Welcome to Flash Fortnightly!
My name is Laura Besley and I’m an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher. Over the years I’ve met thousands of students of all ages from many different countries in the world. This job really suits me as I love meeting people and learning about different languages and cultures. After working in England for a couple of years, I moved to Düsseldorf, Germany, where I taught Business English for two years and now I’m living in Hong Kong. This small pocket of Asia is a perfect blend of East meets West and is rich in colour, noise and inspiration.
That brings me nicely onto writing. I’ve been writing on and off since childhood and did my degree in English Literature and Film Studies. When I was in Germany I started writing a bit more regularly and in Hong Kong I’ve really had the time to dedicate to my writing. In 2011 I joined the Hong Kong Writers Circle and a critique group which allowed me to start looking at my work with a more critical eye. On 4th May 2012 I embarked on a project to write one piece of flash fiction a day. I’ve always seen myself as a novelist, but actually I’ve found that I really love writing short pieces as it gives you plenty of room to experiment with style, voice, characters and settings. And each day I can write something new.
I hope you enjoy this ‘Flash Fortnightly’ entry and I’ll be back on Wednesday 20th February 2013 with some more…
“Oh my God!” Sarah said. “I don’t believe it.”
“I know,” Chloe replied. “I couldn’t either, but it’s true.”
They walked to the two far end stalls.
“Wow! But when?” Sarah flushed and walked out towards the row of sinks.
Chloe appeared next to her. “Two days before Christmas.”
“How awful,” Sarah said, whilst lathering her hands with soap.
“Totally. She spent Christmas at her parents’ and when she got back late on Boxing Day, he’d moved all his stuff out.”
Sarah waved her hands in front of the sensor and the taps sprung into life. “How terrible.”
“I know.” Chloe looked at Sarah’s refection in the row of mirrors above the basins. “She cried half the night and then had to go back to work the next day.”
“Poor thing,” Sarah shook her hands over the sink and then walked to the hand driers at the other end of the bathroom. “And where’s he now?”
“Not really sure.” Chloe followed her, but grabbed a paper towel. “I think he’s moved in with a friend.”
“Gosh.” Sarah reached into her bag for some lipstick. “That seems to have happened so fast. I didn’t even know they were having problems.”
Chloe brushed her hair. “Me neither.”
The girls walked out of the Debenhams bathroom.
“I saw them at the beginning of December and everything seemed fine,” Sarah said.
They ambled through the jewellery department and out of the side entrance door.
“Well, I just need to nip into Boots before I go back to work.”
“Ok,” Chloe replied, slipping her gloves on. “I’ll see you back at work then?”
“Yeah. See you later.”
As Sarah walked in the opposite direction to Chloe, she got her mobile phone out of her bag. She checked over her shoulder, scrolled down and found the name she was looking for. She quickly typed out a message.
Hey! Fancy a drink some time? Sarah x
If you’d like to check out more of my writing, flash fiction and non-fiction, check out my blog: Living Loving and Writing. Or you can follow me on twitter @laurabesley or connect on facebook Laura Besley Writer