Reading the lines: Three Line Tales, Week 86


photo by Ben White via Unsplash

Justin lifted his head from the book, amazement written on his face. “Wow!”

“Justin’s found the wonder of books” his dad called to his wife.

Justin pointed. His Dad’s gaze followed. “Shit! Not books. Bella’s at the clothesline.”

In response to the photo prompt for three line tales

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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4 Responses to Reading the lines: Three Line Tales, Week 86

  1. Not the ending I expected but very clever. However, this story is not complete – you must write another chapter. I want to know who is Bella and what is she doing at the clothesline? And will Justine learn to read soon?

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    • Ah I failed. Bella is such a common dog’s name in Australia I presumed because of line constraint. As it was in draft form it was three lines but went to four on publishing so I could have got in ‘the dog’ as it turned out. When I saw the photo it made me think of that first time I was aware of that wonderful experience of being transported to another world and the thrill I still get from it. So much has been written to describe it such as A non reader is stuck in one world where a reader inhabits many. This was the initial thought of the flash until suddenly the dog came into the picture and twisted it around. I hope Justin can read and just looked up momentarily but was stopped there by what he saw.

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      • Three lines is very limited but the difference in cultures is what made it hard for me to interpret. In the US, had you called the dog Fido or Rover, I would have understood. Dad was so proud that his son was engaged in reading and then realized his enchantment was caused by a more common event. Still quite a clever story, Irene.

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      • You have reminded me of Fido and Rover although I have not heard those names for years they would indeed point very definitely to a dog. Thanks – I enjoy the challenge and practice has to help (although I can’t see myself ever being as effective as Hemmingway was on the short short story.)


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