Chitchat | Microfiction

Disposable coffee cup illustration - "Chitchat" microfiction

She despises these events. Free tea and coffee is fine, but it comes with the pressure of idle chitchat and ‘making connections’ for the company she hates working for.

She pours a mound of sugar into her coffee and catches the eye of a man opposite her.

‘Great coffee, right?’

She forces a smile. ‘Yeah.’

‘I’m Pete.’

‘Anna. I’m from L.J. Distributions. You?’

‘I’m not with a company. Unemployed, actually. Between you and me, I just crash these things for the free coffee and the friendly chitchat.’

She gawps at him, appalled. ‘You can have my job, if you want.’

Photo by Yvette Prior

This story was inspired by the above photo prompt for this week’s Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You can read more fictional responses to the prompt or add your own here.

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Author: Ellie Scott

Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

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