Archive for May 4th, 2011

4th May
2011
written by amber

On May 8, 15 and 22, I’ll be teaching  a course on ‘Writing the Short Short Story’ from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Guest Ranch.  The fee is $45.  You can register by calling 780 865 3084.

4th May
2011
written by amber

Nothing to be Done

Everyone tells me there wasn’t a thing anyone could have done to stop what happened that fateful day in August of last year, but that doesn’t stop me from turning the sequence of events over and over in my mind, endlessly looking for a way I could have saved Jake’s life.   And while I can’t see that I could have done anything differently, I’ve come to the conclusion that the actions of many other people directly lead to Jake’s demise.

If my husband hadn’t made that excellent investment just before he died, I wouldn’t have had so much money.  If my son hadn’t recommended that I buy this particular condo, things might have turned out much more happily.  If my friend Elsie hadn’t recommended that trip to Mexico and if the young man at the market hadn’t so insistently bargained, I would never had purchased that foot-high onyx replica of the pyramid at Chichen-Itza.

If my auntie hadn’t moved into a nursing home, she wouldn’t have needed to give me all her lovely wicker patio furniture, including the plant stand where I kept the Mayan pyramid.

And I would never have looked on-line for companionship, but Elsie did and she’s the one who saw Jake’s posting and suggested he would be perfect for me.  Why didn’t she keep him for herself?

If he hadn’t been such a foolish romantic, he would never have been standing beneath my balcony pretending he was my Romeo.   And if that noisy garbage truck hadn’t rumbled by, I would have been able to identify Jake’s voice, instead of thinking it was my annoying neighbour in the apartment below, once again playing his radio too loud on his balcony.

If the salesman at the shoe store hadn’t talked me into buying those silly high heel slippers, I wouldn’t have lost my balance as I leaned over the railing to yell at my neighbour, I wouldn’t have stumbled against the plant stand, the onyx pyramid wouldn’t have fallen, and Jake would be alive today.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story posted by Amber every day on her website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012.  Stories must be a minimum of 200 words.  Please support Amber by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

Thanks to Joan Melvin for suggesting the first line.