Flash Fiction #250

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

THE LONG, SLOW CLIMB

When is a Starbucks not a Starbucks?  When it’s right across the street from the city hall, but in a building that’s designated Historic, on which they can’t hang any exterior signs.

He’d studied welding in Community College, till he found out about clothing fires, toxic fumes, and blindness from ‘welders’ eye.’  Waiting for his barista betrothed, he was soon as adept as any employee, and was quickly hired, himself.

COVID slashed their hours and income in half, but it did give him free time to study online, as a Civil Engineer.  Education is the best way up and out.

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a visual prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #250

  1. James McEwan says:

    Never stop learning, it is fun for life

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  2. Rivergirl says:

    That’s the entrance to a Starbucks? How bizarre….

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Nah. That’s the entrance to the second fight-training gym, that Rocky opened – in Waukegan, WI 😉 😆
      During the late 1800s, a local entrepreneur was influential in developing hydro-electric power at Niagara Falls, and having it shipped wired here. Berlin, Ontario (now Kitchener) was the first electrically-lighted city in Ontario
      He had a building erected on the main street to administer the distribution, and like Scrooge McDuck’s vault, to store the piles of money that he charged his customers.
      Only recently has a larger building been necessary, and his original one been turned into a Starbucks. Its front door is a bit classier than the one in Rochelle’s picture. I’ve embarked on an ambitious, The Year In Pictures post, which will culminate next March 1. One of the photos will be of it. 🙂

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  3. jenne49 says:

    There’s a Starbucks like that in Glasgow! No sign on the building. And yes, education is the way up and out.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      My maternal grandparents came to Canada 140 years ago from Glasgow. If I ever win a lottery, I’d like to visit – the city, and the country. While the Grandson and Grand-daughter-in-law, who I based this tale on, currently both work at Starbucks, I have never drunk a cup of coffee in my life. Thanx for the visit and info. 🙂

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  4. That’s a great take on the photo prompt Archon. Education is the best way indeed.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      When I have no better inspiration, I write in platitudes.
      The Hook has written and published a second book during COVID shutdown, and published a blog-post to inform the world. 😀

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      • I saw his guest post, but will have to check out the post you mention. Glad he’s back and well. Quite an accomplishment eh? So when’s your book coming out? 😁 Thanks Archon!

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      • Archon's Den says:

        I was thinking of collecting all my Flash Fictions, but many of them wouldn’t make sense without the photos, and I’d have to get individual authorizations from all the contributors.
        H. E. Ellis http://heellisgoa.com/ Has suggested that I amalgamate all my growing up in a small town stories – perhaps co-author with Sightnbytes http://sightsnbytes.wordpress.com/ from Newfoundland, another writer (?) whose tales she finds amusing. 🙂

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      • A collection of stories sounds great. You’re right about the flash fiction images, could pose an issue. Interesting ideas all. You’ll have to let us know how it goes. 👌

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  5. For sure, education is the best way up and out.

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  6. Perseverance! Very nice!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      And adaptation! Darwin said that ‘Survival of the fittest’ did not mean the strongest or the fastest, but those who could best adapt to change. Your best-laid plan falls through?? Make another, better one! 🙂

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  7. granonine says:

    I like the tone here. Never stop learning, growing, and exploring!

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  8. Good for him! Hope he makes it.

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