

Ah, there’s the coffee pot beep, letting me know that the new pot is done.  Shall we go fill our cups and then talk a spell?

This week has been a typical hurricane week.  There was the whole, maybe it’s gonna miss us after all, then the maybe not, the trips to the grocery to grab supplies, and the battening down of the proverbial hatches before the storm blows in.  Nothing new really, but always a hassle all the same.

You do what you can do before the storm hits, and then if you decide not to evacuate, you hope for the best.  I guess that hoping for the best holds true even if you do evacuate, but you know what I mean.  We are a little off the coast so we don’t normally evacuate.

Work shut down because of the storm, so I’ve been trying to use the time as wisely as possible, writing as much as I can while there is little else to do.  I’ve made a couple post so far, a #FridayFictioneers and Episode 8 in the Warriors serial, and did a bit more writing than that to boot.

If the power stays on, that should help the flow of words.  If it doesn’t, I’m prepared with a notebook, but other things may take priority if we’re in the dark.  Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen and if it does that it won’t last long.

On the fitness front, I had the best workout in a long while yesterday.  It started with 30 minutes on the stepper machine.  The calf is still too bummed to allow running, and the stepper is more work on the quads than the calves, so it is my only really cardio option for now.  After that was done, the weather was still nice, so I headed outside to do the crossfit workout Cindy which consist of AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats in 20 minutes.  I managed 12 rounds.

I’m encouraged by yesterday’s workout and look forward to what’s next.  Running is still probably another three weeks away if I’m realistic and patient enough to allow myself to heal fully.  The calf still swells some, still gives some pain if stepped wrong, and is a constant source of concern, but it’s getting better day by day.  I’m massaging, foam rolling, and icing it as much as I can in an attempt to speed the healing process.  That I can do some form of cardio now should help pacify my urge to go pound out the miles, so that’s good.

Wow I’ve rambled on!  I should probably let you go, and fix myself another cup of this good hot coffee.  Keep us and all the others along the east coast in your thoughts and prayers.  Things aren’t as bad as we feared, but that doesn’t mean there’s not some rough stuff going on out there as a result of the storm.

If you are in the storm, stay safe!  I want to see you back next week for coffee, and we can talk about how we’re getting back to normal.  Hope everyone has the best week they can have, see you next week!


 

#WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up that serves as something of a mind-dump for the week.  If there are typos and what-not found here, I apologize, but mind-dump.  I don’t do a lot of editing here as I like that it is more a stream of consciousness type post, normally written while drinking coffee, listening to music, and reflecting on the week gone by.

It is hosted by Eclectic Alli. Check out her post for the week and maybe post a share of your own!