Lifelong Friends

For this week’s writing challenge, add a dash of magic and a touch of surrealism to your writing. Write a fictional piece that incorporates the everyday life we’re familiar with — work, family, errands — and add a surprise twist through an imaginary character, absurd turn of events, or Sci-Fi-esque setting.

The bell above the entrance to the coffee house tinkled and I glanced at my watch. It was 6:00 pm.

I looked up from my Caffe Mocha and waved to him. He nodded and smiled back, then made his way over to the barrista to place his order.

A few minutes later, John was at my table. He threw his backpack on the floor before plopping down on the seat before me.

“You’re late,” I chided him, and took a sip of my coffee. Continue reading “Lifelong Friends”

Hardly a Sidekick

This post was inspired by the Weekly Writing Challenge: My Dear Watson.

Mack was the first friend I made at my first job, when I was fresh out of high school, and is the keeper of all my secrets. She knows where I have all the bodies buried and I am well acquainted with all the skeletons in her closets. Continue reading “Hardly a Sidekick”

The Friendship Manifesto

This post is inspired by this week’s Writing Challenge: Manifesto.

Having failed miserably to secure any meaningful friendships, after living in the same area for 11 years, I’m submitting a “Want-Ad” for potential platonic companions.

For my part, I declare to be a true friend, as can be attested by my current lifelong best buddies scattered across the world. I will never sell or otherwise disclose your secrets. I will cry with you, empathize with you, sympathize with you, and most of all, respect you. I promise to help you carry your baggage if you’ll help me carry mine. Continue reading “The Friendship Manifesto”

The Other Twin

“I have to leave today, Olivia. I’m flying to Venice.” Zara’s bags were packed and waiting in the living room.

Olivia stopped chopping vegetables and turned from the kitchen counter to face her twin sister.

“What do you mean, you ‘have to leave today’? You just got here five days ago!” she contended. Continue reading “The Other Twin”

Trouble, Times Three

“Don’t you girls dare move from that spot!”

It was the voice that had driven the fear of God into hundreds of students each year for the last 20 years.

The three tenth grade girls stood frozen under the plum tree, afraid to move. Becca started whimpering and instantly dropped the plastic bag containing the illicit goods they had already picked. A tiny scream escaped Jackie’s lips. Her pulse was racing so fast, her entire body felt as if it were vibrating independently. Continue reading “Trouble, Times Three”

The New Kid

Mario hated the first day of the school year. At just nine years old, he was starting his fourth school. Teachers at his previous school would use big words to describe him, like “disruptive” and “impulsive”. No one explained to him what that meant. Nor why he always ended up on the “naughty chair”, as Miss Deans called it at his old school. She always seemed so cross with him. Continue reading “The New Kid”