Weekend Writing Prompt #37 – Misgivings

I’ve gone for a piece of flash fiction from the word prompt this time:

It’s more than 50 words and doesn’t tie in with the photo prompt, so I think I’m cheating a bit.

Word Prompt


She had serious misgivings when she saw the familiar hunched figure approaching her cashier window.
She knew she’d soon be hearing another sob story of an unreasonable landlord, abusive boyfriend or simply no money, and the need for a place to stay.
It was always the same, always when she had to work the night shift, her daughter knowing she didn’t like confrontation or to be embarrassed, especially at work.
So with a heavy heart she handed over her spare flat key and said she’d be home shortly after midnight.
As it turned out, it was gone 1 am before she got back.
The flat was in darkness and she wasn’t that surprised when she turned on the light.
The place had been trashed, drawers and cupboards left yawning open, their contents strewn on the floor. Her bedroom was a mess, bedding ripped and torn, having been thoroughly searched for anything of value that could be sold or pawned to raise a few bucks.
She flopped down in the middle of it all.
Nick let himself in and put his arms round her.
‘I’ve been waiting for you,’ he said.
‘Your hunch paid off this time. After you called, I managed to get your Mum’s jewellery case, your emergency box and a few small personal things out before she and her friends turned up. Best you stay with me tonight. I’ll sleep on the couch. Tomorrow we’ll get the lock changed.’


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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2 Responses to Weekend Writing Prompt #37 – Misgivings

  1. Michael says:

    That would be a nightmare to come home to. Though I must say you had me drawn into the story Di, so well done on that score.

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