Thursday, 25 October 2012

October Flash - Day 24

The Flash Fiction Project at Google+ has something new going on! There will be a visual prompt for every day in October, and I'm going to try to write a (very) short piece for it every day as well. Due to time zone differences, I'll try writing and posting mine early in the morning, so it's a day after the original post for me, but still the same for them.

Let the fun begin! Here is the prompt for today:

Michael had never planned his life like this. As a boy, he had wanted to be a fire-fighter, and later he'd wanted to fly to the moon. In the end, he'd grown up to be more sensible and became a financial advisor. It was a good job, it earned him quite a sum of money, but also consumed most of his time. Meeting women, having children, all that was something to do later.

Later is now and Michael has multiple homes to impress the ladies. There's the park bench for warm summer nights - one of the best around the place - and one or two doorways for the tepid or wet days. In winter, when it's really cold, there's the doss home, where he is very popular. Michael is a likeable man, always friendly and full of useful advice.
The women, though... They don't want a man who lives on the street. Most days, he wishes the banking crisis would have done this to him. People could understand the consequences of the banking crisis.
Anyway, why do people always want a permanent roof above their heads? Don't they know how to enjoy a night outside, with the stars watching over your sleep? Counting stars is a lot more fun than counting sheep, too. Without a house or flat, there's less cleaning, more time for yourself, and less money to pay for rent or electricity. Out in the street, the city pays for the light.
Women don't understand that, though. Somehow, they know it's all just excuses.
If only it had been the banking crisis! They could understand that and help him up again.

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