It’s Always (Sink or) Something…Frank & Stella

unnamed-11-e1462409384457 https://unchartedblogdotorg.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/welcome-to-six-sentence/  Zoe’s Cue:  SINK

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Stella had shown a trooper’s spirit, serving Frank a lovely lasagna dinner on the lanai furniture they’d moved inside (due to the resulting fiasco when the old dining set was put in storage while expecting ‘new’…which was delayed-damaged-order cancelled); but her muted longing for proper table and chairs was unabated.

Oh, she’d received his 18-stem armful of Picasso roses and $5 Hallmark Valentine with sweet-smiling gratitude, kisses—but whenever she passed through the empty dining area he’d dubbed the “dance floor”, she sighed, turning taciturn…and a too-quiet-Stella was rarely a good thing.

“I know what—let’s go for a drive!” Frank said with extravagant enthusiasm; “maybe we’ll happen on an amazing local site—an extraordinary ‘something’ we’ve overlooked, since moving here.”

Stella’s face—an e’er-changing canvas (and domestic barometer)—moved from an expression of worry that he’d spiked a tropical brain fever, to one of more hazy, benign suspicion; finally she shrugged acquiescence, and gathered her jacket and handbag.

The furniture store windows shouted in fluorescent paint, “Store-Wide SALE—WE Even PAY the Sales TAX!”, as Frank grinned at Stella—who took a mere 14.5 minutes to select a large rectangular dining table suitable for a family of 8…and barely stifled a squeal, on learning it would be delivered that evening.

At home, she chirp-chattered about the beauty and size of the heavy table—its burnished brown surface, ebony legs; the matching well-constructed chairs and 18″ center leaf (heart, be still!)—and punctuated each repeated detail with cheery chorus:  “it’s a steal of a deal, Hon!”…..until Frank interrupted to announce the kitchen’s slow-draining sink had completely backed up, and suggested she call the maintenance-super, “Now”.

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Image ~ Underhill’s Furniture

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33 thoughts on “It’s Always (Sink or) Something…Frank & Stella

  1. A nice surprise. Frank had it all planned. I wonder about the clogged sink breaking her delight and reverie with reality. Really, Frank? Couldn’t you call? lol

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  2. Pity about the blocked sink ruining the sparkle of the day. Oh well, firmly back to earth she came. So much of a story in six sentences – well done.

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  3. I’m with Paul
    Stella’s face—an e’er-changing canvas (and domestic barometer)—moved from an expression of worry that he’d spiked a tropical brain fever, to one of more hazy, benign suspicion;

    show, not tell, much?

    (.. am re-wrestling with that beast in my efforts over at Almira. A sure sign of expertise, it always looks easy…lol)

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  4. Kudos to Frank for always going the extra mile to keep his lady happy, I know a guy just like that, and your story always makes me smile and sometimes wince a bit when I reflect on my own fluctuating moods that he must contend with. I know Stella does lots of sweet things for Frank too, and I suspect there will be a fine dinner served up once that clogged sink issue is resolved. I love how real your story is, it could easily be the folks next door!

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  5. Frank came through! :). I love how you describe and take us into their world ! I am guessing the sink issue is NOT going to get Stella down. Not with her table close at hand!

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  6. Your description of Stella’s face made me chuckle. Describing her speaking in a chirp- chatter is cute! What a way to end the day, but it is reality. I think most at one time or another have experienced such days, where something wonderful happens, only to have a down-side event follow.

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