Jan 19, 2021

Friendship Fiction Suspense

โ€œDid you find the flashlights?โ€ I asked, rummaging through some old cabinets, filled with dust bunnies that provoked my sensitive nose to sneeze.

โ€œNada, canโ€™t find a single one.โ€

โ€œDang it,โ€ I cursed under my breath, โ€œWeโ€™re totally gonna be in the dark, literally.โ€

โ€œI hate to say this but, โ€˜I told you soโ€™.โ€

I rolled my eyes, spreading my hands wide to help me navigate my surroundings. The frost biting my neck, my fingers numb that they began to feel useless. My mouth chattering, my breath turned to fog as it exited outside my mouth.

My short, ivory hair fell over my shoulders, draping my neck. The rubber band must have fallen off.

The sun rays were out of sight. The dim light began to fade as time ticked off, my breathing less accurate, my heart palpitating with fear mixed with the unknown factor.

The strands of my eyelashes began to freeze, turning into icicles. One more hour spent here and weโ€™ll be ice sculptures.ย 

Frozen to death. I could see the headlines of the next broadcasting news, hitting millions of views.ย 

Not what I expected on a typical Friday evening.

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โ€œCome on Coco, donโ€™t be so intransigentโ€ฆ a no-work day can help you,โ€ Akshaya lectured.

โ€œI know, I know,โ€ I held my hand up, facing her in a timorous way. Akshaya was known to throw fits, and always won them too.

โ€œDonโ€™t you dare drag me to the mall,โ€ I spoke, seeing Akshayaโ€™s black eyes twinkled with excitement.

โ€œAww, donโ€™t be so darn tenacious,โ€ She coaxed, batting away at my hands playfully.

โ€œI have to do my job, you know much money means to me.โ€

She placed a reassuring hand on my shoulder, tousling her long, dark hair with her fingers.

โ€œDonโ€™t fret sweetie,โ€ She faxed a smile.

โ€œIf you let me go, I promise to go shopping tomorrow and actually...,โ€ I pronounced the word with a strain, โ€œTry out new dresses.โ€

Akshaya squeaked, I was grateful to recall closing my ears before her outburst.

โ€œDone?โ€ย 

โ€œYeah,โ€ She gave me a sheepish smile, โ€œIโ€™ll go with you,โ€ She gave me a โ€˜I know your a escapistโ€™ look.

Great. No way to escape 5 hours of boredom.


โ€œHey Co, take my shift will ya?โ€ Kasey; one of my co-workers beseeched, โ€œIโ€™m take the long weekend soon.โ€

โ€œUmโ€ฆ fine,โ€ Akshaya gave me a murderous look but I ignored her.

โ€œThanks sweets, I owe you one,โ€ Kasey skipped out the door, putting on a thick woolen coat as she strolled over to a brand new Chevy and got in.

I felt the eyes of my annoying girlfriend on my back as I filled in orders, and managed to please Mr. Fellen; one of the famous designers here.

I was exhausted by the end of the day while Akshaya rolled her eyes at me every time the chime of the door went off, inviting a new customer.

โ€œI think Iโ€™m almost done,โ€ I answered when Akshaya had begun to get on my nerves.

She scoffed, drinking the latte I provided free of cost to shut her up.

2 hours later,

โ€œYou done?โ€

โ€œYup, Iโ€™ll just lock up.โ€

I walked towards the glass door, trying to budge it open to only discover it to be frozen shut. Akshaya was busy on her phone, tapping her hands in sync to some music she always listened to, not paying attention to our current dilemma.

I tried to shove the door with all my might, but my hands slipped away due to the moisture from the freezing weather.

Rubbing my hands together, blowing some hot air I tried again, my hands felt numb and weak.

I could hear the swoosh of the wind outside the glass window, snow heavily falling on the sidewalks, coating them white.

We were doomed.

A blizzard is coming.

Before I could react to the part where we were definitely stuck inside the overhanging fluorescent lights went off, darkness seeping through everywhere.

โ€œAhh,โ€ I could see the dim light of Akshayaโ€™s phone vibrate as she bumped into me.ย 

She flashed the light on my face, blinding me for a moment.

โ€œHey, cut it outโ€ฆ itโ€™s me.โ€

โ€œOops, sorry.โ€

โ€œItโ€™s fine.โ€

โ€œNo itโ€™s not, weโ€™re trapped inside and Iโ€™m freezing,โ€ She complained,โ€Wait, my phone?! I must have accidentally dropped it.โ€

I could barely make out her panicked expression.

โ€œWeโ€™ll be fine,โ€ I half-lied.ย 

โ€œYeah right,โ€ She added sarcastically, โ€œAre there flashlights here?โ€

โ€œMaybe, I hope.โ€

We got up feebly, holding on each other for support. Navigating with our hands, careful not to bump into anything.

