The Laundrette – Weekend Writing Prompt

The little café in the square by C. E. Ayr

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s Comment SectionClick here to hear the author croak his words:

The Laundrette

I sit outside the little café in the square.
The laundrette is at the opposite corner.
Abruptly I lift my bags and head over.
Today I am clueless with the machines.
Today I have trouble reading the instructions which are, of course, in French.
The two ladies of a certain age are so very helpful, so keen to impress the bumbling but charming foreigner.
They explain where to put the washing powder.
I look blank.
They provide it.
Fabric softener?
They provide it.
They explain the workings of the dials, competing for my attention and approval.
I point to the café, invite them for coffee to show my gratitude.

Tomorrow I will be long gone.
And the two ladies?
They will have some pleasant memories.
And significantly lighter bank accounts.

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15 Responses to The Laundrette – Weekend Writing Prompt

  1. Oooh nice twist at the end!


  2. Dale says:

    Ya couldn’t just buy ’em a cup of coffee and show gratitude…


  3. Dear C.E.,

    Full of charm and larceny. I hope his laundry is full of unwashable stains.




  4. I’ve always been a bit suspicious of you since you left Scotland to hide away in foreign parts!

    My 131!


  5. I had a feeling this was where this was going. … Not good, very bad man … (well done, in the writing department, though!)


  6. Reena Saxena says:

    Wow! That was some ending 🙂


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