How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan: Amazed, Intoxicated, Aroused


“Wake up, wake up! You’re going to be late.” Linda yanks the covers back to the foot of the bed.

“Mo-om…” Her daughter curls into a ball like a kitten.

“Come on. You’ve got fifteen minutes.” Underwear, socks, jeans and a T-shirt tumble onto the mattress.

“Maggie, shower. Now.”


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The twelve-year-old rolls out of bed, clumsy, rubs her eyes and yawns with abandon. Brown hair askew, she stumbles down the hallway. Incoherent mumbling brushes her mother’s back. The bathroom door slams. The toilet flushes, and the shower whooshes to life.

Satisfied, Linda returns to the kitchen and leans against the granite countertop. She grabs her cooling coffee, eyes the black cat clock, and grins.

So, my darling daughter, I’m amazed you bought it, yet again.

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The word limit for Amazed is 150 words. I used 125. Check out for rules and contributions.


Elly checks her teeth for lipstick, and applies a light blush to already pink cheeks. A thud on the door stills her humming. She hastens down the hall, a final anxious pat to her retouched blonde hair.

“Norman. Come in.” Elly wrinkles her nose.

The balding man thrusts red carnations towards her face. Eyes glazed and face flushed, he leans forward. “Whoa—” The door jamb saved him.

“You’re intoxicated, Norman?” She shoves his chest with the flowers and slams the door.


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“You promised…” Elly slides to the floor like a ragdoll. “Lying bas—

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The word limit for Intoxicated is 100 words. I used 95. Check out for rules and contributions.


The insistent ringtone disturbed Rosie’s reading again. “Phone’s been ringing all day,” she grumbled, popping a caramel chocolate. “Stanleeey—phone!”

Stanley returned, bouncing on his toes, and gasped. “Lady said we won a trip.”

“What kind of trip? Like bus?”

“Nope.” He flung out his arms. “Think Disneyworld, sweetie, an airplane…”

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“Disneyworld?” Rosie clasped hands to her chest. “Disneyworld?”

“Uh-huh. Lookie here. A confirmation number.” Stanley nodded, laughing. Rosie squealed and threw herself into his arms.

“Stanley?” she whispered, “Are you as aroused as me?”

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The word limit for Aroused is 100 words. I used 85. Check out for rules and contributions.


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!

22 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan: Amazed, Intoxicated, Aroused

  1. I’ve dealt with pre teens like Maggie, Elly is well shot of Norman and as for Rosie well . . . 🙂
    Three excellent flashes my dear you’ve surpassed yourself!


  2. Loved all the flashes Tess 😉
    The middle one was actually sad…


  3. You knocked these out! Love poor Maggie, no twelve-year-old wants to be up and out.


  4. I’m AMAZED! 🙂 You are really very very good.


  5. Amazing! Clever Linda 🙂
    I didn’t quite get why Elly slides to the floor like a ragdoll and can’t finish her sentence. Has Norman knocked her out?


    • Thank YOU, Linda, for commenting.
      I guess if explanation is in order, I didn’t do a good enough job.
      She shoved his OUT with the flowers, slammed the door and in her disappointment, she collapsed against the door, weak and slid down the back of the door. Hmm. Might have to go back to the drawingboard.


      • Now I get it. Good for her!
        I think just adding the missing syllable or an exclamation mark would do it. In that situation, what woman would not finish the word? I think that’s what made me think of a K.O.


      • Yes, maybe a bit confusing but I suppose, I might have made the mistake of being too engaged with how I might react in a similar situation.

        Good for her! Thank you for your input.


  6. aroused by disneyland?? i’ve never heard of such perversion!!!


  7. Love these flash fiction pieces! Excellent! 🙂


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