Ed felt his blood pressure rising. Edna watched, wondering if her husband would remember.
They worked on it daily. Edna’s constant reminders to pause and take a deep breath would now be put to the test.
Ed forced a smile that Edna knew wasn’t real. As he approached the scraggly kid with the blaring boombox, Ed repeated the words to himself. Opportunity. Opportunity. Every aggravation is an opportunity.
Edna held her breath. Ed faced the kid.
“Great day to be at the beach,” Ed said with calm affection.
“Yessir,” the kid replied while turning down the volume.
This 99-word story is my contribution to the July 13 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge to write a story using the emotion of anger.