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Down at the Plant

Every person at the plant was wondering what the upcoming meeting was going to be about.

Some suspected a big layoff as the work that was coming in was sparse and the fact that all overtime had been suspended for the last month had them worried.

The managers and supervisors were all in the dark too and were being asked by several people what was going on and all they’d say was everyone would find out at the meeting after lunch.

Gathered all together anticipating the worst the employees sat in silence waiting for the CEO to begin.

“Hello everyone, I know you’re all wondering why I called this meeting today and for what purpose.”

“First, off next month we’re getting in a big contract to process and we’ll be needing all hands on deck and I want you all to be prepared for overtime hours and if you had vacation time booked, it is now canceled.”

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This short story was written for Six Sentence Story over at Denise’s. The prompt word for this week is PROCESS.

 

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Bridge or Fence

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“Seems like a strange place to put a fence don’t you think? Looks like they wanted to give you the impression that it’s a bridge, yet I don’t see any water, do you? Want to go and explore?” she asked.

“I’m sure it’s private property but … what the hell, he said, Let’s see where it goes at least.”

 

There was a bridge, across the road

From here I could see there were toads

We crossed the road and to our surprise

The bridge was covered in big black fly’s

Then it hit us like a ton of bricks

The smell was bad and it was thick

So we left the bridge alone

Decided to run, all the way home

 

“It’s bloody sewer pipes. Why make such a pretty bridge over something that smells so bad!” she said.

“Come on, let’s get as far away as possible from this place. They probably did this to deter people from poking around on their property.”

 

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This post is for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Care of Family

This short story is for Six Sentence Story over at Denise’s.

The word prompt is EXTENSION. 

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Image by Frank Winkler from Pixabay 

We’d packed up all her things loaded them onto a truck and headed for the Canadian border.

Being a snowbird for mother was now over as she was getting too old to be in Florida by herself and needed us to take care of her.

Luckily, we were able to renovate and add living quarters onto our house for her as there was no way we’d put her in a retirement or nursing home.

“It’s sure taking a long time to get there, can’t you drive a bit faster, you’ve got to be going under the speed limit,” mom said with a slight hint of sarcasm on the third day of the journey.”

“Here we are, this is our exit mom, we’ll be home in a few minutes.”

When we reached the driveway mom immediately noticed the extension on the side of the house and said, “Oh my, you’ve outdone yourselves this time, I can’t wait to see the inside.”

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

Kitty’s Dilemma

Kitty cat, her dad, and Tomcat reach an agreement about marriage.

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Flying With The Goose

This post was written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #16.

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Flying higher and higher into the clouds we’d go

Feeling as free as a bird, a goose, not a crow

We’d meet at midnight on the rooftop

I’d climb on her back and we wouldn’t stop

All night long we’d swoop, climb and soar

History in the making for folklore

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

 

 

All For a Game

This 100-word short story was written for Friday Fictioneers, over at Rochelle’s.

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“Where the hell are you going Charlie,” asked Bert.

“To that tree over there, see it?”

“There are a lot of trees there Charlie, which one are you talking about?”

“The one with the big long leaves that look like spikes.”

“Oh, okay, that would be a palm tree.”

“Now what are you doing Charlie?”

“I’m going to climb up to that big huge branch to see if I can get a cell signal.”

“What’s so important that you have to climb a tree to make a call?”

“I’m not calling anyone, it’s gem box day on Clash of Clans.”

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

Careful What You Say

This little story was written for Weekend Writing Prompt.

92 Words using the word “Spin”

 

“Let’s take dad’s car out for a little spin, shall we?” said Greg.

“I don’t think he’d like that very much, you know it’s his pride and joy,” Sally answered.

“Well we’re not going to tell him silly, besides what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”

“But you can be sure if he finds out he’ll hurt us.”

“Stop being such a big scaredy cat, besides he’s gone for the weekend and he’ll never find out.”

“Unless he comes home early”, announced Greg and Sally’s dad.

“Uh … Uh … Oh hey, dad.”

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

What Happened Here?

A flash fiction story about a break-in.

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Zodiac Killer

San Francisco Police Department [Public domain]

Zodiac Killer had struck too many times

It was up to the detectives to solve these crimes

Endless nights of no sleep

Waiting for a clue if only a peep

This went on for many, many years

Bringing families’ no closure, just tears

©Susan Zutautas 2019

This was written for Weekend Writing Prompt #106 Prompt: ZODIAC

The Tree Fort

A 99 word flash fiction using tree as the prompt.

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