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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Knock-Knock


Her partners were not going to like it. A week spent away from the office, right at the end of the busiest time of the year, and worse, right before the summer holidays. True that among themselves they had decided upon an extended vacation, and true they had not included Claire in the decision-making process, but it was a great deal of time off nonetheless.
And for what? For a seminar on fiscal policy? For a workshop on international accounting? No. For a pottery class. An expensive, elitist, whimsical week spent at an artists’ colony in the south of France.
Her family was not going to like it. All the accommodating they had done over the years, the Tuesday-night pizzas and the Saturdays left hanging while she attended classes, lectures and workshops had only been a preview of the desertion to come. She was well aware that they had not signed on for the whole shebang.
Yet, Claire was tired of stiff-upper-lipping it. She was feeling her body begin its slow downshift into oblivion, and the idea that she’d never truly ventured out in pursuit of her dream nagged at her in perpetual reproach. Small, seemingly impossible opportunities had drifted by her, beckoning from across untraversable distances, and she had seen them wistfully off, to be grabbed by other, more ambitious takers.
Claire unclenched her teeth, smoothed her brow and sat up straight. This was not an idle fantasy. Before her was an application form that offered workable dates at a reasonable, no, a bargain price.
When a person chances upon such a door, Claire thought, either she walks through, or she sits back down and begins to decompose.
Caution and prudence had served her well, yes, and she had done her bit, had always risen to the tasks and obligations required. The blinking cursor with her name on it was calling. ‘Time’s up’ it flashed. ‘You in or you out?’


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40 comments:

  1. This was not just a story in response to a prompt... you said something. I have read 'Knock-Knock' three times, once out loud... it's that good.

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    1. Wow. I'm glad you feel that way. Thank you very much, Ted!

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  2. I agree with ted this is awesome. It's almost a manifesto. Great job Kymm.

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    1. Ha! A manifesto. I could do one of those a day. hehe
      You are very kind, Sam. Thank you!

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  3. In! Definitely, "in" :) Great story!

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  4. No more missed opportunities taken by others-I say she's in this time!

    I think this was awesome too Kymm! And, if I might add-so inspiring!

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    1. Yeah, she's in!
      Happy to be inspiring. Thank you so much for your kind words, Valerie!

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  5. There's a very big lesson in this well written piece. I'm only beginning to learn it. Well done Kymm.

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    1. Yeah, a lesson I never seem to learn! Thank you, lumdog!

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  6. Really a great message and response to the prompt that should ring a lot of bells with the folks who write. I wish I had heard that bell thirty years ago.

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    1. I've been hearing that bell all my life, but I'm excellent at ignoring it. Thank you, Ann!

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  7. Definitely wonderful writing. Tick tock...take that opportunity or watch it float by...again. Am rooting for her!

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    1. We're all rooting for her, I think. Thank you so much, Maggie!

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  8. Yup - got to have a go. (RogRites)

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    1. It's about time, yup. Thanks for the visit, Rog!

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  9. This rung so close to home, I don't know whether to applaud you or huddle in my bed and reminisce! I love this line: 'she sits back down and begins to decompose.'

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    1. Huddlng in bed is better than decomposing, I find...
      Thank you, Sandra!

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  10. Wow. Love this so much! I've been Claire, so all I can say is she better jump in! This line: "either she walks through, or she sits back down and begins to decompose" is just fantastic. Brilliant piece!

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    1. We all seem to have a bit of Claire somewhere...
      Thanks so much for your words of praise, Suzanne!

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  11. This sounds a little like me, ha (: I haven't decided if I'm in yet, though!

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  12. We're all a little like that now and again, I think.
    Thanks for the visit, Draug!

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  13. Great opurtunity, the world need mor pottery :-) love the story.

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    1. Well, I don't know about pottery, but the world needs more art. Thanks for the love, Björn!

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  14. Definitely in! Gotta seize those opportunities when they come knocking!

    Thanks for linking up! Don't forget to come back to vote!

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    1. Yes! The more the merrier! Thank you, Tri! Voted.

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  15. I love this line: "When a person chances upon such a door, Claire thought, either she walks through, or she sits back down and begins to decompose." Such a metaphor for life. Great story!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the love, Kristin!

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  16. I hope she's in! I loved the line about sitting back and beginning to decompose. And that dream deferred image resonates so strongly with me.

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    1. Yes, it seems to resonate with most people I know... Thanks for the love, Jessie!

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  17. Dreams deferred tend to get cranky if left unattended. Glad she's heading off in that direction. A girl's gotta dream!

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    1. VERY cranky indeed! One dream after another if need be! Thanks, Tina!

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  18. Kymm, I haven't entered TF for some time, but I popped in to visit, so glad I did, your inevitable style of writing had me hooked from beginning to end. We all have a little bit of 'Claire' within us, it's how strong we are to make that move. Really enjoyed this.

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    1. I'm so glad you came for a visit, especially bringing such lovely words with you! Hope you come back soon.
      Thank you so much, Jenny!

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  19. Am glad she decided to put her dreams first ,once!We have one life to live & we cannot always go on living for others,putting our own aspirations on a back burner & living with regrets!A very inspiring piece Kymm,loved it:-)

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    1. Yeah, it's precisely the living that so often gets in the way...
      Thank you, Atreyee!

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  20. I love the language in this '...feeling her body begin its slow downshift into oblivion, ... her dream nagged at her in perpetual reproach.' I was convinced Claire was going to go for it with your opening so I'm ignoring the element of doubt you introduced at the end.

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    1. Haha Beware the element of doubt at the end! Thanks for the love, Sarah!

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