I accompanied Ezra to his father’s retirement soiree in a swanky downtown hotel. His parents greeted us as we entered the ballroom. We made our way to the table, joining Ezra’s grandmother, his sister and brother-in-law, and their four children. The table sat twelve, and I wondered momentarily about the final guest.
After dinner, I went to the ladies room while Ezra danced with his mother. The 12th guest arrived during my brief absence. Jack Patterson.
He stood briefly as I approached the table. “Lenora.”
“Please call me Jack. Mr. Patterson seems too formal for old acquaintances.” He smirked.
“If you insist.” I replied curtly, my eyes on the dance floor, trained on Ezra. I could feel Jack Patterson watching me, and I prayed the song would end soon.
Word count: 131
This is my offering for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge hosted by the talented Priceless Joy. This week’s photo prompt is courtesy of Graham, author of the blog, grahamisjustmyname.
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