“Hurry up,” said Sally. “They’ll be back any minute.”
“Keep your hair on, I’m almost done. It would be easier if we could have the light on.”
“They might see it. Anyway, this torch is pretty good.”
“OK. Just hold it still would you, I need to see what I’m doing here.” Mike’s fingers worked deftly in the circle of light. “There, all done. Take this please.” He passed a collection of objects to his sister; string, scissors, a pot of drawing pins.
His foot had barely reached the ground before Sally had taken the steps and was returning them to their place in the kitchen. She came back into the hall as the front gate squeaked. They looked at each other and ducked into the alcove under the stairs. Sally felt the excitement rising in her chest.
Footsteps approached up the garden path. A pause. She could imagine the gloved hand fumbling with the key. A moment later, she heard it turn in the lock and a draught of cold air told her the door was open. There was a click as the hall light was switched on, and then an audible gasp of surprise. Mike and Sally sprang from their hiding place into the astonished view of their parents.
“Happy anniversary!” they cried, echoing the words on the banners strung across the ceiling.
As it was my 24th wedding anniversary yesterday, this is a great post well timed. You kept me guessing right up to the end as I tried to guess what the ending would be! Thank you Isobel!
Oh good, thanks Julia. I wasn’t sure if it was a bit trite. Did your son decorate the hall?
Thank you Isobel! I enjoyed your “Surprise” flash fiction.
Thank you Pix. Glad you liked it.
Lovely Isobel…..flash fiction is one of my favorite things – packs a nice punch in few words and this certainly was a nice “surprise”………!
I like it too, it is just the right length to enjoy writing and reading on the hop.
Ah, what a lovely surprise. Keep your hair on. I’ve never heard that expression.
Cor, strike a light! Really?
oh, what a great short story, whose anniversary was it?
Mike and Sally’s parents. Have you been going without your sleep again?
lol, no, i mean who are Mike and Sally, i dont remember reading about them in your blog, (forgive me if am wring)
by the way, the main cause behind me not sleeping early yesterday at the first place, was because i was writting the latest post on my blog
I feel like I should be asking for a letter from your mother. 🙂
Oh I see what you mean. They are simply characters from my head. 🙂
ok, if i should say it, i think am i have multy habits, my love life is math, i love physics, chemistry, history, philosophy, languages, writting, reading and even computer games.
as you could see. these stuff are not related to each other
Oh my – you surprised me with that one…
Oh good 🙂 but did you like it?
Oh yes – immensely