February had just ended what felt like a second ago, but the dogwoods along the edge of the building were already blooming in brilliant pinks and yellows, while the aroma of honeysuckle hung heavily in the air.

She looked at her desk, where an untouched salad stared back at her.  It would already be dark when she left, another day wasted.  She closed the takeout container and carried it across the street to the park, where she turned off her phone and dug out the brand new paperback she’d bought months ago but hadn’t yet cracked open.

An hour later, the salad was long-finished but she hadn’t moved, still engrossed in the book and the sun and a glorious early spring.   She’d let them search for her a little while longer.

The prompt for the six sentence story challenge this week is second.


17 comments on “Honeysuckle

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Sounds just like a normal day, lunch time at work. I can recall days exactly like it. Except for your hook on the last line. Who is searching for her and why?

  2. oldegg says:

    Curiously she should do that every day as that outing will refresh her so she will better cope with the afternoon (if they find her!).

  3. luckyjc007 says:

    She didn’t want to waste another beautiful day sitting in her office working…great idea to go outside and really enjoy the day before the darkness took over! I have felt like this many times over the years of working in an office. It’s great to just break away and enjoy what others enjoy sometimes. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this story. Great job. 🙂

  4. valj2750 says:

    Very interesting perspectives of time in this story. Months and hours that pass in a second. I’m glad she enjoyed a bit of respite on a beautiful spring day.

  5. Wonderful, Jenn! She moved past her norm.

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