The Exterminator #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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Jake gulped the remnants of his coffee, then rinsed his cup and put it in the dishwasher. Most men would leave the cup in the sink, or even on the table, for their wives to deal with, he mused, but Helen had trained him well. He called to her from the top of the basement stairs, “Honey, I’m heading out.”

Down below, he heard the hum and clatter of the dryer and occasional snap of a sheet, as she shook it out before folding it. “Where are you going now?”

“I just got a call from an old lady with a cricket in her living room.”


Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above work of flash fiction with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. If you’d like to participate in her blog hop, click here.


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

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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

31 thoughts on “The Exterminator #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp”

  1. This brought back some memories having to do with a very loud cricket in the house. They can be so annoying when your are trying to sleep. What a nice guy to go find and remove the cricket from the old lady’s house.

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  2. This made me chuckle and reminded me of a joke about how men think every little task they do is worthy of praise, or significantly helpful. It went something like; A wife is outside paving the driveway, the husband leans out the front door and yells “Hey babe, don’t worry about that ashtray, I emptied it.”

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  3. Damn! (lol) Doug beat to Cricket as a sport! In my defense, I did start with a visual of a cricket match going on in the living room and, well, how does one make sense of that?!!?
    Still a fun Six

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    1. Well, you’re not the only one who thought I was talking about the game of cricket when I actually meant an insect. I never even thought of the game. Thank you for reading and commenting.


  4. What? A member of Buddy Holly’s old band was visiting the lady in her living room? 😁
    As a kid I was trained by me mum in all aspects of good housekeeping. Such valuable survival lessons for later in life!

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