How could I forget?

“How could I forget?” Mrs Judkins said.

Molly and I helped her out of the gondola.

“You’ve been experiencing some memory problems lately,” I said.

“My memory is fine,” Mrs Judkins said.

“It must have been a terrible shock,” Molly said. “Right there in my bedroom. This is the best hotel in Venice.”

We made our way into the elegant lobby.

“Well, it was a shock, of course,” Mrs Judkins said. “I thought I was alone in the suite… although perhaps you two were there…?”

“No, no,” I said. “You remember, we were at Fenice Opera House. La Traviata.”

“La Traviata…”

“Remember?” Molly said, “We sang you bits of the arias at breakfast the next morning.”

“The next morning…”

“Picture what you saw ,” Molly said, as we entered the elevator.

“Well, I…”

“You looked into Molly’s room,” I said. “You saw dark shapes on the bed. They were still, not moving.”


“Did you hear breathing?”

“No… Perhaps a moan, before I opened the door…”

“Wind moaning in the eaves? It was an unsettled evening,” Molly said.

We made our way down the hall to their suite.

“I checked the room after you told us about this,” I said. “There were pillows bunched up under the dark spread.”

“Well, I…”

“Had you been into the sherry?” Molly said.

“Absolutely not. No more than usual, at any rate.”

“Well,” Molly said, “we’ve notified hotel management. Ned and I won’t leave you alone again.”

“For now,” I said, “I’ll return to my room.”

for 50 Word Thursday


bold chipmunk draws near
our summer garden party
splits with cheeks bulging

for Three Things Challenge


i have measured out my life with coffee spoons
says mr. eliot
his spoons smaller than teaspoons
whereas i prefer a dinner spoon in favor of a fork
and measure out my girth alone with it
i have measured out my life with
steps taken on aching feet

for Reena’s Exploration Challenge

Fibbing Friday

1. What is an earwig? something my one-year-old wants to eat
2. Do echoes get frustrated hearing themselves all the time? there are male and female echos, which helps
3. A stitch in time may save nine, but what happens if you haven’t got a needle? superglue
4. What is the truth about cats and dogs? recent studies show that some cats are born thinking they are dogs and vice versa
5. Why do they call it a hairpin bend? in the romance languages, “bend” is female
6. What is toad in the hole? i eat what my wife makes. i don’t ask questions
7. What are the bear necessities? honey and a place to conk out in winter
8. What is hopscotch? i can no longer hop. bunions.
9. Maggie may and Prudence is dear, but what is Simon? they say simon says and simon is simple but i say my wife should throw him out of her book club
10. What are skinny jeans? i know two jeans and believe me, they ain’t skinny

for Fibbing Friday


day loses color
then gray darkens to pure black
my soul acts that way

for Thursday Photo Prompt


they will build to suit
on the empty west marshlands
for me marshlands suit

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge


dawn comes the sky clear
shift change in the forest
some wake others sleep

for Ragtag Daily Prompt


indigo bunting
a chic bird in my backyard
two crows frown at him

for Word of the Day Challenge


i’ve spent my life waiting

will i have to wait when i’m dead

or is being dead a full-time job

for 3 Line Tales


last of species left
lot of that going around
eight billion humans

for Tale Weaver