Frank’s RedHot – Part V

“Will you come to my shows if I play these?” she asked, glancing at the track list.  She didn’t tell him she’d already seen him at a show and he didn’t tell her he’d already been.

“If you want me to,” Kenneth said.  Although once was probably more than enough.

“Sometime in the next week or two.”  She put the CD in her bag, noticing he’d put some thought into the cover design.

“How are classes?” he asked, changing the subject.

“Great.”

He nodded.  Good for her.

“But not lately,” she continued.  “I failed my last exam.”

“Why?” Kenneth asked, surprised.

“Maybe I’m too tired,” she guessed.  “Even though I’m on the part-time track.”

“Would you go full-time, if you could?” he asked.

“I don’t entertain fantasies.” She said, coolly.  Kenneth backed off.

“Well,” she smiled, “not those kind anyway.”  He smiled in return, but resisted her bait.

“What would you change about your life, if you could?” she challenged.

“I don’t know,” he said, taken off-guard.

“Sure you do.”

“I’d have a woman,” he said after a few moments.  “Who called me and wanted me to call her.”

 

 

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Here is a previous installment of the story:  Frank’s RedHot – Part IV

This is also:  Sunrise at The Palace Diner, Scene 14

Here is the rest of the story (so far):  Sunrise at The Palace Diner

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12 thoughts on “Frank’s RedHot – Part V

  1. I quite like these short scenes Danica – the last line in this one especially.
    It got me thinking about a line from the Gin Blossoms, “all I really want’s to be with you, feeling like I mattered too” – Kenneth’s desired life change reminded me of that wish for reciprocated feelings!

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    1. Thanks, Geoff! The short scenes are more of a challenge for me — in a good way. I’m so glad you like this one.
      Oh I hear a soundtrack accompaniment! Yes, Kenneth has reached a turning point of frustration. I was a little surprised he articulated it so directly.

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    1. Thanks, Brad! You’ll get back on your roll! Have you tried some short-short stories, flash fiction, 50-word fiction? They just might put some rattle in your roll. 🙂
      I’m looking forward to your link whenever it’s ready.

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      1. Ha ha, flash fiction, of course! I just write 50 words then pass out!
        Maybe I shld compile a Post describing my various mishaps w creativity (or lack thereof) – it will probably b th most hilarious thing u will ever read!
        Still wishing for a Beautiful Life
        Cheers!

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        1. “Mishaps with Creativity” — that’s a great title!
          Shifting gears somehow might help, maybe reading some of your favorite books, watching your favorite movies…or a different type of creativity, maybe going out and taking some pictures….
          The beautiful life is there. 🙂

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  2. Kevin

    Poor Kenneth, falling hard for this girl. He could be in over his head. I think she’s toying with him a bit (“…not those kind anyway.”). Whatever is developing between these two, I sense she has the upper hand.

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