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The Cocktail – A Short Story – Part 1

A football game streaming on the right.  An empty page to the left.  This was meant to be an article on the peer-driven rituals of a friend turning 21.  Only a few unsuspecting minutes remained before all that Jeremy knew in his life would be gone.

Watching a dismal game while it poured outside, “Fitting,”, he thought.  The first half was slow, and the team he had wagered a small side bet on wasn’t performing as well as he had hoped.

“Aww, what was that ref?!,” he yelled into his computer screen in the naive but instinctive manner commonly attributed to sports fans as if the official would suddenly turn and look him eye-to-eye in the camera and say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong,” and reverse the call.


How was his team going to come back from this deficit?  It wasn’t that he particularly liked this team, but there was hard-earned money riding on the outcome.

Dark and dreary.  It had been raining for the past couple of days so much that the drainage pipes couldn’t handle the sudden swell of precipitation and the ditches had overflowed onto the roads.  “If only it was a little bit colder so this could all be snow,” Jeremy thought to himself as he glanced out his bedroom window.

He liked the snow.  “If it’s cold, it might as well be snowing,” he’d say in a moment of defiance and optimism to his shivering friends.  But it hadn’t truly snowed here in ages, or at least snowed in his preferable fashion which was akin to what those in Canada called a blizzard.

A classically painted blue and white striped Mini Cooper eased to a stop in the parking lot outside of his apartment.  The brakes squealed, indicating brake pads in desperate need of replacement, yet they were impossible to hear from inside Jeremy’s room with the game volume up on high.

To Be Continued…

  1. 2014/01/10 at 12:19 am

    I actually don’t know whether I should continue or not. This was spawned off of me issuing a challenge for someone to tell me 3 nouns and I’d make it into a story haha. I want to learn how to write narratives better so little practice like this helps

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