Summer Noise #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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Years ago when I was single and lived in a complex of HUD-subsidized apartments for seniors citizens and the disabled, the maintenance man came to my apartment every year in May, changing the filter in the air conditioner and making sure it still worked. This signaled the start of summer with its warm days, cool nights, and the rumble of compressors of neighboring air conditioners that started and stopped every minute or so with a jarring clank, often keeping me awake at night. My own air conditioner was no better, although it drowned out the noise of the neighboring units. In my opinion, my sense of hearing compensates for my limited vision, and that’s why I’m more sensitive to certain sounds. I shouldn’t complain because the air conditioner kept my third-floor, south-facing apartment cool on hot summer days. Now, although I have fond memories of that building, I’m thankful to live in my own house, where the window unit I use in the summer isn’t nearly as annoying but still keeps the house cool with the help of strategically placed ceiling fans.


Thanks to Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence story prompt for inspiring the above. Click here to learn how you can participate.


By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

20 thoughts on “Summer Noise #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up”

    1. It would have been extremely hot on the third floor without the air conditioner. I don’t know what would have been worse, extreme heat or that air compressor going on and off every few minutes or so. I agree with you about the ceiling fans. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  1. Oh, it must have been terribly hot in a south-facing third story apartment when/if the air conditioner wasn’t working on a hot summer. As for the noise, I remember my grandparents swamp cooler being quite noisy, but I didn’t mind because I just was so happy to be able to cool off. Nice use of the cue.

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  2. Funny though, how sounds, especially ‘un-natural’ sounds, if repeated constantly enough, can become a part of the environment. Makes me think of the distant night-sounds of dormitory life, many years ago. Or, now that I think of it, I remember, back in the years I spent on a fishing boat, the time you’d notice the constant noise most was when you finally tied up (after a trip) and the engine was turned off.
    Thoughtful Six

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      1. You’re very welcome! Last year I invested more money in a super-charged fan (mine are all floor/window ones, the builders didn’t even consider ceiling fans for this place, it’s really pitiful–but I’m grateful to have housing! I LOVE the new fan 🙂 🙂

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