Sunday, March 31, 2013

How It Came To Be - Chapter Six

Monday morning was busy for Erin. In addition to her normal chores, she had to pack to take the twins to the Akiyama & Akiyama law office. This involved packing two complete diaper bags, one for Francis and one for Thomas, packing a third bag with toys for the boys to play with in their play yard, locating the side-by-side umbrella stroller and prepping the play yard itself for loading in the car.

Just before noon, Erin was looking through the nursery closet trying to locate the stroller. She started to panic because it wasn't where she normally would keep it and she couldn't imagine what she would have done with it. “Think, Erin, think,” she said to herself out loud, “when did you use it last?” She suddenly remembered that the last time she had seen the stroller, it was in the trunk of her car. That meant...

Saturday, March 30, 2013

How It Came To Be - Chapter Five

Mom, I gotta know,” Erin said as they drove down the street, “who gave you the recommendations for the last two law offices?”

Colleen thought for a few seconds. “Oh, right!” she started, “Joan gave me the recommendation for the first one and Bonnie gave me the second.”

“Well, that explains a lot,” Erin remarked. “Who recommended this last one?”

“That was Ginny,” Colleen replied.

“Well, I hope Ginny has better judgment than your other friends,” Erin said.

They ended up on a quiet street not too far away from where they both lived. It was primarily a residential area but had professional offices on the main thoroughfares that bordered the section. The lawyer's office was in a house where the garage was converted into an office. A sign in the front yard read “Akiyama and Akiyama, Attorneys at Law.” Colleen pulled into the driveway and parked in front of the office.

Monday, March 25, 2013

How It Came To Be - Chapter Four

Erin and her mother drove through the shopping district of the city. Erin was still agitated over Ronnie selling her car and didn't notice where they were going until they pulled up in front of the store for Colleen's cell phone carrier.

“Is there a lawyer's office in this shopping center?” Erin asked as she looked around. “I don't know how good a storefront lawyer would be.”

“We'll go look for a lawyer after this,” Colleen replied, “but let's get you a cell phone first.”

“Screw the cell phone!” Erin exclaimed, still agitated. “I want to get a lawyer first!”

Saturday, March 23, 2013

How It Came To Be - Chapter Three

Colleen returned to Erin's home about thirty minutes later, carrying a bag from a chain restaurant that advertises “curb side service.” As she walked in, Erin could smell the aroma of steaks wafting from the bag. “I thought that you might appreciate a good take out meal,” she said to her daughter.

Erin smiled as she replied, “I've been actually craving Chinese food, but the steak smells divine!” They headed into the dining alcove, where Colleen set out the food and Erin brought out the utensils. She was just about to sit down when she heard a noise from the direction of the nursery. “Duty calls,” she said, sighing.

Colleen followed her into the nursery. The two boys were in their cribs, Francis to the left and Thomas to the right. Erin picked up Francis and checked on him. “Well, he needs a new diaper,” she concluded. Colleen did the same for Thomas, with the same conclusion. “I'll help you,” she offered. “That way, we can get this done in half the time.”

Friday, March 22, 2013

How It Came To Be - Chapter Two

For the next two weeks, Erin played the part of a dutiful wife and mother. She took care of the twins, kept the house clean and cooked every evening. She kept up appearances in the hope that Ronnie would notice and change back to the man with which she had fallen in love.

In actuality, Ronnie never noticed any of Erin's efforts, or if he did he never mentioned them to her. She hardly heard him say anything now. He didn't even call her to let her know he was “working late.” It was like two strangers had taken up living in the same house.

The weekdays were bad enough. Erin was virtually a prisoner in her own home. She hadn't gone anywhere in over a month. Her mother started calling her on a daily basis since Erin's cry for help, so at least she could have one intelligent adult conversation a day.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

How It Came To Be - Chapter One

Take that thing out and act like an adult. You're the mother of twins now. You don't have time for playing silly games.”

Erin Donnelly stood there, stunned. She had never heard her husband Ronnie so... so... cold before. It was as if with the birth of their twins he no longer considered her sexy but now considered her a nanny good only for raising his children.

The insistent loud beeping of the “off the hook” signal snapped her out of her daze. Erin realized that tears were rolling down her cheeks. Was she now so unattractive that her own husband rejected her? Erin started thinking of ways she could prove herself worthy of his love again.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ride Along - Chapter Eight

As we followed Val's car, Erin was excited. “Do you think I'll be able to fulfill my fantasy tonight, Master?” she asked expectantly.

