How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan – Irrational

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Home at last. Miriam hums and kicks off her heels, then checks the fridge. No real food. Sigh. Her cell emits a boisterous, You Can’t Get no, Satisfaction.

She unzips her gray wool dress and peaks at caller I.D. What’s Trina, want? I quit the group months ago. “What’s up? Rotten weather for driving. Book-club on tonight?”

“Not sure. Time will tell. Sam’s out of gas—stuck on Exit 42.”

“How can I help?” As if I care.

“We need your gas can. Meet Doris at the Upper James Sunoco station.”

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“Dor-ris? What for?”

“She’s offered to keep you company.”

“This is irrational. You know she’s crazy, right? She hates me.”

“Bite the bullet this once, sweetie. Even Doris doesn’t remember why your conflict started.”

“And CAA?” Miriam grinds her teeth and drops the dress.

“Will take ninety minutes.”

“Doris doesn’t own a gun, does she? I don’t trust her.”

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This is the new Fall Quarter of Flash in the Pan. The theme is Disturbed.

The word limit for Irrational is 150 words. I used them all again.

Check how to join:  http://mommasmoneymatters.com/flash-fiction/

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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!

58 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan – Irrational

  1. I want to see what happens next! 😉 it’s funny when we can’t recall just how a conflict started, isn’t it? Sometimes, best forgotten though.

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  2. DON’T GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Love the Stones reference 😀 Nice story!!

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  4. bite the bullet – does she own a gun…nice. It is a story of “Well now what happens? ~ smiles.

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  5. Excellent! where do you get your ideas crazy lady? 🙂

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  6. Now you’ve left us hanging in suspense again 😉

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  7. I feel the tension. Good job with that. What happens?!

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  8. Omg, I’m dizzy, lol. I don’t know how you do that Tess, jumping from crisis to crisis, yet not losing the reader. Seriously though….Miriam may need a valium, lol. 🙂

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  9. Great writing Tess! What happens next?

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  10. haha to the Stone’s reference. Your writing always makes me want more. 🙂

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  11. Wow! I need to know what happens next… 😉

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  12. Loved reading this my gifted friend.

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  13. Old grudges die hard! 🙂
    Nice one.

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  14. Uh oh – what happens next? I almost don’t want to know. But of course,I have to.
    Dum de dum dum….

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  15. This was fun. I compared your flash fiction to Val’s regarding the word “irrational.” Both of them are scary. I think the Doris will be up to no good. She knows she’ll have you trapped and the “thing” that broke off your relationship will be hers to attack you about and you’ll be cornered. Why do I say this: I know it to be true from experience. Nothing irrational about this piece what so ever–oh good grief, I’ve got a stomach ache! 🙂

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    • Aren’t you fun! Thank YOU. Yep, I’m sure this is an opportunity for Doris… 🙂
      Both flashes are scary because the theme for this quarter is ‘disturbed’. This has been a challenge for me as I don’t usually enter troubled water but now I have. 😀

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  16. Is it snowing here on your blog or I’m wrong?

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  17. HI Tess,
    I can just feel Miriam’s fatigue and stress, and fear. You are so good at loading your scenes and it’s always something that I take away and think about afterwards. You are such a talented writer.

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    • Thanks so MUCH, Naomi. I do enjoy working on these characters and am pleased if / when they are appealing. You are too kind.
      I, on the other hand, am in awe of your travel journals because you capture the best and most interesting parts so well. 🙂

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  18. Do you remember when we used to have Kerosene heaters? OMG the smell! The gas can reminded me of those cold days at my grandmothers house!

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  19. And if she doesn’t own a gun, would she have another weapon? This doesn’t bode well…!

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  20. Oh no! What happens next!

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  21. LOL… This sounds way too much like real life. There’s a good reason why i’m always “in another room” when the phone rings! 😈

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