Flash Fiction – Act in haste…

Image courtesy of Shaktiki Sharma


‘Dan said ‘I’m going to give Stella the sack.’ Hilda relayed.

Stella’s throat burned hot. How could he? Today? It’s 30 years since she started here. Not that anyone remembered. She’d helped his wife arrange a birthday party for him too.

Stella fired off an email telling her boss everyone called him fish breath behind his back. She pressed send and gathered her belongings and her dignity, and stood.

‘Not going anywhere, Stella?’ Dan carried in a cake. Thirty candles flickering. ‘I said this morning I’m going to get you back for the party and surprise you!’

‘Sorry,’ mouthed Hilda. ‘Misheard.’


This week my sister asked for a more lighthearted story and as it’s International Women’s Day and she’s the strongest woman I know I had to step outside my comfort zone and give it a go. 

Big thanks to everyone who has read, reviewed and recommended The Sister. Yesterday my publisher rang to congratulate me on half a million sales. You can read the first thought that popped into my head here. World Book Day was another step outside my comfort zone. An introverted writer giving a talk to 250 kids. What could possibly go wrong? I blogged about that here.

‘Act in haste’ was written for Friday Fictioneers. A weekly 100 word story challenge inspired by a photo prompt and organised by Rochelle

57 thoughts on “Flash Fiction – Act in haste…

  1. How many emails have people zipped off in haste and regretted later? At least with a letter it took time ot write, gave you time to rethink. I reckon Hilda did it on purpose -stirring up trouble! Fish breath might be particularly hard to get over … Great tale Louise 🙂

  2. Oh dear… Let us hope “Fish Breath” has a bit of a sense of humour… If not, well, her anniversary cake could be her farewell one!

  3. I’ve learned through experience to go with the flow – not to escalate the situation blah blah. I only learned that last week, mind you. 🙂 Congrats on your success – you deserve it.

  4. Oops! The dangers of misreading are real, destructive… and rather revealing at times. Stella’s reaction makes me wonder what has been in her mind for 30 years–I mean, a person just doesn’t believe something like that without proof, right? Now I’m really, really, really curious about what wrong (perceived or real) Dan did to Stella, what behavior made her think that he was capable of that.

  5. Oh dear, never act on rumours. The title fits perfectly. It’s a cute story, but I hope Hilda gets none of the cake. 🙂

  6. Perhaps it’s time for her to retire anyway, if she fires off emails without checking things out properly! Imagine if she behaved like that towards a client D: As Dawn says, one can only hope that they’re good enough friends for her boss to see the funny side of things.

Thanks so much for reading!

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