The Weekend Freewrite - 7/13/2019 - Moving On


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The rooster was going off again at 5 in the morning. It was time to do something.

My feet plopped down on the cold hardwood floor. I jerked the rickety old windowsill upward and a few more flakes of peeling paint drifted through the air as the window finally shot upward. My well-worn cowboy boot made an excellent missile when I slung it out the opening at that damn crowing machine.

Cock-a-doodle-THUD! That shut the cheerful bastard up. But now I was awake, the damage was done. I looked balefully at the warm nest of covers and headed instead for the bathroom and the morning’s absolutions.

The perculator started to bubble on top of the cook stove and I reached for the potholder to pour my first cup. Today was the day. The bank wasn’t about to extend my loan one day further. I’d never been behind on a single payment before, you’d think the greedy swine could give me a break. Old Crenshaw knew I hadn’t been able to ride in any rodeos since that last bull ride had damn near broke my back.

Water. Dripping, Dripping. Dripping. She was slowly losing her mind, she told me later. And I couldn’t blame her. The plumbing in this old farmhouse had driven me to drink on more than one occasion. It was bound to be something simple like that damn leaky sink. The straw that broke the camel’s back. She’d moved out lock, stock, and barrel while I was gone to Houston. Where the world’s meanest bull had made sure it was my last rodeo.

The coffee had grown cold and I set the mug in the chipped porcelain sink with last night’s dirty dishes. Back in the bedroom, I pulled on my stained jeans and my last clean tee shirt. With one boot on I cursed loudly when I remembered tossing the other boot out the window. I looked out and that damn rooster was looking right at me with his head cocked to one side, his beady black eyes gleaming maliciously.

I gazed thoughtfully at the mark on the door after I closed it behind me for the final time. Pappy had told me the story about that mark hundreds of times. I could see him sitting in his rocker there on the weathered porch, a hand-rolled cigarette dangling off his lip, a jug of bootleg whiskey at his feet. I hated when he got around to that story because it always pissed him off with the telling. I hated, even more, being the only one around when Pappy got pissed off.

The butcher knife that left that mark was buried in the pine box with the mother that I never knew, seeing as how she died that night when I was only two years old. Pappy said the undertaker tried to talk him out of it, but couldn’t nobody talk Pappy out of nothin’ when his mind was made up.

The bank could have this old place and all the memories that went with it. I hot-footed it over the bare dirt yard and retrieved my boot under the watchful eye of the strutting rooster. My old clunker pickup coughed and spluttered it's way to life on the third turn of the key. I sent up a silent prayer that she’d hold together long enough to get me on down the road. It was long past time to move on.

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Comments 31

Great read. Thanks for sharing 💕

14.07.2019 04:50

Thanks @wakeupkitty!

17.07.2019 00:05

Good story. 😂 I could envision moering that rooster with a boot..

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14.07.2019 06:26

@dkkarolien - yah the nerve of him crowing at 5:00 am, lol.

17.07.2019 00:06

What a greta story

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14.07.2019 11:11

@tattoodjay - thanks - and I'm very proud to be a member of SteemUSA. And thanks for the tip!

17.07.2019 00:06

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14.07.2019 11:12

What a great #freewrite @blueeyes8960 hopefully his new life will be better than his old! 👍

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14.07.2019 13:15

@wonderwop - thanks - it sounds like he's about reached his wit's end at the old one.

17.07.2019 00:07

Poignant story! Still pondering on what the rooster signified.

14.07.2019 14:41

@joeylim - thanks for stopping by - the rooster got the key spotlight because he was in the 1st prompt sentence, lol.

17.07.2019 00:08

Great freewrite! You tied those prompts together seamlessly.

14.07.2019 16:06

@sidequest - thank you! The 3 prompt freewrite is my favorite! It's such a fun challenge.

17.07.2019 00:09

Great job! I want to hear more!

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14.07.2019 20:33

@cindyhartz - thanks! I try to do the 3 prompt freewrite at least once a month. I should do it every week, since it's my favorite.

17.07.2019 00:10

Very cool freewrite! Your imagery and the unanswered questions leaves the reader wanting more, although this is a rather complete tale on its own! Great job! 😃

15.07.2019 08:06

@thekittygirl - thank you! He's definitely completing one chapter of his life and about to embark on a new one. There would be lots of options for a follow-up. :)

17.07.2019 00:11

You can't snooze a rooster but good thing for the boot ;p

Just around the corner is the recommend a FreeWrite so do look out for it at the @FreeWriteHouse :)


15.07.2019 16:08

@kaerpediem - Poor rooster, he was just doing his job, lol. But there might have been a running confrontation between man and rooster, considering the "malicious eyes" at the end. I'll be looking for the recommend a Freewrite, thanks for the heads up.

17.07.2019 00:13

My pleasure ❤️

21.07.2019 01:36

Excellent story!
I love the image of plumbing driving someone to drink.
And the glee at escaping the memories.
Such a well told story, I wish I didn't have to move on.

15.07.2019 16:22

I want to use this as my PHC support, but you didn't put the banner. Is that an oversight? I;m new at PHC so maybe I am missing something.

15.07.2019 16:24

I used powerhousecreatives as one of my tags - I don't know what you mean? Oh, the banner isn't a requirement (though yes it was an oversight, I always use it!) - you just have to use the tag. And thanks for the compliment, I'm glad you liked the story.

17.07.2019 00:04

Oh okay. I'm new here and I don't know who the members are yet, so I read the stuff tagged PHC but if there isn't footer I think maybe they are not members so I don't upvote and comment those. But I KNOW you're a member.

17.07.2019 01:00

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16.07.2019 18:31

Love how you spun this tale and how much personality the rooster had! Great freewrite!

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16.07.2019 23:54

@wandrnrose7 - thanks! And had to keep the rooster involved since he got top billing starting the story. :)

17.07.2019 00:14

Earning well here you are. I joined narrative and following you there.
PS what's neoxian all about?

18.07.2019 15:59