Moving Day

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I don’t know how to do this. Amy Therriot-Winters sat in the foyer which featured, at the moment, fresh flowers on the entryway table and a new crystal chandelier over the stairwell. Her hand smoothed her linen slacks over and over while she looked at each piece of furniture and said good-bye to them. She had picked out each painting and drape herself, even the burled wood that stretched across the mantel. Her fireplace! The new house didn’t have one. The closest she and Jack would come was probably going to be a burn barrel in the back meadow. His dot-com business had failed; it was all gone.

Jack was more easygoing. He would know how to ignore things like the subtle change of attitude when the cashier at the grocery store chatted as she rang up your purchases then stopped when you pulled out your food stamp card. No longer worth my time. Don’t talk to them it might rub off. Amy knew that look, she was guilty of it herself. Now that she would be the recipient, she understood that you did what you had to in order to feed your family.

Amy stood and wandered out the back to the stone-flagged patio and sat in a rattan chair. A few late afternoon sunbeams chanced their way through the overhead portico. It was heavy with yellow Jasmine in full bloom, the foliage twisting up, around and through the wooden slats. It created a wonderful canopy that teemed with butterflies and bees this time of year. Someone else’s arbor now. The sale was final. Was that the movers out front?

Can I do this? She would make the move and give it a try. Without her husband Jack what good was a fancy house? Amy walked back to the house but froze at the back door. A young blonde leaned over the kitchen table with her skirt hiked up. Behind her, said husband had his trousers down around his ankles. Amy stared. Had she been outside so long that they had time to come in and do– this? She knew the look on her husband’s face and that was what finally made her angry. It was her look, only for her.

Therriot blood surging forward, Amy let the screen door slam behind her and walked purposefully in and past them.

“Jack,” she threw over her shoulder as they gaped, sliding off the table and grabbing at their clothes, “at least take the girl upstairs, the movers are here.” She continued on, stopping only to pick up her shoulder bag and the keys in the foyer. Jack ran behind her, hopping and stuffing himself into his pants. Amy stopped and turned to face him.

“Amy. Where is your car? Wait, this isn’t…” he trailed off. It certainly was what it looked like, he wasn’t going there was he?
“The car is out back. I got off early today, imagine that.” tears threatened to gather, she had to leave now.

He started to speak but Amy turned around and walked out- for the last time. Dodging the movers as they headed inside she got in the car and left. How she managed not to spin out or tear up the fine gravel-lined drive was beyond her. In no time at all her cell phone was ringing. It was Jack.

“You took my GTO…” His voice squawked in disbelief. She had bought that car for him for their fifteenth anniversary. It had been a peace-offering; a hope that he would give up the latest mistress and stay with her. A tawdry bribe.

“Jack, Jack. You said the fooling around was ‘behind you now’ but you were wrong. It was behind her today wasn’t it?”

Amy didn’t bother to hang up, she simply tossed the phone out the window. It was stupid; a childish thing to do. Heaven knew she would need a cell phone in the coming weeks. She watched it smash and fly into a million pieces on the pavement behind her, like her marriage and her life.

Rounding a bend in the canyon road she stopped on the shoulder overlooking the city. The valley glittered in front of her. She walked to the edge and looked down. Rocks, bushes and trash lay down the slope. Trash. Yes, it was time to take out the trash.

Amy picked up the biggest rock she could carry, shocked at its weight. She put the GTO in neutral and set the rock against the gas pedal. The engine raced. Frightening as the sound was she stayed until she had it set securely. The GTO rocked every time she adjusted the rock, engine roaring.

The rest happened quickly. Amy threw her shoulder bag out the door then shoved the car into drive and leaped, landing on her bottom in the dirt. The tires spun, kicking up a ferocious cloud of dust. As it found purchase in the soft dirt the car tore forward and screamed off the edge like the paint-streaked whore that it was. She heard a bang and hoped for a fireball but did not get the satisfaction. Fine. Amy sat in the dirt, in her fine linen trousers and silk blouse, and started to laugh. It really was moving day, wasn’t it?

 

Instead of 3 words I used two paragraphs at random from a book I had on the shelf then wrote a story touching on them. 

 

To Grandmother’s House We Go!

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Ambivalent, Raccoon, Generation.

Malevolent yellow eyes followed me when ever I walked through the living room. Their gaze skittered off of my shoulders and shivered down my back making my five-year old legs weak. I hid behind my mother when going upstairs; otherwise I pushed my back to the wall and scraped past as quickly as I could. The old stuffed owl on the newel was terrifying. The first time I saw it I touched the tip of the beak and got a nasty cut that became infected, I knew for sure it had bitten me. Hey I was little, what did I know? Read the rest of this entry

Silence in the Swamp

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Incorribible, Tranquillité, Doused

Arlie found the girl drifting deep in the Everglades. Shoulder-length dark hair stuck to her face, he figured her to be around 15 or 16. The girl wore a flowered blouse with tan shorts and white sneakers. She was lying all a-kilter in an old boat, with one arm slung over the side and one leg curled beneath her. Her fingers just grazed the water, leaving ripples that quickly disappeared. Nothing disturbs the black water of the bayou for long, nothing that wants to live. Read the rest of this entry

3 Words Needed Please

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Here is your chance to get in on the fun.   Just 3 words.  Give me 3 words and I’ll write one short story using them.   You can give me new words by leaving a comment here .   Check my “About” pages to see how I use them.   Keep an eye out to see if I pick your words.   Subscribe so that you won’t miss it!

If there are no messages any given time that the urge to write strikes, I will provide my own or ask friends to step up (but it’s a lot more fun if you do it).

Laughter, Athlete, Trial

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Here is my response to the prompt :)

There was laughter in our house, you see
we were watching an athlete on tv.
He ran a quick mile,
(such a difficult trial!)
Then he smacked right into a tree.

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Ode To A Teen

Halt.
What odor invadeth the slumbering nostrils
of thy parental unit?
Thy scent giveth thou away,
perspiring horselips.

Thy socks do overpower me.
I must crawl from my place of repose,
Inciting waves of rebellious laughter.

Oh thou slavering ruminant,
The bouquet wafting from thy bedchambers
Would render the strongest athlete
senseless and broken before
the  lockers of thine enemy.
Surely thou art not the issue of my loins!

What evil have I visited upon
thy person that I must
avail myself of such daily trials?
Thou taketh after thy father,
that porcine sluggard.