Five Sentence Fiction — Abandoned

Monday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Abandoned.

Here is my offering:

This was not good. His wife was calling up at him in a harpy’s screech, “Alan, what the hell have you done, there’s water pouring out of the chandelier!” He was too busy contemplating his own little water feature—a four-foot geyser burbling out of an open pipe—to answer her. The little chrome shut-off handle was still clenched in his fist, the under sink valve conveniently broken in the open position and currently emptying the contents of the Hazelton Reservoir into his upstairs bathroom so, squelching in sodden shoes, he went in search of the main shut-off located somewhere in the cellar. It was when his water slick shoes slipped out from under him sending him on a bruising, bumpy ride down the wooden basement steps that he began to think he might have to abandon his dreams of becoming a plumber after all.

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12 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction — Abandoned

  1. Lol. That may not be an ideal career path for him. Love it.

  2. Tried once… never again! Lovely take 😉

    • I’ll do a little home plumbing but I know my limits. We have someone coming out today to replace our disposal. That’s way out of my league. They’ll be here between 10 and noon….

  3. I loved this. Didn’t expect that ending. Great!

  4. Ha ha! Loved that, especially the Hazelton Reservoir line! There’s often that moment when your bathroom is flooding that you suddenly question where the mains cut off actually is… Our neighbour’s landlady came over in a panic, a couple of weeks ago after she tried to fix a kitchen tap next door, to ask if we knew where the mains water cut off was. We do…it’s out on the pavement…but under the neighbour’s car and he was at work…ummm, not a fun day for her!

  5. What a refreshing take on this prompt! Nice!

  6. Hilarious and love the finish – quite different from your normal and one of your most amusing for me.

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