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100 Word Challenge – Week #61

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The challenge: 100 words including:

…. I woke with another headache …..

Out with it

I woke with another headache. What’s happened to me? I never used to be an….

It started with just a small one to calm my nerves before something difficult like a job interview. Then that didn’t seem to help, so it became a large one. And not just before difficult situations but before any social situations – even a night out with the guys. One large one to calm me down before an evening of heavy drinking. One or two. Or three.

Say the words, you scaredy-cat. Say them out loud, slowly and clearly: I. never. used. to. be. an. alcoholic.

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Style and the Solitary, edition 2, murder mystery set in Jerusalem, published with Ocelot Press, October 2022.

10 replies on “100 Word Challenge – Week #61”

Great story Miriam. I like the way you’ve charted the alcoholic’s journey from ‘a small one to calm my nerves,’ to the final admission of alcoholism. It’s a slippery slope that’s easy to fall down. I’ve seen it… I thought of this subject but changed my mind as I couldn’t get it quite right. Now that I’ve seen yours I’m glad I didn’t do it! Well written.

Great take on the prompt. I like the large one before the heavy drinking – they do say you shouldn’t drink on an empty stomach.
You describe the gradual descent into alcoholism very persuasively.

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