The Holiday

Stinking of cigars the gruff man said, “We break down tomorrow kid.” Joey being distressed looses his heart. Extreme belching from hydraulic rams lift and spin amusement rides. Kids laughing, screaming, running to and from, and yet there is no witness. Joey tilts his head toward his shoulder, and inhales a memory, jasmine. “She told me. She promised me! I will never wash this shirt.”

The holiday ended early. Why? Because her dad said so, that’s why. The cars speeding view remained still. There is only one, precious, FIRST kiss. Claire spies a green and black checked shirt, too tall.

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40 thoughts on “The Holiday

  1. Dear Dan,

    A would be love story from two points of view. A lot of back story in this one, I think. My only quibble is the changes from past to present tense that makes it a tad confusing. Otherwise…nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Rochelle, I reviewed The Holiday (3) times. Please point me to confusing tense. BTW, I loved how you included a minimum of (7) characters in A TIME TO LAUGH. Wonderful.

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      1. Dear Dan,

        First, thank you for your compliment on A TIME TO LAUGH.

        The confusing tense is right at the beginning:
        Stinking of cigars the gruff man said, “We break down tomorrow kid.” Distressed, Joey saunters toward the exit. Extreme belching from hydraulic rams lift and spin

        Gruff man said…Joey saunters. ..

        And while I’m picking nits… Claire spy’s…should be spies. Spy’s would be possessive.

        Hope that helps.

        Shalom again. 😉

        Rochelle

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    1. This story is not unfolding how I intended. Boy and girl have their first kiss, then promise to meet the next day. The dad spoils everything by taking the family home a day early. I gotta try harder. Thanks for feedback Christine, you’re the best.

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      1. Thank you. Maybe mediocre’s a better word. 😉

        The joy of writing short fiction is that you’re free to play around with it and retell from every angle. Try writing it all from her perspective, then try all from his. Try telling the whole story through Claire as she looks out the back window of the car hoping for a last glance. Have fun and it’ll all come together for you. 🙂

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  2. Ok, let me see if I’ve got it straight. Young lovers set up an assignation, but the girl has to go home too soon, I feel like there’s another shoe to drop – like she died on the way home or something else traumatic happened to keep them apart forever. It’s just a sense of foreboding at the end. Also, was there a POV shift in the middle? I’m not quite sure where to look.

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    1. I’ve gotten feed back on -The Holiday – It is a simple story. Boy and girl have their first kiss, then promise to meet the next day. The dad spoils everything by taking the family home a day early. I need to work on clarity. BTW thank you so much for checking out – Baby you’re no good.

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