Friday, July 25, 2008

55 Flash Fiction - The Complete Story

Weekly I participate in a MeMe called 55 Flash Fiction Fridays. We write a 55 word story with at least one character. I've decided to make mine a continuing story and here it is.

He walked through the dew-covered grass as the sun rose above the trees, only the random chirping of the birds broke the morning silence. How peaceful. It was almost as though he were alone in the world, and sometimes he wished that he was… Sitting with his back to a tree Jeff began to write. ‘Dear Sarah, SCREW YOU… HOW DARE YOU THINK YOU COULD…’ Jeff stared at what he had written. With a grumble he cleaned the paper with his eraser and sighed deeply.

Jeff reached into his pocket and retrieved a small picture of a beautiful girl blonde girl and started to cry while he tore it up. Scattering the bits of the photograph on the ground he reached into his pocket to retrieve his ringing cell phone. His heart jumped when he read the caller ID, it was Sarah. He quickly answered but in a moment the pain came flooding back again, and he quickly hung up. Her second call was unanswered.

"I don’t need you" Jeff said to himself, knowing that no one was around. "You have him… why are you calling me." Jeff starts to dial her number, but coming to his senses and in a fit of anger he throws it as hard as he can into the creek.

"NOW TRY AND CALL ME!"

As he walked back to town Jeff couldn’t stop thinking of her, but knew he had to. “I’m better off without her,” he said trying to convince himself.

Birds sang at the sight of the rising sun, and it was as if time stood still in the quiet town. A perfect place to start over. Jeff smiled with a sigh. If he could keep busy he knew he would forget her. He needed to.

It was early on a Saturday morning and there was little life on the streets. Passing the retro town diner he glanced in the window and stopped. She is so beautiful. She saw him and smiled.

Staring through the diner window he wondered if he should go in, but the rumble of his stomach made his decision. Jeff entered and found a booth in the corner.

As the beautiful waitress approached him Jeff read her nametag, Jacqueline. What a pretty name he thought as she said, “What can I get yah?”

The first thing that Jeff wanted to do was ask for her phone number, but he wasn’t ready. “How about some pancakes, with bacon and eggs,” he said to the waitress. “Anything to drink?” she replied. He almost asked for a Jack and Coke but realizing how early it was he just ordered black coffee.

As Jeff ate his hot breakfast he couldn’t help but watch Jacqueline serve the other customers, and every time she would catch him looking she smiled. Jacqueline approached the table and asked “Anything else hun?” Jeff smiled and shook his head. “If there is let me know,” she said as she handed him the receipt.

Leaving five dollars on the table Jeff walked towards the door, and smiled at Jacqueline as he pushed open the door to the diner. Starting down the street he noticed that the little town was starting to stir in the early hours of the morning, and he thought what a perfect little place this was.

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