The Plumber - a 100-word story

I'm back after a lovely fortnight in England visiting family. We stayed with my brother in the country - log fires and wine every evening - and helped my mother to celebrate her 90th birthday with a posh pub lunch of pheasant pie.
The OH popped down to Folkestone and saw most of his family there, while I spent time with my children and grandsons - and saw, via the modern miracle of a scan, one of my two grandchildren who are due early next year.
I also had to buy a new laptop, which my elder grandson helped me to get started on, and today my brother-in-law installed Word for me - isn't my family wonderful?
So here I am, at last, able to return to my blog with a 100 word story inspired by a photo prompt - which portrays accurately the weather we encountered in England. Thanks to Rochelle for posting the prompt on her blog -


Sandra was checking Pauline’s shopping through the till when her hands froze in mid-swipe. “Is that Vanessa?” she hissed.
Pauline looked down the shop at the well-dressed woman. “It can’t be.” But it was.
“Hello, girls!” Vanessa chirped and emptied her basket – steak, gourmet salad, wine.
“Supper for two?” Pauline ventured. “Stephen’s back then?”

“Stephen?” Vanessa shrugged dismissively and tossed her newly-blonde hair. “He was a dried-up husk and I’m well rid of him. Being with Paul is like spring after a cold winter.”
She winked at the other women. “Paul’s a plumber – he’s unfrozen my pipes beautifully.”
Please leave a comment so that I know I haven't lost all my readers by my month's absence! And my apologies for the gap at the top which I can't seem to get rid of :(


  1. Dear Liz,

    It's good to see you back. I've enjoyed your family pictures on Facebook.

    Sounds like Paul's thawed out more than her...um...pipes. Fun read. I could picture these ladies.



  2. Shocking! Pipes, indeed! Glad you're back.

  3. Thanks for the welcome, Rochelle and Liz. It's good to be back - I was missing my writing routine!

  4. Loved it ;)

  5. Less is definitely more in this story, Liz. Great characters.

  6. Thanks to blogitorloseit and Ann for visiting and commenting.

  7. No innuendo in that one! Nice job.

  8. Hi #Perry! Innuendo? Moi? Perish the thought!

  9. Glad you had a good holiday. Nice to see you back, Liz. Great story to start the week off. Thank you.

  10. Thanks Nicola - it's nice to know I was missed!

  11. It's lovely to have you back and I loved your cheeky story.

  12. Hi Maggie - thanks for staying with me and for enjoying my story.

  13. Good to with a holiday with family.. I enjoyed that punch line.. I would guess that the other women's mouths were agape after that one..


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