Bad Luck Eddie (a short story)

Eddie Black was having one hell of a night.  First he was informed that he was deemed a nonessential member of the team for a company he had dedicated 20 years of his life to.  Then he had to take a walk of shame as HR escorted him out like a common criminal.  He did not deserve this treatment and he didn’t know how he was going to break it to his wife.  Eddie knew she wouldn’t blame him, exactly… but she would be disappointed.  He hated to disappoint her.

He needed to calm down before he went home to face her so he stopped in at a local bar for a drink.  Well, as tends to happen, one drink turned into four and Eddie was shocked to see how much time he had wasted.  So he paid his tab and went outside, with his bruised pride dragging behind him.  It was snowing… and when he finally made his way to where he had parked his sedan he saw that it was sitting on two flat tires.  “That’s what I get, ” Eddie said as he watched his words smoke in the frigid air.

He knew he should go home and call it a night but damn he was gonna need more fortification than  four Shirley Temples could ever supply, so back in the bar he went.

~Melanie Thomason



*A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic mixed drink traditionally made with ginger ale and a splash of grenadine, garnished with a maraschino cherry or other fruit.

And it was named after this cutie:


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10 responses to “Bad Luck Eddie (a short story)

  1. Shirley Temple could use a little vodka.

  2. That was a great take on this prompt Melanie, thanks for adding your thoughts this week.

  3. Great story. And I remember drinking Shirley Temples~

  4. I LOVE this. It’s such a twist ending. Hahahaha and I must say the drink looks beautiful. Great story.

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