A Scripted Maze

perils with writing and whatnot

Ruth’s Secret – part 1

Ruth's Secret - part 1

Image provided by
Adriano Ferreira @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianof14/

Another short story for you…

It was a glorious Tuesday morning. Shelly decided it was warm enough to have her breakfast on the patio so that she could watch the birds pick at the grass to gather seeds. Even though the day was exceptional, something was gnawing at her deep in her gut. I wish I knew what was bothering me.

The feeling had started last night just before ten. Then she had thought she might be coming down with a cold. She had smothered herself in Vick’s Vapor Rub and went to bed. When she woke up, she immediate went to take a shower. The rub felt heavy and… well… yuck.

She didn’t feel there was any cold coming on. As she sat munching on cereal, she thought about the last time she had felt this same way. It was over three years ago. Her grandfather was ill. Because of his advance age, the doctor couldn’t predict when, if ever, he’d be well enough to go home. He passed on two days later in his sleep.

Shelly remembered crying for hours. It took her until after the old man’s funeral to realize that he was fine where he was now. Once attached to this idea, her mood did a complete turn-around. Now understanding there was more to this universe than just the span of life on this small planet, her outlook on what makes a life worthwhile changed.

Her cereal was getting soggy in the milk. She quickly ate the last of it and went inside to get ready for work.

Walking into the office of gray cubicles, phones ringing, and hushed voices, her working partner peeked around the corner just in time to see her. “Shelly, what’s wrong. You have a wrinkle line in middle of your forehead.”

Once inside their cubicle and sitting in her steno chair, Shelly said, “Aaron, something’s just wrong, but I can’t figure out what it is yet. Did you get the printout?”

Aaron looked at her bewilderingly. “What printout?”

This routine of Aaron’s happened most day. He knew what printout. He was just too lazy to go get it.

She sighed with great effort, stood, and made her way to the copy room. “And he’s wondering what’s wrong with me,” she muttered.

Returning to her desk with the needed hard copy, she sat down with the intention of putting her purse out of sight. She opened the bottom drawer and found an envelope stuffed with hundred-dollar bills. She sat there paralyzed with confusion. Finally, she slammed the drawer shut and put her purse under the desk. She glanced in Aaron’s direction. His back was turned so that he was facing his desk. Chances are he didn’t see a thing.

“Are you going to give me some of that printout, Shelly?” Aaron asked holding out a hand behind him. Without saying a word, she torn at one of the perforations and passes the smaller stack to him.

Shelly tried to work and keep what was in the drawer tucked away in the back of her mind. This part of her job was tedious so her mind would wander to other things, like the envelope hidden away. She would tap her pen on the desk to make herself come back to the task.

When the supervisor came around to see how her subordinates were doing, the sudden appearance caused Shelly to jump. “Ruth, don’t do that.”

Ruth stifled a giggle. “Didn’t mean to scare you. Is everything all right with you two?”

Writing prompt from Today’s Author.

Is this too obscure? You can find part 2 here. 🙂

Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here.


15 comments on “Ruth’s Secret – part 1

  1. Pingback: Ruth’s Secret – part 2 | A Scripted Maze

  2. Pingback: Ruth’s Secret – part 3 | A Scripted Maze

  3. Pingback: Ruth’s Secret – part 4 | A Scripted Maze

  4. Pingback: Ruth’s Secret – part 4 | A Scripted Maze

  5. Pingback: Ruth’s Secret – part 3 | Speculations Impressed

  6. Cat

    No way is it obscure. I wonder if Aaron put the cash in there…mmm


  7. Pingback: Ruth’s Secret – part 2 | Speculations Impressed

  8. Kate Loveton

    Super job, Glynis. Ready for part 2!


  9. Jacqui Murray

    Definitely not too obscure. Excellent build up. I am so ready for next week.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Let's CUT the Crap!

    Oh dear. Is Shelly being set up I wonder? Since this is titled Ruth’s Secret, I have a millions questions… Must I wait a week? I’m not good at waiting. O_O ❤

    Liked by 2 people

Please give thoughts, opinions and smart aleck remarks :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on 2015/04/29 by in flash scenes & short stories, writing prompt and tagged , , , .



Follow A Scripted Maze on WordPress.com

Member of The Internet Defense League

Daily (w)rite


Writers In The Storm

A Blog On Writing

Shawn Langwell, Author & Speaker

Helping others become their best

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Music, Musings, Memoir, and Madness

Healing Your Heart!

A manual for the life within!

Jina S. Bazzar

authors inspirations

Annika Perry's Writing Blog

Join me as I edit my first novel and aim for publication

Find Your Creative Muse

Learn how to write poetry, fiction, personal essays, and more.

Diary of a Psychokiller

take a trip with me to the darkside


Author of Young Adult Fiction

Eternal Atlantis

Official Website of Luciana Cavallaro

Write into life

How to stay alive until you die, starting now. Writing helps!

Rosemary Carlson, Writer


Bane of Your Resistance

A place to share insight and information about the many forms of writer’s resistance (writer’s block, procrastination, distractions, looking for answers in the fridge, keeping yourself too busy to write, etc.) so you can stop resisting and start really enjoying your writing.

Jean's Writing

Jean M. Cogdell, Author-Writing something worth reading, one word at a time in easy to swallow bite size portions.

Writerish Ramblings

A Writer's Journey

Aunt Beulah

living well to age well

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.

Left Handed Musings

Eccentric and skeptical

JoHanna Massey

"I tramp the perpetual journey."- Walt Whitman

Andrew's View of the Week

Andrew's view of the world in poetry, prose, and picture

The diaries of the happy loner

Aspiring writer Carla Doria trying to find her writing path...

No Facilities

Random thoughts, life lessons, hopes and dreams

Today's Author

Fostering a community of creative writers through articles, comments, writing prompts and a healthy, supportive environment.

Mabel Kwong

Asian Australian. Multiculturalism


Jacqui Murray's

How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Amanda Staley

Writing allows me to live many lives in one

%d bloggers like this: