12 June 2015

Published June 10, 2015 by rochellewisoff

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Summer reruns are upon us. As I will be somewhat out of commission this week to have a physical inconvenience taken care of I’m falling back on one of those prompts from my first year in Friday Fictioneers. I’ve updated it a bit to make it one hundred words exactly. You can find the original post here. I will try to make the rounds but, at this time, make no promises. 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100


            Coffee and baking cookie aromas filled Gail’s kitchen. She wiped dust from a dog-eared yearbook, set it on the table, smiled at her high school chum and said, “I’m so glad we found each other.” 

            “We were darling, weren’t we?” Brenda flipped through the faded pages. “You’ve done well for yourself, Miss Homecoming Queen. Nice home. Handsome husband. I’m so jealous.”   

            “Thirty-seven glorious years next month.”

             “Amazing.” Brenda pointed to a picture of a moon-faced boy with horn-rimmed glasses and buck teeth. “Hey remember him? What a geek! I wonder what ever happened to the little twerp.”

              “I married him.”

120 comments on “12 June 2015

    • Dear Irene,

      A family friend married a guy named Bernie. We couldn’t see her attraction to this corpulent fellow. A few years later we ran into them. B had lost so much weight I’d never have recognized him. In fact, he was downright handsome.

      I had eyelid surgery yesterday so I’m a bit sore and may be slower getting around to comments and reads. It all seems to have gone well and the nursing staff was wonderful.



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  • Ha. Love the reruns.. and they still are new to me… which shows how much a junior I am. Reminds me of one or two of the other kitchen pictures I have seen, when I mostly wrote horrid pictures of murder. Love how you did it, and having once been one of those least desirable guys I have a lot of sympathy for the moral of such a story.


    • Dear Björn,

      I think I could rerun my first FF year and it would be new to most. I love revisiting and seeing where my writing has changed and grown.

      As for this story, I was in the middle of helping to plan my forty year class reunion when I wrote this. It’s amazing how people change and how many geeks changed for the better.
      I was a bit of a class geek myself. 😉

      Thank you.




    • Dear Hilary,

      That’s the beauty of having been at this for three years. To most in this group my first year stories will be new. Glad you liked it.

      Eye surgery went better than I’d hoped.

      Thank you.




    • Dear Liz,

      I had a droopy eyelid repaired Wednesday. The results made it worth the soreness I’m having this morning.

      Perhaps the little girl will grow up to be a swan. I’ve known a few like that. By the same token, some kids who start out being pretty go the other way.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.




  • This is the first time I am reading this, and I have to write, brains are far better.
    Lovely story and I hope everything sorts out!


  • Good luck with the ‘break’, I hope everything is over smoothly and painlessly.

    Your story amused me, although I have to wonder how the old friend didn’t realise it’s the same guy. Makes me think maybe it’s not a foot-in-mouth situation, but a bit of friendly joshing between friends. This confusion makes me feel as though the story isn’t as polished as your ore recent ones – not surprising as I think all our writing changes (hopefully improves) over time.

    Take care,



    • Dear Jennifer,

      Every been to a forty-year class reunion? You’d be amazed at how hard it is to recognize some people after all that time. My thought is that Gail and Brenda are catching up after a number of years as was the case with my forty-year reunion. In my mind these ladies haven’t seen each other in nearly forty years as was the case of my reunion committee. Some had changed so drastically I wouldn’t have known them, particularly the men.

      On the flip side of your comment, it’s affirming to know the you feel I’ve grown as a writer.

      With your hands so full, I’m pleased that you took time this week to write and comment. I’ll be slow making the rounds this week.




  • Hahaha! Fun stuff and pretty realistic. I always enjoy retread weeks as they give me an opportunity to catch up on stories I missed initially and always “plan” on going back to later. This was no disappointment.

    Best wishes on the procedure this week. Give me a holler if you need someone to come and read to you or bring wine and sit quietly.

    Love and hugs,
    Marie Gail


  • Dear Desilu
    I attended my 40th last year. Most of the people from the circle I ran with in my younger days (hippies) didn’t bother to show up or were dead. It was amazing how many of us handsome princes had turned into ugly ducklings.
    – Hop Sing


    • Dear Hop Sing,

      My 40th reunion was four years ago. One of my former hippie friends showed up. He was spooky. Still stoned, long hair, aging toker caught in a time warp. Most of us have moved on and had a great time.
      Ah memories.




  • Awesome 🙂 – I might have been that little twerp, I was super geeky in all my highschool photos. And every photo since then really…
    V Funny – hope your inconvenience gets sorted quickly.


    • Dear KT,

      Thank you for such a glowing comment. I’m sure your “geekiness” has turned to awesomeness. Your writing certainly reflects the latter.

      As for the inconvenience…it’s a double-edged sword at the moment.



