He thumbed yesterday’s newspaper, penlessly crossed out the employers he had called on. “Why did they place the ads if they aren’t hiring?” There were no more circles for him to cross out tomorrow.
“I believe in you.” She said it automatically now, a tuneless reply to his every utterance the last two weeks. It meant everything from, “Dinner’s almost ready, sweetheart,” to, “What are we going to do? What are we … .” He had cleaned the table of its clutter of bills, hidden the landlord’s statement in the piano.
“This was tuned this year. What is this clunky sound? Do y—”
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Today’s Alterna-Prompt, “The Blog Propellant,” asks us to use one of four “straight forward, uncomplicated, simple images to inspire fabulous stories or poems that will astound and amaze all who read them. Oh, but you only get 100 words, and no less than 50. And, your story must be open-ended.”
Painting: “Room in New York,” 1932, Edward Hopper (1882–1967). Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.