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One Day at the Coffee Shop—Flash Fiction Based on Word Prompt, ‘fate’

Chitrangada likes to express herself by writing fiction and poetry. Her writing reflects her mood and is inspired by the beauty of nature.

“A lot can happen, over a cup of coffee.” -Author Unknown

“A lot can happen, over a cup of coffee.” -Author Unknown

Weekly Word Prompt--Fate

This flash fiction is in response to the Weekly word prompt challenge by Dear friend and fellow writer, Brenda.
Brenda is a well known creative writer at HubPages and other online writing platforms. She has been inspiring and motivating the fellow writers, with her weekly word prompts. There has been a continuous flow of wonderful writings, in response to her word prompts, each one unique and wonderful.
“Fate” can be interpreted in many ways, and I have come up with a flash fiction, to emphasise, how “Fate” is at work, in our lives, when we don’t even realise it.
I hope, you like my response, Brenda.

One day at the Starbucks coffee shop

One day at the Starbucks coffee shop

One Day At The Coffee Shop—Flash Fiction

‘Take care and send me a message, once you reach your office.’ Anita’s mother said in a little anxious voice.
‘Okay, Maa. Don’t worry. I will do that,’ replied Anita, almost in the same tone as her mother’s.
This was a regular scene, when Anita left for her work. But, today Anita was a little late, while leaving for the metro train, and was a bit worried that she might miss the 8:30 train. But, she rushed and reached the metro station in time.

Anita had a regular bank job in the busy Connaught Place area of New Delhi.
Each morning, she took the 8:30 morning Metro train from her East Delhi residence, to reach her office. It took her twenty minutes to reach the metro terminal, and then another ten minutes to walk to her destination.
Everything was good, when she reached the office.
But, it didn’t take her too long to find out that her small purse was missing.

She had her Identity card, credit cards, driving licence, along with some cash in it. Obviously, Anita was upset, as she searched all along her other belongings.

Did she miss it at her home, or did she drop her purse along the street, or the train?
She was anxious and called her mother too, but wasn’t able to make out, as to where she had lost it.
While she was busy looking for her lost purse, just then her phone bell rang, and a deep male voice asked, ‘‘Am I talking to Anita?’’

‘’Yes, I am Anita. Who is this?’’ asked Anita, to that unknown caller.
‘’Well, I am Raj. I was travelling in the metro train, and I have found a small purse containing some valuables— —.’’
‘’Oh My God!’’ Anita was so pleased to hear this, that she didn’t even let him finish his sentence.

‘’I can’t tell you how much relief your phone call has given me. Where are you? Can I come and collect my purse from you? I need those documents urgently.’‘ She was almost impatient.
“Yes, of course you can. I am at the ‘A’ block of Connaught Place, and I can see in your Identity card, that you are working at Connaught Place itself. In fact, I found your contact number from your card only.” Raj said in a calm tone, which Anita really liked very much.
‘’Yes, I can walk up to A block. Can we meet there somewhere?’’
‘’Yes, why not? Let’s meet over a cup of coffee at Starbucks, A block. In around half an hour—will that be fine with you?’’ asked Raj.
‘’Sure.’’ confirmed Anita.
Starbucks coffee shop, has a caption written in it’s shop.

‘’A lot can happen over a cup of coffee.”

Well, who knows—-.

Raj, was working as a software engineer, in a multi national company, at the commercial hub, in the always busy Connaught Place, Delhi.
He hurried towards the Starbucks coffee joint, at A block, where a new chapter of his life was about to begin.
So, Anita and Raj met and chose to sit at the corner table.
It wasn’t difficult for both of them to locate each other.

The pleasantries were exchanged, and both of them had a feeling that, something was happening, something which they had not felt before.

Like most of the girls, Anita was impressed by Raj’s mannerisms and his sense of humour.

