True Story

“Come on!  Come on!  Come on!”  Janis sang at the top of her lungs.  She released her twists from the tight bun at the top of her head, banging her head up and down like a rock star, her locks flowing all around her like a halo.  “Take another little piece of my heart now BAB-YYYYY!!!”

She spent all day sitting in a tight cubicle next to the water cooler, entering endless figures and formulas on spreadsheets.  Answering phones.  Responding to emails.  A robot.  The accountants for whom she worked had no idea, underneath her nondescript gray pantsuits lived a modern-day flower child.

“Take another little piece of my heart now darlin’!!!”  She heard laughter from below and realized that she’d left her window open.  She was putting on a show for the whole neighborhood.  Not at all flustered, she rushed to the window and opened it wider, continuing to sing into the street as her neighbors shook their heads and laughed.  These few minutes every night, her impromptu solo dance parties, kept her alive.

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Peace and Love!


27 comments on “True Story

  1. Annie says:

    I feel like this some nights after work! I enjoyed this very much, Jenn, thank you! 🙂

  2. Memories of Janis Joplin, loved her voice. Can’t keep free spirits down. Nice take on the prompt.

  3. Deb says:

    Love Janis Joplin! I used to babysit for this woman when I was 13 and 14, we would spend the summers at the Cape and she would play Janis’ album (dating myself) everyday…I knew all the words to all the songs…thanks for the memories. Your story is very creative, descriptive and smart! Fun read…

  4. Love that she stays happy through her music.

  5. This is wonderful! I remember Janis Joplin! Her time was just too short and her music was awesome. I LOVE this story!

  6. Sonya says:

    Yep, that sounds like a good antidote for corporate boredom. Love your take on the prompt 🙂

  7. Graham Lawrence says:

    Oh Yeah! What an era! What a buzz even now! Nice take!

  8. Love reading this, and I could just imagine someone having fun doing this 🙂 excellent take on the prompt.

  9. luckyjc007 says:

    Enjoyable post! Good for her, she did what she loved and was kind enough to share it with the neighbors! 🙂

  10. werrf says:

    It’s easy to forget that all those nameless drones around us are human beings too – thanks for reminding us all!

  11. Happy Happy, how to keep that happiness going in the face of mind numbing work. Thanks for a delightful read.

  12. Ellespeth says:

    The self we hide sometimes 🙂 Great character!

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