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Friday, July 23, 2010

Dusting Sunbeams (RVFF #4)

Random Vocabulary Flash Fiction (RVFF) - Click here to find out what it is.

Today's word: Ethereal (ih THIR ee ul) - 1. heavenly; 2. as light or insubstantial as a gas or ether /I used definition #2 for this story.

Dusting Sunbeams (RVFF #4)

Ellen halts at the sight of ethereal dust waltzing in a sunbeam stretching across the dining room. Most people would notice it and move on, but Ellen isn't like most people.

Ellen walks a wide arc around the sunbeam and its dust. Moments later she diligently vacuums the dust from the sunbeam.

I want to tell her the dust isn’t limited to the sunbeam, but I fear this would send her into a panic-induced, air-cleaning frenzy, so I say, "Honey, it’s clean. We need to go or we’ll miss our movie."

I've planned ahead to account for Ellen's home-leaving routine: down and up the garage steps five times, checking the tire pressure twice in each tire, and driving around the block twice to make sure the garage door is closed.

What I didn't plan for was another sunbeam on our way to the garage.

Word count = 146


  1. warrenjc said...

    Funny. Been there as far as the trips around the house to check the garage door. LOL LOL

    Cool idea for stories. (Choose a word and then write a story using the word. Cool.)


  2. Terry Scerine said...

    Yes, I love it too! But (and maybe I'm just not "with it" enough) I just can't help wanting to read much more of this story!

  3. Terry Scerine said...

    By the way, I clicked on your facebook photo to see it more clearly, and it went to your facebook page. Below the photo it read, "Not the Karen Darlington Aldridge you were looking for?"
    I just thought that was funny, as though there might be more people with that exact tongue-twisting name.

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