How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan – Egress


“I don’t want a birthday party.” Grandpa Charlie repeated.

“You think this party is about you?” His wife stared till her eyes crossed.

“Patsy you’re confusing me. Who else is having a birthday Saturday?”

“Most of the family are already en route.”  She stroked her knotted forehead. “They want to see you.”

Eyes hooded, Charlie rose from the kitchen table.  He hitched his pants and puffed out his scrawny chest. He’d shrunk to five-foot-four but still towered over his wife. Patsy gave a mischievous tug on his suspender. “Any egress plans in your future, Grandpa Charlie?”

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He pecked her lips and embraced her. “So you can catch me like at my eightieth?” She laid her head on his shoulder.

“When did we get this old?”

He caressed her ample back. “Speaking of old, when the kids force us into the old folks’ home, we’ll breakout together. Deal?”

“Our own adieu.”

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The word limit for Egress is 150 words. Again, I used all 150.

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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!

21 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan – Egress

  1. The imagery you create with words is excellent, Tess. And, the anticipation…what’s next? Really enjoy your writing.


  2. Imaginative use of an unusual word!


  3. I confess to looking it up to get an accurate meaning and of course you’ve used it perfectly!


  4. In just these few words I feel like I know Charlie and Patsy. And like them. A lot. 🙂


  5. That’s nice! Yeah, break out of the old folks home and go wild!


  6. you gave that old ‘egress’ word some attitude…


  7. Good one Tess! A lesser known word, well used, and such a cute old couple 🙂
    My gran and granddad was like that – them against the world 🙂


  8. This is great. Amazing how one word can draw such a picture. And we’re all creeping in that direction, aren’t we? Creeping? Pah! More like looking in the mirror and thinking, “Wow! Wasn’t I just twenty something? What the heck happened?” 😉


  9. How wonderfully you have used imagry and words on this one Tess. Would that we could all be like your young couple 😉


  10. When you can give people a glimpse into character’s lives you’ve created and make them want to stay. You know that you have talent.


  11. You nailed this one, Tess. These two are adorable.