October 3, 2022, prompt: Write a story about any ritual involving tea in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be a daily afternoon tea prepared specifically or reading tea leaves in a cup. What do you know? What do you imagine? Is your story deep and ponderous or bright and flash? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.
Afternoon Tea With Doris – by Hugh W. Roberts
Every Sunday afternoon, I attended the ritual afternoon tea with Doris.
I never got a word in edgeways. Doris talked through cups of tea, plates of cucumber sandwiches and dainty pastries.
Natter, natter, natter. She never shut up.
But today was different. Everything seemed the same as I took my place at Doris’s table. She remained silent until her mobile phone rang.
Natter, natter, natter. Christ, does she never stop talking?
“Yes, I do miss Hugh. Sunday afternoon tea will never be the same again without him,” chirped Doris. “Why don’t you join me, the person reading this story?”
Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.
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