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6th October
posted by amber

Lunch Break

A bunch of my fellow workers were gathered around the opening of my cubicle to discuss where we’d go for lunch. Andrew displayed his phone screen – “Look, Perk Your Day has texted the lunch menu to me. They’ve got triple cheese southwestern chicken paninis on special today.”

“That sounds yummy,” Amy commented, “but Coffee Coffee, where I like to go, emailed me a two for one coupon, so that’s where I want to go.”

Everyone one winced. “Amy,” I explained, “the food there sucks. So unless you’re going to eat two dry sandwiches by yourself, the coupon’s no good to you.”

“Coffee shop sandwiches always suck.” Gary was already bouncing on the balls of his feet. “Come for a run with me. We’ll swing by Coffee on the Go and get energy flax-quinoa bars and triple hits.”

I was about to suggest that we all go to the conference room, put an episode of The IT Crowd on the big screen and order in from Coffee Espress, when an emanation from the next cubicle plunged us all into silence, breathing deeply.

“What is that?” Amy sighed.

“Do you have cinnamon buns in there, Ryan?” Gary demanded.

Andrew chimed in, “And an oven. He’s got to have an oven for the buns to smell so fresh.”

Ryan stuck his head over the top of the cubicle. “It’s that new app I developed. Weren’t you guys listening when I told you about it last week? Smell-o-phone. I sold it to Buns in the Oven, my favourite coffee shop, and now they let me know when a fresh batch of cinnamon buns is ready.”

I was nearly crushed in the stampede toward the elevator.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story written every day and posted on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

My friend, Natalie Charlton, gave me the idea for this story when she told me that her customers at Hinton’s coffee shop, The Old Grind, asked her to text them when the cinnamon buns were coming out of the oven.



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