Forget Me Not

This is my first attempt at a 100 words challenge:

Forget Me Not

John noticed Kristen glance at the pocket calendar she’d removed from her handbag, again. Friday the 13th was still circled in green, confirming at 1pm, they’d know her fate. As she fumbled with the bag’s zip, she knocked the salt shaker off the café table, its contents spilling to the floor. Her luck did not seem to be improving from the morning’s broken mirror incident. She looked helplessly in the direction of the waitress.

Kristen startled as the phone rang.

“Hello, yes it is, I see, thank you,” her eyes filled with tears. He knew all along, early onset Alzheimer’s.


About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a primary and middle school teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three and a wannabe author.
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10 Responses to Forget Me Not

  1. Kristi Bernard says:

    Wow! That’s pretty riveting. Great post.

  2. lynnette-net says:

    Nice!! :))

  3. Terrific 100-word story. I have a hard time with 500 words – you seemed to drift through this 100-word piece effortlessly (which is the sign of a very good writer). Even some of the 500-word stories seem unfinished, but this one is finished and complete in itself. My hat is off to you, madam.

    • I have found the 500 word challenges fabulous writing exercises but I agree sometimes the individual story needs to be told in more words and seems not quite finished. This 100 words challenge was hard but I will certainly have another try sometime.

  4. Lance says:

    wow, gripping and heart breaking.

    really well written. Good job!

  5. Welcome to the challenge! I hope it was a fun exercise for you.

    I remember studying Alzheimer’s in neuroscience courses in college (my major) — all the clinical aspects. But it certainly doesn’t even begin to describe the experience of the patients or their loved ones.

    • Thanks for the challenge. I tend to be a wordy writer and flash fiction challenges have been helping with that. 100 words was tough but fun. I may join in again soon!

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