Picture: Having Loved and Lost

She rocks back, forth, back and forth – a pendulum. Her hair trodden from the sullen cloud permanently fixed above. The red needle on the yellowed clock reads 7:56 a.m. and every morning the phone rings.
Wrong number. Some old man trying to reach Garrison Keillor – but she listens.
“I got a story,” he laughs and reminds her of Fred, her husband – a high pitched squeal ending with a cough.
The old man thinks she’s a Producer for the show, and she doesn’t deny the assumption. She used to let the phone ring through, but he listens.

Talk story

  1. cmak15 says:

    Like the yellowed clock image. Also, the word "permanently" stands out to me. I hope that you work on this piece (the longer one) because I like what is going on. Hopefully readers will understand the story from this short excerpt. Glad you added some bio information.

  2. Johanna says:

    I love this story. There is so much depth in just these 100 words. I particularly love the opening line and how the words themselves portray the back and forth of a pendulum. I also like the image of the sullen cloud, vivid. And, I love the last line it simultaneously answers and begs so many questions like why she talks to him, but what do they talk about? 😉 Nicely done.

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