Dirty Laundry.




Dirty Laundry.

The bell on the launderette door chinked as the man in the suit slinked inside. He was smartly dressed to the most meticulous detail; his cufflinks polished, the pleats of his trousers crisp, his finely crafted Saville Row suit not the kind one might usually see in a place such as this.

As he proceeded towards the corner of the room, his presence raised several eyebrows from the bodies going about their humdrum routines. He rested his attaché case on the washer and opened it; the mechanical clatter echoed throughout the room while his back disguised what he wanted only his eyes to see.

Gingerly he lifted an item of clothing from the case, while stealing a look behind him to see who was watching. Everyone. The regular visitors to this launderette were intrigued by this alien presence and they had no shame in displaying their inherent nosiness with their indiscreet eyeballing. He contemplated for a moment walking away, finding an alternative and imagining their stares if he were to do so. He predicted their hurried whispers as soon as his foot touched the path outside. Instead, he remained resilient, determined to do what was required and leave without a trace.

He jerked the washing machine open, hurriedly placed his garment inside and shut the door on what he no longer wished to see. He pulled a small sachet of powder from his case, poured it into the draw and took two pounds from his pocket and slid them into the coin slot.

After selecting the hottest cycle, he watched the water begin to drain into the drum and wondered if it would be enough to wash away the evidence of his sins.






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  1. […] The usual shoutout to Laura Feasey, whose prompt inspired this post. Check her out, follow her, read… […]

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  3. Very exciting and full of suspense. I missed this post till now due to being busy in other things.

    1. Thank you! No worries at all, it’s difficult to keep up sometimes!

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  5. I am linking my post in response to this word prompt of ‘Water’ here. https://vnktchari.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/baby-fell-into-the-water/

  6. Okay this creepy. How come i have the same idea of using water to wash of sins/evidence whatever.
    We will see again next week!

    1. How funny. Great minds…

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