Flash Fiction #126

 

lost-head

PHOTO PROMPT © Liz Young

Gone – And Forgotten

Johan was the most disorganized, forgetful person I’d ever met.  Instead of putting things where they belonged, and knowing where they were, he just dropped them….wherever, and spent his days saying things like;
“I wonder where I set my beer down.”
“Has anybody seen my smokes?”
“I have to leave soon.
  Somebody help me find my keys.”

After locating his glasses for him – 8 times, today – I suggested that he arrange his life a little more carefully.  He agreed that it was a good idea.  “Honestly, sometimes I think I’d forget my own head if it wasn’t screwed on tight.”

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story. 

 

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39 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #126

  1. Gosh sounds like you’re writing about me. I am working on these issues. I am much more diligent than I used to be but I still need help finding my keys and cell phone frequently.

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  2. Liz Young says:

    Your clever story made me chuckle – my husband is just like that!

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    That ending made me smile

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  4. Dear Archon,

    It sounded all too familiar. I had a friend that nicknamed me Etch-A-Sketch…one good shake and the screen goes blank. And your last line, I can hear my mother saying that to me. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. Balaka says:

    Ha ha ha…true story…I suffer this with my husband all the time. Good one.

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  6. But it’s so hard to find your glasses when you’re not wearing them! Good job.

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  7. Dale says:

    Oh this was good, Archon. We all know that someone, don’t we?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I’ve always had a shitty memory. It’s related to my neurological, essential tremor. It’s got me into trouble, but I’ve learned coping strategies, all essentially variants on ‘the string around the finger,’ lists, notes, physical reminders. I’ve known a couple like this guy. They never seem to learn. 😳

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      • Dale says:

        At least you’ve learned coping strategies. Mick used to draw a star on the back of his hand. I’d ask him what for, he’d look blankly at me, look at his hand and oh! Remember… crazy guy.
        It’s the ones who don’t try that are annoying.😝

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  8. Fun and funny, Archer. I have a friend who is always looking for her keys. The last line was perfect for her.
    Isadora 😎

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  9. Mike says:

    That last line raised a smile for me. Although it was a bit close to home for me.🙂

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  10. Great picture of human nature! I confess, I’ve always been just like that. I spend SO MUCH time looking for the thing I had in my hand only ten minutes ago and set down somewhere! Then while I was having chemo-therapy and for months after it was three times worse yet.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Oh, my condolences! Chemo is no picnic. 😯
      The wife used to have a diamond-hard memory, but ended up on 9 different meds. ‘Take this for that’, but include this other, for the upset stomach it causes. ‘Take that for this,’ but it’s a sedative, so take this as a waker-upper.
      She weaned herself off 3 of them, but recently had an anti-cholesterol added. Between normal aging and chemicals, it’s been a fight, and I’m not much help. 😛

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  11. wmqcolby says:

    Hahaha! Great take on the prompt, Archon! Clever, too. Nice and funny.
    I stayed with a ventriloquial feel on my story. Come on over and read it! 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Ah, yours is an historical tale, as Rochelle’s often are. I’m old enough to remember Edgar Bergen in movies, and that new-fangled ‘television.’ Do you know of Jeff Dunham, and how would you rate him in comparison to Edgar? 😕

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      • wmqcolby says:

        Yes, I certainly DO know of Jeff Dunham. An amazing man. 🙂 In comparison, I’d say, from a technical standpoint, he IS much better. He exhibits more showmanship, kind of doing what The Great Lester did for modern-day ventriloquism around the 1900’s — introducing new ways of presenting to the public. Bergen, on the other hand, was a radio writer/comedian who just happened to be a ventriloquist, therefore making it less of a novelty and more of a “living cartoon” if that makes any sense. He convinced people Charlie was a real person as opposed to presenting the novelty of a talking doll. In other words, he didn’t need the dummy for radio, but he had one — and that made the selling points even better. The comedy material is great and, even though he had comedy writers for his shows, he said he found he could write better for Charlie, Mortimer and Effie himself. Not bad, huh? And, naturally, every vent has his or her own brand of presentation and marketing. Shari Lewis — WOW! She was intensely amazing technically and, like Bergen, had good comedy in Lamb Chop. Both are missed today, although her daughter, Mallory, is carrying on the tradition.

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      • Archon's Den says:

        I loved Shari, and miss her – as I do much of my past. I wasn’t aware that her daughter was carrying the trade on. Must research. Thanx. 😀

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      • wmqcolby says:

        You’re welcome. I’ll look, too. She’s CUTE! 😉 And I’m sure she’s as talented as her mom. Almost.

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  12. Michael Wynn says:

    This made me laugh, I know people just like it, we probably all do.

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  13. True, we all have someone like this in our lives. That was fun!

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  14. I think I am a lot like Johan 😅

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