100WW — One Sick Puppy

B6B36ED4-FCBA-4AB6-A29C-5C2EA5553A8F“Tina, I carved our initials and a heart in this tree,” Matt said.

Tina looked closely at the carved letters in the tree’s trunk. “What does ‘MAIV’ stand for?”

“That’s me, Matt Anderson the fourth,” he said proudly.

“And ‘TSWV’?”

“Tina Susan Wilson,” Matt said. “But I screwed up the carving a little.”

“And ‘NYIAJ’?”

“New York in April,” Matt explained. “Remember last April? The ‘J’ was supposed to be an exclamation mark, but I screwed that up, too.”

“And the red color?”

“I accidentally sliced my finger, so I painted the letters with my blood.”

“You’re one sick puppy.”

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt.

Friday Fictioneers — The Wall Clock

E2DB289A-54F2-4833-8692-639D484CC23F“You don’t like it?” Barney asked his daughter.

“I do like it, Dad,” Hillary said. “It’s just that….”

“Just that what?” Barney asked.

“Well,” Hillary said, “the workmanship is exceptional. There is so much intricate detail in the wood carving. It must have taken the craftsman months to create it.”

“Yes,” Barney said. “And the clock keeps time accurately. Plus, did you see the little girl carrying the bucket who comes out each hour when the little doors open?”

“It is amazing, Dad,” Hillary conceded. “But it seems a little incongruous, since everything else in your apartment is so contemporary.”

(100 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: J Hardy Carroll.