Archive for May 16th, 2011

16th May
written by amber

A Conversation on a Porch

– What’s going on over there?

– I don’t know, I can’t see well enough.

– Oh, you old geezer.  Put your damn glasses on.

– Stop nagging me, woman.  You’re not my wife.  I was only trying to answer Bill’s question.

– Well, how can you answer if you refuse to put your glasses on?

– I mislaid them, now are you happy?  Why don’t you take a look for yourself?

– Where?  Bill, where did you say it was?

– Over there.  Where all the people are milling around.

– I can’t see anything.

– Helen, even without my glasses I can see something out of the ordinary on the corner over there.

– Over where?

That corner, Third and Raven, right Bill?

– Yeah.

– Oh, that corner.  Where there was that screech of tires a few minutes ago.

– I didn’t hear anything.

– Me neither.

– Well, if you’d turn on your hearing aids, you old geezers.

– I left mine beside my bed.

– And what’s your excuse, Howard?

– I mislaid mine, are you happy now? So what was it you heard?

– A squeal of tires.

– Where?

– On the street out there.  Next to the news stand.

– News stand?

– Howard, there’s but the one news stand in this neighbourhood.  The one where Florence goes every day to pick up her paper.

– Oh yes, I asked her to get me a puzzle book today.  I should give her some cash.  Has she left yet?

– Yes, she left a few minutes ago.

– I wonder when she’ll get back.

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

This is another story inspired by Sunday’s writing workshop – to tell a story entirely in conversation.