Category: short stories

September 19, 2014 tobidoylemacbrayne No comments exist

The lock snicked as I bent over to retrieve the broken bag of flour that had fallen through the wet paper bag.  A tug against my waist and I knew the day had gone from bad to ludicrous.  My skirt, now wedged tightly between the locked car door held me captive.  Turning I could see…

September 12, 2014 tobidoylemacbrayne No comments exist

The elevator doors opened and the two passengers looked up, horrified.  I stepped in and they scurried out.  The taller one choked an apology as the doors closed.  I heard peals of laughter shrieking as the elevator continued its descent. And then… the odor assaulted me.  To my mortification, the elevator doors opened and my…

September 5, 2014 tobidoylemacbrayne No comments exist

Her hips were no longer her own, instead replaced  for the third time, with the latest and greatest alloy that would last her entire life.  Now.  At eighty four, it was guaranteed she wouldn’t need another surgery.  At eighty four, most of her parts were enhanced with technology, or sagging, or ached.  She looked over…

August 29, 2014 tobidoylemacbrayne No comments exist

The Puzzle The day is warm and yet she dressed for winter.  For three consecutive days I’ve watched her push an empty, bulky stroller up the hill.  Her limp gets more pronounced just before the crest. An empty stroller.  A child lost, perhaps?  She walks with purpose, not the anxious steps of a frantic mother….

August 22, 2014 tobidoylemacbrayne No comments exist

Her ethereal beauty astounds me. Waterhouse perfectly captured the muted sunlight in her hair.  But what moves me beyond comprehension is her expression; wonder, wistful, wanting and acceptance of her fate.  Cursed, and yet more – she is enchanted.  Her love for him is enough to willingly accept death. Could I ever love someone so…