“Well, I don't know, little one,” I replied, trying to contain my own anticipation. “I wouldn't get my hopes up too high.”

She sat back in the passenger's seat with a little pout. “I was afraid you'd say that, Master,” she said in mock disappointment. The pout lasted only a few seconds before she started giggling, however.

“You've got to learn to hold your enthusiasm in a bit better if you want to fake disappointment,” I said smiling. Erin leaned against my shoulder as her left hand wandered to my crotch. She stroked the bulge there. “I think you're looking forward to it, too,” she said mischievously.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ride Along - Chapter Seven

I see you're going by “Master David” now,” Val said, smiling. “Does that mean good news?”

“Oh, no,” I protested. “Ladies first. Besides, have you been here before?”

Val's cheeks reddened. “No, this is my first time.”

“Well, then, newbies first,” I corrected myself. “By the way, would you like to sit with me?”

“I am meeting someone here,” Val insisted. “In fact, she's late. If she doesn't have a very good reason, she won't be able to sit for a week when I get through with her.”

“That's alright,” I assured her. “I have a friend with me, too, so it'll be the four of us.” I led her over to the table where I had been sitting.

We both sat down where we could observe the door. Val was a bit anxious. “So, what's been happening with you?” I asked, trying to take her mind off her tardy friend.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ride Along - Chapter Six

I returned to the living room and went over by the TV. Sharon came out shortly after me. She had changed into a sundress that was stylish yet modest. When Val came inside to check her work and close out the work order, she looked from me to Sharon and back to me. I just smiled.

As Val explained her work and had Sharon sign the work order, I noticed that Sharon was acting more restrained than before. It looked like she was already trying to change the image Val had of her. Again, Val didn't seem to notice.

When I closed my door, Val looked over at me with a smirk on her face. “So, did ya get 'lucky'?” she asked. I smiled back at her and said, “A gentleman never tells.” “Yeah,” she said as she backed out of the driveway, “I don't know all that many gentlemen in this line of work.”

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ride Along - Chapter Five

“I can't believe it!” Val said, laughing as we drove to our next appointment. “You were this close to scoring and then you turn around and save their marriage. You're incredible!”

“How did you know I was close?” I asked Val. “Wait. Were you spying on us?”

Val's laugh turned to a cough. “When you put it that way it sounds so... so...”

“Aha!” I shot back. “You were spying!”

“I thought it was sweet, what you said, but how did you know she was kinky?” Val asked.

“I didn't, but I'd say most people are at least a little bit kinky, if you look below the surface.'” I replied.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Prime - Flash Fiction Friday, March 15, 2013

(Gardener's note: This was an interesting challenge Advizor gave us today.  The key word was "Regret" and you see the photo below.  the story length was left up to the individual author, but had to be a prime number.  I decided to go for brevity with the first five primes.  To see how others handled this, go to "Free advice is worth what you pay for it.")

“Regrets? None.” (2)

He regretted nothing. (3)

He regretted nothing he'd done. (5)

He regretted nothing that he had done. (7)

As he watched her dress, he had no regrets at all. (11)

Ride Along - Chapter Four

When we walked up to our first appointment of the afternoon, there was a sign on the front door that said, “Please do not ring doorbell. Young children sleeping.” Val gave the door two quiet raps. The door swung open a crack and a pretty face looked out. “Are you the TV guys?”

“Yes we are, Mrs. Donnelly,” Val confirmed, holding up her ID badge. “This is my partner, Dave” she continued as I displayed my ID. “We'll be sure to be as quiet as possible.” She opened the door and we went in.

“How old?” I asked.

“How old?” Mrs. Donnelly echoed, a bit confused. Then her face brightened and she said, “Oh! The twins. They're about six months old, and you can call me Erin.”

“That's a great age, Erin,” I said, returning her smile.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ride Along - Chapter Three

We ended up at a small but very nice Indian buffet restaurant. We had made up enough time, especially with the Vietnamese customer, that we were the first two customers for the lunchtime rush. We dished up some superb looking food and sat down in a booth in the rear of the dining room.

Val and I exchanged small talk for a few minutes, giving each a thumbnail sketch of ourselves. Val was 33, had lived in the city for about eight years and worked for the company for five. She was unmarried and living on her own in an apartment over by the river. I was 31, had lived here for five years and worked for the company for four years. I was divorced and living in a condo in a nearby suburb.

