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The Dentist’s Chair (Friday Fictioneers)

June 12, 2014

If it’s Thursday then it must be time for Friday Fictioneers. Friday Fictioneers is a fun writing group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and to play along all you have to do to get started is click HERE.

This weeks photo prompt is courtesy of the one and only Ted Strutz who can be found peeking out from behind a coffee mug right HERE.


Backstory: When I first looked at the picture I thought I was looking at a tray of dentistry tools. It wasn’t until I was halfway finished with the story and looked at the picture again that I realized I was looking at a tray of sculpting tools. Well, too bad, I’m not going back and starting over (although a story about a sculptor who uses his razor-short sculpting instruments to slowly and methodically carve the bleeding flesh from his models sounds interesting), I’m sticking with my original thought that I was looking at dentist’s tools. If that makes you mad then you’ll just have to get glad.

The Dentist’s Chair (100 words)

 I know others don’t like it but I don’t mind sitting in this chair. It doesn’t scare me. In fact, I’m fortunate to be sitting here, and when I say that it’s not meant as a platitude, I really mean it. Sitting in this chair isn’t free so as I’m waiting and writing this, I’m also counting my blessings. Things could be a lot worse.

There’s just one thing: I’m not happy.

That water out there calls me. It’s where my heart belongs.

Mind you there’s nothing wrong with being a dentist. Sometimes we just want what we don’t have.

— Click on this little blue-faced guy below to see what other Fictioneers are up to.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2014 6:13 am

    Michael, Good story of an ordinary man who is practical and just trying to make it through life the best he can. He’s accepted that he can’t have it all. Well written. 🙂 —Susan


  2. June 14, 2014 1:33 pm

    Dear Michael, I enjoyed your story – He’s looking out on the water and wishing to be there instead of inside working. At least he has a window to dream. Poor guy, you know, I love my dentist I have now, Dr. Bunton in Lenexa – he is awesome – cute young man and super nice! (I was not paid to say this!) The poor guy in this story is so sad, I think, and you wrote a wonderful story about his woefulness. Although, sculpting tools would have been interesting too – like you said, you can carve with those – Creepy. Good job Mike! Nan 🙂


  3. June 14, 2014 6:43 pm

    MANY times we want what we don’t have.
    That water out there calls me. It’s where my heart belongs – lovely.


  4. June 15, 2014 4:50 am

    Well a whole lot of us thought they were dental tools!


  5. June 15, 2014 7:49 am

    Not happy – no blessings to count. He needs counselling, poor feller.


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