Obscured view

“There’s nothing cute about it,” he said. The register of his voice indicated decision more so than discussion.

She disagreed heartily and privately, staring past his head and out the window behind him.

“It was on sale.”

“It’s atrocious. You can’t leave it there.”

Later, she said, “It reminds me of our honeymoon.”

He sighed, wondering how to convince their Home Owners’ Association to let it stay.


From Trifecta‘s Trifextra challenge: For your prompt this week, we are giving you the first 33 words of a story. You need to complete it with 33 of your own words.


About Fran Hart

Disciple of Christ, earning a living as the director of US-based operations for a Taiwanese company, managing an engineering organization while carving out time to write. Wife, Mother, Grandmother.
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10 Responses to Obscured view

  1. barbara says:

    uh-oh . . . fountain? palm tree? beach umbrella? lol – the possibilities are (pretty much) endless.

  2. Rachel says:

    Some kind of horrible figurine I am guessing…but in my head it was a gargoyle. I liked this post very much.

  3. I want a picture of “it!”

  4. Oh noes!! Ugly lawn decor and the home code. I like that her feeling that it reminds her of their honeymoon does give him a change of heart, though.

  5. Amelia says:

    My first thought is beyonce the metal chicken, you don’t by chance read The Bloggess do you?
    I always like yards that look different.

  6. Gina says:

    Curiosity piqued! What in the world did she buy?

  7. JannaTWrites says:

    I’m also curious about what it is and why it’s so bad the HOA might not approve of it. (The fact the HOA might not like it almost makes it more appealing :lol:)

  8. Christine says:

    Nice little mystery here… What could it be? And what happened between “You can’t leave it there” and “Later… “? 😉

  9. karen says:

    Oh, dear. Again reminded of how happy I am to live in an area that does not have a home owner’s association. I would so be in trouble for that.

  10. Trifecta says:

    Thanks so much for linking up to Trifextra. Remember, this weekend’s entries are being judged by the Trifecta community, so I hope you were able to cast your votes. (There’s still just over two hours left if not!) Winners will be announced with the Monday post. Hope to see you back then.