Never Pleased

He came to the counter with an arrogant swagger.  The clerk started to say, “Good morn-“

“Can I speak to a manager?”  he interrupted in a brash manner.

The hotel clerk said, “I am the current supervisor on shift.”

“Well all I can say is this is the most sub-par room I have ever stayed in.  I’m surprised I am not leaving with a hundred bedbugs!”

“Is there anything we can do to make the rest of your stay more pleasant?”

“I doubt it.  There was a racket from the pool first thing this morning and I woke up after only 4 hours of sleep.”

“Do you want to move to a quieter room?”

“That would be too much of a hassle for me.  Just know I am leaving a terrible review when I leave.”  And he stormed off towards the free breakfast bar.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – brash


Coupon Queen

The manager approached the customer and cashier and heard the cashier say, “Here he comes.”

The customer drew in a breath and mumbled, “About time.”

“Yes ma’am, you wanted to speak to management?”

“Yes, this cashier will not take my coupon.”

“Well let’s take a look at it.”

The cashier handed the expired coupon to the manager, “I’m sorry ma’am, but this coupon is expired the end of last month.  We cannot accept it because the company will not credit us for it when it is expired.”

The customer grabbed the coupon back out of the manager’s hand and loud and brusque she replied, “They have taken them before.  I will just use it somewhere else where I am appreciated for my business.”  And she walked away from the register.

The next customer in line said, “Some people are never taught basic manners and knowledge.  I hope you don’t get that often.”  The cashier finally smiled again and the manager said, “No, not often.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – brusque

A Family of Three

She had been thinking about adopting a pet but had yet to stop and see what they had at the local animal shelter.  On a whim she turned down Fifth street to stop in and look.

Stepping into the office she saw a basset hound sleeping on a pillow in the corner.  She approached the receptionist who was petting a tabby cat behind the desk.  “Can I see the cats for adoption?”

“Certainly, we are at capacity for cats.  We need to make room.  Were you looking for a cat or a kitten?  We have a pair of adorable siblings that are 3 years old that have surmounted a lot of past abuse to becomes some of the gentlest cats I have ever seen.”

“Can I see them?”

“Sure, follow me.”

They walked down a hallway into a large room full with cages of cats and kittens.  “Here we are.  The tuxedo cat is Mr. Tennison and his sister is Emily.”

Falling in love instantly with the way the two of them were cuddled up next to each she was sold.  And within twenty minutes the cats were on the way home with her.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – surmount

Fish And Chips Anyone?

The restaurant was packed and it had taken them nearly 45 minutes to get a table.  The waitress had taken their order and they were just waiting for their food to come out.  The three of them had just been to the local college football game and were discussing their team’s victory.  An employee approached them with a tray of food and began to hand it out.  “Who ordered the fish and chips platter?”

The three of them looked at each other and finally Ben said, “No body ordered fish and chips.  Could you have the wrong table?”

The employee got the rest of the food off of the tray and Jim was the only one without food.  The waitress said, “But you didn’t order fish and chips?”

“No, I didn’t order the damn fish.  I ordered chicken and mashed potatoes.  This restaurant never gets my order right. Get me my food.”

The employee blushed and started to apologize for the wrong food when Ben said, “Jim no need to get churlish with her.  She is not our waitress and mistakes are bound to happen when the place is this busy.

Jim shook his head and said, “I’m sorry miss.  I guess I am just hangry.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – churlish

Just One Question

The man sitting at the table looked nervous.  His lawyer leaned over and whispered something to him.  It seemed to put him at ease. He then approached the witness.  “Did you get a look at the man on the motorcycle?”

“No, he was already wearing a helmet by the time I saw him.”

“So, it could have been anyone on that motorcycle?”

“I suppose, but I always saw him…”

“No further questions your honor.”

The lawyer sat down and whispered to his client “So, much for their irrefutable evidence from the only witness. Good thing you always wear your helmet.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – irrefutable

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #29 – Take Me To Your Mountain


At one time he was her best friend.  For a short time, they almost became lovers.  But always they had a bond stronger than any family ties they could have had.  As she drove on the highway headed into the mountains he was heavily on her mind.  He had always promised to show her the mountain for the first time.  He said he wanted to see her face when she drank in the majestic vision.  I guess he was keeping his promise in a way.  The only problem was she was going to say goodbye to him at his funeral.

Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #29 (FFFC)

It’s Over

He laughed at her.  “You really think your snide little comment hurts?”  He cleared his throat and said, “You hurt me a lot more over the years with all your lies and infidelities than a little name calling can do.”

She spat back, “I wouldn’t have had to look for anyone else if you were half a man at least.”

“At least I have a conscious that works.”  He walked to the door.  “Now get out.”

“But I have no where to go!”

“Not my problem,” he said as her phone rang.  “Tell your boyfriend to pick you up.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – snide