Flash Fiction Theme – Laundry
Shari groans when she looks at her growing pile of laundry in the corner of her room. She needs to do it, but she has to get to work on her articles for the magazine where she works. Shari closes her bedroom door and takes a quick a shower.
While drying her hair, she hears something. She stops the dryer, but the sound has stopped. Shrugging her shoulders, she turns the dryer on and finishes drying her thick auburn hair.
Shari dresses and heads into her room. She hears a fluttering sound and glances and the room. She hates flying bugs!
After thoroughly looking around her room, she let out a sigh of relief. There isn’t any flying bugs in her room. Shaking her head and laughing at her fears, Shari leaves her room, shutting the door behind her.
Several hours later, Shari returns home, exhausted. She feels as if she used up all of her brain power. It’s completely mush. But she is running out of clothes, so she has to suck it up and do a load of laundry.
Groaning, Shari goes into the kitchen and procrastinates some by making herself something to eat. She eats slowly, sitting on her couch and flipping through the channels. She finds a show to watch while she eats, completely losing herself in the show.
When the show ends, she cleans up her mess. She grabs her laptop and returns to her couch, finding something new to watch, or listen to, while she works. Shari opens her emails and scrolls through them, deleting spam. She emails a few friends, setting up a time to get together for breakfast on her day off on Saturday.
Shari takes care of a few work emails, even though she should just wait and do it tomorrow. But one less thing to do at work, let her worry about writing more articles, formatting, and getting them ready to print.
Shari leans back and opens a story she has been writing. She has been writing articles for fifteen years, but just recently she has been wanting to write a book. She rereads what she has and starts writing again.
Cozy mystery, or what she hopes is a cozy mystery, comes alive on her laptop while the voices play on the TV. Shari’s eyes glances from time to time to the movie, but she mostly types away.
Before Shari knows it, it’s getting late, but she still has to do some laundry. Begrudgingly, Shari turns off the TV, puts her dishes in the sink, and heads for her room. She opens the door and flips on the light. Shari screams when she sees her laundry clean and folded on her bed.
Shari hears fluttering again and catches sight of something flying into the vent, vanishing. She laughs as she puts her laundry away. She guesses the stories her mom told her were true. When Shari needed them the most, the laundry fairies flew into her house when she was gone and did her laundry for her.
She’ll have to remember to make sweets and leave them out as a thank you to the laundry fairies. But that will have to wait until tomorrow. Tonight, she needs to put her laundry away and then crawl into bed and sleep.