10 minutes later,

โ€œDid you find the flashlights?โ€ย 

โ€œNada, canโ€™t find a single one.โ€

I cursed, careful not to let Akshaya hear how pissed off I was.

โ€œI hate to say this but, โ€˜I told you soโ€™.โ€

โ€œOk, ok youโ€™re right.โ€

I could hear her choke a laugh.

โ€œHey, come here.โ€

I walked towards her voice, almost tripping over the carpet. Some blue light flooded from Mr. Fenโ€™s office, a place he never let me go in. Or as I remembered anyone else who worked here either.

โ€œCome on, maybe there is a phone or something,โ€ Akshaya coaxed.

I nodded, then remembering Akshaya canโ€™t see me.

โ€œFine, but make it quick, Iโ€™m normally not allowed inside.โ€

We hustled inside, the room was a bit warmer than the rest of the building. I could smell the dust and expired coffee beans.

We shuffled through the messy desk, careful not to disturb anything that could backfire on us.

โ€œWhat are these?โ€ I felt something sharp on my arm, like a folder edge.

โ€œWhat are you doing?โ€ I could see her silhouette shrug, handing me a bunch of folders.

โ€œWhat-โ€ I read the title; Blueberry and basil cupcakes- THE SWEETEST HEAVEN BAKERY- BY. PATRICIA ROY.

โ€œWhoโ€™s Patricia?โ€ I asked.

โ€œDonโ€™t know, why is her recipe here?โ€

โ€œHmm,โ€ I flipped through the rest of the files, each paper was soiled or ripped as if they were ancient recipes.

โ€œAll these recipes are what we serve here, thenโ€ฆ?โ€

โ€œI found a phone!โ€ Akshaya exclaimed, tapping away, โ€œLook,โ€ She shoved the phone on my face.

โ€œThe sweetest heaven bakery was out of business because they forgot the recipe, someone stole it?โ€

My face paled, โ€œYou donโ€™t thinkโ€ฆโ€

โ€œYour boss stole all these recipes, none of them was his own, Akshaya finished.

โ€œWeโ€™d better tell someone.โ€

The sooner I uttered the words, the lights flooded back on. I rubbed my eyes from the sudden exposure of brightness.

โ€œHey, hereโ€™s a crowbar, wow your boss is very prepared.โ€

โ€œSure isโ€ฆโ€ I smiled, โ€œHeโ€™d better be ready to get in big trouble.โ€

โ€œYou sure? Youโ€™ll lose your job.โ€

โ€œYeah, itโ€™s better to not serve a dishonest man than be job-less.โ€

โ€œYou're a good friend Coco,โ€ Akshaya said, hugging me.

โ€œSo are youโ€ฆโ€ I added, โ€œIf you wonโ€™t drag me to Macy's.โ€

โ€œNot a chance,โ€ She said, linking hands.

โ€œWeโ€™d better stop by the police station.โ€

โ€œOh, we will,โ€ She grinned.


Hi everyone! Hope you all enjoyed this story. This was one of the shortest stories I've written and I kept changing ideas and finally landed on this idea. If you didn't understand or it could have been better please let me know.

Dedications!!!

Akshaya Sutrave for always being there for me and one of my firest and best friends!!! THX SO MUCH AKSHAYA :D

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Coco Longstaff for being a sweet, talkative girl always full of sunshine!!! THX COCO!

HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL DAY/NIGHT!












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Kate Reynolds
21:34 Feb 02, 2021

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Maya Emerson
18:09 Feb 02, 2021

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Maya Emerson
17:00 Feb 02, 2021

If you want to play skribble at the same time today I'm putting the link at the bottom of my bio instead of sending it out (since there was a spammer that kept joining last time). :)

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Maya Emerson
17:54 Feb 02, 2021

No problem! :D Hope your day's been good so far!

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Maya Emerson
20:34 Feb 01, 2021

https://skribbl.io/?WiwlzjGzBwuU

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Maya Emerson
15:04 Feb 01, 2021

Hey! Hope you're having a nice day! :D โœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœช We're playing Skribble again today at 3:30 EST, would you like me to send you the link? :)

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Maya Emerson
20:27 Jan 29, 2021

https://skribbl.io/?QMzdRNtmkoMk

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Maya Emerson
16:06 Jan 29, 2021

Happy Friday! Hope your day has been great so far! โœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎโœฎ Would you like to join our skribble game later today at 3:30 EST? :)

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Maya Emerson
16:24 Jan 29, 2021

Yay! :DDD Also, new people joined our group! Luna, Mira, Jennie, B.W., and Katelyn!

