Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Three Word Wednesday

Bone has chosen these three words for today.

Lounged
Slice
Knot



She'd had a knot in her stomach for days. What, exactly, was bothering her? On one hand, she wanted to zero in on what it was about the previous day's events that was troubling her, but on the other hand, it didn't matter. She should get it off her mind completely, and let it go. There never was a solution.

It was frustrating, her inability to describe to her supervisor or anyone else what kind of things were going on, back there. She knew that a slice of her life, while working with him, was bizarre, maddening, and degrading. And everyone just took if for granted: she had to work with him, even though he would not speak or cooperate, even as he was sneering and glaring. It was this way of his, of spitefully controlling everything, that made her want to pick up a heavy iron crimper and smash his face in. She had to get away.

And she did. As she lounged in front of her computer, typing drivel, she marveled how three days at a different job could so effectively erase so much anger. A few days ago, she was worried about looking like a complete idiot as she campaigned to take that demotion and sail away, but now, that's history.

Her mugshot will not appear on the front page, after all. Some things do work out for the best.

15 comments:

Pia Savage said...

. And everyone just took if for granted: she had to work with him, even though he would not speak or cooperate, even as he was sneering and glaring. It was this way of his, of spitefully controlling everything, that made her want to pick up a heavy iron crimper and smash his face in. She had to get away.

I love that paragraph. It says so much. And the last paragraph is wonderful

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Your mother is most grateful that your lovely face will not be a mugshot anywhere.

Wonderful writing. How many times have I said that you should write a book?

Tan Lucy Pez said...

You're so thin that I thought the "bone" link would pass off to a new blog that you had created! I got a surprise.

Bone said...

Her mugshot will not appear on the front page, after all.

That cracked me up :) Thanks for participating!

Saur♥Kraut said...

As Saur lounged at her keyboard, she decided to pop on over to Acton Bell for a slice of wisdom. Reading her posts eased the knot of stress that Saur was experiencing that week.

And of course, lo and behold, Acton Bell had lived up to her expectations. Only Acton Bell could cleverly incorporate heavy iron crimper into a post.

Marti said...

Wow! That was great! I don't think I could have worked such disconnected words together into a cohesive and clever story like that! Congratulations!

Best wishes to you for a wonderful evening!

Doug said...

That was very well-done, well-written and the woman in the story sounds vaguely familiar. At least her situation does. Except the woman I'm thinking of actually did get her mug shot in the paper after threatening Napoleon and AllIwantforXmas with a broken beer bottle.

So now I get 6 words on Wednesday? Yipppeee!

Jocelyn said...

This is such a tight little vignette. Love it!

Diesel said...

Very nice. Actonbell, you need to come play in my caption contest!

Cheesemeister said...

While The Cheesemeister lounged, Axe Man came along and sliced the knot in her hammock, sending her plummeting to the ground.

AP3 said...

Nicely done! And yes... the character does sound vaguely familiar...

The Lazy Iguana said...

I think you missed the new link I have on mt site. Right above the most recent post title. Can't miss it!

Jamie Dawn said...

You did GOOD using those three words.
Smashing a person's face in may feel good at the time, but the whole mugshot and prison thing wouldn't be fun. :)

The girl with the top-knot bun wanted to do nothing but lounge by the pool and eat a slice of key lime pie.

Sounds good to me too!!!!

Have a nice weekend.

G said...

I love your 3 word Wednesday (I'm a bit late...or early as the case may be). Glad you won't be on the front pages for the wrong reasons.

neva said...

three words: wow. brilliant. woohoo.

i lovelovelove this idea -- or Bone's idea, or whoever it is who came up with the concept of 3 word Wednesday! mostly, i love reading the way you manage to craft those 3 words into something wonderful and meaningful. well done! xox