Sunday, January 08, 2012

Just a normal January day

Written for Sunday Scribblings, Short Story Slam and, of course Carry on Tuesday.

It was a normal January day; grey, a light drizzle and a chill breeze . I sat at my usual seat in Starbucks, right by the window, my hands cradling a mug of steaming Americano . The street outside was busy. Shoppers going this way and that under a rippling canopy of dripping umbrellas . Everything perfectly normal. Then someone caught my gaze; a girl carrying a bunch of golden flowers . Above her floated a bright yellow umbrella. It was as if she was under a sun all of her own. My mind started drifting towards a palm fringed beach a million miles away from the dreary scene beyond the window. Just then I realised she was looking at me. I heard her speak, but her lips didn’t move . She held a hand out towards me. ‘Come’ she said ‘Fly with me’.

Before I knew what was happening I was standing by her side . She was looking, unblinking into my eyes; her face expressionless. My hand was held in hers and we began drifting upwards . A moment later I found myself looking down at the miserable scene below then slowly everything became a blur. I looked up and her yellow umbrella beamed sunlight down into my squinting eyes. A sense of warmth spread through my body and a smile beamed across my face . It was then I realised I’d spilt my very  hot coffee into my lap. Everything had returned to normal .

13 comments:

  1. Nicely done! You carried that daydream off splendidly!

    http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/l-aliens-in-the-morning/

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  2. Normal is in the eye of the beholder. A very nice daydream, indeed. And such a dose of reality in the end.

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  3. I often have delightful moments such as this spoiled by a mishap. More often I walk from the cafe with a chocolatey moustache.

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  4. glad to see you back to normal after everything.
    magical.

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  5. haha that's wonderful Keith!! I just got lost reading this....yes u do tht to ur readers...take them into a different world!

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  6. See if this suits ur taste :) http://songofsea.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/of-love-and-its-lore/

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  7. Phew, I hope you didn't burn yourself, down there...

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  8. This was magical and I loved it! You carried me away with you as I read this, then I started laughing and I started choking on my expresso. Ooh that must of hurt! LOL!! Thanks for sharing!

    http://elizena-lovingmycreator.blogspot.com/

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  9. Like Elizena, I was carried away in your daydream also only to finish with a good chuckle and spilled coffee.

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  10. I love how this exemplifies how our imagination can be sparked by the smallest of things and take us to faraway places. Hot coffee in the lap- ouch. What a wake up call!

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