How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week #35


Always Cesare

Nine-year-old twins kneeled before the travel trunk in the attic.

“Where’s that key you found?”

“Here,” squealed Alexa,


Small hands tossed yellowed clouds of tissue paper around them. A soft thump sounded.

They stared at the red box; lid popped, brooch spilled. Alana grabbed it. “Love always, Caesar?”

“But that’s not gra…


“L-u-n-c-h, girls!”

* * *

“Grandma, who is Caesar?” Alexa asked.

“It’s Chey-za-rrey . He was my Italian dance partner.”

“And this brooch?”

“From Cesare.” Grandma turned away; eyes blurring.

The twins blushed.

‘He’s gone now,” Grandma said.

The twins looked at each other. Before Grandpa?!


I’ve been meaning to try this challenge for a while. Here I am: (Join us).

Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

34 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week #35

  1. Haha, that’s funny! But all amusement aside, I think we all need a red box in our attic…


    • I’d like to find one with ‘treasure’ inside. Real treasure I can cash in. That would be an adventure in itself. Thank you. I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Happy Sunday!


  2. I would say that trunk is loaded. Wonderful story. Simply eloquent–it takes talent to say so much with so few words.


  3. Interesting and mysterious, Tess.


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  5. Oh, I have a lump in my throat, poor grandma I hope her memory was happy as well as poignant. Most of us have ‘one that got away’ don’t we? A lovely emotive flash!


    • Thanks so much. If I can get across what I mean I get all warm and fuzzy. I think grandma might have let him get away but still had good memories. You never know where a story is going to go; at least I don’t often.


  6. It’s good for the younger set to understand that we all have histories. I think they sometimes think we sprang into being when they arrived. You showed us a couple of kids learning the truth.


  7. Really interesting, I love the beginning with the twins so enthusiastically hunting through treasures. Their final question, Before Grandpa – will they ever know for sure? Well done!


    • Thanks so much. It’s always a pleasure knowing a thing worked the way you wanted it to. Will you be joining this challenge? Great fun. This is my first try but hope to make time for more.


      • I keep forgetting my blog icon points to my personal blog – (WP only points to the main one.) My challenge entry is here:
        Hehee, prepare yourself.


      • Oh my, Judee, that one’s YOURS? I had read it and ‘liked” it yesterday (Saturday). I guess I was asking regarding the next one, whatever THAT will be . . . I do so like hooking up with people interested in writing and I see you are WAYYYYYYYYYYY ahead of me so I am pleased that you had something positive to say. Your challenge was a downright punch in the gut (in a good way). Kind of ‘be careful what you wish for’? Very unexpected. I loved the PUNCH. Look forward to talking with you again soon. Thanks for writing again and I look forward to the next 100W Challenge. Tess


  8. a box redolent with what might have been? Really enjoyed this and I look forward to reading your next response to the 100WCGU


  9. A great story in 100 words… but now I want to see more!


  10. I love this story:)


  11. Saw the title of your blog and just HAD to pop over.
    Am glad that I did.


  12. Every woman should have at least one Cesare in her past 😉


  13. Love the little snippets. With the brooch, he is never all that far away…


    • What I would like to know is WHERE is he NOW? Clearly grandma hasn’t forgotten . . . but . . . I bet she never had anyone do the TANGO the way she’s experienced it with (shhh) C-e-s–a-r-e! Thanks for dropping by. Nice to hear from you. Hope all is going well? Tess


      • Better than it had been. Only about another 200 lines to write and about 180 more posts to “fix”. Movers bite.

        And I bet she would like to know…

        Have a great day, Tess!


  14. Wonderful writing Tess!