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Microfiction: Needs a Clue, Has No Clue

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in contests · Grandma's Goulash · microfiction · Succinctly Yours

Good Monday morning!

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Now, on to this week’s microfiction!

Grandma’s Goulash graciously hosts Succinctly Yours, the wonderful meme for those of us addicted to microfiction. The trick is to write a story in 140 characters or less using the photo below as inspiration. To add to the challenge is the word of the week, “arbitrary.”  My stories are below.

Needs a Clue
Deke gaped at the workbench and the arbitrary placement of everything. 
Gramps used to be so meticulous with his tools. 
What happened? 
(134 char) 
* * * * * * * * * *
Has No Clue
“Go to the workshop and get the bench plane,” Ty told her. 
Em stared at the tools, clueless. 
“Ain’t nuthin’ in here got wings,” she thought. 
(140 char)
Have a great Monday! 

25 Responses to "Microfiction: Needs a Clue, Has No Clue"

  1. Comment by Fireblossom
    July 25, 2011 at 7:27 am  

    Ha! Never mind, Em, that man's legs ain't broke. If he needs that aeroplane bad enough, he'll just have to drive out to the air strip and find one. Meanwhile, let's you and me sit down and have some coffee. If Deke calls over here and complains how long we been settin', I'll remind him about his last weekend trip to the hardware store. See, Em? You're so pretty when you laugh. That man of yours ought to have his mind on that, not some damned aeroplane!

  2. Comment by Akelamalu
    July 25, 2011 at 7:45 am  

    Is Gramps losing his memory :(Ty should have been more specific!Love 'em!

  3. Comment by Sioux
    July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am  

    I thought this was going to go another way, with the vices and the (probably-there-but-unseen saws) but it did not.As usual, a bit of humor in one, the other a little more serious.I think Em needs to run off with her new "gentleman caller" that Fireblossom introduced her to.

  4. Comment by W.G. Cambron
    July 25, 2011 at 9:33 am  

    Poor Gramps. I wonder if he remembers what he was supposed to be making?

  5. Comment by anthonynorth
    July 25, 2011 at 9:46 am  

    The first was poignant. Enjoyed them both.

  6. Comment by Tammy
    July 25, 2011 at 10:14 am  

    Clever as always. I think my former husband was related to Gramps, because he always insisted on a "workshop" where very little work got done and no tools got put away, ever. That picture looks too familiar!

  7. Comment by Bish Denham
    July 25, 2011 at 10:29 am  

    The second…made me laugh out loud!

  8. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 25, 2011 at 11:18 am  

    Hi Lisa … these are both great story beginnings and the second one had me laughing right out loud! I hope that you are feeling better now, and that your week is wonderful.Kathy M.

  9. Comment by jabblog
    July 25, 2011 at 11:36 am  

    I like them both but the second made me chuckle:-)

  10. Comment by Elaine
    July 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm  

    I enjoyed both of your stories. The first one is a little poignant but the second one made me smile.

  11. Comment by Katie Gates
    July 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm  

    These are fun. I love the names of your characters (they don't seem arbitrary!).

  12. Comment by Pooch
    July 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm  

    Time for Deke to give Gramps a helping hand. And, Em has a moment of learning.Good reading!:)

  13. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    July 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm  

    The second one made me laugh. Lots of women don't know a "plane" is a tool as well as an airplane. Lots of the latter flying over our house today, on their way home or wherever from an air show west of here on the weekend. Lindy thought it was thunder and had to come inside, poor puppy!—Kay, Alberta, Canada

  14. Comment by Pat
    July 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm  

    I like the poignancy of the first one, and thanks for the laugh at the second one! It took me a long time to learn the names of tools because my dad just had a few of the basics. He wasn't exactly a handy guy.

  15. Comment by Lynette Killam
    July 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm  

    Both quietly brilliant pieces, Lisa! As everyone says, the first story so poignant, and the second rating a good belly laugh! I often view tools in the same confused manner as Em…what the heck is a plumb-bob, anyway? Oh, yeah…it's that heavy thingy on the string…LOL!

  16. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    July 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm  

    Haa! I'm with Em on this one! Great job, Lisa. Hope you're feeling better- have a wonderful week. (It has to be better than last week, right?)

  17. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    July 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm  

    Both are wonderful, but I was more than ready for some humor. I might have guessed that an Atlanta girl would choose the name TY.

  18. Comment by Helen
    July 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm  

    Good use of the weekly word in the first one. The second made me laugh.

  19. Comment by irishoma
    July 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm  

    I like them both, but I found the first one more intriguing.Donna

  20. Comment by Joanne
    July 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm  

    Loved the second one!Blessings, Joanne

  21. Comment by Susan
    July 26, 2011 at 12:34 am  

    I absolutely loved #2-right down to the southern slang! :0

  22. Comment by Madeleine
    July 26, 2011 at 10:46 am  

    Awh cute! Love them both :O)

  23. Comment by Sonia Lal
    July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm  

    they are both, but the second one is funny. lol

  24. Comment by Lynn
    July 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm  

    Microfiction Queen.

  25. Comment by Cactus Country
    July 27, 2011 at 10:39 am  

    I like the first opening. But more than that I love the picture. Reminds me of my grandpa's shed.

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