This week's Friday Flash Fiction starter sentence comes from Aussie Paul - "He had been told crawling would get him nowhere."
Since I have little time to give a longer piece because of work constraints, I gave myself 30 minutes to come up with a six line effort. Okay, so I actually spent maybe an hour on it. The first six line effort got me in the ball park. After another half hour, I think I made it better.
The last line was inspired by a movie by the Coen Brothers. One of the verbal exchanges between Bernie Bernbaum and Tom Reagan. Bernie died anyway. Except for the fact that Bernie was gay, maybe the whole piece was inspired by this movie. John Turtorro's acting just fascinates me.
Having No Pride
He had been told crawling would get him nowhere.
They knew nothing of his resolve and patience.
After all, he had found the one rich woman who would cater to his groveling ways.
Having no pride, self humiliation became his stock in trade; his road to success.
Now Death sits at his front door and yet he has no fear.
Confident the Reaper will let him skate if he is on his knees and soils his britches just so.
Image - Painting by Buen Calubayan