100 Word Wednesday — Notions

img_1776“Aw, Ma, do I have to?” Jenny whined.

“Yes you do,” Arlene said. “You’re too young for me to leave you here by yourself and I promise it won’t take long.”

“Where are we going?” Jenny asked, arms folded defiantly across her chest.

“The notions store,” Arlene answered.

“What are notions?”

“They are things like pins, cotton, ribbon, and similar items for sewing,”Arlene explained.

“That is so boring,” Jenny said.

“How about this,” Arlene said. “When we come back I’ll teach you how to sew. We can start by sewing a dress for you.”

Jenny smiled. “Cool,” she said.

(100 words)

Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.

100WW — The Celebration

img_1730The three women sat by a tree in front of their office complex. The Space Needle was visible, so they could spend the evening snacking, chatting, and waiting for the fireworks display to start.

“It’s so nice finally living in a country where we can celebrate the nation’s Declaration of Independence as well as the freedom living in this country allows us,” one of the women said.

“Yes,” said another. “We have a great job, a great life, a great country.”

Then a car pulled up, a man walked up to them, and asked, “Ladies, can I see your papers?”

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt and for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge, where the things are Declaration, freedom, and fireworks.

100WW — Tomorrow

img_1671In these days of Donald Trump, I feel like I’m stuck in a day that’s gray and lonely. But despite the shitstorm that seems to be swirling all around me, I try to remain optimistic. Yes, I’d bet my bottom dollar that tomorrow there will be sun.

No doubt that when I think about when the sun rises tomorrow over the eastern horizon, it will clear away the cobwebs and, as to my sorrows, there will be none. So I just gotta hang on until tomorrow, come what may.

Shit! Who am I kidding? We’re all fucking doomed!

(96 words)

Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Kudos to lyrisicst Martin Charnin for the words to the song “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie, whose lyrics I borrowed a little for this post.


100WW — Mesmerizing

img_1619“It’s mesmerizing,” Gail said.

We were sitting in the back seat of my friend’s ‘57 Chevy Bel Air convertible, the top down as we headed across the Bay Bridge to Ocean City. Traffic was backed up for miles, as it often was on summer weekends, and the car was moving at barely five MPH.

I turned towards Gail to see what she was talking about and saw her looking up at the bridge structure overhead. As we passed slowly underneath, it was, indeed, mesmerizing.

I asked her to pass me the joint and took a deep hit. “Far out,” I said.

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday photo prompt.

100WW — Graduation Revelation

A46E0DBD-60D3-48FC-8DB6-50B955D133D7“Your mother must be very proud of you,” a woman I didn’t know said to me.

“Yes, I suppose she is,” I politely responded and started to walk away to get lost in the crowd. But before I could, she grabbed me by my wrist.

“So what are your plans?” she asked me.

“I’m sorry,” I said. “Do I know you?”

She gave me a very sad look. “No, not really.”

“Then leave me alone,” I said.

“I did that once already,” she said. “I won’t do it again.”

“What are you talking about?” I asked.

“I’m your birth mother.”

(100 words)

Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.