What follows is a piece inspired by the prompt over at Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. The key elements were the photo below, the opening sentence/phrase and no more than 200 words. The photo made me think of Florida and the beach… Must be too much snow, cold, and gloom here in Michigan for me this week!
Endless Possibilities – 197 words
The last time, everything fit in three duffles…one each for her, Tom, and the kids. They’d traveled light, bringing only swimsuits and a change of clothes on the flight to Florida.
This time Suzanne checked into the Miami hotel with two suitcases so heavy she needed help from the bellhop—not that she minded. He was cute. She was newly divorced. The possibilities were endless—and so had to be her wardrobe choices.
“Ma’am?” the bellhop let her into the room and followed with the bags.
She flipped her hair in his direction. “Call me Suzy.” She held his tip just beyond his reach. “When do you get off work?”
She leaned against him, trapping him against the wall.
“Ma’am, I can’t—”
She held the money against his lips. “’Ma’am’ sounds so old. I’m Suzy this weekend. Now when does your shift finish?”
Disney’s “Let it Go” issued from her purse. “Don’t move,” she said, fumbling for her phone. “Hello? Yes, honey, I’ll be home Monday. No, I can’t help you with your math homework right now. Dad’s new girlfriend doesn’t hate you…”
The hotel room door closed with a soft click behind her.