Write a story about two people who don’t know each other but bump into one other on New Year’s Eve (either once or every year).
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“It Happens Once Every Year - But Then” by John Steckley
It is December 31, five o’clock in the afternoon, and I’m riding the elevator up to the annual Office New Year’s Party. I know a few things about what the party will be like. The food will be good. The cafeteria cook is not involved in any of the cooking. She is just serving, as she does every year for this one particular meal. She doesn’t appear to be resentful. I guess she just has to swallow her fe...
“Amelia and the Beautiful Big Red Handbag” by Lisa Lange
Our first encounter was on New Year’s Eve. I was picking up a few last minute good-luck foods for the evening – black-eyed peas, cornbread, pickled herring, grapes – walking from my apartment to the grocer. It was cold. That’s what I remember first when I feel the memory in my senses, when I feel the depth of the memory. I feel how cold it was, how the sharp absence of smells in the air precipitated my noticing the details.I remember I noticed the last bro...
“Closed to Open” by Dhruv Srivastava
Each of the seven years Natasha Wright had lived in the small New England town of Belfry, she had experienced a rare encounter on New Year’s Eve, though she’d never known it. There was only one dual coffee and pastry shop in town: Little Armaño’s, which sold the best danishes and fruit cakes in the country, as far as the residents were concerned. Even those people who came in from the far reaches of the world lauded th...
“It was dark and cold” by Julie Emma
It was dark and cold. Odd how one doesn’t expect New Year’s Eve to be a cold night, yet it always is, without fail.The girl shivered, walking briskly along the narrow path. She could hear the sound of celebration all around her, behind every door she passed, through every lit up window. She couldn’t say she envied them. She’d participated in the festivities before and she hadn’t been impressed. As far as she could tell, a New Year’s Eve party had nothing to offer but the promise of ...
“New Years In the City” by Emilie D
The first yearIt was 10 o’clock when Amy rang the buzzer. The doorman waved her in when no response came from the apartment. The din of the New Years party had likely drowned out the sound. When the elevator doors opened a group spilled out that was raucous like they had just pregamed sufficiently for wherever they were headed.Amy rode up to the 9th floor and was only a little anxious when she opened the door. Her four year long relationship had ended with a whimper early in December and sh...
“Snow Angel” by Paul Scheeler
I’d like to tell you about someone I met and forgot a few days back. I’m not sure why it feels so important to me. It was as insignificant as tracks I left in the snow last night before the snowstorm. But it does feel important, and so I’ll tell it. According to my shaky recollection, it went something like this. It was just before dusk on New Year’s Eve. I lived alone in a crummy apartment, where I had t...
“Twin Strangers” by Melissa Lee
My twin saved my life. The problem is, I didn’t have a twin. I first met her at a New Year’s Eve party at my friend Phil’s parent’s house. His parents were conveniently out of town for New Year’s Eve, so of course Phil invited two dozen of his “closest” friends over to celebrate. At 18 years old, it was a thrill to be away from my parent’s house for New Year’s Eve, nursing a cheap beer I wasn’t old enough to dr...
“Turning of the Years” by Rob Ryter
Bangkok, 31 December, 2021In this city, no-one goes to bed early. Unless, thought Ben, you mean the early hours of the morning. Krung Thep, City of Angels. No shortage of them, if that’s what you want. Right now, with ten minutes of 2021 remaining at 100.5 degrees east, what Ben Proust wanted most was a tasty meal. He sat down on the simple plastic chair, at the equally simple Formica-topped table, under the fluorescent tube’s honest glare, at the noodle stall on Sukhumvit Road. A patched street dog, lazin...
“Passing the Torch” by Ben Rounds
“You shouldn’t even be talking to me… Liam.” “I know, so keep your voice down, you damn miserable little squirt.” “People see us talkin’ you’re gonna get in trouble.” “Well, you know, I used to think the same way when I was your age so I can’t really bl...
“Viral Love across Lockdowns” by Rajiv Iyer
[Note: references to pandemic and mental-health]It was New Year’s Eve 2019, a little over a month when the COVID-19 pandemic was born, but a good 3 months before it spread its tentacles and became global-news and a household name. People were blissful in their ignorance, oblivious to the creeping threat on the horizon. It was a festive time with a carefree style of celebration, with no concerns for veiling faces, baptizing hands, sanitizing surfaces, or three-dimensional ...
“Their own fate” by Caroline Perassi
1° POV It was the New Years Eve and there I was again, apologizing for bumping into someone in the middle of São Paulo: -I'm so sorry, really... - I said as I picked up my books - I should've looked where I was going. - I smiled embarassed -It's okay. - A boys voice replied, I raised my face just to see a boy around my age, with a dark tone hair and amber e...
“On the Corner of Oak and Maple” by Lindsey LeBlanc
Carole stood on the corner of Oak and Maple Streets, her breath materializing as ghostly white puffs in front of her face. She stamped her feet and pulled her scarf more tightly around her neck in a futile effort to keep warm. It was achingly cold on the last night of this difficult year, as if 2021 was trying to prove a point. I’m not done with you yet! Let’s see how miserable I can make you in the few hours I have left!She sipped from the chai latte clasped between her gloved hands, and felt grateful for the s...
“The Shooting Star” by Zee Watson
All Maddox wanted for Christmas was a telescope. He got his wish, but he wasn’t happy about it. He had no use for it now. His dad was dead. The whole point of the telescope had been for them to communicate with each other.Before his dad deployed for another tour, he told Maddox about looking up at the stars and what it meant for them now that he was going to be thousands of miles away. . .
“THE EVE WAITING, WHEN TIME SEEMS TO BE RUNNING OUT” by Mara Masolini
THE EVE WAITING , WHEN TIME SEEMS TO BE RUNNING OUT Alina sighed, closing the suitcase she had just finished preparing. She was about to leave for Cortina, the mountain location where she had decided to celebrate the end of the year and the arrival of the New Year. It wouldn’t take more than two hours to get to Cortina. This year she didn’t feel like taking a long trip to celebrate, but i...
“Star Crossed” by Kelsea Stark
She sat at the bar of a fancy hotel on New Year’s Eve. She liked to think of herself as social enough. Meaning that she went out enough to stay under the radar, to not arouse suspicion about why she was such a hermit, but not enough to draw attention or make any lasting impressions. Sure, it was nice to be well-known and stand out. But, at this point, she’s learned the beauty of anonymity and going unnoticed; a ...
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