Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The shirt

She left his clothes in the closet.

There was nowhere else to put them, and she wasn’t ready to throw them away.

Every day she took a fresh shirt from its hanger, washed it, hung it out to dry. Watching the empty shape of him billow in her back yard.

Wondering if the neighbours knew.

P.S. What better way to mark my 555th post than with a 55 word story?


Anonymous said...

I get to write the first comment :)!! nice one!!

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

Congratulations! Loved the story.

Anonymous said...

sheer brilliance as always 2x3x7.

Abhilasha said...

Excellent post.

tangled said...

I know of people who were actually counting. Wish I'd been one of them :)
Numbers are nice things.

Scout said...

Loved it..

n said...

you chose ur 55 wrds well

Tabula Rasa said...

if the neighbours were actually watching, what would they make of the fact that he never wore pants?

Anonymous said...

This story is, of course, much more subtle than that.. after all, what better way to mark your 555th post than by writing about 555 washing powder, and not mentioning that fact!

Waiting for #666..

Swathi said...

wow, 555th ..A big Congrats

Falstaff said...

anon: Thanks

shoe-fiend: Thanks. The 555 post thing isn't really an event, of course. I just happened to be posting this and noticed that it was the 555th post.

anon2: Thanks

abhilasha: Thanks

tharunya: me, I don't like numbers that much. they have an annoying way of contradicting the things I think in my head.

scout: thanks

n: thanks

tr: :-). They'd probably assume (correctly) that the pants would be going to the cleaners, along with the suit jacket. It's the lack of underwear that would really get them talking.

K: Ah, so you figured it out. Yes, it's true - my blog is a means of sending subliminal message about detergents. Coming up: a post about Sylvia Plath's Ariel.

swathi: Thanks

Tabula Rasa said...

Coming up: a post about Sylvia Plath's Ariel.

lol! all that surfing, for this?

Falstaff said...

TR: What can I say? There is a Tide in the affairs of men.

Perspective Inc. said...

loved it!