Hat Check – Friday Fictioneers, May 2020

Copyright Jan Fields

Not much of a job, but until recently the tips were good.

Nowadays the rush starts at midnight with punters flocking into the Blue Angel as usual, but the dawn exodus, the money-making hours, well that’s not what it was.

She wishes she could go home, but from the look of the cloakroom pegs there’s still at least a score of people still inside.   Just like last night.

She peers into the darkened interior of the club.

It’s empty.

Sylvie shrugs and leaves.

Not the sharpest tool in the box, but sharp enough to survive.

For the time being, anyway.


Up at the crack of dawn this morning (well 6.00am) to take advantage of our new freedom to venture out by car and take an early morning walk along the cliff-tops.  Yay!  Thanks to Rochelle for hosting the weekly Friday Fictioneers.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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58 Responses to Hat Check – Friday Fictioneers, May 2020

  1. neilmacdon says:

    At least she’s got a score of coats she can sell


  2. Tannille says:

    Bet she was relieved when the finally crawled into bed…


  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Enjoy your freedom – I just hope Boris hasn’t set you free too soon. Scotland still in lockdown and largely being observed.
    Some jobs just aren’t worth it, sharp enough indeed.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. A cautionary tale. nice one. We’re on the same page.


  5. dmmacilroy says:

    Hi Sandra,

    Congratulations on your release. I hope all goes well and your stay clear of those who need staying clear of.




    • Sandra says:

      Not much of a release. It means getting up at 6am to walk on the beach, but hey, I can do that just fine. Glad you’re feeling better and things are still improving in your neck of the woods. Take care.


  6. Lynn Love says:

    Let’s hope she can stay sharp a while longer. Enjoy your cliffside walks, Sandra. I work in retail so am likely to be back to work by the start of June, which part of me is dreading – haven’t a clue how a small business copes with the social distancing. Keep safe


  7. ceayr says:

    I’m not sure I get this, Sandra.
    Is something dastardly happening inside – just like last night?


  8. Dear Sandra,

    If people didn’t pick up their belongings, it’s not Sylvia’s problem, is it? Hope you enjoy your day out. Long walks have been my saving grace these days. My pool is slated to open back up 1 June. Hope it’s not to soon, but this little mermaid is going to be in it! 😀

    Shalom and stay Safe,


    Liked by 1 person

    • Sandra says:

      Good luck with the pool. Our gym is unlikely to open for quite some time, but I’ve been quite disciplined with keeping up regular Pilates sessions at home. Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. I liked your inventive interpretation of the photo prompt. Enjoyable read, Sandra.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  10. Dale says:

    She may not be sharp but she’s sharp enough! Enjoy your walks, Sandra… but stay safe!


  11. Excellent story. You paint a huge picture with just a few words. Well done.


  12. Rowena says:

    Looks like you’re had a few changes since I was here last. I had quite a break from blogging while i’ve been immersed in researching Australian soldiers serving in France during WWI. Our son was heading over on a school history excursion, which was cancelled thanks to the corona virus.
    Sounds like something mysterious is going on here and that she’s at least smart enough to stay out of trouble.
    Best wishes,


  13. This left me with so many questions! Well done.


  14. notestowomen says:

    Intriguing story, Sandra. You said so much in few words. Enjoy your walks and stay safe 🙂


  15. msjadeli says:

    Nice take on the prompt!


  16. granonine says:

    Same coats? Perhaps there’s skullduggery going on. I think I’d go home, too.

    Congrats on a slice of freedom. My county here in PA will be one of the last to open, I’m afraid. Too close to Philadelphia.


  17. wmqcolby says:

    Whoa! Sounds like a narrow escape. Reminded me of some video of a wedding in a building where they were celebrating and the floor gave way and killed all those people. I kind of had a thought like that when I read the story. Super job!


  18. Nobbinmaug says:

    I think it’s in Sylvie’s best interest to find a different job. Working in a place where people disappear could be hazardous to one’s health.


  19. Sylvie better leave and never come back!


  20. plaridel says:

    she needs another job, but it’ll do for now.


  21. Eerie, Sandra. Perhaps she should take the coats down to Oxfam as it doesn’t look as though anyone’s coming back for them.


  22. Not a club to visit – or work in methinks!

    My short story


  23. draliman says:

    I wonder where they all went? Time to disappear before she is “disappeared”.


  24. Russell says:

    It’s good to be a survivor!


  25. James McEwan says:

    Cloakrooms are a magnet for left property – perhaps Sylvia will learn eventually.


  26. Varad says:

    She’s sharp enough and that’s something.


  27. Liz Young says:

    I’d go too – if something’s taking the punters it’s wise not to hang about.


  28. pennygadd51 says:

    Sensible woman – leave while the going’s good! Nicely structured story.


  29. Mike says:

    Just thinking, perhaps they are being transported to another planet. I would love to walk next to the ocean. Take a deep breath for me.


  30. Polly Cullen says:

    I like that she’s committed, but ultimately practical.


  31. Walks in the cliff-side sound divine! I’d get up early for that! At least once or twice 🙂


  32. Late to read and comment, but glad to anyway … As for your protagonist … sensible of her to leave. I have a so so whiff from that place … 😉


  33. subroto says:

    Lucky escape for Sylvie. Maybe there was a cap on the number of people disappearing that night 🙂


  34. Natasha says:

    She’s one sharp cookie.

    Hope the walk was an enjoyable, cherished one.

    Have a great week ahead, Sandra.


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