100-word stories

100 Word Challenge – Week #79

A picture prompt this time:

Here’s my attempt:

Looking for a key

“What’s the name of this long-lost-third-cousin-twice-removed you want me to look for?”

“John Smith.”

“How am I going to find a John Smith?”

“I don’t know. That’s your job. I thought you could look up all the John Smiths in the country and ask them if their mother was called Susan.”

“Do you know how many John Smiths there are in this country? It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

“Please don’t say that.”

“Because it’s important for you?”

“No, because I’m not allowed to write clichés.”

“OK. It’s like looking for a key in a grass field.”

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By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

14 replies on “100 Word Challenge – Week #79”

This is so funny, starting right off with the search for a “long-lost third cousin once removed” – that made me smile even before you revealed his name. And what are the chances that more than one John Smith would have a mother with an unusual name like Susan? 😉 And then you step outside the fictional rules with “I’m not allowed to write cliches” – well, I love the whole thing.

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