doing his job

It was one of those days, thought Quigley, when the world really just gets on your tits.

Waking up and finding they'd run out of coffee. Then the puddle of dog-piss in the kitchen. Then Jacko, the eldest of their three changelings, refusing to get dressed. Then the picnic stuff refusing to fit into the trunk. Then the car refusing to start.

“Let it rest for a spell, sweetie, you’ll flood the engine,” said his wife, Miriam.

Quigley allowed his irritation to get the better of him. (As usual.)

“Why don’t you do your job and let me do mine,” he snapped at her.

...

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Cheesemeister said...

So far, 2010 has been one of those years that really just gets on your tits. Hopefully the next ten months of it will be some sort of an improvement.

masterymistery said...

CM, Thanks for your comment. Not much longer to go before the next great extinction event. That's something to look forward to, isn't it? ;)

Nessa said...

You never know what you've got 'til it's gone. Well played.

I'm going to start using that phrase, "really just gets on your tits."

Purdie Pyrate

Tom & Icy said...

That reminds me of the Cheesmesiter's story about the restaurant for zombies.

Brian Miller said...

wicked story. love how you pieced it together around that phrase...nice.

masterymistery said...

Hi Brian, it's a technique I picked up from Stephen King's writing. Repeating a phrase in different contexts to help build suspense and keep the whole narrative together. Of course, I can only hope that one day my writing will be even one hundredth as powerful and efficient at story telling as SK's. Thanks for stopping by.

masterymistery said...

Restaurant for zombies -- excellent concept on which to hang a story. I must look out for CM's: I find her work invariably grabs me by the throat and rattles my brain! Tom, thanks for stopping by.

masterymistery said...

Hi Nessa, it does kind of punch you in the head, the phrase you mention. But I have to admit that in hindsight I wonder if it's not perhaps too crass, even for me! Thanks for your comment.

Alice Audrey said...

Great last line.

weirsdo said...

Actually, Steak Through the Heart is sort of a coinvention between me and the Cheesemeister. Certainly its co-proprietor, Hamster Brittney, is mine, and its name. I did think of that Bistro/Grocery's friendly Rotten Ralph, the butcher/chef, when I read this.

masterymistery said...

Hi Weirsdo, thanks for stopping by. Although not explicitly named in the above, the friendly family butcher yclept Putrid Paul.

Cheesemeister said...

Weirdso did invent Steak Thru the Heart. I just took it and ran with it! I also generally run from Steak Thru the Heart very quickly after buying my week's supply of Whoop Ass there.

masterymistery said...

Cheesemeister, I think it was Newton who said words to the effect that if he had seen further, it was because he had stood on the shoulders of giants. Making Weirsdo a giant!