Saturday, August 21, 2010

Summer Drafts


There's a new twist to Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus this week. Participants still add only 100 words to our fearless leader's prompt...but this week, the prompt (in red) must also be the title. It can be fact or fiction. Mine is fiction, about a woman whose summer has been...well...I'll let her tell you.

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What I Did over my Summer Vacation (100 words or less)

I never saw the split coming. Our usual summer plans were set in January: a weekend or two with the grandkids, a few days driving up the coast, a couple of months at the beach. The greatest blessing of retirement was freedom. We'd always made the most of it.

He still made the most of it. I made very little of it indeed. He flew his newfound liberty high as a flag on the 4th of July. I flew at half-mast, hiding. Home and never more alone.


What I Did over my Summer Vacation (100 words or less)

Hid, hibernated, hated him, hated me.


What I Did over my Summer Vacation (100 words or less)

There are no words.

20 comments:

Bookie said...

Might be fiction, but sure caught the reality of a lot of lives!!!

jen said...

So glad this isn't your life.
You have such a gift, my friend!

Viki said...

Wow, what a story/ies. Great job.

Cheryl said...

Yow! You really went deep on this one Sue. Great job.

RockiBottom said...

powerful and emotional. VERY well done!

BECKY said...

Sue, yes, I agree that I'm certainly glad this is fiction!! Great job!

Darlene said...

Well, that's really different!! Different good though.

5thsister said...

Very clever. I could feel the hurt and the anger. Perfectly written as is. I'm glad I stopped by to witness a bit of literary art in action.

KC Mom said...

Oh my gosh...you are so clever!

PERMANENT POSIES said...

Well, I am glad I read the comments, which I don't often do. As I read it, I felt it and was trying to decide how to respond. So glad this is fiction. So, great post.

My name is PJ. said...

You are a creative genius!!! This was...well, there are no words!

Terra said...

oh very cool. I liked this. holds true for so many!

Malisa said...

Wowee, wowee, wowee! Very nice! I loved the concept using the mark outs. You said so much with so few words! Such a nice job! Wowee!

I just posted my contribution. Please stop by!

Malisa

karen said...

That was very very real. Close to home. I had to hang onto my "All Is Well" necklace a little bit until I could remember that the woman in the story is not me anymore. And I'm certainly glad it's not you.

Jess said...

I'm sorry to say I liked this story the least of all of your Saturday Centus stories, it was way too sad. And real, in an unfortunate sort of way.

Tgoette said...

Great writing, Sue! A real powerful and heartfelt story. Excellent!

Kat said...

Wow! This was wonderfully told, and perfectly written. Fantastic job!

Kaelin said...

loved the way you told this!

Tina said...

Nicely done. Loved the visual impact of how you told the story, too. Very clever.

Jenny said...

You are ridiculously cool.

I love your "outside the box" way of expressing fiction.

You are my hero!

And my inspiration.

Wow.

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