Saturday, January 26, 2013

Killing Time

‘Tom.’

‘I’m thinking.’

‘Are you in or out?’

‘I just told you, I’m thinking.’

‘What’s there to think about?’ the dealer asked.

‘The ten bucks in the middle of the table.’

‘It’s like playing with a sloth!’

‘Let him think,’ the fourth player said. ‘It ain’t gonna make a difference to who wins the pot.’

‘Except we’ll all be a few minutes nearer to the ever after with nothing to show for them.’

‘Like that matters.  Since retirement what have any of us have done except kill time?’

‘Tom?’

‘I’m thinking.’

‘Jesus.’

'Get another beer and stop rushing the man.’



A drabble is a story of exactly 100 words

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Rob - I can just see these guys! Thanks for this. Interesting how retirement gives you a whole new perspective on life...

Marina Sofia said...

Love this! I think I know a few people like that... retired or not.

Rob Kitchin said...

Thanks, both. This was one of the quickest I've written. Took only a couple of minutes as it all seemed to click. I try and write and publish them within half-an-hour, though sometimes it takes me a bit longer, but rarely more than an hour. I've usually no idea what I'm going to write about before starting, hence they can be a little hit and miss. I liked this one though from the start.