This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about extraction. What is being extracted and from where? Is it an idea? How does genre change the perspective (sci-fi versus romance)? Go where the prompt leads!
This is my response. I hope you enjoy it.
Marcia’s eyes met Henry’s across the room. He looked as unenthralled and uncomfortable as she was. He raised an eyebrow. Her mouth twitched, part smile. She extracted herself from the conversation. He did the same. They met by the kitchen door.
“Haven’t seen you at one of these shindigs before,” he said.
“Better now. That conversation was more boring than a tooth extraction.”
“What were they discussing?”
“Teeth extractions. They’re all dentists.”
“What about you?”
“Oh.” She reddened, then smiled. “You should join that conversation.”
“You should join mine. They’re all teachers.”
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.
Note: The collection of stories made in response to the previous prompt Up and Away, including mine, can be read at the Carrot Ranch here.