Independence Day Blogfest

I've been majorly absent from Blogville, but I just had to participate in ali Cross's cool Independence Day blogfest. The rules are simple: write a piece of flash fiction (250 words or less) on the theme: It's Independence Day and something unexpected happens . . .

Go here for links to all the entries in the blogfest. But first, here's mine:

The boom of fireworks blares through the walls, and I grit my teeth. Some of us are trying to get our kids to sleep.

Rumor is, someone's been getting illegal fireworks in Wyoming and exploding them in the sky over my house. I thought now that all the real fireworks had been set off, they'd finally give it a rest, but here they go again, for the third night in a row.

I pick up the phone and dial the number for the police station, report the disturbance, and go back to putting the little kids to bed.

When they're all tucked in and the racket has finally stopped, I realize Jim isn't home yet with our teenager. I'm about to shoot him a text when a knock comes at the door.

The policeman standing on the porch doesn't shock me - I figure he's come to ask me about my report. But then I notice Jim and Taylor with him, both looking sheepish. Jim is clutching a yellow ticket in his hand.

"No more fireworks, all right, son?" the cop asks, as if he's speaking to Taylor, though his stern glare is directed at my husband. 


"Yes, Sir," they both reply, properly contrite.

But when the door is shut, Jim slams the ticket down on the counter and glowers. "Stinkin' neighbors called the cops on us. Can you believe it?"

"No, I can't," I say in all honesty, staring at him with wide eyes.

16 comments:

  1. This is hilarious! I can see myself and my husband in a similar encounter. Good job!

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  2. ROFL!!!! That was AWESOME! totally loved it!

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  3. BWahahahahah that was hilarious Jenn!! Such a great story I loved it so so much! thanks for the gut busting laugh!!

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  4. and I had to follow your blog ofcourse, I didn't realize I hadn't already

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  5. Haahaa--figures. I wonder who will pay the ticket?

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  6. Hahaha! Awesome! That is too, too funny. I can SO picture that happening!

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  7. Hehehehe that made me laugh. I can totally see a mom doing that.

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  8. This is funny. Thanks for making me laugh.

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  9. Awesome. I love how sheepish he is.

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  10. Love it, Jenn! I can totally relate - I'm not a big fireworks person after having kids either. :)

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  11. That was so funny and so typical. Great story, Jenn.

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  12. That was the best twist I've read so far! (And there have been a lot of good ones.) Hilarious! I'm still laughing!

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  13. That was funny! A little communication could have helped there.

    The Write Soil

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  14. Absolutely fantastic blog!!! Glad I found it! Love it!!!

    Lola x
    http://lola-x.blogspot.com

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