Friday Fictioneers: Infinity

Like riding a bike… I saw a picture and 15 minutes later, had a story typed out. Cutting down those words is always the hard part. I’m rusty. As always I’m grateful to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for sticking with this and paving a road for so many writers. I’ve missed my FF posse! Just started blogging again, and writing Heavy stuff. As always, I welcome honest, constructive feedback. Please leave a comment. Waiting for 2nd grandson to be born (any day); I’ll do my best to reciprocate. If anyone would like to contribute a post to the 2018 Attitude of Gratitude, please visit this post and add your piece. There is never enough gratitude!





Bobby groaned. “Come on baby, I love you.”

“Not until we’re married.”

He rolled his eyes.

“A piece of paper don’t change anything. Why we gotta’ wait?”

“I won’t be stuck here. Get a proper job, marry me, and we won’t have to do it in this old heap. “

“This here is one sweet ride, Sue.”

“This car is going nowhere; unless you get a job, neither are we.”
She straightened her sweater, smoothed her hair.

“Daddy will be staying up.”

Bobby turned the key and eased the Chevy down the rutted, dirt road. He was tired of waiting.

(100 words)

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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71 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Infinity

  1. Sandra says:

    A faultless rendition of an eager and not so eager adolescent, Dawn. Lovely to see you back, and thanks for the ping-back last week. Look forward to seeing you regularly on here, you’ve been missed

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice to see you back Dawn, and a great couple of voices here.


  3. Dear Dawn,

    I’m happy to see you back amongst the Hollywood Squares. I’d say Bobby should just keep on driving then. He’s not worthy of Sue. The dialogue is spot on. Well told.



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  4. neilmacdon says:

    Welcome back, Dawn. Sue’s reticence is justified

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  5. Marian Exall says:

    Dawn: Have you entered Cascadia Weekly’s Fiction 101 comtest? Open until February 15 at Word limit 101 words, any topic or genre. It’s hard to write short! Marian

    Sent from my iPhone


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  6. Nicely done! If he’s THAT tired of waiting (i.e. respecting her wishes), then perhaps she will do well to get tired of HIM … However, if ti is just teen angst against his wishful hormones, and he’d continue to respect her boundaries and wishes then … well … perhaps he’s a keeper worth waiting for. 🙂

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  7. Dale says:

    So very glad to have you back in the squares, Dawn. And kudos to Sue to not giving in… If he believes she’s worth it, he’ll wait and work 😉

    By the way, tell your daughter to take Castor oil… It worked for me! Took it at 10:30 PM, had my son at 6:30 am… just sayin’… 😉 (I wanted to tell you on your “Heavy” post – which I now have to check to see if I did respond because now i’m not sure…

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    • Thanks, Dale! I wanted to join last week for your photo, but it didn’t spark a story and I was a chicken. 😉 I appreciate your feedback.

      As for labor, I did the same thing with my 3rd child, who was 10 days late, in August, up hill, in the snow, with mosquitoes, and he weighed 9 lbs! BUT, she says it’s very unhealthy. And what do I know about having kids?

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      • Dale says:

        Haha! No worries…

        Right. Why take any suggestion from us “old” folk who know from nothing… I was induced for my first. No way in hell I wanted to be induced for the second, which was set up for March 31st. Instead, March 30th, I did the Castor Oil thing and he arrived on his own (besides, induction at what time? would I have had an April Fool’s baby? I couldn’t chance it! :D)

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  8. That is one smart girl…you painted the picture with ease and it shines through.
    Good to see you write again.

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  9. pennygadd51 says:

    A good, fluently told slice of life. I think Sue has absolutely the right idea!


  10. I liked it! I thought it was cute and spot on! Made me think of the song “Keep your hands to yourself” 😉 Will be keeping positive thoughts for your daughter and grandson! Cheers! ❤

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  11. kislaya says:

    I love the conversational tale. Bobby shouldn’t be tired of waiting, instead, he should respect her wishes if he truly loves her. I agree with Sue’s stand on this.

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  12. Abhijit Ray says:

    Girl was a hard nut to crack. She was right, a paper changes a lot of things. May be Bobby was not good for her.

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  13. so glad to see you again… your writing isn’t rusty at all.

    I liked the story a lot, and there are too many miserable stories saying who is the wise one… but in the end there is a bigger story here, girls leaving for the city and education and boys being stranded in the countryside…

    I hope Bobby will see what she means before it’s too late….

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    • Thanks Bjorn; it’s so great to see all my FF buddies again! I did a ping back to your web page on one of my recent blog posts, remembering our lovely lunch in Sweden. Such a nice day! Thanks for making time for my story; I’m glad to see your face.


  14. gahlearner says:

    She knows what she wants and that’s a good message, timely too. And a welcome back from me, too. 🙂


  15. Ugh!! Well-written!


  16. I like Sue. Not much for Bobby but I suppose I shouldn’t hold a grudge against a horny teenager.
    You cut this well. It fits perfectly at the word limit.

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  17. James McEwan says:

    Looks like Sue is going have to fight her way out of this one.


  18. Good stuff, nice to read your stuff. I think she did the right thing.

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  19. 4963andypop says:

    Very skillful rendition of a movie scene we cant help but associate with such cars. Interesting to contemplate it through the lens of the “me too” movement.


  20. What an era you paint. Familiar to so many people, and to none. Can see this as a movie scene and am left wondering what happens next.


  21. Authentic voices . Good piece. One is left wondering whether there might be a crime scene to worry about as he is tired of waiting x


  22. ceayr says:

    I felt like I was in that car.
    And I have been!
    Very real, very well done

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  23. subroto says:

    Welcome back Dawn. Teenage dialogue captured expertly here and hints of a bigger back story that conveys a lot more. Very well done.


  24. Margaret says:

    Intriguing ending – leaves me wondering what’s on his mind now. Nothing good I’ll bet.

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  25. Lynn Love says:

    I loved the delineation of the characters/ He’s impatient, out for a good time. And she’s amazing – strong, level headed, no cliched young girl eager to be swept away by a handsome face and honeyed words. Loved this interaction and though I’m guessing they’ll break up, I suspect it might be for the best – at least for Sue

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  26. granonine says:

    You and I wrote very similar stories this week–we even goth named our MC “Bobby.” Yours has a more positive ending than mine in terms of their relationship, but both girls said NO and meant it 🙂

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  27. louismay15 says:

    it looks amazing keep it up 🙂


  28. tedstrutz says:

    Nice story, real. I remember you Dawn. I haven’t been around much either lately.

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  29. Sharon Gasbarro says:

    Dawn, I feel like the worst friend ever. I guess I knew just enough to realize I didn’t really know anything at all about your true childhood. This piece is beautiful just like you. Life’s experiences make us who we are today.. and I wouldn’t want you any other way. Enjoy this chapter! ❤️


    • Thanks so much Sharon! And you are certainly not the worst friend ever! (That’s someone else~ LOL!) You have been a friend for a long time, and I’m grateful for your steady support. I think these things really impacted who I was then, and why the merest hint of abandonment (so common in hs and in teens, right?) was so hard for me. It still is. I really grieve the end of relationships, even ones that are not healthy. Anyway, thanks for your love; it means a lot. xox


    • Just a PS) I just noticed your responded on this story, and not the essay… I’m sure it will seem out of context for anyone reading about an old car! lol



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