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Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

100-Word Challenge for Grown-ups – Week #150


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The prompt this week is … the smile … + 100 words



Sheila raced to the side-board and wrenched the drawer open. Nothing. The grandfather clock gonged three times. She took a deep breath and closed her eyes. Where is it?

The front door whooshed open and slammed shut. Footsteps thumped down the hall.


“School out early?”

“It’s Friday.”


Julie swatted the air. “Going to change.”

Her daughter gone, Sheila hustled to the computer console, yanked the drawer, and tossed envelopes around. Aha!

“What’s that?”


The smile on Julie’s face lit her eyes. A charming dimple surfaced. “Tell me. Italy or Paris?”

“Both. We leave March Break.”

“Is Daddy coming?”


© 2014 TAK

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!

67 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grown-ups – Week #150

  1. Forget Daddy. Can I come? 😉


  2. You always drop a zinger in the last line!! Brilliant 🙂


  3. So very good. The zinger at the end is perfect!


  4. That ending could go either way. Hope for a girl’s trip? Or would it be any fun without Dad? I wonder…


  5. Aww, I’m smiling. And, glad for it after a long day at work. Thanks Tess. 🙂


  6. Aww travel always makes me smile, lovely 🙂


  7. Can’t wait, doing nothing in March…. 😉


  8. Pity if daddy doesn’t come, but I’m sure it will be fun 🙂


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  10. I’ll go with them to Italy but then I’ll come home. I really don’t want to go to Paris again. :/


  11. Ah, adventure awaits with out without Daddy.


  12. This is the kind of surprise I would love to be hit with. I vote for Paris 😀


  13. LOVE that last line…I wonder if Daddy even knows about it? In fact, I wonder if they’re coming back…who knows the possibilities! Another great flash Tess, superb in fact 😀 ❤ 😉


  14. Something tells me daddy isn’t going to like it.


  15. Still waitin’ on that book…. 😉


  16. Sheila seems anxious, eager to find something and – perhaps – get going. A ticket to a new life? I have the feeling that that Daddy may not be all that nice to Mommy. I liked this – an intriguing ending.


  17. Tess, this is just incredibly well done. You truly have a gift for this sort of thing. I don’t think i could do anything that concise… i can’t imagine it. Great big hug!


    • Thank you, new blogging friend, Teagan.
      I’m thrilled you get it because 100 words isn’t enough time and I try to include enough for a bite of a story. I rarely end up where I started and I DO have fun. ❤


  18. I love ‘teaser’ short shorts like this. You write it PERFECTLY, which is obvious, since all your readers want to know m o r e!!


  19. NO matter how short or long, you keep the suspense til the very last line. 🙂


  20. When a trip could light up your life 🙂

    I admit I’m confused about why Sheila is in such a hurry to find the tickets. They’re not on the point of leaving, are they?