Friday, April 20, 2018

A to Z: R - Response & Rash

My A to Z Challenge: Flash fiction written using two words and a photo for inspiration. How did I chose the words? First I brought up a noun list for each letter, then averted my eyes, scrolled the mouse down, stopped and double-clicked. That was the word! The second word was chosen the same way but from a dictionary list of words.
NOTE: Photos are from free to use photo sites such as and No attribution necessary.

"John, he's out there again!" Sheila peeked between the vertical blinds into the apartment parking lot.

"What do you want me to do about it?" Her husband went back to reading his newspaper.

"You're a police officer. You should go out there and arrest him!"


"Because he's breaking into cars!" Sheila stamped her foot in frustration.

"And you know that because?" Her husband was unflappable in his response.

"I can see him.  He's beside that old Cadillac that's been sitting out there like forever. He's breaking into the window."

"Can you see broken glass?"

"Um, no..."

"Then why do you think he's breaking into the window."

Sometimes her ever logical husband frustrated her to no end.

"Well, why else would he be hiding what he's doing?"

"How can he be hiding if you can see him from here?"

"John!" She spun around, hands on her hips. "Get up and go out there. Someone needs to stop him."

He put the newspaper down and smiled that smirk that always preceded a response guaranteed to irritate  her.

"That's Butch Douglas. He's old man Douglas's grandson. I met him at McDonald's the other day. The car is for him, he just has to get it running." The expression on his wife's face made it hard for him to not laugh out loud. "The key is missing so he's trying to open the door through the window with my Slim Jim."

"Why didn't you tell me that in the first place?"

"So maybe someday you'll stop making rash decisions before you have all the facts."

Stay Calm and Read Flash Fiction!



  1. Sneaky John, always one step ahead, like all good police officers!

    1. Yes, and able to make a jab at his wife's impulsive responses! LOL!

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    1. Good! I was hoping for that...hubby had a big laugh when he read it.

  3. Reminds me of my husband who has been dubbed the "neighborhood watch" because all he does since he retired is sit and watch what goes on in the hood. Any new car or person walking down the street gets his attention and a full scenario of why they are up to no good. Great story!

    Janet’s Smiles

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. My hubby got a good laugh because he's the practical one and I'm the one who jumps to conclusions. LOL!

  4. I like the way John let her explore her suspicions until she was at her most frustrated. I wonder if she learned her lesson?

    1. Have to say it's a minor slice of my personal life. LOL!

  5. Like others, I like that John let her run with her suspicions for a while before explaining. Thanks for a fun one with a lesson about jumping to conclusions, Donna!

    Emily In Ecuador | Rainbows and the rainy season in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

  6. Your explanation on how you go about getting the words for this challenge is great. I'm glad you included it. Great idea for inspiration. I'm really enjoying these stories.

    Pulp Paper & Pigment-My Fiber Art Blog

    1. Thank you, Linda. It was a fun way to chose the words this time around. Previous years I just wrote down the first word that came to mind. Glad you are enjoying the stories!!


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