The Inanimate World

The inanimate world is against me!  Objects attack when no one is looking.  Last week, a couch cover grabbed my leg.  I fell to the floor landing on my face. Yesterday, my baby toe slammed into the kitchen shelf after it quietly slid across my path.  These objects also like to hide.  Today, my keys jumped behind the credenza by the front door where they hid for hours.  I swear I heard them laughing.

They have a devious plan.  I just need to find out what it is!  In the meantime, can anyone tell me where my glasses are hiding?

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Roger Bultot.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, click here.

63 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I loved the quirky premise of this

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    1. Thanks so much, Neil. I had quite a strange week last week that led me to this tale! =)

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  2. A definite conspiracy going on 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you see it too!! =)

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  3. He he – lovely and funny take on the photo prompt. (Hope you find those glasses!)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. It’s been twenty-four hours. I think that’s simply long enough to hide! Thank you for your kind comments! =)

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  4. Create Space says:

    Had me smiling Brenda, very captivating!

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    1. I’m so happy to make you smile, Marie!

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  5. Dear Brenda,

    This made me laugh out loud. I’ve suspected this all along. Ever notice how something you’ve been looking for for months, even years, shows up when you’re frantically searching for something else? It is a conspiracy. Thanks for ratting them out. Well told.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. You’re welcome. Someone’s got to do it! Very glad to make you laugh, Rochelle. =)

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  6. Same thing is happening to me…what a relief to know I am not alone! Very funny story, nicely done.

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    1. Yes, it is nice to find out when we’re not alone. Thanks you for your kind comments!! =)

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  7. Colline says:

    I know the feeling! My glasses tend to hide often 😀

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    1. Yes, they are sneaky rascals, especially since we depend on them. =)

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    Ha, great fun Brenda – they’re all out to get us! Paranoia gone mad, love it 🙂

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    1. I think that might be the plan … to drive me mad. =) Thanks so much, Iain!

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  9. ceayr says:

    Fun story, Brenda.
    And the good news is that it gets worse as you get older.
    The only time I use my landline is to find my mobile, but sadly that doesn’t work for glasses or keys.

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    1. Oh, well, that’s not good news. I think there’s a market for keys and glasses that have a chip implanted in them for easy locating. Hmm! =) Thanks for commenting!

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  10. This is great. I wrote a poem called The Malevolence of Everyday Objects that addresses this same sentiment, so I know where you’re coming from here.

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    1. Thanks so much, Josh. I read your poem and sensed your frustration the same as mine! =) I’m glad I’m not the only one.

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    I like this take on the prompt! Whatever you do, don’t have a safe place where you put your keys or you’ll never see them again!

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    1. Thanks so much, Penny, I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Great piece of advice!

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  12. I love this, there is a conspiracy I’m sure of it. I’m regularly ganged up on by my wallet.

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    1. I’m happy you enjoyed! So glad you understand and watch out for that wallet.

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  13. I saw your glasses on the shelf marked “giggles.”
    On the right side, third shelf from the top. By the plastic bags.
    If you see my wallet there, would you mail it to me?

    Randy

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    1. Thanks … found it! But, sadly, no wallet. He’s still hiding. =)

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  14. Dear friend. I am writing on behalf of the keys and the to-do-list (they’d eloped, in case you didn’t know), who want to inform you that they’d taken your reading glasses because they needed to see the world. 😉 (PS the shelf is just vindictive).

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    1. Well, how can I be angry if they need the glasses to see the world! A worthy endeavor. Thank you kind friend for letting me know. I won’t look any longer and maybe in letting it go I can have peace with the other objects that fex me! =)

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      1. Yes, making peace with one’s … um … stuff … is a good way to prevent hexes … 😉

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      2. For sure, and by the way, can you let the shelf know that we’re all good. My toe still throbs! 😀

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      3. Memo sent … 😉

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  15. msjadeli says:

    Conspiracy theory, up close and personal! So funny!

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    1. I’m happy you found it funny! Thanks so much for saying so. =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re welcome, Brenda.

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  16. Mike says:

    I smile then smiled again, thank you.

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    1. I’m so happy to make you smile! Thank you for letting me know. =)

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  17. I’m pleased it’s not just me who suffers in this way!

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    1. Be assured you are not alone!! =)

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  18. Violet Lentz says:

    Oooo This was fun. Mine are usually on my head, but after 24 hours, I doubt your are….

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    1. Oh my, I’ve done that many times … left them on my head and asked my husband if he’d seen them. His expression always gave it away! I continue in my search … =)

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  19. draliman says:

    They’re perched on top of the door frame, waiting to leap down and poke you in the eye 🙂

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    1. Hmm, I’ll have to check that out. Carefully, of course! =)

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  20. plaridel says:

    can you check if your glasses are in your head? my uncle had the same problem when he came looking for them before. 🙂

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    1. Not on my head, but I did find them!! They were hiding under my bed. Don’t ask me how they climbed down there … but none-the-less … =)

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  21. James McEwan says:

    It’s the ultimate conundrum, how do you find your glasses if you can’t see clearly? There is a lot of truth in your story.

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    1. Very true! I do have an extra pair, luckily. After my week last week, I began to wonder if I had done something to offend something … somewhere (haha). Thanks for stopping by as always!

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  22. granonine says:

    You took a difficult prompt and made it hilarious fun 🙂 Well done!

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    1. I just didn’t have the heart to write something serious this week. Too much … well you know … Thank you, Linda, for commenting!!

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  23. Ann Coleman says:

    I have to say, I could identify with your narrator!

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    1. It really was a strange week for my … narrator … and she began to wonder what she had done to deserve it all (haha)! Thank you so much for stopping by as always, Ann, and I hope you are doing well and staying healthy.

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  24. tedstrutz says:

    My thought was that old age can be a bitch. Nice piece whatever the take.

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    1. It really can. Not only do our … things … hide from us, we have a harder time bending down to look for them (and get back up). Creeky knees and all! =)

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  25. susanmehr says:

    Oh, I felt the pain in your baby toe. Not having a good day! Well penned.

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    1. Not such a good few days. But, better now. Thanks so much, Susan, for your thoughtful comment.

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  26. Lovely humour, I get that feeling sometimes

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    1. Most all of us do, don’t we. Thanks so much for the nice comment, Michael. =)

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  27. It is a conspiracy. It has to be. What else could it be? Wait never mind. I found them. LOL If it wasn’t so true, it would be funny. Great take.

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    1. I’m so glad you see the truth of it!! Thanks so much for your fun comments!

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      1. My pleasure. I loved your playful story.

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  28. Nobbinmaug says:

    Just when we think we’re in charge, the inanimate object will show us who’s in charge. Fun take.

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    1. Thanks so much! I’m sorry for not responding until now. I’ve been a bit “offline” the last couple of weeks. Hope to settle in better to the quarantine thing.

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  29. Ha.. .I have that problem every once in a while… finding your glasses without glasses is a problem with no solutions.

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    1. It truly is!! Sorry for not responding until now. I’ve been a bit “offline.” And … I’ve lost and found my glasses several times between now and then. Take care, Bjorn!

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