Tuesday Tales – #TT1

Tuesday Tales

 

Welcome to Tuesday Tales!!

This scene comes from my other work in progress with characters from In for a Pound. I call it Penny because it centers around Joshua’s aunt, Penny. In this scene she had just returned from the hospital after breaking her ankle during a fall on the ice. Buck is her brother, and Ken is his friend, whom Penny has taken a dislike to.

 

A couple minutes later, Penny was settled on the couch with her broken foot propped on a pillow. Ken made a fuss over wrapping a blanket around her, while Buck—typical for her brother—rummaged through the refrigerator.

“What do you want to eat?” Buck called.

“I’ll get something later. Don’t worry about it,” Penny said. The excitement of the evening was wearing on her. She was ready to be home alone and vegetate in front of the television. The difficulty of reaching the refrigerator with the bulky cast on her foot would have to be contemplated later, preferably without an audience.

Ken propped the crutches next to the arm of the couch. “I can stay here tonight, if you want to take the day shift,” he said as Buck returned to the kitchen with a plate of apple pie.

“Sounds good.” Buck handed to the pie to Ken and returned to the kitchen for a second plate and a glass of milk.

Penny reached for the remote. “What?”

“Ken’s going to stay here tonight and I’ll be here in the morning.”

Penny summoned her last bit of energy. “I don’t need you here.” She narrowed her eyes at Ken. “And I especially don’t need him here.”

“The doctor says you shouldn’t be alone for at least two days.”

“Pssht. I’ll be fine. I’ll probably sleep the whole time.”

“Then you won’t even notice he’s here.”

“He doesn’t need to stay. Put my cell phone on the table and I’ll be just fine. Your house is only a couple minutes away.’

“Those minutes will feel like hours if you fall and can’t get up.”

“I’ll survive.” Penny pushed one more time. She didn’t plan to get off the couch unless she had to go to the bathroom and she had an iron bladder.

“Penny, give it a rest. You aren’t winning this one.”

“But—”

“Did I stutter?” Buck gave her the look that reminded her of their dad. The one she didn’t argue with if she wanted to leave her room in the next year.

She pressed her lips into a tight line. “Okay, but why don’t you stay tonight and Ken or someone else can come in the morning?”

“I can’t sleep without my CPAP machine, so it’d be a lot of fuss and it’s already late.”

Penny sighed. Defeated at every turn. “See you tomorrow.”

Buck kissed the top of her head. “Goodnight, sis.”

 

 

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21 comments

  1. Lovely snippet this week.

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  2. I love the setup…

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    1. This story has been fun so far.

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  3. “Did I stutter?”

    Love it. Thanks for the smile.

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    1. Thank! It took me a while to figure out how it was going to work.

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  4. maryterrani · ·

    The line “Did I stutter?” reminds me of something my brother would say to me. Great Snippet!

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    1. Thanks! It’s nice to see Buck get the upperhand on Penny once in a while. She’s usually the bulldozer in the sibling relationship.

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  5. Appealing scenario and great line using the prompt word!

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you could stop by!

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  6. Hmmm…I’m thinking there’s a fine line between like and dislike…it will be interesting to see how this one plays out. Like the brother/sister relationship. Very realistic.

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    1. I think Ken is a pretty tough cookie.

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  7. Such a lovely snippet!

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  8. Love the grumpy, determined sister and the adamant brother interplay. So real! Great use of the prompt, too. This is an interesting story. I wonder why she doesn’t like Ken??

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    1. I’m not exactly sure. He certainly isn’t docile or manageable.

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  9. What? Penny lost the battle? Glad Buck is there for her. Looking forward to watching the developing relationship with Ken.

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    1. I know it’s hard to believe.

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  10. Nice snippet! Great brother/sister interplay. And I wonder about the dislike for his friend Ken … hmmm, methinks it won’t be dislike for long.

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    1. Penny really moves this story. Once I start writing, it’s hard to stop. 🙂

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  11. Nice how her brother maneuvered her into an uncomfortable situation. A ring of realism knowing siblings.

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