Posted in Prose, The Writer's Life, WAKING JAY'S MUSE: (Poetry & Prose)

OUT ON A LIMB FOR LOVE (a short story in 50 words)

out on limb

We’d laughed about it. They’ll come around. Onct it’s born, they’ll ‘cept me.

Suzie waits, bag packed.

Straddling the limb, I reach for her window.

She’s waving me away. Why? I lean.

Suzie’s Pa’s shotgun rams my chest. “Law pertects the homeowner ‘gainst trespassin’, niggah. And God—He fergives the Christian.”

 

Author:

My Twitter account identifies me as “a writer, a salesman, an optimist, a dreamer,” and adds: “may the four always cohabit and produce wondrous progeny.” Each of the first two identifies a blood-and-bone human being, living in the real world who works very hard at being honest and caring—but, who is still evolving in these areas. The last two (“optimist” and “dreamer”) are foundational qualities in my life. They keep a fire crackling under me that hopefully fuels the writer … and also the salesman, whose hat each of us is hard-wired to wear. Sandwiched somewhere between writing and selling, I attended college and even tried my hand at selling high school kids on why they should love learning and reading and writing. That was a brief stint. Whether teaching failed me or I it, I don’t know. You’d have to ask the kids—though many might be doddering by now, and some dead. Still, experientially, it is a part of me. I am married, living with my dog, Sirius, in Bakersfield, California, and separately from my wife.

8 thoughts on “OUT ON A LIMB FOR LOVE (a short story in 50 words)

  1. Lovely short story, Jay. Pete remarked, ‘wow, he has packed a lot into that’. It gave us a chuckle, a true flash fiction, down to the bones but still very effective. 🇦🇺💕

    1. Love ya, too, Sarah–and yes I had heard that short story. It’s a tough assignment, especially when you’ve reached your word limit and it’s one word short of making sense. LOL, Thanks for your comment, Sarah.

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