In the middle

Stuck in the middle, in a labyrinth of confusion.

“He opened the door but he pinched my butt, is that a warning sign?”

“I pay the bills, because he has no job. Does that make me a feminist?”

“I was born female then became a he, and now I want to have a baby, the doctor says it might have psychological implications, what do you think?”

I soak it all in, acting professional. 

Tangled limbs on the couch; sponge full.

There’s a puddle beneath my heart, I guess am already dripping.

Stuck in the middle, in a labyrinth of confusion.

Copyright -John Nixon
Copyright John Nixon

Written for Friday fictioneers a writing challenge hosted by Rochelle. The picture was provided by John Nixon, the task is to write a 100 words story inspired by it. Thanks Rochelle for hosting the challenge. Thank you for stopping by… do click on the link to read other stories

38 thoughts on “In the middle

  1. Hi Chioma,

    I’ll admit that I read this twice, and then it made sense.

    At first, I assumed it was the voice of just one other person, but then it didn’t flow, their various concerns seemed disjointed. Then, I realised that it was the voice of more than one other person. Several clients sitting on the shrink’s couch on different occasions and pouring out their issues.

    @ “He opened the door but he pinched my butt”, Perverse intentions cloaked in false chivalry, perhaps? Lol

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    1. Indeed very ulterior motives at work there. I was a bit worried it might confuse people but I wanted to show how distressing it can be to absorb so many complex issues.

      Thanks for sticking it out with us, Nedoux.

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      1. You showed it well. the distress was conveyed.

        I imagine that those who jobs involve listening to other people’s fears, doubts and pains, day in, day out, might carry some of those burdens in a small place in their own hearts. 🙂

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  2. I wonder how psychologists and psychiatrists can stay sane when confronted with so many confusing stories. I love the puddle under the hard. Professional detachment is hard to come by sometimes. Great writing.

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  3. Dear Chioma,

    I felt the confusion in the many voices which doesn’t mean the story confused me. It was like riding a bus and listening to the different thoughts of other passengers. I liked it. Well done.



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