The girl turned the doorknob as quietly as she could. Stepping inside she began to slowly close the door behind her when the light flashed on. “Mom, I didn’t know you were still up.”
“Yes, I am as my daughter was supposed to be home two hours ago and just now came home.”
“Listen mom, I can explain…”
“Explain why you turned your phone off? Explain why you let me worry for two hours with no word?”
“Mom, Benny ran out of gas and we had to walk to Casey’s on the edge of town. My cell apparently died as we were walking because when we got there it was dead. Please don’t lecture me on my curfew, I didn’t…”
“No, you didn’t. Didn’t think that I had worried. Didn’t consider I have a meeting first thing in the morning I need to be well rested for. I will lecture you, but not tonight. Right now you need to go to bed and I need to calm myself down so I can finally sleep.”
“Mom, I really am sor…”
“Upstairs, we will talk tomorrow.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lecture
Ok, I know what Kafkaesque is… but it does not flow well in a poem, actually it is a word that does not even roll off the tongue very easily (at least not my tongue!). I could try to work it into a fiction piece, but I just did one about homecoming and I would much rather stack up poems than fiction pieces. So that leaves me back at a roadblock. Not that many of my poems rhyme, but what word even rhymes with Kafkaesque? All I can come up with is burlesque. But I will not travel down that road. I am going to do a plug for my friend actually.
Everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer awareness month, but did you know it is many other awareness months? Adopt a Shelter Dog month, Eat Better Eat Together month, Emotional Wellness month, International Walk to School month, National Book month, National Pasta, Pizza and Pretzel months, Positive Attitude month, and list goes on and on (take a look on https://nationaldaycalendar.com/october-monthly-observations/ ). But I am in particular supporting National Dysautonomia Awareness month
There are several forms of dysautonomia, but I know a couple of friends that have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and they can have debilitating conditions. I know one of my friends often spends days where she has to do activities like cooking and washing dishes seated in a chair, so she doesn’t pass out. The disease affects her blood pressure and is something that can come on suddenly.
He tried the combination, it didn’t open. He swore he had the numbers right. He wrote them down when they first got the lock and had used the combination before. Why were the numbers not working?
Suddenly it made sense. He had thought something was different, now he knew what it was. It was a blue face for the dial, not green. She had changed the lock. Now he had to wait for her to get back from wherever, to gather the last of his things. He didn’t have much, but he was ready to be out of her hair.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – combination