Work for Idle Hands (100 Word Challenge for Grown-ups, June 2012)

The prompt this week from 100WCGU was the phrase

There’s a real buzz about this place.’

“You’ll like it here,” said Matron, “there’s so much for residents to do.”

I hated it;  bingo seemed such a moronic pastime, bridge brought out the worst in people, and there’s something frankly distasteful about women dancing breast to breast with other similarly endowed women.

And then Frank enlisted me, for a project he was working on in the cellar.  Just a bit of needlework, here and there; I’ve always been a fine seamstress.

Matron wasn’t pleased.

“Mr Enstein,” she thundered, “you’ll have to leave.”

That was monstrously unfair.

I miss Frank.

Things were really buzzing when he was around.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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23 Responses to Work for Idle Hands (100 Word Challenge for Grown-ups, June 2012)

  1. Oh that matron needs a slap. Hard! What a spoilsport.
    Enjoyed this. Did wonder if there was something a little darker going on behind the scenes (what WAS she sewing?) or whether it was just an innocent pasttime. Either way I enjoyed this. A lot.


    • Sandra says:

      Thanks for dropping by Anna. I think I might have been a bit too obscure here. 😦 I usually run it by my husband first, but he wasn’t around. Now he says he struggled to get it. Thanks for commenting anyway.


  2. I do really enjoy reading your pieces! Your characters are so rounded and real. Don’t like matron much though … what a sour puss! The dancing breast to breast really made me cringe … and so true too – really brought a smile to my face.


  3. TheOthers1 says:

    Lol. I liked this. Mr Frank Enstein. Nice.


  4. Sandra says:

    Thanks for commenting so kindly, I really appreciate it.


  5. gsussex says:

    Really enjoyed this! Great piece. Need a second part revealing what she was sowing!?


  6. Brandon Scott says:

    Took me a moment to get it, but I had to laugh when I did. Very clever!


  7. What a lovely little vignette with deeper layers than seems first apparent.


  8. sjbwriting says:

    Briliant – I also loved the bit about dancing breast to breast. As a dance teacher I’ve often had to dance the man’s steps with another lady, and I’ve always been relieved not to be well-endowed enough to have to worry about slotting one either side!

    I didn’t get the Frankenstein reference till I saw the other comments – now I’m starting to see Matron’s point!


    • Sandra says:

      It’s an uncomfortable thought, isn’t it? But I see you’ve thought about the mechanics of it. 🙂 It’s a problem for which I’ve only ever been on the receiving end too! I’m glad you got it – I have some difficulty in judging whether my work is too explicit or not enough, and I think I erred on the latter side this week. Thanks for commenting.


  9. Gilly Gee says:

    Ooo you always surprise me Sandra, I love this!


  10. jfb57 says:

    Oh what fun &sha,e on Matron for stopping the creation going on. Really clever, clever writing Sandra!


  11. Twisty twisty ending! A fine seamstress indeed. 🙂


  12. Oooh nice piece yet again hun! makes me think why does matron like frank? x


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