He was doing it again and it drove her crazy. Anytime he grew impatient he would bounce his leg. As they sat in the waiting room to see her doctor his idiosyncrasy was showing. “Would you please stop that,” she asked him.
“Stop what,” he replied.
She shook her head and said, “You were bouncing again. You always do this when we are here. It is embarrassing.”
“What if this was a medical condition I had?”
“Then I would say you need help.”
“That sounds like you, always running to the doctor.”
She sighed and went back to her magazine.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – idiosyncrasy
She stared at the paper and her face showed her disgust. She picked up the phone and dialed a number. When she heard him answer she didn’t waste time with a hello, she yelled, “What the hell happened to an amicable even split? This list of things you want is crazy!”
She listened briefly to him, and then said, “Don’t give me that poor me speech. You know I helped get you through college.”
In a short time, she interrupted him and said, “Fine, then talk to my lawyer!” Then she dropped the phone and stormed out of the room.
Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) – amicable
The meeting was to take place at 1 o’clock. Kathy dreaded the thought of two hours of nonstop boredom. But this was a meeting with the West Coast division of advertising, and she knew she wanted to move up at the agency. Putting on a good show at this meeting would give her good brownie points. She had already put in 11 years of hard work and knew it was just a matter of time before she either moved up or moved on.
The intercom buzzed and her secretary said, “The meeting starts in 8 minutes, you better go now.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – division
Sally put the car in park and ran across the street to meet her daughter for coffee. The two of them chatted for a while and then the two left to go to the library. Walking to her car Sally was laughing at a joke her daughter had shared when she stopped in her tracks. There on her car was a parking ticket. “Oh no,” she said. “I forgot to feed the meter.
Her daughter just laughed and said, “The meter got angry and bit back at you.”
“Ha, ha. I recall you getting one not that long ago.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – meter
She drove through town in a haphazard fashion. Her life was so complicated and she was just trying to get to a place of peace, anyplace without the headaches of her life. She found herself at a local park and pulled into a parking space by the creek.
She stood on the bridge and breathed deep the crisp fall air. Her relationship was in tatters, her Mom was sick and work had become an exercise in trying to control her anxieties.
Tomorrow she was seeing a new therapist. It had to help… she was at the end of her rope.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – haphazard
“I am not your property to be brought out only on special occasions! To be seen just to decorate your arm when you need to look good! I am a not a thing, I am a woman who deserves her own life and if you can’t give me that…” she trailed off, out of breath and heart beating fast.
“Now sweetie I didn’t mean anything by it.” he said condescendingly
She spun back around to face him, “Don’t call me sweetie! You go enjoy your dinner alone.” and with that she turned back to her suitcase and opened it up.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – property
He sat at his desk scrolling though Facebook. He was just killing time before he had to go to work. He stopped when a video caught his eye. It was a music video of a local band.
The video was taken at a local bar he and his wife used to go to quite often. As he sat and watched the video he was taken back in time. Then he saw her.
There by the stage was a woman he swore could be his wife. But he knew it couldn’t be her, she had been dead for four years now.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – video