FFfAW: A Smile Too Late

Credit: Phylor

He’d joined the office a few months later. He had kind blue eyes and a smile you’d immediately want to return but she was still in her I-need-to-impress-my-colleagues mode and didn’t want to be seen hanging out with a novice. Curt nods were all she gave him.

More so because of her inferiority complex than anything else, she’d try extra hard to appear overly professional; always buried in her work, typing, frowning over details. Being home was a relief, where she could shed her perfunctory demeanor and take a break from her overthinking.

She’d think about him at times, it wasn’t easy finding people you’d immediately gravitate towards at the workplace, at least for her but decided to wait another week or so before reciprocating his greetings positively. Maybe in the parking lot, where she’d seen him drive in early, just like her and park in the same spot.

A day after his fatal accident, she glanced sadly at his empty parking space, wishing desperately that she’d at least given him that one smile.

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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Author: Ugly Aphrodite (Available on Amazon Kindle) Ah, the need to get your thoughts out there! Happy reading folks!
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21 Responses to FFfAW: A Smile Too Late

  1. r_prab says:

    I felt a deep message in this story. In our lives we dont regret more the things done but rather the ones we left undone. Nice story 🙂

  2. michael1148humphris says:

    We learn so much in so few words, very well done.

  3. What a sad story! “Oh, the games that people play.” This is a good reminder to stop playing games and start being yourself. Great story!!

    • swritings says:

      Very true! Even though trying to fit in may seem like a good thing, if you’re forcing yourself to be someone other than who you are, you’ll never be at peace. Thank you! 🙂

  4. Graham Lawrence says:

    Sad. Just shows that most of the time you need to seize the moment and not wait for the ‘right’ time …

  5. mandibelle16 says:

    That’s incredibly sad but very true to life. Sometimes we don’t know how long a person, especially a stranger, will be in our lives so we need to treat them well now. Great write!

  6. draliman says:

    Very sad, full of regret at the end. Seize the moment!

  7. Like the saying goes…seize the day…for we know not what tomorrow brings…nice story.

  8. athling2001 says:

    How sad! She will regret that for a long time. Well done.

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