Something’s gotta give. It’s a 6.

Hello everyone! Another Six Sentence Story where playing the music vid may enhance your reading experience. Enjoy 🙂

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“What a week, thank God it’s Friday!” – fumbling with the front door key lock, she practically tumbled through the doorway onto the foyer’s cold slate tile.

As if discovering she’d been equipped with a pressure relieve valve, she sensed the residual effects of a particularly stressful week work their way out as she prepared a light dinner of salad and crusty French bread, paired with a New Zealand oaked Sauvignon Blanc; after cleaning up she was not surprised she could barely keep her eyes open.

Realizing this was one argument she wouldn’t win, she made the sojourn upstairs; no sooner had she lain down, she felt herself falling into a delicious “cushiony” deep sleep, no tossing, no turning, it would appear the perfect night’s sleep; feeling amazingly rested in the morning, she swung her legs over and onto the floor standing up so quickly she didn’t realize she had stood up and instantly felt her skin crawl, the pit of her stomach doing a double somersault… glancing around the room everything looked the same..almost. 

Dismissing the sensation as leftover cobwebs of exhaustion and craving her morning coffee, she headed downstairs to the kitchen, yet even before she got there she realized, knew what she was seeing couldn’t be possible – like in old time movie depictions of desert mirages, everything seemed to shimmer.

Imagination bolted to attention, flooded her mind with all sorts of suggestions, all worthy of a “Night Gallery” episode; chiding herself for momentarily leaving the rational world behind, she walked over to the kitchen table and sat down, the morning newspaper already opened as if someone had been reading it.

Feeling the urge to vomit, she steeled herself to look at the newspaper, at her picture
the caption “local defense attorney, presumed to have died in her sleep last Friday night“.

21 thoughts on “Something’s gotta give. It’s a 6.

  1. UP September 12, 2020 / 5:26 pm

    The Night Gallery reference totally sent me on a trip down memory lane. I would think you are too young to know about it. 😉😉

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 12, 2020 / 6:25 pm

      I noticed recently a tv station here running reruns of it on Saturdays. It wasn’t bad but nothing compares to Twilight Zone 😀
      Yeah, that’s right…too young 😉

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  2. Zack and Zelda September 12, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    Oh WOW, you really take us with you from start to finish–what an ending!!!! Bravo!!!!

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  3. Josie Two Shoes September 12, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Holy crap! I loved that ending, totally not expecting it! You set it up so well, we all could relate to end of week exhaustion.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 12, 2020 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you, Josie! Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it at first either, lol.
      Yup, we’ve all had those weeks.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 13, 2020 / 12:04 am

      Indeed they did and a bit of a cautionary tale for ourselves to remember to pace ourselves. Then again, perhaps it was her “time”.
      Thank you, Mimi.

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  4. Lisa Tomey September 12, 2020 / 11:06 pm

    I actually played the beautiful song before reading. It helped set the stage. Exceptional job!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 13, 2020 / 12:05 am

      Excellent! There is something about that song that is almost other worldly sounding to me 🙂
      Thanks, Lisa!

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      • Lisa Tomey September 13, 2020 / 10:20 am

        Yes, I thought so too. And it is not one of his I am as familiar with.

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge September 13, 2020 / 10:46 am

          I believe the first time I heard it was in the movie “You’ve Got Mail”. Randy Newman wrote and recorded the song but I prefer Harry’s rendition. A little “sweeter” sounding 🙂

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 13, 2020 / 9:47 am

      Thank you, Frank. That’s one of the fun things about writing – there are times you don’t exactly know how a story will end until you get there 😀

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  5. clark September 13, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    damn, there goes a perfectly good (and, by good, I mean, ‘coming to life enough to take on some of the writing chores) character!
    …guess that means we’ll all get to find out your personal beliefs and thoughts about the nature, character and other aspects of the afterlife
    looking for the series of AfterLife & Partners, Investigations, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Inc

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 14, 2020 / 6:30 am

      lol. Why, thank you, Clark.
      Now that’s a catchy title for a serial if ever I heard one 🙂 Appreciate the suggestion!

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  6. The Vintage Toy Advertiser September 17, 2020 / 3:06 am

    A wonderful ghost story, D, with a dreamy, sleepy start in which the reader can feel that end-of-the-week tired but pleasant comfort – then comes the subtle hints that not all is well and as it should be, and that shock revelation at the end!
    I had to look up ‘Night Gallery’ as I didn’t get the reference, and was pleased to learn Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame had much to do with the series 🙂

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge September 17, 2020 / 5:27 am

      Thank you, V. Glad that came through the words. Always appreciate your feedback 🙂
      Aha! Knew I should have put a link to the “Gallery”, lol. Yes, Rod was involved. As is often the case with one’s “firsts”, I preferred Twilight Zone over Night Gallery. Imo, TZ stands up to the test of time in that the episodes, while noticeably from a different era, are still enjoyable and relevant. Watching Night Gallery on the other hand is kind of like listening to Dokken or Yngwei. I loved them back in the day but couldn’t listen to them now on a regular basis now 😀

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      • The Vintage Toy Advertiser September 17, 2020 / 6:15 am

        Haha, brilliant the ref to Dokken and Malmsteen… same here, they were ok back in the day but now I won’t listen. Agree about TZ – a fine show that still works its magic 🙂

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