‘Coincidences’ by Chiara De Giorgi

Welcome to The Spot Writers. This month, the task is a story about “someone finding a bag.”

This week story comes from Chiara. Chiara is currently in Berlin, Germany, doing her best to catch up with semi-abandoned writing projects. Her YA novel “Mi chiamo Elisa” was published in Italy by “Le Mezzelane Casa Editrice” in September 2020.


by Chiara De Giorgi

“Hey, you look distressed. Is everything okay? Are you ill?”

“What? No, no, I’m not ill. It’s just this stupid assignment. I can’t think of anything original to write.”

“Oh? Maybe I can help! What is it about?”

“Well… No, I can’t talk about it with you. It would be like cheating. I have to come up with the right idea myself.”

“Okay, if you say so… I’m here for you, anyway, should you change your mind.”

“Thanks, bro, I appreciate it. You know, actually…”


“Maybe if we just chatted away a little, it would take my mind off the bloody thing for a while, and then… Sometimes the best ideas are born like this, when you least expect it!”

“Of course! I have some free time right now, I can brew some tea and sit down with you for a moment.”

“That’s a great idea! But sit down, please. I’ll make tea for us both.”

“As you wish… Erm… I don’t… Hum.”

“Is everything alright?”

“Well, sure, it’s just… I don’t know where to sit. Every single surface seems to be covered in papers and books and pens and… ugh. Socks.”

“Oh, I know. I have been so busy, that I haven’t had time to tidy up before you came. Move some stuff around and make yourself comfortable. It’s not as if you could make a mess anyway, eeh eeh.”

“Fine, I’ll just pick this up, and this, and this… I’ll put that here, and those there. Yes, now this sweater… Hey, where do I put the bag?”

“Bag? What bag?”

“This one: red, small… quite heavy, to be honest. What did you put inside, rocks? Ha Ha!”

“I’m sorry, I might have misunderstood. Did you say you found a bag?”

“Yeah, a bag. It was right here, and…”

“Very funny.”

“Excuse me?”

“No, really, it’s hilarious. You just happened to find a bag, right now.”

“I… don’t understand. What is it with the bag?”

“The assignment! The bloody assignment! Write a story about someone finding a bag. Whoever thought of that? It isn’t even a proper prompt, it is… it is… I don’t know, but it’s not a nice word. And then you come here, you want to help, and you just… find a bag? Come on!”

“I don’t know what to say. I just found this small red bag under your sweater – which belongs in the laundry, if I may tell the truth. I had no idea what your assignment was, but this is a neat coincidence. Is it yours?”

“What? That thing? Nope. I have no idea whose it is.”

“Aren’t you curios? Don’t you want to open it and find out what there is inside?”

“Not at all. Who cares? You found the bag, the story’s told. Let’s go have a drink, and forget the tea, I mean something stronger.”

“You’re weird.”

“Is it a yes?”

“Of course it’s a yes! Let’s uncork a bottle of wine!”

The Spot Writers—Our Members:

Val Muller: http://www.valmuller.com/blog/

Catherine A. MacKenzie: https://writingwicket.wordpress.com/wicker-chitter/

Phil Yeats: https://alankemisterauthor.wordpress.com

Chiara De Giorgi: https://chiaradegiorgi.blogspot.com/

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