Old Acquaintances

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.”

“Mr. Patterson.”

“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.

Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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2. Linking for this challenge begins on Tuesday and runs to the following Monday evening.

3. Please credit photo to photographer

4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try and stay within this limit.

5. Pingback to the challenge post in your story’s post.

6. This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.

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17 comments on “Old Acquaintances

  1. A secret lies waiting for release. Intriguing Kay

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  2. Tastyniblets says:

    It ends in intrigue.. Well done!

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  3. Uh oh, a very uncomfortable moment! I have felt those before… I just read that this is an excerpt from your novel. That is wonderful!! Great story, Kay!!

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  4. swritings says:

    Uh oh, hidden secrets? Intriguing end! 🙂

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  5. rosemawrites says:

    Geez! Awkward!! What’s the secret?? 😀 😀 😀 *clap* *clap* *clap*

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    • Kay Morris says:

      😊😊😊
      Jack is part of past very few know about and Lenora wants to forget. This is an excerpt from a work in progress. The photo prompt reminded me of this scene.

      Like

  6. samratkel says:

    A very clever take on the prompt!

    @Samantha/samratkel from
    Shadow Realities

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  7. Wow. Some undercurrent going on between these two eh ? Waiting for the next part 🙂

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  8. kdub28 says:

    This should be good. There’s definitely something between those two.

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