How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

100-Word Challenge for Grownups #135

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Check out jfb57 for the rules and http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week135/

100wcgu-72The prompt  is this picture. Only 100 words allowed.

Grownups135

 

Blind or Stubborn?

“What a rotting mess.” Patrick tosses a stone and watches it skip across the water.

“I see you haven’t lost your touch.” Nora stares down the lake, arms wrapped around her.

He sighs and hurls another rock. “Bad idea.”

“Why? We can do this.” Her hands clench.

“This decaying dock is nothing compared to that cabin.”

“Are you blind or just stubborn?”

“I won’t plunk one silver dime into this dump.” Patrick stomps away.

Nora’s eyes leak salty drips. I’m not selling Daddy’s cottage. I’m not. It’s mine.

“I’m done. Coming?”

She stamps her feet. I’ll find a way.

“Nora!”

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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!

68 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grownups #135

  1. Tess another brilliantly written piece. I can see the two of them standing there. Love the phrase ‘Nora’s eyes leak salty drips’.

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  2. Good one, Tess. Really get the emotions and scene. 🙂

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  3. DON’T GIVE IT UP NORA!!!!

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  4. This is great. I love Nora’s stubborn love and determination. I’m with her.

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  5. Hard to let something of a loved one’s go. But she might want to patch things up a bit before taking a stroll on that dock. 😉

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  6. Ah, I can picture this. Great one, poor Nora.

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  7. Nice. Really vivid. I can see a romance novel out of this. There’s good money in that, I’ve heard.

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  8. “It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.”

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  9. Go Nora, you can do it without that unsympathetic lump!

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  10. Stunning photo. Amazing writing. Nora has her priorities right.

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  11. Brilliant again, Tess. I hope she does find a way.

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  12. As they said, you can definitely make a whole novel out of this. Feisty Nora!

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  13. I like this, Tess. Would love to see how it all shakes out!

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  14. Tell us more, Tess. You put such fire into so few words. That’s the part that keeps us coming back again and again. You are indeed the master!

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  15. The blind and stubborn always get things done. Go, Nora!

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  16. OK, for the next 100-Word Challenge, tell us who wins! Another lively snippet.

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    • You’re full of vinegar today. Good day of work?
      Sigh. I can’t post more than twice a week otherwise I won’t get anything done and I do like the weekly challenges. 🙂

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      • Well, that’s because you get dozens of comments which you then kindly reply to. It’s one of the many reasons we-all missed you when you traveled.

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      • You’re such a sweetie, Jacqui and perk me up. It’s 6:25 pm and I’m all tuckered out already from sitting at my latptop all day. Can’t seem to draw a line I don’t keep erasing. Am better than before my trip but still, must do better…

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  17. You’re so good at these little cameos

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  18. Wonderful writing.
    Love the photo too!

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  19. I love these challenges, writing a story in so few words and you do it brilliantly Tess. I looked at the photo for a few minutes before I read your story, trying to imagine what you might write and I was drawn in immediately as soon as I read your first word. Now I want the complete story please, haha 🙂 Great stuff ❤

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    • Woo hoo. Glad I pulled you in. Lots of times I have no idea where I’ll end up. Good thing it wasn’t in the water. Ha ha.
      Nice to see you, Sherri. Thank you. You are always so generous with your comments. ❤

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  20. IDK how you keep pulling these off. Love the cliffhanger ending. 😉

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  21. Stay firm Nora!

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  22. Nora should dump Patrick and fix up the cottage, and move into it. So much packed into this 100 words, Tess–character, relationships, history, and plenty of emotion. The story rings true. Great job.

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  23. How clever of you, Tess, to come up with that scene based on that photo! I’m with Nora – and I loved all the above conversations about her!

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  24. Heartbreaking. And so typical of a man to just ignore her feelings…
    Beautiful little tableaux, once again.

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