Friday, 1 April 2016

A - Z Challenge [2016]


Apple Danish or cinnamon swirl? Decisions, decisions. One thing was for sure, Marianne deserved to treat herself after the gruelling half hour interview for a job she could do in her sleep. She’d been out of work for over a year, thinking a break from the workplace would bring her the baby that she and Iain had tried for five years to conceive. But all it brought was heartbreak and an acrimonious divorce.
The interview for Office and Accounts Manager was in a boutique art gallery at the top of trendy Portobello Road. Not only had the interview gone well, the clammy handed, Xander Slater had given her the job on the spot. She smiled at her reflection in the coffee shop window and got out her phone to call her sister, Jess, who whooped with delight when she heard the news.
Apple Danish it was. Pushing open the coffee shop door with a flourish, she not only bumped into a tall stranger but sent everything he was carrying up into the air and down onto the ground between them, including her mobile phone.
“I’m so, so sorry,” Marianne stuttered, bending down to gather his papers and her phone. He knelt too and retrieved his wallet. The lid of his coffee had popped off and a stream of black fluid was trailing off the step and onto the pavement.
“It’s not your fault, I should have been looking where I was going.” His voice was hoarse, like he’d had a cold. It gave him this rugged, sexy edge. When Marianne looked up into his eyes there was something familiar yet intriguing about their particular shade of brown.
Marianne and the stranger got to their feet as a shop assistant rushed over to the door with a mop in hand.
“No harm done,” the stranger said, shoving papers into a leather, courier-style bag.
“But, your coffee,” Marianne said as they both stood.
“It’s all right, you can owe me one.” He waved and rushed off. Where had she seen him before? She knew he looked familiar, but why?
She would love to have bought him another coffee, but how was she ever going to run in to him again?

17 comments:

  1. Couple of unanswered questions at the end. Mmmm. I feel a cinnamon swirl coming on!

    Keith's Tiny Tales! My obscure word today is Absquatulate

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  2. Very Nice Post...

    Welcome in the letter "A"... thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2016]

    Stop over and find a free "SIX STRINGS: BLOGGING AtoZ CHALLENGE" Here: http://www.jmhdigital.com/

    HOLLYWOOD NUTS!
    You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

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  3. Oh! I am intrigued. I can't wait until tomorrow. Also one of the most entertaining blogs I've read today. Good job!
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

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  4. Oh I love it! Can't wait for more. Happy A to Z story telling day!


    Thank you for posting for the A to Z! Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee from
    Defending The Pen
    Parallels
    Murderous Imaginings

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  5. Nice hook, Rosa! Looking forward to tomorrow's post!

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    1. Thanks Alina. Are you doing the challenge? I can't link to you anywhere.

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    2. Here's the link, Rosa: http://alinakfield.com/atozchallenge-a-is-for/

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  6. And now I'm craving an apple danish! What a wonderful start to your story and this challenge!

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    1. Thanks Karyn. Sadly I'm always craving danish pastries!

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  7. A mysterious stranger and a lingering offer to buy coffee. Mmm... and Danish. Yum! I'm hooked. Can't wait to find out where she's seen him before.

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  8. Sounds good to me... I want more.

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  9. And now I want an apple danish! :-) What a fun start to the story!

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  10. Oooo, what a great start. You've got me hooked.
    Sasha

    Romance, Passion, & Thrills | ❤ Twitter: @sashaknight

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  11. Visiting from A to Z, what a clever idea to create a story. I'm already hooked.
    Ann Bennett @annbennett12

    Too Much To Choose From
    Science Ladybug

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  12. Visiting from A to Z, what a clever idea to create a story. I'm already hooked.
    Ann Bennett @annbennett12

    Too Much To Choose From
    Science Ladybug

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  13. Awww. This is such a sweet one :)

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