Hayley sat dithered.
She remembered this from last time.
The darkness.
The cold.
The smell.
Herbert rolled around on the floor laughing. He remembered it too, only differently.
“You tore your dress” Herbert managed between guffaws.
“I broke a nail” Hayley sternly retorted, “as well” she acknowledged.
Herbert looked into Hayley’s eyes.
Hayley blinked. It’s been a while, she thought.
Herbert laughed again: Hayley, painting.
Decorating was not her strong point.
She’d rather pay extortionate fees than do it herself, unless she had to.
This time, once again, she had to. The ‘professionals’ were busy.
The last time she did it, she thought her world had come to an end… and now, here she was doing it again.
Decorating. Herself.
Only worse.
She wanted ‘greenish’, and the paint was ‘blueish’.
“Sigh”, she sighed, “This is worse than last time…”

This has been written in response to CMStewart’s prompt ‘End of Everything Apocalypse’.


  1. I started chuckling (up the wrong tree) at:’ It’s been a while, she thought’ and then I found out it was painting and decorating being talked about. Too much egg nog do you think?

    Fabulous and entertaining piece, Tom. Keep it up. I always enjoying reading here and Merry Christmas!


    1. I’ve not touched a drop of egg nog for years, Tess… I wonder if it still tastes the same? And thank you… I like to try for a little twist in my tales every now and then, and I did intend to lead the reader up the wrong path with this one!!!
      And… Merry Christmas Tess! 🙂


  2. Oh Tom…where do you get these from ? I know – your wonderful creative mind
    .•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Wishing you a safe and very Happy Holidays.♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸


  3. I HATE decorating! 😦

    Darrell was supposed to do mine to repay me for all the money he had borrowed, but he only did half the job, got bored, messed with the colours and finally gave up, taking two paste buckets, four rolls of lining paper and a few other trinkets.

    I can’t finish it as I can’t stand for long, so I’ve had to leave the job half done… 😦

    God Bless!



  4. What “Let’s CUT the crap” said when reading the “It’s been a while”!
    I don’t mind decorating as long as it doesn’t involve too much of hard work..hehe!


    1. Yes, these characters like to take us in all manner of directions, don’t they?
      Shree… I’ve not decorated for a while either. I’m not keen and happy for things to ‘stay as they are’… even thinking about it is too much work for me!


Would you like to leave a comment?

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.