Black Friday

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium

Submitted: November 24, 2017

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Black Friday

“So, what are we gonna do then? Meet up here and head off down town?” Fraser wanted to sort things out, get the guys to settle on concrete plans for the following day.

Friday. But not just any old Friday but THE Black one! Bargains to be had, just sitting there for those who had the cash. He’d been saving for the last few months as had the others.

“Nah....Who can be bothered with all the crowds any more.” Luke frowned, looked at his hands then looked up smiling. “On-line’s the only way these days!”

Kyle nodded his agreement. “So, first thing in the morning, we’ll meet up here, yeah. I’ll bring me laptop and you ‘n’ Luke can share the other.”

So Friday dawned.....no, BLACK FRIDAY dawned. The stores flung open their doors extra early and a trickle of people wandered in off the street. No crowds, no crush, just bargains that they could pick up and take home. The internet was abuzz, but it was still early hours and all the servers were coping well.

Fraser had slept through his alarm clock. Luke and Kyle didn’t even bother putting theirs on. After all, today there was no work, no college, nothing but bargains for the taking. It was not until 1pm that they arrived at Fraser’s flat, and it took them a good five minutes to rouse him enough to open the door.

“What the hell happened? We need to get on now or everything decent will have gone.” Fraser started up his computer, logged in and an automatic update started; no warning, no cancel, nothing!

“Come on, Kyle. Get your laptop going and we can share that ‘til this gets done.”

“What site, then? Or need I ask!”

“Nile!” Fraser and Luke shouted in unison. After all, that was only THE biggest on-line site.

“It’s not letting me connect......hang on......I’m logging in....Nah! I’m gonna have to start again.”

Fraser looked towards his own computer and the progress bars that barely seemed to have moved at all. “Come on. Come on!” he urged, turning his eyes back to Kyle’s laptop.

“Still nothin’. Give us a minute and I’ll restart it........Yes! Logging in now!”

“Check out the tech stuff,” said Fraser.

“I’m after a TV!” said Luke.

Kyle’s fingers flew over the keys, bringing up bargain after bargain, nearly all of them that any of them were interested in, already out of stock.

“Hey, look! That’s a good one!”

And then the power went off. Kyle’s laptop stayed on for a few minutes before the battery went flat.

“Now what?” Fraser kicked his chair, hard. I knew we should have gone down town.

“Give it a while,” Kyle said. “You know these things rarely last long.”

But this one did. And it wasn’t just a local one, but a power cut that hit the entire town. The stores had all closed up by the time they got to the High Street, having sold enough to make it not worth the hassle of staying open with no power.

Poor Fraser, Luke and Kyle – it really had turned out to be a Black Friday!


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