Every Tuesday I post a writing prompt and my response. It gives me a chance to exercise my writing muscles outside of my WIP, and hopefully inspire you to write. So enjoy my flash fiction piece and post your own in the comments!
"A new store in the mall attracts some unwanted guests."
ResponseThe door chime sounded. I sighed. Open five minutes and already our first customer.
The tall lanky man with scraggly gray hair approached the counter. He looked around the store and then leaned closer to me.
"I hear you have," he paused and looked around again, "rock candy."
I closed my eyes so that he could not see them roll. "Yes, we have seven flavors. They include cherry, grape, lime, and strawberry. Over there." I pointed to the back of the store.
The man sauntered off down a different aisle and started working his way over to the rock candy display.
The door chime sounded again.
This time it was a large woman dipped in pink. A broad pointed hat perched a top her head.
She waddled over to me. "Do you have any...boxed chocolates?"
I nodded and pointed to the glass display case I was leaning on. She smiled without looking down. "And what about cookie mixes."
I pointed to the display behind her. She turned, and then whirled back around. "Oh and you would not happen to have rock candy?"
"Back of the store."
Before the pink pom-pom could waddle away the door chime sounded again. This time it was a young man with black hair and a tuxedo. Morning was a popular time for weird people to go shopping.
The pink pom-pom and the skinny magician dude looked each up and down and sneered.
Just then the old man came up to the counter with his arms full of rock candy. I glanced over at the display to see that he had completely cleaned us out.
"It's mine. All mine. I want it, I want it," he repeated over and over.
I started counting the packages of rock candy while the three customers erupted into an argument. Each of them pulled out a long slender stick and pointed it at one of the others.
Who did these people think they were? Characters from Harry Potter?
I sighed and reached under the counter to press the security call button. It was going to be a long day.