Wednesday, August 12, 2009

3WW - Imagination

This weeks words over at 3WW are: capture, jinx and qualify. Here's a little something about my unfortunate imagination.

It doesn’t take much to capture the attention of someone like me. Someone who watches others, waiting for just the right action, a moment of inattention resulting in calamity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to jinx anyone, but a little accident makes great fodder for my imagination.

I don’t wish misfortune on anyone, but I wait for it. I watch for the hurried businessman, nose buried in the Wall Street Journal, to trip on a crack in the sidewalk, spill his $12 latte on the lawyer striding the opposite direction, engrossed in her cell phone.

My imagination spins on from there.

Her red dress ruined, the lawyer screams at the businessman, who backs up a step, whacking a homeless man with his briefcase. The homeless man careens into a bike messenger who is distracted by the race he has to win today to qualify for a triathlon. The biker spins out of control and falls onto the busy roadway. A semi truck is roaring down the street, horn blaring, tons and tons of death looming near. When suddenly, a little old lady, a grandma out for a stroll with her young grandson sees what is happening. She tells the boy to stay where he is, and swoops into action. Tossing aside her cane, the old woman dashes into the street, narrowly missing cars whizzing by, grabs the bike messenger by the back of the shirt and jerks him out of harms way.

I smile a little as I watch the reality unfold in front of me. The busy man trips and spills his coffee on the woman in the red dress. She gasps, he apologizes and they both walk away.

Shaking my head, I wander farther down the street hoping for a little more misfortune.

For more fun with words head over to 3WW. It felt so great to write this. I know it isn't a masterpiece, but it is mine and it isn't a report for work or a note for a social worker. It is just pure fiction. Refreshing after almost a month of NO WRITING. Thanks for visiting!

15 comments:

anthonynorth said...

It is a strange mentality we have to glory in the misfortune of others, but i suppose it's part of being human :-)
Enjoyed your tale.

ThomG said...

It is part of being human and reading this confirms it.

gigidiaz said...

Lovely! So lovely! I'm so happy I'm not the only person who sits around waiting for and indulging in little human disasters!!

Great 3WW!!

Missy said...

Ah life is indeed a stage for many misfortunes or happenings to snicker by.

A visually pleasing read. I had to wipe my eyes to make sure I wasn't seeing it for myself in real life.

Great read!!

gautami tripathy said...

I enjoyed reading this.

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Sweetest in the Gale said...

I, for one, am incredibly grateful for your vibrant imagination! I must confess that I do this too, on a regular basis. lol

This post was wonderful, and really made me smile!

Mark said...

This rocks! Totally rocks...

I completely understand the way something small like a spilled coffee can send the mind of on heretofore untrod trails

Americanising Desi said...

this is so totally awesome!

http://fart-in-a-jar.blogspot.com/2009/08/confused.html

Tumblewords: said...

Wow - a fine write and an imagination fired with detail. A novel in the making...

Just someone said...

Kudos to your imagination - I agree, sometimes the yarns that are spun by our figments of imagination are unbelievable.

Nice read

Stan Ski said...

cause - effect - consequence...it could happen...!

Bobbie said...

This is such a fun real, and so true. Total human nature reflected in this.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

What a fun read! I think it's human nature to imagine a series of cascading consequences, only for the reality to be much more mundane.

Leo said...

wow! what a lovely imagination you have! :)

very different. not unlike mine, though this misfortune favoring mind of mine makes only rare appearances :)

huddlekay said...

I really needed a laugh today! thanks crystal!

Glad to see you're back on the writing bangwagon. I slipped off again, but don't worry.. my feet may be dragging the ground but I'm hanging on for dear life.

Here's to writing!