Flash Fiction (a Hundred Words or Fewer) #43: Front-row Seats, Baby!

I’m the organizer for the local V-CARD group.  I’m also a thirty-eight-year-old virgin, and I assure you, I lead a fulfilling life; I have friends and a great job and my theater subscription (front-row seats, baby!).  Sure, I wish I had a relationship sometimes, but you don’t necessarily need a sexual or romantic partner to feel worthwhile.  I always tell that to my fellow Carders.

My sister, who’s thirty-five and lost her virginity at fourteen, told me “I wish I had your life, with no asshole ex-husbands or bratty kids.”  Her exes are assholes, but her kids are actually individualistic.

Copyright © 2018 by David V. Matthews

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Flash Fiction (a Hundred Words or Fewer) #42: V-CARD

I once belonged to V-CARD, a women-only group I’d run across on Facebook.  We’d meet once or twice a month at the organizer’s house.  V-CARD stood for Virgins, Celibates, and—the last two letters would change: Raspberry Donuts (someone had brought them), Retro Disco (playing on the CD player), Rodney Dangerfield (a poster of him), whatever.  The forced fun, the “You go, girl!” attitude, the implicit acceptance of lifelong loneliness—all made me even more depressed about my protracted virginity.  After three months, I stopped attending.  People can change, I dimly perceived.  All my life, I’d specialized in dim perception.

Copyright © 2018 by David V. Matthews

Flash Fiction (a Hundred Words or Fewer) #41: Virtually Legal

“You’re under arrest for possession of marijuana.”

“What?  Come on, pot’s virtually legal.”

“That’s not the same as actually legal, now, is it?”

Another rich white boy, looking for cheap drugs in this neighborhood.  I could tell he was rich due to his tie-dyed T-shirt—a little too new-looking, like straight from a boutique.

So I arrested him.  Later, a couple scumbags almost beat him to death in the holding cell.  That bummed me out a little, I’ll admit; I was still a rookie.  But the law’s the law.  And he’ll have a story to tell.  Everyone needs a story.

Copyright © 2018 by David V. Matthews

 

Flash Fiction (a Hundred Words or Fewer) #40: Nosmo King & the Filter Tips

In 1961, at college, I formed a band called Nosmo King & the Filter Tips.  I’d come up with the name.  I smoked like a chimney, but so did everyone else.

There were four members. I played drums.  We did sloppy covers of rock-and-roll songs.  (Everyone also drank like a fish.)

We never released a record or taped anything.  Although we stunk, we should’ve documented our youthful exuberance.

We broke up in ’63, after graduating.  We never played together again.  This morning, our lead guitar player died from emphysema, making me the last surviving Tip.  Somehow, I don’t feel lucky.

Copyright © 2018 by David V. Matthews

 

Flash Fiction (a Hundred Words or Fewer) #39: Red Snoopy

Near downtown Pittsburgh’s annual furry convention (people who very much enjoy dressing up as anthropomorphic animals), a red Snoopy in a swashbuckler’s costume shouted “I love you, man!” as he approached me on the sidewalk.

I replied “My sixteen-year-old son got arrested for smoking pot yesterday, and I wouldn’t bail him out ’cause I thought a night in jail would teach him a lesson.  He’s in the hospital now, ’cause his cellmates beat the shit out of him, apparently just for fun.  Do you still love me, man?”

Snoopy leaned in for a hug.  “Please, I prefer Scooby-Doo,” I said.

Copyright © 2018 by David V. Matthews

revised July 6, 2018  

 

Flash Fiction (a Hundred Words or Fewer) #38: Geographical Inconvenience

Having found out their health insurance didn’t cover their twelve-year-old’s eventual male-to-female, gender-confirmation surgery, Randall and Grace Yates, who had always considered themselves loyal Americans, now wondered, as they sat in their kitchen, if they should move to Canada, whose government covered that medical procedure, though to differing degrees in each province, causing long waitlists and geographical inconvenience.

“But at least we’d have something to wait for,” Randall said.

“Why don’t we fight for that something here?” Grace said.  She bit into her vegan, gluten-free chocolate brownie.

“And give up computer solitaire?”

Irony soothes.  So does chocolate.  Everyone needs soothing.

 

Copyright © 2018 by David V. Matthews

 

Flash Fiction (a Hundred Words or Fewer) #37: Samuel Adams Utopia

The green 2009 Corolla hydroplaned at forty MPH on the crummy state highway, almost ramming into Mr. Pal’s black 2018 Escalade.  As the Corolla swerved into the left lane, Mr. Pal thanked the god he worshipped, God.  Later that night, in his living room, Mr. Pal sipped his Samuel Adams Utopia (at $199, the most expensive bottle of beer he’d ever bought) and wondered, ’cause life’s so short, maybe he shouldn’t waste it hating that Jew at work, Ms. Greenberg, ’cause she’d received that promotion and he hadn’t.  Maybe she was better qualified.  He could admit he had some limitations.

Copyright © 2018 by David V. Matthews