Some instant admiration and attraction was at work, for both Anita and Raj.
They talked on many topics, and had some common interests.
They liked each other’s company, and didn’t realise that it was almost an hour at the coffee joint.
Anita received a call from her colleague, and although she was reluctant, she had to leave for office.
She thanked Raj, again and again for her purse and her valuable documents.
No prizes for guessing that their coffee meetings continued for many days, till they realised, that they were meant for each other.

“Fate” arranged ‘their‘ meeting

”Fate” made them meet.
Had Anita not lost her purse, had the purse not been found by Raj, they wouldn’t have met. But, ‘Fate’ was at work.

As they say, when two people are destined to be life partners, they meet sooner or later. And, it doesn’t matter, wherever they are.

Love is a magical phenomenon. If two people are destined to be together as life partners, then they will meet each other, sooner or later, somewhere- - -.

Love is a magical phenomenon. If two people are destined to be together as life partners, then they will meet each other, sooner or later, somewhere- - -.

How Do We Define or Describe’Fate?”

What is ‘Fate’?
There can be different ways to define, Fate.

  • It can be described as a predetermined, unavoidable chain of events. These events can be pleasant or unpleasant.
  • Sometimes, it can be according to the natural laws of the universe, where we do not have any control. We can loosely describe, Fate as things or events happening, outside of your control.
  • For example, meeting a person, who would be your life partner, by chance.
  • Love is a magical phenomenon. There is a divine will, if two people find each other. If two persons are destined to be together as life partners, then they will meet each other, sooner or later. It doesn’t matter, where they are located, they will find each other, because it’s their ‘fate.’
  • While Fate and Destiny, may sound similar, but they are not.
  • Fate is perhaps predetermined by the universe, by the cosmos. But, you can shape your Destiny, by making the right choices.


“May be our mistakes are what makes our fate.”

—Carrie Bradshaw.

“Nothing happens by chance, by fate. You create your own fate, by your actions. That’s Karma.”—Author Unknown.

“Life is what happens to us, while we are making other plans. Fate is sometimes strange, sometimes predictable, and sometimes unpredictable.” —Author Unknown

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 06, 2021:

Thank you Vidya Ji, for appreciating my response to the word prompt. Glad to know that you enjoyed the story.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 06, 2021:

Hello Rachel!

So good to read your comments after a long time. Hope you are doing well.

I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt challenge. As you say, such incidents do happen in real life. Fiction is after all inspired by real life happenings, and this story is no exception.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful day. Thank you so much.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 05, 2021:

A wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt of this week, Chitrangada. I enjoyed reading this story with it's happy ending. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on June 05, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada, What a lovely story. I do believe that fate is arranged my God Himself. For two strangers to meet like that, it was no accident that she forgot her purse, even though it was a story. It could happen like that in real life. Thanks for this thoughtful story.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 05, 2021:

Thank you Rawan, for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 05, 2021:

Great

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 05, 2021:

Well said, Bobbi. I am a big fan of this song, ‘Whatever will be, will be- - -.’

I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt and the accompanying story.

Thank you and an enjoyable weekend to you.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 04, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

What a lovely story and I do believe in fate. What will be will be and maybe I should lose something to find my fate--Ha!

Take care and have a happy weekend,

Bobbi Purvis

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 04, 2021:

Thank you Nithya, for appreciating my response to the word prompt. Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment.

Have a great weekend. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 04, 2021:

Thank you Sankhajit Ji, for reading and appreciating the story. I am glad that you liked it.

Thank you so much.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 03, 2021:

a cute story indeed...keep up...

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 03, 2021:

A sweet story, a wonderful response to Brenda’s prompt. Anita and Raj met and fate had a hand in the meeting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 02, 2021:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, for sharing your thoughts about this story. Yes, that could have been a possibility. But, thankfully Raj turned out to be a helpful civilian.

Usually, when something, as important as the identity card, or the credit cards are lost, it should be reported to the police, immediately. But, Anita was lucky that her important documents did not land in the wrong hands.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 02, 2021:

I just knew he was going to end up to be a stalker and she'd wind up in three pieces in the trunk of someone's car. This stranger knew so much information about her. Thankfully, you took it in another direction. I liked your story!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 02, 2021:

Hello Linda!

