Sarah Ann Hall

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Two for Tuesday Challenge #6 – Another Day at the Office

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I’m almost too late again with my Two for Tuesday Challenge. The setting for this came easily enough, pity the words didn’t aswell. I hope it’s obvious where I went with the non-standard prompt – if not make a comment and let me know.

This week’s Andy’s prompts were:

 

‘Standard prompt:
unintended consequences

Non-Standard Prompt:
This week for the alternative prompt, write a story that is set 100 years or more in either the past or the future. As per usual with the Non-Standard prompt there is no word limit (allowing for longer, more in depth Flash Fiction if you like) but there is a minimum of 200 words.’

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Another Day at the Office (247 words)

Tom’s gaze drifted across the street. Outside the butcher’s, Mrs Smith (hat perched jauntily on pinned hair, basket over her left arm) shook a tight handshake as she exchanged greetings with Mr. Jonas. The sun caught the red in his hair as he doffed his cap. Next door the windows of the baker’s glistened, reflecting back a clear sky and obscuring Tom’s view of the delights inside.

During his walk that morning he’d spied swathes of bluebells in the copse and heard blackbirds calling to each other in the heat. He’d been glad to arrive at school where it was allowed to remove hat and blazer. It was a perfect spring day and he was looking forward to having a kick about with the lads later.

‘BARTLETT!’

Tom’s focus was pulled inside. What did Smith want of him? Had he asked a question? Tom looked around, all eyes were upon him, all the other’s slates were face down on their desks. What was he supposed to be chalking on his? Every action has an equal and opposite reaction? Momentum equals weight multiplied by speed? At least he remembered he was in mathematics lesson, even if the specific topic they were studying had momentarily left him.

Tom returned to staring out the window that afternoon. While his classmates span stones and clattered a football down the streets on their way home, Tom remained behind. Detention was one of the unintended consequences of his daydreaming, and a common one.

 

 

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Written by Sarah Ann

May 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm

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  1. A wonderful job of catching the feel of a bygone era. Once again you flawlessly combine the two prompts into one. Another fine read!

    ahblack57

    May 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    • Thank you Andy. I think I said in a post that I obviously like rules – the challenge of meeting both your prompts is a lot of fun (when it’s not driving me nuts).

      Sarah Ann

      May 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm


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