He had discovered the pleasure of writing haiku poetry.

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The store was decorated for Christmas.  The flash fiction writer stood patiently in line with his arms holding a quart of skim milk, two small plastic bottles of green tea and two bottles of Coca-Cola.  Thank goodness for food stamps.  He always felt guilty when he used his food stamp card for non-essentials, but he had more than enough credits for food to last through the month; and besides, he was celebrating.

Only two people were in line ahead of him but the line had not moved for several minutes…

Susan Boyle had a new CD out.  Kim Kardashian was dating the ex-boyfriend of Halle Berry.  Micheal Douglas smiled bravely.

The flash fiction writer finally got to the counter.  The young woman behind the counter was short and chubby.  She totalled up his items.  He punched in his numbers and swiped his card and punched “Enter” as she bagged his purchase.  Everything cleared.  He reached for the handles of the double plastic bags.  The chashier looked past him and called out, “Next.”

He turned to walk away, and then turned back to her and said, “Merry Christmas.”

She looked at him.  She smiled.  She said, “Thank you.  Merry Christmas to you.”

He nodded and walked away.

The End

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  • Angela Ohm on Dec 10, 2010

    Wonderful writing !

  • LoveDoctor on Dec 10, 2010

    I really like the ending. The cashier was having a bad day and it had nothing to do with the flash fiction writer, however, he brightened her day. No guilt feelings whatsoever as long as the writer doesn’t use his food stamps for alcohol.

  • bigpapadan on Dec 10, 2010

    Okay, how is it you can make average every day stuff sound interesting?

  • webseowriters on Dec 10, 2010

    A nice entry

  • Guy Hogan on Dec 10, 2010

    bigpapadan, it’s all about craft. There are no boring stories. Only boring writers. I truly believe that. Because it’s true. It’s all about craft.

  • Val Mills on Dec 11, 2010

    I loved the way you included the magazine headlines. We probably all read those while we’re waiting. Another good one.

  • Lord Banks on Dec 11, 2010

    The Lord looked at the Poet’s work. The lord checked his mobile phone strength, still no signal. The lord fed his two cats. The Lord shut the blinds as the sun was in his eyes. The Lord says “Interesting” at least your were curtious not like many shoppers these days take care. LB

  • Suzzy on Dec 11, 2010

    This was a interesting read. I was a cashier and yes it was a nice gester to wish Merry Christmas to brighten her bustling day. A smile is a small thing but can brighten a whole day!!! Yes i agree life is about the small things. Good job on this.

  • PR Mace on Dec 11, 2010

    You never know how one kind word will affect someones day. What a nice ending.

  • albert1jemi on Dec 11, 2010

    great share

  • J M Lennox on Dec 12, 2010

    I’m glad to see some more flash fiction. I like it more than Haiku’s, even though yours are very good.

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