A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Manual Shift

Manual Shift

Some ideas are better left never conceived, while others would have been better left unacted upon.

Such was the fate on Freddie one Saturday morning.

He’d long wanted to be like his father, even going so far as to pack a lunch in his school lunchbox, climb into his father’s pickup, and pretend he was going to work.

It was during one of these summer morning excursions where Freddie decided it was time to shift into gear. Literally. How hard could it be?

Ah, the fanciful ideas that come to young minds. Only 1001 chores to go before Freddie’s ungrounded.

 

Posted in A Story A Day Challenge, A Story A Day Challenge 2020, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Bark-Lounger

Bark-Lounger

“Come on, move, Jake.” Despite Derek’s command, the chocolate lab remained unmoving.

“Damn it, get off my foot, you lazy, shiftless…”

Instead of stepping over the dog laying at and on his feet, Derek had to step to the side and slide his foot free. Jake remained unmoving, seemingly oblivious to the world around him.

“Freaking dog. Would it kill you to listen?”

No reaction.

Grumbling, Jake headed to the kitchen for his snack. When he returned, he froze just inside the living room. Jake was curled up in his easy chair.

“Damnit! Un-ass my seat, dog!”

Jake remained motionless.

Posted in A Story A Day Challenge, A Story A Day Challenge 2020, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Kids

Kids

The sun glistened off the water as father and son sat on a dock, fishing poles in their hands. A gentle breeze blew the long grass by the lake’s edge, stirring something in the son.

“Dad?”

“Yeah?”

Why can’t I go in?”

“Can you swim?”

“No.”

“Then you have your answer.”

“Oh.”

A few seconds later, “Dad?”

“Yeah?”

“What if I fall in?”

“Then I’ll pull you out.”

“Oh. Will you teach me to swim?”

“Later today when it warms up some”

“Why then?”

“Because you’ll scare away the fish and your mom will kill me if you get sick.”

Posted in A Story A Day Challenge, A Story A Day Challenge 2020, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Story A Day Challenge 2020: A Chip Off the Old Block

A Chip Off the Old Block

Oh, how I waited for this day.

On one hand, I was happy I was going to be a grandfather. On the other, I still wanted to kill the son of a bitch that took my daughter away from me.

I know, I know. Behave. You know how many times I’ve heard that? Our son-in-law is afraid to go hunting with me—no clue why.

Well, things change and I’ve accepted him. Somewhat.

“GET OUT! GET OUT, YOU BASTARD!”

That would be my daughter. And that’s my son-in-law exiting her room looking pale. Welcome to fatherhood, day one, sunshine.

What?

Posted in A Story A Day Challenge, A Story A Day Challenge 2020, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Just One Job

Just One Job

“It’s going to be glorious! All we have to do is not screw it up.”

Josh rolled his eyes. Yeah, us not screw something up. That’ll be a first. “And what if we’re caught? Have you thought about that?”

Tony shrugged, all innocense. “What? They’re gonna stick us back in detention? School’s out, remember? Anyway, it’s just a stink bomb.”

Just a stink bomb. Just like it was just one firecracker. One stick of glue. One cup of paint. With Tony, everything was just something.

“You did bring it, right?” Tony asked.

“Uh… well…” And Josh had just one job.

Posted in A Story A Day Challenge, A Story A Day Challenge 2020, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

A Story A Day Challenge 2020: The Lamb

The Lamb

Jessica crouched behind her kitchen counter, a steak knife clasped in her hands. It’d happened so fast that she hadn’t had time to think of anything, and now she wished she’d grabbed something heavier. Her steak knives barely cut butter. Maybe she’d get lucky.

“Jessie, I’m not finished with your punishment,” Alan called as he entered the room.

He’d never been violent before, never showed a hint of aggression until…

She willed herself to remain quiet until he stepped around the counter. Lunging, she buried the steak knife into his groin.

She screamed in surprise, then ran for the door.

Posted in A Story A Day Challenge, A Story A Day Challenge 2020, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A Story A Day Challenge 2020: Family

Family

“You okay? Want to talk about it?” Fran asked as she joined her brother at the creek’s edge and let her feet dangle over the side like his.

“No, but thanks,” Kyle answered. His gaze remained on the water.

Fran nodded and studied the small meadow on the other side. Some birds fluttered about, driving the occasional insect out of hiding. There was something oddly funny about how nature worked. It was so beautiful, yet a constant struggle to survive.

“I can’t believe he lied to me,” Kyle muttered.

“Don’t know. It doesn’t change anything.”

“No?”

“Nope. It’s his loss.”

Posted in A Story A Day Challenge, A Story A Day Challenge 2020, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment