Creativity Challenge 38 – Relief


The meeting at the café was supposed to be quick and easy, but it quickly became complicated. My friend hasn’t arrived yet so I decided to queue at the coffee shop.

“Can I have a cup of coffee, please?” I said loudly at the barista.

“Which one, Sir?”

“White, no sugar” I answered.

“We don’t just have coffee, Sir. We have Latte, Americano, Capuccino, Espresso… have a look at our list and tell us what you want.” He’s trying to be patient.

“All these choices… uhmm, OK, can I have a Café Latte, please?”

“How big would you like it, Sir?”

“Oh, just a small one.”

“OK, one TALL Café Latte. To drink here or take out?”

“Here, I’m drinking it here.” And a big sigh of relief.

“Anything else, Sir?”

“No, no, that’s enough for today.”

“That would be €2.75.”

“I don’t have a change. Have you got a change for €20?”
on my bike

I sigh in relief, the scar is gone
As I bring about a lengthy yawn
It’s plain to see, a vigorous process
I have to address the problem, I guess
Ingesting the news and carrying it
You helped me, I’ll give you the credit
The chime is ringing, not silent anymore
Listening is the key, I know that therefore
I’m laughing once more, finding humour at last
Enjoying life again, I managed to surpassed
Not pale and alone as I stray in the blackness
It has to stop sometime, for simile’s aptness
Holy Molly, I finally arrived, though a bit late
Time to be happy and of course, to celebrate
Better late than never, that’s my motto
Never too late to mature and grow


Barney was struck by the swiftness of what followed. Three months ago, he was revising to take his A-Level exams. He worked hard for it, thinking that his future depended on the results of the exams. He already got a reply from the first and second universities of his choice that they would take him, provided he reached the required grades. He was thinking of taking Engineering.

Then, there was Carmina who came to him one day telling him about her problem and asking for his help. Carmina is also doing her A-Levels this year and wants to do Chemistry at the university. They have been friends since they were in their primary years. Carmina said that she thinks she’s pregnant but she doesn’t want Mathew to know about it. In the first place, they were not together anymore. He has got a new girlfriend, Nerissa.

Barney and Carmina thought of some way to get rid of the baby. They’ve searched the internet for some refutable clinics which could perform the operation. They were really nervous about it because they knew the risks involved. They have put together what cash they had to pay for the operation. Carmina said she’s got some savings from her part-time job she does at the library. Barney also has got some savings from the money that was given to him for his birthdays and Christmases.

The weekend when they were set to go to the clinic, Carmina knocked at his door and was beaming with happiness. “Let’s go for a walk first.” When they were few blocks from his house, she announced: “Guess what, Barney, we don’t have to go, I was just delayed and it came this morning. Could you believe it, we’re spared!” They both heaved a sigh of relief and started talking about their future. After another few blocks of high-spirited conversation, Barney realised, “now, I really know what euphoric means.”

For: Creativity Challenge 38

2 responses

  1. Sherry Marr

    Oh yes, every woman has experienced this relief at one point or another. I enjoyed the exchange with the barista – those places dont just have ordinary coffee, for sure, they always confuse me.

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    1. ladyleemanila

      glad you like the coffee tale, Sherry 🙂 thanks and a Happy New Year!


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