Definitely a more challenging roll this time:
Water under the bridge
High rise
Evil shadow

Juliana frowned and wrapped herself tighter in the afghan.  There was nothing good on TV – reruns of The Andy Griffith Show, NCIS, This Old House, a documentary about the pyramids, something about reducing your carbon footprint.  She wasn’t sick exactly, but it was easier to fib about having the flu than explain the real problem to her boss.  Some days she just couldn’t go out.  Six months of therapy hadn’t turned her phobias into water under the bridge.  No, they still nipped at her heels, following her like a sinister shadow.  The remains of last night’s dinner sat on the coffee table, stray bits of rice, wooden chopsticks, and two soggy cartons from China Moon.  Their sesame chicken was only so-so, but they delivered.  Next to the mess was an orange gerbera daisy in a green ceramic pot, a present from her little sister, Kate. Juliana envied Kate; she was so fearless.  She didn’t freak out during lightning storms.  She rode public busses and never worried about germs.  She lived in a high-rise—an efficiency apartment on the 17th floor!—and rode in the elevator every day.  Kate sat on her balcony, for God’s sake, sipping on Chardonnay and enjoying the view from a height that would have made Juliana break out in hives.  Dr. Sillman kept suggesting medication, and Juliana kept coming up with excuses not to take it.  But was this the way she wanted to spend her life?  Lying to her boss, flipping through the channels, eating bad sesame chicken, and staring at that annoying daisy?

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14 thoughts on “RORY STRIKES AGAIN!

  1. Tippy Gnu June 17, 2018 / 7:04 am

    Julianna should face her fears and get out and live. After all, life is just a roll of the dice.

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    • Just Joan June 17, 2018 / 10:41 am

      Thanks, Peter. The keys to improving your life are clarity, honesty with yourself, and willingness to change. Juliana, it seems, is finally seeing the light. 🙂

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  2. Joyce Robinson June 17, 2018 / 9:51 am

    I feel for anyone in this position
    Not easy to face these demons.

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    • Just Joan June 17, 2018 / 10:50 am

      Amen, Joyce. Mental issues are always trickier to deal with than physical ones, and we all have our emotional Kryptonite. They say to be kind, always, because you never know what another person is dealing with. So true. 🙂


    • Just Joan June 18, 2018 / 10:48 am

      Good idea, Snoozin. They’re widely available for about $6. I’ve seen a “verb” version, too, but maybe action stories aren’t what you want at bedtime. Books on tape usually do it for me, one chapter and I’m out cold. 🙂


  3. L. T. Garvin, Author June 20, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Excellent story, Joan. And to think, there are truly people out there who suffer from many phobias. I have to admit that I kinda like the idea of lounging around in my pajamas just me and the TV for a week or so, LOL.

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    • Just Joan June 20, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      Thanks, Lana. Are they MONKEY pajamas? 🙂 Exposure therapy might work, but important to address phobias individually, not all at once:

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      • L. T. Garvin, Author June 21, 2018 / 12:47 pm

        I tell you Joan, a good pair of monkey p.js. are hard to find especially if you travel with the airlines, LOL! I could use a good set, though 😀 Yes, we must address those phobias individually, haha!

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    • Just Joan June 20, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks, KE. Character sketches, just one more way to exercise those creative muscles. I was struck by a passage I read a few weeks ago in a creative writing guide, a student’s description of her family. She gave few details about their physical appearance and yet, you could totally picture them in your mind. 🙂

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      • K E Garland June 21, 2018 / 2:22 pm

        That’s very interesting to me. I’ve written something recently where I’ve left off those trite physical descriptions (she moved her brown, wrinkled leg, etc.) I mean, there have to be more creative ways to build character.

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