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Ten Quarters, Five Dimes, Two Nickels, and Five Pennies
By Kathleen Clauson
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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This ultra-short reveals an unexpected tangent, the the consequence of disappointment. This story was chosen as an honoree from more than 750 submissions, in the 2nd Annual Ultra-Short Competition, 2005, The Binnacle, University of Maine at Machias.

Ten Quarters, Five Dimes, Two Nickels, and Five Pennies

by Kathleen Clauson, copyright 2005, first published in The Binnacle.

Rosemary thought Bill would buy her flowers for their anniversary.

She imagined him, hurrying home, with a bouquet of blush pink roses.  She washed a fluted vase in soapy water and left it on the counter.

Rosemary sliced paper thin ringlets of onions for beef stroganoff, taking care not to break the rings.  Everyone knew breaking circles brought bad luck.

Bill was on time.  He didn't notice the candlelight or Rosemary's pink dress.  She checked the pockets of his jacket--nothing there except a starlight mint wrapped in cellophane.

After dinner, Bill went next door to help Joe with his taxes.

Rosemary's eyes were closed when Bill stumbled upstairs.  He stacked ten quarters, five dimes, two nickels, and five pennies on the dresser.

While he snored, Rosemary crawled, bare-skinned across the plush carpet.  From his wad of cash she plucked out three crisp bills.

Tomorrow she would buy the flowers herself.





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