Literary Lion. Dirty Laundry.

This past week has been packed with tales of time, but now to a new prompt, and the lion is thirsty…

This week’s word is ‘water‘.

You have seven days to pen a piece of 400 words or less. Pingback to this post to ensure I can see your post, include the tag ‘Literary Lion’ so we can all see it in the WP reader, and don’t forget to yell at me on Instagram and twitter.

Here is my H2O inspired fiction…



Dirty Laundry.

The bell on the launderette door chinked as the man in the suit slinked inside. He was smartly dressed to the most meticulous detail; his cufflinks polished, the pleats of his trousers crisp, his finely crafted Saville Row suit not the kind one might usually see in a place such as this.

As he proceeded towards the corner of the room, his presence raised several eyebrows from the bodies going about their humdrum routines. He rested his attaché case on the washer and opened it; the mechanical clatter echoed throughout the room while his back disguised what he wanted only his eyes to see.

Gingerly he lifted an item of clothing from the case, while stealing a look behind him to see who was watching. Everyone. The regular visitors to this launderette were intrigued by this alien presence and they had no shame in displaying their inherent nosiness with their indiscreet eyeballing. He contemplated for a moment walking away, finding an alternative and imagining their stares if he were to do so. He predicted their hurried whispers as soon as his foot touched the path outside. Instead, he remained resilient, determined to do what was required and leave without a trace.

He jerked the washing machine open, hurriedly placed his garment inside and shut the door on what he no longer wished to see. He pulled a small sachet of powder from his case, poured it into the draw and took two pounds from his pocket and slid them into the coin slot.

After selecting the hottest cycle, he watched the water begin to drain into the drum and wondered if it would be enough to wash away the evidence of his sins.







68 thoughts on “Literary Lion. Dirty Laundry.

  1. An interesting and domestic use of the word ‘water.’ I am wondering what the well dressed man is hiding, did he kill someone? Great story.

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  2. The suspense is killing me! I wonder what he’s washing. My guess is he’s a business man by day, and a drag queen by night, & maybe he’s washing the sexy lace bra from his costume! 😉

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  3. Interesting! Trying to wash away the “mark” of his sin. What could he be trying to wash away in such a public place? He looks like he’s got truckloads of money – even if he’s murdered someone, wouldn’t he rather wash his clothes in the privacy of a hotel room’s bathroom? I am stumped!

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  4. I love the ambiguity of the washing machine anecdote. Left me wanting to know more about the morality of the man’s life decisions. That’s powerful!

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