Sardines And Lobsters

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium
Please note that this story is also included in the Imaginarium House Summer 2019 Collection.
Cover image: pixabay.com

Submitted: June 20, 2019

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Sardines And Lobsters

It sounded so wonderful in the brochure. Sandy beaches, waves gently lapping, temperatures soaring. I did have my worries about the night; who wants to spend seven nights tossing and turning in the sweltering heat. The hotel promised air-conditioning in each and every room.

I looked at my boyfriend and he looked at me. “We shouldn’t,” he said.

But we all need a break,” I countered.

Look at the cost! We are supposed to be saving.”

That was true; it was almost impossible just to amass the deposit for a mortgage these days. “If we have a treat, just one, maybe it will be easier to carry on saying ‘no’ to all the other little treats.”

I looked at him and I could tell he was wavering. Better to press home my advantage. “Please,” I said, then added in my most wheedling voice, “Pretty please!”

We really shouldn’t but, if it really means that much to you, go one and book it.”

And that’s what I did, feeling justified in my saying we needed a break. It had been nothing but work and saving for the last two years. That was before I found out the truth; the one that says all brochures lie.

The air conditioning turned out to be a small fan, pretty much ineffective against the searing temperatures. The sea was there somewhere, and I guess so was the sand, but we were all packed like sardines on that beach, unable to move much at all. And it was so hot, so sunny, that by the time we went home, much worse off financially, there was not the slightest hint of a tan but lots and lots and lots of lobster pink.

 

 


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