Another One Bites the Dust – Friday Fictioneers – 03/15/13

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Genre: Humor (100 words)

Copyright – Lora Mitchell

Another One Bites the Dust

“What’s your poison?” asked Bill, blowing smoke in her direction.

“Huh?” she wilted. The avocado-lime fuzz on the wall bled into the orange shag, her stomach queasy at the sight of it.

“To drink. You need to lighten up.”

Serena sunk into the rust couch. “Why is the TV on?”

Bill sat down next to her on the couch a little too close, with a yellow cocktail in hand. “It’s our view, darling. Who needs a penthouse?”

Reaching over her, he proudly presented a planted Lily. “For you.”

It was fake like his online profile. “It’s ugly and I’m leaving.”

64 thoughts on “Another One Bites the Dust – Friday Fictioneers – 03/15/13

  1. Oh yuk. LIme fuzz into orange shag. She was right to leave. I love the picture of the man you painted, if not the man himself.


  2. I saw an old cigarette ad that said, “blow smoke in her face and she’ll follow you anywhere.” It must have been false advertising. I love the avacado-lime and the orange shag. Unfortunately, i remember those as well.


    1. Russell, well that ad may work for someone, but not for Serena (and not for me, either!). There was no way to get around the green and orange. It followed you wherever you went. Thanks for reading.


  3. I believe I went on a blind date with that guy! Oh, I left also. 😉 that was a fun read Amy…very believable in it’s sad way.


  4. I love the abundance of little details that just makes the guy seem so creepy. The line, “It was fake like his online profile” is an awesome way to tie the story to the picture. 🙂


  5. What a perfect week to bust out the orange and green…I am happy to say this is one ugly piece. You really get the creeps from this guy. Great images and colorful I could almost seeing him stretching over his beer belly to get the fake plant…Love the whole scene.



  6. Could Bill do any more to be repulsive?! The fake lily is the (spoiled) cherry on top of this bad-tasting sundae. (I bet he has a greasy combover too.) Well-written story – the situation is so hopelessly over-the-top dreadful that I’m sitting here grinning at it.

    Oh, and extra points to Tom Poet for noticing the orange-and-green mix plus the current date – I missed that detail 😉


    1. Thanks! I know I would stay the heck away from this one. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. I’m glad I was able to successfully create a dreadful situation! I hadn’t even noticed the connection to the St. Patrick’s Day! Happy Saint Paddy’s to you! I guess that was just lucky on my part…well, I do have some Irish in me!


  7. Ah the internet has certainly upped the bar in blind dates and untruth in advertising, hasn’t it? Good one, Amy. Could hear, smell and taste the ugliness. Smart girl to leave.


  8. Hi Amy,
    A rainy Sunday afternoon and I’m finally getting to your story. Yeah, make like a lily and leaf. His profille was a plant. No wonder she wilted. Hope she’s not uprooted by this, and goes on to grow and blossom! Great take on the photo. Ron


    1. Thanks, Ron! I appreciate your creative commentary on my story! I will get to yours, too. I’m having trouble keeping up this weekend. Thanks so much for reading mine. Hope you get some sunshine so those flowers can blossom!


  9. Hahaha… too funny, Amy! I snort-laughed at that last line! 🙂
    My grandparents used to have orange shag carpeting… it was like… BRIGHT orange… mixed with red… it used to remind me of a strange kind of lava…


  10. Anything can be promised from behind a computer screen. The reality will sometimes make us sick. I sense a strong personality that will stand up for herself.


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