Needlework

slapdashmonuments

Inspiration hits with a flash, stories written on the go. A rumble of laughter and the tale is heard only in echoes. The wind blows me in a new direction. Whom shall I visit next?


Rebecca, distressed, started ripping up the seams she had just completed, her mouth pursed and disapproving. "No, that'll never do," she fussed. "The edges aren't matching up and it just looks so sloppy. I'll just have to redo that whole stretch. Hand me the spool, would you, love?" Squinting, she rethreaded the needle. I assured her that her work was perfectly acceptable, but she only licked the end of the thread, pushed it through the tiny hole, and patiently lined up the ends, ready to begin again. The edges she would pull together lay in front of her, a bright red line separating them. Fine blond hairs sprouted from either end. She pressed the smooth edges together, and motioned to me to do the same from the other end. Taking the utmost care, Rebecca, my maternal aunt, pressed the edges so that they matched, returning half a freckle to its other portion, and started to make the minute sutures. It was taking too long, though. I just hoped that she would find her satisfaction before my wound turned septic.


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Average reader rating 4.50/5

Anorak

Anorak

There's a quote I love that says, "Every story ever told can be broken into three parts. The beginning. The middle, And the twist." This captures that perfectly. Love it.

  • #1211 Posted 6 years ago
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  • 4 out of 5
slapdashmonuments

slapdashmonuments

Anorak, I'm very glad you liked it, especially as I was riding a wave of inspiration from two of your tales. No specific ideas; I just wanted to write something that would take that left turn into Albuquerque. :D

  • #1212 Posted 6 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

I like the detail in the sewing bit at the beginning, so real. The bits about the hair were jarring, and I had to read through again to catch the transition. The ending was perfect, though. All I can say is, she must be on painkillers.

  • #1217 Posted 6 years ago
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Storykeeper

Storykeeper

I love stories that slowly twist, forcing me to acknowledge that my assumptions are not the whole truth. I was left wide-eyed and hungry for more. :)

  • #1225 Posted 6 years ago
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  • 5 out of 5
slapdashmonuments

slapdashmonuments

Thank you very much, Elsha and Storykeeper!

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