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Maya Emerson
16:26 Jan 29, 2021

YAY! Our little group is growing! :D <3

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Maya Emerson
20:24 Jan 28, 2021

https://skribbl.io/?7jwI8HoamrKc

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Maya Emerson
18:02 Jan 28, 2021

Luna and Priyamvada also joined! Yay! :D

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Maya Emerson
18:52 Jan 28, 2021

:DDDDD I'm so excited for our 2:30 game coming up and the big 3:30 one! The group is so fun!!! :D

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:D, Maya, I can come during the 3:30 one but something came up so I can't come for the 2:30 one. but will come for the 3:30. sorry.

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Maya Emerson
19:15 Jan 28, 2021

It's fine! I'm excited to play with you later! :D

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Maya Emerson
15:19 Jan 28, 2021

Hey Varsha, want to do a shorter smaller game at 2:30 so Luke can play? :) Then we can do the normal game at 3:30.

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Maya Emerson
14:14 Jan 28, 2021

Heyyyyyy <3 Want to play at 3:30 today? :D Also, Ethan, Nora, and Nainika joined. I'm putting the new members in the meeting place story. :))))))

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Maya Emerson
14:59 Jan 28, 2021

When we play later can you send the link to Kate and Cookie? :)))

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Maya Emerson
14:49 Jan 28, 2021

Yayyyyyy :D

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Maya Emerson
21:56 Jan 27, 2021

Yay skribbls! We need a meeting place like a mega comment thread where we can put game links and stuff. :D

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Maya Emerson
22:02 Jan 27, 2021

I'll make a story so people can comment to join! ;D

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Maya Emerson
22:05 Jan 27, 2021

Okay, I'm making it right now. :D

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:D!!!!Maybe we should make like weekly polls and stuff!!! make reedsy fun!

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https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/wolfberry-winter/ That's CJ's link

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It's me, you, Isaac, Maya, Celeste, Julian (even though he's not on Reedsy), CJ, and Lily.

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Ok, I'll add them in my bio. let them know to copy and paste it when I'm done!

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Maya Emerson
18:25 Jan 27, 2021

We're playing skribble again at 3:30 EST if you want to play. :)

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Maya Emerson
18:55 Jan 27, 2021

Yay!!! How's your day been so far? :) Also, I posted a new story.

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Maya Emerson
20:26 Jan 27, 2021

https://skribbl.io/?hwBGtYgaB9f6

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Maya Emerson
16:03 Jan 26, 2021

Hey Varsha! How's your day been? :DDD Btw want to play skribble later at 3:30 EST? :)

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Maya Emerson
16:20 Jan 26, 2021

That's great to hear! I'm good. :D Coolio! :D

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Maya Emerson
15:22 Jan 22, 2021

Happy Friday! Are you excited for the new prompts to come out? :D

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Happy friday Maya!!! Yup, sure am. but might not write anything this week, taking a break. but I'll def check out urs!๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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Maya Emerson
16:38 Jan 22, 2021

Okay! :D ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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Maya Emerson
16:48 Jan 20, 2021

Iโ€™m doing a science-fiction themed reedsy-cast story and I would like to put you in it if you want. If you want to be in the story, there are just a few questions that I need you to answer. Questions: Alienโ€™s Name (either your name or it could be different): Alienโ€™s size: Alienโ€™s color (can be any color or combination of colors): Alienโ€™s special features (horns, tail, wings, tentacles, fur, scales, fins, etc.): Any other details about their physical appearance: Personality: Alienโ€™s Planet of Origin (can be real or fictional): Any special ab...

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Hey Maya! Thx so much, I'd love to! Alienโ€™s Name: Varsha Alienโ€™s size: 5 foot ish Alienโ€™s color: Lavender, baby blue and rose pink Alienโ€™s special features: sparkly wings, tail and a crown Any other details about their physical appearance: Small, prefer blue eyes, swift. Personality: Always happy, outgoing Alienโ€™s Planet of Origin: Aquimaria Any special abilities it has: Flying? water powers? Other: Has a pet dolphin? THX again!

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Maya Emerson
17:34 Jan 20, 2021

Great, thanks so much!!! :D Btw would you like to play skribble (the online pictionary game) at 2:30 EST with other reedsy people?

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Maya Emerson
17:43 Jan 20, 2021

I'll just send you a link and you can join from there. It won't say your real name or anything. :)

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Akshaya Sutrave
10:02 Jan 20, 2021

I love love love this story so much, Varsha!! Aww, thank you so so much for dedicating it to me!! :DDDD It really made my day! <3 You're one of my BFFs too!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š I loved it!!

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