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“The umpteenth time.”
The vague status was sent to the world through Antonio’s feed before he started cleaning the decks but what should’ve been written was, “This is the umpteenth time I’m covering your shift. I swear I’m reporting you brother.” And it should have been a text message, only sent to one.
It wasn’t long before Giovanni came inspecting the docks.
“Thank you, sir” Antonio responded.
“And where’s your brother?”
An image of Luca still sleeping flashed through Antonio’s mind. The words played on his tongue…
“He came early, did his part and left,” Antonio responded.
99 words of story inspired by Rochelle Wisoff’s Friday Fictioneers. You can read more great stories written by other writers here.