Double Wide

Working together inside his two-bay garage, Earnest and Marge were a well oiled machine, professional and productive, she taking his direction with the respect that she always showed a boss, the owner of a shop. After work, she often went with him to the humble trailer he called home, just behind the shop, and it was there that Earnest didn’t know what to expect, like her going right to the bedroom and emptying his drawers.

“Earnest, you only wear the same few things as long as I’ve known you, what are all these clothes, taking up space?”

“Those are the ones I used to wear, but they, uh, well they don’t fit anymore.”

“Well they don’t fit in your bureau, neither, we gotta make room if I’m gonna double the population of your singlewide, so here, I’ll keep these shirts here and make curtains for the windows with them, I can’t believe you don’t have curtains, and you take the rest of these to use as rags in the shop, we need rags in the shop, Earnest, and there, now I have some room for my clothes, because how can I be expected to make a carrot cake this summer if I’m not right here to tend the garden and to get to know the oven.”

Earnest Biggs, blushing and smiling incredulously, was thus informed by Marge Small that she would be moving in with him permanently. “Gosh, Marge, I thought you’d never ask.”

****Earnest and Marge return for Girlie on the Edge’s debut Six Sentence Story prompt, “curtain”.  See their ongoing story from the first at their page.six sentence story.jpg



18 thoughts on “Double Wide

  1. I just read the backstory. I should have read (those installments) before I suggested William H Macy. I (now) would suggest Tommy Nohilly (had a supporting role in a small movie ‘Valley of Violence’)
    He would make a better Earnest.
    I think I can still live with Frances McDormand.
    Oh, yeah, this is a writing thing…
    I enjoyed your Six Sentence Story. (lol)… no, seriously, one of the things I’m enjoying the most in my writing efforts is creating ‘real characters’. (Defined as made up people who last, who become more and more interesting, the way it is when meeting someone new. You realize they’ll be around a while and they’re pretty much still near-strangers but you sense that you’ll learn more and more about them.

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    • Thank you for your on going casting efforts.
      Yeah Earnest and Marge showed up separately in their own stories but they both intrigued me and by gosh if they didn’t find each other. The only thing is they cross prompts now, sometimes showing up for my 99 word response, sometimes the Six, and even went way rogue one week with 599 words. So, be very careful letting characters out, they take over.

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  2. Ernest and Marge are a becoming a ballad to the blue collar workers. I’m noticing the tender way you treat these two in their lives, working hard in the shop and solving problems at home with creative frugality. And you do it all with zero judgments. Oh, I spy a carrot cake!

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  3. Lovely, just lovely! You had me smiling as this scene unfolded and Marge took to carving out her space. I can imagine Ernest being taken a bit aback by her boldness, amused by her determination, and delighted with the anticipated outcome! I find myself wondering how this one-sided decision making process will play out in the future. Will he continue to find it entertaining?

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  4. I think I need to explore more of your writings. You weave quite the tale with your characters. I love how Marge plans to make curtains with his shirts. It reminds me so much of those days when nothing was wasted.

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