Flash Fiction Fun with Words Provided by Online Friends August 18th, 2017

The coffee klatch liked to abuse the ten minute break rule, but I couldn’t help but crave the novelty of their gathering. The six of them stood in matching salopettes like they were about to build a snowman.
“Hey guys, can I join in?”
“We wouldn’t share a bomb shelter with you during an explosive war,”  that brat April from the mailroom answered, her glabella furrowed.
Just because I had reported her once or twice for being a profligate of resources, and another time when her mohair sweater made my allergies flare up. She didn’t have to be so pissy about it. I couldn’t help being a pundit on company policy, the direct link to administration. But that bodacious guy from accounting was amongst the myriad of wayward workers and I desperately wanted to get to know him.
“I’m a Scorpio,” I said, leaning into him.
“Get lost, snitch!” April spat.
“I have the freedom to talk to anyone I want to,” I replied, but walked away to cauterize my wounds.
I went home and indulged my clinomania, sleeping for twelve hours. The next day I dipped into the cash in my armoire trying to appeal to their emacity for tangible things. I decided to parade in on their coffee break with a plethora of daylily crowns surrounded by equisetum plants.
“Did you go to a bargain basement flower shop, Snitch?” April asked.
I ignored her. “These are for you, Scrumptious.” I said, hoping he had some degree of narcissism. “Do you want to go to a cabaret?”
He glanced at April before saying, “sure,” with a smile.
Scrumptious and I left the coffee klatch arm in arm but not before I gave April a valedictory wave.


Andrea, Andrea Randall, Barbie Urteaga, Bertha Rayas, Brenda Scott-Manzur, Bridgett, Carol Luciano, Caroline Camper Jacks, Charlie, Cheryl J Bender Albertelli, Cheryl Pelky, David Ramquist, Diane Dale, Donna Wolz, Gail Powell, Gene Albertelli, Harley Christensen, James A Emery Jr, Joanie Sanders, Julia Mason, Julian White, Lora Mallett, Lynne Tiktin-Arias, Mare Gorrell, Nenette M., Paco Gonzalez, Robin Albertelli, Robyn K, Sandra S., Sharyn, Teresa Garcia, Valarie Venuti


abuse, April, armoire, bomb shelter, brat, cabaret, cash, cauterize, explosive, freedom, link, narcissism, novelty, parade, plethora, Scorpio, scrumptious, snowman, tangible


coffee klatch— a social gathering for conversation while drinking coffee.
daylily crown—the small white core located between leaves and roots, that is the modified stem of the daylily plant.
emacity— desire or fondness for buying
equisetum— a plant of a genus that comprises the horsetails.
glabella— the smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows.
mohair— the long, silky hair of the angora goat.
myriad— a countless or extremely great number.
profligate— recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.
pundit— an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public.
salopettes— a one-piece garment similar to overalls, with a front flap and shoulder straps or a full sleeveless top, worn for skiing, sailing, etc.
valedictory— serving as a farewell.


bargain basement— a part of a store where goods are sold cheaply, typically because they are old or imperfect.
bodacious— excellent, admirable, or attractive.

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