Another Saturday means thinking about the prompt that is due from Linda Hill. As I savored the aroma from the first cup of coffee, it occurred to me to check the front of the house once more. Last week there was a mountain of ice that had not only the prompt frozen against the front door but a lingering question on how the ice got there in the first place.
Thinking the whole situation was a figment of imagination, I looked at the Ring doorbell app on my phone. Sure enough, the mountain of ice was still there. Also, a prominent St Bernard dog was sitting patiently at the edge of the hill holding an envelope in its mouth.
I was forced to go out the back door since the front was frozen solid. Coming around the house, I discovered the reason for the mountain of ice. The hose attached to the faucet was doing the dance of the cobra while spewing water in all directions. I quickly calculated the value of a week’s worth of water running helter-skelter and made a mental note to contact the lending officer at the bank for a loan first thing Monday.
Getting the water turned off was challenging but accomplished. Next, it was time to address the dog.” Lovely doggy,” I said. “Snarl,” was his response. Bravely I took hold of the envelope, hoping he had the commands to release upon delivery. “Let go,” I said. His answer sounded like a muffled warning to take my hand away or lose it. “Fine, you win.”
As I turned away to go back inside, the big dog barked, and the envelope dropped from his mouth. Being quick of mind and certainly smarter than a dog, I grabbed the envelope. The dog seemed pleased that the delivery was made and trotted away.
Here is what was inside. Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “let go.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think, “let go.” Enjoy!
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Let Go by John W. Howell © 2022
“At least you explained the ice.”
“A small holdover from last week.”
“Why did the dog hold onto the envelope in the first place?”
“How would I know? I’m not a dog whisperer.”
“No, but you wrote the scene.”
“Okay. He didn’t know if it was me or not.”
“What changed his mind?”
“For heaven’s sake, can we get off the dog?”
“But you made him central to your story.”
“It’s the first thing I thought of when I saw ‘Let Go’ was the prompt.”
“Okay, so you have no idea why he let go of the envelope.”
“Well. he barked, and it fell out of his mouth. Isn’t that enough?”
“Why didn’t he pounce on you when you went to get the envelope.”
“Is this ever going to end?”
“I’m just saying. Plot holes are not a good thing.”
“Alright. The dog saw my blue feet from being all wet from turning off the faucet, so he had mercy on me.”
“Why didn’t you say that?”
“Too much for such a short story.”
“Well, when you leave questions, folks get anxious.”
“Why don’t you write it next week?”
“I’m a beer consumer, not a writer.”
“To end this misery?”
“You got it, and you are buying. Time to let go of some of that hoarded cash.”
“Says the guy who framed his first dollar. By the way. You mentioned blue feet. Did you go out there barefooted?”