A Bad Nock (Homophone FF)

“I’ll sit here on the aisle seat to hear the isle commentary”, said George to Linda. “Why”, replied Linda. “That way I’ll be discreet; by not having to cross in front of you if I have to get up during the program, I’ll be discrete from you.” Linda just sighed, “Well at least you’ll be at my side!”

Thankfully, George did wait until the end of the program to get up; which took a weight off Linda’s shoulders. To make up for his behavior, George went into a flower shop, walked back four rows, and bought her a rose. It was a red rose, just like the one she had told him that she had read about in the novel. Of course George was glad that he made up for his guilt feelings with the flower, and not some gilt jewelry.

However, the most interesting event of the evening was on the way to a café, when at the coign of a building, Linda saw a dollar coin on the sidewalk. Bending down to pick it up, her blouse bow, being too tight, ripped; thus ending the night for the two of them. “I guess with a bad nock, interesting events do knock”, said George; Linda was not amused.
(A Bad Nock, © Steven S. Walsky, November 2018.)

Comfort (Flash Fiction repost)

When he was in grade school, the old rickety bus would take the dirt track past the long abandoned dwelling. It was on the return trip, when the sun was setting, that he would marvel at the golden hue of the large bricks; a wondrous glow in contrast to the scrubland. Later, as a teenager he would dirt bike out to the building to watch the bricks morph into natural beauty as the sun descended. His friends never understood what captured his mind so. For him, it was reassurance the world held breathtaking beauty; comfort in knowing he was alive.
(Comfort © Steven S. Walsky, June 29, 2012.)

This 100 word piece of flash fiction was written and originally posted for the July 6, 2012 ‘Photo Prompt’ for ‘FridayFictioneers’ posted by Madison Woods.

The Binder’s Call (Flash Fiction repost)

The top few pages lifted and dropped as the air, tossed by the fan, caressed them. She had to hold the right page down to read the words. When she had read the echoes of his thoughts, she sat back in the chair; the binder resting open on the table. She sat silently watching the right page, now free from her hold, once again rejoicing in the breeze. Two hundred and six pages to the left; maybe, an equal number to the right. The binder was large, old, and filled with his memories.

Each day she would reach for the binder on the uppermost shelf. Legs stretched like a ballerina, her arm barely reaching the top of the binder; she would pull the casement of thoughts by its spine backwards. The bookcase was filled, and the binder wedged snug. But she is relentless, and thus rewarded by new pages each day.

Page one envisioned how he would move past the troubles now surrounding him. Page two spoke of his life in a new town. Each new day, new pages opened his mind, heart, and soul to her. Each day tore not just the binder’s spine, but her heart, as if she met the man. Having read her pages, contemplated, she would replace the binder in the bookcase, turn off the fan, turn off the light, leave the room, but not his grip…not his hold on her. That night, like every night since finding the binder, she would think about him as sleep enveloped her.

The call came on a Wednesday; she remembers, as it was the first day it had rained in a week. The voice spoke of a house, surprisingly not far from where she now lived. In the house she would find a library filled with “his” classics. So strange; “His” she asked?. “A man who wanted refuge from the world’s want.”

Why would she be interested in a collection of ‘classics,’ when there were so many words written today that needed exploration. Nevertheless, she went. It was on the fourth visit that she noticed the binder; an item that seemed so out-of-place, so personalized within a sea of worldly literature.

Then on her seventeenth reading, the seventeenth time she had stretched to reach the binder, she saw the words that changed her life. “My daughter was probably born today, so far away; physically, and by her mother’s choice, from my arms, but NOT my love.” She reread the month. Her month, her year! No coincidence, as he pronounced the exact place, and the non-incidental that the baby was named as she, Alisha Stephany.

On the last visit she took the pages from the binder and fed them to the fireplace; they were now hers. Leaving the library for the last time, she carried a father’s love within. Closing the door, she smiled to the world.

The binder, spine now ripped almost off, lay open on the table; as if saying ‘I gave to her my thoughts now resting in her heart.’

(The Binder’s Call, copyright Steven S. Walsky, May 14, 2012, all rights reserved.)

The motivation behind this 500 word flash fiction was a May 14, 2012 contest on Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson’s blog to write a 50 word piece on “What Happened To This Binder?”; a black three ring binder, with one cover partially turn off.