Ten O’clock Scholar – fabric

This snippet is written for Tuesday Tales, where a group of authors write to a word or picture prompt each week. This week we’re writing to the prompt ‘fabric.’

Enjoy the snippet here, then go check out the other delightful tales you’ll find at Tuesday Tales.

The text from Peggy’s friend, Sami, was short and sweet as most of hers were. ‘Lunch tomorrow?’

Peggy tapped back. ‘No can do. School tomorrow. Friday?’

An image of a thumbs-up symbol flashed back on the screen in front of her.

And with that little exchange, Peggy knew all the details. It would be at eleven, before the lunch crowd started hitting. And it would be at the kids’ favorite place – the home of Ronald McDonald. A boon to the two mothers because the new, extensive playground kept all the children entertained for hours on end, while they chatted and caught up with life. Even better, the low prices made it an affordable mother’s outing.

Back to the book.

Peggy turned her attention back to the architecture of the ancient Mesopotamians, but the enthusiasm she’d felt earlier had dissipated.

But I only stopped reading for a moment. Stopping to read one text shouldn’t get me out of the zone.

But it had.

Reading the words slowly and intently didn’t help. Peggy turned the pages and kept plodding along, but it felt like the magic had gone out of the moment. Tipping her head back, she checked the clock on the kitchen wall. She cocked an ear towards the back of the house. The silence that answered let her know the boys still slept.

I need to get through this while they’re still sawing logs. Maybe I’ll switch to my Intro to Interior Design book.

Tucking a paper napkin in between the pages where she’d stopped in the architecture book, Peggy closed the cover with a thunk and pushed the book to the far side of the table. She dug in her tote bag and pulled out the volume for the introductory class. Retrieving a paper from inside the front cover, she scanned through the syllabus to see what she needed to read for this class.

Awesome! The first chapter is textiles. Now, fabrics I know something about. This should be easier reading.

Peggy raced through that chapter. Cottons, brocades, tapestries, chiffon, chintz, damask, moire, linen. A state of happiness infused her as she read further.

All those years of Home Ec in high school came in handy after all!

Her pencil flew down the page on the self-quiz for this reading without any hesitation. Answer after answer was checked immediately. Feeling confident, she tucked the pages into the book and dropped it back in the tote bag. Glancing at the previously abandoned book she decided to attack it once again, knowing that she had the fortitude to power through and do what she needed to do for her class.

She was on the last page before she heard a stifled yawn and looked up to see Clifford standing beside her, rubbing his eyes.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jean Joachim
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 12:26:15

    Nothing like digging into an assignment where you know so much of what it’s about to stimulate your interest. I don’t blame her. I love fabric and would have preferred textiles over Mesopotamian architecture every time! You took me right into the story. Great job!

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  2. Susanne Matthews
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 12:51:19

    Excellent scene. I remember home ec class. Brought back memories. Not all of them pleasant. I wasn’t much of a seamstress. I prefered reading to sewing. The nun wasn’t impressed.

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    • trishafaye
      Dec 12, 2021 @ 21:20:29

      Thank you Susanne. Even though it brought back some less than pleasant memories. No, I’m sure the nun wouldn’t have relished you reading over sewing LOL

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  3. Vicki Locey
    Dec 08, 2021 @ 10:49:51

    Great snippet! I recall home ec class but not very fondly. I never was much of a seamstress. =D

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  4. Tricia
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 18:29:38

    Just in time! I love the way she shifts gears into something easier then switches back to the harder book. Great job!

    Reply

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