Fresh Perspective

“We’re just in a bit of a funk, Brad.” Tish smiles at her husband across the kitchen table, a stack of bills between them. She goes to the stove for the kettle, refills their mugs.

“This is more than a funk.” Brad hurls the bills from the table. They sail, unpaid, unpayable, though the air before settling on the floor.

Tish laughs and Brad, loving the merriment of her voice, is encouraged. He stands and pauses to take a sip of his watery tea before proceeding to stomp on the bills, arranging his face in the best frown he can muster.


“We’re never going to get them sorted.”

“Who cares?” Brad is having a ball, jumping up and down on the kitchen tile that Tish spent all morning cleaning before the real estate agent came to see about listing their house. “This is for the gas bill.”

Tish stamps. “The mortgage.”

Brad, perhaps inspired by the Olympic ice dancers, sets himself a-spin, whirling up bills beneath his feet. “Student loans.”

“The prissy real estate agent.” Tish, momentarily forgetting her age, lets loose some confusion of a karate move into the air, which lands against the wall, knocking the picture of the great economist Franz Sherman, from its hook. It lands on its back, a crack jagging across the watery eyes of the family patriarch and author of eighteen investment books positing complicated theories everyone pretended to understand. “I never did like that picture,” Tish says. She glares at Franz. “Never liked you, either. Selfish bore.”

Franz stares impassively at the ceiling. He shows no signs of being in pain.

“What would he think of us?” Brad lifts the frame.

“Careful, Brad.”

Too late” The glass falls from the frame and Franz floats to the floor, chased by several stacks of hundred dollar bills, neatly bound.

Brad looks at his wife, eyes wide. “I always did love this picture.”

Tish’s merry laugh falls like broken bits of glass across the floor. “Me too.”


This was written for this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge. The word was funk.



27 thoughts on “Fresh Perspective

  1. You are simply an amazing story teller!
    Ha Ha! I truly enjoy this Kelly, it’s all in the eye of the beholder isn’t it!
    Oh! congrats on the win!

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  3. Almost as good as winning the lottery… That would be a real funk chaser. “Always loved that picture.” Fresh perspective for sure.

    • Just got notification via email that I’ve won 1.5 million. I don’t need to play the lottery anymore!

  4. I know what it feels like to see those bills piling up. Maybe I should do that dance!

    I love how this story unfolds and flows nicely


    Ally 🙂

  5. I loved the happy twist at the end. Sometimes the downtrodden need to be rewarded. Brad and Tish are completely believable. Been there with them. And as others have already stated, I need to learn that dance.

  6. Good one, Kelly… poignant and funny. I love their relationship. And Franz shows no sign of being in pain.. hilarious. You never disappoint, in fact we’re always rewarded!

  7. Second piece of yours I’ve read now, you draw solid characters. But, what I really like about your writing, is how tightly woven the whole thing is. Twice now you’ve created a great hook. You write very complete flash fiction. With characters to chew on. Nice job 🙂

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