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  • Nice to have found this little community of writers thanks to Alistair Phillps. His piece inspired me, and I’ve added my contribution to the list. I enjoyed your story, reminds me of the time I put my foot in my mouth when I made a horrid comment to my husbands, friend’s wife after she complimented my new furniture. I said I’d bought it at this particular store because the popular store that had been recommended only seemed to have crap (actually I said garbage) on the floor. She answered, “that’s where we bought all our furniture.” Oops!! Not the same and yet very much the same. Although I’m sure in this story her friend could have easily laughed it off with, “my what an outstanding change, good for you, brains over brawn will win every time.” I do hope you are feeling better soon.


    • Dear Yolanda,

      A hearty welcome! I found this community three years ago when Madison Woods was the facilitator. As your can see, I was hooked and never left. 😉

      Thank you for sharing your true story. I think many of us have bouts with hoof in mouth disease from time to time. And thank you for commenting on my story. I think it’s the reciprocation that makes this group so much fun. Sort of like pen pals on steroids.




  • Loved this. Have seen many of these transformations to know that you never know what people may turn into. Was a new story for me too. I did a 2 for 1 deal this week as I put in two stories for one prompt. I hope you recover quickly so you can start winking at your husband again.

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  • Clever twist at the end. Definitely an “oops” moment. It’s funny isn’t it, how things change so much from that world we once thought was all encompassing — High school. Great story.


  • Dear Rochelle

    Am so glad your eye op went well.

    I used to love geeks and still do, Any relationships I’ve had with vain and dishy guys, of the himbo variety, have been a disaster. Brains come before looks, as far as I’m concerned.

    Your story is so funny, especially the way Brenda puts her foot in it.

    By the way, I’ve started reading your book. It’s so well-written and moving.

    All best wishes


    • Dear Sarah,

      It’s thrilling to read that you’re reading my book. I hope you continue to enjoy it.

      As of this morning, the eye doctor is amazed at just how well my surgery went. No black eye as expected. A bit of swelling, redness and soreness though. All normal.

      Glad you liked my story.

      Thank you.



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      • Dear Rochelle,
        I’m certainly continuing to enjoy your book.
        Excellent that your eye is looking good, although am not sure exactly what surgery you had on it.
        About three years ago, I had a cataract removed from my right eye. It was such a scary but wondrous moment, removing that dressing the next day, looking out the window, and seeing how bright the colours green and blue had become overnight. I remember going for a walk in the woods and being totally overwhelmed by the brilliance of the trees in full leaf and by the carpet of bluebells spread across the ground.
        My other eye has a small cataract, but not bad enough for an op. It runs in the family, so whatever I do about protecting my eyes from the sun or taking antioxidants doesn’t work!
        Wishing you a wonderful week, seeing plenty of beauty around you.

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        • Dear Sarah,

          My surgery was more cosmetic as my right eyelid was drooping and obstructing vision. Therefore it was deemed necessary and the insurance has covered the major part of it. It’s still somewhat swollen but not bruised as the surgeon expected.

          Glad you’re enjoying my book. Of course Havah, Arel and Ulrich, etc are fictitious, but after ten years, they’re quite real to me. 😉



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  • What a fun story. 🙂 I’d also like a kitchen much like that one. Natural light is always best.

    Anyway, good to see your procedure went well. Take care of yourself and get well soon! ❤


  • I loved this, Rochelle. I like the dog-eared yearbook and the moon-faced boy. Nicely written. I can see how people are hardly recognizable thirty-odd years later, but I have to go to any reunions. I haven’t been to a single one. I hope you are feeling better and are getting some rest.


    • Dear Amy,

      I went to my forty year reunion a few years back and some of those people were hard to recognize, even with their senior photo name tags. 😉

      As for rest, I’ve gotten more sleep in the past week than in the past year. It’s been kind of nice.

      Thank you for such nice comments as always.



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  • Hope all is/goes well. That’s a great story and this sounds like a conversation my wife could have with one of her friends… granted, I didn’t wear horned-rimmed, but more the huge bug eyed version of rim that was so popular in the 80’s. Lucky for her, I ugly duckling-ed pretty hard (if I do say so myself, which I normally have too, not sure what that means exactly… but.. meh).


  • Rochelle, I think I remember this story from before, way back in the mists of time. 🙂 I love the awkward silence and backtracking we can imagine after the last line.
    Hope all goes well and you can recover quickly.
    Take care,


  • I guess Brenda didn’t recognize Gail’s husband’s name? Which could definitely happen; especially after so much time! You could remember the little nerd without remembering his name!


  • Ah, the case of the Impatient Patient…
    Been there, done that, and didn’t even get a t-shirt!
    Your story is wonderful, and proves the Thoreau quote at the top part of your page: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
    Btw, I finished reading your book, and loved it. I don’t know if Amazon notifies you or not, but I did post a review at Amazon.


      • PS Amazon doesn’t notify me. So far your review hasn’t shown up. If I don’t see it by tomorrow I’ll call customer service as there’s a reader in Canada who posted a review that doesn’t show up either.


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