Flecks of red, white, and blue ticker tape covered his well-worn leather loafers. His stomach rumbled, a reminder that he hadn’t eaten in sixteen hours. He pulled his phone from the left front pocket of his gray slacks. A text message made him smile.
“The world’s going to end in three days.”
A classic rock song, Styx or Journey; something he hated, thundered through the crowd. He walked from the throng of revelers and typed a response.
“Zara, your hyperbole is sexy. Can I see you?”
He reached the large steel double doors. Before he could return the text, a large, liver-spotted hand grabbed his left shoulder. The man’s shout was audible over the crowd.
“Brandon! I need you to organize a party at the hotel!”
Brandon walked into the corridor. The two men let the steel doors slam shut muting the noise. They faced each other and Brandon crossed his arms.
“Sir, with all respect, I’m a speechwriter and consultant, not a party planner. I was hoping I could have the rest of the night off. I mean, we’re up by nine points with the election less than three days away.”
The man, tall and barrel-chested in an expensive brown suit. He was well into his fifties with a ruddy complexion. He pursed his pencil-thin lips and stepped toward Brandon.
“The Senator trusts you. His family is flying out after his speech, so he’ll be, you know. Track down those girl lobbyists from the drug company. The Senator likes the blonde and the redhead.”
Brandon’s stomach churned again, but in a different way. He shook his head in agreement. The older man opened the doors and disappeared into the celebration. Brandon walked down the corridor and dialed his phone. Zara answered.
“Having fun Brando? Partying it up with Senator Serpent?”
He swallowed, looked out the windows of the building and counted several stars with his eyes.
“I’d rather be with you, hearing about what a real American is supposed to be.”
This is a piece of stand alone (for now) flash fiction for Trifecta Writing weekend prompt “the world will end in three days”. http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/
Today’s song is asomething I’ve wanted to use in a political sense. The irony and deep thought fit Brandon’s mindset. Here’s Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American.