Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Suck-Up


It's Saturday Centus again, and I'm sitting at the dining room table looking out the window at the sun glistening off the ocean. What could be better? (Well, maybe sitting at the dining room table looking out the window at the sun glistening off the ocean whilst doing the Saturday Centus.) Yeah, that'd be better. And I've seen a couple of porpoises, too. =)

Today's assignment is to add 100 of our best words to a prompt that I suspect was borrowed directly from American Idol. The prompt is in blue this week, a nod to the sky and the ocean.

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The Suck-Up

Saturday morning. The scene is stark and grim, the battle all but lost under cover of night. Scattered across the landscape lie the unholy remains, echoes of warnings given but ignored, exploded in bits of pop, popcorn, and potato chips across the ground. A solitary woman stands witness, smoldering with righteous indignation. Ready to blow.

Bursting into the nearest bunker, she erupts, “Get your butt outta bed! Now! You have no consideration for anyone but yourself.”

“You kiddin’, Mom? I’d catch a grenade for ya.”

“Looks like you already did, Mister…in the family room. Now you’re gonna catch a vacuum and suck up the debris.”

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28 comments:

Jess said...

Oh, the life of a teenager- with all of the mess and chaos. You've captured it well Sue!

Cherie said...

OH Yes we mom's can really relate to this...teenagers - ha ha.
Well done my friend.

Terra said...

absolutely perfect! Laughed! Love it.

Nonna Beach said...

Very good one !!! This scene is so familiar to me, having lived through raising 5 teenagers !

Bookie said...

Oh, this is good,Sue. Yes, life (a clean one) with teens, no family!, is a war zone!

cj Schlottman said...

LOL! Sue, you've done it again. This is clever and oh, so true! I like your way with words!

Namaste..........cj

5thsister said...

Oh you had me for a moment...and then I was thinking a movie theater usher? No...the messy son! PERFECT!

If you haven't found me look for me After the Silence

Judie said...

Hahahahaha! OMG! Just as I suspected! You came up with a theme that was anything but obvious!! You are sooooo clever!!

yaya said...

Hmmm...taken from a real life experience perhaps? A fun and clever read Sue!

Darlene said...

Good one, Sue. You always seem to put the words together with a surprise in there somewhere. I really like the way this went.

anitamombanita said...

Good one! Enjoy the sunshine and the ocean air!

Poetic Justice said...

Great play on the take! Made me laugh. Nice job.
Michelle

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I love the way you set the scene and used the prompt, Sue. It was quite realistic and amusing.

xoRobyn

karen said...

Yep - been there. Done that. Somehow they change when the habitat becomes their own.

June Freaking Cleaver said...

The ever hopeful adolescent, sure that one compliment will keep him from assuming responsibility!

Way to go, MOM!

Great job!

Ames said...

You tell 'em Sue!~Ames

Tgoette said...

LOL! Love this Sue! Obviously this is a situation you are well familiar with! I love how you always think outside the box on your stories. So original! Great job!

Anna said...

Very funny!! And perfect!
This was not an easy prompt!
Thanks for visiting!
Best wishes,
Anna
For the benefit of other readers:
Anna's SC week 42 Maisy-Jane

Kat said...

Gee Mrs. Cleaver, you look lovely this morning! This made me laugh out loud. Loved it! Kat

Momza said...

So spot on!
Thanks Sue!!

Nancy Jane said...

As a mom I've played this scene, but not nearly as eloquently as you've done here. Terrific...just terrific...

Brian Miller said...

haha. yeah kids have a way of dropping those grenades around the house...smiles.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

How funny! You are just so creative Sue I love coming by here.
Wow a view of the ocean from your dining room.
I think I felt a spark of jealousy when I read this. Growing up on the beach is something I have been really missing especially in the last year. My family and friends laugh when I tell them the ocean is calling for me to move back but I am still here in the country.
Hope your had a wonderful weekend my sweet friend
Love
Maggie

Karen S. said...

Now this is a battle I can stand behind...ah yes and think I've been a part of! very cool!

Grandma Honey said...

Raising teens was a war zone at times. When I look back on fondness of raising my boys, somehow I don't look too long at the teen years.

Concerned women said...

Sue
Thanks for all the nice comments. I really love them and appreciate it.
Valsy

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

What amazes me most about the word prompts and how you spin a story around them is that the story is completely unexpected. I think that's a sign of a good writer--they are never predictable.
In trying to write this, I'd have the tendency to use the prompt phrase at the beginning of each story. You always manage to beautifully weave it in the perfect spot.
Liked this one--and-- I am NOT looking forward to the teenage years! :)

Jenny said...

Sue! I love this! What a great twist and turn to this prompt.

You are incredibly clever and talented.

And please, please, please let your friends know I NEED to rent that house for a few weeks.

It's not a question of WANT. It is seriously a question of NEED!

And I'd totally catch a grenade for ya in the process, too!

I loved this!

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