Writing Prompt: A Friend In Deed

I wandered out of the office on Fleet Street, down the narrow streets behind the Reuters building to the basement sports bar where some of my colleagues were having lunch on a warm Friday afternoon. As I looked around the table, I saw a few unfamiliar faces. There were new departments moving around the building all the time, so it was not unusual to have new people join us now and again. We ate, we chatted and when it came time to leave, we paid the bill and headed back up the stairs and to the busy streets above.

I turned to talk to a friend as we walked when suddenly, I was pulled back with a force that jarred my neck. I lifted my eyes in time to see the wide-end of a lorry wing mirror narrowly miss my head. Someone had just saved me from getting hit at high speed by a white lorry. I turned and there was a new guy from the finance department. Alex Sage, that was his name.

After the adrenaline calmed down and my heart slowed to a dull roar, I thanked him. As it turned out, we had some mutual friends, so we started hanging out, that was 7 years ago. Since then, we’ve hung out in London on a Friday night with our ex-colleagues, I’ve shown him around my fair city of Edinburgh during the festival and even been to Austria with a group of friends for the weekend. It’s funny how you meet people that are going to be important to you.

Think about the people that weave in and out of your life. Although you meet hundreds of people over the course of your life, deciding which ones you’re going to let into your own weird little world is important. Who we let in changes who we are, our friendships define us and if we’re lucky, they make us better people in the end. Although I can credit Alex for pulling me out of harm’s way that day, it’s our friendship that I treasure. He, like those few others I can call true friends, are the people I admire and whose good qualities I hope I mirror in some small way despite my numerous imperfections.

Think about someone special in your life. How did you meet and how is your life (and hopefully theirs) better for the meeting?

Writing Prompt: A Friend In Deed

Writing Prompt: Unconditional Love

For those of you who have a pet, you might know what I’m talking about, but I just realised that after two years of having her, I’m talking to my cat like she’s a person. I turn the key in the lock, wander in after a day at the office. She comes belting down the stairs and instantly wraps herself around my legs. I’ve almost toppled over from her attention, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Once the shoes come off and I’m sure her food bowl is topped up, I settle in. She follows me from room to room until I choose a spot to sit down and stretch my legs, then she pounces on my lap, nuzzling my hand with the top of her head, eager to be stroked.

I talk, just asking her how her day was, not really expecting more of a response than the soft “purr” she releases as I pet her head. Then it’s my turn. I tell her about my day, I download the events and people and process everything. She listens, turning her head up at me and letting out a soft “meow” if my hand pauses for a moment from its task. I continue and I’m calmer.

Although she can’t respond or solve any of the worries I have jumbled in the messy filing cabinet of my mind, she listens and sometimes, that’s all anyone needs.

Most of us have had pets at one time or another. Describe your pet. What kind were they, when and how did you choose them and how do you feel about looking after an animal? How does what you’ve chosen and how you feel about them relate to you as a person?

Writing Prompt: Unconditional Love

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