The Interview (Short Piece of Flash Fiction)

Another interview, another outfit crisis. Bella Boltan stared at her reflection in the mirror and tried to see what her potential employer would. Certain that this was the one, the job and that would make her career, she needed to pitch it absolutely perfectly. Asides from her poor fragile ego not being able to take much more rejection, Bella was convinced that her life would change unequivocally if she got it. She was gasping for a coffee, but didn’t want to come across a jibbering wreck. She’d made that schoolgirl error in the past and would not be making it again today.

Bella wanted it so badly, it was a proper job. Unlike her previous one where she was shoved in an office with no natural daylight, and left to get on with work she didn’t even understand. That wasn’t nearly as bad as her first job though. ‘Leachy Luke’ her old manager should be put away for what he did to her. Bella remembered being uncomfortably aware at the time that she was going caught between a rock and hard place though. Needing to work to pay the bills, she had to keep him sweet as it were. She wasn’t the only one, but that didn’t make it okay. She felt sick even thinking about it, and promptly turned her attention back to the task at hand.

Should she go super smart in her gorgeous Karen Millen suit (thank goodness for charity shops!) or play it down a little with a trendy boho ensemble? She pulled out a mountain of clothes and started sorting them into outfits on her bed, posing in the mirror. Just as she felt the panic rise to her cheeks, and the beginning of a hissy fit coming on, because she had nothing to wear, she spotted it. Out of the corner of her eye she saw her favourite shift dress, the old faithful. She held it up against her bare body and smiled. It was exactly what she was looking for – classy but not too formal. She had worn it the night she met him. Bella allowed herself a little shudder, and a quick flashback to some of the glorious memories.

It was as if the universe were trying to tell her something, and Bella just knew that she must wear it. She matched it with a pair of sheer tights, a gorgeous fitted blazer, and her five inch Louboutins. She looked good, and she felt amazing, this killer outfit was bang on the money. Glancing over her shoulder at the clock on her bedside table, she realised she needed to get her skates on. A killer outfit was all very well and good, but it would be rendered completely moot if she ended up being late.

Roughly two hours after rushing out the front door, Bella was sitting in Pret, savouring her first coffee of the day. She recounted the events of the last hour in her head, and was confident that she was in with a decent chance. She’d sailed through the very first stage with HR, and got on really well with Mike, the chap she would be working with. He had certainly given her the impression that he’d be putting her forward to meet with his boss, and she could definitely see herself working with him. Yes she thought, that went very well indeed.

Once again, the anticipation was much worse than the event itself. She crossed her fingers, sat back, and enjoyed the rest of her coffee.


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  1. mummytries says:

    Thanks hon, such lovely feedback. Really pleased you enjoyed it xx

  2. I enjoyed every moment of reading this lovely and the visualisation was superb! Very well-written. Thank you for linking to Prose for Thought x

  3. mummytries says:

    Thanks lovely, I’m glad that you felt the anticipation throughout the piece x

  4. I haven’t been for an interview in years, this took me right back!I too love the sense of relief at the end, something I totally empathise with 🙂

  5. I want to know more!!! If this was a book on a shelf, I’d buy it. I look forward to hearing more. Fab , clever lady 🙂 xx

  6. You’ve captured her feeling of anticipation really well and I love the ending with the sudden release and relief! Does this mean your creative juices are starting to flow again and that the novel might be on its way? xx #Prose4T

  7. mummytries says:

    Thanks Sophie, I’m really pleased with how the piece went in the end… although at the time of writing I felt it was utter sh** – does that mean I’m a ‘proper writer’ now? xx

  8. Ah I’m so glad it worked out well for her! You did a great job of building anticipation in the first few paragraphs and I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go… I sense a very interesting back story with this character too! xx

  9. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Vai, really pleased you enjoyed reading.

  10. That made for excellent reading. Haven’t we all been there? Dreading the thought rather than the actual event. #theprompt

  11. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much for popping by, stay tuned for the follow up xx

  12. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much lovely, I’ve had a few ideas for a follow up xx

  13. mummytries says:

    You’ll have to stay tuned to find out John 😉

  14. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Maria, really pleased you enjoyed reading 🙂

  15. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Nikki! I’m glad you enjoyed it and the anticipation she goes through is reflected in the writing…

  16. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much hon, it was good to write a little story… Really must get cracking on with that novel!!

  17. mummytries says:

    Thanks so much Tracey! I liked giving Bella another airing, and will definitely be writing more about her 🙂

  18. This post is full of anticipation which really builds and builds, and leaves you with so many questions and ‘what ifs…’ – it really does lead you to wanting to know more. And so full of detail. Enjoyed!

  19. Lovely to see Bella back again 🙂 I also want to know who ‘he’ is, and if she got this job! This had me racing through to see what happened, then going back to read it again 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x

  20. This fits in great with the prompt. The anticipation runs right the way through it. You captured her pre- interview jitters and fears really well, making for great tension. I love also how you have given us a hint of ain’t her part of her life, with the mention of ‘him’. Great job.

  21. I’m really pulling for her to get the job! And I’m wondering who this “him” is. Perhaps, like the job, he could also be “the one”? Great writing and a perfect read to start my day 🙂

  22. Very curious to know who “him” is. Clearly a bigger story behind all this. Five inch Louboutins…not good if you’re running late.

  23. Hope she gets the job!
    Loved reading this, really got into it. Very well written. X

  24. Fab read with my coffee this morning! I hope she gets the job I know the feeling well! x

  25. mummytries says:

    Thanks for dropping by Nell. I’ve tried to cram quite a few emotions in there, glad you’ve read it that way 🙂

  26. mummytries says:

    You’ll just have to wait and see my lovely. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 xx

  27. Does she get it and if she does, will it be because he fancies her? Anticipating a follow up pls x

  28. Good luck Bella! I know this feeling so well. You want something so much, but you know there’s a bit chance you won’t get it….but there’s still a glimmer of hope. Nail-biting stuff.

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