We both liked the same movies: Sci-Fi, big name summer blockbusters and classic B&W movies. Neither of us could stand reality TV shows. Val liked dance music and I floored her when I told her I liked J-pop: Japanese pop/rock music. That was when we found out we both liked anime. I like almost anything that was good while Val was partial to mecha, also known as “Giant Robots,” or anything having to do with space. She also liked comedies.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ride Along - Chapter Two

We got on the road early, beating the other trucks by about ten minutes. I noticed the third ride along CSR, a young woman, was still standing there as her tech struggled to get cartons of set top boxes (STBs) stowed in his truck. Val noticed it, too.

“That's usually how I start my day when I'm assigned a shadow. It's refreshing to have one who's not a stranger to hard work and can take directions well,” she said as we pulled out onto the street.

“Your tax dollars at work,” I replied, giving her a sincere smile. Val seemed a bit
skittish to me. It was like she was happy to have me along but was dreading something she knew would be inevitable. I was happy to get out from in front of the computer for a day and was enjoying myself already. I wanted her to feel the same way I did, I just didn't know how to do so.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ride Along - Chapter One

(Gardener's note:  I re-read "Ride Along" a few days ago and decided to revise and re-post it.  I tightened up some of my writing, made some corrections to correspond with what I've since written to match up this story with "How It Came To Be." )

I work in technical support for a subscription television service-sorry, I can't tell you which one. You'll understand why soon enough. I'm the live voice you experience after battling with the computer voice you love to hate. I'll either walk you through fixing your problem or schedule a technician to come out to fix your problem.

If I'm the voice of the company, then the technician that does the service calls that is the face of the company. They're out there, day after day-sun, rain, snow, wind, heat or cold-helping our customers get the most out of our television service. Occasionally, they help our customers get the most out of other “services”-at least, according to a co-worker of mine who was a former tech who (as he said) came “in out of the cold” to do telephone customer service.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

You Like Me!

I'm honored to let you know that I have been nominated for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award (see above).  Wordwytch was so gracious as to nominate me (along with a cast of thousands... or at least 22, IIRC!)  Here are the rules of the award:

1.) Display the award logo on your blog.
2.) Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.) State 7 things about yourself.
4.) Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
5.) Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

So the award shown above will be displayed on the main page and I already link to Adventures of a Word Wytch (you should, too, if you don't now) so Rule 1 & 2 are fulfilled.

For my seven facts... hmmm...
1. At one time, I owned a racing car.  It was also my commute car, but it was set up for the Sports Car Club of America Showroom Stock Sedan class.  The car only made one race, where it came in third, with a friend as driver as I didn't have my competition license at the time (I still don't!)
2. Little-known fact: the town I grew up in once had as a garbageman a young, struggling comedian named Joe Piscopo.
3. I am a rabid anime fan.
4. I've been to every continent except South America and Antarctica.
5. I once had the opportunity to pet a rhinoceros.  It was surprisingly docile, perhaps because it had lived almost all its life at Six Flags Great Adventure's Safari park.
6. My favorite seasons, in order, are Fall, Spring, Winter and Summer.  I guess I put Summer last because I grew up at the Jersey Shore and Summer, while lots of fun, also means lots of tourists and congestion!
7. I (and my wife) have a house rabbit as a pet.  He is free to roam the house during the day but goes to his "hutch" at night.

Now to pick fifteen bloggers who haven't been given the award yet...

Oh, and since I'm overwhelmed by the honor, I'll just let Sally Field do the talking for me:

Friday, March 8, 2013

"Details"-Flash Fiction Friday, March 8, 2013

(Today's Flash Fiction Friday challenge from Advizortoall: No more than 200 words, not including title, with the key word "Conclave" in the body of the story and referencing the following picture.  I chose not to go for any of the extra credit.)


 “Cardinal Rabinowitz's Office, His Eminence's social secretary speaking.”

“Brother Maxwell, this is Monseigneur Delacroix,” I intoned. “I just received a disturbing call from the rector at St. Swivens Cathedral. Wasn't His Eminence scheduled to be there today?”

There was the clicking of computer keys as the secretary accessed his calendar. “Yes, he was scheduled to be there today but as you are well aware, he had to fly to Rome to attend the conclave, now that His Holiness has stepped down.”