How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

100-Word Challenge for Grown-ups Week #130


‘What is 100WCGU?

This week’s prompt: … but it has nuts in…



Charlie leaned beneath the rusted hood again. What genius unloaded this useless wreck on my son?

“Where’d you get this old rattletrap, LeRoy?”

“It was free, Pop.”

“Not worth anything, that’s sure.”

“I want to fix and drive it.”

Charlie jerked his head out too fast and banged his head. “Ow!” Dead cigar clamped hard between his yellowed teeth, he shook his head. “You don’t know what you’re talking about, do you?”

“Won’t cost nothing neither. I found this box of…”

“Doesn’t matter.”

But it has nuts in here, bolts and screws.”

“What you need is an engine, boy. Got one in there, do you?”


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!

51 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grown-ups Week #130

  1. Good descriptions. And, ouch to that head bang. I know how that feels. It’s so good to be reading you again. ❤


  2. Hahaha I love the head bang too, very clever characterisation Tess 🙂


  3. Barely home from China, and she’s already back in the swing of things with the 100-Word Challenge. 🙂 Nice entry!


  4. My head hurt as Charlie banged his. You definitely brought your writing talents back home with you Tess.


  5. Hahaha! Poor boy didn’t know to look for an engine. Good job Tess!!!


  6. Back in the saddle Tess! Good to see you


  7. and she is back 🙂 oh dear an engine would help 😦 x


  8. Lots of story in a scant 100 words. Very strong.


  9. Point him to the nearest scrapyard,, for spares of course. 😉


  10. I’ll say again, so nice to have you back Tess. Loved the short story 🙂


  11. Great! I pictured my father as the dad in this one. He smoked cigars and had that kind of attitude.


  12. Great story!

    And Pop should cut Charlie some slack. At least the kid could get a few bucks for scrap.


  13. HaHa! and ouch! Wow Tess, you are back to your amazing writing and have I ever missed your fab stories! You know, you inspired me because while you were away the weekly writing challenge that I do sometimes was to write a story in 50 words, no less, no more. I’d love to know what you think although it it’s dark, but you know me…


  14. I love Julia’s challenge. She’s quite a character. If you planned your next trip to England, I think she’d be a kick to visit.

    And your story–wonderful surprise ending.


  15. Your story sounds like a conversation had at my house just last week. Nuts and bolts will get you far 🙂


  16. Think I must have had a coma moment, I missed this post. Your brilliance hasn’t stayed in China that’s for sure. So few words and so many descriptions of that moment is amazing. Through yellow teeth, rusted car, the dialogue. It gave a whole history of their appearance and way of life. Sheesh your good! 🙂


  17. NIce to see you haven’t lost your style Tess! Welcome back. 🙂


  18. A missing engine, just a tiny detail 🙂


  19. Oh, no. I see above you have a cold and bad sinus. Take good care of yourself. Tom’s sinus infection (the 1st one) turned into bronchitis.
    Your flash is exquisite, as always.


  20. Lol! I certainly didn’t see that one coming.

    Sorry for the belated comment(s). Have been off WP for some time. It’s a real treat to have so many of your posts to catch up with now!


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