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#Flash Fiction

I sat my sunglasses atop the coffee cup. It was flimsy, the paper cup and just like it, I felt my legs shake beneath the tiny table. Outside the sun was bright and the gleam off a parked car made me screw up my eyes.

And that was when I saw him. The same shuffling gait that was now accentuated as age caught up with him. He looked around the car park slowly, as if I would be waiting for him outside, and then started towards the entrance of the cafe. I watched him through the glass frontage, as he pushed open the creaky door, his face half hidden by the jacket he wore, inspite of the heat.

Suddenly, I wanted to be away from here. Agreeing to meet him after all these years had been foolish. Perhaps, I had been taken in by his silky smooth drawl on the phone that charmed me back then, but now, did I really want to spend more time with this… tramp?

Hastily, I picked up my sunglasses from the table and the coffee cup upturned. I ignored the spill and walked rapidly towards the door and out of it before he could recognise me and call me back. The door stuck as I pushed at it and I nearly collided with the man in a blue checked shirt and faded jeans. His hair was slicked back and in my hurry I saw something familiar in his eyes. But, no time before my ex recognised me and called me back.

My high heels skittered on the tarmac and I knew the man I had run into turned around to watch me. As I fumbled with the keys in my purse, he walked inside with a puzzled look.

“I am here to meet a young lady”, he drawled in a silky smooth voice to the man behind the counter.

This Flash Fiction is part of #MyFriendAlexa. I am taking my Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter.


92 thoughts on “The Meeting

  1. Sona, not only did I love the premise of a meeting of exes, but also fell in love with your narration. However, correct me if I have not understood it correctly – just like the lady turned her nose at her ex, the man would have been disappointed too had he recognized the lady as his ex as he was expecting a young woman?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Priya.

      Yes, I have delved into flash fiction after a very long time. But I do feel that brevity in story telling is difficult to achieve. I should try it out more.


  2. I am intrigued to know more, bumping into the ex, that anxiety, running away from the scene this all hints to a wonderful story. Awaiting next part.
    #MyFriendAlexa #gleefulreads

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  3. You have very well captured the emotions of a person when meet path with ex. I loved the way the woman here expressed her feelings. Short, sweet and interesting.

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  4. this was my first read on your blog, Sona and I must say I really enjoyed it. It was quite gripping. Was waiting with bated breath what end it will lead to. Great writing. Cheers. #LiveItYoungReads πŸ™‚

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    1. I am happy you found the flash fiction piece interesting.
      I left it open ended and mysterious so that the reader could interpret it his way.

      Thanks for reading and your kind words.


  5. Oh, does that mean he too recognized her? Was he expecting her to be young after all these years? I have so many questions. Is there any chance that you will continue this story? I really want to know what and whys? Keep writing & sharing!

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  6. That was short yet sweet πŸ™‚
    Love the way you wrote this one. I love people who allow me to visualize things with their poems or stories and you are one of them. Subscribing you right now πŸ™‚ Keep Blogging!
    #vigorousreads #MyFriendAlexa

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    1. Yes Maya, they are two different persons. She has not met him for a long time and now she is judging him on the basis of appearances. So, she decides to skip the meeting.

      However the handsome guy asking for her is the one who is really her ex. The irony is that he is asking for a young lady, which means that he too judges by appearances and does not realise that she may have grown older now.

      Hope it all makes sense.


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