Buy Bread, Alone #FridayFictioneers

It took him a few minutes to decide what to wear to the bakery.
He went with a clean cut look in the end: something Ralph Lauren with a collar.
Then he was on the sidewalk and doing his best to casually open the bakery door.
She was behind the counter, smiling at him.
“Nice day, huh?”
“Wha-yeah, beautiful,” he said.
He didn’t see the note until he got home; it was stuffed under the sourdough.
“Man does not live by bread alone,” she had written. Below it, a phone number.

———

The photo prompt reminded me of living completely on my own for the first time.  It was over the summer in Seattle, and I was 19.  I didn’t have any flings with a baker, but I do recall how even going to the grocery store was novel.  And in general, life was filled with the sort of giddy promise that is the sole purview of the teenagers and the young twentysomethings.  Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer.  The weekly photo that inspired this story is below.

Image is copyright Kelvin M. Knight.

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About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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6 Responses to Buy Bread, Alone #FridayFictioneers

  1. brhntci says:

    Well, that’s a relief! Of course, now he gets to be anxious about their date…

  2. He does not indeed. Hopefully he is going to take her out for a bagel or two!

  3. Dear Danny,

    How cute and romantic. She sounds like a keeper.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  4. pennygadd51 says:

    Dear Danny
    I wonder whether she’ll meet him with a tract and take him on a date to the Southern Baptist Church. What do you think?
    I loved your title. The story is great fun, and fluently written. Good work!
    All the best
    Penny

  5. norma says:

    That was such a sweet story, Danny. I loved the first line as it catches the attention immediately.

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