Unnatural selection

When I grow up, I’m gonna have carpets.

Every first sentence suggests a plethora (I know, smart huh?!) of possibilities. Sometimes – like Terrie does here – the art lies in not showing your hand. The inner landscape she shares will drive the story, and some things are worth waiting for.


Vacation Points by Terrie Leigh Relf

It wasn’t that Sylvie didn’t appreciate winning the office competition for an all-expenses-vacation-for-the-whole family, and it wasn’t that she didn’t appreciate the months, perhaps years, of not having to appear at work, and it certainly wasn’t the promise of a new contract when (and if) she chose to return, but that she was single. She used to say, “blissfully so,” when asked if she were married with children or married – period. Now, she would just shrug, as if that mere human gesture was worth a sentence or two.



9 thoughts on “Unnatural selection

  1. KYLE says:

    It certainly wasn’t as if you didn’t purposely pull us in with the way you set this one up. You get so personal sometimes, it certainly feels as if you are talking to me. But then again that is your Talent! 

    • Tlrelf says:

      Why thank you, Kyle. When I was in grad school, one of my childhood chums was also in the creative writing seminar, and she said pretty much the same thing, only that my writing was experiential, that one needed to just step into it, or allow it to swirl around you. Something like that. She said it better. I think she used an ocean metaphor, now that I think of it. . .

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