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Stains
by Glynis Becker 
03/23/08
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Megan stared at the stain, horrified. She looked down as she heard the clap of chubby, sticky hands on chubby, sticky cheeks and the well-used childhood phrase, “Uh-oh”. How was she going to tell her sister? The hair-always-straight-from-the-salon, maid-comes-on-Tuesdays-and-Thursdays, never-has-a-stitch-out-of-place sister , that she now had a toddler-hand-shaped strawberry and peanut butter Rorschach blot on her $7,500 winter white sofa?


Megan stared at the stain, horrified. How could they have let him here, looking like that? Even shelters should have standards, shouldn’t they? His shirt looked like it had seen no fewer than ten different meals and contained the evidence of each one of them. He wouldn’t look her in the eye, which was just fine with her. What good would eye contact do, when she had nothing in common with a man like that?


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Thomas Kittrell 29 Sep 2010
I enjoyed this and all the comments, too. Thanks for your kind comment on my post. God bless.
Lesley-Anne Evans 26 Mar 2008
I like the different emotions these invoke... and my favourite line, that sums up the sister in the first piece so well, "the winter white couch"... not just white, but winter white! Ha! I love that! Great Job writer! Lesley-Anne
Pat Guy  25 Mar 2008
Way-to-go Glynis! ;) I loved how you took us from elegant disaster to pauper disgust yet there's a message that ties them both. Great stuff!
Chely Roach 25 Mar 2008
Both were awesome, and so very different. Excellent job!
Holly Westefeld 25 Mar 2008
Sticky happens. The maid can take care of it next Tuesday. What do they have in common? Wel, unless Megan is an employee of the shelter....
Karen Wilber  25 Mar 2008
I'm still laughing at the first story. I love how you created a picture of the sister with those connected phrases. Both well done.
Janice Cartwright 25 Mar 2008
You nailed it but good. Really enjoyed these.
Hanne Moon  24 Mar 2008
Ooooo, Glynnis, I liked these! Good use of your words - you said so much in so little! :D
Jan Ackerson  23 Mar 2008
Very good writing, Glynis! I like the way you ended both of them with a question--a great device in ultra-short fiction.
Lyn Churchyard 23 Mar 2008
"Uh-oh", children and white sofas are NEVER a good combination. Second story was great. What has ove got to do with shelters anyway? Great job Glynis.
Kristen Hester 23 Mar 2008
Great writing. I had a very clear mental picture with both stories...and they were very different. Super.
K. J. Cash 23 Mar 2008
When you got kids or dogs, you can't have nothin' nice. Sis is going to have to make some adjustments! The second story really had me wanting to know more. Great job!




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