I Fall to Pieces

Last Friday night I had the great pleasure of being in the company of seven (count ‘em – 7) fellow Fictioneers. To my knowledge, eight is largest congregation of Fictioneers ever assembled in the same venue at one time. I kept looking out the window, expecting national media coverage, or at least to see the folks from Publisher’s Clearing House pull up in front of Ye Olde English Inn and offer a 3-book deal to each of us along with a $500K advance.

Then one of the “real authors” at the banquet busted my bubble by telling me that Publisher’s Clearing House wasn’t a book publishing house at all, just an outfit that entices people to buying magazines in hopes of winning a million dollar sweepstakes. Boy, if that ain’t like having a bucket of frozen fish guts dumped down your underwear.

All in all it was a very good party. Connie only had to call me down twice, so I guess my loud and obnoxious behavior didn’t embarrass her any more than usual. ~ That gal is an angel.

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, our Big Chief teller of tall tales is Paula “Don’t step on my Bunions” Wisoff-Fields (along with her sidekick, Kent, the Blond Ox). If you’d like to participate in this exercise in madness, head over to her blog for step-by-step instructions. To view the FFF  Hollywood Squares Authors Block click here.

copyright - Sean Fallon
copyright – Sean Fallon

They told me it would never last.

My friends, family, even my employer—they all tried to dissuade me.

“She’s got issues,” they said. “Been through too many break-ups.”

But I wouldn’t listen. We were young and in love. Nothing else mattered.

I had a good job at Macy’s and she worked in the automotive industry.

She told me her job was stressful, dangerous, and her employer often abusive. When I heard about the accident, I fell apart—literally.

I can still see that cute little circle on her forehead.

They were right. Never fall in love with a crash test dummy

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43 thoughts on “I Fall to Pieces

  1. Hi Russ,
    Oh, the lure of the exciting bad girl. Great, funny punch line. Your title came to me too, and I thought about building a story around it, but couldn’t come up with anything. I may be picking up on your brainwaves. Or we just may have similar country music pasts. Glad you had a good time at the OWL gathering. Ron

    1. Picking up my brainwaves might not be good for your mental health. When I saw the picture, I immediately heard Patsy Cline singing “I Fall to Pieces.” You should consider joining OWL, Ron. It’s only a short drive to Branson and you’d really enjoy the group.

  2. Let’s face it, you guys are both wack jobs with similar off the wall senses of humour. And Russell! This was hilarious as usual and I am all alone here in Athens, so I could laugh out loud! Once upon a time, actually, now and then, I am a singer in a Country and Western band and do a wacky version of I Fall to Pieces. But Patsy’s was definitely the best.

  3. Hahahaha! You came through all right, all right, Russell! We (Queen R. and I) knew you could. Great getting to see you in Branson. You should have brought the crash test dummy — she would have been a more exciting date.

    The video is done, by the way.

      1. Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain. The video will be finished once he realizes that Janet lives in Naperville IL and not Ohio. (Closer to Ozzie Nelson than the Wizard)

  4. Great closing to this story! (BTW, does your wife ever feel like she should have heeded that advice? Hmmmm?)

    As usual, you made me LOL. Despite yourself, I think you might be good for the soul 🙂

  5. When I saw your title, I immediately heard Patsy Cline singing “I Fall to Pieces.” This latest literary cocktail you’ve stirred up works for me: one part sap, two parts lunacy. Whenever I think of Publisher’s Clearinghouse, I imagine a cavernous warehouse filled with tons of crummy magazines that no one in their right mind would want, but the fantasy of winning this sweepstakes compels members of the unwashed masses to subscribe to Agnes Toads’ Beauty Tips, National Lint Collector and Colon Prep Digest among countless others destined to dress the bottom of the canary’s cage.

  6. I wasn’t expecting that ending! Funny stuff, as always. But what really had me thinking was in the prelude… I love the imagery of a bucket full of frozen fish guts dumped down your underwear. Yuck!
    And I need to get those business cards ordered from you. I’ll be in touch soon!

      1. I’ve played around with a few. Not sure I’m talented enough to write that short! LOL! It is a challenge for sure, but thank you for the invite. I may have to get serious about it.

  7. Russell, you so had me going with this. I fall for it every time, you’re so cunning. I hope the lad learned his lesson. This can’t be a long lasting relationship. That’s great you got to hang out with the Fictioneers. It sounds like a great time was had by all!

  8. Never thought I’d make it over to you this week with so many Fictioneers and so much other stuff going on, but here I am. So, you were in love with a dummy? I guess some women I’ve dated would say the same thing. So, you made love to a dummy? I can certainly say that I have also …. uh, wait,not going there! Fun story with a super twist at the end and I know you’re being modest about Publishers’ Clearing House. I happen to know that about five years ago you got a letter that said “you COULD be a winner!” How close you came!

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