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Sable's Bean Bag Coffee Hut - Answer to Cam8510's Flash Fiction Challenge

Updated on June 15, 2020

Sable's Bean Bag Coffee Hut

Sable's new plate glass window for her coffee house
Sable's new plate glass window for her coffee house | Source

Cam8510's Writer's challenge

Answerer to Chris Mills (a.k.a. Cam8510) writer’s challenge.

The rules are:

It must be a Flash Fiction Drama In a thousand words or less

Props are: Coffee Shop and Walking Cane

I'll go post this challenge as a question in the Q&A area of Hub Pages.

All the little kids love the rocker
All the little kids love the rocker | Source

The Dream was born

From the time Sable began to read she accompanied her mother, (an avid reader) to a tiny coffee shop. Not a run-of-the-mill coffee shop, this one catered to children also, with sodas and juice drinks and a corner of the shop with a place where children could sit and read while their parent(s) had coffee and lite lunches.

In the children's corner was a bookcase which had hundreds of books or more, books written by HubPage authors and even some wonderful children’s books it had a chair without legs with a rounded bottom. And Sable could sit and rock and look or read the children’s books while her mother enjoyed her coffee and read one of the others books in the case.

It was during one of these visits that the dream was born, and from that day forward Sable could think of nothing else but owning her own coffee shop. Most of her friends teased her when she told them that her dream was to own a coffee house. You gonna compete with Starbucks? One friend asked. . Where is there a Starbucks around here? Sable retorted.

The Dream realized

Sable worked and saved her money and purchased her Coffee house. It was perfect, right on Main Street. But, It seemed that someone was trying to stop her from opening her coffee hut shop.. Who?

The city inspectors red tagged everything and the repairs to the little shop were eating up her savings, but Sable persevered, she repaired and replaced everything but the plate glass window, which would have to wait until she made enough money to have it replaced.

In the following two years Sable's little shop thrived. While Sable campaigned for the new council members she held small group meetings in her coffee shop, her candidates were elected and Sable thought finally someone to fight the corruption in city hall.

How deep does the corruption go?

Sable heard through the Grapevine the one of the former councilmen Stanley Popinjay, who lost his seat to the candidate she had campaigned for and also had wanted to open a bakery in her shop.

Stanley Popinjay was a little man who bears a close resembles to Phil Deville, one of the youngest rug rats because of the one tuft of hair on the top of his head.

Sable later learned that charges had been filed against the newly elected candidates, in order to overturn the latest election.

Sable's New Plate Glass Window

A new city hall was build across the street from Sable's Bean Bag Coffee Hut, and tonight would be the first council meeting held in the new building. Sable's New Plate Glass Window arrived and was installed the day before and Sable was preparing for the crowd that would be coming over after the meeting.

The mayor's reprimand

After his reprimand by the mayor at the last council meeting for talking too loudly, the city’s own phlyarologist ambled toward the podium, proudly displaying his new walking cane with it’s pure silver mermaid cap, which he slammed down on the podium, causing people nearby to jump, Stanley Popinjay unzipped his briefcase and spread its contents across the podium, leaned forward and began to whisper inaudible into the mic.

Mr. Popinjay, I’m going to have to ask you to speak up, have some respect for this court, uh I mean council, or I will have you removed.

Stanley was horrified, that the mayor would treat him in such a fashion when he was the one who manufactured evidence for the mayor to eliminate someone from the council who might reveal the corruption that is going on, and in a huff picked up his new walking cane to walk away leaving his papers strewn across the podium. The next speaker had to wait for Stanley Popinjay to return and gather up his papers.

Sable was busily making coffee, preparing for the meeting to end when many of the people would come in for coffee and a piece of Sable's own homemade pies.

Sable dropped to the floor at the bang and the shattering of her new picture window, she thought she had been shot. After what seemed like an hour, but was really only a few minutes, Sable peered over the counter and there before her stood Stanley Popinjay red faced and looking like steam coming out of both ears.

Stanley was so angry that he came in when Sable’s back was turned took his new walking cane by the small end and as if he were taking a swing at something slammed it across one of the tables, the pure silver mermaid cap came off smashing into Sable’s new plate glass window.

