One by One

She keyed the ignition, glanced at the dashboard clock and inhaled sharply, when she saw 1:07 in blue digits. Bags had to be packed before she picked Lucy up from school. Time seemed to fly and she was worried about getting enough space behind them before Shane got home from work.

Pulling into the garage Clara was thankful Shane had finally decided to clean enough space for her car. Getting things ready behind the closed door would be much easier.

Her plan firmly placed in her mind like bullet points.  She retrieved the three large duffel bags from the shelf in the garage. She kept one and dropped the other two on the kitchen floor as she quickly ascended the stairs to Lucy’s room. She felt no need for order and grabbed stacks of tops, bottoms, pajamas, handfuls of socks and undies and jammed them into the duffel. In the closet she snatched a sweater, heavy and light jackets and stuffed those in. An extra pair of shoes were dropped on top and she headed to the bathroom where she found a Walmart bag for all her bathroom essentials. She kneeled on the bag zipped it closed then looped the straps over her forearm. She stopped short, spun around to retrieve blankie and Spotsie. Lucy’s would not survive with out the two bedtime essentials.

Downstairs, she repeated the process for herself. In the third bag she packed snacks, juice boxes, crayons and coloring books, the car TV and movie book

Standing in her kitchen, she reviewed her mental bullet points one by one. Satisfied she had necessities, she loaded the trunk. Pleased she had 15 minutes to spare, Clara returned to their rooms and grabbed their pillows since there was room for a little comfort.


After a bit of a hiatus, going back to the new story I’ve begun which now has a title, Faith From Ruin.  The last installment, Getaway Soon” is HERE.

I’m getting inspiration from the crew at Trifecta for this episode. Trifecta Week 85 gives us the word FLY. Third definition. 33-333 word limit. 

FLY (intransitive verb)-3rd Definition
3a : to move, pass, or spread quickly <rumors were flying>
b : to be moved with sudden extreme emotion <flew into a rage>
c : to seem to pass quickly <the time simply flew>

Trifextra: Week 85


11 comments on “One by One

  1. Suzanne says:

    Great piece of writing Deb! I can feel her desperation just beneath her organization. Well done!


  2. I feel that there is a darkness driving her away.. abusive husband?


  3. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Great sense of urgency and the slight air of a threat. Rooting for her.


  4. dailyshorts says:

    Nice! I was on pins and needles. I want more! 🙂 I’ve gone back and read a couple of installments good work. 🙂


  5. Lance says:

    welcome back, Deb. Good song for the piece. I really liked the first two paragraphs. I’m glad this story is back.


  6. troy P. says:

    I’m so glad that you’re back, in top form as always!


  7. […] Last  ”Faith from Ruin” installment — One by One […]


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