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

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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.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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