What for

by | May 23, 2011 | Fiction, Flash fiction, Relationships | 8 comments

Here’s this week’s story. What do you think?

What For

By Laura McHale Holland

Pierce wakes up the morning after. Yolanda, still sleeping beside him, had been wrong about the world coming to an end. He wonders how his wife of twelve years, the mother of his children, could have been so stupid, so snookered in. Yolanda had even seemed disappointed last night when they’d watched the news on TV. Not much had happened: a twister ravaged a section of southern Nebraska; another levee broke along the Mississippi; a plane carrying 186 people disappeared over New Hampshire; a 5.5 earthquake hit San Luis Obispo, California; a few terrorists were detained at O’Hare airport and managed to shoot a customs agent before they were overpowered. But that was it.

Pierce smiles at the sunshine coming through the bedroom curtains, as it always does on clear days. He swings his legs to the side of the bed and slides his feet into this comfy, fleece slippers. He takes a step, but there is no longer a floor beneath him. He falls down, down into a vast, black sky, and spins far away from his home, his neighborhood, his life.

He screams as he loses sight of the earth, and Yolanda stirs in her dream. She wakes up and wonders where Pierce is. It isn’t like him to leave for work without kissing her goodbye.

She sits up and stretches while swinging her legs to the side of the bed. She slides her feet into her slippers and stands up. The floorboards creak as she makes her way down the hall and looks in on her children, still asleep, surrounded by stuffed animals in their beds. She smiles and shuffles into the kitchen, where she sees that Pierce didn’t take out the garbage last night; of course, she thinks, he was too busy hounding her about what a fool she is for believing the Rapture. Irked, she pulls the garbage bag up from the can and vows she’ll give Pierce what for when he comes home.

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8 Comments

  1. Jerry Kohut

    boy did he leave just in time LOl, your imagination is way out there or way up there, I like it!

  2. admin

    Thanks, Jerry. I so appreciate that you take time to read my stories and then comment on them!

  3. Dennis

    What did he need his slippers for? Never argue with a woman, or your wife. Is the seven year itch subject to inflation, as is everything else? It is now a 12 year itch. I told you there was another planet out there with human life. It is men only though.

  4. admin

    Thanks, Dennis. Your comments made me laugh here at my computer at the start of a day. I think he just put on his slippers out of habit, expecting another routine day. I like your thought about the seven year itch being subject to inflation. That could be the start of an entirely different story (you could write it), as could the idea of a planet out there with only men from our human race. How would they reproduce? Would it be men who’d gotten out of bed and spun away? Would it exist only in their imagination or dreams or would it be real?

  5. Draven Ames

    What a cool little story. I like it. Was he going to heaven or hell? Really cool idea here.

  6. admin

    Thanks, Draven. That’s a good question. I think, at least for the time being, he’s just falling through what seems like an endless sky … Will he land somewhere one day? Will someone or something intercept him and speed him into an adventure? Will he return to his life somehow? I don’t know right now, but if I return to this story at some point, I’ll find out. If I had to pick between heaven and he’ll for him I’d want him to end up in heaven, with a few close calls along the way.

  7. Draven Ames

    The next read shall be worth checking out then. I love to ask what next.

  8. admin

    I bet you ask yourself that when you’re in the midst of writing, too.

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