Copyright- The Reclining Gentleman

Copyright- The Reclining Gentleman

The melancholy view from the dock matched Jerry’s mood. He stared at his cell phone, wishing the clouds would engulf him. How could he have been such a fool? Regret crowded his thoughts. I really liked her. A lot of people like a lot of things. Not all of them are good. “Damn it!” He shouted to no one.

His texts had gone unanswered. It was time to forget her. Jerry flung the phone as far as it would go.

“Goodbye Sweetheart!”

Mid-air her ring tone began to play. ♫ ♫ Head underwater and ♫ ♫ Clunk.


Goodbye Jerry.


I’m halfway through another semester with a boatload of work still ahead, but I could not resist this week’s FF prompt. Thanks to The Reclining Gentleman and thanks to Rochelle the Extraordinaire, who is celebrating her two year anniversary of hosting Friday Fictioneers. I’ve been off the FF grid lately. In my defense, I scored 100 on my Leadership Theory for Volunteer Managers mid-term. See ya when I see ya. Thanks for reading.

As always, ads below this post are NOT endorsed by this blogger. Oh, and my sunflowers are in bloom! Check it out.



26 thoughts on “Digital Download

  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Honie,

    The ringing cell phone, still airborne but headed for Davy Jones’ Locker, was a perfect movie moment. Very well told story.

    I look for you all the time. Stay busy but don’t forget to write.



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Dear Doug,

      I’d like to see that movie. In fact, I think I’d like to write it. Maybe next year. Writing for all of my classes has really put the kibosh on my fiction. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Essays R Us,


  2. Glad you’re back, Honie, even for just one week. Congarts on all your goings-on and keep up the good work. Enjoyed the story, but in Jerry’s case, haste definitely made waste and not just the phone. Lovely sunflowers!


    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hi Janet. It has been a cyclone around here lately. Piles of papers everywhere, only six weeks remaining. I will be sooooo happy to have another semester behind me. Thank you for reading/commenting.

  3. Nice to see you around.. I feel for Jerry.. but throwing away his cell-phone was probably not a great way of doing it.. I think the girl is better off without him

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks! I had a free minute and thought, what better way to use a free minute that with Friday Fictioneers? I agree, …better off without him.

  4. First – congrats on your test!!! Well done.

    I, like Rochelle, wanted to scream,”Nnnoooo! Jerry!” Sometimes patience truly is a virtue.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I know. Jerry, Jerry, reactionary. How does your impatience grow? With ever mounting discontent and little texts all in a row. Don’t feel sorry for him. Like most of us do when we get in over our heads, he floats. Thanks for your kind words.

  5. Love the story! Really love the Sunflowers!!!

    Always love seeing your name come up in my e-mail. Know you are busy with school and glad to see you are doing so well.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Val, it’s a never-ending struggle to balance. It seems every time I complete an assignment there’s another one to begin, but I take short breaks to stop and smell the flowers (and blog). Thanks so much for your comment.

  6. Dear Stephanie,

    I’m jumping up and down to see you back! Of course, this is making it difficult to type. 😉

    The ending your story made me cry, “Noooooooooo!” Well done. As always your writing is what made me miss you. Nicely done.

    Great job on your test. Impressive.



    PS Nice photography. Got anything prompt-worthy?

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Dear Rochelle,

      I’m hopping happy you enjoyed the story. Your comment brought a smile to my face.

      Bouncing back,


      PS I have about a bazillion photos. One day soon I will select a few to send to you and you can tell me if they are prompt-worthy.

  7. amac says:

    Nice to “see” you today! Nice twist on the story. Your sunflowers are a welcome sight of warmth and beauty. Congrats on the excellent grades. Keep going and grinding them out. Hang in there!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It’s nice to be “seen” today (actually yesterday) as my friends have begun to wonder if I will ever emerge from the pile of assignments filling every available space on my desk, floor, head, computer, days, nights, weekends. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  8. Sandra says:

    If he could only turn back time… good one.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      If only. Jerry’s feelings exactly. HA! Thanks Sandra.

  9. Beautiful sunflowers. Congrats on the grades, your hard work is paying off. As for your story…hope Jerry was due for an upgrade!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I can hardly wait to see the tall, sturdy stems loaded with blooms. They weren’t planted until August. So, they are just beginning to pop. As for Jerry, poor fella, I think he’s overdue for an upgrade. Thanks for your comment, Dawn.

  10. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Welcome back and Bub-bye for now. I like your FF story, it has a bit of an O. Henry twist.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yeah, me and O Henry go way back. We traveled some of the same terrain, he and I. Only not at the same time. : )

  11. rgayer55 says:

    I’m enjoying the lovely long song you posted as I type this. That was an added treat to the story. Also, congrats on Acing your test. I know you’ve been working real hard on your studies, but I’m glad you took time out to post and to stop by and comment on mine. Love your sunflowers too.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I have been working hard. I really wish I had more time to write for fun. Maybe next year. Thanks so much for your comment and support, Russell. Your posts make me smile, and I can’t tell you how much that means when I’m knee deep in homework. It’s always a welcome break I look forward to.

  12. Carrie Rubin says:

    Great ending! And I love your photos. 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Doesn’t that yellow just make you smile? The first one of the bloom ready to burst was so fun and the next day it popped. : )

  13. Amy Reese says:

    Welcome back to the grid, Honie! I’ve missed you. Congrats on your test! Oh, if only Jerry had a tiny bit more patience. I hope he knows her phone number. Great story! Your flowers are gorgeous.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      That Jerry and his need for instant gratification! Thanks Amy. I miss being on the grid. Writing for school is very demanding just now. It was nice to take a break for a moment, and this prompt was perfect. Somber, gray, and oh so love sick for a light moment in my week. Of course, seeing the new sunflower blooms each day makes me happy too.

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