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Three Minutes for Story A Day May: Day Four

Three Minutes

Three minutes.

Marilyn sits on the toilet, the stick she’s just peed on still in her hand.

Three minutes.

That’s all she has to wait here in the marble-walled bathroom that looks like it belongs in a five-star hotel.

That’s an eternity.

She’s always felt like a stranger here.

She doesn’t want to set the stick down on the spotless, shining counter. She arranges the box so she can rest it there, and her fingers trail away, off to the zippered case that’s the only other thing in this room that truly belongs to her.

Or is it that she belongs to what’a in the case?

What difference does it make?

None, really.

What matters isn’t the stick, or what it says –

Well, okay, that does matter, more than a little.

It might change her life.

It might take her away from her zippered case, and what it holds.

But she’s got three minutes.

That’s time enough. She doesn’t know yet. It doesn’t matter that she’s sick all the time, peeing constantly, that her breasts hurt and her belly is heavy.

Until she reads that stick, she doesn’t know. She can do what she wants. Until she knows, she doesn’t have to worry about how anything will affect anyone but her. A baby isn’t real until she knows there’s going to be one, right?

“Of course it isn’t,” she answers herself, and her voicebounces around the room, and Marilyn imagines it leaving little dirty stains on every surface it touches.

She pulls the case to her without bothering to get off the toilet, or even pull up her pants. She opens it.

She still has two minutes.

What’s in Marilyn’s case?

Is it related to the potential baby?

What does the stick say?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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