Everyone came out to see why the police were there and the council took a break to see what the chaos was all about. As the mayor looked on, a haughty smirk crept across Stanley's face.

© 2015 Shyron E Shenko


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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 months ago from North Texas

      What an interesting start to this story! Going to post it on AH & FB again. I really wish you would add to it . . .

      What a week we had last week, eh? Hope the people who hate regulations have learned their lessons so we don't have to go through it again. I know, one of the problems is that most of them can't learn.

      Blessings, dear friend. Hope you survived it all well and that you are continuing to avoid Covid. Take care . . .

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      C E Clark 

      20 months ago from North Texas

      Unfortunate you can't find time to turn this into a book, but I am posting this on AH & FB again in hopes you will have more new readers who will enjoy what you have written so far, as I, and many others have done.

      Sorry I haven't been here for a few days, but I had no access to the Net due to Thanksgiving and the library was closed. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Take care dear friend. Blessings always . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this timely story on FB and AH. An excellent addition to the original idea. You should finish Your stories like this one with a book on Amazon/Kindle.

      Hope all is well. Blessings dear friend.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      First of all, your clip and word art are amazing and so appropriate for this piece. You have woven much into this short story of yours. I know you had to stop at 1,000 words or less, but this story could easily have been continued. Personally, I would enjoy a happy ending for Sable and an end to the city political corruption. We can dream!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing, I appreciate you so much.

      We hope you are well, dry and comfortable.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this excellent story with my followers.

      Do hope you and John will have a great holiday weekend. Blessings to you both . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Flourish, for the comments, I am so glad you enjoyed this challenge answer.

      Blessings and hugs

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      5 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed what you did with this challenge, Shyron. Very creative!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for the comment and compliment.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Corruption is every where and such a well-written hub.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Nadine, thank you for the compliment and comment, I do appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Nadine May 

      5 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I love what you have interwoven in your coffee shop story, political corruption! Well done.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, wouldn’t it be fun to own a coffee shop? Stanley does not work for the government, he is just a little man who thinks the mayor likes him (flash fiction of course.)

      Blessings and hugs dear friend always

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Bill, thank you for the compliment and comment. You are so right inspectors should put themselves in other people’s place to know what they are going through. I very much appreciate you Bill.

      Blessings always

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Maria, my dear friend, thank you for the comment and compliment. I am so happy to see you. Blessings and hugs.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, my dear friend, thank you for the comment and for sharing. A cold front is on the way. I just might freeze.

      Hope all is well with you and hope you got some sleep

      Blessings and Hugs always.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Mary (tillsontitan), thank you for the comment. It is amusing all the fussing a feuding going on.

      I really appreciate you my dear friend. Blessings and hugs.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Nice twist on the challenge Shyron! You've certainly hit a topical subject, especially with all the political nonsense going on now. Well done and a pleasant read.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting and I like that you chose a subject that isn't written about very often. Political corruption.

      Would vote this up if I could, but will still share it, of course.

      Hope all is well there. These cooler mornings are so nice! Wish it would stay cool all day. Blessings and hugs, dear friend . . .

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Creative, thought provoking and well written, dear Shyron.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      City inspectors should be required to own a business before getting their jobs...then they just might show some compassion for the little guys out there...loved your response, great uplifting story, my friend.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Ann, thank you for the comment, I appreciate you.

      Corruption pays if the one doing the corrupting gets away with it.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      If I owned a coffee shop no one would be allowed if they worked for the government. lol. Interesting story Shyron.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      Well done, Shyron! Great response to the challenge. It's nice to know that corruption doesn't pay.


    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Larry, thank you for the comment, I appreciate you

      Blessings my friend

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      John, thank you for the comment. I wanted to do this sooner but with yard work, concrete work and house work, that leaves very little time for HP but, I will get there, just not very fast.

      Blessings my friend

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      Larry Rankin 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very entertaining.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Nice story Shyron, I was anxiously awaiting the outcome. Glad you decided to take up the challenge.


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