Finish Off Friday’s Flash Fiction: The Good Stranger


Thanks to MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting Finish Off Friday’s. This week’s theme is footsteps in the fog.


 

Credit: Phylor – Lorraine

Footsteps echoed eerily in the fog. I’d left the pub early that night and was looking forward to being home warm in my bed.

I glanced behind me, hearing footsteps following persistently, wishing I had my black lab Iggy with me.

A large hand landed on my shoulder. Turning around with trepidation, I faced a tall man in a hoody. He raised his hands, trying to tell me he was harmless, then handed me my forgotten gold clutch.

He smiled, “I’m a bouncer at The Clover and I know you’re a regular. I saw you leaving and wanted to return your purse.”

“Thank you so much,” I stuttered trying to shove the ten from my pocket in his hand.

He refused the money insisting on walking me home, telling me about his young family.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

 

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Fall Fashion Part 2 – Shoes, Bags, and Jewelry #fashion #accessories #shoes #boots #jewelry


Welcome to Part 2 of my Fall Fashion Picks. Today’s picks are on the shoes, boots, jewelry, and bags to go with yesterday’s clothing and scarves. Enjoy!

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Everyday Bag and Bright Blue (www.mattandnat.com)

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Another Everday Bag in Grey (www.mattandnat.com)

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Brief Case in Brown (wwe.mattandnat.com)

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Classic Black Brief Case (www.mattandnat.com)

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Burgandy/Red Purse (www.mattandnat.com)

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Purse in Camel (www.mattandnat.com)

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Clutch in Beige (www.mattandnat.com)

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Cute Black Clutch (www.mattandnat.com)

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Light Blue/Green Clutch (www.mattandnat.com)

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Hanging Gold Necklace (www.anthroplogie.com)

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Gold Moon Earrings (www.anthropologie.com)

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Necklace with White See-Through Stones (www.anthropologie.com)

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Beautiful Statement Necklace (www.anthropologie.com)

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Blue and Gold Earrings (www.anthropologie.com)

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Lovely White Stone and Clear Stone Earrings (www.anthropologie.com)

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Moon Necklace (www.anthropologie.com)

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Sea Green Earrings (www.anthropologie.com)

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Black Runners with Polka-dots (www.anthropologie.com)

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Suade Black Mule with Strings (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Red Dress Bootie Suade (wwe.aldoshoes.com)

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Black Work and Dressy Weekend Lace-Up Dress Shoe (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Casual Mid – Calf Boot in Suade Beige (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Everyday Casual Suade Navy Bootie (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Black Summer to Fall Sandle (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Mid-Calf Black Boot (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Foran Evening Out Hot Red Pumps (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Casual Nude/Beige Pumps for the Office (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Silver Mule with Block Heel a bit of Zing for Office Shoes (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Multi-Occassion Black Bootie (www.aldoshoes.com)

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Black Flats/Sandals (www.poppybarley.com)

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Cheetah Flats (www.poppybarley.com)

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Tall Boots Mid Block Heel with Black Suade Leather Cover (www.poppybarley.com)

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Tall Brown Leather Boots Tall Heel for Work or an Event (www.poppybarley.com)

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Casual Toffee Coloured Tall Leather Boots (www.poppybarley.com)

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Casual Black Leather Flat Boots with Detailing (www.poppybarley.com)

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That’s it for Part 2 of my fashion series. Hope you liked some of the styles and colours I chose. 

Remember to spray your shoes/boots/purses twice with a weather protectant spray at first, and every so often throughout winte to keep them looking new and fresh. Suade finishes require a special type of protectant — see any local shoe store. 

Also, remember you can make shoes fit better with heal cushions, liners for the insides of your shoes, and grippy stick-ons to make your shoes/boots stop slipping on the bottom. There are also cushions which can be put at the front of your shoe bottom on the inside or only the back on the inside.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – A Series of Unfortunate Events before Christmas. 


Gia gritted her teeth in frustration, trying to complete her last final exam before the Christmas holiday. She was a University student in her thirties. Gia’s husband, Tyler,  worked as a Lawyer while she finished her business degree part-time and raised two children. 

Gia threw her school bag in her car and drove to the mall for Christmas shopping. At the mall she efficiently found presents for her family, even Tyler who was always hard to buy for. When Gia returned to her car, it wouldn’t start. 

Reluctantly, Gia locked all the presents in her trunk and started the long walk home. She couldn’t get through to anyone for a ride, not even a cab. It started to rain and Gia pulled out a red umbrella from her purse. The umbrella broke. 

Worse, when Gia was leaning down to tie her shoes a man ran by and grabbed her purse. Lucky her keys were in her jacket. She began to cry and her tears mixed with the rain. She found a 7-11 on the way and begged the the man working at the cash register to call her a cab. He did and Gia hoped Tyler still kept an extra credit card in his desk drawer for emergencies. 

When Gia went to put the credit card back, she found a picture of cute blond in Tyler’s front desk drawer. She was surprised to find a series of love letters between Tyler and the woman, Elizabeth. 

When Tyler came home with the kids, Gia was still crying. She put the TV on loud while she cooked dinner, so the kids could watch and told Tyler about the letters she found. He admitted he had been writing and sleeping with Elizabeth since before he married Gia. She didn’t understand why Tyler even married her if he had always been seeing Elizabeth. But she managed to get her car towed to her house and to deal with her credit and bank cards. Gia was heart broken and exhausted after a long hard day. 

She brought in the presents from the car as her kids slept. She wrapped them all, including the ones for Tyler. She wrote them heart felt cards and when it was around midnight and her husband was still working in his office, she packed her bags. 

Earlier Gia had booked a last minute trip to Hawaii. She had kept the credit card from Tyler’s office; she knew he wouldn’t blame her. Gia needed to think and Hawaii over Christmas was the place to do it. 

  
Thanks to Priceless Joy for hosting. Merry Christmas! 

©Mandibelle16. All Rights Reserved. 

Sunday Flash Fiction: Cast Out


Fort McMurray is an oil town and that means many jobs for those who are skilled at oil wells. It’s camps aren’t the nicest place for a woman to work but at least a girl can make good money simply working in hospitality, managing and handing out the keys to the rooms the oil workers and staff stay in. My boyfriend Jack, works out at an oil well. We drive up to camp together in his SUV.

I could tell on this trip back home to Edmonton from the camp, Jack was angry. He thought I was flirting with some other men the other day. I was just being nice, it’s hard not having many other women not to talk to. So, now Jack believes that I’m always flirting with other men and he thinks I should stay in the city and get a job there.

We are arguing in the SUV loudly. Jack is threatening to throw me out on the highway, even though it’s cold and dark. I beg him not to but he has had enough and he stops the car, comes round to my side, and throws me, my purse, and suit case on the side of the road. 

Now I’m walking down the highway at night. My jacket is thin, my feet are in flats, and no car or truck seems to see me wave. My iPhone is dead, not that it mattered, I can’t get a signal out here. 

I kick the ground frustrated and angry at Jack and my situation and before I can stop myself my foot slips into a hole at the road side. My ankle twists, I scream and hear the snapping sound my ankle makes as it breaks.

Now it’s colder outside still. I can hear the creatures of the night in the wilderness near me. It’s finally twilight and my ankle throbs. No one sees me sitting so close to the ground and in tears as the sun rises. I wonder when they’ll find me. If only Jack had believed me.

  
Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting!