after-the-rainMonday morning – the incessant buzzing from the alarm clock mocked Drew and the mundane work day that lay ahead of him. He aimlessly slapped at the snooze button three times before giving up. It was as if this inanimate object was dodging his attempts to secure a measly extra five minutes of shuteye.

Slipping from beneath the down comforter, scratching his head, he mumbled at the puppy curled up on the corner of his bed, “You could have chosen to sleep in on the day I had off, you know.”

Drew reached into the shower, rotated the hot water knob and waited for the steam to warm the cold bathroom. It never did. The tepid water matched his mood to begin the day. To make matters worse, the deluge outside pouring down upon his roof meant the commute would be a nightmare.

Darting out to his car, attempting to dance between the raindrops, it mostly worked save for the last step. The accumulating puddle of water did not resist the force exerted by his size twelve shoe. Water seeping through the soles of his shoes was accompanied by the spray northward onto his previously dry slacks.

As if one misfortune naturally led to another, the polite ding from his dashboard indicated that he had twenty miles to empty. Given his recent luck, Drew didn’t feel it wise to tempt fate. Filling his tank with ten dollars of mid-grade, the torrential rain had begun to blow horizontally ushered by the approaching squall line.

Departing the gas station while simultaneously flipping on his headlights and wipers, his redirected attention missed the warning signal from the brake lights ahead of him. Swerving at the last second, he narrowly missed the bumper of the vehicle in front of him. But, he did manage to find the perfectly positioned nail from the construction site adjacent to the gas station.

A mere hundred yards from the shelter of the gas station, Drew had now conceded to a fully saturated wardrobe for the day. After repairing the flat tire and continuing on his route, he ran his wet sleeve over his forehead to keep the water from dripping into his eyes.

Entering the lobby, he dejectedly entered the elevator and requested permission to be transported to his floor. About midway to his destination, the crack of thunder could be heard and felt at the same time the lights were extinguished and Drew’s upward motion ceased.

“Perfect.” Drew slouched against the wall and waited. The next forty-five minutes found him shivering, contemplating his series of misfortunes in complete darkness. It was only after power was restored, and the doors of the elevator opened four floors early that Drew understood.

The dimples in her cheeks as she smiled spoke a thousand inaudible words. The carefully aligned series of mishaps inserted into Drew’s day allowed the prograde motion of Mars to align with Venus – what would end up being the most fortunate set of misfortunes in Drew’s life.


11 thoughts on “Misfortune

    • davecenker July 1, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks Brad – I always appreciate your comments 🙂 Best wishes for an inspired day!

  1. Mari Biella July 2, 2015 / 8:59 am

    Nice twist at the end – I didn’t see that coming!

    • davecenker July 2, 2015 / 9:07 am

      Thanks Mari, I always like to incorporate some type of twist or unexpected plot element to surprise the reader.

      Presently, I am doing that with a completely different type of writing in the mystery/thriller genre – a first for me 😉

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I always appreciate your thoughts 🙂

  2. heraldmarty July 2, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Wow poor guy, but what a nice ending Dave. 🙂

    • davecenker July 2, 2015 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks Marty, the way I see it – luck was ultimately on his side 😉

  3. roughwighting July 4, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Ah, I LOVE a well-written romantic suspense story (particularly since that’s my specialty) . This one is gonna be a doozy, I can tell.

    • davecenker July 4, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks Pamela, I appreciate your kind words and sentiments. And, I am afraid I am going to need to disappoint you 😦 I had actually left this story intentionally open-ended to allow the reader to draw conclusions for themselves how Drew’s story would conclude.

      I have joined a new writing community over at Amazon called WriteOn. Each week, they provide a writing prompt. The catch is that you have to compose a story in 500 words or less. I have been working to exercise my romantic writing muscles with these prompts – so there is the backdrop to this story with the prompt being “What happens when your character gets too lucky?”

      I am balancing this with some writing in a completely different genre where I am devising a longer story in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre. It has been enlightening to be working at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of genre. In any event, I hope you enjoyed the short piece I was able to provide – if you feel so inclined, you can take this story and run with it to devise a conclusion of your own 🙂

      Thanks again, and best wishes for an inspired day!

      • roughwighting July 6, 2015 / 7:43 pm

        I suppose that’s why I like to write romantic suspense. I get to put the thrilling parts in, but at the end the girl still gets to kiss the boy. 🙂

      • davecenker July 7, 2015 / 8:44 am

        Oooh, now there’s an idea I hadn’t thought of 😉 I guess if you have a vivid enough imagination, you can find a way to combine any number of genres together!

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