Suzanne walked across the street, rang the bell, and waited for Ellen to answer the door. Ellen could readily see that Suzanne had been crying. Obviously, Suzanne’s husband, who is the local preacher they sarcastically called “Elmer Gantry,” was drunk again.
Ellen hugged Suzanne. “We need to talk,” she said.
Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday from Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith. The idea is to use the picture above and the line “Elmer Gantry was drunk” from the Sinclair Lewis book Elmer Gantry, and to craft a story between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.
For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song you like by an artist no longer living.”
As someone whose formative years, music-wise, stretched from the late 50s through the early 80s, far too many of the artists I grew up with are no longer with us. But as I think back at some of my early favorites, Roy Orbison stands out. He was an incredible singer whose voice could span a range of three octaves, a range that was beyond that of most rock ‘n roll singers at the time.
And of all of his many hit songs, one that stands out to me is Orbison’s 1961 hit, “Crying.”
“Why are you crying, sweetheart,” Anita’s grandfather asked her.
Anita stopped crying and attempted to wipe away her tears. “Because, Poppy,” she said, “there’s a talent show at school next week and I told everyone that I could make balloon animals, but I’ve tried and tried and I just can’t seem to do it right.”
“Well, honey,” he said, “It takes a lot of hot air to blow up the balloons like that and maybe you’re having trouble because you’re not full of hot air, like some people I know.”
“But if I don’t have enough hot air,” Anita said, “how am I going to win the talent show? And look,” she said, pointing to a crudely drawn banner, “I already made a sign to advertise my balloon animals.”
“Maybe, Anita, it would be best to find another talent for you to show off to your classmates,” her grandfather suggested. “Let’s go out and get an ice cream cone and talk about what your real talents are.”
Written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write prompt, using the random words animals, balloon, and best, and for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge where the the things are crying, grandfather, and banner.