Monday Morning Blues


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

“Double espresso, please,” Anna exhaled heavily.

She’d arrived at work earlier and parked her car.  As she got out, something caught her eye on the river next to the office, or more accurately, in the foliage covering the bridge.  She’d gone to investigate and called to the man climbing up the shrubbery.

“What are you doing?  Are you stuck?”  He didn’t answer.  She frowned, annoyed.

His arms hung by his side, belly exposed where his T-Shirt had ridden up.

It took a minute for her to realise he wasn’t climbing.  He wasn’t going to be doing anything anymore… ever.

Word Count: 99

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.


40 thoughts on “Monday Morning Blues

  1. Sascha Darlington says:

    Oh! Definitely not a good start to the day.
    You do a great job with the details here. I can imagine her feeling annoyed and then shocked. I think I’d need tea as I’m sure I would be too jittery after that for espresso. 🙂

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  2. michael1148humphris says:

    Writing is often all the more powerful when it is based on true events. I felt sad for the man and his family, plus for those who have to deal with the aftermath.

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  3. Lynn Love says:

    Well, that’s a very nasty surprise. Would love to know what he was up to when he died – he could have been climbing to escape something awful (beastie, alien, killer?) or under some narcotic spell, believe himself climbing to catch the moon … Could go lots of different ways with this one. Great stuff Clare

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  4. patriciaruthsusan says:

    I think it would take more than a double espresso to bring me out of shock if I’d seen something like that. I did stop at an intersection once and saw a man who’d just been struck by a car. The car’s driver looked terrible and was kneeling and bent over the body. I figured the man had walked in front of him and he couldn’t stop in time. Good writing, Clare. —- Suzanne

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