The Job

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7:00am

The car appears in front of Cartwright’s Mercantile as planned.

7:05am

On cue, Mr. Cartwright opens his shop door in his bathrobe and steps out on the sidewalk to examine the car. We overhear Mr. Cartwright saying, “What the….” He then circles the auto twice, kneeling to touch the colored paint (We assume he wanted to know if the paint was still wet. He wipes his fingers on his bathrobe.). He reaches up to check if potted plants on the roof of the auto were real (Again he wipes his fingers on his bathrobe. All going as planned.).

7:13

A few onlookers stop to look at Mr. Cartwright in his bathrobe standing in front of the car. Some shake their heads and move away. However (and this is a big however,), our old woman stops and peers into the passenger side window, something Mr. Cartwright failed to do (How did he miss this? Check notes.). Our old woman turns to scream at Mr. Cartwright. He does not see her gun (Perfect!).

7:17

Wait for it…. Yes, Mr. Cartwright is down. Job Done.


Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Week of 11-10 through 11-16-2015. Link to other contributions.

Writing Prompt #132 “Collage 10” 

(Bottom Left: Rossatty)

Because blue is how I feel

Under this canopy of stars without you.

I want to feel

Your breath, a staccato of skipping stones, against my neck

I want to feel

a carnival of desires binding us as one.

I want to

 Set my heart upon yours,

Because you will surely be mine.

Written for: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie 

Of Angels and Arias

I leaned in closer

heard death lick the corners of the room,

felt It slink and sift inexorably, and

watched the ebb and flow of breath temper to silence.

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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Week of 11-03 through 11-09-2015. Link to read other contributions. The photograph was provided by Sonya – Only a 100 Words.

Back Then

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We lived in Hollywood then, on a quiet, tree-lined street in the early nineteen fifties. It was a time when cars and people moved slower, a time of subtle changes. Back then, it was just the three of us. My father was trying to be a writer. He wrote in the early morning reliving the war, the keys of his typewriter snapping down on paper for three or four hours, then he drank all afternoon trying to forget the war, my mother, and me. My mother served drinks at the Interlude Club on Hollywood Boulevard five nights a week. “My one chance,” she told me, “to do something.”

After school I waited for her backstage, did my homework, and watched. I was watching that night when Mr. Rosenberg took my mother’s arm in a familiar way. I looked at him and I looked at my mother in her new red dress, how beautiful she looked, so happy. That night Mr. Rosenberg winked at me with a broad smile before leading my mother away.

 

For: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/fffaw-week-of-10-27-2015/

Not the Worm

Link to the Weekly Trifecta Challenge.  This week they’re looking for exactly 33 words which will include the word WORM (transitive verb) using the third definition below.

3 :  to obtain or extract by artful or insidious questioning or by pleading, asking, or persuading —usually used with out of

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“Your life depends on….”

But Tov dropped to his knees,

bowed his head,

wrists tied, ankles bound,

and thrust his neck forward.

They will not persuade me, nor worm……it…out of….me….