Carlotta Widdershins looked around at the

  • Carlotta Widdershins looked around at the old farmhouse from which she had evicted her troublesome goody-goody sister. "Good," she thought. But the gloom in the northwest corner r

  • eminded her of Amanda. She put thoughts of her sister out of her head, as she took comfort in the fact that Amanda was far away, in a diner in a desert, which was in Mexico.

  • Would she see her again?

  • She did, 30 years later, at the supermarket. At first, she wasn't sure it was her, she'd gained so much weight. Their eyes met across the display of kumquats. Yes, it was her!

  • She reminisced about their candle-lit picnics with cantelope, nights to remember that seemed long gone now. Just as the smell of the fresh fruit grew, she realized it was actually

  • a cardboard banana-shaped car air freshener jogging her ersatz happy memories with its chemical fragrance. Driving along the M1 approaching Leicester, the white knuckles of her han

  • solo dashboard figurine distracted her for a moment. Then she woke up in hospital. She first noticed her banana odor phobia when an orderly brought in her lunch. The smell of the

  • orderly's armpit banana tatoo, exposed as he raised his arm to adjust her IV, scarred her for life. No more will the aroma of fresh banana bread spur an orgasm. No more pet monkey.

  • The cappucchin had to find a new place. He was taken by Madame Dujardin and hired as a gardener.bhe loved his new life. Who would have imagined this? There were heirloom tomatoes

  • and ten kinds of peas. That little white-faced monkey spent the rest of his days watering carrots and fertilizing sunflowers, and for every arugula-weeding moment , he was happy.



  1. Gibber Apr 28 2016 @ 04:47

    To match " the M1 approaching Leicester" I cleverly used the British "in hospital" but missed "odour."

  2. lucielucie Apr 30 2016 @ 08:11

    'In hospital' is British? Now I didn't know that. Where do you wake up in after a car crash in America?

  3. lucielucie Apr 30 2016 @ 08:12

    I know I could Google this but I can't right now for reasons.

  4. Flopp Apr 30 2016 @ 08:52

    You wake up in Freedom ofcourse

  5. Gibber Apr 30 2016 @ 11:25

    "in THE hospital"

  6. lucielucie Apr 30 2016 @ 14:43

    Oh? I can understand the need to be more specific I suppose.

  7. BlastedHeath Apr 30 2016 @ 19:44

    "jogging her ersatz happy memories with its chemical fragrance." Nice!

  8. lucielucie May 01 2016 @ 04:58

    Why thank you BH! And welcome to you Flopp.

  9. SlimWhitman May 10 2016 @ 14:56

    Pleasure to read with its deft/daft twists and turns and wise & gentle ending.

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