This is the 30th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
Shooting Stars, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 31st December 2012
Word count: 602
Theme: holidays, disasters, time of your life, winning
Travel the world they said.
See amazing sights. Experience new things.
George was currently digging through a pile of mud looking for a key. It had been one disaster after another, repeatedly.
So far he’d been arrested in France, apparently he looked just like a French thief, it was two days, and heavy leaning by the consulate, before they were finally convinced his Britishness wasn’t feigned.
In Italy he’d tripped over a rug in Vatican city, knocking over a lamp in the process, which set fire to a wall hanging, which turned out to be three hundred and eight seven years old. Again, he was arrested, but finally they had to acknowledge that the cleaners hadn’t put the rug back properly the morning of the incident.