How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

100-Word Challenge for Grownups

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Prompt for this week: …April… + 100 words

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Roses

Fingers chilled, April worked her forehead hard. Will this day never end? Caramel rubbed against her ankles; she ignored him.

Meow?

Urgent pounding startled them both. April froze, hand splayed at her throat. Miaow! The cat bounced into the air like a Billy goat and tore down the hall. Go away.

Curiosity won. She peered through the peep-hole. A florist’s box? She scooped the narrow box and slammed the door. Yanking off the top, she tore into the tissue. Long-stemmed white roses. Oh, Henry. April’s tears splattered the buds.

No. A drunk driver killed you. Five years, today.

“Then, who? Why?”

 

© 2015 All Rights Reserved Tess and How the Cookie Crumbles

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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!

65 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grownups

  1. hmmm – I’m going to rule out Caramel … but don’t we all fantasize about a secret (as opposed to ‘creepy’) admirer? 🙂

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  2. That was definitely an O. Henry ending! Wow!

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    • Nice to see you, Rebecca. Always. Thank you for reading and commenting. You haven’t mentioned your manuscript for a long time, or maybe I missed something interesting during my times away from the keyboard?
      I admit I am partial to Oh, Henry. I don’t think I’d like any other name, and have no idea why EXACTLY.

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  3. Tess, did not see that end coming! Surprise! Good one! Christine

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  4. And here we were just talking about cats and dogs over at my place! I think the cat sent the flowers.

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  5. For several years after my father died, on my birthday, I received yellow roses. he always gave/sent them to me on my birthday. They stopped after a few years and I never knew who.

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  6. I suspect someone who knows her heart aches. This made mine ache.

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  7. Aww…. Well done. You can feel April’s sadness. I love that you made her name April. Loved Carmel the cat! ❤ ❤

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    • Thank you. Thank you for reading and commenting. April was the prompt and I didn’t want to do the month thing. I have a cinnamon and white cat (some say ginger and white, but not to me). He (Dickens, yes, as in Charles) was making a nuisance of himself as I tried to type this. Caramel popped into my head or it could be my fingers picked up on that first? 😀 😀

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  8. Oh Tess, this was poignant and creepy at the same time, how excellent!
    Thank you and now I’ll be wondering, who?

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  9. My curiosity is piqued! Are we ever going to know Tess or will you leave us hanging. Another great piece of writing. Thank you.

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  10. You’re such a good story teller Tess!

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  11. I just have to love a story with roses in.

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  12. I think it is the driver.
    The person who never drank another drop, but lives with the sadness of knowing that their carelessness cost one life and left another person with such loneliness.
    A way of saying ‘I’m so sorry’.

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  13. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A great little short story and few people can arrange 100 words as well as Tess Karlinski – Roses

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  14. April brings me bad memories… I thew a rose into the sea for somebody, very loved by me, who died 4 years ago.
    Perhaps you have writen this becasue my thought conveyed to you.

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  15. Interesting…more? I think it’s someone close to April and Henry who knows… and loves her. He has waited for five years. 🙂

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  16. Brilliant and always that kick in the butt at the end!!! ❤

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  17. You always do that, Tess–throw in a twist at the end. Your stories are so delightful.

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  18. Please, please, can we have a part two? I’m not going to sleep until we find out why and who?

    A rather nice cliff hanger 🙂

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  19. Well done Tess. Poignant, mysterious…. and yes, just a little creepy.
    As long as the roses aren’t from Hannibal Lecter… 😀

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  20. Excellent. It is amazing what you can do with 100 words!

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  21. Oh my! What a poignant tale!

    Who sent the roses? We are left to wonder. The drunk driver who cannot escape his conscience, perhaps?

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! ❤

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  22. Beautifully achieved mix of touching and intriguing. I’m always impressed by how much you can do with so little.

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  23. Oooh…I am on the edge of my seat with this one Tess…who indeed? And why? Those cats sure are scitterish 😉 Another wonderful flash ❤

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  24. Hmmm, cat jumps like a billy goat? Maybe knows something no one else knows. You are delicious in your surprise endings. 🙂

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  25. Tess, that gave me chills. It really does amaze me how much you can put into so little ❤

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  26. I could have hurt or killed someone when I was drinking. Grateful it never happened to me or a victim. Clean and sober 13 years.

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  28. I liked your story and especially the end. Makes me wonder…:)

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  29. I wonder who indeed….a startling ending and will we ever find out?

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  30. Yowza! Those last lines of yours are something my friend. You gave me goosebumps. Yes! Really! 🙂

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  32. Loved this Tess! At first I thought it was going to be scary but then…. You did a lovely job on 100 words! White roses mean purity of heart! Nice touch! Hmm….now who….?

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  33. Thanks so much. I appreciate your kind support. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  36. Oh I like this, but I’ve already read part 3. Headed to part 2 now

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  37. Thanks so much. Tickled you’re enjoying this. ❤ ❤ ❤

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