As Long As It Stays Respectable – Writing Challenge

As Long As It Stays Respectable

I’d do just about anything for Buck. At least I ‘d try to. Now, I don’t want all those liberating women types flying their opinions in my face. As I have well proven, in the past, I absolutely can live my life my way.  When it comes to Buck and me though, I’m a bit slack in my expectations. That doesn’t mean I lessen my expectations.

“Sissy, are you saying you’d let us live here? 10 artists for 5K a month?” Lorraine looked me this way to Texas and back.

“As long as it stays respectable.” I tried to bring her focus back to St, Charles Avenue, New Orleans.

“That’s pretty vague.”

“Well, nothing on the outside could change. I wouldn’t want everyone to know what was going on.”

There it went again. That judge-in-the-family voice. Sissy’s married a crazy man.

And then I began to weep and Lorraine had her arms around me and I just, well you know, I just blathered away uncontrollably. “When Buck is discharged, I don’t want him coming back here, Lorraine.”

We sat together on the front stoop of that old and judgmental Victorian house my parents had given me. I held onto Lorraine and Lorraine held me.

“If I do this,” Lorraine put a slight distance between us, “where will you go?” Then she kissed my cheek.

“The Norway farm.”

“Buck farms?”

“Neither of us do.” I shrugged.

“You’re nuts.”

“Probably so.”


About Ellespeth

I'm a poet. Sometimes I write stories and other nonsense. Ellespeth

5 comments on “As Long As It Stays Respectable – Writing Challenge

  1. Nice scene. Now I wonder about the ‘artists’ and Buck. Makes me smile. 🙂

  2. Now I want a book:) I love your ability to make me wonder what happens next.

    • A book – or something, maybe! I’m glad you enjoyed this, Ionia. I know I’ve certainly enjoyed all the ‘old house’ posts. Hope all is well…

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