I must thank the lovely Priceless Joy for hosting Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (75 – 175 words) and providing the inspiring photo prompt this week. If you haven’t heard of or joined this challenge, please do yourself a favor and check out PJ’s blog for more details and entertaining entries. You won’t regret it.
Now, to the story:
Penny needed a ride. Penny, ex-girlfriend Penny.
My quote, unquote best friend offered her one — free of charge — after we overheard she’d missed the bus.
Sawyer should know I’m a petty jerk. Under no circumstances was he supposed to acknowledge her existence. As he drives down the winding road, I curse the pouring rain from the backseat.
Sawyer and Penny are laughing about something. I plug in my earbuds and drop my head back.
Every now and then, my skin tingles, or something stupid like that.
Wait. Is she looking at me? My heart races. I don’t open my eyes.
When we stop, Sawyer gets out and hugs her. “Don’t you dare be a stranger. If you ever need a favor, ring me up.”
I have to remember to throw up on him later.
A hard knock on the window makes me jump.
Penny smirks from the other side. “No hug from you?”
Hell no. But after a few awkward seconds, I haul myself out.
The smell of lavender hijacks my senses as she wraps her arms around me. I can’t move, and I hate myself.
(184 words, one day
my story will be 175 or less,
but that day isn’t today)