Flash Fiction: Speed Date
A life-changing story in 600 words.
I’m delighted to have my flash fiction, Speed Date, published in Live Encounters Poetry & Writing Volume Two Nov-Dec 2022.
According to my mobile, I’ve arrived!
Crushed Velvet is a hidden gem in Dublin’s city centre. I stand at an oak panelled door, set between a book shop and a vintage store selling pre-owned clothing. According to reviewers, the interior has been revamped to reflect the on-trend vibe of those lucky enough to gain entrance. I take a deep breath, run my fingers through my long hair and pull my shoulders back. It’s time for my game face.
I push through the door, give my name to the supermodel at the desk and step inside an interior of dark, warm, opulence.
The familiar chords of Wonderwall brings tears to my eyes. That used to be our song.
“What’s your poison?” a barman asks, waving a glass in the air.
Taking my Chablis, I find a seat close to the door, inhaling the eclectic mix of men and women who enter.
“Is anyone sitting here?”
I shake my head at the young woman.
“Slim pickings tonight,” she says, removing her hat. A red mane cascades down her shoulders. “Ruby,” she says, extending a manicured hand, “hopefully it’ll improve.”
The noise levels soar.
I tune back in to the chatter.
“… no more than six months, then I’m back again.”
“Ladies and gentlemen,” a voice booms, “choose a number, then follow me.” The George Clooney lookalike is the Pied Piper.
“That’s more like it,” whispers Ruby, “to your right.” She throws her head back, as if laughing at something funny I’ve said.
I turn to look, spilling my wine when I see his face …
In such great company:
Angela Patten, Emma Barone, Alan Walowitz, Alex Skovron, Angela Costi, Anne McDonald, Brian Kirk, Chad Norman, Charlotte Innes, Gordon Ferris, Hedy Habra, Jean O’Brien, John W Sexton, Jordan Smith, Katie Burke, Maeve McKenna, Margaret Kiernan, Mark Tredinnick, Mary Scheurer, Michael Farry, Michael Simms, nagat Ali, Nidhi Srivastava Asthana, Noel Duffy, Noel Monahan, Rafael E Fajer Camus, Ray Whitaker, Serena Agusto-Cox, Sven Kretzschmar, Susan Condon, Susana H Case, Vasilis Manousakis, Wendy J Dunn
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