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And now the incredibly creative Fiona Riplee, who clearly believes in a challenge, has come up with this:
Write a flash fiction of 250 words or less about a long lost love. Include the words: hammer, chisel, and coping saw.
So, here's mine…..
A truck sat outside the house with 'Jamison Construction' emblazoned on the side. Could it be? Her heart was hammering in her chest. She still smelled of airplane fuel and cramped quarters and there he was, working on the home across the street from hers. Jonas, with his chiseled features and ripped abs. The hole in her heart throbbed painfully. He had been her first, the gold standard, and everyone else fell short by comparison. Perspiration trickled between her breasts.
Why had she left town again? Oh, yes. He wasn't ready to give up his "so-called" freedom. He needed to see the world. And yet, here he was, seemingly as settled as any one man could be.
Shaking, she emerged from the cab and heard footsteps pounding across the asphalt.
She pretended not to hear.
"Lisa?" he repeated. "I know you can hear me. Just tell me one thing. Are you married?"
She screwed up her face, unsure, confused, tamping down hopeful. She just stared at him as the cab chugged down the street.
"Because, if you're not…."
He skidded to a stop, still holding a coping saw in his hand. He always was an artisan.
"You want to cut me?" She glared at the tool.
He laughed out loud and dropped the thing at her feet. "Well, are you?"
"Do you want to be?"
"My wife? I can support you now."
"What about seeing the world?"
"I'm looking at it."
Let's see what the incredibly wonderful Tracey Gee came up with…..