It all started with a strange fortune cookie that she was served at a dodgy Chinese restaurant owned by Koreans. Her friends had chosen to go there because their usual place was being renovated and they thought they’d try this out. She simply agreed. The food wasn’t that bad. But the fortune cookie, that had a power no-one could have ever imagined.
When bad luck knocks on your door, don’t let it in for it will stay long.
“What do you suppose this means?” Chloe asked her friends confused and a little scared.
“Don’t worry about it, it’s just a saying someone made up. Don’t think too much into it,” was the reply she got from her friends.
She managed not to think about it for the rest of the night. Until she got home that is…
As she turned the key into the lock and reached for the light switch for the hallway she heard a “tchif!” and the light bulb burnt.
“Great!” she mumbled and she entered the living room to turn on the light.
The whole house was cold. The radiator had decided to switch off on its own and Chloe did not know how to fix it. She made a note to call the service centre the next morning. For tonight she would have to do with a few extra blankets.
“Time for a warm bath and into bed”, she thought to herself as she turned on the tap and stripped to enter the shower. As she finished rinsing out her hair the water instantly turned cold. She tried to regulate it by turning all the hot water on instead, but there was none available. Chloe began to curse. This could not be happening.
She stepped out dripping and wrapped herself in a towel. There was no hot water. She made peace with that and went into the bedroom to at least dry her hair. But as she plugged in the hair-dryer and pressed the button the entire power went down.
Chloe’s cursing could be heard across the neighbourhood.
As she managed to turn on the power, she placed a towel on her pillow and slipped into bed. That was it for tonight, she thought, hoping that Scarlett O’Hara was right when she said that “tomorrow is another day”.
Maybe she should have paid more attention to that cookie after all…