Working relationship- Short story

The photograph below is from abi ismail at unsplash.com.

(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man and a woman sitting next to each other at a counter inside a coffee shop. He’s engrossed with something on his smartphone and she is working on her Apple laptop computer.)

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I was having dinner with a few of my closest friends when I suddenly realized that I had asked my colleague, Jane to meet me at the café for a work meeting. How embarrassing for me not to show up after asking to meet her to discuss a few problems we were facing in the office.

Hastily, I told my friends that I had to go and left to join Jane in the café. Luckily it was nearby and she didn’t had to wait long for me. The work meeting went well as we sorted out the issues at the office. But I sensed a coldness in her demeanor. She was distant and wouldn’t even make eye contact with me.

Hesitantly, I asked if anything was amiss. She looked at me and said that she was made to wait half an hour before I showed up and she thought it was very discourteous of me. I explained that it was my fault because I had forgotten that I had arranged to meet her and was having dinner with friends.

“I’m glad we talked this out”, she said as she smiled at me. “ Very often misunderstandings can ruin work relationships and I want a pleasant work-environment at the office”

We agreed on this point and had a coffee to celebrate the amicable resolution of the situation.

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Written for FFFC # 169, hosted by Fandango

Also included; FSS # 46, hosted by Fandango

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A small gesture

The photograph is from aliceabc0 at Pixabay.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man, his back to the camera, holding a small bouquet of flowers behind his back. He’s standing a few feet in front of a young woman who is looking back at him and smiling.

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I have picked flowers for you
Wild flowers, simple and fragrant
A gift of love that I hope you’ll like
But the fear of rejection holds me back
What if you didn’t want them? Me?

In response to FFFC # 168, hosted by Fandango

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Timeless

The photograph is from ninerio at DeviantArt.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a couple embracing in front of a large, illuminated clock, as well as other smaller, x-ray-like images of the mechanical components of clocks.

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In your arms, time doesn’t matter
I’d dance till the day turns into night
I’ll dance till my love for you lasts
Will you be my timeless lover?

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Written for FFFC # 166, hosted by Fandango

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A wrinkle in the plans.

The photograph is from JESHOOTS-com at Pixabay.com.

(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a smiling woman who seems to be lying on a bed with a TV remote control in her hand and a bowl of popcorn beside her. She’s munching on the popcorn and a handful of popped kernels are scattered on her body).

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I would have happily married Darlene if it weren’t for her sloppy habit of eating in bed, letting the food get on her clothes and on the bedding. Her tendency to overeat was also making her gain weight.

I’m a fastidious person, and it’s important to me that things are done properly, everything should be neat and tidy, and that people should eat at mealtimes while sitting at the dining table.

I was still reconsidering my decision when another of her habits kept on jarring my nerves. She would never share what she was enjoying with me, especially the sweet and salty popcorn that I loved too.

So reluctantly, I broke off with her. Now I can eat all the popcorn, by myself without sharing.

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Written for FFFC # 165, hosted by Fandango

Also included FSS # 42, hosted by Fandango

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Excuse me!

The photograph is fromFandango’s iPhone photo archives.

(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of people in the audience for a live performance by a musician and a man is getting ready to take his seat)

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“Excuse me!“

“What?“

“I think you’re sitting on my seat”

“So what, you can sit on some other seat”

“But I paid extra money for this one. Center of the row, right in front of the stage”

Hard luck pal. I was here first

“Five people had already died trying to take what’s mine pal! Better be ready to face the consequences!”

“Hey, all you have to do is to ask politely, I’ll move to the next row”

Jim took his rightful seat trying hard to hide his smile. The line about five people worked every time!

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Written for FFFC # 164, hosted by Fandango

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Wise decisions

When they wanted to change their old car for a newer model, they very wisely opted for an electric car. It was more expensive but they would recover the extra cost quickly with low running cost of the car.

Next came the decision to buy bikes for keeping themselves fit in their old age. Regular cycles were all good but perhaps they would do better buying electric bikes as they required less effort to paddle, specially uphill.

Today they paddled up this park which was a steep climb. After parking their bikes the husband and wife sat on the park bench with a scenic view and relaxed.

I think you have to admit that I have become very wise in my old age”, said Fandango to Mrs. Fandango. Mrs Fandango smiled and agreed with her husband!

The photograph is from pcivdwiel at pixabay.com

(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of an older couple sitting on a park bench on the top of hill overlooking a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Next to them on their left are two electric bicycles)

Written for FFFC # 163, hosted by Fandango

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She dreams

She dreams
Day dreams
Of times to come
Of goals to achieve
She dreams
Day dreams
Of journeys to be taken
Of mountains to be climbed
She will attain her dreams, she is resolute
Her will is strong, she has the determination
Her dreams are a roadmap to her future

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The photograph is from Anita Creations at DeviantArt.com.

(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a woman with a pensive expression on her face as she sits upon a large, mossy rock deep inside a forest)

Written for FFFC # 162, hosted by Fandango

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Windows into the past

She used to go to the old, abandoned church seeking peace and quiet. The atmosphere there was soothing for her nerves. There was never anyone else there and she appreciated the silence.

Her visits were mostly at the end of the day when the setting sun’s slanting rays hit the stained glass windows creating wonderful patterns on the faded, damaged walls. She would create stories in her mind when she looked at those figures in the glass.

One day she started writing down these stories and very soon she had a collection of them. As her job was in a publishing house, she convinced an editor to look at them. It was a pleasant surprise for her when the editor offered to get her book published. She call it “ The windows of the past”

The photograph is from NaughtyCupcakes at DeviantArt.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of an old, abandoned church. The plaster is peeling from the walls and the ceiling and there is debris on the floor, but the five beautiful, arched stained glass window are intact.

Written for FFFC # 161, hosted by Fandango

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Unbelievable!!!

The photograph is from GaudiLab at shutterstock.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man sitting at a table looking at the screen of his laptop with a shocked expression on his face

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Mathew logged in to check his account balance after his wife informed him that she had been shopping.

What he saw was unbelievable!

He couldn’t believe his eyes.

The account balance was slightly more than what was before the shopping trip. It was something that had never happened before. The statement showed a return of $100 from a clothing store. He may have to apologize to his wife for not believing her when she said that she had just returned a dress she had got online and hadn’t liked any other instead.

As he was preparing to eat the humble pie and apologize to her, a notification email from the bank arrived. His card had been changed $1500 for an online order!

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Written for FFFC # 160, hosted by Fandango

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Waiting

Waiting all by myself 
Thinking about my future
Things not looking bright
Hope is hidden in tomorrow
Today is dark and sunless

Waiting for opportunities
A chance to improve my life
My courage is packed in my bag
No money or friends in my corner
Yet my heart is strong, refusing to give up

Waiting…………

The photograph is from Erdbeerstern @ DeviantArt.com.

(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is taken from beneath a bridge or a parking structure looking across a cobblestone road at a young woman seemingly waiting at a bus stop)

Written for FFFC # 159, hosted by Fandango

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