My half dozen

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Coffee.



It was a normal January day, grey, a light drizzle and a chill breeze as I sat at my usual seat in Starbucks beside the window, my hands cradling a steaming mug of coffee. 

Outside the street was busy, shoppers going this way and that under a rippling canopy of dripping brollies when someone caught my gaze, a girl carrying a bright yellow umbrella as though she was beneath a sun all of her own. 

She held out her hand out I heard her speak, but her lips didn’t move, ‘come’ she said ‘fly with me’.

Suddenly I was standing by her side and she was looking into my eyes, her face expressionless, my hand held in hers as we began to drift upwards. 

I found myself looking down at the miserable scene below then slowly everything became a blur, I looked up and her yellow umbrella beamed sunlight into my squinting eyes, and a smile beamed across my face.

A sense of warmth spread through my body, then I realised I’d spilt my very hot coffee into my lap and everything had returned to normal.


Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting.



32 thoughts on “My half dozen

  1. Staarlz Jul 21, 2022 / 01:33

    Oh goodness, I was so into the fantasy…floating up–what an ending!

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  2. jenne49 Jul 21, 2022 / 14:18

    I hate it when that happens – away in a lovely dwam and then, ouch! Reality jumps in with its tackety boots. You had me floating there, Keith. .

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  3. classypoetryandwine Jul 21, 2022 / 17:26

    Oh my, that one surely did evoke some warm and sweet feelings inside as if I were a kid reading my favorite fairytales again… And the twist in the end, was like getting burnt by a hot beverage and pulled back into reality. Thank you for making me smile, I really did enjoy the piece!

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  4. clark Jul 21, 2022 / 21:12

    Second star to the right, straight on to morning..” yo

    most pleasant interlude

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  5. ceayr Jul 21, 2022 / 22:39

    I’m impressed that hot coffee over your cheeky bits is your idea of normal, old splasher!

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  6. marja Jul 22, 2022 / 10:45

    Haha what a shame It seemed such a beautiful flight It wasn’t the young Mary Poppins 😉

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 22, 2022 / 12:54

      Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious became supercalifragilisticexpiSPLASHlidocious!


  7. Liz H Jul 23, 2022 / 04:10

    Rude awakening indeed! Almost died and went to heaven, though.


  8. GirlieOnTheEdge Jul 24, 2022 / 03:00

    I wonder if Starbuck’s sells the same kind of coffee here, that you were drinking, lol
    Most wonderful story and storytelling, Keith!


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