FFfAW: Grand Nothingness

Photo Credit: Graham

The Bennings had as usual, spared no expense to host their annual gathering. Only the finest delicacies at the finest restaurant in town. Invitations had been posted weeks in advance and you could see the jealous twitch in the eyes of those who were unceremoniously omitted from the most talked of event of the season.

Diamonds and designer dresses graced the occasion. Though rumor had it that the stock market crash had done some of the guests in and price tags were spoken of, furtively cloaked under lapels and collars.

Hollow words and perfunctory smiles made their rounds, with hints of envy and malice.

As the last of the guests gushed and departed, the hosts exited, giving curt nods to the beaming manager and ignoring the servers.

The glamours hall now vacant, the manager’s forced smile melted into  a grin.

“Right then, let’s get the real party started!”

The entire staff cheered and spent the night chatting comfortably and stomaching the vast quantities of untouched eatables, all of which would have to be otherwise discarded.

Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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32 Responses to FFfAW: Grand Nothingness

  1. jademwong says:

    It befuddles me how people can leave a party without eating the food! Personally, I think the staff had the better party 😉

  2. Good for the staff for making the most of the left over party! Great story! Well told!

  3. Lyn says:

    Now that staff party is my kind of party! Nice take on the photo prompt my friend 😉

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    A very interesting comparison of two very different parties. I’d much rather be at the second party. The first only seems like it is a “duty” nothing fun, just something to make you seem “rich” and full of “status.” Well written.

  5. samratkel says:

    I want an invite to the second party!! Bring on casual fun rather than false and snobbery!

    @Samantha/samratkel from
    Shadow Realities

  6. KL Caley says:

    Haha excellent turn of events! I know which I would rather go too, good on the manager for letting the staff have a good time, instead of it going to waste. KL ❤

  7. The Voice says:

    The scraps of the rich and hollow can be delicious, not only in flavor but in the appreciation by those who really live life, not just pose for it. Nice story, S.

  8. Kay Morris says:

    Great take on the prompt! “Nothing exceeds like excess!”

  9. I liked the contrasting values. Good that someone was able to really appreciate and enjoy the party. 🙂

  10. bikurgurl says:

    Loving the twist! Fab way to end a wonderfully written, albeit painfully dry cast of characters….thanks for sharing!

  11. luckyjc007 says:

    It would be wonderful to work at a place like that….put in a few hours and then party hardy and enjoy the free food. At least it wasn’t wasted. I’ll take the 2nd party any day! Fun story. 🙂

  12. Lake Writer says:

    What a clever angle. Nice.

  13. All that false pretense. What’s the point going to the party?

  14. Ellespeth says:

    a great tale from both points of view…

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