OLWG #41- A Short Vignette Exploring the Chicken and the Egg

This week’s prompts are at the bottom. The work below is practice and practice makes perfect.

Here’s how to play along, if you are unsure.

Nicole pressed the phone against her ear and listened to the ringing on the other end. She prayed that the answering machine would pick up.

“Hello?” Nicole heard her grandmother say from across the ether. She grimaced and took another drag off her cigarette.

“Hi, Gramma,” she said, “It’s Nicole. I…”

“Nicole? Is that you?” Gramma interrupted. “It sounds like you’re smoking again! You know you shouldn’t smoke. It’s not good for you. Wait a minute, I’ll get your grandfather.” She heard her grandmother yelling, probably over her shoulder; probably out into the yard, “Herb? Herb? It’s Nicole on the phone. She wants to talk to you. I think she’s smoking again.” Then back on the phone, “Nic, you never call us. You should call us sometimes; you know we like to hear from you. Oh, OK, here’s your grandfather.”

Grampa came on the line, “Nicole, honey? Is that you?”

“It’s me Grampa. I just called to, …”

“Your Gramma says you’re smoking again, honey. You know that’s not good, don’t you?” He paused.

“Yeah Grampa, I know that, but listen, I wanted to, …”

“Honey, I can’t stay on the phone long. The pool girl is here cleaning the pool. I, uhm, I need to go watch her. I have to watch her and make sure she does it right. She’s wearing her blue bikini again today. Let us hear from you. We never hear from you anymore,” and with that, he hung up the phone.

Nicole frowned and listened to the dead line, “OK then, Grampa. Tell Gramma that I wanted to wish her a happy birthday.” she looked at the face of her phone and pressed the button to terminate the call. She sighed deeply and stared out the kitchen window at the back yard. She watched the grey Dickie birds play in the trees for awhile, then she sat her phone down on the counter top and reached for the bottle on the window sill. She shook two Tramadol into the palm of her hand and then swallowed them dry. She returned her blank eyed stare back out to the birds in the yard.

This week’s prompts are:

  1. Pull my thumb
  2. It’s just a figure of speech
  3. Have we seen this already?

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

9 thoughts on “OLWG #41- A Short Vignette Exploring the Chicken and the Egg

  1. Although I appreciate the conundrum, I’m reasonably certain that that was not the intention. It just seems a bit to cerebral for me to have planned that.

    Or, maybe not.

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  2. Poor Nicole. It’s not wonder she doesn’t bother to phone very often. This was such a painful conversation to listen to. And you give us hints that the rest of Nicole’s life is unhappy too – one to dwell on.

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  3. I think quite a bit of what we write connects in ways we don’t see at first and others get the privilege of pointing out those connections. 😉 I didn’t know that Dickie-bird was just an expression to identify unidentifiable small birds.
    (18 – a lucky number to some)

    As per request – though I didn’t get far; you might like: #6 Cease and Desist…

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