Spilled Coffee

Thanks to fellow reader and writer, Joanne, I’ve found Typetrigger, a site which will give a writing prompt every four hours. Here is my first contribution for the trigger…

Spilled Coffee

The Styrofoam cup flipped in slow-motion, sending the black coffee spiraling. It spewed in all directions until the cup came to a rest on the pavement where it rolled past pedestrian feet and into the gutter. I stared at it unbelieving, as if this blip in time was nothing more than a false memory, someone else’s problem. I never thought it would happen to me, but it did. The thing was, the coffee was the least of my problems. Today I was diagnosed with cancer.

And not the good kind of cancer either. Wait, let me rephrase that. Not the recoverable kind. As a woman in her sixties on the cusp of retirement, I thought I had it solved, that God would have given me the decency to live my work-free days in peace. That should teach me for putting all my eggs in one basket.

The coffee vendor looked at me and I just stood staring for-longingly at the coffee cup in the gutter. I almost pulled out the ‘I’ve got cancer card’, yes, even on the first day of diagnosis. But the young man with dimples, in the black buttoned shirt, flicked me a smile and started on making a fresh cup. Maybe it wasn’t going to be so bad after all.

10 thoughts on “Spilled Coffee

  1. Ok now I’m doing the happy dance! Love this! It’s amazing how Typetrigger can kick you right in the brain when you need it most, if you want to share your pen name there let me know so I can follow you there as well (hangs head in shame at the looooong time it’s been since I wrote at tt)

    1. Thank you for pointing it out to me! It’s now my homepage. I even submitted some triggers of my own.

      My username is Mriceguy. In future I will link back to the original posts as well. Here’s hoping I will find the motivation to expand beyond 300 words. But for now this is perfect for me.

      1. You know, you’ve just given me a reason to get back over to typetrigger myself, it’s been way too long and I want to follow you there as well as here. Oh yeah, I’m yummycatt over at tt, there’s been a recent influx of new writers there and I’ve been out of the tt loop but believe me, there are some amazing writers over there!
        And there’s something kinda cool about seeing the posted trigger when it’s one you’ve submitted. Happy writing and here’s to the end of writer’s block!

  2. Ok now I’m doing the happy dance! Love this! It’s amazing how Typetrigger can kick you right in the brain when you need it most, if you want to share your pen name there let me know so I can follow you there as well (hangs head in shame at the looooong time it’s been since I wrote at tt)

    1. Thank you for pointing it out to me! It’s now my homepage. I even submitted some triggers of my own.

      My username is Mriceguy. In future I will link back to the original posts as well. Here’s hoping I will find the motivation to expand beyond 300 words. But for now this is perfect for me.

      1. You know, you’ve just given me a reason to get back over to typetrigger myself, it’s been way too long and I want to follow you there as well as here. Oh yeah, I’m yummycatt over at tt, there’s been a recent influx of new writers there and I’ve been out of the tt loop but believe me, there are some amazing writers over there!
        And there’s something kinda cool about seeing the posted trigger when it’s one you’ve submitted. Happy writing and here’s to the end of writer’s block!

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