I am glad that you liked the story and my response to Brenda’s word prompt challenge.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Many thanks for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Thank you Mary, for your kind words of appreciation.

I am glad that this reminded you of your first meeting with your husband. Yes, fate has a role to play, when two people meet, and ultimately decide to be life partners.

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

I am so pleased to read your comments. Happy to know that you liked my response to the word prompt, fate.

Thank you for the inspiration, and for sharing the link to this, in your article.

Have a wonderful day. Thank you once again.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Hello Rosina!

So pleased to read your comments, that you liked my response and the story.

Means a lot, coming from you.

Thank you so much. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Thank you Sankhajit Ji, for reading and commenting on the story.

Much appreciated. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Hello Peggy!

You are right, about the ‘beginning.’ I like happy endings of stories.

Glad to know that you liked my response to the word prompt.

Have a wonderful day. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Thank you so much John, for your appreciation of the story.

So pleased to know that you liked my response to the word prompt and the message as well.

Thank you so much, for always supporting my work.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Hi Rebecca!

Many thanks for appreciating the story and my pictures. I am pleased, that you liked my response.

Good to read your comments. Thank you and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Thank you Misbah, for appreciating my response to the word prompt.

Always a pleasure to read your comments.

God bless you. Have a wonderful day and thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Thank you Devika, for your encouraging words. Appreciate your continued support. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Thank you MsDora, for your kind words of appreciation.

Glad you liked my response to the word prompt. Have a wonderful day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Thank you Ravi Ji, for reading and commenting.

I have written some flash fictional stories earlier too, in response to the picture prompts challenge by fellow writers, on HubPages itself.

I am glad that you liked this one. Much appreciated. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

Pleased to read your comments. I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt. Much appreciated.

Have a wonderful day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 31, 2021:

Your story is a lovely example of fate at work. It’s a great response to Brenda’s challenge.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 31, 2021:

Chitrangada, I enjoyed reading your story as somehow, it reminded me of my first meeting with my husband. I don't know if it is fate or we created this reality by the thoughts we send to the universe. Am still reading more on this.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 31, 2021:

Chitrangada,

Your short story, "One Day At The Coffee Shop—Flash Fiction" describes what happens when fate plays a role.

This is a wonderful story.

Anita is worried when she loses her purse, but fate is playing an important role.

It brings her soulmate into her life.

A chance encounter over a cup of coffee...just like the Starbucks sign says, anything can happen.

It is the beginning of many days to come.

Like your quote says, if two are destined they will meet.

A perfect example of how fate works in our lives.

I love the quotes at the end too.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Rosina S Khan on May 31, 2021:

A pleasant story about Anita and Raj finding each other as soul mates through fate. I enjoyed the story. A great response to Brenda's response, Fate. Thank you for sharing.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on May 31, 2021:

everything is controlled by destiny.....nice story

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2021:

You took the word prompt of fate and created a short story that would make anyone reading it happy to know the sweet ending. Perhaps I should say beginning. (Smile)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 31, 2021:

This story certainly demonstrated “fate” very well. Anita and Raj were obviously meant to meet. A feel good story, and excellent response to the challenge, Chitrangada.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 31, 2021:

Nice little story and I love the accompanying photos.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 31, 2021:

What a beautiful response to Brenda’s prompt challenge, Chitra Di. I enjoyed reading this short fiction story. Fate plays a very powerful and important role in our life. God Bless you. Thanks for sharing it.

Sending you Blessings and Lots of Love

Peace!!!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 31, 2021:

ChitrangadaSharan Your share great talent and this is a perfect match to the challenge. I enjoyed reading and the get the messaged too.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 31, 2021:

Beautiful message in your story. Thanks for the insights on fate.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 31, 2021:

This is very different from what you normally write but I like this short fiction and the way fate played an important role here. Thanks for sharing Chitrangada

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 31, 2021:

This is a very sweet story about fate, Chitrangada. I definitely think you met Brenda's challenge with this good story. Thank you for sharing it.

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