Ninety-one words …

for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Unwelcome and the limit 91 words.




With my feet planted on the unwelcome mat, I take a deep breath and press the bell.

Why me?  Why do such a soul-destroying job?

There’s a TV advert where a chap from the lottery knocks on a door and hands over a million pounds.

At Christmas, kids sing carols around doors.  Doors are for greeting friends.

The lock clunks.  I swallow.  The door inches open.

She didn’t intend getting into debt.  A single mum, no work, three hungry kids and I’m about to claim their few meagre possessions. Why me?






40 thoughts on “Ninety-one words …

  1. ceayr Jun 27, 2020 / 15:46

    I came to laugh and instead find my self swallowing uncomfortably.
    Good one, Keith

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  2. Christine Goodnough Jun 27, 2020 / 19:04

    To misquote Bobby Burns: “A job’s a job for a’ that and a’ that.”
    When I think of how readily stores hand out credit cards these days and tempt people who really can’t afford to buy… Best not go there.

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      • Na'ama Yehuda Jun 28, 2020 / 15:54

        🙂 Thanks, Keith … sometimes life takes us the long way to where we need to go … 😉

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  3. Dale Jun 28, 2020 / 03:01

    I don’t think he has the black heart for the job.
    Excellent take.

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  4. hilarymb Jun 28, 2020 / 08:52

    Hi Keith – yes too much of that now … and will be worse. Stay safe – Hilary

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  5. PaperKutzs Jun 28, 2020 / 15:40

    I like your view on the post. In particular I like the unwelcome mat…lol

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 29, 2020 / 10:28

      I thought of the unwelcome mat first then built a story around it! Thanks so much.


  6. HappySoul Jun 28, 2020 / 16:23

    “Unwelcome mat” !! Loved that .. his soft heart needs a different job there ! Great take Keith ..

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  7. notestowomen Jun 28, 2020 / 16:49

    Wonderful take on the prompt, Keith. I don’t think he’s cut out for this job and to me, that’s a good thing. He has a heart. Love the image of the little girl peeking around the door at the stranger who is about to upset their lives.

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  8. Nima Mohan Jun 28, 2020 / 18:56

    Oh Keith.. I came to have a good laugh !! But this one made my heart heavy 😒😒 but I must say, this one has made ‘unwelcome’ a true monster !!

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