Joel had been bringing his son Chris to the Nanking’s on Balboa since he was seven. They had father-son talks over dumpling soup or dry-fried chicken. Tommy Woo, the owner, was like an uncle to the boy. Joel and Chris eventually became a fixture at Nanking’s.
Chris was 30 now and engaged. This was their last lunch together.
Nanking doesn’t open until noon, but Joel asked Tommy for a favor. They lunched at ten just the two men with Tommy and his staff.
Chris opened his fortune cookie and read it. “Your life will change dramatically. Never thought these things were true until now.”
Joel smiled weakly and looked out the window.
“They’re here son. You ready?”
“Yes, Dad. Thanks for this one last time together.”
They stood. Tommy was near the kitchen door, tears streaming down his face.
“I love you, son.” They embraced, both crying now.
“I’ll turn myself in. You’re right. I caught Mallory cheating on me, but I shouldn’t have killed her. Now I’m going to prison.”
I wrote this in response to the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. Based on the photo prompt above, ideally, you’re supposed to write a flash fiction story of between 100 and 150 words, however the word count can go up to 175. That’s good, because my wee tale comes in at 170 words.
To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit InLinkz.com.
There’s a very slight similarity to reality here. My son David and I periodically meet at a local Thai restaurant on Fridays about once every three months or so to spend time together. Beyond that, the story is pure fiction.