Category: fiction

Denim Shirt

  If I were a mechanic, I would bring my lunch in a paper sack. During the winter months, I’d take a thermos of soup to chase off the cold. My garage would be a small two bay place, painted white with blue trim. Outside would hang a sign in dark blue script that read Mechanic on Duty.…

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Trousers

I’m in a Paul Newman/Stevie Wonder mood.  Look out. Paul is always on my list of best men.  I do have a list.  Yes, I know Paul is no longer with us, but he is on the island (See Well Dressed).  He’s still very much alive and writing seriously romantic love letters to his wonderful wife, Joanne, until…

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Gown

A moment past her prime, Marthe tilted her chin forward. It was a trick taught by her mother that “elongates the neck and makes your decollate irresistible.”  She hoped it was working because she felt a bit like a fool, or a giraffe, maybe a foolish giraffe. Boning poked at the tender skin under her arms,…

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Torn Dress

The letter fell to the floor twenty minutes before nine. Smearing lipstick across her tear soaked face, it was clear she had lost her grip. She sat, one shoe, and waited for the rats to crawl through her forgotten wedding cake mind. That’s all from the laundry room.  Lost Dream.   Forty-two words exactly.  The…

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Silk Scarf

My forty-two words for Yeah Write’s Gargleblaster Challenge. The prompt…“Tell me something, old friend: why are you fighting?” She sat by me in the auditorium, more hair missing now than present under her scarf. The lights dimmed. “Why are we here?  You should be…” “Shh. Our daughters are on stage. This is where I should be.” I held…

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Preshrunk

Wait, what…but you said… When I was in the fourth grade there was a girl that was sort of in my group of friends, but not really.  She was the cool girl that knew one of my friends because I think their brothers knew each other?  I can’t remember and it’s not important. She, the…

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Cool Bag

James Patterson has a new book out. I know, you’re thinking, “He has a new book out every other week.  Who cares?”  I bought it because I am truly a dysfunctional girlfriend when it comes to him. I continue to say, “Oh gosh, maybe he’s not that bad.  Maybe he’s changed.”  I have read A…

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Keyhole Sweater

I like old keys. I always have. I also have a fascination with hotel silverware, but that’s a different post. There’s the obvious symbolism of a key. It represents the entree into something precious, locked away, private. Writers have used phrases like “the key to my heart”, “key to life”, or “keys to the past”…

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Fuzzy Slippers

I am reading a great book – Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier. She is the author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring, another great book. She is a terrific writer in that she takes something well know like the painting The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer and creates a fictional story behind…

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