Serenditipity : 99 Word Flash Fiction

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Blast, I slept through the alarm again. 

Josh sat in the stationary traffic. Thank heavens the alarm hadn’t woken him. I’d have been on that bridge if I was on time. 

“You’re fired. This is the sixth day in a row you’ve been late. It just isn’t good enough. Pack your desk and leave now.”

“The bridge collapsed. Lots of casualties.”

“Too bad. Out!”

Josh couldn’t take his eyes off the slender blue-eyed blonde headed woman smiling at him in  the lift. Thank heavens I was fired. Instead of a computer screen I’m staring into the eyes of my future.

For 99 word flash fiction over at Charli’s Carrot Ranch. Join in or read the others by following the link.

October 14, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that reveals or explores a moment of serendipity. How did it come about? What did it lead to? You can express a character’s view of the moment or on serendipity in general. Use the element of surprise or show how it is unexpected or accidentally good.

For those of you who recognize, serendipity has been a prompt before. What can I say, but I like its magic! And it is never the same gift.

Respond by October 20, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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19 Responses to Serenditipity : 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. Oh, that’s fantastic. I love where you took this. Though the first part is scary because I’ve been in that situation many times. (Though a few times, I’m sure it was other people passing ME saying that.)

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  2. Sherri says:

    Ha…what a serendipitious day for Josh indeed (is that a word?) And to think his future could have been so very different…as in no future. Love this flash Irene, the different paths (and collapsed bridge) you showed us in so few words. So clever… 🙂

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  3. ruchira says:

    Haha….loved the angle here, Irene 🙂

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    Now if he just lucks into another job, the day will be totally serendipitous! Good story!

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  5. jeanne229 says:

    Well! That’s thing: we stand at crossroads a dozen times a day and usually never know what might have happened, for the better or worse, if we’d gone another way. Glad Josh got to see the benefit of his mishaps. Serendipitous indeed for him (and yes, though I could not see the adjective form in the dictionary, usage makes it valid). Nice flash Irene.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    Several twists of serendipity! Your flash reminds me of stories I heard after the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. So many claimed that they were delayed or had to do something unexpected that led them away from that deadly crossing.

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    • Sad. I didn’t know about your bridge collapse. Is that the same one that Pat referred to. Both of us talking about bridge collapses I thought was quite serendipitous. I have often heard people saying five minutes earlier it would have been them. I think I’ve even said it myself.


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  8. Norah says:

    We never know how many times we have been spared a catastrophe by being delayed, leaving sooner, or choosing a different path. Poor Josh didn’t have a good record, though, did he? Six days late in a row. A bridge collapse this time. What happened the other five? I hope the blue-eyed blonde likes what she sees just as much or all his serendipity might be for naught! Well done!

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  9. julespaige says:

    Now I like this positive spin. A bright future indeed 🙂

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