The beautiful photograph above serves as a photo prompt for Flash Fiction Chain #6 hosted by Jithin of Photrablogger. In this chain, many authors from around the world and from different time zones participate, writing consecutive parts in a beautifully orchestrated story telling.

The present chain chronicles a love tale.

I am writing the first part of the story.

The Wedding Bells

Characters in the story

Anna-a 32 year old publisher

Alex- a well established author

Jenny- Anna’s personal secretary

Anna walked briskly among the cubicles nodding her greetings to her coworkers. She could hear her desk phone ringing even as she swung open the door to her office and flicked the light on.

“Anna Brighton”, she said in a clipped accent.

She listened on, frowning and then relaxing a bit. “Fine, in that case I will get in touch with Alex and sign him on”. Next, Anna dialed a number from memory and tapped anxiously on the table, waiting for her call to be answered. The phone went unanswered and she slammed down the phone receiver.

“Bastard”, she muttered.

There was a tap on her door and her personal secretary, Jenny walked in. “Here is today’s mail and this bunch needs immediate attention.” Jenny placed two piles of mail on Anna’s table. She also slid that day’s newspapers across the huge mahogany desk.

Anna liked to peruse many newspapers and magazines to keep herself updated. As the founder-CEO of the publishing house, she had to be sharp and in tune with the market trends. This business was her baby and her passion. She had nurtured it and fought a competitive battle to bring it to this enviable position.

The day wore on; and it was a typical day for Anna. Strategy meetings, operational decisions and the day to day running of the company. Anna lunched alone, at her desk, one hand holding a sandwich and the other some business papers.

” Come in”, she intoned as there was a knock on the door but no one entered. Then the door opened noiselessly, and in strode a tall man with chiseled features.

“Alex”, she gasped, almost springing out of her chair. “Anna”, drawled the man. They stared at each other for a few moments before Anna broke the silence. “I called you this morning”.

“And that is the reason I am here”.

” Ah, I thought you did not want to talk”, said Anna with a suddenly dry throat.

“I could not take your call but I understood it had to do something with the contract I am going to sign with your company. So, I dropped in.”

“Yes, please take a seat”, said Anna recovering her composure. She asked Jenny to come in with the contract that had been made ready. Anna’s heart beat fast. Alex was one of the most sought after authors and his association with her publishing house would catapult her into the big names of the business. But that was not the only reason Anna was excited.

Anna’s association with Alex went back to her school days. They were together at school and even lived in the same neighbourhood. They had a common friend circle. Although they played together as children and went to the same church with their parents, they were not particularly close. But that changed when Anna entered her teens. Suddenly aware of her popularity amongst the opposite sex, she became attentive towards her more ardent admirers. And Alex was one of them.

The attraction was mutual and they were a couple when she graduated from school. Life soon took them their separate ways as they pursued further education. They had gotten over each other, she thought and maybe he felt the same, Anna rued but the attraction wasn’t completely dulled whenever she went visiting her parents and met him in their hometown. And now their paths had crossed once again with the future indicating more interaction and collaboration.

Alex finished signing the papers and walked out after shaking hands with Anna. That little touch alone made her nerves tingle. The unexpected encounter had left her emotionally unsure and on edge when the musical tones of her cell phone sounded.

“Dad”, Anna nearly shouted into the phone. “How are you?”, she asked joyfully. After a long and animated conversation with her father, Anna called in Jenny and announced, “I would be out for 3 days.”

“Three?”, Jenny was surprised.

” Yes, best friend’s wedding”, said Anna twirling her short black hair that framed her youthful face. “I am going to be away from my work after a long time”.

“No, this is the first time you are going to be away”, said Jenny firmly with a smile in her voice.

“Anyway, I am rather looking forward to it. Melissa is such a dear and she deserves all the happiness of this world. She is marrying her childhood sweetheart. The wedding is to be held in their private estate and I am sure to run into more of my friends”, said Anna dreamily.

“Ah, just a hitch! My mother goes crazy at the sound of wedding bells. She starts talking of when I am going to get married-as if I have the time!”, said Anna rolling her eyes.

“Well, have a great time”, said Jenny as Anna turned to go out of her office. “You might meet someone interesting”.

“Let’s see”, laughed Anna which was a rare sound.

Would Anna meet someone special? Would love blossom for her here at the office?
Read on. The next part is by Yinglan.


52 thoughts on “The Wedding Bells-Flash Fiction Chain # 6

  1. Lovely setting! An ‘intellectual’ love story! 😀 When two intellectuals meet and fall in love, that is going to be interesting. As everyone in the chain can relate with the life of a writer and publisher 🙂 Great start 🙂

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      1. The picture for this chain is just so very beautiful. Evokes nothing but tenderness and love. I almost wrote a historical romance set in nineteenth century India. But then, gave it a modern setting so that everybody could relate to it.

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  2. This is nice sona, I love the boss lady character😍 you have here, it’s more like expecting a lady with principles to loose her guard after love finds her and breaks here. Nice one, the next writer sure doesn’t have problem continuing because there are so many ways to continue from here…

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    1. Thank you. I tried to give a very present day feel through the tough businesswoman. For aren’t many of us like her and facing similar situations? To continue the story, perhaps we only need to draw from our own lives 🙂

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  3. This is such a vivid , beautiful ambience , befitting a fairytale romance and there are so many ways the next writer can progress in ! Really loved the character of ‘Anna’ and if I were to have it , it will not be Alex , rather somebody with diametrically opposite character ! Lets see what Kelvin comes up with 😀

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  4. Beautiful setting ..!! Has the ingredients in the recipe of a love story..!!
    A kind of On – Off relationship..buried attraction.. 🙂 ant the next part could be twisted to any way ..!! 🙂

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  5. I really liked the way you stared the chain Sona. You gave a lot of details to possibly branch out. It’s always lovely to read what you have written. I also love that the fact that Anne is the epitome of modern day independent woman. I truly enjoyed every bit of it 🙂

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  6. What a great start to the story. Its fun playing with different themes and seeing how different genres will work in the collaborative chain. I can’t wait to see where it goes and a wedding is always a great setting for a story. I think this will be especially interesting because everyone has there own concept of love and attraction, while most people are sort of scared or entertained in a fairly similar way. Anyways, great start!

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  7. Hi Sona, you have done a great job here, painted a vast and vivid canvas of smart updated modern characters and a feel of romance is very soothing. I am so proud to be a part of this team of creative friends and writers. Well done.

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