Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gasp! It's Saturday Centus!

I love this weekly meme sponsored by Jenny Matlock. Each week, she gives us a prompt and challenges us to write a story using the prompt but no more than 100 words in length. I hope you enjoy it! (The prompt is in bold.)

Mom was a hypochondriac. She frequently acquired a deadly disease, which, of course, came with a tumor.

“When I die, I want to be buried in a fur coat and my red heels and nothing else!” she’d say from her deathbed(s).

“Okay, mom” I said. “I promise!”

That was twenty years ago. As I prepared for a move to the opposite coast, I began to clean out closets. In the corner of the master closet was a duffle bag that belonged to my dad. I had forgotten I had it. I opened the bag and pulled out a box. An involuntary gasp of shock escaped my lips when I opened the shoebox and saw the red pointy-toed shoes..."


Please visit Jenny by clicking on the logo below. There are many other short stories to amuse you! Thanks for stopping by!

Jenny Matlock


faith said...

Oh no! :) Great take on this!

Viki said...

I take it mom didn't get buried with her red shoes? LOL

Sue said...

Curios and curiouser!



Teresa said...

That does sound like a big Uh-oh! Nicely written.

Ames said...

LOL was dad hoping? Waiting the day? Or did he die first and the daughter forgot to bury mom with her fur coat and red shoes? Great take on this prompt!~Ames

Anonymous said...

I was smiling as the story began, but that didn't last for long - other emotions soon came rushing in. Nice write.

Cheryl said...

Great take on this prompt.

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Did she at least get to be a dearly departed in the fur coat?

Judie said...

I thini I'll read this tomorrow.

JUST KIDDING!! Great post!

RockiBottom said...

nothing else? but what if the coat were to shift? i know, not the point of the story but i dwell on these things sometimes. ;)

cj Schlottman said...

What a super post, and the twist was ingenious!

Great Centus...............cj

Jenny said...

She frequently acquired a deadly disease.

Absolutely brilliant.

Love, love, loved the twist you took us on in this little journey through 100 words!

Really excellent writing.

Tina said...

Very creative! You do leave us with many questions...but alas, such is the fate with many a Centus...

Anna said...

This was an interesting text that leaves me with questions. I'm with Viki when I am wondering whether or not the mother is still alive or just got buried without the red shoes.
You imply that, since twenty years have passed and you have a duffle bag after the protagonist's father, both parents must be dead. If the father were dead and the mother were still alive, she would have the bag instead.
It's a good text.
Best wishes,
Anna's SC wk 32