20/12/2017

COFFEE, ONE SUGAR - a one hundred word story

COFFEE, ONE SUGAR

He was huddled in the doorway with a dog sharing his sleeping-bag, his hair spiked with frost. Alice put her latte down beside his blue nose and hurried on, too embarrassed to linger.
The next day she put the coffee into the man’s hands, and when his icy fingers touched hers Alice blurted out, “How do you cope?”
He hugged his dog. “We keep each other warm.”
“What else can I bring you?”
“A hat would be welcome.” He raised the coffee and surprised her with a broad grin. “And less sugar – it’s bad for the dog.”

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I tried to write a different story today but this one forced its way through! Last week I turned a fleece blanket from an aeroplane 'comfort kit' into several warm hats for a homeless charity - they were so easy to make, and I have more than enough blankets. Perhaps you could do the same in your neck of the woods this winter?
Thanks to Bjorn Rudberg - who else could it be? - for the photo prompt, and to https://rochellewisoff.com/  for hosting Friday Fictioneers.
Great excitement this morning! I received an email from Amazon telling me my first royalty payment will be sent soon! I must admit I wasn't expecting one yet - sales of my book A Volcanic Race have been disappointingly slow - and I won't be retiring on the proceeds or even covering expenses, but it's a first for me :) 
On that positive note, I must thank every one of you for taking the time to read my stories and hope that you continue to do so in 2018. HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!

46 comments:

  1. I like the humanity you gave the man

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    1. Thanks Neil - we can so easily dismiss homeless people as not important.

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  2. I'm a sucker for a 'man and his dog' story. Well done.

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  3. An apt story Liz, this year after the cold snap the plight of the homeless seems more prevalent than ever - a sign of the times. Enjoy your royalties - don't spend them all at once! And a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. Thanks Iain - they amount to a whopping £4.

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  4. Dear Liz,

    The last line made me laugh out loud. Love it! A feel good story at that.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. Animals need understanding and looking after too

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    1. They do - we stayed on in Tenerife for a two more years than we wanted to because our cat was too old to be uprooted!

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  6. this sounds like a snippet from something you'd see on the Hallmark channel. Well done, Liz. - Russell

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    1. Hallmark? I'm not familiar with that, but thanks for commenting 😊

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  7. That was beautifully done, Liz. Perfect for this time of year, to boot!

    Congrats on your first royalty payment! Woot!

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  8. Makes me glad I donated a pile of blankets to the homeless this year.

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  9. Being warm is the most important... I wonder if everyone gives them coffee :-)

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  10. Beautifully done, Liz - especially that last line which really 'humanised' your homeless character.
    I'm going to resume writing stories for FF in the New Year. Happy Christmas!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. I will look forward to reading your stories.

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  11. What a lovely tale, so warm and cuddly :-) And all the best for your book, I;m sure the royalties will start flooding in now that the dam has been breached :-)

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  12. Sweet story, and I love how the chap makes sure to share with his dog :-)

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  13. Made me smile 😊
    And congrats on the royalties!

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  14. Congrats on the royalties, and I loved your story this morning :) Merry Christmas to you!

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  15. just in time for the holidays. great story.

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  16. Gorgeous story. It brought a big smile to my face. Loved that homeless man and loved her too.

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  17. Thanks for the morning smile. Congrats on your book and Happy holidays to you Liz!

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  18. Nicely done, Liz. and congrats and kudos for your book and charity work.

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  19. I like the humour of your character.

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    1. Thanks PAtsy - he hasn't lost his humanity despite his situation.

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  20. Very nicely done.
    Mine: https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/tend-to-your-knittin/
    Scott

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  21. Nicely written story, very sweet too. It's wonderful that you provided hats for the homeless. One more thing, congratulations on the publication of your book in November! How exciting!

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    1. Thanks Brenda. Publication was exciting - actually to hold one in my hand - now all I need are a few more sales!

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  22. I enjoyed the story, Liz. Congratulations on your royalty check. That's exciting. May you get many more. Season's Greetings. :) --- Suzanne

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