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The long nap

July 28, 2021

For Girlie on the Edge‘s Six Sentence Stories for July 25, 2021.


Betty turned off the television, turned to Harold and smiled.

A fan of General Hospital since its premiere in 1963, Betty may have missed Doctor Hardy and Nurse Audrey, but outside of her daughter Patty’s appendectomy in 1966, and the day of her own hip surgery in 2001, she never missed an episode of the daily drama.

Harold, on the other hand, had only begun watching the show with her after his retirement from the post office five years ago; and having no real interest in the lives of Port Charles’ residents, he was often openly critical of Betty’s devotion to the show and wasn’t overly shy about sharing his opinions, because for him the show was, as he was always fond of saying – today and everyday – something to do between taking a walk and taking a nap.

Betty pressed the button to raise the lift chair, stood cautiously and stepped over to Harold who had been sitting in his matching lift chair wide-eyed and unblinking since the first commercial break.

Against the complaints of her right hip, she bent over, and with the speed, precision, and skill of Dr. Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital’s only real Chief of Staff in her mind, yanked the size 9 metal knitting needle from Harold’s left ear.

“I love you, dear, but I’ve told you I don’t know how many times that I wouldn’t tolerate another distraction from you during my show.”

25 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2021 8:56 am

    Oh, haha! Not what I expected at all. Although I was suspect at ‘wide-eyed and unblinking.’ I remember when Luke and Laura got married on that show…a gazillion years ago.

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    • July 29, 2021 3:39 am

      Yeah, that’s going back a way isn’t it? Do you still watch it? I turn it on from time to time but I never see any of the characters I remember.

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      • July 29, 2021 5:49 am

        No! I rarely watch TV now, except for Frasier reruns and sometimes 3rd Rock From the Sun reruns. Both shows are so different, but both make me laugh. I’m not like Betty!!


  2. July 28, 2021 5:30 pm

    I liked the phrase “something to do between taking a walk and taking a nap”. He should probably have found something else to do.

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  3. dyannedillon permalink
    July 28, 2021 5:45 pm

    Yikes! No wonder he was wide-eyed and unblinking! Don’t mess with Betty! Terrific 6!

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  4. July 28, 2021 6:27 pm

    Alfred Hitchcock, move to the back of the line. Wonderfully paced and delivered, Michael. Harold probably longed for a soap called General Post Office. 😉

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  5. July 28, 2021 8:16 pm

    Oh dear! He prob’ly shouldn’t have retired, but he was ready to go anyway, eh?

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  6. Pat Brockett permalink
    July 28, 2021 10:04 pm

    Yikes! Thanks for sparing the gory details and just leaving that to the reader’s imagination. I’m guessing Betty will have other distractions once she is put in the slammer. After reading the second through sixth sentence, when I go back to that first line, I am envisioning quite a different smile than I did at first reading. Well done.

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    • July 31, 2021 10:29 am

      Thanks Pat! As for Betty’s new distractions, that will depend one whether or not they put her in a cell with a mate or into one with padded walls.


  7. July 29, 2021 1:47 am

    Great Six, Michael. I didn’t quite see that one coming… neither did Harold, I suspect!

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  8. July 29, 2021 2:27 am

    Ahh, the joys of retirement and not finding something useful to do. Harold should have taken up knitting as Betty did. At least then, he could have gone to another room and listened to the radio while he knitted.

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  9. July 29, 2021 9:18 am

    Phenominal Six! Bravo!


  10. July 29, 2021 9:20 am

    Oops… Phenomenal. LOL A rose by any misspelled name.


  11. July 29, 2021 9:38 am

    I am still not used to being retired. I am looking for a purpose. Good six. good use of the cue.


  12. July 30, 2021 11:12 pm

    Don’t mess with a woman’s story. For the elderly lady i work with some days, it’s Days of Our Lives, and if anyone calls during the noon hour, she will ream them out but good!


  13. July 31, 2021 11:23 am

    Holy smokers, Michael! I did not see that coming. You skillfully guided the reader towards a most unexpected ending. Excellent delivery!


  14. August 1, 2021 1:38 am

    A nice sharp twist, Michael. Yikes, Harold should have chosen a hobby, or at least kept his mouth shut about the TV show.


  15. August 1, 2021 8:59 am

    Brilliant Michael. At least she’ll be able to watch in peace now, assuming of course her prison cell has a TV!

    My Six!


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