• MsShel330 commented on the post, flex 11 months, 1 week ago

    “Okay class, stand up straight and stretch! Act like you’re pulling a rope down from the ceiling. Flex! Reach, reach!” Alexandra stuck her hands in the air but, instead of waving them like she just didn’t care, acted as if she was reaching for a rope suspended from the ceiling. It was a change, she had to admit.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, suggest 1 year, 2 months ago

    I suggested going to the park instead of a movie. The weather was good for a picnic and maybe flying a kite. He wasn’t happy but he went along with it. I could see him trying not to have fun but it was hard to keep from smiling. Good food, good weather and a good time. How can you hate that?

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, departure 1 year, 5 months ago

    I staked out a good seat, one in line with the departure board for my flight. I had never missed a plane but I was still nervous. A girlfriend of mine missed her flight once and had to go through all kinds of b.s to catch the next one.

    Since I was running away from everything, I needed to get away before anyone missed me.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, criminal 1 year, 5 months ago

    The Fiona Apple song “Criminal” played over the loud speaker in the store. Jae stopped to take some deep breaths. She was trying not to sweat but a song playing about the risks involved in what she was doing was making her shake even more. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Stan give the signal. Jae pulled the ski mask down over her face, pul…[Read more]

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, charge 1 year, 5 months ago

    “Charge!” Jon yelled as the group ran down the hill. Of course, being a bunch of overweight, not-all-that-young re-enactors, instead of real soldiers in their prime, there was a lot of huffing and puffing along the way.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, holistic 1 year, 5 months ago

    Monifa was tired, all of the time, and beyond tired of being tired. She tried her primary care doctor, and a chiropractor and massage therapists of different kinds. Someone had suggested a holistic doctor. She shuffled up to the office door, fearful but wondering what did she have to lose.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, basil 1 year, 5 months ago

    His name was Basil and of course he was British. Did he have a sister named Rosemary? Was he names for the character on Fawlty Towers? It was such as odd name, from her American point of view. But he had good teeth and none of the negative stereotypes of the English.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, shuffle 1 year, 10 months ago

    Marie shuffled along the hall to her room. She curled her upper lip to shut out the smells – urine, boiled meat and perfume. She couldn’t remember how she got here, in this mausoleum of old people. It seemed to be her future.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, windows 1 year, 12 months ago

    Between the Windows program on her computer and the windows of the high-rise that she was working in, Sara thought that she would go mad. The computer was slow and she had the feeling that someone was watching her from outside. But that couldn’t be; she was on the 25th floor. She was imagining it. But the hair still stood up on her arms and the b…[Read more]

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, slept 1 year, 12 months ago

    Jo slept badly, tossing and turning all night. She was alone, and since Steve moved in she had trouble sleeping without him. He would be gone for a long while. He was deployed in one of the ‘Stans, she couldn’t remember which one.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, lodge 1 year, 12 months ago

    I ran through the woods, ignoring the pain from the branch swipes hitting my face. There was a light ahead of me. Crouching, trying to still my breathing, I saw a log building, too big to be called a cabin. It was a lodge. I bounded forward but stopped. Was it safe? I couldn’t tell and I couldn’t afford to be wrong.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, beware 2 years, 3 months ago

    “Look, I missed seeing the sign! I was walking, looking straight ahead, like I usually do. I didn’t see anything that said ‘Beware.’ As soon as I got past the doorway, I heard the growling. I figured that it was a dog. The last thing that I expected was a werewolf. How was I supposed to know that they were real?” How was I supposed to know that…[Read more]

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, giving 2 years, 3 months ago

    Keisha laughed and told Wanda, “Hey, no fair, I’m giving up men for Lent!” They left the building by the loading door; Keisha jumped off of the dock onto the asphalt lot while Wanda walked down the steps. They hadn’t gotten far before they heard the sirens and saw the flashing lights.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, defy 2 years, 3 months ago

    “I defy you to find one thing wrong with him!” She shouted at me and I stood there, thinking of what to say. I could find many things wrong with him. He had no money, he was impulsive, he was too skinny. Most of all, I was in love with him too.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, rival 2 years, 4 months ago

    He was my rival from first grade until we graduated from high school. He put a worm in my lunch box and I pulled his chair out from under him. Now, we’re at the hospital. Waiting for our first grandchild to be born.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, sisters 2 years, 4 months ago

    Although we are sisters, we have nothing in common. I’m a nerd and she’s street smart. I’m a navel-gazer and she never looks inside, ever. My joke is the only thing that we do have in common is parents. The other thing is love.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, shore 2 years, 5 months ago

    We went down to the shore to talk. The sounds of the surf coming in and receding always made us feel relaxed. Since the conversation was going to be heavy, we needed the calm to keep us from erupting at each other.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, yoga 2 years, 5 months ago

    Merrie ran from her car, trying not to be late for her yoga class. “Whew, made it just in time!” She slipped in between two 20-somethings in the second row and started stretching. It was too late to get her husband back but being thinner and more limber might help to nab the next one.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, beverage 2 years, 5 months ago

    Milly sat down with a cold adult beverage and tried to relax. Thank God that the week was coming to an end. It had been long and challenging and a nice margarita was the way to unwind.

    Being a hitwoman wasn’t as glamorous and she first thought.

  • MsShel330 commented on the post, lens 2 years, 6 months ago

    I’ve spent my life looking at the world through rose-colored lenses. I realize that now. I just never thought that Peter would leave me. Now everything that we worked for over the decades is in dust and I have to pick up and start over again.